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Jesus Christ’s resurrection represents a demonstration of the power of God, the confirmation of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the grounds of hope for Christian believers.

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Jesus Christ’s resurrection was a demonstration of God’s power

The power of God the Father

Ephesians 1:18–20 ESV
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
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The power of the Holy Spirit

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The resurrection confirmed Jesus Christ as the Son of God

John calls Jesus Christ’s miracles “signs” (see also Jn 2:11; 6:2) and his resurrection is the climax, confirming his identity beyond all doubt;
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The centrality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

As the basis of faith

1 Corinthians 15:14–15 ESV
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
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As the basis of believers’ justification


As the basis of Christian hope


As the basis of believers’ resurrection

The Law of Moses (Ex 23:16) provided for an offering of the firstfruits of crops to God. The firstfruits were the guarantee of the full harvest to come. The NT sees the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the firstfruits of the full ingathering of all God’s people when Jesus Christ comes again.
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