1. In Matthew 25 Jesus presented some instruction to help us be prepared for His return.
2. In vs.31-32 He indirectly tied in the resurrection with His return when He said that
"all nations" will appear before Him.
3. This lesson is a more thorough study of "the resurrection."
4. The first point we need to make is that . . .
I. THE RESURRECTION HAS BEEN A MISUNDERSTOOD BIBLE SUBJECT
A. Many have denied that the resurrection will occur.
1. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection (Acts 23:8).
2. Some in the Corinthian church did not believe in the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12).
B. Some have said that the resurrection has already occurred (2 Timothy 2:16-18).
C. An objective careful study of the Scriptures will clear up any confusion that exists.
II. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT GOD WILL RAISE THE DEAD
A. John 5:21, 25
B. Romans 4:17; 8:11
C. 1 Corinthians 6:14
D. 2 Corinthians 1:9; 4:14
III. THE BIBLE REVEALS WHEN THE RESURRECTION WILL OCCUR
A. The Scriptures teach that the resurrection will occur at the last day.
1. John 6:39-40, 44, 54
2. John 11:24
B. The resurrection will precede the judgment that will occur when Jesus returns.
1. John 5:28-29
2. 1 Thessalonians 4:16
3. Revelation 20:12-13
IV. ADDITIONAL DETAILS RELATING TO THE RESURRECTION
A. The resurrection will include "the just and the unjust" (Acts 24:14-15).
B. From 1 Corinthians 15 we learn that:
1. there is no reason for hope if there is no resurrection (vs.13-19)
2. our hope of being raised from the dead is based on the Lord's resurrection
3. the resurrected body will be a spiritual body which pleases God
(vs.35-44; also Philippians 3:20-21).
C. Looking forward to the resurrection should affect the way we live (Philippians 3:8-16).