Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Scripture distinguishes between the resurrection of life, which will take place at our Savior’s pre-millennial advent (1 Thessalonians 4:13–17), and the resurrection of judgment, which takes place at the end of time, just prior to the setting up of the great white throne where all the wicked must give account before God. Those who participate in the resurrection of the just have been saved by grace. Theirs will be a blessed part indeed. They are holy, set apart to God in Christ. They will never know the second death, which is final separation from God, for they are possessors of eternal life received by faith in Christ. For eternity they will have access as priests into the immediate presence of God and the Lamb. When the kingdom is set up over this earth they will reign with Him for whom once they suffered in the time of His rejection. Best of all, they shall see and be with Him forever.
Ah, this is what I’m wanting—
His lovely face to see,
And, I’m not afraid to say it,
I know He’s wanting me!
He gave His life a ransom
To make me all His own,
And He can’t forget His promise
To me, His purchased one.
—J. G. Deck
H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 369.