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I thought I would do a 2-for-1 for this post.  The first is raising the question, who raised Jesus from the dead? This almost seems like a trick question.  I recently came across an article by this title on the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals web site.  For those of us who believe that the Scriptures teach one God, the answer is quite simple.  It gets a little more complicated if you believe in the trinity. Here is an excerpt from that article:

But one thing the Bible is not shy in speaking about is the answer to the question “Who raised Jesus from the dead?”  Perhaps the most pointed answer was given by Peter in his Pentecost sermon, just weeks after the resurrection: “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it” (Acts 2:24).  The answer is that “God raised him up.”

I like the answer so far.

The obvious follow-up question is “Who, within the Trinity, raised Jesus from the grave?”  Here, things become interesting, because the biblical answer is “Yes.”  That is, at different places, the Bible ascribes the raising of Jesus to each of the three members of the Trinity: God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

So this is where things get a little trickier for some one who believes in the trinity and probably a lot more difficult to believe.   You can click to the article here if you want to see how this is explained.  I prefer the much simpler and accurate explanation given in Acts 2:24 cited above: God raised him up!

Jesus, our Lord, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Son of man, is a human being who died on the cross.  When he died he was DEAD.  He ceased to exist.  He had no consciousness, no memory, no floating spirit.  He was lifeless and his body was laid in a grave and would have decomposed like any others.  But then God, the creator of the heavens of the earth, the one and only God, raised him (not just his body) from the DEAD.  The significance of this resurrection of Jesus as the firstfruits from the dead is of fundamental significance to the Christian faith.  This leads to my second question.

Do we live like Jesus was raised from the dead?  Here are a few verses that speak to that question.

Romans 6:5–13
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

If we truly believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, then this needs to be our response.

One Response to “Who Raised Jesus From the Dead? Do I Live Like Jesus Was Raised From the Dead?”

  1. on 12 Apr 2009 at 9:22 amRay

    I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and that after he did,
    Jesus did not just lay there on the cold, hard ground, but raised
    up his body, and we who were slow to believe were raised
    up with him.

  

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