The Explanation
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The Explanation

Life and Death are Major Issues. Which One Prevails?

Life and death are prime concerns of frail, mortal human beings. Which, of life and death, has the upper hand in the long-run? Life, every time.

1 Corinthians 15:19–24

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

This context is the most concise coverage of God’s plan from Adam to the end of the story of humankind. The Apostle Paul, the author of Corinthians, is focusing specifically on converted Christians as the wider context displays. But he does say ALL will be made alive, every man (human) in his (their) order. This order is the planned trip. There’s a resurrection for Christ’s own at His (second) coming. Later, in the order of events, there’ll be the general resurrection that I referred to, in the previous post, in Ezekiel. That is for ALL the dead, including Adam! He and everyone who have lived on Earth are the ALL, referred to by Paul, who shall be made alive. It relates directly to the neshama CHAYIM (plural lives) God breathed into Adam.

Old Testament harshness versus New Testament caring.

Another misconception many people have in their understanding of the Old Testament crops up. Including what they call the God of the Old Testament as compared to Christ of the New Testament. They see the OT God as harsh and blood-thirsty, indiscriminately taking the lives of millions of human beings, at the time of Noah’s flood (if they believe that). Even innocent people, when Joshua led Israel across the Jordan and God ordered him to annihilate the tribes that inhabited that land. And the death penalty was an integral part of the Old Covenant God gave Israel, including the apparent barbarous act of stoning people to death. It is inconceivable to many that a loving God, like Christ in the New Testament, could prone such brutal and vicious behavior. It’s intolerable. I will not belabor the point because I’m sure you’ve heard of this outlook.



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Sam Kneller

Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook.