Foundations of Faith Part 5: Resurrection and Eternal Judgment
We are on our last lesson of the series. Your next steps, if you haven’t already, is to jump into the Growth Track and join a Small Group. They will help you advance into perfection.
Hebrews 6:1-2 (TPT) Now is the time for us to progress beyond the basic message of Christ and advance into perfection. The foundation has already been laid for us to build upon:  turning away from our dead works to  embrace faith in God,  teaching about different baptisms,  impartation by the laying on of hands,  resurrection of the dead, and  eternal judgment.
There will be a day we stand before God.
1 Corinthians 6:14 (NLT) God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.
The resurrection separates Christianity from all other religions. The resurrection teaches us two important truths:
- Jesus’s substitution was accepted by God.
- Those who belong to Jesus will experience resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:17-23 (NLT) If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.
The First Resurrection is for the righteous.
- Believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
- This happens at the return of Jesus.
(Matt. 16:27; Luke 14:14; Rev. 22:12; 2 Tim. 4:1,8; 1 Peter 5:4)
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (LDB) We are always cheerfully confident, knowing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is only a brief time spent away from our true home . . . we would much rather be gone from the body and home in Heaven with the Lord . . . . Our greatest concern is always to do and say what is pleasing to the Lord . . . we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. There we will each receive Christ’s verdict, as He considers how we have lived in these mortal bodies.
At the Reward Seat of Christ we’re not judged, our works are. What we do here determines our position there.
Matthew 19:27-30 (MSG) Peter [said] “We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?” Jesus replied, “Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields—whatever—because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life.
The second resurrection is for the unrighteous.
- Unbelievers stand before the White Throne Judgment.
- This happens after the millennial reign of Christ.
Revelation 20:11-15 (NIV) I saw a great white throne . . . . I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:4-6 (Barclay) [God’s people] came to life again, and they shared Christ’s reign for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life again until after the thousand year period had been completed. This is the first resurrection. God’s joy will come to the man who has a share in the first resurrection! He is one of God’s dedicated people. The second death has no power over these.