Jefferson Vann explains the meaning of the Phrase “all live to him!” in Luke 20:38.Luke 20:37-38 (JDV)“But that the dead are raised, even Moses revealed at the bush, when he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob. Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, because all live to him!” Is everyone still alive? Is that what … [Read more...]
Articles in this subcategory focus on the subject of human resurrection as a systematic or biblical theology theme. Posts seek to defend physical resurrection and/or to define it. Conditionalism accentuates the biblical promises of resurrection because alternative views tend to downplay the resurrection in favour of views which involve a continuation of disembodied spiritual life beyond death which may or may not actually involve resurrection.
In "God’s mercy and the death-state" Jefferson Vann shows that death as it is presently experienced by all is a demonstration of the merciful nature of God.One of the truths the Bible reveals about God’s character is that he is merciful – compassionate, even to those who do not deserve mercy. In fact, the Old Testament often highlights God’s two attributes of grace and … [Read more...]
In “the breath of our nostrils” Jefferson Vann examines how the major prophets of the Old Testament used the word רוּחַ (ruach) – a word that is often translated “spirit.”Translating words from one language into another is a complicated process. The translator has to decide all the shades of meaning that can be conveyed by a particular word. This list of potential … [Read more...]
In "where did all the spirits go?" Jefferson Vann shows how the authors of the Hebrew historical books in the Old Testament used the word that is most often mistranslated as “spirit.”In our study of the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in the books of Moses, we found this semantic range for the word:First, רוּחַ is the Breath of God, as the source of life for all … [Read more...]
In “how to keep your soul” Jefferson Vann explains how John 12:24-25 fits with John’s emphasis on Jesus’ promise to give permanent life to believers through a future resurrection.John wrote that Jesus had life in him, and his life was the light of men. He wrote that Jesus was lifted up on the cross so that people could trust in him, and have permanent life. Those outside of … [Read more...]