- Joe Norton
Knowledge of the Afterlife (5/7/2023)
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God’ ” (Matthew 22:29).
When the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, attempt to trick Jesus with a question about the state of man in the next life, He provides the response in this verse, certainly one they did not expect.
By telling the Sadducees they did not even know the Scriptures nor the power of God, Jesus clearly rebukes them as He sets Himself up to provide a direct answer to their question: After the resurrection, life will be quite different—there will be no human activities at that time.
In providing clarification to the Sadducees, Jesus also provides clarification for all who have lived since that time: the afterlife will not be the same as life here. Those who receive the reward can expect a place of perfection while those who receive condemnation for their lack of obedience to the Lord in this life can expect eternal punishment.