Ideas abound about afterlife, so what is valid? Where are these ideas produced? What else have these same ideological environments produced? Is there a test of credibility? A test of probability? Are some more likely to be true than others?
Hinduism and its reform called Buddism – reincarnation – Credibility?
Islam – 6th century religious totalitarianism built around a dead false prophet – Credibility?
Spiritism – jungle, tribal, non literate people – Credibility?
Cults – JWs, Mormons, 7th Day Adventists, Bahai, Unititarianism, Sikhism, Wiccan… Credibility?
Judeo-Christian contributions – virtually ALL God given rights, Gender equality, civilized morality, rule of law, individualism, free market, intellectual honesty, respect of life, … Credibility?
CONTROL OF DESTINY
YOU have some (limited) control of life after birth, education, degrees, hard work, influences, but you have NO control of your life after death.
Life After death is not what you desire it to be – it is what it is – reality. God determines – not us!
IS 25:88He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; …
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
1 CO 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
For since death [came] through a man, resurrection of the dead also [had to come] through a man. For just as in Adam, all die, so also in Christ, shall all be made alive.
CHRIST DID NOT RAISE HIMSELF
No one else can do this. It is beyond mortal capabilities. It proves the immaterial of man. Materialism IS our culture. Man made of atoms and responds empirically.
Christ did not resurrect himself – God the Father raised him from the dead.
Acts 3:15 … whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Acts 13:30 But God raised him from the dead:
Ro 6:4 … as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
Gal 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
CoL 2:12… ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
1Pe 1:21..Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead
DISCIPLES DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
MK 9:9,10 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.
GRAVE CLOTHES MADE JOHN A BELIEVER IN THE RESURRECTION
John 20: And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and BELIEVED. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
APPEARANCES AND DISAPPEARANCES
Luke 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
John 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Mk 16:12, After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. The road to Emmaus.
1 Co 15:7 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luke 24:36-43 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
And he took it, and did eat before them.
Mt 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
WE WILL RECEIVE THE SAME BODY
Philipians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.,
1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1 CO 15:42-54 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
(Spiritual – pneumatikos – body, natural – psychikon – body
The two adjectives are not what something is composed of, but what it is animated by.)
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
GLORIFIED STATE OF THE BODY
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
The resurrection morning all of our temporal hopes will be over. All of our loses and most difficult conflicts will be resolved. We will be reunited with loved ones that accepted Christ. Our perspective will be forever changed. Our hearts will LIVE forever.
Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied:
they shall praise the Lord that seek him:
your heart shall live for ever.
WHY WAS HE RAISED?
Ro 4:25 who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification
for our offences] Lit. because of our offences; “because we had offended.” Such is the natural meaning of the Gr. The fact of our sins demanded, for their just remission, nothing less than the Lord’s Death.
for our justification] Lit. because of our Justification. The construction is identical. This, and the balance of the clauses, seem to demand the exposition: “He was raised, because our justification was effected;” not, “in order to give us justification,” as many interpret it. The parallel is complete: “We sinned, therefore He suffered: we were justified, therefore He rose.”
55 times in the NT for means because
WITNESS TO THE JEWS?
ZECH 12:10 and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Jesus had it!