come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory?; 13 ? ?But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither hath Christ been raised.?
Sadducean materialism and Gnostic dualism, which last held matter to be evil, both denied the resurrection. Paul shows that to deny it is to deny that Christ rose since, if it were impossible in the case of his followers, it must have been impossible in his own case. As believers, we are vitally connected with him and his resurrection could not have taken place without drawing in its train the resurrection of all of us. Having denied that Christ rose, where is the proof that he still is not under the bond and curse of death? Surely then our preaching is vain. Paul?s epistle to the Corinthians was written before the Gospels and is therefore, as Hanna says, the earliest written account of the resurrection. Christ?s transfiguration was a prophecy of his resurrection.
S. S. Times, March 22, 1902:161 ? ?The resurrection of Jesus was not a mere rising again, like that of Lazarus and the son of the widow of Nain. He came forth from the tomb so changed that he was not at once or easily recognized and was possessed of such new and surprising powers that he seemed to be pure spirit, no longer subject to the conditions of his natural body. So he was the ?first fruits? of the resurrection harvest ( <461520>1 Corinthians 15:20). Our resurrection, in like manner, is to involve a change from a corruptible body to an incorruptible, from a psychical to a spiritual.?
(d) The accompanying events, as the Second Coming and the judgment since they are themselves literal, imply that the resurrection is also literal.
<450819> Romans 8:19-23 ? ?For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God?the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now?even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit the redemption of our body.? Here man?s body is regarded, as a part of nature or the ?creation? and as partaking in Christ of its deliverance from the curse. Revelations 21:4, 5 ? ?he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more?And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.? This is a declaration applicable to the body, the seat of pain and the avenue of temptation, as well as to outward nature. See Hanna, The Resurrection, 28; Fuller, Works, 3:291; Boston, Fourfold State, in Works. 8:271-289. On Olshausen?s view of immortality as inseparable from body, see Aids to the Study of German Theology, 63. On resurrection of the flesh, see Jahrbuch f. d. Theol., 1:289-317.
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