From Death Unto Life
Dearly beloved of God, we are born as natural men who have a body and soul life, which is breath life; not everlasting life. Every human being has a temporary lease on life because of Adam’s condemnation of death that passed upon all men.
The soul is not immortal; it can die, and it can be destroyed, but if anyone confesses Jesus as Lord and believes that God raised him from the dead they will be saved when Christ Jesus the Lord returns to gather his Church together.
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself [Jesus Christ] likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14 and 15
God sent His Son to deliver us from the bondage of death and the fear by which it enslaves people.
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
I Corinthians 15:26
Death is not a welcomed friend; it is an enemy; it is the last enemy that will be destroyed.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him that sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 5: 38-40
When will the Lord Jesus Christ exercise his authority to raise the dead? It does not say at death, it says, “at the last day.”
When his friend Lazarus died, “Jesus said unto her [Martha, his sister], I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me. Though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” John 11:25 and 26
The last words in verse 26, "shall never die," in both the Greek and Aramaic reads, “shall never die forever”. For those who believe in Jesus Christ the Lord, death will not be forever.
When will the Lord Jesus Christ raise the dead?
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.” I Corinthians 15: 22 and 23
There is no deliverance from death except "at his coming." Christ will return and exercise the authority God, His Father, has given him over the dead. Death is a continuing state until the Lord Jesus Christ provides release from it at his coming.
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” I Corinthians 15: 50
When people die, they corrupt in the grave, they do not automatically inherit eternal life, but when Christ returns he will raise those who believe in him to life, everlasting life. They will be saved.
God raised Jesus from the dead after he was dead for three days and three nights; he did not automatically go to heaven. After he was raised to life, he ministered on earth for forty days before he ascended into heaven.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return and raise the dead in Christ and change those who are yet living, and he will gather them up to him. They will be snatched up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. [See 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18]. God wants us to comfort ourselves with this truth.
After God has removed the Church of the Grace of God from the earth, a period called the Day of the Lord, or Lord’s Day will take place.
During this time, God will raise His two faithful witnesses that will be murdered after witnessing during the Lord’s Day for 1260 days. Their corpses will lie in the street until they are raised to life again after three and a half days, and they will immediately ascend into heaven. [See Revelation 11].
After Christ returns to the earth in the Lord’s Day there will be two resurrections. They are recorded in Revelation 20. One resurrection is at the beginning of his 1,000 year reign and the other at the end of it.
In the first of the two resurrections, those who were beheaded during the great tribulation for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and who did not receive the mark of the beast, will be raised to life and reign with the Lord Jesus Christ on earth for a thousand years. [See Revelation 20].
In the second of the two mentioned, all who are dead will be raised. They will be separated; the just will be raised unto life, and the unjust will be cast into the lake of fire and be destroyed. This is the second death [See Revelation 20].
These are the only times people receive resurrection life according to the Word of God. Thank God we have the victory over sin and death through the Lord Jesus Christ! Rejoice forevermore and comfort one another with these words!