The Resurrection of Christ Is …
Proof of the deity of Christ.
"Jesus Christ … declared to be the Son of God with power … by the resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:3,4).
An integral part of the gospel.
"The gospel … how 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" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
The seal of the finished work of Christ.
"When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3).
Essential for salvation.
"If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17). "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).
Evidence of the believer's justification.
"Jesus our Lord … was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:24,25).
Vital for possession of eternal life.
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die" (John 11:25,26).
Guarantee of the believer's resurrection.
"Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout … and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them … to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).
The reason for the believer's hope.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which … hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).
The assurance of the sinner's judgment.
"He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).
"But now is Christ risen from the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:20). "He showed Himself alive … by many infallible proofs" (Acts 1:3).
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