Immortality and Light


Thomas F. Torrance, "Immortality and Light," Religious Studies 17 (1981): 147-161; #1981-391


Torrance, Thomas F. "Immortality and Light." Religious Studies 17, no. 2 (1981): 147-161; #1981-391

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The Drew Lecture on Immortality, November 1980, delivered at Spurgeon's College, London.

Reprinted in Transformation and Convergence, #1984-433n.


To rise from the dead and live in the age to come is the appointed destiny of the children of God. In that continuing personal life they are like angels and can no longer die, for as children of the resurrection they are children of God. He is the God, not of the dead, but of the living, for in him all are alive. That was the message of Jesus handed down to us through the Evangelists as an essential part of the Gospel. Jesus did not speak of an ‘immortality’ which depends on the natural force of the soul to resist the corruption of death, but spoke instead of a life-relation with God which cannot terminate for it is anchored beyond our mortal existence in the ever-living God himself. He preferred to speak of this as ‘eternal life’ which is freely given by the heavenly Father to his children on earth and which, far from ending with death, results in a resurrection to a fullness of imperishable life in God.

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