Christians Will Be Raised
The resurrection of Christ gives Christians a sure hope that they will be raised at the last day. Jesus said, “Because I live, you will live also” (John 14:19). If Christ’s body was not resurrected, Christians have no hope that they will be raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:13, 16).
Christ rose from the dead as the first fruits of those who sleep (1 Corinthians 15:20). He represents the great spiritual harvest to be gathered for the kingdom of God. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). As the first fruits were a pledge and an assurance of the in-gathering of the entire harvest, so the resurrection of Christ is a pledge that all who put their trust in Him will be raised from the dead. Thus, Christ’s resurrection guarantees theirs.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), and in that statement, He claimed to be the source of both. There is no resurrection apart from Christ, no eternal life. Jesus does more than give life; He is life, and that’s why death has no power over Him. Jesus gave His life for those who believe in Him, so that they can share His triumph over death (1 John 5:11–12). Those who trust in Jesus Christ will personally experience resurrection because, having the life Jesus gives, they have overcome death. It is impossible for death to triumph over them (1 Corinthians 15:53–57).
And through Jesus’ resurrection, the Father will restore all creation to its original state. Jesus will restore life to His creation for He has life in Himself. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to the believers. “I am come,” He said, “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 also 4:14; 6:54).
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