The like the Deity of Jesus Christ, the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ a fundamental truth of Christian faith.
“…if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty….”
Since the beginning of the church age, the greatest attacks in the endeavor to topple the teachings and truths of Jesus and His Disciples has been to undermine or discredit the Deity of, the virgin birth of, and the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here in the 21st century remain religious sects who call themselves “Christian”, but do not believe or have perverted clear Biblical teaching: Mormonism attacks Jesus’ deity; and Jehovah Witnesses attack Jesus’ bodily resurrection.
Belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God stands or falls with the question of His bodily resurrection. If you can disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ, then all of Christianity falls, because we base much of our faith in a “living Savior”.
Here are a list of questions you can ask yourself and answer according to the Scriptures that are vital to the correct Biblical teaching and understanding concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
- John 2:18-22. So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said. What did Jesus say would happen to Him after he was killed?
- Acts 3:1-15 Peter gave a speech to the Jewish religious leaders near the temple which is recorded in Acts 3. What did Peter proclaim in vs. 14-15? “But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, “and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.”
- Acts 4:32-33 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. What was the emphasis the apostles spoke of concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
- Rom 1:1-4. Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. What did the resurrection demonstrate about Christ?
- I Cor. 15:3-8 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. How many eyewitnesses and who were the people that saw Jesus Christ after his resurrection?
- How important is the resurrection of Christ according to the Bible? 1 Cor. 15:13-14 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
- 1 Cor. 15:15 What did Paul say about himself and everyone else who testifies of the resurrection if the resurrection was not true? “…we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up–if in fact the dead do not rise.”
- I Cor. 15:17-19 “…And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” Why is Christ’s resurrection so important?
- v.17 …your faith is futile; you are still (dead) in your sins!
- v.18 …also those who have fallen asleep in Christ (died believing that Jesus arose from the dead) have perished!
- v.19 …If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
- 1 Cor. 15:20-23 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 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. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Paul wrote about one last event for each of us that hinges on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What is it? ANSWER: Followers of Jesus Christ who die in the faith will, in the same way as Jesus Christ, also be resurrected!
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