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  1. The real question of the Resurrection is how to understand its significance for us? A new interpretation of the moral teaching of Christ spreading on the web may provide the answer: Quoting a review of The Final Freedoms.

    “Using a synthesis of scriptural material from the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha , The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Nag Hammadi Library, and some of the worlds great poetry, it describes and teaches a single moral LAW, a single moral principle, and offers the promise of its own proof; one in which the reality of God responds directly to an act of perfect faith with a individual intervention into the natural world; correcting human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception beyond all natural evolutionary boundaries. Intended to be understood metaphorically, where ‘death’ is ignorance and ‘Life’ is knowledge, this experience, personal encounter and liberation by transcendent power and moral purpose is the ‘Resurrection’, the justification of faith, and here is where righteousness begins!”

    Thus The resurrection of Jesus made this new resurrection possible for all who have faith. I’m testing it now myself, revolutionary stuff for those who can hanndle it.

    Published [at the moment] only on the web, a typeset manuscript of this new teaching is available as a free [1.4meg] PDF download from a variety of sites including:

    http://www.energon.org.uk

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  2. YITLOG

    Good morning P!
    I believe that the first resurrection is spiritual and so speaks of those who were quickened by the Spirit and were passed from death unto life.They/we took part in the first resurrection “the new birth” and so the second death (the lake of fire/Gehenna) has no power over them and us.Nor can we or they be hurt by it-John 5:24- Ephesians 2:1 and Revelation 20:6 …
    The scriptures speak of a thousand years  or an indefinite period of time…Nowhere do the scripture speak of a literal 1000 years for anything.The scriptures tell us that we who believe in Jesus have been translated into his Kingdom.Yet we are here on earth in these bodies and he is in Heaven. So then this translation must be spiritual,just like the first resurrection is spiritual.
    In this sense,i do not find it hard to believe that those who were born again and have died physically,are said to be living and reigning with Jesus for a thousand years.This is not about an earthly Millennial reign vs no earthly Millennial reign.It really does not matter.Rather the passages speak of  those who were saved,period…  Jesus’ Kingdom does literally exists in Heaven, according to Colossians 1:12-14 and Daniel 7:13,14.
    He is the head of his church (believers) in Heaven and on earth… The church is both his kingdom and his dominion.His dominion is everlasting.His Kingdom,he will be delivered up to the Father… He will reign over the church,till all principalities and earthy rule are put down,and all things are subdued onto him-1 Cor 15:24-27.The scriptures say that he will consume and destroy,with the words or breath of his mouth and the brightness of his coming-2 Thessalonians 2:7-8…
    The last enemy to be destroyed is death.If death is destroyed at the physical resurrection,at the last day,then there leaves only the general judgment and the consummation of the old and or the regeneration of  the Heavens and the Earth- Rev 20:11-15… NOTE verse 15– whosoever was not found written in the book of life???
    If this was only the judgment of the unsaved,then none of their names would be written in the book of life… So it has to be a general judgment without a time separation,like the general physical resurrection…
     
    Jesus will have preeimenance in the coming earthly Kingdom of God. He is the Son of God and we are the children of God.As the Son he is the first in rank/first born (the Prince) of many brothers and sisters-Romans 8:29… TO the point.
    The scriptures do not teach two or three separate resurrections, rather an order of resurrection.Those who are Christ’s at his coming and next those who are not his… Christ is the First Fruits, of All who have died and will rise again.In Adam there was and is only death to humanity.However,All of humanity will be made alive by Christ.1 Cor 15: 20,21.
    Jesus is the first to have risen from the dead never to die again. So it will it be for humanity at the last trump,at the last day. All who are alive at his coming will be changed.Believers will be changed and be like him-1 John3:2.The Prophet Isaiah states that death will be swallowed up in victory-Isaiah 25:6-8…He also seems to speak of a feast or perhaps the marriage/wedding supper???
    The Apostle Paul confirms that death being swallowed up in victory and believers being changed (corruption putting on incorruption) taking place at the same time… 1 Cor 15:51-54. The Lord Jesus says all the dead will hear his voice and come forth,some to everlasting life and some to everlasting damnation-John 5:28,29…The Apostle Peter speaks of the resurrection (singular) of the just and the unjust-Acts 25:15…
     
    The rest of the dead spoken of in Revelation 20:5 are those who were NOT born again.They did not take part in the first resurrection.Their being raised after the thousand years are finished,means that many have and many will have been in Hades for an indefinite period of time.
     
    The Lord Jesus ascended back to Heaven nearly 2000 years ago. Since then,countless souls have perished and are still perishing without him.When he returns they too will be resurrected.This is why they are called the rest of the dead and do live again,until the indefinite period of time ( the thousand years) that the Lord remains in Heaven is complete. For they are not the dead in Christ,who’s souls are already with him-2 cor 5:8
     
    Great commentaries P. Gregory of Nyssa and John Gill…
     
    Time for bed…

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  3. No, Robert, I really don’t think Nag Hammadi has anything to do with the real Christ or the real Resurrection.

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