This will take place on judgement day. "All those in memorial tombs will be resurrected" (Jn 5:28, Acts 24:15, Rev 20:13). This is the hope Martha expressed (Jn 11:24), Job (Job 14:13), David (Ps 16:10).
Once resurrected upon the earth under Christ's rulership, they will have opportunity to benefit from his ransom.
From what I understand of the ransom, when Adam sinned he forefeit his perfect human life. Because he no longer possesed perfect human life he could not pass it to his offspring. This loss of perfection makes us susceptible to sickness and death.
In order to correct this God created a "second Adam" by transerring the life of his "only begotten son" into Mary's womb. In this way Christ did not inherit Adam's imperfection. By his perfect earthly course, Christ retained his perfection. As a matter of justice, God granted him all rights to his own life. It was his to do with as he pleased. Through his sacrifice, Christ gave up his perfect human life to give it to the children of Adam. It fills a legal requirement to ransom what was lost, perfect human life.
Who was the legislature involved in the creation of this requirement? What debt office is visited to pay this ransom?
We can leave that aside for now, as I think Anfauglir's immediate question is more pertinent to the thread topic. Waiting any time after the actual 'ransom' happened seems irresponsible, but what seems to be the case is that the actual timing
of Jesus' death and resurrection is unimportant. The actual judgment happens later, which is related to the ransom in ways that I hope you'll clear up. Is it fair to say that god could have sent Jesus today
rather than 2000 years ago and you're great-great-grandfather would have still been eligible for and could have achieved salvation (presumably in the future)? How could that have been achieved?
It was like Adam took out a huge debt, one that we could never repay, the value of a perfect human life. God could not just forgive the debt because, while that is merciful, that is not justice in God's eyes. The debt had to be repaid. So God took it upon himself to provide what was owed through the ransom of Christ.
Here's what it sounds like you're saying:
Adam took out a massive loan, thereby acquiring debt. Whether or not he realized there was going to be a debt involved isn't really important. But this loan was valued at 'perfect human life'. Presumably the 'loan' was the...disobeying someone. k I don't quite understand the value relationship between 'do what I say' and 'perfect human life' but that's...fine for now.
So god could not just forgive
the debt. That would not be justice, because that would not have been Adam
paying the debt he could never repay (incidentally, god knows perfectly well
that Adam cannot repay this debt). So in order for god to be just (in god's eyes), god...found some other dude (who he created at the beginning of all creation, prior to any of this 'human being' business) who had no responsibility whatsoever in Adam's loan acquisition, to pay Adam's debt on Adam's behalf. Which is more just than god paying the debt on Adam's behalf (via just forgiving the debt).
Could you explain what you think god sees as unjust
in the act of him just forgiving the 'debt'?
Jehovah then resurrected Christ to his right hand and gave him immortality and authority over all of creation. Using the value of his ransom, Christ adopts the children of Adam, those that exercise faith in him. The ransom severes our legal inheritance from Adam. Being now adopted by Christ we receive our inheritance from Christ, resurrection and everlasting human life.
Man I dunno if you ever listen to yourself but you ought to some time. The above is just a mess. "Using the value of his ransom, Christ adopts the children of Adam" <--- that actually means
something to you? What the hell. It's like a bunch of words strung together with little thought behind what is actually trying to be communicated.
What is unique about the Christian era is that some will go to heaven, the elect, a limited number of Christians chosen by Christ to be co-rulers with him in heaven. They will receive immortality and all of the authority of Christ. They will rule the earth for 1000 years with Christ. That is judgement day.
Great. It's preposterous, but great.