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Resurrection From The Dead

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We've been doing a study of the foundations of the doctrine of Christ recorded in Hebrews 6:1-3. So far
we've dealt with Repentance from Dead Works and Faith Towards God. It's important to understand this principles since they form the basis of your faith in Jesus Christ.

In the study of the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, the Bible takes us by revelation beyond the present time into the future of eternity.

By the act of creation, God brought the present world into
being with the order of time including the past, present and future (Genesis 1). Someday God will bring this present world to an end and time, as we now know it, will cease to be. There are many events which will happen in the world at the end of time. Only God knows the exact timing of these events. As individuals, however, a moment awaits each of us when "time shall be no longer." This is when we come to the end our earthly lifetime and step from time into eternity. For each person, the end of physical life is the end of time.
There are mysteries surrounding the end of time and eternity which the Bible does not explain. But the doctrine of the "resurrection from the dead" provides some knowledge of the end of time and eternity which follows.

In this doctrine, we shall look at the Past, Present and Future resurrections spoken of in the New Testament. But we'll cover Future resurrection in a latter article.

DEFINITION
Resurrection is raising or rising up. It means to cause to rise up from the dead.

Three Resurrections
1. Past: The resurrection of Jesus Christ form the dead.
2. Present: The spiritual resurrection of believers in Jesus Christ.
3. Future: The resurrection of all that are in the graves.

Jesus Christ was raise from the dead by the power of God:  
because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ I Corinthians 15:15.

Through Jesus the believer experiences present spiritual resurrection. through Him, the future resurrection of the dead from the graves will happen.The bible confirms that Jesus Christ is the resurrector, the one who'll resurrect the dead.
1. Past: Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Old Testament confirms the birth of Jesus Christ, His death for the sins of all mankind, and His resurrection. David mentioned the resurrection of Jesus: 
Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the     fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. Acts 2:30-31
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There many verses in the Bible that confirm the resurrection of Jesus Christ and he was seen by many people after His resurrection. (See Mathew 28:1,5-7, Acts 1:3, I Corinthians 15:5-8)

His Resurrected Body
After His resurrection, Jesus was careful to provide evidence that He had a real body and was the same person that had been crucified, his hands, feet and side had still marks of nails and the spear. In other ways His body had experienced important changes. It no longer was subject to limitations of mortal body. He could now appear and disappear at will. He could enter a closed room and could pass between earth and heaven. (John 20:19)

2. Present: Resurrection of Believers
This means those who were once spiritually dead in sin are now made alive spiritually through Jesus Christ
And you (he made alive) when you were dead (slain) by (your) trespasses and sins...Ephesians 2:1
And you, being dead in your sins...hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. Colossians 2:13

Baptism in water is an outward sign of death to old life of sin and the spiritual resurrection of the believer in Jesus Christ. But it's not only water baptism that confirms the spiritual resurrection of the believer. It's the life which he lives. Bellow are the 3 evidences of this resurrection:
  •  Death to sin resulting in a new life: After this resurrection, the believer does not live like he used to live. He is dead to the things of the world and alive in Jesus: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:11
  • A new master: Spiritual resurrection makes Jesus the master of your life; instead of living to yourself, you live to serve Him. And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. II Corinthians 5:15
  •   New life purpose: instead of concern about temporal things of the world such as material gain, ambition, ets.,the attention of believers is focused on eternal things. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3:1,2
Importance of Resurrection
Why is the doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead so important to the Christian Faith? Bellow are 6 reasons:

1. It's necessary to become a true believer
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
*When people are getting saved, they should confess Jesus Christ, not their sins; our greatest concern should be if they've accepted Jesus to be their Lord and Savior and not what they've been doing.
2. It confirms that Jesus is the Son of God. 
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Romans 1:4
3. It confirms Jesus is supreme over all created beings
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: Ephesians 1:20-23
4. Confirms that believers are justified. 
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 4:25
5. The resurrection means death is defeated.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Heb 2:14
6. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, believers will also be resurrected and have new bodies; 
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. I Corinthians 15;51,52


Conclusion
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Through resurrection, there's a new life for believer. We bless "God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope." Soon we shall look at the much awaited resurrection, the future resurrection. We shall learn what happens when a believer and non believer dies, where their souls go, and the three stages of the resurrection of the dead.

May God truly bless you for finding time to read this; it's not in vain. May you purpose to experience the present resurrection. 

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Blessings!