“There is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoot will not cease. Though its root becomes old in the earth, and its stump dies in the dust, at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. But man dies and is cut off, and Adam expires; and where is he? As the waters go away from the sea, and a river wastes away and dries up, even so man lies down and does not rise until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be roused out of their sleep. Who will grant that You would hide me in Sheol; You would conceal me until Your anger turns back; that You would set a limit for me and remember me? If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare I will wait, until my change comes” Job. 14:7-14 ELT.
No doubt this was the Sadducee’s proof text for saying that the Bible teaches that there is no resurrection. But they misconstrued Jobs words. Job describes His hope as one of waiting for a “change” from his individual fleshly body, which will never be raised in that form, but is “sown in dishonor” 1 Cor. 15:42. But in transformation it is raised as the New Spiritual Body of Christ. Water changes forms before it is raised. Drops of liquid do not ascend up into the sky. It is raised in an intangible form as steam. Liquids flow “down and does not rise.” All this is a testimony of Christ.
So few have been brought face to face the Person of The Resurrection. When we truly see Him we see our self centered christian traditions exposed as empty and foolish. Job spoke these words by the Spirit. He is really is saying the same thing as Paul “Foolish one! What you sow is not made alive unless it dies” 1Cor. 15:36.
It is helpful to see that Job used the Hebrew word אדם: “Adam” there in verse ten, because He is describing the outward man as the man of death. When we identify in the first man, if we are honest to God, we will all cry out, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” and only in seeing Jesus can we say, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” Rom. 7:24-25.
The Spirit is saying that there is no resurrection for the outward man. Before we see Jesus, we just overlook the fact that the scriptures plainly say that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” 1 Cor. 15:50. We all just reinterpret those words to mean something like NonChristains will not inherit the kingdom of God. That way we never let the cross touch our flesh centered identity: self.
But whenever we are truly made to face the person of Christ we will see that Jesus has gathered all men into Himself and put us to death. Then the focus of our heart is moved from seeing ourselves to knowing Jesus, then we are changed. “In a moment, in a glance of an eye” 1 Cor. 15:52 LITV. When Nestle comments on his translation of this verse, He says Paul is not really speaking of this change as in the “twinkling” or “winking” of an eye, but as fast as in the “throwing of the gaze” we are changed. And so the original language points us to turning the focus of the heart away from ourselves to Christ.
You are in Him.
He is in You.
In this, we see that Jesus is far greater than just One who does resurrections, Christ is exclusively the Resurrection and the Life of His Body The Church. He has risen from the dead as a kind of vehicle of Resurrection. This Body is already risen as a New Spiritual Body being born of God through Spiritual birth. This is a better resurrection then God restoring your flesh again.
“Women received their dead by a resurrection: and others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” Heb. 11:35 ASV.
Jesus did raise Lazarus, and others, from death and they only died again. But the eternal Resurrection is found in Christ. This is “better”, because it is not your outward man again. A “better resurrection” is not that some elite believers will get to be closer to Jesus in the afterlife because they suffered persecutions. The better Resurrection is in union with Jesus Christ. This was “the hope of Isreal” Acts. 28:20.
When Paul first preached in Antioch, He preached that Christ’s Resurrection completely fulfilled the hope of Israel.
“God did raise Him out of the dead, and he was seen for many days of those who did come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses unto the people. ‘And we, to you, do proclaim good news—that the promise made unto the fathers, God hath in full completed this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, as also in the second Psalm it hath been written, My Son thou art—I today have begotten Thee” Acts. 13;30-33 YLT.
If Paul believed that Jesus’ resurrection was just a foretaste of another “general resurrection”, He would not have said “God hath in full completed” the promise given to the fathers. Paul preached that Jesus was born of the flesh, as the Last Adam, And then He was “begotten” again as the Resurrection and the Life of Spiritual birth of all believers.
Yes. Jesus was “begotten” again. He was speaking of the third day when he said,
“This day have begotten Thee” Ps. 2:7
As the Resurrection, He was born out from our sin and death, as the Head of a entirely New Man born out from the death of the cross. You are only “born again” through His being “begotten” again as the Resurrection. The apostle Peter wrote, He “did beget us again to a living hope, through the rising again of Jesus Christ out of the dead” 1 Peter 1:3 YLT.
The Spiritual birth of Jesus out from the death of Adam is the Resurrection that the prophets declared.
“Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a Man child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” Isaiah 66:7-8
This Man Child is the the Second Man. In the same way Jesus described His Resurrection as life Spiritual born out from the Church when He says,
“A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for the joy that a Man is born into the world.” Jn. 16:20
You may ask, ‘but what could Paul mean when he writes “each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; then they that are Christ’s, at His coming’” 1 Cor. 15:23? It is self-centeredness that looks for the restoration of the flesh to become the fulfillment of the Resurrection. “Christ the firstfruits” is a description of this birth of the One New Man appearing Head first. Just as a body is born, the head is seen first, then the body is seen in union with the Head, so Paul is describing the order of His appearing. It is not about a future general resurrection when all believers will get their own resurrection bodies separate from Jesus.
My question to you is, Is the Resurrection just your flesh again, or is it Christ in His return?
The Resurrection is One New Man. Salvation is not a crowd of people getting new bodies some glad day when this life is o’er. The Resurrection has not been postponed. This salvation is today. “If, then, you were raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is sitting at the right of God” Col. 3:1. If you are knowing Him in His appearing you are also knowing that this is “now”. “Knowing the time, that now is the hour for you to be aroused from sleep,” Rom. 13:11 LITV. This Christ is The Resurrection that the Apostles and Prophets have Declared. So turn the eyes of your heart to Him and let go of these selfish, false expectations. Come into The Light that all things being exposed by the Light can be clearly revealed, for everything having been revealed is Christ. Who “says,
‘Arise, sleeping ones and stand up out of the dead ones’, and Christ will shine on you” Eph. 5:14.