There are some that believe some of the dead go to be with the Lord when they die.  To them I have this question,

 

Just how did that work for Lazarus?



He was born a flesh and blood man, BUT.......

When he died he became a "spirit being"; something he HAD to become to be in the presence of God, THEN......

Jesus put him BACK into a flesh and blood body to bring him back to life, to live hear on earth just to die again, THEN.......

He went back to being a "spirit being" when he died the SECOND time?

But if that is the case, how is it that the scriptures says that Christ is the firstborn from the dead?

Rom.8
[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Col.1
[15] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
[18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

It would seem that whoever was the first that was raised from the dead should claim that title before Christ, but yet the scriptures says that Christ was the first born of many brethren.

Something just does not add up here, UNLESS........

Christ did something that was DIFFERENT from ALL of those others that was raised from the dead!!!

And what He did that was different is what ALL of those that have died with a good report are STILL waiting for;

Heb.11
[39] And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
[40] God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

And when will they become perfect?

1 Cor.15
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Death was NOT swallowed up or ended when Lazarus or ANY of those others were brought back to life, nor were any of them made perfect, for ALL of them had to die again.

But when Jesus was raised from the dead he was given a "spirit body", something NO one has received that was born of flesh and blood.

This is way the scriptures are correct when they say;

Rom.8
[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Col.1
[15] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
[18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.


JESUS CHRIST.......THE "FIRST BORN"


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It would seem that whoever was the first that was raised from the dead should claim that title before Christ, but yet the scriptures says that Christ was the first born of many brethren.

The Greek word translated “firstborn” is prototokos. In the Hellenic world it often didn't mean “first in chronology”, but “first in preeminence.” It was sometimes the case that the family birthright fell upon a sibling other than the oldest son: in those instances the younger sibling with the birthright was the prototokos (in that way Jacob would have been called the prototokos once Esau sold him the birthright).

So, although there were others resurrected before Jesus Christ (including several accounts of resurrection in the Old Testament), His resurrection has the preeminence.
His resurrection has the preeminence because He was the first and only one that was raised from the dead that received a "spirit" body!

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