(i) Resurrection of the Dead – Judgment
“and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:27 – 29, NASB)
Firstly, believers do NOT come under afterlife Judgment after being Raised Up as it is Written in Verse below:
“Verily, verily, I say to you — He who is hearing my word, and is believing Him who sent me, hath life age-during, and to judgment he doth not come, but hath passed out of the death to the life.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:24, YLT)
How about the rest?
Please notice that when “the dead” are Raised Up, the evil ones go through “Judgment” (same Greek word found in Verse 27 and 29 above). The ‘same’ related root word is found in 1 Peter 4:6 too regarding the “Judgment” of “the dead” linking these two verses where the word “Judged” (in 1 Peter 4:6 is the Verb) while the word “Judgment” (in John 5:27, John 5:29 is the Noun) of the same root Greek Word. The Process of Judgment is described below (please note that the Raising Up for Judgment may be across a Timeline where for each of the “dead” they could be Raised Up at different times respectively or at the same time, which is NOT specified as He Wills, either way the Process is the SAME as it is described in verses below):
“For to this end the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that they might be judged indeed according to men in the flesh, but they might live in the spirit according to God.” (1 Peter 4:6, BLB)
So, during the “Judgment” after “the dead” (evil ones) are Raised Up (John 5:29), we see the following three steps, namely:
(1) Gospel being Preached to the Dead
(2) These get Judged in the Flesh for their evil deeds which they did as men (Isaiah 3:11, Galatians 6:7) which causes their “body and soul” to be destroyed in Hell (Matthew 10:28)
(3) Their “spirit” lives according to the Will of God thereafter —> after this process of “Judgment” is completed.
What happens next?
(ii) Resurrection of the Dead – spirit living to God
This next part is detailed in 1 Corinthians 15 in apostle Paul’s letter where apostle Paul ‘skips’ the “Judgment” part as described in verses above entirely in 1 Corinthians 15 (did you notice it?) simply because he is focused on describing the END (1 Corinthians 15:24) of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1) well beyond these temporal afterlife Judgments since he speaks of the Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:21) in the Context of ALL who die in Adam to LIVE in CHRIST eventually (the SAME ALL) as 1 Corinthians 15:22 (context, consecutive verses) clearly implies irrefutably.
Apostle Paul then describes this process to be applied to the ‘spirit’ where it is given a ‘spiritual body’ (1 Corinthians 15:44) in the ‘Resurrection of the Dead’ (1 Corinthians 15:42, 1 Corinthians 15:21) which applies to ALL men (1 Corinthians 15:49, 1 Corinthians 15:22) and this “Hope” beyond this life (1 Corinthians 15:19) extends to both the ‘righteous and the wicked’ (Acts 24:15) past the afterlife-Judgement which happens first for the wicked [as described earlier in point (i) above] as God Justifies the ungodly (or wicked, Romans 4:5) via His Mercy which Triumphs over (and ends) any afterlife Judgment sentence be it even the eternal Hell sentence (James 2:13) where this Great Mercy applies to ALL the “disobedient/unbelieving” too (Romans 11:32) causing them to Partake of His Righteousness (Isaiah 45:24) by the Faith of Jesus Christ Who Imputes His Righteousness upon ALL (including them too, Romans 3:22 – KJV) when this happens to them in their Divine-Kairois-Plural-Times-Appointed for their Salvation (1 Timothy 2:6).
The popular fallacy that the wicked are Raised Up (John 5:29) and then punished eternally in their ‘spirit’ is NOT Written in the Bible and astonishingly, the exact OPPOSITE is Written in the Bible, namely that the SPIRIT will LIVE according to the WILL OF GOD after the [afterlife] Judgments are OVER as it is Written clearly in 1 Peter 4:6. Body, soul and spirit are distinct (though overlaps may exist in some aspects) as it is mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 and ONLY the “body and soul” (and NOT the “spirit”) is said to be able to be destroyed in Hell (Matthew 10:28). Can you see how Merciful God really is in creating us thus?
This means that for the wicked, at most their body and soul may be destroyed in Hell (Matthew 10:28) when they are judged [in the afterlife, context for afterlife Judgment is established first in 1 Peter 4:5] for their deeds done in the “flesh” (will of the flesh, sin 1 Peter 4:2) during the [afterlife Judgment] as evidenced by the phrase “judged indeed according to men in the flesh” (1 Peter 4:6, BLB) but their “spirit” will NOT be destroyed together or remain in death thereof but LIVE to God as it is Written that for these SAME ones that “they might live in the spirit according to God” (1 Peter 4:6, BLB).
Another popular fallacy is “claiming” (falsely) that these “made alive in Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:22) during the Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:21) to be ‘eternally punished in their resurrected bodies’. This is FALSE simply because NO verse says this and if it is true, then their “spirit” cannot “live according to the Will of God” which clearly contradicts 1 Peter 4:6. Apart from that, the Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:42) is generally described toward ALL men in the generality context of this chapter in 1 Corinthians 15 (e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:21, 1 Corinthians 15:49) where the “Resurrected Body” is ‘imperishable’ (1 Corinthians 15:42) and ‘immortal’ (1 Corinthians 15:53).
Thus, their [false] claim is that these evil ones remain in that resurrected body with evil remaining in them eternally which is clearly a CONTRADICTION EASILY simply because the words ‘imperishable’ (or ‘in-corruption’) as it occurs in both 1 Corinthians 15:42 and 1 Corinthians 15:53 regarding the ‘Resurrection of the Dead’ (generality context, 1 Corinthians 15:42) itself means SINLESS. In other words being “corruptible” (or “perishable”, the opposite to the words found in 1 Corinthians 15:42 & 1 Corinthians 15:53) means being ‘able to be corrupted or affected by SIN’ as the same Greek Word is found in 2 Peter 2:12 in the context of being ‘destroyed by sin’. So, to say that the “in-corruption” (or ‘imperishable’) also means ‘being destroyed in sin’ as per the OPPOSITE word ‘corruption’ (or ‘perishable’) as it is found in both 1 Corinthians 15:42 and 2 Peter 2:12 is clearly an absurd exegesis! (Can opposite words mean the same? Is that sound linguistics?)
Another way to see a contradiction in the popular view claiming that the wicked remain in a resurrected body with evil & sin remaining in them eternally —> is to look at another verse where this same Greek Word translated as “perishable” (or “corruption”) is found within this same chapter itself —> which is 1 Corinthians 15:50. It is a straightforward CONTRADICTION to their ‘false claim’ which is readily seen by their own translation of the phrase “nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” (NASB, 1 Corinthians 15:50) or “neither doth corruption inherit incorruption” (KJV, 1 Corinthians 15:50) —> which means that a “corruption” (or “perishable”) must mean ‘being in sin or can be affected by sin’ (Vanity, Romans 8:20) while the OPPOSITE “in-corruption” (or “imperishable”) must therefore mean ‘being SINLESS and CANNOT be affected by sin anymore’ (set Free into the Glorious LIBERTY of the Children of God, Romans 8:21) which is a Prophetic Promise in His Holy Word toward ALL Creation too (please note this phrase, “all creation” or “whole creation” in Romans 8:22 itself, context of consecutive verses proving this irrefutably too).
How about this verse then?
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10, NASB)
The Verse above clearly implies that such ones will ‘not inherit the Kingdom of God’. This agrees with 1 Corinthians 15:50 in that the ‘flesh & blood’ or even the PERISHABLE (being in SIN) CANNOT inherit the kingdom of God. For example, during their [afterlife] Judgment, such wicked will NOT inherit the kingdom of God as will the righteous first (as per the order of time, implied in 1 Corinthians 15:23 & John 5:24 too). This does NOT mean that they can never enter the kingdom of the heavens (contradicting many other verses such as Matthew 5:19, 1 Timothy 2:4 – KJV, 1 Timothy 4:10, Romans 5:18 – 19).
Truth is, the WICKED cannot inherit His Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10) whilst being in the PERISHABLE state (of sin or being affected by sin) but this Hurdle is SOLVED by Christ in that when the ‘spirit lives to God’ post afterlife-Judgment (1 Peter 4:6) by His Mercy which Triumphs over and ends that Judgment (James 2:13) —> thereafter God’s Righteousness (Isaiah 45:24) is imputed upon the Wicked (or the ungodly, i.e. ‘all who sinned’, Romans 3:23) too JUSTIFYING them (Romans 4:5, Romans 3:24) by His Mercy to ALL who are DISOBEDIENT/UNBELIEVING too (Romans 11:32) —> and causing them to “be SAVED” (Isaiah 45:22, 1 Timothy 2:4 – KJV, John 12:32, 1 Timothy 4:10) —-> when they CONFESS ALLEGIANCE to HIM (Isaiah 45:23) as part of the ALL (Romans 5:18 – 19, 1 Corinthians 15:22) by the Faith of Jesus Christ eventually (Romans 3:22 – KJV) —-> during their appointed times for this accordingly (1 Timothy 2:6) as part of the TIMES for the RESTORATION of ALL things (Acts 3:21).
So, the fact that even the WICKED (Acts 24:15) being Raised Up for Judgment first (John 5:29) and thereafter post-Judgment, their ‘spirit lives according to God’ (1 Peter 4:6) being “made ALIVE in CHRIST” (1 Corinthians 15:22) where it applies to ALL MEN in this general Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:42, 1 Corinthians 15:22, 1 Corinthians 15:49) —> causes them too to obtain an IMPERISHABLE (IN-CORRUPTIBLE, i.e. a a SINLESS) Body too (1 Corinthians 15:42) given to their ‘spirit’ to obtain a ‘spiritual body’ (1 Corinthians 15:44) as well. So, in light of 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10, these wicked are no longer wicked and they gain their portion into the Kingdom of God by His Mercy being ‘least’ accordingly (Matthew 5:19) via this “imperishable” (or “incorruptible” – SINLESS body) by God Who JUSTIFIES the ungodly as described prior (Romans 4:5) making them RIGHTEOUS IN HIM too (Isaiah 45:24, Romans 5:18 – 19). These are part of the MARVELOUS things which God has Promised to do in regards to the Resurrection of the Dead too (context) as it is Echoed Mysteriously in John 5:20 – 21 as well.
(iii) Is the Gospel really preached to the Dead in 1 Peter 4:6?
Doesn’t the dead in 1 Peter 4:6 refer to the spiritually dead as mentioned in 1 Peter 4:1 – 4?
Every Rational Creature will eventually repent in the afterlife or Spiritual realm too as Isaiah 45:23 promises ‘swearing’ (of Allegiance) to Him sealing this.
God doesn’t Swear Fake Oaths toward Himself.
A Biblical example of this having occurred in the past as the ‘first occurrence’ and NOT the ‘only occurrence’ as commonly erred —-> 1 Peter 3:19 – 20 (please note the phrase “who once were disobedient” (NASB) or “Which sometime were disobedient” (KJV) or “because they formerly did not obey” (ESV) —> which proves that these ‘are NOT disobedient anymore’ after His Great Preaching to these ‘spirits’ in ‘prison’ (Hell).
Apostle Peter Generalizes this to occur in ‘every Judgment of the dead’ in 1 Peter 4:6 where the end Result is that ‘spirit living to God’ in the end after its ‘flesh’ (body + soul) is destroyed in Hell first (afterlife Judgment, Matthew 10:28) and the Gospel is preached to these “dead” too as mentioned in this verse. Please note that ‘the dead’ in 1 Peter 4:6 is the SAME dead as 1 Peter 4:5 which is in the Context of [afterlife] Judgment clearly sealing this Fact Irrefutably too.
The common false claim that it refers to the ‘spiritually dead’ using 1 Peter 4:1 – 4 does NOT hold simply because in 1 Peter 4:1 – 4 refers to YOU (believers only) while the verse changes context of ‘object being referred to’ as the “dead” as per the definition first in 1 Peter 4:5 following which apostle Peter mentions ‘how’ the Judgment of the Dead happens toward the ‘ones who speak evil of you, 1 Peter 4:4 – 5, primarily’ —> where this General Process is Described in 1 Peter 4:6 as explained clearly above which ENDS with the ‘spirit’ living to the Will of God (post-afterlife Judgment as it happened in the first occurrence of this in 1 Peter 3:19 – 20 too) agreeing to James 2:13 & Romans 11:32 together with Isaiah 45:23 too.
(iv) What does Perish mean?
Is there Hope for those who perish?
‘”perish,” “lost,” “destroyed” all use the same Greek word. Jesus came to seek and save the destroyed sheep of the House of Israel. No one is so destroyed that they cannot be saved.
Jesus told His disciples that they have to destroy their souls to be His disciples. If they did, they would get them back in the Kingdom. Destruction is often a prerequisite to salvation.’ – Tony Nungesser (Concordant Publishing Concern)
Perish is to be destroyed and lost (as the Greek Root Word is closely linked to both meanings).
It doesn’t end there as the one or thing that is perished will be found and restored as the quoted verses imply below:
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10, NASB)
“whom it behoveth heaven, indeed, to receive [Lord Jesus Christ] till times of a restitution of all things, of which God spake through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the age.” (Acts 3:21, YLT)
In short, due to Christ’s Intervention (without whom there is no Hope):
Whatever that is lost will be found (Luke 19:10).
Whatever that is destroyed which will be Restored (Acts 3:21).
P/S: Please consider the write-ups below for further edification
- a) FAQ – Common Man-Made Objections against Christ Saving All eventually
- b) How about Judas?
- c) All Created things – Never Cast out upon Return
- d) All will Believe eventually – No Favoritism in the Election of Grace
- e) The Forgotten Champion – KING Jesus Christ [with links to many posts explaining further details]
- f) Free Downloadable e-book [for basics which are NOT covered in recent posts here nor in the BLOG]
- g) FAQ – Is it really All?
- h) Satan and Fallen Angels – Hope for them or Heresy? (with further links regarding this within)
- I) How about God’s Hate?
Hate – God Saves All Men eventually
- J) How about Hell in regards to God’s Hate?
- K) How about credible Visions of Hell?
- L) Will God Really Save All men?
- M) How about Hell in Church History?
- N) How about the Lake of Fire? Can God Save from the Lake of Fire?
- O) Is the Biblical Hope beyond Hell?
- P) How are we Saved? What about our Righteousness?
- Q) What is the Faith of Jesus Christ?
- R) What is our faith in the Faith of Jesus Christ? Is there a difference between the Faith of Jesus Christ vs our faith in Christ?
- S) How about Israel? Will All Israel be Saved?
- T) Can Christ Really Save from Hell? What does it mean that He Descended as it is mentioned in the Apostles’ Creed?
- U) How about being Born Again? Being Born of the Water and Spirit?
- V) What is Olam or Aion or Age?
- W) Commandments – Are these Important? Which Commands affect us under this New Testament Age?
- X) We are not all God’s Children right? All are God’s Creation but only the elect are His Children right? How about the Book of Romans?
- Y) How about His Mercy?
- Z) How about Forever?