A Word on the Resurrection

emptytombThese are my condensed notes from a systematic theology by one of my former professors. I presented this to my church on Easter Sunday.

  1. We cannot be Christians without believing in the resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1–4).
  1. The power of God in Christ’s resurrection is the same power operative in you and me for our regeneration and sanctification (Phil 3:10; Eph 1:18–20; 1 Pet 1:3).
  1. We cannot be apostles because apostles are required to have seen the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:21–22).
  1. Christ’s resurrection is proof from God that God will judge all men (Acts 17:31).
  1. Christ’s resurrection was for our justification (Rom 4:25). The resurrection shows us that God accepted Christ’s obedience (Rom 1:4; 1 Tim 3:16). The ascension and exaltation of Christ shows us that God formally accepted Christ’s obedience in heaven (Acts 2:29–36; Eph 1:20–23). These shows of acceptance of Christ’s obedience give us certainty that His righteousness is credited to those who believe.
  1. Knowing that Christ was resurrected, we, too, can have certainty that our own resurrection will take place (1 Cor 15:20, 23).

Summarized from portions of “The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ,” chapter 28, pp. 221–32 in Rolland McCune, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Volume 2: The Doctrines of Man, Sin, Christ, and the Holy Spirit (Allen Park, MI: Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009).

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