Lesson 24

Moses is believed to have written the first five books of the Bible during the late bronze age somewhere between 1550 – 1200 B.C. To say he was the author though might be a bit of an overstatement, as he probably just made good use of his Egyptian schooling by writing down exactly what God told him. After all, Moses had no first hand knowledge of the storyline until Exodus 3. For those who believe the Bible is the authoritative word of God, this should come as no surprise. They would agree the Bible, through the Holy Spirit, or divine revelation, came directly from the mouth of God to the pen and paper of those who wrote or dictated it. Collected over the centuries, these books have been kept as the sacred words of God. Steeped in ceremony and tradition, the Jewish scribes took great care not to add or miss a single pen stroke of the Hebrew Bible. It was not their job, it was their life’s calling. Being studied and debated by the priesthood, the slightest details remained constant. The Israelite nation’s remaining two tribes of Judah and Levi lost their homeland and temple and became an enslaved people when they were taken into captivity by the Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar. Keeping their sacred scrolls intact and unpolluted was a primary religious goal. Maintaining their beliefs true to what those scrolls taught wasn’t as high in priority. Openly acknowledging the lack of scriptural support for the immortal soul doctrine, Jews have replaced it with teachings from revered scholars and rabies. Not found before or during the first temple period, these beliefs have evolved and developed over the centuries since the Babylonian captivity. Many Christians share similar beliefs in an immortal soul but not the candor about the lack of Biblical support for them. Most Christians claim to find Old Testament support for their beliefs of an immortal soul where the Jews of old found none. Jews from the second temple period until today freely admit there is none. The Old Testament of the KJV Bible comes from the Jewish Hebrew Bible. The Jews lived, preserved, and studied those scriptures exhaustively. They know the meaning, intent and context for each verse. It is their collective family history. Why do most Christians disagree with the Jews about biblical support for the immortal soul doctrine? Was the immortal soul belief established in the New Testament? What balance do you strike between your beliefs and what the Bible teaches? How important is it to believe biblical teachings? Do Bible beliefs contradict themselves? How can you know if any of your beliefs are contradictory?

2 Peter 1:20-21 International Standard Version
20 First of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever originated through a human decision. Instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 40:8 English Standard Version
8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

Lesson 1

Out of all the resurrections in the Bible, Jesus is the only one to be resurrected into a spiritual body with eternal life. Jesus was the first and so far the only one to have that kind of resurrected eternal life. Jesus blazed a trail for us to follow.

Romans 8:28-30 International Children’s Bible
28 We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people God called, because that was his plan. 29 God knew them before he made the world. And God chose them to be like his Son. Then Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers. 30 God planned for them to be like his Son. And those he planned to be like his Son, he also called. And those he called, he also made right with him. And those he made right, he also glorified.

When those called by God are resurrected they will have the same type of body as Jesus, seeing him as he is.

1 John 3:2 International Children’s Bible
Dear friends, now we are children of God. We have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like him. We will see him as he really is. 

1 Corinthians 15:42/49/52/54-55 International Children’s Bible explains Christians are like seeds and what we will look like later cannot be described.
42 It is the same with the dead who are raised to life. The body that is “planted” will ruin and decay. But that body is raised to a life that cannot be destroyed.
49 We were made like the man of earth. So we will also be made like the man of heaven.
52 It will only take a second. We will be changed as quickly as an eye blinks. This will happen when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound and those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we will all be changed.
54 So this body that ruins will clothe itself with that which never ruins. And this body that dies will clothe itself with that which never dies. When this happens, then this Scripture will be made true:“Death is destroyed forever in victory.” Isaiah 25:8 55 “Death, where is your victory?  Death, where is your power to hurt?” Hosea 13:14

How do you frame these verses in your understanding of becoming children of God?