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After-life

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Although the OT generally portrays this as a vague and shadowy existence, often associated with judgment, there are hints of the idea of resurrection to a fuller life which are developed in the NT. The NT points to judgment beyond death and to the believers’ hope in resurrection, to a more complete enjoyment of God’s presence and his blessings and to the promise of a new heaven and earth.

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The after-life in the OT

The grave as a place of silence

Psalm 115:17
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The grave as a place of darkness

Job 10:21–22
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The grave as a place of no return

Job 7:8–10
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The grave as a place of judgment

Psalm 88:5
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The grave offers peace to the righteous

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The hope of resurrection

Daniel 12:2
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The after-life and God’s judgment

Judgment beyond death is certain

Hebrews 9:27 NIV
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
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There will be salvation for believers

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There will be separation from God for unbelievers

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The believing dead are already with Jesus Christ

; Believers, with Jesus Christ in spirit, await their final resurrection which will take place when he returns.
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The after-life and believers’ hope of resurrection

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ

Luke 24:39–43
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Believers share in Christ’s resurrection

Romans 8:11 NIV
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
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The resurrection body of believers

Philippians 3:20–21 NIV
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
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The future consummation of the believers’ enjoyment of God

Future glory

Romans 8:18–19 NIV
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
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A new heaven and earth

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God’s presence with his people

The final consummation will bring God’s promises to and purposes for his people to fulfilment;
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The Holy Spirit as a guarantee

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