Before we can consider these points in greater detail, we need to be clear on one issue which was stated, but somewhat underplayed, in the preceding chapter. One of my most crucial assumptions is that there is one Resurrection, of both the righteous and the wicked. To many, of course, that will seem obvious. But it needs to be stated explicitly because there is much confusion on this point in some circles, led by teachers who assert not only multiple Resurrections, but that the Resurrec-tion(s) of believers and unbelievers will take place on completely different occasions ! There is no Biblical basis for such a position. The Scriptures plainly teach one Resurrection, at the Last Day; and the orthodox Christian Church, as reflected in her historic creeds, has always and everywhere affirmed this truth. The Bible says:
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt (Dan. 12:2).
For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment (John 5:26-29).
There shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked (Acts 24:15).
And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose face earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life; and the dead were judged from those things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them, according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death, the Lake of Fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15).
The Bible is abundantly clear: the Resurrection of all men, the just and the unjust, takes place on the same Day, to be followed immediately by the Judgment. Why, then, has there been so much confusion on this point? Part of the answer is that the emphasis in Scripture is on the Resurrection of the righteous, which is radically different in nature and outcome from that of the wicked. The Resurrection of the people of God is intimately connected to their present indwelling by the Holy Spirit (Rem.
thus the very foundation of the raising of the just, its essential principle, is of an altogether Spiritual quality. Christians will be raised to Life by the Spirit, whereas the wicked will be resurrected to Death. In absolute contrast to the revived corpses of the damned, the renewed bodies of the saints will be like Christ's own glorious body (1 Cor. 15:42-55; Phil. 3:21). Our Resurrection is the fruit of Christ's Resurrection, and is really an extension of His (1 Cor. 6:13-20; 15:20).
To the Christian, therefore, the Resurrection is something to look forward to with hope and excited anticipation (2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 3:10-11): Scripture sees it as the final "redemption of our body" (Rem. 8:18-23). For this reason the destiny of the righteous is always in the foreground when the Bible speaks of the Resurrection. The problem is that a superficial approach to Scripture has left people with the impression that there are two separate Resurrections, one of the righteous and the other of the wicked. In a qualitative sense, of course, you could say that there are two Resurrections; but they happen on the same Day!
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