How Many Resurrections Are There?

Building on John 1:4,5
John 1:4-5 KJV  “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
[5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

When Paul stood before King Agrippa in Acts 26:19 Paul testifies of how he got saved. Acts 26:13-19 KJV  “At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
[14] And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
[15] And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
[16] But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
[17] Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
[18] To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
[19] Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:”

You have to ask, how long had Paul been saved when he stood before King Agrippa? When you read through the book of Acts and add up all the years identified, you come up with about 31 years. So Paul is giving an account of his salvation about 31 years ago. After Paul explains how he got saved he continues explaining things to King Agrippa.

Acts 26:20-32 KJV  “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
[21] For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me .
[22] Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
[23] That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
[24] And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
[25] But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
[26] For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
[27] King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
[28] Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
[29] And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
[30] And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
[31] And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
[32] Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.”

What was Paul’s message to King Agrippa? Verse 20 –  Acts 26:20 KJV
  “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Repent and turn to God and do works meet ( suitable, proper, qualified ) for repentance. Another words, repent of your sin, turn to God and do works of a child of God.

And then look at the bombshell Paul drops. Acts 26:23 KJV  “That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.”

Paul tells them there is a resurrection of the dead and the first one that rose from the dead was Jesus Christ himself. But there is more than one resurrection. You have the resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of Old Testament believers including the prophets, the resurrection of the quick (alive) and the dead, the first and second resurrection and so forth.

Just because some people do not believe in a resurrection does not mean there isn’t one. For years people thought the earth was flat just to learn later they were wrong. When it comes to the resurrection, if you are wrong, you can not change your mind and come back to life. It would be too late because you would already be dead.

So life is in the Word as John 1 says and this life was the light of men. And because this Word is Jesus and he was the first to rise from the dead, those in him have a resurrection to life.

Until next time.

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