|Question||What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?|
|Answer||At the resurrection believers, being raised up in glory,1 shall be openly acknowledged, and acquitted in the day of judgment,2 and made perfectly blessed, both in soul and body, in the full enjoyment of God3 to all eternity.4|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is it possible that there should be a resurrection?
Why should it be thought a thing incredible to you, that God should raise the dead,
Is it certain that there shall be a resurrection?
For many of them (i.e. the multitude of them) that sleep in the dust shall awake,
Has there already been a resurrection?
For the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Is this work ascribed to the Father?
For he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also,
2 Corinthians 4:14
And to the Son?
As the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them, so the Son quickeneth whom he will,
And to the Spirit?
He will quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit,
And shall the saints rise first?
The dead in Christ shall rise first,
1 Thessalonians 4:16
Will the same bodies be raised again?
In my flesh I shall see God,
But will they be very different from what they are now?
That which thou sowest is not that body which shall be,
1 Corinthians 15:37–38, 42
Will they be free from all natural weaknesses?
For they are sown in weakness but they are raised in power,
1 Corinthians 15:43
Will they be free from all mortal defilement?
For blessed and holy is he, that hath part in the first resurrection,
Will they be endowed with activity and vigour?
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body,
1 Corinthians 15:44
Will they be rendered incorruptible and immortal?
For this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal put on immortality,
1 Corinthians 15:53
Will they in all these respects resemble the glorious body of Christ?
He will change our vile body, and fashion it like unto his glorious body,
And all those who are found alive at Christ’s second coming undergo a change equivalent to the resurrection?
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1 Corinthians 15:51
Will the saints be gathered together at the day of judgment?
Gather together my saints to me,
And will this be the work of angels?
He shall send his angels and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds,
Will they be separated from the wicked?
As the shepherd divideth the sheep from the goats,
And will this be a final separation?
Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed.
Will they accompany Christ to judgment?
Behold he cometh with ten thousand of his saints,
And be assessors with him in it?
Ye shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel,
And testify their approbation of all his proceedings?
They will say hallelujah, Salvation and glory, unto the Lord our God, for true and righteous are his judgments,
Will the saints be openly acknowledged at the day of judgment?
Him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven,
And openly acquitted?
Well done good and faithful servant,
And openly rewarded?
Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Ibid. Will their good works be then remembered? Yes. I was an hungered and ye gave me meat,
And their evil ones forgotten?
The iniquity of Israel shall then be sought for, and there shall be none,
Will heaven be the place of the saints’ residence?
Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven,
2 Kings 2:11
Is it prepared for them?
I go to prepare a place for you,
And promised to them?
It is eternal life which God that cannot lie hath promised,
Will they in heaven see God?
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,
Will this be a transforming vision?
They shall be like him, for they shall see him as he
1 John 3:2
And an abiding one?
So shall we be for ever with the Lord,
1 Thessalonians 4:17
Is this enough to comfort them under all the sorrows and afflictions of life?
Wherefore comfort one another with these words,
1 Thessalonians 4:18
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What are we to believe concerning the resurrection?|
|Answer||We are to believe, that at the last day there shall be a general resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust:1 when they that are then found alive shall in a moment be changed; and the selfsame bodies of the dead which were laid in the grave, being then again united to their souls forever, shall be raised up by the power of Christ.2 The bodies of the just, by the Spirit of Christ, and by virtue of his resurrection as their head, shall be raised in power, spiritual, incorruptible, and made like to his glorious body;3 and the bodies of the wicked shall be raised up in dishonor by him, as an offended judge.4|
|Question||What shall immediately follow after the resurrection?|
|Answer||Immediately after the resurrection shall follow the general and final judgment of angels and men;1 the day and hour whereof no man knows, that all may watch and pray, and be ever ready for the coming of the Lord.2|
|Question||What shall be done to the righteous at the day of judgment?|
|Answer||At the day of judgment, the righteous, being caught up to Christ in the clouds,1 shall be set on his right hand, and there openly acknowledged and acquitted,2 shall join with him in the judging of reprobate angels and men,3 and shall be received into heaven,4 where they shall be fully and forever freed from all sin and misery;5 filled with inconceivable joys,6 made perfectly holy and happy both in body and soul, in the company of innumerable saints and holy angels,7 but especially in the immediate vision and fruition of God the Father, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, to all eternity.8 And this is the perfect and full communion, which the members of the invisible church shall enjoy with Christ in glory, at the resurrection and day of judgment.|