ELDER G. BEEBE: – Please give your views on 1 Cor. Xv. 21. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.”
REPLY. – We have expressed such views as we have on the subject proposed for consideration in former numbers of the SIGNS, and we will refer our friend especially to our article in No. 15, Vol. 48, for August 1, 1880, under the heading, “Death in Adam – Life in Christ.” We do not know that we can express our views more clearly in anything we can say farther on the subject.
The special point on which our inquiring friend may desire our views may be, as to how the resurrection came by man. As the mortality of our race came by the offense of the one man, Adam, so it was by the man, Christ Jesus, that the resurrection came. It was not the eternal Godhead of Christ that died and arose from the dead, for he suffered in the flesh, in which he was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death; and that body which was put to death in the flesh was quickened by the spirit and raised from the dead by the glory of the Father; and as in the death of Adam all his unborn posterity died in him, so in the resurrection of the body of the man, Christ Jesus, all his members, embracing all the seed of Abraham which he took on him, are begotten unto a lively hope by his resurrection, to an inheritance that is incorruptible and cannot fade away.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Middletown, N. Y.
Signs of the Times
Volume 48, No. 24
December 15, 1880