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Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

The resurrection- part 3, who and why?

1/15/05

 

 

Why was the resurrection necessary?  Could it be because all were dead and needed to be made alive?  The scriptures describe two Adams.  The first was a physical Adam who sinned and “so death spread to all men, because all sinned---and by the transgression of the one (Adam) the many died--- the judgment arose from one transgression (Adam’s) resulting in condemnation---by the transgression of the one, (Adam) death reigned through the one.” Romans 5. It is abundantly clear from these verses that all men were condemned and separated from God because of sin.

 

Eternally lost and alone, condemned by the covenant under which they lived and unable to find their way back to God, mankind badly needed some devine intervention. Therefore, in the “fullness of time, God sent forth His Son ---that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Gal. 4:4,5. Jesus Christ ---”abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light---“. II Tim.1: 10. Sin reigned in death, but the ”grace of God reined through righteousness to eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord”, Rom.5:21, and thus man’s status before God changed.

 

The flesh and blood man who descended from the first Adam could not inherit the kingdom of God, but the second man, Jesus Christ, became a life giving spirit capable of inheriting a spiritual kingdom. I Cor.15: 45. As all men died in Adam, all were made alive in Christ, therefore all were resurrected. This was a first century event concurrent with the advent and return of Christ.

 

It is inconsistent for one to claim to have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, and yet deny he has been resurrected. This is a problem a bible student should reconcile if he is to be honest in his study, and it cannot be scriptually reconciled if one believes in a future physical body resurrection. Jesus stated in John 11:25 that ”I am the resurrection and the life.” No one can logically claim to have eternal, spiritual life in Christ and deny he has been resurrected. Life and resurrection are first century concurrent events.

 

Today we live in the presence of God, thanks to the death and resurrection of Christ and the completed, fulfilled covenant under which we live. Our spiritual life is one of have  rather than one of hope. Unlike the first covenant, which was between  God and man, our covenant is from  God to man; it does not depend on man to keep it perfectly but has as it’s foundation the grace of God. It is a free gift given to us by a loving God. There is no “work” we could perform which would merit such a gift. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unreachable are His judgments and unfathomably His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again?  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” Rom. 11: 33-36.  

 

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