Resurrection From the Dead

A tenet of the Elementary Teachings about Christ

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Concordance terms:
resurrect     resurrection
reappearance     reincarnation     revival           revivification
resuscitation    rebirth           regeneration      renovation
restoration      renewal           rejuvenescence
According to Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary:
resurrection means: to rise again, to appear.
  1. A rising from the dead, or coming back to life.

  2. A coming back into notice, practice, use, etc.; restoration or revival, as of old customs.

  3. The state of having raised from the dead, the resurrection;
    In Christian theology:

    1. The rising of Jesus from the dead after his death and burial;

    2. The rising of all the dead at the Last Judgment.

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Marriage and the Resurrection
Matt. 22:23‑33

1) The Sadduccees don’t believe in the resurrection

Mark 12:18‑27

2) At the resurrection there is no marriage, for you will no longer die.

Luke 20:27-40

3) They will be like angels
4) Jesus arguing for the resurrection of the dead from the book of Moses (Exodus 3:1-6), God is the God of the living (not of the dead).

Jesus IS the resurrection
John 11:25

Jesus said… “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

The Resurrection is part of the gospel message
1 Cor. 15:1-4

Death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ IS the gospel.

Acts 2:31

Peter preaches death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as the Messiah

Acts 4:2-12

Jewish leadership disturbed because the apostles were teaching the resurrection of the dead

Acts 4:33

The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus

Acts 5:17-32

The apostles are told to preach in the Temple courts and “tell the people the full message of this new life.” by an angel of the Lord.

The message they speak is about the death and resurrection of Jesus

Acts 5:42

They never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news (gospel) that Jesus is the Christ

Acts 7:51-56

Stephen begins to preach the gospel by proclaiming the dead of Jesus, but he is killed before he can finish his message

Acts 10:34‑48

Peter preaches the death and resurrection of Jesus to Cornelius (gentile)

Acts 17:32

Intellectuals of the day (in Athens) sneered at the idea of resurrection

Sadduccees didn’t believe in-, Pharisees did believe in-, the resurrection of the dead
Acts 23:6

Paul identifies himself as a pharisee and a believer in the resurrection

Acts 24:21

Paul stating that his belief in the resurrection of the dead is why he was on trial

Some Christians did not believe in the resurrection of the dead
1 Cor. 15:12‑20

If it is preached that Christ has been raised for the dead, how can some… say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

  • If the dead are not raised then Christ has not been raised… and if Christ has not been raised you faith is futile, you are still in your sins

  • If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men

  • But Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep

Death through Adam, Life through Jesus (the TWO Sons of God, see Luke 3:38)
1 Cor. 15:21-26 cf Romans 5

One Adam (man) brought death, another Adam (man) brought life.

  • … since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man

  • … in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive,

  • But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits, then when he comes, those who belong to him

  • Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must rein until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death

1 Cor. 15:45‑47 cf Romans 5

… “The first man Adam became a living being” (Gen. 2:7), the last Adam, a life-giving spirit

  • The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual

  • The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven

The Resurrection Body
1 Cor. 15:35‑44

But someone may ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish

  • What you sow does not come to life unless it dies

  • When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed

  • But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body

  • … the body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body

1 Cor. 15:48-49

The impact of each of the two men

  • As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and
    as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven

  • And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven

Flesh and Blood and a Mystery
1 Cor. 15:50‑54

… flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable

  • “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all see, but we will all be changed - in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

  • … the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality

  • When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Where is the Sting of Death?
1 Cor. 15:55‑57

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Hosea 13:14)

  • The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

  • But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

The Resurrection of the Dead is a Basic Tenet of Christianity
Heb. 6:2

listed as one of the six basic teachings about Christ

Resurrection Symbolized by Baptism — Baptized into Jesus death and raised to have a new life
Rom. 6:2

We died to sin, how can we live in it any longer?

Rom. 6:3,4

Those baptized into Christ were baptized into his death and just as Christ was raised from the dead we too may live a new life

Rom. 6:5-7

… we have been united with him… in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection
… our old self was crucified with him so that… we should no longer be slaves to sin - because anyone who has died has been freed from sin

Rom. 6:8-14

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus

Rom. 6:17,18

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form (Greek - tupos) of teaching (doctrine) to which you were entrusted [the gospel]. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness

Rom. 6:22,23

… But now… you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

Hope and Salvation through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
1 Pet. 1:3

… He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Pet. 3:18

Christ died for sins once for all,… to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body, but made alive by the Spirit.

1 Pet. 3:20,21

… [those] 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. 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, (NKJV)