Bible Basics (Formally The Word of the Week) by Justin Breeden on The Importance of the Resurrection of Christ.
Bible Basics :
The Importance of the Resurrection of Christ
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared…1 Corinthians 15:3-5 NASB
First Corinthians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church of Corinth around the year 56 A.D. The letter was written in order to address many of the issues that were facing the church at this time. In chapter 15 Paul specifically addresses the issue of the resurrection of the dead. Why? Because many within the church were denying the bodily resurrection of the dead.
The Holman Christian Standard Study Bible states, “This chapter represents the most comprehensive discussion of the resurrection in the entire Bible.” If you want to know what the Bible teaches about the resurrection of the dead, this chapter is an essential read.
Paul begins by laying out for his readers the basic elements of the gospel:
- Christ died for our sins as foretold in the Old Testament (v.3)
- Christ was buried (v.4)
- Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead as foretold (v.4)
- The resurrected Christ appeared to numerous witnesses (vv. 5-8)
Basic tenets of the gospel
Notice that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is one of the basic tenets of the gospel message. This means that if there is no resurrection of the dead then Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead and if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead then there is no gospel message and if there is no gospel message then consequently there is no salvation!
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Paul also reminds the Corinthian doubters that there were many people who witnessed Jesus risen from the dead:
- Cephas (v.5) – Cephas is the Aramaic name of Peter.
- The Twelve (v.5) – “The twelve” was a collective title for the twelve disciples. Although Judas was dead and some were scattered at this time the title nevertheless remained.
- Five hundred brethren (v.6) – Paul states that there were over 500 believers that had seen the resurrected Christ at one time. An important point to note is that at the time of Paul’s writing most of them were still alive – therefore if Paul was lying they would have certainly come forward and called him on it.
- James (v.7) – James is the half-brother of Jesus. James is an important witness because prior to seeing the resurrected Christ he was a non-believer.
- All the apostles (v.7) – Paul also states that there were more apostles than just the 11 remaining disciples who also saw the resurrected Christ.
- Paul (v.8) – Paul refers to his encounter with the risen Christ while on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9).
In spite of such evidence, some may have objected that Paul was preaching a different message than the other apostles. In verse 11, Paul writes, “Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”
It is clear that Paul wants his readers to understand the severe consequences of denying the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead:
- The apostles preaching was vain (v.14)
- The Christian’s faith is vain (v.14)
- The apostles were liars (v.15)
- The Christian is still condemned by his sins (v.17)
- Those who had died believing in Christ were now in Hell (v.18)
- Christians are to be pitied most of all men (v.19)
Thank God that in verse 20 the apostle declares such thinking as foolishness because, “Christ has been raised from the dead…” In the remainder of the chapter Paul goes on to explain the victorious results of the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead – namely that those who are united with Him will rise unto life eternal.(See The Foolishness of the Cross)
Are you united with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection? If not, you must repent and believe the gospel! Spend some time this week reading 1st Corinthians chapter 15 and learn what the Bible teaches regarding the bodily resurrection from the dead.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives: He lives within my heart.
Alfred H. Ackley, 1887-1960
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First published March 24, 2016. Last updated or republished April 8, 2019.
2 thoughts on “Bible Basics: The Importance of the Resurrection of Christ”
By holding fast that YHWH Elohim never changes, and his Laws should be obeyed, until heaven and earth passes away, then we can only receive forgiveness through a sacrifice that spills blood for us. This blood needs to smear the lid of the Ark. This is a universal law. Jesus died for us, spilled his Blood for us which came upon the lid of the Ark (see the discoveries of Ron Wyatt). Now here is how I make sense of this: because Jesus was without misses, and he fulfilled the Law completely, his Father YHWH Elohim resurrected him – so Jesus is alive today. And because He is alive, so is His blood on the lid of the Ark. So we can still until this day receive forgiveness. If Jesus was not resurrected, then his blood would dry out and the blood would die, just like all the other sacrifices previously. All of this had to be done, if all the people in the world should know about the Law of YHWH Elohim. Think on the impossibilities in the logistics and the amount of animals that would be required if people all around the world had to still go to Jerusalem to sacrifice animals whenever they had missed.
However if none of us can live fully by the law only one person did Jesus who died to save us. But that doesn’t mean we live like we want to.