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What Is Meant By The Term 'Resurrection'

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What Is Meant By The Term 'Resurrection' The term 'resurrection' has several similar meanings. In the Collins English Dictionary resurrection is defined as: 1. a supposed act or instance of a dead person coming back to life; (under Resurrection) 1. the rising again of Christ from the tomb three days after his death; 2. the rising again from the dead of all men at the Last Judgment".1 In the Bible the Greek word for resurrection is 'anastasis' which means standing again or raised to life. It comes from the Greek word 'anistemi' which means to arise or to stand up again. The Greek word, 'egeiro' which means to rouse or waken, is used for when Lazarus rose from the dead. The words are slightly different, as anastasis is when a person who has died comes back to life whereas egeiro signifies that a person is roused from sleeping. However, egeiro can also mean the person is roused from death. The difference between the two words, anastasis and egeiro, is important as it proves that Lazarus resurrection was hardly as incredible as Jesus'. ...read more.

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The women came down to the tomb early in the morning when it was beginning to dawn and found Jesus was not in the tomb. This means that some time during the night he must have risen. What body Jesus rose in is clearer. There are some Christians who say that the resurrection was only in spiritual form and not in a physical body. They quote 1 Peter 3:18 which says, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit".7 With this last phrase it appears that Christ arose in the Spirit but Jesus rose again in the same body as he died in. This can be proved by the fact that when he appeared to the disciples and later to Thomas he told them to touch him and feel his hand and his side. The print of the nails would still have been on his hands. More evidence is that Jesus even ate with the disciples to prove to them he was alive. ...read more.

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When the resurrection of the saints occurs they will rise and receive their changed bodies. At that time our bodies will "be fashioned like unto his glorious body". There will also be some who would not have died when Christ returns. Those people will have their bodies changed "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump".10 Jesus' resurrection accomplished five points: Jesus now had a physical renewing of his life; he had a reunion of his body and his spirit; now that Christ had risen from the dead he had conquered death so it no longer had any power; he gained a new position on the right hand of God; finally Jesus received a transfigured body.11 1 Collins English Dictionary - under 'resurrection' and 'Resurrection' 2 John 11:43 The King James Version of the Bible 3 The New Strong's Complete Dictionary of Bible Works - under resurrection and raised 4 http://misslink.org/cover/basics45:html 5 John 1:1 The King James Version of the Bible 6 The King James Study Bible - John 19:40 7 http://ww.dreamwater.com/spotlight/jwjesusres.htm 8 King James Study Bible - John 20:17 9 Mrs Russell - R.S. teacher 10 http://exit3.i-55.com/~alrogers/resurrec.html 11 King James Study Bible - Matthew 28:6 ...read more.

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