Resurrection Sunday was not too long ago. Still, it’s important to ask what’s the relationship between the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and other doctrines of the Gospel.
Here in this post I will look briefly at how the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important in answering three questions concerning three doctrines that are aspects of the Gospel.
- The importance of Christ’s resurrection for Justification: How do we know justification by faith apart from works is true? “He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.” (Romans 4:25)
- Here we see why Christ died: “because of our transgressions,”
- We see why Christ was resurrected: “was raised because of our justification.”
- Elsewhere Paul also said: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)
- The importance of Christ’s resurrection for Redemption: How do we know redemption really happened? Turn to Luke 24
- Three days after the crucifixion of Jesus there were two disciples on the way to Emmaus. According to verse 17 they were “looking sad.”
- Why? “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.” (20)
- They were hoping Jesus was the redeemer but during those three days with the death of Jesus they were without hope.
- But it is only with the resurrection was there a change of hope. They were so moved they even went back to Jerusalem that night (v.33) to declare this good news and eventually to the rest of the world!
- The importance of Christ’s resurrection for Propitiation: How do we know Christ satisfied the wrath of God?
- If God was not satisfied with Christ’s sacrifice, Jesus would have kept on suffering.
- The fact that Christ arose from the dead demonstrate that God was no longer penalizing Christ with death; in other words God’s wrath was truly satisfied in Christ!
- Thus the Resurrection demonstrates that propitiation certainly happened!