Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A snippet on the nature of resurrection.


Recently I was speaking to a friend who had doubts about the nature of resurrection.

Me: how will you know whether someone has resurrected? 
He: If we check their tombs and if the person is not there we will know that he/she has been resurrected.

Let me develop on this topic. In the first century church there were two men who overthrew the faith of some people by saying that the resurrection is already over.

2Ti 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 
2Ti 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 

Of these two men, Hymenaeus was a real concern for Paul. On another occasion Paul talks about Hymenaeus shipwrecking the faith of many and hence was delivered to Satan (1Ti 1:19, 20).

If the first century church was looking forward to physical resurrection of the dead, Paul could have told them: Guys, please go and check whether your near and dear have resurrected, instead of listening to Hymenaeus and Philetus. Please go to Jerusalem and see whether David is still in his tomb. (Act 2:29)

If their expectation were physical resurrection, there were physical ways of proving that it has not happened and Hymenaeus and Philetus were wrong. It does not take rocket science to prove that.

In Christ,

Tomsan Kattackal