The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ From the Grave
Without this next major tenet and belief, there is no eternal salvation for any of us. If Jesus does not fully resurrect from the grave on the third day after He had died on the cross for all of us, then our entire belief system in Jesus is totally in vain and it will thus fall completely apart. Jesus has to fully resurrect from the grave before His story with us can be made fully complete.
Here are 5 very good verses showing us that not only did Jesus fully resurrect from the grave on that third day, but all of our faith and teaching in Him would be in total vain had He not fully resurrected from that grave.
- Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25)
- Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47)
- “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20)
- “The former account I made, Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:1-3)
- “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is vain and your faith is also vain … For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-18)
The last verse from Paul really drives home the point on how important the resurrection of Jesus from the grave really is. Notice Paul says that not only would all of our teaching and faith be in total vain had Jesus not fully resurrected from the grave, but there would also be no eternal salvation for any of us, as we would all still be dead in our sins and trespasses.
This last verse from Paul is more than enough to make this tenant an absolute, essential tenet of the Christian faith. This is why you always have this tenet put into a sinner’s prayer when leading someone into a true salvation experience with the Lord.
If you want to learn more about the resurrection, read our article: The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?
This is part 6 of our 13 part series on the Basic Tenants of our Christian Faith.
1. An Introduction to the “Basic Tenets of Christian Faith”
2. Jesus Christ is the Only Way To Eternal Salvation With God the Father
3. We Are Saved by Grace Through Faith – Not by Works
4. Jesus Christ is the Son of God
5. The Incarnation of Jesus Christ
6. Resurrection of Jesus Christ
7. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
8. The Doctrine of the Trinity
9. The Holy Bible is the Inspired and Infallible Word of God
10. Baptized With the Holy Spirit at Salvation
11. Renewed – Regenerated By Holy Spirit
12. The Doctrine of Hell
13. The Return of Jesus