I Shall See God: The Reality of the Resurrection

a. Job’s Resurrection. In verse 26, Job spoke of his skin being destroyed. We just talked about the reality of death, but what does he say comes after death? “I shall see God.” Just like Paul said, “away from the body and at home with the Lord.” Right? I don’t think so. Job says, “yet in my flesh, I shall see God.” “My eyes shall behold.” What Job is saying is that after his skin is destroyed, literally he says his skin has come full circle, dust to dust, yet he will see God in his body. Job says that he will see God and not just through the things that God has made or in the whirlwind which God will appear later on, Job will behold and not another, God himself! This is resurrection! The body will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of glory. James Smith summarizes what awaits Job and the rest of the saints. “No more disease, no more weakness, no more pain! But health, strength, and ease will characterize it forever! The whole person, body, soul, and spirit—will be in perfect liberty: free from the curse—and every cross; free from every foe—and all our fears; free from every fault—and our numerous failings; free from frailty—and free from folly; free from all internal, external, and eternal evil. It will be freedom crowned with glory—with . . . glorious beauty, glorious brightness, glorious majesty, glorious honor, and ineffable splendor!” But this would not be possible except for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. b. Jesus’ Resurrection. Job was given enough light in his day to see the coming resurrection of Jesus which would make his resurrection possible. He looked ahead and longed for the arbiter who would stand between him and the wrath of God. Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished this. Hear what Paul says about this. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:5-11). “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:53-57).

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