Beloved, unlike most in the body of Christ today, the Saints of the First Century Church lived: daily with the fear of God in their hearts; in constant fear due to prosecution; in spreading the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ and most of all with the spirit of expectancy that Christ would return at any moment. Besides, they were passionate about Christ’s return, when their mortal bodies shall have been changed into immortal ones, and, thus, shall have borne “the image of the heavenly. And the Saints of the early church, who were eye witnesses to the miracles that Jesus the Christ did, had absolutely no reason to doubt that Christ was who He said He was when He declared:
“I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” [John 11: 25-26]
Beloved, subsequent to the above mentioned declaration, [John 11: 25-26] Jesus the Christ demonstrated His faith in God His heavenly Father, for a miracle of resurrection when He was taken to the spot where they had laid Lazarus, of Bethany. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with aloud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” [John 11: 43] And he that was dead came forth bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, “Loose him and let him go.”[John 11: 44] But as it was in the first century, the sign of this our apostatized generation in these last days today is still the resurrection of the Son of man Jesus the Christ which did occur over two thousand years ago: for as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, even so the Son of man was a sign to that evil generation of His day; and still is a sign to our current materialistic driven and corrupt generation today. [Luke 11: 29-30] It is a proven fact that the Son of man was crucified, buried and rose again the third day, that is to say, after having been three days and three nights i.e., seventy two (72) full hours “in the heart of the earth.” [Matthew 12: 39-40] The resurrection of Jesus the Christ, my Beloved, is the hope of all who believe! And our hope in Christ is not in this life only, lest “we are of all men most miserable,” but it goes beyond the grave. [1 Corinthians 15: 19] And this is a fundamental teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that was once delivered unto the saints. In his address to the Church at Corinth, Paul did not only define the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, simply and clearly for them to understand, but also stated their collective stance based on it (the Gospel). However there were some among the Brethren who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead And Paul questioned that untruth, and took a collective stance on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.