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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Resurrection and Eternal Judgment
. . . and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:2)
The goal of the Judaic-Christian redemption is eternal life. Eternal life has two aspects:
Eternal life in our inner man (spirit and soul).
Immortality in our body, our outward man. Our physical body must be changed by abolishing the corruption of it and by infusing it with the incorruptible Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ so it becomes a "spiritual body" (I Corinthians 15:44).
Life in our inner man is the Presence of God. The extent of our possession of eternal life depends on our progress in becoming the tabernacle of God (John 14:23).
Death in our inner man is the loss of the Presence of God.
Life in our outward man, our body, is first, blood; after that (in the resurrection) spiritual animation accompanied by the Presence of God, provided we have attained the resurrection to eternal life. Immortality is the state in which the body no longer is subject to corruption and loss of animation.
Death in our body is first, loss of blood and resulting corruption; finally, resurrection, judgment, and then banishment from God's Presence and torment in the Lake of Fire, which is the second death.
Adam and Eve died in their inner man when they disobeyed God. God withdrew from them because of their disobedience.
Adam and Eve died in their body, their outward man, after more than nine hundred years. They were denied access to the tree of life, the fruit of which would have renewed their outward man. Eating of the tree of life produces immortality in the body.
Physical death, although an enemy that will be overcome through Christ at His appearing (I Corinthians 15:26), was a blessing of God on Adam and Eve. God placed them in the spirit realm, the realm of angels, until such time as God is prepared to forgive their disobedience through the blood of Christ and to convert their inner man so disobedience no longer will occur.
After having been forgiven and converted, Adam and Eve, and their forgiven and converted descendants, will be permitted to live once again in Paradise on the earth. This is what the Judaic-Christian redemption is designed to accomplish.
The coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth will result in the restoration on the earth of all that was lost through the disobedience of Adam and Eve. The Lord Jesus Christ from this time forth and for eternity will be the glorious Center of the Kingdom of God, of the renewed creation.
We are not stating here that all people ultimately will be redeemed, for we do not believe such to be the case. Some will displease God to the point of being cast into the Lake of Fire.
At the heart of the Judaic-Christian redemption is the resurrection from the dead, for it was immortality that was lost through the fall of Adam and Eve. The Lord Jesus and His Apostles preached eternal life, the Presence of God in the inner man and immortality in the outward man.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. (I Corinthians 15:22,23)
To be continued.