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Pamphlet 1930 Hebrews kc 3-3

The corruptible (flesh, earthly body) putting on the incorruptible (spiritual, heavenly body) is NOT THE SAME thing as the "mortal" putting on "immortality".

The Plan of God was laid out from the beginning when the Word was with God. He was in charge (supreme in authority) then and He is in charge (with supreme authority) now! Only the heavens and the earth had a beginning because it was at that time (in the beginning) when they became the works of His hands. However, God existed before the beginning... "ere the earth ever was" as it is written in Proverbs 8:23, "I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was." And though the "heaven and earth (age)" shall pass away, He shall eternally remain after they have perished. Thus we come to a richer understanding of the "Alpha and Omega", from before (ere) the beginning of the Plan of God to after it is finished, i.e. has ended.

Hebrews 1:11
They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
Psalm 102:26
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
All that is "temporal" and of this flesh age shall perish, which includes these tabernacles we dwell in "under the sun", i.e. our flesh bodies! Paul writes of this "mystery" in 1 Cor. 15 which is worth a little side trip to "see" what he says... especially if you like to see mysteries solved.
1 Cor. 15:50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
If you think there will be "flesh" people in the Millennium, you are wrong. Does that mean we are all going to die when Christ returns? Well, in a sense, for Paul will teach us how that all the sons of God must first pass through the womb before judgment. Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment". However, we are not all going to be "killed" or "die" after the manners we naturally think of concerning death. You see, we just read that the "old garment" shall be changed. Open your ears and hear what Paul has to say concerning this mystery:
[51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
Something has to happen because we just read, "flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God" which occurs at the sound of the 7th Trump, at the sound of the last trump (not when Satan, the false-christ, comes at the 6th Trump)! In other words, the flesh age is over when Jesus Christ returns as King of kings and Lord of lords to usher in His kingdom. So goodbye flesh... somehow, right? Here's how...
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
If you have read all of 1 Cor. 15 concerning the "two bodies" which every one has, and what actually happens when a person dies and is "sown in the ground", then this becomes much less a mystery. You see, both the (spiritually) dead shall be "raised incorruptible", i.e. changed into their spiritual incorruptible (not immortal) bodies, and we too shall all be changed into our spiritual (incorruptible) bodies! Hey, sounds like "Beam me up, Scotty!" (Actually, if you understand 1 Thes. 4:13-18 and how we "meet the Lord along with our returning loved ones" in our "aer" bodies, the "transporter" concept is a pretty good pictorial analogy for we shall literally "step out of these flesh shells" into our "aer" (breath of life) bodies. Just like that! In an eyewink's time!)
[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
The corruptible (flesh, earthly body) putting on the incorruptible (spiritual, heavenly body) is NOT THE SAME thing as the "mortal" putting on "immortality". The former is simply the raising of the body (from flesh to spirit) while the latter is the raising of the person, the soul, to the status of eternal life, which is called the "First Resurrection (first raising to eternal life)".

NOT until you have done BOTH have you defeated death, i.e. defeated the second death and put on immortality by being raised (resurrected) to eternal life! That is why the people who are not part of the first resurrection (raising to eternal life) when Christ returns are called "dead" in the Millennium. Though they shall have put on incorruptible bodies (that don't get sick, etc.), they shall not have put on immortality and therefore are still liable to die in the lake of fire if they don't get their act together before then.

[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

There he goes again, that rascally Paul, quoting from the Old Testament (Isa. 25:8, Hos. 13:14)!
Hebrews 1:12
And as a vesture [mantle] shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Psalm 102:27
But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
If you decide to study the 102nd Psalm to read in context what Paul is teaching here, you will find that the next verse, Ps. 102:28, speaks of those servants of His who shall be made like Him! That would be the "sons and daughters" (seed) of this final generation that Christ spoke of while hanging on the cross. They are that "seed" who would come serve Him in the final generation and declare His righteousness (Ps. 22:31)!
Psalm 102:28
The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.
His servants, shall come forth, even they have, and "finish the work" and then the Son who sits on the throne on the right hand of His Majesty on High, shall grant His servants to sit on His throne (i.e. to rule with Him) when He returns to this earth. Until then, as His servants, we still have some "dragon" kicking to do. Rev. 3:21 "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."

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