CHRISTIANITY AND THE RESURRECTION.
THURSDAY, MAY 12TH, 2022.
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? (1 Corinthians 15:12).
Sometime ago, a certain well-known “priest” publicly stated that he used to believe in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, but he now had reasons to question whether or not Jesus truly rose from the dead. The fact of the matter is, he never believed in Jesus even though he claimed to be a Christian. It is impossible to be a Christian without believing absolutely in the resurrection of Jesus!
There is no Christianity without the resurrection. Christianity only begins from the resurrection, not the Cross. The death of Jesus did not provide eternal life; it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that ushered us into internal life. The Apostle Paul explains it in Romans 6:4; he said, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so also should walk in newness of life.”
To not believe in the resurrection is to deny the possibility and availability of eternal life. And if you do not have eternal life, you are not a Christian. A Christian is someone who has received eternal life. What is eternal life? It is the life and nature of God – the quality of the divine essence.
For example, dogs are not goats, chickens are not ostriches; no matter the resemblance between them, they do not have the same life and they will never produce or reproduce after the other. Dogs will never reproduce goats and vice versa. The Christian is literally born of God, with the God-life. It was the resurrection of Jesus Christ that made that possible. Hallelujah!
More so, the Bible says Jesus was proven or declared to be God in human flesh according to the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). Then the Spirit of God, through the Apostle Paul, brought the doctrine to a climax in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19; study the entire reference. The 19th verse says, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Thank God for the resurrection! It is what gave us life. Blessed be God!
Dear Father, thank you for the glorious resurrection of Christ that ushered in Christianity and brought us into eternal life – the indestructible, uninfectable and impregnable life. I walk in the newness of life, conscious that I have been raised together with Him in the place of victory, authority and dominion forever, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
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12 Now if Christ is preached, that he has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. 14 If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. 15 Yes, we are also found false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that he raised up Christ, whom he didn’t raise up, if it is so that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead aren’t raised, neither has Christ been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. 18 Then they also who are fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.
20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruit of those who are asleep
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
John 6:1-24;1 Kings 9
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Corinthians 7:25-40;Proverbs 8