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Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

- Romans 4:25

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

- Romans 5:10

Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

- I Peter 1:21

Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

- II Corinthians 4:14

 

 

And He is the Head of the body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.

- Colossians 1:18

And from Jesus Christ, who is the Faithful Witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.

- Revelation 1:5

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

- 1 Corinthians 15:20

 

Jesus' resurrection is of four-fold importance for all true believers. In Christ's resurrection they receive:


1. Proof of their justification - As their Substitute, Jesus' resurrection confirmed His people's justification from sin. His life testifies that the full price for sin has been paid.

2. Proof of their sanctification - As their risen, living King, Christ will deliver, protect, and govern His children. He will uphold them and therefore they will persevere in the way of salvation.

3. Proof of their victory over all enemies - As their Head, Jesus has secured victory over sin, world, Satan, death, hell, and grave for all true believers. They shall be victorious in Him.

4. Proof of their blessed resurrection - As their Forerunner, Christ's resurrection testifies of the resurrection of His entire Church. His resurrected body and ascension into heaven are sure pledges to His Church of their resurrection and eternal life with Him. As Christ's body, the Church shall be eternally united with Him, as their Head.


The resurrection of Christ contained far more than a return to life and reuniting of soul and body. Jesus became "the firstborn from the dead" and "the firstfruits of them that slept."

Christ arose in a fully-restored, eternal human body. His body, which previously was mortal and corruptible, now became immortal and incorruptible. Yet it remained the same body; it was a resurrected body, not a newly created one.

When speaking of Christ's resurrected body. the following two distinctions need to be noted:


1. His body was the same - Jesus' resurrected body was the same body of flesh and blood that He had before His death. It was real and physical. His disciples recognized Him; they saw the holes in His hands; they touched Him; and He ate and drank with them.

2. His body was different - Christ's resurrected body was a glorified body with new characteristics. It was immortal, needed no


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