The Resurrection Body
by Alan Willis
There was a distinct difference in the beliefs of the Sadducees and the Pharisees, concerning life after death. The Sadducees believed that there was no resurrection, whereas the Pharisees believed that the soul hovered over the body for three days after death, finally breaking free on the fourth day, and going to Hades.
There is also a difference between the resurrection of Lazarus [John 11] and that of Christ. Lazarus would die again, whereas Christ had passed through the valley of death once and forever. The book of Revelation teaches us that all of those who do not belong to Christ, will pass through a ’second death’ (Revelation 20 verse 6), which follows the Great White Judgement, and this is described in chapter 21 verse 8, and it is unlike the first death since it is eternal.
A second difference is also clear. Lazarus was raised to life....