Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 5, 2013

Immortality

Many desire immortality. Even Satan.
“How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:12-14

“but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:10

But death is still with us until…

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” 1 Corinthians 15:25-27

“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.” Revelation 20:14

Here death itself is destroyed. Then all who remain must be immortal. This occurs after the end of Jesus 1000 year reign. The purpose of this reign is to put all enemies under his feet, including death. But here’s a question: when do people become immortal?

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:50-54

Most assume that immediately upon resurrection to our spiritual bodies, we are made immortal. But what if immortality must wait until the Eighth Day? I’m not sure. Could some be immortal before death is destroyed? Could we be tested in heaven before we are given such awesome powers? I don’t know.


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