There is to be an order in Christ's work of life-giving. Every man who receives life will belong to one or another of these orders (1 Corinthians 15:22, 23). God divides the salvation of mankind into two parts–the faithful Church, the “firstfuits”, having part in the “first resurrection” (James 1:18; Revelation 14:4; Revelation 20:6) who will be raised to the spirit nature, “celestial”. Afterwards those willing and obedient of the world, raised gradually out of sin and death conditions to the perfected human nature, “terrestrial”. (Psalm 96:13; Acts 17:31; 1 Corinthians 15:40) The faithful saints upon the spirit, heavenly plane, will be assisting their Head Jesus in blessing and judging men in His work of human uplift and restitution (Colossians 1:18; 1Corinthians 6:2; Acts 3:19-21).
Dealing with the world will begin with the generation living at the time of the establishment of the Kingdom and will eventually include all that are in their graves (Psalm 49:14, 15; Hosea 13:14; John 5:25). The world's awakening will bring them forth from the tomb in the condition in which they entered it, “Where a tree falls, there shall it be.” (Ecclesiastes 11:3; Daniel 12:2; Acts 24:15) If a person were raised perfect, he would not know himself – for all those things composing his identity would be gone. He must first of all accept Christ the King as his Redeemer, humbly acknowledge his own imperfections and unworthiness and must lay hold upon the Life-giver before he can start upon the highway of holiness (Romans 5:18, 19; John 3:35, 36; 1 John 5:12; Isaiah 35:8, 9). With help from “the Christ” Head and body (1 Corinthians 12:12,14, 27; Romans 8:16-19; Revelation 1:5,6), the willing of mankind will have the privilege of rising up (Greek, anastasis – “resurrection”, a standing up again, recovery) out of present degradation, mental, moral and physical, to the glorious perfection which father Adam enjoyed in the image and likeness of his Creator (Genesis 1:26, 27).
Every willful evil-doer shall then be dealt with and receive punishment for his evil intent and “stripes” for his correction. Every well-doer shall receive a reward (Jeremiah 31:29, 30; Ezekiel 18:20-24; Luke 12:47, 48). The individual trial for life or death will proceed throughout all that thousand-year Judgment Day; designed for the very purpose of bringing back the race into full harmony and fellowship with the Father—for as many as who will. (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8; Revelation 22:17)