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Q1. Job's Vision of Resurrection

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Q1a. How does Job's vision of resurrection (Job 19:25-27) differ from the Jews' former understanding of death as Sheol?

The Jews understanding was that once a person died, he was buried and that was all. No resurrection of the body. Job understood that he would die but one day, his body would be resurrected and would stand face-to-face with His Redeemer (our Jesus). 

b. What is progressive revelation?

God revealing more of Himself and His promises as time goes by.  We are blessed to have God's final revelation given to the apostle John on Patmos, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ".

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Q1. How does Job's vision of resurrection (Job 19:25-27) differ from the Jews' former understanding of death as Sheol? ANSWER: Sheol" is seen as a place of despair and of nothingness whereas Job sees death as a time of renewal and of hope after the hard slog of life. Almost all ancient Jewish believers affirmed the existence of an afterlife and the immortality of the soul.

Job described Sheol as a place of darkness and deep shadow, where man is in a state of sleep, hopeless, with worms, in the dust. Though my spirit leave my body, and though worms destroy its present organization, yet in the morning of the resurrection I shall behold the face of my Savior, in this same tabernacle.

What is Progressive Revelation?

ANSWER: The term “progressive revelation” refers to the idea and teaching that God revealed various aspects of His will and overall plan for humanity over different periods of time, which have been referred to as “dispensations” by some theologians.

  1. Progressive revelation as it relates to salvation: no matter when a person has lived, their salvation is ultimately dependent on the work of Christ and a faith placed in God, but the amount of knowledge a person had concerning the specifics of God’s plan has increased through the ages via God’s progressive revelation.
  2. Progressive revelation does not mean that God’s people in the Old Testament were without any revelation or understanding. Those living before Christ were not “without the preaching that contains the hope of salvation and of eternal life, but, they only glimpsed from afar and in shadowy outline what we see today in full daylight.” The fact that no one is saved apart from the death and resurrection of Christ is clearly stated in Scripture (John 14:6).

The basis of salvation has been, and will always be, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and the means of salvation has always been faith in God. However, the content of a person’s faith has always depended on the amount of revelation that God was pleased to give at a certain time.

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How does Job's vision of resurrection (Job 19:25-27) differ from the Jews' former understanding of death as Sheol?

Job’s vision of resurrection sees him and his redeemer (Jesus Christ) both alive in flesh. This points to the possibility that there will be a time when those who are dead in Christ will also see their redeemer, both in flesh and body.

On the other hand, the Jews understood death as sheol, a place reserved for the dead, regardless of the life they lived while on earth, they all ended up there. It’s a land of forgetfulness where God’s presence is absent.


What is progressive revelation?

This is when more truths about the mysteries of God are gradually revealed and understood. It happens over a period of time as God chooses to let us know.


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