The resurrection of the dead. Those throughout the ages who have known and understood God’s message, having lived their lives and died, will be raised from the dead on the day of resurrection at the return of Jesus.
When the apostle Paul gave his testimony before the Governor Felix in Acts 24:14 he said:
“But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers (Fathers of the Jews like Abram, Isaac and Jacob) believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”
Judgement will then take place according to how each person has lived their life. The unfaithful will be condemned and the faithful rewarded with eternal life. The redeemed will help in the administration of the kingdom and assist to cleanse and beautify the earth.
Salvation involves a person:
1. Reading and understanding the Gospel,
2. believing it.
3. Repenting or wanting to change the direction of their life in a Godly way in accordance with the Gospel.
4. Being baptised into the name of Jesus Christ by burial in water (a symbol of death and demonstrating a willingness to associate and identify oneself with the death and resurrection of Jesus.) In this way we become part of the family of Christ and are covered by his righteousness.
5. After baptism a person must sincerely try to follow the commandments of Christ in their daily life.