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Marriage at the Resurrection August 18, 2018

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Matthew 22:23-33.

Summary: In this passage, the Sadducees – who do not believe in a resurrection – confront Jesus. After noting that Moses had established the levirate law, they present the following scenario to Him:

  • there is a group of seven brothers
  • the eldest marries, and then dies
  • the second eldest marries his widow, and then dies
  • the process repeats until the youngest dies.

They then pose the following question: at the resurrection, who will be the husband of this woman?

He responds by asserting that they have wandered from the truth. In particular, they fail to grasp the following points:

  • marriage will not exist at the resurrection, as resurrected people will be spiritual beings
  • Exodus 3:6 proves the veracity of the resurrection, since God uses the present tense in describing His relationship with the Jewish patriarchs.

Thoughts: Here, Jesus asserts that marriage will not occur at the resurrection. Ryle offers some insights on this point:

We know little of the life to come in heaven. Perhaps our clearest ideas of it are drawn from considering what it will not be, rather than what it will be. It is a state in which we will no longer be hungry or thirsty; sickness, pain and disease will not be known; wasting old age and death will have no place…we shall always be in God’s presence…we shall give all glory to the Lamb.

I continue to struggle with the concept of the complete absence of pain and suffering. My sense is that this life conditions me to accept the duality of joy and pain; for example, joyfulness is sharpened by painful memories, and vice versa. If so, then I wonder how I can be permanently joyful. I sense that this is a concept that I will not fully comprehend in this life; thus, I must continue to ask God to help me draw closer to His understanding of that concept as time passes.

We also see that many are “astonished” by Jesus’ assertion that Exodus 3:6 proves the veracity of the resurrection. As modern-day believers, we often fall into the trap of viewing His contemporaries with an air of superiority, as we do not engage in debates over the veracity of the resurrection. Yet we should note that He put forth a novel explanation of Exodus 3:6; this was a paradigm shift. Indeed, we also struggle with paradigm shifts, especially if we have an emotional connection with our mistaken beliefs (on a related note, I am curious about the interplay between neuroplasticity and paradigm shifts). Thus, instead of belittling His contemporaries, we should approach this passage with humility, thanking Him for His grace in giving us the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all wisdom.

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1. remembrancer626 - August 18, 2018

Excellent thoughts on a vital subject!

Here is the neuroplasticity of the gospel:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1.

When you speak of struggling with the duality of life, and a future absence thereof, we can take the discussion straight back to the garden. Eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the origin of all deception! We live in a right wing/left wing, liberal/conservative, red state/blue state east vs west world. All of this has as a point of origin the fall of mankind in the garden and the first act of disobedience. What is most important is that you continue to struggle with these concepts and overcome!

Whoever overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be their God, and they shall be my child. Rev 21:7.

Your friend in Christ.

James


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