Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection 101

The Church's Guide to the Scriptures has some really good basic information about resurrection strongly supported by scriptures references.  I thought I'd post it, though with changes to the order of the scripture reference list that follows to create more continuity of thought. 
The reuniting of the spirit body with the physical body of flesh and bones after death. After resurrection, the spirit and body will never again be separated, and the person will become immortal. Every person born on earth will be resurrected because Jesus Christ overcame death (1 Cor. 15:20–22).

Jesus Christ was the first person to be resurrected on this earth (Acts 26:23; Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5). The New Testament gives ample evidence that Jesus rose with His physical body: His tomb was empty, He ate fish and honey, He had a body of flesh and bones, people touched Him, and the angels said He had risen (Mark 16:1–6; Luke 24:1–12, 36–43; John 20:1–18). Latter-day revelation confirms the reality of the resurrection of Christ and of all mankind (Alma 11:40–45; 40; 3 Ne. 11:1–17; D&C 76; Moses 7:62).

All people will not be resurrected to the same glory (1 Cor. 15:39–42; D&C 76:89–98), nor will all be resurrected at the same time (1 Cor. 15:22–23; Alma 40:8; D&C 76:64–65, 85; 88:96–102). Many Saints were resurrected after Christ’s resurrection (Matt. 27:52). The righteous will be resurrected before the wicked and will come forth in the first resurrection (1 Thes. 4:16); the unrepentant sinners will come forth in the last resurrection (Rev. 20:5–13; D&C 76:85).

Christ layeth down his life and taketh it again that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead: 2 Ne. 2:8; ( Mosiah 13:35; Mosiah 15:20; Alma 33:22; Alma 40:3; Hel. 14:15; )
The Lord is risen: Luke 24:34;
I am the resurrection and the life: John 11:25;
A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have: Luke 24:39;
The Twelve Apostles taught that Jesus had risen: Acts 1:21–22; ( Acts 2:32; Acts 3:15; Acts 4:33; )

Without resurrection, we would become subject to Satan: 2 Ne. 9:6–9;
Alma explained the state of souls between death and resurrection: Alma 40:6, 11–24;

Though this body be destroyed, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Job 19:26; ( Moses 5:10; )
I will open your graves, and cause you to come up: Ezek. 37:12;
The resurrection from the dead is the redemption of the soul: D&C 88:14–16;
In Christ shall all be made alive: 1 Cor. 15:1–22;
Resurrection will pass upon all men: 2 Ne. 9:22;
They shall rise from the dead and shall not die after: D&C 63:49;
The dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thes. 4:16;
[At Christ’s resurrection] Graves were opened, and many bodies arose: Matt. 27:52–53; ( 3 Ne. 23:9; )
At the Lord’s [second] coming, the dead which died in Christ will come forth: D&C 29:13; ( D&C 45:45–46; D&C 88:97–98; D&C 133:56; )
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: Rev. 20:6;
They that knew no law shall have part in this first resurrection: D&C 45:54;
The wicked remain as though there had been no redemption, except for the loosing of the bands of death: Alma 11:41–45;
Weep especially for those who have not hope of a glorious resurrection: D&C 42:45;

Angels who are resurrected beings have bodies of flesh and bones: D&C 129:1;
Spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy: D&C 93:33;
Whatsoever intelligence we attain in this life will rise with us in the resurrection: D&C 130:18–19;

The resurrection gives us hope of life after mortality.  I have great hope in the resurrection. I believe the witnesses of the apostles and prophets.  I know of at least one current apostle who has seen Jesus and that also gives me great comfort.  Happy Easter!