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BRO. ROBERSON IN 1CORINTHIANS 15:52, WHERE IT SAYS THAT THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED, WILL THE JUDGEMENT ALREADY HAVE HAPPENED,WHEN COMPARING THIS VERSE WITH 1THESSALONIANS 4:16-17?

         THANK YOU
         BRO.JAMES HARRIS

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Brother Harris

I am not convinced that it is possible to construct a timeline from these two passages. The first difficulty with this is that the passages are not written to establish a time line, but to offer hope. The passages seem to have in common a concern that if our physical bodies decay after death, how will we - how can we - be raised? If there is no body, how then do we join God?

Paul's answer in Corinthians is simply that his readers should worry about that - beings have different bodies and God will transform not only the physical bodies of those alive at his coming, but also the bodies of those who have died. A similar concern appears in Thessalonians.

The rhetorical argument assumes that the readers are saved and can look forward to being transformed and joining God. The language used is based in this assumption and is not intended to establish a chronological series of events involving a final judgment.

Even so, it appears from Thessalonians that those dead in Christ are with Him and will return with Him. Whether that means they are coming to stand the general judgment, or have already been judged we cannot tell from the text.

I hope that helps a bit.

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Hoyt

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I can answer just about any doctrinal, relational, or Scriptural question from a "traditional" church of Christ perspective, and from perspectives of somewhat more progressive congregations. If you want an answer from a particular perspective, let me know that up front, and I'll respond in that vein. If you want to peg me on the liberal-conservative spectrum, I would suggest a bit left of center. Depending on the question though, I might be far left, or perhaps rather toward the right.

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I have fifty years as a member of Churches of Christ. Over those five decades, I have taught teen classes, adult classes, served as a deacon and congregational administrator, Lay Leader at two military congregations, and finally as a shepherd of a 500 member congregation. Most of the congregations I have been a member of have been "mainline" congregations, but I am quite familiar with more conservative and more liberal congregations and views as well. I read and subscribe to various books and periodicals for churches of Christ, and have discussed a variety of topics with representatives of our various groups both in person, and via mail. One of my Masters degrees is from Pepperdine, so let that guide your understanding of my formal training.

Organizations
Christian Association for Psychological Studies, American Association of Christian Counselors, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Publications
www.robersonblog.blogspot.com

Education/Credentials
I hold a Masters of Ministry degree from Pepperdine University, as well as a Masters of Counseling degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix.

Awards and Honors
The greatest temporal honor I have had is to be an elder for ten years. The next greatest temporal honor is having been asked to preach for our current congregation.

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