As I place the lid on this series of teaching, it is important that I remind you of the crux of this study in the first place. The resurrection of the dead is the believer’s hope.
Many believers are quick to quote what Paul said about himself in Philippians three verses thirteen and fourteen, “. . . forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press towards the mark. . .”, they would chant, a times, mindlessly. But when asked what that mark is, many are unsure. “I think it is heaven.” some will say. “It is when the believer dies.” others will guess. But there’s no need guessing. The preceding verses of that chapter contain the answer. “I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of His resurrection . . . becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11) Yes, that is the mark, at the very end of that statement. The goal of our Christian walk is to partake in the resurrection from the dead.
Still speaking about our hope as believers, the Scripture in Colossians chapter one verse twenty-seven says, “To His people, God has chosen to reveal among the gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Because we have accepted Christ, and because He resides in us, the seal of His Spirit been ingrained in our spirit, we can joyously look forward to that moment when we would partake in the resurrection from the dead, laying aside this mortal body, and taking up the incorruptible immortal body.
The apostle John took off from where the apostle Paul stopped in first John three, verses two and three. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” In other words, the apostle by the Holy Spirit was saying that we are sure of one thing, and should be elated about it. That when Jesus shall appear (obviously that will be when He appears in the rapture), we will be like Him – spirit, soul and body. For we shall see Him as He is; for nothing will be hidden from us, having attained the perfection that we’ve hitherto worked towards. He then says that if this is our hope; if we daily ponder on this, keeping our eyes fixed on Christ; if during the trials and temptations, we encourage ourselves that one day, at the resurrection of the dead, we will wear our immortal bodies and radiate a glory similar to that of Christ; then we keep ourselves pure, just as Christ, who is in us, is pure.
The believer should have this hope. This very hope. That he will be like Christ, at the resurrection; and spend eternity with Him, beholding His glory; if only he will stay the tide, enduring to the end.