The Resurrection

Written by Frank Jamerson.

The resurrection of Christ from the dead is the cornerstone of Christianity. It reminds us of the humanity of Jesus. God has appointed a day in which He will “judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). He partook of flesh and blood “that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14). It also reminds us of His divinity. He was “declared to the be Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4).

The resurrection of Christ relates to our justification. We were begotten again “to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pet. 1:3). In baptism we were united in the likeness of His death, and     raised to walk in newness of life. “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death (when we were buried, v. 4), certainly we will also be in the likeness of His resurrection” (when raised, Rom. 6:5). It also reminds us of our future resurrection. “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:21,22).

If Christ was not raised, the apostles were false witnesses, our faith is futile, we are still in our sins and those who are dead have perished. If Christ was raised, “your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).

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