5 Gifts Of The Resurrection
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification…” Rom 4:25
Blessed Resurrection Sunday!
It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that with the celebration of ‘Resurrection Sunday’ comes a magnificent reality. This is the glorious power of the resurrection that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. As elects, we believe that God has spoken to us through His Word. We believe God’s Word is true. Ultimately, Christianity is far more than just a world view or a philosophy of life. In fact, Christianity is a living hope and eternal inheritance.
The resurrection provides 5 gifts that make Christianity stand out as unique, remarkable and superior to every other faith.
- The Resurrection Reverses The Garden Curse
We don’t often think of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden when we think of Resurrection Sunday. The Scripture actually tie the two together. The first pronouncement that man would die was in Gen 2:17. God warned Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After their disobedience, in Gen 3:19 God confirmed the consequences of their sin. From that point on all men were subjected to the punishment of death for the disobedience of sin. Rom 5:12 However, Jesus as the ‘last Adam’ 1 Cor 15:45, negates the final effects of the curse. Though one day we will face physical death, the death of the elect is only a temporal condition while we wait for a resurrected spiritual body like Jesus. 1 Cor 15:49
- The Resurrection Justifies The Elect
Justification is the pronouncement from God that He has accepted Jesus’ perfect sacrifice through His baptism and death as the punishment for our sin. This acceptance by God results in the freeing of the elect from the terminal consequences of sin that leads to eternal damnation. Rom 4:25 tells us that Jesus was raised because of our justification. No elect born of the water and Spirit need ever be concerned with his/her eternal destiny. The resurrection of Jesus Christ makes our destiny a surety. We will enjoy eternal life with Christ in our own resurrected and transformed body.
- The Resurrection Transforms
We already know from 1 Cor 15 that we would receive a transformed body during the resurrection of the righteous. Sometimes we tend to forget that the resurrection provides transformation in this earthly life. We have dramatic examples in the Scripture of this very fact in the lives of those born of the water and Spirit. Following Jesus’ death, the disciples hid themselves away from the Jewish authorities. When the risen Lord showed Himself to them, they were radically changed. The result for the disciples was a transformation from fear to courage. Each of them took the message of the risen Christ with them. They had become dynamic ministers of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. They served for years, with each of them dying a martyr’s death proclaiming the risen Saviour.
- The Resurrection Is Revolutionary
In our English bibles we read the word ‘resurrection’ and think of nothing more than rising up from the dead. However, in Greek there is more than one word used to translate ‘resurrection’. One of those words has a root meaning to rise to revolt as in political revolution. How appropriate is such a word! The person who embraces Christ is doing nothing less than experiencing a revolution in his soul, rejecting the sinful nature for the transformation of a new nature. Rom 6:5-12. The elect is to experience nothing less than a revolution of character having rescued from the dominion of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of light. Col 1:13
- The Resurrection Provide Purpose And Meaning To Life
Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christianity is meaningless. 1 Cor 15:13-17 How dreadful life would be without the sure hope of the resurrection.
Knowing our future state of a bodily resurrection that God intends, it gives us purpose and direction for life.
Nothing else in life offers the hope, purpose and meaning that the resurrection of Jesus does. Unfortunately, the unbeliever mistakenly looks to a future of uncertainty. None of the religious faith in the world could offer the hope that the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings.