Jesus knew God’s word was truth and gave life. He prayed that his followers would follow the truth of God contained in the word. The Bereans were counted as noble for searching the scriptures daily to prove the truth so they could faithfully follow. Today, Christians have an abundance of versions of the Bible to read to help them discern the truth of God. When scriptures supporting our beliefs conflict with other scriptures, then there is an error in what we believe, or how we are understanding scripture. Like the Bereans, we need to study to prove what is true from the word of God.
Matthew 4:4 Evangelical Heritage Version
4 But Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”
John 17:14…17 New Life Version
14 “I have given Your Word to My followers. The world hated them because they do not belong to the world, even as I do not belong to the world… 17 Make them holy for Yourself by the truth. Your Word is truth.
Romans 12:2 King James Version
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Titus 1:2 Easy-to-Read Version
2 This faith and knowledge make us sure that we have eternal life. God promised that life to us before time began—and God does not lie.
Martha had faith and knew when her brother Lazarus would be resurrected and live again after he had died. She knew when Jesus would raise his followers, do you? How do these scriptures complement those that support your beliefs?
John 11:21-24 International Children’s Bible
21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask.” 23 Jesus said, “Your brother will rise and live again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know that he will rise and live again in the resurrection on the last day.”
John 6:39-40 New Living Translation
39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.
54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day.
Jesus let himself be crucified so all the scriptures about his death could be fulfilled. Knowing there had to be a sacrifice made to cover humanity’s sins, Jesus willingly made that sacrifice in our stead. Rising back to life, Jesus demonstrated what humanity can look forward to. His followers will be resurrected to eternal life when he returns for them while the rest of humanity will be resurrected as mortals when their turn comes. Knowing the plan of salvation and proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom of God is the work of those who follow Jesus. God desires that everyone from all places and times should be saved. Those who stay true now to their calling are blessed and holy, they will be resurrected first when Jesus returns. The rest of the dead are resurrected later on when their time comes. Rejecting Jesus and salvation, some of them will experience the second death. Do you help others know Jesus and his plans by word or deed? Is one better than the other?
1 Corinthians 15:22-23 New American Bible (Revised Edition)
22 For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, 23 but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
Revelation 20:5-6 New King James Version
5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Isaiah 26:19 King James Version
19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 New Life Version
18 All this comes from God. He is the One Who brought us to Himself when we hated Him. He did this through Christ. Then He gave us the work of bringing others to Him. 19 God was in Christ. He was working through Christ to bring the whole world back to Himself. God no longer held men’s sins against them. And He gave us the work of telling and showing men this. 20 We are Christ’s missionaries. God is speaking to you through us. We are speaking for Christ and we ask you from our hearts to turn from your sins and come to God. 21 Christ never sinned but God put our sin on Him. Then we are made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.
Revelation 21:8 Disciples’ Literal New Testament
8 But for the cowardly ones, and unbelieving ones, and ones having been abominable, and murderers, and sexually-immoral ones, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all the liars— their part will be in the lake burning with fire and sulphur, which is the second death”.
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?