According to Romans 10:9-10 Christ’s Death and Resurrection are the foundational truths of salvation. There is no salvation apart from trusting in Christ, who shed His blood for our sins and rose from the dead for our justification.
The Resurrection is the heart of Christianity pumping life into the believer.
It motivates us to serve Christ and sacrifice for Him.
Christianity stands or falls on this fundamental doctrine. If Jesus did not die on the cross and shed His blood for our sins and if He did not rise from the dead on the third day, then Christianity Is just another vain, empty, impotent, worthless human philosophy, not worthy of your consideration and I am a fool for having spent my life as a preacher. I Corinthians 15:14-19
The Resurrection gives purpose for living and courage to martyrs for Christ
In this study we will consider:
1. Two testimonies to the Resurrection
2. Examine prophecies and types of the Resurrection.
3. And note five major doctrines of the Christian Faith based on Christ’s Resurrection.
I. TESTIMONIES TO THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
1. The Testimony of Christ’s Church
The first testimony to the resurrection of Christ is the existence of the church, in spite of vicious attacks and persecution for over two thousand years. Jesus said in Matthew 16:15-18 that upon this ROCK, the doctrine of Christ, He would build His Church and the powers of hell could not stop her progress.
Since Christ rose from the dead on that first day of the week, the Church has continued to meet for worship and Biblical instruction on Sundays from the beginning.
When we baptize, we immerse in water, picturing our burial with Christ and we are raised from the water, signifying our rising to new life with Christ. Baptism is a picture of what has already taken place in the heart of a believer.
Victorious Christian living is an ongoing testimony to the power of Christ’s resurrection in our lives. Read Romans 6-8 for more explanation of this.
2. The Testimony of the Bible
The Scriptural records of Christ Resurrection are objective testimonies of the truth of the Resurrection. Recorded in the four Gospels, the facts of the Resurrection were foretold in the Old Testament Scriptures. Consider the Old Testament prophecies and types of the Resurrection.
II. PROPHECIES AND TYPES
Read Hebrews 11:17-19 with Genesis 22:1-14. These passages speak of Abraham as having received his son, Isaac, back from the dead after offering to kill him in obedience to God’ Word. Of course, God did not allow Abraham to go through with this, but instead provided a substitute sacrifice, a ram caught in the thicket. The point is that it was like a resurrection from the dead, as far as Abraham was concerned. Isaac’s resurrection was a type of the literal resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Another type of The Resurrection is that of the nation Israel, presently spiritually dead, dispersed and scattered among the nations of the world. Ezekiel 36-39 and Zechariah 12-14 are some of the most outstanding Old Testament chapters describing the spiritual resurrection (conversion to Christ) of Israel in the latter days. Already, Israel is coming to spiritual life as many Jews are recognizing Jesus as their Messiah and trusting Him for salvation.
Hosea 6:1-3 is an exciting passage giving us a clear hint as to what is taking place in the world today as far as Israel is concerned. With a day as a one thousand years and a thousand years as one day (II Peter 3:8) in the mind of God, we may not be too far from the end of time as we know it.
In Job 19:25-27 Job gives exciting information concerning Christ’s resurrection and our bodily resurrection. Psalm 16:10 and 17:15 clearly prophesy the resurrection of Christ.
Jesus, in Matthew 12:38-40 refers to Jonah 1:17, teaching us that as Job was three days and three nights in the fish’s belly and then thrown up alive on shore; so Jesus would be three days and three nights in the tomb before He would appear alive to many witnesses. Go to category PASSION WEEK and read, Jesus, Our Passover Lamb, for further explanation of this prophecy.
Jesus, when dealing with His Disciples, repeatedly referred to His coming death and resurrection. See Matthew 12:38-40, 17:9, 20:18-19, Luke 9:20-22, John 5:25-29 and 11:25-26. Yet their minds were closed to the fact for a few hours, even after Jesus had risen from the dead.
III. DOCTRINES BASED ON THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
1. The Resurrection of Christ proves the Deity of Jesus. Romans 1:4
If Jesus rose from the dead, you can be sure that Jesus is God and what He says is true.
2. His Resurrection is the basis for our Justification. Romans 4:25
If Jesus died on the cross for sin and arose from the dead bodily, then if your trust is in Jesus, you stand justified. That is, you stand in the righteousness of Jesus and you can be certain of Heaven.
3. His Resurrection is the basis for our Sanctification. Romans 6:1-5
If Jesus rose from the dead and you are trusting Him, you stand in the resurrection power of Jesus and do not need to be defeated by sin. I didn’t say you were perfect. None of us are perfect on this earth; but as a Christian you have the power to live victoriously over sin.
4. His Resurrection is the guarantee of our Glorification. Romans 8:11
You can be sure that one day you will be in His presence sinlessly perfect, but not until then.
5. His Resurrection insures Divine Judgment Acts 17:29-34
Because Jesus rose from the dead, you have a judgment date set with God. If you have never been saved, there is no way you can avoid that date. You will give an account of your life to God and attempt to give Him your reasons for rejecting Him. The Bible says you will stand silent before Him unable to speak.
On the other hand, if your trust is in Christ as your Saviour, your judgment is past. Jesus bore it on the cross. You will never be judged for your sins.
Christianity, including these five doctrines, stands or falls on the Resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus never rose from the dead, you can count on utter, eternal oblivion when you die. It’s all over.
If, on the other hand, Jesus DID really rise from the dead, you had better get this matter with Christ settled quickly. You have no guarantee of another day to think about it. Get it settled now. Receive Him or reject Him; but you cannot ignore Him!
I’ve given you objective evidence from the reliable, inspired Word of God, the Bible; evidence based outside of you. This evidence has nothing to do with how you feel about the matter.
If you are a Christian, you have not only objective evidence from the Bible, but subjective evidence from within your heart. You know He is alive because He walks and talks with you; but that is something you will never experience until you have taken God at His Word. Read and believe the infallible, inspired Word of God and settle the matter now.
Finish reading these messages under RESURRECTION and then go to the category SALVATION and settle this matter before you go to sleep tonight. This is a matter of life and death. Eternal Life and eternal death!
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