The following is a placeholder covering the doctrine of Immortality of the Soul. I will come along and re-edit this in more detail progressively.
The doctrine of resurrection is based on the belief in the bodily resurrection of the dead as taught in the Bible. Here is a summarised overview of the doctrine of resurrection.
At the end of time, there will be a physical resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. This means that the bodies of those who have died will be raised from the dead and transformed into imperishable, glorified bodies.
Resurrection of Believers
Believers in Jesus Christ, who have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, will experience a resurrection to eternal life. Their bodies will be transformed to be like Christ’s resurrected body, and they will enter into the fullness of God’s presence in Heaven.
Resurrection of the Unbelievers
Those who have rejected Jesus Christ and lived in unbelief will also experience a bodily resurrection. However, their destiny will be one of judgment and separation from God, leading to eternal punishment.
Timing of the Resurrection
The exact timing of the resurrection is in God’s hands and will occur at His appointed time. The return of Jesus Christ (Second Coming) will trigger the resurrection of the dead, followed by the final judgment and the establishment of the new heaven and new earth.
Assurance of Resurrection
For believers, the doctrine of resurrection provides hope and assurance. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, emphasizes the centrality of the resurrection in the Christian faith, stating that if Christ was not raised from the dead, then their faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). We take comfort in the belief that because Christ has conquered death through His own resurrection, believers can have the assurance of their own future resurrection to eternal life.
Overall, the doctrine of resurrection is rooted in the belief in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life for those who have placed their faith in Him. It affirms the reality of a bodily resurrection, which holds significant importance in shaping their understanding of the afterlife and the final destiny of humanity.