The two parts of the Resurrection,
The Resurrection of Life and of Judgment, Part 2
Notice in Acts 24:14,15; John 5:28,29 and in Dan 12:2 that the resurrection is divided into two parts.
“The just and unjust”, those who have done good, and those who have done evil, some awakening to everlasting life,
and some to shame and age-lasting contempt. Here we have stated two different types of resurrections.
What the Apostle calls the just and the unjust (Acts 24:14,15), our Lord calls the good and the evil (John 5:29)
The good, the just; are those who take part in the “resurrection to life “they are the consecrated, who through the merit
of Christ’s perfection imputed to them, are in a justified condition. Their trial having taken place in this age, they shall
immediately be granted their full reward. The faithful of the past ages resurrected to perfect human life, and the overcomes of
this Gospel age to perfect life as spirit beings.
The other class, the evil, the unjust are those who take part in the “resurrection of judgment" , mistranslated in our
Common Version “resurrection of damnation.”
The remainder of the world who have not been acceptable to God; not only the heathen, non-believers, but including all who,
having heard something respecting Jesus, but who have not responded to the privileges afforded them, not having
consecrated themselves fully and completely to God, remain in an un-justified condition and have as yet to have escaped “the
condemnation that is on the world.”
Nevertheless as was stated by the Apostle Paul in Acts 24:15 there shall be a resurrection of BOTH the just and the unjust
The word “resurrection” is from the Greek “anastasis” which means a full, complete rising up out of death
conditions into perfection of life conditions, It signifies to raise up again, thus implying that a thing was once up
and fell down, and is to be brought up again to the place where it originally was, if not higher.
While the word anastasis signifies rising again, it in no sense limits the process so as to make it either instantaneous or
gradual, neither does anastasis change the nature of the being.
Mankind will be awakened in the same condition in which they died, “children of disobedience”, but they will be granted the
opportunity of standing up again, of resurrection, of full recovery from the fall into sin and imperfection. This is the meaning
of the word “resurrection”-standing up again.
This resurrection will be a resurrection of judgment, that is mankind will be put on trial for life. Not a judgment, or trial, for
past sins; but another trial for life. (Remember 2 Cor 5:19)
We were all tried and condemned once already though Adam, and now a second chance for life comes to all through Christ
Jesus-an individual chance.
“So then as through one trespass [the judgment came] unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act
of righteousness [the free gift came] unto all men to justification of life.” (Rom 5:18)
This Greek “krisis”, resurrection of trial will be a gradual resurrection; the awakening will be a preparatory work, not the
full resurrection, but one, which will require the entire thousand years.
Thus we have shown that there are two different resurrections, one to life and to an immediate resurrection, and
the other to a reawakening and a gradual resurrection, a gradual rising up out of sin and death conditions.
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