Resurrection: Reason We Hope
I. Reason We Preach
A. It’s Irrefutably True (v.1-11)
B. It’s Essential to our Faith (v.12-19)
II. Reason We Hope (v.20-28, 35-57)
A. The “When” of the Resurrection of the Dead (v.20-28)
Order of Resurrection:
1. Stages of the First Resurrection
“The present age is Easter time. It begins with the resurrection of the Redeemer and ends with the resurrection of the redeemed. Between lies the spiritual resurrection of those called into life through Christ. So we live between two Easters, and in the power of the first Easter we go to meet the last Easter.”
The figure of putting His enemies under His feet comes from the common practice in ancient times of kings and emperors always sitting enthroned above their subjects, so that when the subjects bowed they were literally under, or lower, than the sovereign’s feet.
Telos (end) not only can refer to that which is final but also to that which is completed, consummated, or fulfilled. In the final culmination of the ages, when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, all things will be restored as they were originally designed and created by God to be. In the end it will be as it was in the beginning. Sin will be no more, and God will reign supremely, without enemy and without challenge. That gives us great insight into the divine redemptive plan. Here is the culmination: Christ turns over the restored world to God His Father, who sent Him to recover it.
2. Second Resurrection
B. The “How” of the Resurrection of the Dead (v.35-57)
1). Resurrection Comparisons
Surely it is not too hard to believe that the God who has worked this process daily through the centuries in His creation of plants, can do it with men.
Seeing the vast differences in God’s creation, we should not question His ability to create bodies that are different and yet continuous.