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Two Types of Resurrections

First we need to understand that only what dies is qualified for a resurrection. A person is officially dead only when rigor mortis sets in. They may appear to be dead when in fact they are not. Their heart might have stopped for a while but science has not defined the intermediary stage before one is actually dead

The Bible has-

James 2:26 “the body without the spirit is dead”

John 19:30 Jesus- He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

When the Bible speaks of resurrection from the dead, one must distinguish between two types of resurrections. The first type is only a restoration back to natural physical life. What that means is that the person will physically die again later. This restoration-type resurrection occurred twice in the Old Testament: Elisha raised the Shunammite's son back to life (II Kings 4:32-37), and a man was suddenly resurrected from the dead when his dead body touched the bones of Elisha the prophet (II Kings 13:20-21). In the New Testament, restoration-resurrection occurred at least four times: the resurrection of the daughter of Jarius (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-24, 35-43, Luke 8:40-42,49-56); the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17); Lazarus (John 11:1-44); and, the resurrection of many of the saints when Jesus died (Matthew 27:52-53).

These two cases in the Old Testament and four cases in the New Testament were all resurrections of the first type—resurrection. These were restorations back to natural physical life. All of these people died again later.

The second type of resurrection from the dead is the type that means resurrection life, in which one is no longer subject to sin and death (Romans 6:9). True resurrection- means a person is no longer capable of dying physically because there was a change in the nature of the body that has been resurrected. Jesus is the only one resurrected in this way; This is why Jesus is called the firstfruit of the resurrection (I Corinthians 15:23, Colossians 1:15,18, Revelation Critics have often felt that this statement was contradictory, for how could Jesus be called the firstfruit of the resurrection since there were others who had been resurrected before Him. But all the others who were resurrected before Jesus underwent the first type of resurrection, which was merely a restoration back to natural life. Jesus is the only one who has undergone the second type of resurrection, true resurrection-life, where He is no longer subject to death. Jesus is called the firstfruit of the resurrection, that is, resurrection-life.

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