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God Will Resurrect All People To Be Judged
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 3

Question Answer
Will our bodies ever come back to life once we have died?

Yes. One day, by the power of His voice, Jesus Christ will raise up everyone's bodies again, either for eternal life or eternal death. John 5:28-29a – "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth."

The Difference This Truth Makes
There is coming a day when God will raise up the bodies of all people to be judged. Jesus said we should not be surprised at the teaching of the “Day of the Lord.” What happens to you at that judgment depends upon how you have prepared your soul before the Lord. The souls of the righteous will inherit (receive) eternal life. But the souls of those who rejected Christ and died in their sins will be reunited with their bodies and prepared for everlasting punishment.

God said that those already in their graves would someday hear His voice. The dead cannot hear anyone’s voice except God’s voice! Dead believers’ bodies will be raised to receive eternal life in heaven. The dead bodies of those who rejected Christ will be raised, too, but only to receive eternal punishment in hell.

When John 5:29 says that the ones who have “done good” will be raised to life, it is not teaching that someone is saved by doing good deeds. Only people who are in Christ can be said to have truly “done good.” We are not saved by doing good, but God has saved us in order that we would do good.

It is important to understand that not all of God’s children will be dead when Christ returns. Some will still be alive! The Bible teaches that God will first raise those who are dead, and then those who are alive will go up into the air to be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.