“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.”
What is resurrection?
By definition, resurrection is the act of something dead coming back to life. This could mean physically, such as a dead body coming back to life, or it could mean spiritually too. People who are physically alive but whose minds are in the domain of death are considered to be spiritually dead because their relationship with God is broken. So then, spiritual resurrection is not the resurrection of the body but rather a change in your mentality and attitude, and fixing your relationship with God. When you hear the Lord’s Word, it shatters your misconceptions and brings your dead thoughts back to life. And when your thoughts come back to life, your actions follow. These resurrected thoughts and actions then fuel your spirit to come to life and to reconnect with God by doing what is pleasing to Him. Therefore, it is spiritual resurrection.
People in the Old Testament were at the level of God’s servants, but by listening to the Word that Jesus preached at the time of the New Testament, they resurrected to love God at the level of children. Jesus said that everyone who hears his Word and believes in him will gain eternal life—meaning they cross over from death to life. When people hear the Word, their minds are no longer in the domain of death, but both their minds and bodies are in the domain of life. Thus, they have achieved resurrection.
In a way you can also resurrect physically in your everyday life. That means to live a better life, in a more ideal way. We do that by taking action on the Word, discerning what to do or how to do things in detail, and putting in the effort to do better.