Author: Ron Graham
Word family: Resurrection, resurrect.
Synonyms: risen, arose, raised up, [from the dead]
Related ideas: death, hades/sheol, tomb/grave, judgment, second coming, hell, heaven, eternal life.
Definitions: Resurrection is the act by God of raising a person from the dead. It is more than the appearance of a person from the dead, such as Samuel's appearance to Saul and the witch of Endor (1Samuel 28:8-19), or the appearance of Moses and Elijah on the mount of transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-6). Resurrection is the abolition of death, the rescue of the body from corruption and the soul from hades.
Greek References: anastasis 386 (Strong) cf 450 anisteemi arose.
Comment: The hope and assurance of all believers in Christ is the resurrection from the dead unto eternal life. This hope is based on the fact of Christ's own resurrection from the dead, and his ascension to heaven where he lives forever. It is also assured by the guarantee and seal which God has given us, namely the gift of his Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). The resurrection is of both body and soul (the body from the corruption of the grave and the soul from hades). However the body raised will no longer be flesh and blood but a glorified body, heavenly and immortal. The mortal body that dies is like a seed. Though a seed dies in the ground a plant arises from it (1Corinthians 15:35-58).