I Corinthians 15:20
However, we read of others who rose from the dead before Jesus: I Samuel 28:11, 14; I Kings 17:22; II Kings 4:32-35; II Kings 13:21; Matthew 9:23-25; 27:52-53; Luke 7:12-15; 9:30; and John 11:43.
The word “first” in Acts 26:23 doesn’t necessarily mean first in time; it can also mean first in position. For instance, we say statements such as, “He earned first place in the contest,” “We are first in quality”. Likewise, Christ is “first” in the resurrection. This is because Christ is the only One Who has power over his own life:
Furthermore, the saints who rose from the dead before Christ did not rise in the same way. Christ had a glorified body when He rose from the dead–a body which would never die again. The other saints did not have this experience, because they died again. They rose from the dead with their corruptible body still, whereas Christ rose with an incorruptible body. Christ was the first in this regard; Christians throughout all ages will rise in this manner in the future:
I Corinthians 15:42-44
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