The Already But Not Yet

While the Bible writers often assumed that the last days would be shorter, they still believed that they were living in the last days (He 1:2). The Kingdom of Heaven and its king, Jesus, were inaugurated on the cross—and now we wait for His return to bring the Kingdom into its fullness. It is here,…

On Earth As In Heaven

The problem with physical bodies is that they don’t belong in the spiritual realm, for the spiritual realm is for spirits. So if Paul truly believed that Christians would be taking on new imperishable bodies raised in glory and power (1 Corinthians 15), then how did he expect this to all work out on paper?…

Resurrection: Life After Life After Death

Though we’ve had thousands of years to create a deep theology of resurrection, we have for some reason reduced the concept to a fraction of what it is. The Bible writers understood resurrection to be a whole lot more than what we teach. When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, it sent theological shockwaves throughout…

No Sex or Marriage in the Resurrection?

Obviously, sex and marriage play a big part in society and humanity, so Jesus’ statement that such things won’t exist in the resurrection (Mk 12:24-27) surprises us and even comes across a bit harshly. After all, many of us who are married can’t imagine living in eternity without our spouse and the near majority of us can’t…

Resurrection: An Ancient Hot Topic

Every generation of the church has been plagued by a hot topic of some sort. We only need to think of the doctrines different denominations fight over today to see that. It wasn’t any different in Jesus’ time, as different sects of Judaism were having their own doctrinal debates. And one of those debates was…