If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins.
(1 Corinthians [15:17])
Here are ten amazing things we owe to Jesus’s resurrection:
1) A savior who can never die again. “We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again” (Romans 6:9).
2) Repentance. “The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel” (Acts [5:30]-31).
3) New birth. “By his great mercy we have beenborn anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
4) Forgiveness of sin. “If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians [15:17]).
5) The Holy Spirit. “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear” (Acts [2:32]–33).
6) No condemnation for the elect. “Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God” (Romans [8:34]).
7) Jesus’s personal fellowship and protection. “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew [28:20]).
8) Proof of coming judgment. “God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead” (Acts [17:31]).
10) Our own resurrection from the dead. “We know that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence” (2 Corinthians [4:14]; Romans 6:4; [8:11]; 1 Corinthians [6:14]; [15:20]).
Written by John Piper
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