Resurrection of the Body Already But Not Yet
Why The Already But Not Yet Is Important
It is vital to our study of the resurrection of the body to understand the significance of the already but not yet. One of the major objections to the Covenant Body View is the corporate aspect versus that of the individual body. The CBV does not require physical death of the body which results in “consecutive death and life” but rather, it describes a concurrent or simultaneous action of dying and rising as expressed in the already but not yet. Later, we’ll see that this is not a recent discovery of a few Preterists.
Already But Not Yet of the Resurrection of the Body
We’ve already demonstrated that Gordon Fee holds to an “already but not yet” for the salvation received through Christ. He views that salvation as beginning with entrance into the kingdom of God, 1 Cor. 4:20, and consummating at the parousia, 1 For. 6:10-11, 15:50. That view posits a body being put off in baptism/entrance into the kingdom and consummating in resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:50. How, the kingdom morphs from spiritual, invisible, and corporate to an individual body is not explained by Fee.
Fee’s Futurism and the First Fruits
James D. G. Dunn on the Firstfruits
The Collective Body or Faithful Community
Why Does Allison Cite The Collective or Communal Activity of the Resurrection?
- Isaiah 26:19: Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise…”
- Hos. 6:1-2. Come and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind US up. After two days He will revive US; On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.”
- Hos: 13:14: I will ransom them from the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, [Sheol] I will be your plagues!…”
- Ezk 37:1-14 I will open your graves…I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live…” This text is Paul’s obvious reference for resurrection through the Spirit in 1 Cor. 1 6:14 and 2 Cor. 5:5, 6:16-18.