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He Rose Again

On the third day, he rose again from the dead.

In his book on the Apostles’ Creed, Albert Mohler highlights 1 Corinthians 15:3–4, noting especially Paul’s use of the words, regarding the resurrection, “of first importance.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the gospel. It empowers every facet of salvation. Christ’s resurrection vindicates his death, demonstrating that his sacrifice was acceptable to the Father, making our justification possible. And it is his physical resurrection that makes our spiritual resurrection possible.


[T]he Bible depicts regeneration as the result of resurrection power. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would know “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us” and wrote that this power was revealed “when he raised him from the dead” (Eph. 1:19–20). Also, in their union with Christ, the resurrection power transforms the life of the Christian into greater conformity with Christ (Rom. 6:3­5, 8; 1 Cor. 15:20–23; Eph. 1:18–20). Calvin helpfully characterized the resurrection in terms of both justification and regeneration:

imageSin was taken away by his death; righteousness was revived and restored by his resurrection. For how could he by dying have freed us from death if he had himself succumbed to death? How could he have acquired victory for us if he had failed in the struggle? Therefore, we divide the substance of our salvation between Christ’s death and resurrection as follows: through his death, sin was wiped out and death extinguished; through his resurrection, righteousness was restored and life raised up, so that—thanks to his resurrection—his death manifested its power and efficacy in us.

Indeed the New Testament, the source of Calvin’s theology, routinely applies resurrection terminology to the regeneration of the Christian. Peter, like Paul, associated regeneration language with Christ’s resurrection. Christians were made “to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Christ’s resurrection provides the source of new spiritual life—new life is a sharing of Christ’s resurrection life (1 Peter 1:3).

—Albert Mohler, The Apostles’ Creed (Crossway, 2019), 99–100.

Posted 2020·03·04 by David Kjos
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