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The Resurrection Matters, Part 2

April 26, 2016

Grace to you! Last week we saw that without the resurrection of Christ, forgiveness of sins is not even possible. Further, our faith is useless. We should drink and dope ourselves into oblivion if Christ is not raised from the dead! (See 1 Corinthians 15:14,32) But He has been raised and so there is hope for forgiveness of our wickedness if we turn to Christ alone for rescue. But biblically speaking, how else does the resurrection of Christ impact our lives when we follow Christ?

Christ’s resurrection becomes the basis and guarantee of Christian’s resurrection and glorification. Now what do these words mean? Sin and death came into the world through Adam, but righteousness and life comes through Jesus Christ. “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22 ) In short, Adam brought death but Christ will bring life even for those who are in the grave who have trusted Him! Christ will raise me from the dust of the earth, no matter how much corruption my body undergoes! He knows where every molecule of my body is in order to put it back together and raise it up when He returns! Since He created the whole universe from nothing, it should be no problem for His power and wisdom to put my body back together! Because Christ conquered the grave, those who are His will also be raised with that same power that raised Christ from the dead!

Glorification happens at the resurrection. What does this mean? It means that I will never again have a sinful heart, a broken body, or any death to face. I will live in perfect righteousness and fullness of fellowship with the Lord Himself. My body will not only be raised from the dead, but glorified, that is, made ready for my eternal living with Christ! “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:41-44 ) To say we will have a “spiritual” body doesn’t mean that we will be ghost-like. It means that we will have the bodies we have now changed to never face death and prepared to enjoy all the spiritual realities that await us!

It’s when we look at what God has done in the past in raising Christ from the dead that I can look at the future and face my own death without absolute panic! Why? “Because I (Jesus) live, you also will live.” (John 14:19) The bottom line question is this: when you die, will you live again with Christ? Have you committed your heart and life to follow the One who has overcome the grave?

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