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The Resurrection of John 5.28-29?

What is the meaning of John 5.28-29? In John 5.28 Jesus says all who are in the graves shall hear his voice. Then in John 5.29, Jesus says they shall come forth to a resurrection of life or damnation. Who are these ones that will come forth from their graves to eternal life or damnation? Is John 5.28-29 talking about believers and nonbelievers, or just nonbelievers?.



John 5.28-29 is one of Jesus' more difficult sayings to understand. It touches on a lot of poorly understood subjects, including the afterlife and the resurrection of the dead. John 5.28-29 has been interpreted in various ways according to different denominations and beliefs. Little is agreed upon except that Jesus is referring to the resurrection of the dead.

John 5.28-29 reads, "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:28-29 KJV bible).

There are two main ways to understand John 5.28-29. The first, and most popular view is that Jesus is speaking about a resurrection of all people. He is saying that everyone who has ever lived, from the worst sinner to the purest saint, will resurrect. The saints will come forth to a resurrection of life, but the sinners to a resurrection of damnation.

An alternative view is that John 5.28-29 is referring to what's known as the second resurrection. In accordance with Revelation 20.12 and other scriptures, John 5.28-29 is referring to a resurrection of nonbelievers that will take place after the resurrection of the saints. In this second resurrection, every nonbeliever will be raised up and judged, some to eternal life and some to damnation.

Are the graves a place of life or death?

To correctly understand this passage we need to back up, and look at an earlier statement Jesus makes in John 5, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live" (John 5:24-25 KJV bible).

In this statement Jesus is talking about those who trust and believe in him. He says that the hour has come when the dead shall hear his voice and live. Every "dead" one who hears him will, at this time, pass from death to life by the Spirit.

What's clear is that Jesus is using a metaphor of life and death to describe the difference between nonbelievers and believers. All believers are described as alive in him, but all nonbelievers are dead to him. Jesus is telling us that the ones who hear him are no longer "dead", but have spiritually passed from death to life.

This imagery of life and death is used throughout the bible to describe the difference between believers and nonbelievers. Sinners are described as being dead and trapped in death (Matthew 4.16). But believers are described as being alive and having life (John 10.10, John 6.51). From God's perspective people must have their sins forgiven to be alive to him (Colossians 2.13).

Nonbelievers will come from their "graves" in the second resurrection.

Now when we look again at John 5.28-29 we can better understand who is being referred to here. The imagery of a person coming forth out of their grave doesn't apply to believers. Believers are never described in scripture as lying in their graves, because they're not held by death. The imagery instead applies to nonbelievers, because they will be released from death in the second resurrection.

So we understand John 5.28-29 to be about the second resurrection, which is the resurrection of nonbelievers, "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [Hades] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death" (Revelation 20:13-14 KJV bible).

Here we have a description of the second resurrection, and we can see the similarities with John 5.28-29. Like John 5.28-29 the nonbelievers are being spit out of death and hell. Some of the nonbelievers will enter the Kingdom (Revelation 22.2), which is the resurrection unto life. However, others will receive damnation, which is the resurrection unto damnation.

We have another similar passage to John 5.28-29 in the book of Daniel, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:2 KJV bible).

Again we have a description of people who are being spiritually released from the dust of the earth. As with John 5.28-29, for some of them it is a resurrection unto eternal life. However for the wicked it is a resurrection unto the contempt of damnation.

John 5.28-29 is one of Jesus' more difficult sayings to understand. First, one must realize that there will be a first and second resurrection of the dead. The dead in Christ will rise first, and then later on there will be a resurrection of nonbelievers. Only this second resurrection will be the resurrection from the "grave", when all nonbelievers are released from the power of death, unto eternal life or damnation.

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Jesus is the savior of the WHOLE word. The lake of fire is a great thing, a promise of God. Many believe the false teachings of hell as an eternal torture chamber. Being spiritually dead is hell, not a boiling pot so to speak. For God, who WILL have ALL men to be saved, but each in his own order. If God wills or desires as some translations put it, then who can stop Him? Ok so if Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and paid the price in full, will He infact get robbed of anything He paid for? Hardly so. If I pay for 4 new tires but only get 1, 2, or 3 of them, then did I get what I paid for? Yes I may be able to get ripped off but God will not.
Remember when Christ told the pharisees that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven in this world kr the next? Then it becomes clear that sin will be able to enter into the next realm that can be forgiven except this one. This particular sin will call for a much more severe punishment, which is seperation from God through yet another life. But the Lake of fire destroys the wicked WORKS of a person, not the person him or herself. For EVERY man's works shall be tried by fire and if his works are burned up, he will suffer loss but he himself will be saved as by fire.
Why are those who have no part in the second death (lake of fire) blessed? Because they have been found worthy by God's choice and they are every wit clean. There is nothing left for the lake of fire to burn away. Remember, John said I come to baptize you with water but the one coming after me will baptize you with FIRE! So when they were baptized in the upper room, was their skin smoldering and their hair burning? Its a spiritual fire the everyone will have to go through with much trials and tribulation. John the Baptist also said when he seen Jesus, "Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the WORLD. There are many scriptures that declare that all men will be saved in the fullness of God. As in adam, ALL die even so in Christ, ALL shall be made alive. These are equal parts. God, who is the savior of the WORLD, specially those who believe. Ok so according to the word, how many tongues confess and knees bow? I think you know this answer. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Remember as well, the word says He makes His enemies subject to Him. Now if our children misbehave, then we punish themfor the terrible deed they did and we make them subject to us. What do we think punishment is for? It is always for correction. Annihilation of His creation is no victory. Remember, He saw that EVERYTHING He made was GOOD. He created evil as well as stated in the scriptures.
The word also says that no one comes to the son unless the Father draws him. It isn't our will that chooses God but only by His will. No one seeks after righteousness. Many of us are not called and choosen as we would like to think we are. How many of us are living according to the law by the grace of God? I'm not. Ive not been found worthy of God. I do not know Him nor does He know me. Yes, I believe in Him, but that isnt enough. Jesus said He did not come to destroy the law, but to fullfill it. Then He goes on to say that not one tittle or jot would be removed. He also said that anyone who practices any of them and teaches others to do so, would be called least in the kingdom of God. Read 1 John chapter 2. It says if we say we know Christ then we ought to walk as Christ walked. Anyone who says they know Christ and sin, is a liar and the truth is not in him. Of course we know that ALL have sinned and no one can say he is without sin, but if one is truly converted and saved, he will no longer sin against the law because now the grace of God works through that individual. Grace isn't something that gives us a right to sin because we say we believe in Jesus Christ. Thats blasphemy against the word of God. Yes in 1 John it says that if anyone has sinned, we have and advocate with the Father, but it isnt to be continued.
10th November 2015 3:00am
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Jesus is the savior of the WHOLE word. The lake of fire is a great thing, a promise of God. Many believe the false teachings of hell as an eternal torture chamber. Being spiritually dead is hell, not a boiling pot so to speak. For God, who WILL have ALL men to be saved, but each in his own order. If God wills or desires as some translations put it, then who can stop Him? Ok so if Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and paid the price in full, will He infact get robbed of anything He paid for? Hardly so. If I pay for 4 new tires but only get 1, 2, or 3 of them, then did I get what I paid for? Yes I may be able to get ripped off but God will not.
Remember when Christ told the pharisees that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven in this world kr the next? Then it becomes clear that sin will be able to enter into the next realm that can be forgiven except this one. This particular sin will call for a much more severe punishment, which is seperation from God through yet another life. But the Lake of fire destroys the wicked WORKS of a person, not the person him or herself. For EVERY man's works shall be tried by fire and if his works are burned up, he will suffer loss but he himself will be saved as by fire.
Why are those who have no part in the second death (lake of fire) blessed? Because they have been found worthy by God's choice and they are every wit clean. There is nothing left for the lake of fire to burn away. Remember, John said I come to baptize you with water but the one coming after me will baptize you with FIRE! So when they were baptized in the upper room, was their skin smoldering and their hair burning? Its a spiritual fire the everyone will have to go through with much trials and tribulation. John the Baptist also said when he seen Jesus, "Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the WORLD. There are many scriptures that declare that all men will be saved in the fullness of God. As in adam, ALL die even so in Christ, ALL shall be made alive. These are equal parts. God, who is the savior of the WORLD, specially those who believe. Ok so according to the word, how many tongues confess and knees bow? I think you know this answer. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Remember as well, the word says He makes His enemies subject to Him. Now if our children misbehave, then we punish themfor the terrible deed they did and we make them subject to us. What do we think punishment is for? It is always for correction. Annihilation of His creation is no victory. Remember, He saw that EVERYTHING He made was GOOD. He created evil as well as stated in the scriptures.
The word also says that no one comes to the son unless the Father draws him. It isn't our will that chooses God but only by His will. No one seeks after righteousness. Many of us are not called and choosen as we would like to think we are. How many of us are living according to the law by the grace of God? I'm not. Ive not been found worthy of God. I do not know Him nor does He know me. Yes, I believe in Him, but that isnt enough. Jesus said He did not come to destroy the law, but to fullfill it. Then He goes on to say that not one tittle or jot would be removed. He also said that anyone who practices any of them and teaches others to do so, would be called least in the kingdom of God. Read 1 John chapter 2. It says if we say we know Christ then we ought to walk as Christ walked. Anyone who says they know Christ and sin, is a liar and the truth is not in him. Of course we know that ALL have sinned and no one can say he is without sin, but if one is truly converted and saved, he will no longer sin against the law because now the grace of God works through that individual. Grace isn't something that gives us a right to sin because we say we believe in Jesus Christ. Thats blasphemy against the word of God. Yes in 1 John it says that if anyone has sinned, we have and advocate with the Father, but it isnt to be continued.
10th November 2015 11:27am
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