Note on the topic/issue/term “spiritual
C1 Not physical
C2 Physical would point to the flesh, the body
C3 Spiritual would be speaking of the non-material of a being
C1 Becoming alive again
D1 Something that is living
D2 Then dies
D3 Then comes alive again
B3 Spiritual Resurrection then would refer to something that is alive, then dies, then is made alive again.
B1 Not taught
C1 Bible teaches that we are dead because of sin. This would be the sin nature that we are born with (original sin).
C2 Bible teaches that God inititates the salvific process, not any person.
B2 The most common Bible reference used is Ephesians 2:1-6
C1 Verse 1 in many translations has the words “has quickened.” These words are not in the Greek.
C2 Literally translated the verse reads “and you being dead in trespasses and sins.”
D1 Trepass is doing what we must not do
D2 Sin is to violate or break a law
C3 Verse 5: “…even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” (Ephesians 2:5 EMTV
D1 Parallel passages
E1 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
Colossians 2:13 EMTV
E2 For as the Father raises up the dead and gives life, thus also the Son gives life to whom He wills.
John 5:21 EMTV
D2 The word for resurrection is used in the sense of raising something (sleep, sitting, disease, or death, etc.) is egeiro.
D3 The word for made is zoopoieo.
D4 The word used in verse 5 is suzoopoieo, that is, make alive together.
D5 Resurrection and made alive are two different concepts.
E1 Resurrection (as mentioned above) is something alive that dies, and then is raised from death.
F1 The Lord Jesus as man was alive, died, and raised to life, that is, made alive again (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
F2 Those who are trusting in God for salvation will be resurrected in the future that is, were alive, died (physically), then raised again to life (1 Thessalonians 4:13_18)
E2 Make alive is something dead that is made alive.
F1 The saints (God’s people) are made alive, that is, existing as dead then made alive (Colossians 2:13).
F2 Jesus was made alive in the sense that in the grace He was dead and when raised from death is alive again.
E2 They are similar in that…
F1 In resurrection amd make alive both have dead to being alvie again.
F2 In make alive only being dead to being alive.
B3 So while no in error to use the term, it would be better to avoid especially as Gnostics and others, use the term to indicate things as Jesus did not raise physically only spiritually or some other sense.
Posted by choco at 10:32 on 8 Jan 15
Labels: doctrine, resurrection, spiritual resurrection