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Although the OT generally portrays this as a vague and shadowy existence, often associated with judgment, there are hints of the idea of resurrection to a fuller life which are developed in the NT. The NT points to judgment beyond death and to the believers’ hope in resurrection, to a more complete enjoyment of God’s presence and his blessings and to the promise of a new heaven and earth.

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The after-life in the OT

The grave as a place of silence

Psalm 115:17 DARBY
17 The dead praise not Jah, neither any that go down into silence;
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The grave as a place of darkness

Job 10:21–22
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The grave as a place of no return

Job 7:8–10 DARBY
8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall behold me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 9 The cloud consumeth and vanisheth away; so he that goeth down to Sheol shall not come up. 10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him again.
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The grave as a place of judgment

Psalm 88:5
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The grave offers peace to the righteous

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The hope of resurrection

Daniel 12:2 DARBY
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame, to everlasting contempt.
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The after-life and God’s judgment

Judgment beyond death is certain

Hebrews 9:27 DARBY
27 And forasmuch as it is the portion of men once to die, and after this judgment;
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There will be salvation for believers

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There will be separation from God for unbelievers

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The believing dead are already with Jesus Christ

; Believers, with Jesus Christ in spirit, await their final resurrection which will take place when he returns.
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The after-life and believers’ hope of resurrection

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ

Luke 24:39–43 DARBY
39 behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me and see, for a spirit has not flesh and bones as ye see me having. 40 And having said this he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 But while they yet did not believe for joy, and were wondering, he said to them, Have ye anything here to eat? 42 And they gave him part of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb; 43 and he took it and ate before them.
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Believers share in Christ’s resurrection

Romans 8:11 DARBY
11 But if the Spirit of him that has raised up Jesus from among the dead dwell in you, he that has raised up Christ from among the dead shall quicken your mortal bodies also on account of his Spirit which dwells in you.
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The resurrection body of believers

Philippians 3:20–21
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The future consummation of the believers’ enjoyment of God

Future glory

Romans 8:18–19 DARBY
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious looking out of the creature expects the revelation of the sons of God:
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A new heaven and earth


God’s presence with his people

The final consummation will bring God’s promises to and purposes for his people to fulfilment;
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The Holy Spirit as a guarantee

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