Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
The Impact of the Resurrection
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed Resurrection Sunday to you. Today we remember that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again on the third day.
Grace to you.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
The gospel is Jesus who died for our sins and rose again, by which we are saved.
Peter tells us, "Blessed
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which
according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," (1 Peter 1:3). We are born again to a living hope by His resurrection from the dead.
Paul tells us that God's Son Jesus Christ our Lord is ". . . declared
the Son of
God with power according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" (Roman 1:4). Jesus is declared to be what He has always been, the Son of God, by the resurrection from the dead.
I like the way Young's Literal Translation renders Romans 4:25. It says, Jesus "who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous." Our being declared righteous - our right standing with God Almighty - is tied to Jesus' resurrection from the dead.
If you look at the Book of Acts, you will find the Apostles were persecuted for preaching Jesus and the resurrection from the dead.
Romans 10:9 tells us, "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." Can't get much clearer, can it?
"And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead, and behold, I AM ALIVE FOREVERMORE, AMEN . . ." (Revelations 1:17-18; capitals added)! He lives; thus I have hope for the future and fear is vanquished. Thank You, Lord Jesus!
Young's Literal Translation.
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