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On the Resurrection of Christ

Christiaan Boshoff

 

On the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

 

There are more than 100 direct references in the New Testament to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Scriptures I will make mentions of is Acts 2:22-33.

 

In this passage of Scripture Peter make mention of the FACT of the resurrection of Jesus Christ but also of the RESULT of the resurrection and what it accomplished, verse 33 states

“Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. “

Verse 36 of Acts 2 (not mentioned among the list of text, only refer to when taking all Scripture talking about this glorious event into account) state:

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Act 2:36 

It was through the Resurrection Peter said that God exalted Christ to His Right hand. This brings the death, burial and especially the Resurrection of Christ to an exalted position. The Resurrection of Jesus proves that God exalted Christ, it proves that God has accepted the offer of Christ and that God has made this Christ LORD and Christ over all, that is – Jesus Christ is LORD – HE HAS RECEIVED THE LORDSHIP (from the Father – the proof being His resurrection) to be the highest authority  (see Matt 28:6, 7, 18 – this ALL POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO ME is the direct result of the resurrection of Christ)  and not only that, Peter stated that God has made this same Jesus BOTH Lord and CHRIST – that is not only does “this same Jesus” hold the highest authority in Heaven and Earth but He has also become “the Christ” of God, that means He has now also become the dispenser of the very things of God (things concerning our salvation, etc) to all those who come to God through Him!

Only these few verses proves that through the Resurrection Christ obtained an EXALTED position where He has become both LORD and CHRIST in the things concerning man and in the things concerning God. So Jesus Christ, being both Lord and Christ has received the approval of God and as Paul state in Romans 1:3-4:

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace...”

That means that THROUGH THE RESURRECTION from the dead Jesus Christ was DECLARED or PROVED to be the Son of God (He did not become the Son of God, but was declared to be the Son of God (already existing as the Son of God)).

Rom 1:3-4 

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord — the grand burden of this “Gospel of God.”

made of the seed of David — as, according to “the holy scriptures,”

according to the flesh — that is, in His human nature (compare Rom_9:5; Joh_1:14); implying, of course, that He had another nature, of which the apostle immediately proceeds to speak.

And declared — literally, “marked off,” “defined,” “determined,” that is, “shown,” or “proved.”

to be the Son of God — Observe how careful the language changes here. He “was MADE [says the apostle] of the seed of David, according to the flesh” (Rom_1:3); but He was not made, He was only “declared [or proved] to BE the Son of God.” So Joh_1:1, Joh_1:14, “In the beginning WAS the Word ... and the Word was MADE flesh”; and Isa_9:6, “Unto us a Child is BORN, unto us a Son is GIVEN.” Thus the Sonship of Christ is in no proper sense a born relationship to the Father. By His birth in the flesh, that Sonship, which was essential and uncreated, merely came forth into plain manifestation. (See on Luk_1:35; see Act_13:32, Act_13:33).

with power — This may either be connected with “declared,” and then the meaning will be “powerfully declared” or with “the Son of God,” and then the sense is, “declared to be the Son of God” in possession of that “power” which belonged to Him as the only-begotten of the Father, no longer shrouded as in the days of His flesh, but “by His resurrection from the dead” gloriously displayed and henceforth to be forever exerted in this nature of ours .

with, or "by"  [his] power; which has appeared in the creation of all things out of nothing; in upholding all things in their beings; in the government of the world, and works of Providence; in the miracles he wrought; in his performing the great work of redemption; in the success of his Gospel, to the conversion of sinners; and in the preservation of his churches and people: here it seems chiefly to regard the power of Christ in raising the dead.

according to the spirit of holiness — this is not here given merely through the “Holy Spirit” (although it also refers to the Holy Spirit, but this statement Paul used here is a definite reference to the “other nature” of Christ (one Paul already mentioned in verse 1-3 to refer to the human nature of Christ or that He came in the “flesh”) – so Paul referred here to the divine nature of Christ, being in precise harmony that Christ was declared to be the Son of God or proved to be divine in nature – according to the spirit of holiness –an eternal, uncreated nature! Sin and death could not hold Him, for He was the eternal undefiled Son of God according to the spirit glorious and blameless, spotless, unblemished and perfected in holiness!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the declaration of God the Father that Jesus Christ was proved to be Lord and Christ! (See here Philippians 2:6-11)

So Jesus Christ as Lord over All was made the Christ of God was appointed by the Father to be the EXECUTER of His Will (by being raised to the highest honour and position – Lord – see Matt 28:6, 18; Acts 2:33-36 and Phil 2:9-11, Rom 1:4, etc), to be the Mediator of the New Covenant (see 1 Tim 2:5-6; Matt 28:18-20, Hebrews 2:8-17; Hebrews 7:25 etc) and to be the Dispenser of all the benedictions which were given through God’s mercy in the person of Christ (see John 1:16-17, etc)  and so Jesus Christ became the AUTHOR of ETERNAL salvation (or the eternal Author of the salvation of man – it can never be transmitted or passed on to anyone else or anything else!!!!) to all them that OBEY HIM!!! (He was being made Lord and Christ!) (See Hebrews 5:5-9, etc)

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; “Col 1:18 

“For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. “ (Romans 14:9)

So God has put His divine seal on Jesus Christ by raising Him from the dead and declared or proved that He was the one approved of God to be the Lord and Christ unto all eternity!

C.J. Boshoff

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