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We Believe the Resurrection

We Believe the Resurrection

Romans 1:1–4 NKJV
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
The resurrection is as central to the theme of salvation as is the shed blood of Christ
Romans 6:23 NKJV
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It was proof positive that God had accepted the sacrifice Christ made for the forgiveness of man’s sin
Something to note here is that Gospel wasn’t something invented during the Apostle’s time…it was foretold throughout the OT
Romans 1:2 NKJV
which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
Matthew 5:17 NKJV
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Look at
Isaiah 53:8–9 NKJV
He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Psalm 22:14–18 NKJV
I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
Psalm 22:25–28 NKJV
My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You. For the kingdom is the Lord’s, And He rules over the nations.
In the book of Job he asks the question’
Job 14:14 NKJV
If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.
But then procliams
Job 19:25–26 NKJV
For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,
In the book of Hebrews we see the picture of the Gospel
Hebrews 11:17–19 NKJV
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
Most well known prophecy by most Christians
Matthew 12:40 NKJV
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Clearly it was part of the plan that Christ suffer for the sins of man
Luke 24:25–27 NKJV
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
It was the focus of His discussions with the disciples
Matthew 16:21 NKJV
From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
Paul the Apostle put it this way:
1 Corinthians 15:1–4 NKJV
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Romans 10:9–10 NKJV
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The keys here are confess with your mouth (invitation), and believe in your heart, what? That God raised Christ from the dead
So central to salvation ids the resurrection the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter wrote:
1 Peter 1:3 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
We have been born again to a new life because of the resurrection
Now there is a general misunderstanding about baptism and salvation
Baptism with regeneration is pointless!!!
1 Peter 3:21–22 NKJV
There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
It would appear that the Holy Spirit is saying that Baptism saves but that is not the case at all
In the preceeding verses we read
1 Peter 3:18–20 NKJV
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
Christ paid the price by the death of the flesh but was made alive Spiritually (that which was lost at Eden)
It also tells us that people were saved through in the Ark through the water
Again we might conclude that water baptism saves but it is only a type foreshadowing salvation!
The water represented God’s judgement - the Ark the following of His command
Noah could have built the ark but then not gotten into it; he could have chosen not to build it and then been caught up in God’s judgement
But faith combined with action led to his deliverance from God’s judgement
So now the Holy Spirit goes on to say
There is a antitype - literally the Greek word for embossing stamp - a master picture that leaves an impression - the impression is not the original but rather a copy - a representation of the original - the Amplified Bible says:
1 Peter 3:21
21 And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The waters we are sailing are God’s judgement, the ark we entered is His sacrifice which protects us from the judgement
And one day will will dock at the gates of heaven safe and secure in the Masters hands!
Baptism is a demonstrated act of obedience showing the our conscious has been renewed through the resurrection
Without the resurrection the abundant life that Christ promised would not be possible!
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