Luke 20:36

36 for 1they cannot die anymore, because they are 2equal to angels and 3are 4sons of God, being 5sons[a] of the resurrection.

Luke 20:36 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 20:36

Neither can they die any more
Therefore there will be no need of marrying to procreate children, to keep up a succession of men, any more than there is among the angels: for they are equal unto the angels;
in spirituality, purity and immortality; (See Gill on Matthew 22:30) and are the children of God:
as they are now by adopting grace; but, as yet, it does not appear as it will then, what they are and will be: being the children of the resurrection;
as Christ was declared to be the son of God by his resurrection, so will they appear to be the children of God by their resurrection to eternal life; for though others will rise, yet not to everlasting life, and thus appearing to be children of God, they will also be heirs of God, and enjoy the inheritance, which they will always live to possess in their persons; and therefore the case being different with them from the children of the world, they will not marry, nor be given in marriage, as they are.

Luke 20:36 In-Context

34 And Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,
35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage,
36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him."

Cross References 5

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 15:54, 55; Revelation 21:4
  • 2. [Hebrews 2:7, 9]
  • 3. [Genesis 1:26; Psalms 82:6]
  • 4. [Romans 8:19, 23; 1 Corinthians 15:52]
  • 5. See Luke 10:6

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Greek huioi; see preface
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