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New Horizons

April, 1998: Resurrecting the Resurrection

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"I Believe in the Resurrection"

"The Lord is risen!"

For two thousand years, Christians have gathered weekly to honor the risen Savior Jesus Christ. Across the world, men, women, and children unite their voices in affirming that "on the third day he rose again from the dead." Read more

Resurrecting the Resurrection

One of the undoubted articles of our historic Christian faith is surely the resurrection of the body. And it is my contention that in selecting this item of biblical teaching rather than the destiny of the soul at death, the ancient creed that we know as "the Apostles' Creed" correctly reflects the emphasis of the Bible.

Paul the apostle, for example, makes it very clear that his central focus for the future is not on what we call the intermediate state-when the soul is absent from the body and present with the Lord-but on the final state, when he will have part in the resurrection! For "indeed," he says, "I also count all things loss ... that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ ... that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection ... if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead" (Phil. 3:8-11). Read more

How Many Resurrections Are There?

Many years ago, one summer, I was asked to lead a midweek Bible study at an evangelical church. Being eager to do battle for the truth, I chose to do a series on eschatology. My plan was to gently wean these people away from premillennialism by looking at Bible texts, not at systems of interpretation.

Everything was going well until we had a visitor. This person denounced me for undermining one of the key doctrines of the faith (the premillennial return of Christ) and explained at length (with references to the original Greek) that there would be a resurrection of the saints "from" the dead at Christ's return, and, after the millennium, a resurrection "of" the remaining dead. Read more

Not Just Another Phone Book

Where is your copy of the 1998 OPC Directory? If you haven't picked one up yet, there should be copies at church (or write to the Stated Clerk at the address on the back cover of New Horizons for a copy). Take time to browse through it. This is no ordinary phone book—it's a valuable reference tool.

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