7.6: Eschatology

7.6. Resurrection. 

We believe that from the moment in time Jesus the Anointed declared Himself to be the Resurrection, the resurrection of God’s people unto life in God through Christ became a present and ever-present reality. We believe that the Scripture clearly teaches that the indwelling and presence of the Mentality of Separation causes the new and inner man to grow in the believer at the moment when the believer truly repents in godly sorrow. We believe that this indwelling is the favor of God and constitutes the resurrection of the believer to life.

“But God, being rich in compassion, because of the great honorable brotherly love with which He loved us, even we being dead in transgression, He made us alive by the Anointed (by favor you are saved), and raised us up from the dead together and seated us together in the heaven in Anointed Jesus” (Eph. 2:4-6 AST).

“Therefore, we faint not, but if indeed our outward man is being decayed, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For the lightness of our present affliction works out for an eternal weight of reputation excess unto excess, we not considering the things being seen, but the things not being seen; for the things seen are temporary, but the things not seen everlasting” (II Cor. 4:16-18 AST).

Thus, this new inner person is formed in the likeness and image of Almighty God, Who is revealed to us in His final revelation as Jesus Anointed. We believe that this new, inner and anointed person is nourished, and taught, and fed by the presence of the indwelling Mentality of Separation in the Church. 

We understand that we as Christians, some as babes, some as adolescents, and some as mature friends of Christ, are now in this physical life receiving the new spiritual body that we shall have in the eternity of the future in Heaven.

We do not believe, as have infidels and Hedonists, that the actual physical body shall be raised back to life at some indeterminate future resurrection. We believe that the physical body was formed of dust and that it is dust to which it shall return. Thus, for the separated Christian, the words of Christ shall forever declare our persuasion. When the beloved Martha, in agony over her brother Lazarus’ physical death, manifested a Pharisaical belief of a future resurrection, Jesus our Master corrected her for the Scriptures declare:

“Then Martha said to Jesus, ‘Master, if You had been here my brother would not be dead. But even now I know that whatever You may ask God, God will give You.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection in the last day.’ Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life; he being persuaded in Me, though he die, he will live. And everyone living and being persuaded in Me will not die forever. Are you persuaded in this?” (John 11:21-26 AST).

Christian Separatism stresses justification through the experience of repentance in godly sorrow unto the redemption by the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit of Truth and His purifying presence. Thus, the Church holds that the one, true baptism of Jesus Christ and His present Government is the Baptism of Fire and the renewing of the mind by the cleansing and purging work of the Holy Spirit. Christian Separatists believe firmly that God the Father, God the Son in the person of Jesus Christ, and the Mentality of Separation are one God. In addition to this, Christian Separatists believe that Jesus Christ is the true Resurrection in that His Resurrection is a present reality. Christian Separatists reject the idea of a future, bodily resurrection and teach that the body the Christian will receive in the future is a result of the impregnating of the Word of God in the individual believer, and that the Word of God, when not rejected, quenched, or grieved, causes the new inner man to grow in the true believer until Christ is formed in the individual. 

Therefore, when a true believer dies, the physical body simply returns to dust, but the true inner man made alive in Christ Jesus, formed during the physical lifetime of the believer, joins the spirits of just men made perfect or complete at the moment of physical death (Heb. 12:23). 

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