August 06, 2009

Was there Resurrections before Christ's?


I was reading through Alma 40, and came across verse 2 which reads:

"Behold, I say unto you, that there is no resurrection - or, I would say, in other words, that this mortal does not put on immortality, this corruption does not put on incorruption - until after the coming of Christ."

Moroni was resurrected, among others, so does this then refer to the FIRST coming of Christ?


In verse 3 Alma states,

"....But behold, my son, the resurrection is not yet..."

He is pointing out that no resurrection has occurred before this time.

When discussing the cruxcifiction of Jesus Matthew states,

"And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." Matt 27:52-53

So these people weren't resurrected until after Jesus was resurrected. And Matthew has made a point of mentioning that this was a later event.

Paul declares that Christ was risen first _

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." 1 Cor 15:20

There are several general times for resurrection. Christ's second coming is one of those. Naturally the final resurrection will be after the millennium when all things are completed. But resurrections will be going on during the millennium also (D&C 101:30-31).

No resurrections could occur before Christ made it possible.


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