Today's Foundations Devotional: Part 6 Introduction: Resurrection of the dead

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If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection of the dead.

Philippians 3:11

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Welcome to yet another part of your daily study of the foundations of your Christian faith. This study, Resurrection of the dead, is extremely important because they help you to live your live from an eternal perspective. And a great perspective that is !

If we are objectively honest, in the world as we know it today, there’s much more misery than there is happiness; there’s much more strife than there is peace; there’s much more sickness than there is health. Don’t let us be painting a pretty picture of the world because it is not like that. You live in a fallen world, a world that has been marred through and through, corrupted and tainted by sin. That’s where you are now, but thank God your final destiny as believer in Jesus is not in this world.

  • You know that Jesus was raised from the dead, but what does the Bible mean by this foundational doctrine of resurrection of the dead?
  • What is it that gets resurrected?
  • Where do Christians go when they die?
  • How many resurrections are there?
  • What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, and what does it tell us about our resurrection?

Although the Bible does not reveal every detail, it does give a clear picture of what to expect from the resurrection.

At the start of this part of your daily study of God’s Word, take some time to thank God for His grace and mercy in Jesus Christ, for instance with the words from Paul in Ephesians 1 :3-13 :

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and [b]prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

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