...knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.   (2 Cor 4:14)  


What the Bible says  -  Our proper response  -  Old Testament only


WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS   (click on the underlined verses to read them)

The Lord will come down from heaven, we will be raised, and then we will be with the Lord forever.   1 Thes 4:13-18

God will raise us up by His power.   1 Cor 6:14

He will raise our bodies to life through the Spirit of Him who dwells in us.   Rom 8:11-13

We will be made alive because of Christ.  John 11:24-27,  1 Cor 15:20-26

Both believers and the wicked will be raised.   Acts 24:15-16

It is appointed for men to die once and then face judgment.   Heb 9:27-28

The dead will awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Dan 12:1-3

All those in their graves will hear His voice and come forth, either to the resurrection of life or of condemnation.   John 5:28-30

Those who are going to be killed for their witness to Jesus and who do not take the mark of the beast will live and reign with Christ.   Rev 20:4-6

Those who are not found written in the Book of Life will be raised, judged, and cast into the lake of fire.   Rev 20:11-15

Jesus stated that the dead are raised.  Luke 20:34-38

Paul had hope in God that there would be a resurrection of the dead.  This hope, which was Israel's hope (Acts 24:14-16, Acts 26:5-8, see Old Testament only),  was the reason for Paul's imprisonment.   Acts 28:20

If the dead are not raised, our faith is worthless and we are to be pitied.  1 Cor 15:16-19



We should hear His words and believe in God.  John 5:24-29

We should believe in Jesus who is the resurrection and the life.   John 11:24-27John 6:39-40

We should conduct ourselves in fear knowing that we were redeemed with Christ's precious blood.  1 Pet 1:17-19

We should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.   2 Cor 1:9

We are indebted to live according to the Spirit (through which we gain life), and not to live according to the flesh (which leads to eternal death).   Rom 8:11-13

We, like Paul, should strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.  Acts 24:15-16

We should feed on Jesus and abide in Him.  John 6:53-58    (see Note)

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus illustrates that we should take to heart what the Bible says and repent.   Luke 16:19-31

Like the criminal next to Jesus on the cross, we should believe that Jesus is Lord and that His kingdom is not of this world.  Then, ask Him for mercy.  Luke 23:40-43

We should help the poor, and then we will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.   Luke 14:13-14

We should live wisely, redeeming the time, understanding what the will of the Lord is.  Eph 5:14-17

We should have a mind like Paul, who counted all things lost that he could know Christ and the power of His resurrection - so that he could attain to the resurrection of the dead.  Therefore, forgetting the past, he pressed toward the call of God.   Phil 3:8-15



God will redeem our souls from the power of the grave.   Psalm 49:15

God promised Israel that He would open their graves and bring them up to live in their own land.   Ezekiel 37:12-14

After they died, the Old Testament saints were "gathered to their people."   Gen 25:8,  Gen 35:28-29Ge 49:33, Num 20:23-24

Job knew that after "his skin is destroyed," he would see God.  Job 19:25-27

Daniel was told that he would arise to his inheritance at the end of the days.  Dan 12:9-13

David knew that he would be revived again and be brought up from the depths of the earth.   Psalm 71:18-23

David knew that he would go to where his dead son was.   2 Sam 12:22-23

Isaiah knew that the dead shall arise and sing.   Isa 26:19-20

The dead will awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Daniel 12:1-3

God raises the poor and needy from the dust and the ash heap, and seats them with princes of His people.   1 Sam 2:1-10,   Psalm 113:5-9

God can kill and make people alive.  There is no God besides Him.   Deut 32:391 Sam 2:1-10




John MacArthur,  in The MacArthur Study Bible, helps us understand what Jesus meant when He says, "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life:

Jesus' point was an analogy that has spiritual, rather than literal, significance: just as eating and drinking are necessary for physical life, so also is belief in His sacrificial death on the cross necessary for eternal life.  The eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood metaphorically symbolize the need for accepting Jesus' cross work.

One practical way to apply this is verse to to feed on God's Word (the Bible).  (see John 1:1-3)


Back to Our Hope   -  Back to Christ's Example  -  Contact