Abraham lives right now

Matthew Bible Background

03.08.2017 – New Testament: Mark 12.26–27

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 12.1–27 on March 8, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Sadducees thought they had come up with a clever argument to show that there is no resurrection, believing that when your body dies, your spirit dies also. However, Jesus told them,

“But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken” (Mark 12.26–27). 

Jesus showed them that if they had read the text carefully, they would have noticed the tense of the verb that God used when identifying Himself to Moses. God said, “I am the God of Abraham…,” not, “I was the God of Abraham…,” because Abraham still lived and he still lives at this moment, though not on the Earth, rather he lives with God in Paradise.

Therefore, the resurrection is possible. A resurrection happens when the spirit reunites with the body. Abraham’s body, and this is so for the rest of humanity, will once again in the future hold his spirit.


  • Do you believe that your body shall be resurrected?
  • Do you believe that your spirit lives on after the death of your body?
  • Do you believe that God shall change your body into something different after the resurrection?

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