God Can Raise the Dead

Resurrection is not impossible, for Divine power is able to raise the body from the grave. The resurrection is both reasonable and possible. If one has been raised from the dead by the power of God to die no more, then all can be. That Jehovah God has the power to resurrect the body has been clearly demonstrated. Those mentioned in the Bible, in both the Old Testament and the New (besides Christ), as having been brought from the dead, are:

  1. The widow’s son at Zarephath, Elijah the prophet (1Kings 17:17-22);

  2. The Shunamite’s son, by the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4:18-37).

  3. The unnamed man whose body when being buried touched the bones of Elisha (2 Kings 13:20-21).

  4. Jairus’ daughter by Christ (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:35-42; Luke 8:49-56).

  5. The widow’s son at Nain, by Christ (Luke 7:11-15).

  6. Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary, by Christ (John 11:17-44).

  7. Dorcas (Tabitha), a Chris9an woman who lived in Joppa, by Peter (Acts 9:36-41).

  8. Eutychus, the man at Troas who fell out the window, by Paul (Acts 20:5,9-10).

None of these instances of miraculous resurrections, however, were a resurrection to an immortal or incorruptible body, for they all later died again and saw corruption. They were restored to their natural bodies. These cases do, however, show that there is a power superior to death. Those eight persons, along with the remainder of mankind, will be the subjects of that final resurrection by the power of the Lord at the last day which shall completely swallow up death in victory; for this same infinite God shall awaken to life all the dead in “the resurrection at the last day.” This will be a display of almighty power. Indeed, God is able to clothe the spirits of the righteous with celestial bodies, suitable for the eternal abode in heaven.

If one accepts the personal existence of an omnipotent God, why not the possibility of raising the dead by a miracle of power?

If in the long-ago Abraham believed in the possibility of a bodily resurrection (Hebrews 11:19), it should be much easier for one who now lives under a much fuller revelation of God’s will be believe the doctrine of the resurrection. The resurrection of the body is not incredible.

God Is Good,
Love You All,
Kevin J.