...God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.
Notice first that life must be given to the dead as the dead have no inherent life in or of themselves. How will God give life back to the dead? The answer, is of course, through the resurrection. However, notice God's perspective. God refers to the dead, which do not exist as though they did. Here, again, is the same inspired truth that the dead do not yet consciously exist. The dead will only consciously exist again when they are resurrected.
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