Resurrection Sunday 2017 ~ The Reason and Importance of Christ’s Resurrection, Luke 23:26-24:12

Vol. 16 No 17 – April 23, 2017

Resurrection Sunday 2017The Reason and Importance of Christ’s Resurrection

Luke 23:26-24:12

Definition of Resurrection.

  • Generally, resurrection is defined as a rising from the dead or returning to life. Yet, Biblical resurrection has much added emphasis. Resuscitation is also defined as rising from the dead or coming back to life, (e.g., Lazarus, Paul, two boys in the Old Testament, etc.), but the difference is that those resuscitated rise to a body of corruption that will die again; whereas, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will rise to a body of incorruption and perfection; never to die again. Therefore, physical death is the prerequisite for resurrection with four exceptions:

a) The Rapture generation of the Church Age.

b) Enoch and Elijah at the resurrection of Old Testament saints.

c) The Millennial believers alive at the end of time and human history.

  • As for resurrection, there are two general resurrections:

a) For believers only, where they are resurrected to eternal life with an eternal and permanent body that is without sin and is superior to that of angelic creatures, Dan 12:2; John 5:24‑29; 1 Cor 15:20‑22; Rev 20:6, 13. This is called the “First Resurrection” where believers are resurrected to Eternal Life.

b) For unbelievers only, where they are resurrected or taken from Hades, placed before Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment, and cast into the Eternal Lake of Fire forever, Mat 25:41; 1 Cor 15:24; Rev 20:5‑15. This is called the “Second Resurrection” or the last judgment where unbelievers are resurrected to eternal condemnation and judgment. Therefore, the Second Resurrection is for all unbelievers who will be raised from Hades and then thrown into the Eternal Lake of Fire which is also called the Second Death.

c) The difference between the two groups is one’s attitude toward Jesus Christ, John 3:36, “He who believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

  • The First Resurrection (believers only) is pictured as a battalion pass-in-review (TAGMATI, which means, “arranged in order, or specifically a division or rank”), and is divided into four echelons, 1 Cor 15:2024.

1.) Alpha Company: The resurrection of Christ at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, for He is “the first fruits of those who are asleep.” Therefore, the first resurrection in all of human history was that of our Lord at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Until Jesus Christ died on the cross, there could be no resurrection. So, the first resurrection in history is that of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union and His resurrection is the precedent for all believers who too will be resurrected, Mat 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20‑21; Acts 2:31‑34.

2.) Bravo Company: The resurrection of the Royal Family of God at the end of the great power experiment of the Church Age, John 14:13; Phil 3:20‑21; 1 Cor 15:51‑57; 1 Thes 4:13‑18; 1 John 3:1‑2. This is the resurrection of all Church Age believers, those who are dead and those who are alive, who will meet the Lord in the clouds of the air.

3.) Charlie Company: The resurrection of the Old Testament believers and Tribulational martyrs at the end of the Tribulation and the Second Advent, Dan 12:13; Isa 26:19‑20; Mat 24:31; Rev 20:4. This group will be resurrected when our Lord personally sets foot on earth once again to end the Tribulation and establish His Millennial reign.

4.) Delta Company: The resurrection of the Millennial saints at the end of the Millennium. Rev 20:5

  • Resurrection is also noted as the state of one risen from the dead. For the believer, this has implication because we share in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the moment of our salvation. So even though we have not died, we can experience the spiritual aspects of our new life in the risen Christ, Rom 6:5-11; Eph 2:4-6; Col 2:12-13; 3:1-4.

There are Nine Reasons given for Christ’s Resurrection.

  • Our Lord was raised from the dead to proclaim the victory won at the Cross over death, sin, and Satan. As a result of that victory, all of mankind can share in His victory through resurrection, if they believe that Jesus paid for their sin upon the Cross. Therefore, our Lord died for all and was raised for all, even though only a few will receive Him and realize eternal life, Mat 7:13-14; John 14:6.

Mat 7:13, “Enter through the narrow gate (the Cross of Jesus Christ); for the gate is wide and the way is broad (false concepts of salvation) that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it (the wide gate). 14For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

  • Because of what or who He is, Acts 2:24.

Acts 2:24, “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

  • To fulfil prophecy, Acts 2:25-31; Rom1:4; cf. Jer 33:20-21; Luke 1:31-33.
  • To separate man from good and evil, breaking the power of the Old Sin Nature, Rom 6:6-11; 7:1-11.
  • To become the Bestower of life, Rom 7:4; 1 Cor 15:45; cf. John 20:22.
  • To impart power, Eph 1:19-21; cf. Mat 28:18-20; Rom 6:4.
  • To be Head over all things to the Church, Eph 1:22-23.
  • To be the emblem of our justification, Rom 4:25.
  • To be the First-Fruits of all believers resurrected, Acts 26:23; Rev 1:5; Phil 3:21; cf. 1 Cor 15:22-23.

Our Challenges in Application of Resurrection to Our Lives.

  • To live in the new and unique spiritual life in Christ, Rom 6:4.

Rom 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”       

  • To appreciate and apply the grace of God in our lives, Phil 3:20‑21.
  • To stand confidently in the promises of God in order to excel in Divine Good Production, 1 Cor 15:58.

1 Cor 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

a) The Greek word for “become” is GINOMAI, which means to become something you were not before. Because we have no control over our death, burial, and resurrection, we do have control over our lives now. We have the opportunity to use our free will to execute the Plan of God. In the “newness of life,” God has provided unlimited Divine assets by which we execute His Plan.

b) To “Be steadfast” or “become stabilized” is the Greek word HEDRAIOS and comes to imply that you have the right to use your own volition to execute and fulfill the Plan of God. You have the right to learn Bible doctrine, to utilize your Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the eleven Problem Solving Devices, and to use the omnipotence of God, all to the glory of God. You can only glorify God by executing His Plan. When you do, you are in a stabilized condition.

c) “Immovable” may better be translated, “not distracted,” which is the Greek word AMETAKINETOS, [am – et – ak – in’ – ay – tos]. Combining the words HEDRAIOS, “steadfast,” and AMETKINETOS, “immovable,” we have two words with very similar meaning. So, we have a double emphasis. Specifically, AMETAKINETOS is a multiple compound word with the negative “A” prefix joined to META-KINEO which means, “not to set aside, not to replace, not to displace, not to remove, or not to be moved away from.” This word more clearly defines what it means to become stabilized. Distractions are anything you put before Bible doctrine and God’s Plan for your life. They are things that move you away from your relationship with God and the execution of His Plan. When you find yourselves distracted from your relationship with God, you should do as the Lord Jesus Christ did and recall the promise of your personal victory and resurrection to once again ground yourself inside the Plan of God.

d) “Always abounding” or “to excel” is made up of two Greek words PANTOTE meaning, “at all times” and PERISSEUO, [PER – IS – SYOO’ – O], meanings, “to be over and above, to abound, or super abound.” Combined in Biblical application, it means to be outstanding and become a spiritually mature believer. This means your service to the Lord, when done through the power of the Holy Spirit, has personal impact, national impact, international impact, and angelic impact.

e) It is called “your toil or labor” because you use your volition during this time on earth. Your volition determines your control or lack of control over your life. “Your labor for the Lord” are the decisions you make to use the power of God in all situations. It is your positive decisions daily or your evaluation of what is important in your life; the importance of Bible doctrine, the daily perception of Bible doctrine, your spiritual growth, and your work unto God through the filling of the Holy Spirit.

f) The last principle to note in vs. 58, is that believers who do not use the power of God, live empty lives. For believers who use and apply the power of God (i.e. overcomers), their lives are OUK KENOS, “not empty” or “not in vain.” In other words, these believers are executing the Plan of God for their lives producing the fruit of the Spirit. They have spiritual growth, production, and impact.

Through simple recollection of God’s power and promise to raise you from the dead, as our Lord utilized in John 13:3c, you realize that God has unlimited power available for application to your life, and you stand firm and confident in Him.

  • The resurrection of Christ is the basis for the believer’s confidence in the future, 1 Peter 1:35, 21; Phil 3:21.
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basis for the believer’s happiness in life, 1 Peter 1:3-8.
  • To understand that the power which resurrected Christ is now made available to you in the execution of the Plan of God for your life, 2 Cor 13:4; Eph 1:19-20; Phil 3:10.

2 Cor 13:4, “For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.”

Eph 1:19-20, “And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”

That is why Paul said in Phil 3:10, “That I may come to know Him and the power of His resurrection.”

“Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.” Oswald Chambers.

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 If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you.  He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins.  He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.

To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.

So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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