Resurrection to eternal life is introduced and written of in the Old Testament in the Book of Job. Even while yet physical, the earnest of eternal life abides in us when we are baptized and receive God’s holy spirit. Through Jesus Christ we are reconciled to God and receive the spirit of God the Father who begets us and bring us to birth to eternal life at the resurrection. God loves his son Jesus Christ, shares all things with him and works together with him. Judgment is committed to Jesus Christ. The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, makes alive and changes our mortal bodies to immortal at the resurrection. This plan shared by God and Jesus Christ has been in place since before the foundation of the world.
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.