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PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST
Part 5 


Resurrection Of The Dead

 
     Adam, the son of God (Luke 3:38), was made a living soul. (Genesis 2:7, 1 Corinthians 15:45) Being created in the image of God (Genesis 1 :26,27), Adam was innocent (Ecclesiastes 7:29, Genesis 1:31): and because he knew no evil (Genesis 2:17, 3:5), death was not a part of his existence--it was to him a strange thing he was warned of, but had never known. But Adam sinned (Genesis 3:6), and when sin was brought into the world, death came with it (Romans 5:12,14)unto all men.

All unrighteousness is sin (1 John 3:4, 5:17), and Adam's sin brought death with all of its cursed facets:


***Physical corruption:

Romans 7:24,
Job 17:14,
1 Corinthians 15:53


***Moral corruption:

2 Peter 2:12,19,

2 Chronicles 27:2,

2 Kings 15:35,

Romans 1:28,

Genesis 6:11

***Physical death:

Genesis 6:17,

2 Samuel 14:14,

James 2:26,

1 Corinthians 15:22

 
***Decomposition:

Acts 2:27,31,
13:34-37,
Genesis 3:19



***Hell:

Isaiah 66:24,
Mark 9:43-48,
Luke 16:22-26


***Eternal destruction:

Revelation 14:11,
20:14

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"God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ."

(Ephesians 2:4,5)

 

 
     God, who created all things by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:9), had the plan all worked out from the very beginning. The Bible calls this plan "the Word"(John 1:1), and, when the fullness of time was come (Galatians 4:4), the Word became flesh (John 1:14), for, "Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection from the dead." ( 1 Corinthians 15:21 ) Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, first being "in the Father"(John 14:10) by fulfilling the law of Moses (Matthew 5:17), and, being baptized by John in the Jordan river and becoming the first and only man ever to be born of water and of the Spirit (John 3:5, Acts 10:37 ,38) based on the merit of his own righteousness (1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21), was then baptized into death in every aspect of its curses and punishments (Luke 12:50, Hebrews 2:14). Then, having descended into hell (Ephesians 4:9, Matthew 12:40) , and conquering it completely (Psalm 68:20, Revelation 1:18), he raised his own body from the dead (John 2:19-21), and became, "the firstfruits of them that slept", or, the first to rise from the dead incorruptible, never to die again (Romans 6:9, Hebrews 7:16), and, as a human man, conquered death, hell, and the grave (Revelation 1:18, Psalm 16:10), and is ascended into heaven (Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9-11)and seated on the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Hebrews 1:3), "until the times of restitution of all things"(Acts 3:21), or until his enemies are made his footstool (Psalm 110:1). Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ is the "forerunner" (Hebrews 6:20), "the firstborn from the dead" (Colossians 1:18), and "the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20). It is by him that many sons are being brought unto glory (Hebrews 2:10)!

 

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