The Answer to the Problem of Death

“If Christ really did get up out of his grave, then there is–at last–an answer to man’s ultimate problem: the problem of death. If he really arose, then death has been conquered. It can never again be looked on as final–as the ‘last word’–by the people of Jesus. Why? Because he has promised that his glorious experience we will experience also. And that is not all. As a matter of fact, we already have a kind of down payment–or first installment–of what the Scripture calls the first resurrection. The first resurrection is more often called regeneration. It is the act of God, through the Holy Spirit, by which we become new creatures. The believer, in other words, already partakes of the new life that belongs to Christ by virtue of his resurrection. And this, in turn, is the guarantee of the second installment. The second installment, which will be given to us on the Last Day at the return of Christ, will be the raising up from the grave of our physical bodies. In other words, our spirits (or souls) already participate in the resurrection life of the Lord Jesus. And our bodies will one day undergo a similar transition. Our bodies are going to stand on this earth again at the return of the Lord.” –G.I. Williamson “The Heidelberg Catechism” p. 79-80

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About Maureen Stohlmeyer

Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.
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