The Milk Doctrines: Resurrection

by Mitch Kuhn

Resurrection From the Dead Part #1

(KJV and ESV translations used)

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of Resurrection Of the dead and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.

What is resurrection?

Resurrection is being raised from death and given life.

Joh 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Joh 11:17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

Joh 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
Joh 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

What is death?

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally (G4561) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh (G4561) are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Death is primarily a spiritual state when we have a carnal mind and are doing the evil works of the flesh. There is also a physical state of death that God uses to teach us what spiritual death is about.

Joh 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Joh 11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Joh 11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Joh 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Jesus calls death sleep because it is not a permanent state. He knows that Lazarus would be raised so to Christ he was just sleeping for a period of time. We’ll see later how this is the case for all those who are physically dead now.

Ecc 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

The dead know nothing of life as long as they are dead. The physically dead do not know physical life, and the spiritually dead do not know spiritual life. It is important to understand that when a person physically dies, they do not go to “heaven” nor to “hell” where they are aware and having experiences. Rather, they are “asleep” with no awareness of anything until they are awakened (resurrected).

What is life aionios?

The word aionios is covered in much greater depth in the paper “The Doctrine of Eternal Judgment” by Ayo Fabiyi. The word aion is grossly mistranslated as “eternal”, which God has caused to hide the true meaning of the word. An “aion” is an age or any period of time and “aionios” is the adjective form meaning “pertaining to an age”.

Thus, “life aionios” means life in this present age. The present age discussed in scripture is our life in these physical bodies of flesh. So what does it mean to have “life” in this current age of flesh?

Joh 17:3 And this is eternal (aionios) life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

1Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

There you have it, “knowing Jesus Christ” is to have life in this age. When you know Jesus Christ, you keep his commandments.

1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

So when we are resurrected to life we go from doing the works of the flesh to obeying His commandments and bearing the fruit of the spirit.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

It is quite a revelation when God shows you that He has been deceiving you along with the vast majority of humanity. God intentionally does things to cause people to believe lies. This is why we have the truth of “aionios life” hidden behind the English word “eternal”. This topic is covered in greater detail by Mike Vinson in his paper “Strong Delusion”.

Resurrection in the NT:

We’re going to look at the explanations of resurrection in the New Testament. In order to understand what is being said, we must first realize that Christ’s body is the people that he calls to be obedient to his commandments in this life.

1Co 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Paul is writing his letter to the believers in Corinth, so he addressing people that say they know Jesus Christ and are followers of him. This is who he is calling the body.

Rom 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members One of another.

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

In the scriptures, when it talks about Christ, it is actually talking about both the person Christ that lived on this earth as well as his followers which are referred to as “the Body of Christ”. Therefore everything that Christ went through when he was here on earth, his ‘body’ will go through as well. Just as Christ was obedient to the father unto death, so shall his body. (See the “As He is, So are We in this World” audio by Mike Vinson)

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Another way of making the same point is this verse:

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

At our appointed time we will all live out each and every word of the scriptures, including what Christ went through. Keep this principle in mind as we read through Paul’s discussion of resurrection.

Paul Explains Resurrection:

Rom 6:3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus< were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

The word baptism in the Greek language means “to wash”, and this is done with the word of God.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

See the study by Ayo Fabiyi “The Doctrine of Baptisms” to learn more on this topic.

It is by being washed by the word that we are killed that we may live. The word of God is also a sword that kills us.

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

See the study by Mitch Kuhn “Correction within the Body of Christ” to learn how we take up the word to wash each other.

So before we can be resurrected, we first have to die spiritually. As we saw earlier we are already dead spiritually because we have a carnal mind. So if we already dead how do we die again? When we are dead spiritually and carnally minded we still have a way of life which the scriptures call “walking”. We have to cease this old way of life, die to it, that we may be resurrected to new life.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation (lived this way) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Leaving this old way of living life is how we must die. This is the life we must leave that we may gain new life, to know Jesus Christ, obey him, and bear the fruits of the spirit.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal (aionios).

Joh 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
Joh 11:26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal (aionios) life.

This is basically the process of repentance described in the Milk Doctrine paper “Repentance from Dead Works” by Mitch Kuhn.

The correlation between the Body of Christ and Christ himself continues.

Rom 6:5 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.
Rom 6:6 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.
Rom 6:7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

So just like Christ was crucified physically, so we shall be crucified spiritually. Just as he was raised from the dead, so we shall be raised from the dead. The whole purpose of this process is to set us free from sin, and to give us new life that we may now be obedient.

Rom 6:9 We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

So once we “die” to our old way of life and repent, we now are headed in a new direction. As you will read in the paper “The Doctrine of Baptisms”, there are actually two baptisms which in the New Testament are called the baptism of John and the baptism of Christ. When we first come out of the world and enter into the Church, we think that we have been baptized by Christ and now are spiritually minded; we think we died to our old self.

The truth is that we are still carnal after our first baptism, which we mistake for our true death. It is when we see the strong delusion the Lord has sent upon us that we see our self-righteousness, leave the church, and are given a spiritual mind. At this point we now are truly dying and judgment begins .

See “The Doctrine of Eternal Judgment” and “Will God’s Strong Delusion Deceive You” for more information on these topics.

Resurrection changes us from a natural person to a spiritual person, thus being able to understand spiritual things.

1Co 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
1Co 2:16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

When we die and are resurrected there is a completion in one sense and just a beginning in another.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

When we are resurrected, Christ is now dwelling in us and we have his mind, this has been accomplished. Yet this is just the beginning of us being given life. We are now a new born baby.

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Once we are born again, then we can see the Kingdom of God. What is the Kingdom of God?

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

As we saw earlier in Galatians 2:20, after being resurrected Christ lives within us.

Being born again is another way of saying we’re resurrected. This is how we have hope that we will glorify God by being obedient, because Christ is going to do it through us.

This is a complete change in focus from our old way of thinking. This life is no longer to be spent thinking primarily about the resurrection to come in the future, but rather to focus on obedience now. We are now to live our lives to God. We hope for our continued resurrection and for the resurrection of all mankind, but we focus on what God is doing now.

Rom 6:10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he Lives to God.
Rom 6:11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.
Rom 6:13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

After being given life we now have a new purpose, glorifying God through obedience. God gets all of the credit.

Here is the contrast between death and life.

Rom 6:19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification

When the Lord comes to raise us to life and we begin to sometimes lament the loss of our old life. It is important to remember the fruits that our old life produced.

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Rom 6:20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Rom 6:21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death.

Israel complained as the Lord was leading them out of bondage and toward the promised land, just like we will grumble for a season.

Num 11:4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again , and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Num 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

Here is what God will cause us to remember.

Rom 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gal 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Resurrection is a wonderful way of explaining what God does to us because it reveals so clearly that we have nothing to do with the process. A dead person knows and does nothing. They have no part in their being brought back to life. This is true for us spiritually as well. God raises who he chooses, when he chooses.

Php 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

All of mankind will be raised from the dead and given life, but there is an order in which they will be raised from the dead. Christ, his body, is the first and then the rest are raised. This will be done in our own lives as Christ makes us spiritually minded, and it happens outwardly as Christ will make all of mankind spiritually minded. God uses those that he raises first to teach the rest of mankind the truth and raise them to life as well.

1Co 15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1Co 15:21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

In Scripture there is a first and second resurrection. The first resurrection is simply the people that God raises spiritually during their physical life, while the second resurrection will happen at God’s appointed time after someone is dead physically.

For this process to work, God reveals his truth to a select few which are called his “elect” or “chosen” while he deceives and hides the truth from the rest of humanity for a time.

Mat 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

These chosen are used by God to judge the rest of humanity when the appointed time comes.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Everyone who is not resurrected spiritually in this life will be raised with a spiritual body from the dead when the time comes to be judged so they may be given a spiritual mind.

1Co 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The “lake of fire” is what God uses to destroy and our carnal mind. And just as we all must be experiencing the destruction of our flesh inwardly, so too must we see this accomplished outwardly. This climactic event will bring all flesh to an end. At that time there will be a general resurrection of every person that has ever lived. All who have ever lived, except for those who are in that blessed and holy… first resurrection,” will be brought up to face a judgment called the great white throne judgment.” All those that were raised spiritually during this life will be raised with a spiritual body to assist in judging those that are still carnally minded.

Now what happens at any judgment?

1Co 11:32 …When we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

That is right; “when we are judged we are chastened of the Lord…” So the lake of fire is God’s chastening of all of mankind along with the chastening of Satan and His angels.

[There is an article, “How Is The Lake Of Fire Administered?” by Mike Vinson that deals more thoroughly with the Lake of Fire.]

We cannot know for sure in this life that we are the elect and will be a part of the first resurrection, yet we are to strive to be faithful to the word of God.

Php 3:10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
Php 3:11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Php 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Php 3:16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Being a part of the first resurrection is more than just being born again and having a spiritual mind. The Lord must also give us the ability to remain faithful during our lives.

Mat 24:10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
Mat 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.
Mat 24:13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Rev 17:14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful

Part 2 of this study will deal with the prophecy of the resurrection and other truths revealed in the Old Testament.


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