Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 19, 2014

Immortality revisited

Depending on which version you look at, there are three to eight scriptures about immortality.

“In the way of righteousness there is life;
along that path is immortality.” Proverbs 12:28
“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” Romans 1:22-23
“To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” Romans 2:7
“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 15:52-54
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17
“which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:15-16
“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

If we synthesize all these passages, a few things become apparent. 1 Corinthians 15:52-54 seems to say that immortality is instant upon resurrection. But it also connects immortality with the elimination of death. 2 Timothy 1:10 also links immortality to Christ destroying death. This brings to mind:

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:25-26

Since death will not be destroyed until the end of the Millennium, can we assume that immortality will not commence till then? Must all death be destroyed before immortality begins? It’s interesting that a couple of the scriptures above say that only God the Father is immortal. Why doesn’t it say that Jesus is immortal?


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