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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Frequently Asked Question

What is the first resurrection and who will be included in this resurrection?

The Bible says that sinners are dead in their trespasses (Eph 2:1). Paul wrote,

"having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, you, I say, did he make alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses" (Col 2:12-13).

Jesus taught,

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself: and he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment" (John 5:25-29).
Notice that Jesus speaks of two resurrections. Of one he says, "The hour comes and now is," and of the other he says, "The hour comes" (omitting the "now is"). He was saying that the time is now when a person dead in sin, can be buried in the water of baptism, and raised to walk a new life (See Rom 6:4-6). That is the first resurrection. Baptism is the moment of salvation because in baptism our sins are removed, having been washed away (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21). The second resurrection, which Jesus says will be in a future time, but is not now, is the resurrection of the dead when Jesus comes again. If you have experienced the first resurrection, the second death will not harm you. (The first death is physical death, and the second death is eternal separation from God.)

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
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