The Apostles Creed: The resurrection of the body
by Mark Grilus
At the second coming of Jesus, there will be a general resurrection of all mankind. (Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:1-3; Act 24:15) This resurrection will be of the righteous and the unrighteous. That this resurrection and judgement occur at the same time is evident from Matthew 25:31-46. This judgement occurs at the end of the world (Revelation 20:11-13). There is no reason to speculate that it does not occur on the same day. The Bible speaks of “the day of judgment,” but this does not necessarily mean that it will be a day of twenty-four hours.
The Scriptures, particularly the parables, make a distinction between the two groups who will be resurrected. Other terms are used to indicate this division throughout the Bible. Those who are in Adam and those in Christ. Genesis first speaks of this separation when God speaks to the serpent after the fall. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15.
There will now be two lines of descendants of Adam on the earth. Those who are called and adopted as sons of God (Romans 8:23), and those who are of their father the devil, (John 8:44). The actions and natures of the two parties are contrasted, especially in the parables.
Wheat and Tares (Matthew 13:24–13:30). Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31-46). Good fish and Bad fish drawn in a net (Matthew 13:47–52). Wise and Foolish Virgins( Matthew 25:1-13.)
The Resurrection is the final vindication of the righteous. The evidence of our glorified resurrected bodies, will show to everyone, who belongs to God. This is the “better resurrection” that is spoken in Hebrews 11. Let us strive to attain that resurrection.