WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
I have labored intensely, standing upon the shoulder’s of theological giants of course, to edify and challenge other Christians regarding the Biblical hope and manifestation of the “Glorified Body”. The Glorified Body (“pneumatikos soma” – 1 Corinthians 15:44; “autos doxa soma” – Philippians 3:21) , which is the result of “the resurrection of the dead ones” is not an individually possessed reality after one biological dies, but rather a corporate consummated reality established when the “power of the holy people” was shattered (i.e., Herod’s Temple in AD 70; cf. Daniel 12:1, 7; Matthew 24:3,15; Luke 21:20-22).
Recent interests in “audience relevance” by and within popular contemporary Christian circles is surely a great thing. Not only did Zondervan (a major Christian book distributor) publish the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible and the more recent, 1st Century Study Bible, but popular teacher and Bible scholar, N.T. Wright, published The New Testament In It’s World. In an interview about that book, he issued a great insight and challenge to modern students of the Bible, when he said, “How is that being heard in AD 30, and what would Jesus have intended by it when He said it?” – which is totally different, quite often, from what you get if you don’t do that particular bit of historical work”.
Simply listening to popular theology, or Christian conversation, about the Biblical hope and resurrection of the dead reveals many have failed to do “that particular bit of historical work” to best understand it. The deeper one goes in studying through the historical context of the Biblical hope, the Biblical context itself, and the confusion and subtle obfuscation that has occurred, it becomes clear something is desperately wrong with contemporary teachings.
So in answering the subtitle regarding why this is important, let me assert that false hopes, not matter how dearly we hold them, are not hopes we should build up. Rather in our “searching and proving all things” (cf. Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:21), we should “demolish strongholds” and all knowledge that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God (cf. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6; 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Peter 1:8) and declare the “hope fulfilled” which is a tree of life (cf. Proverbs 13:12). Rather than nonsensical obsessions with the afterlife, gaining an understanding of the “one hope” that graces the entire Biblical narrative, helps us to truly sanctify the Lord in our hearts, and to have an answer for the hope that is within us (cf. 1 Peter 3:15).
A while back, two specific conversations regarding two specific portions of Scripture, were brought to my attention. One brother brought up some thoughts regarding the use of the word “body” in 1 Corinthians chapter 6 and how that might connect to the use of “body” in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. In previous discussions, he asserted that “…if they were committing fornication with their physical bodies, would not Paul’s logic about resurrection necessarily imply that the resurrection is also bodily in that passage? The point is that God will raise their physical bodies, so he has a right to tell them what to do with their physical bodes now.”. My response was showing the correlation to resurrecting being “… their (individual members of the body) acting inappropriate with their physical bodies brings shame to the resurrection of the corporate body.” This was said to be a “convenient” approach.
I plan to demonstrate through my study and exposition of 1 Corinthians chapter 6, and how that correlates to the “resurrection of the dead” in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, that this speaks to a corporate hope. Individuals/”members” are part of the corporate “body”, but are not the focal point, nor the goal, of what God would provide for His people.
Another longtime coming study, and somewhat similar in theme, is with a brother that asserted a reading and review of Romans chapters 1-8 will bear out an individual focus of the resurrection of the dead, rather than my often asserted position of the Corporate Body View (CBV). We had agreed to a contextual study through the chapters highlighting texts that point to the promise of resurrection.
I look forward to offering my position with clarity and to edify others. Each week I look to provide blogs and podcasts (Power Preterism Radio – https://www.buzzsprout.com/607474) reviewing these issues. I’d also like to provide my email – firstname.lastname@example.org – for feedback, critique, and questions.
As mentioned at the beginning, I have put together quite a few sermons and blogs regarding our growth in understanding the glorified body and the resurrection of the dead. Below are the resources for focused on this topic:
On Sunday, April 10th, 2016….Pastor Michael Miano continued preaching through the “One New Man” Sermon Series. Today’s text was 1 Corinthians chapters 12-15. Pastor Miano established the contextual details as to what was happening in Corinth at the time of this letter being written by the Apostle Paul. Also, Pastor Miano brought us through the details of chapter 12-14, and set up our introduction into 1 Corinthians chapter 15 next week.
On Sunday, April 17th, 2016…Pastor Michael Miano continued preaching through the context of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (which was detailed last week – 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14). In this sermon, Pastor Miano detailed the Biblically contextual view of the “resurrection of the dead” as outline in 1 Corinthians chapter 15.
Yes, Christ’s resurrection was a “sign” (which He called it Himself in Matthew 12: 38-45) to demonstrate His faithfulness, mercy, and power that would be demonstrated in and through His Church. In Christ, those who are dead find life, and the dead ones are put in right standing (otherwise known as the “resurrection of the dead”), and the focal point of the covenant is no longer a mortal body (“flesh and blood”/ OC Israel), but rather is based upon the Spirit of Christ as found in and through His Glorified body (the Church) – “the fulness of Him who fills all and all”.
To God be the glory,
Pastor, The Blue Point Bible Church
Director, The Power of Preterism Network
Apologist, MGW Apologetics