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Was the resurrection of Jesus another generation?

February 20, 2011

Preterism is founded upon a mistaken interpretation of the saying of Jesus, that “This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” Of course not all was fulfilled in the first century. Jesus remains alive, and is part of that generation of which he spoke. His generation has not passed away.

A recent preterist response to this was: “If Jesus included Himself in that generation He was the first one to die of that generation. The resurrected Jesus is another generation.”

But that implies reincarnation, the doctrine that the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, comes back to life in a newborn body, or another generation.

In the case of Jesus, we have the fact of the empty tomb. What became of the body?

Luke 24:1-3
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

If the resurrected Jesus was another generation, why would his body need to be raised?

Luke shows that it was indeed the same Jesus that died, who was raised up.

Luke 24:6-7
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

According to Luke, Jesus demonstrated to the disciples that he was the same Jesus who they knew, as he bore the marks of the crucifixion in his hands and feet.

Luke 24:39-40
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

IMO, to say that “the resurrected Jesus is another generation” misses the significance of his saying, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” [John 2:19] He did not say, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise up a different one.”

So that idea is quickly slain. “The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword.” [Hebrews 4:12]