The following belongs to a series entitled “An Introductory Biblical Theology of Resurrection.” Read other posts belonging to this series here.
This series has attempted to present a succinct Biblical theology of resurrection by methodically developing its theme throughout the canon. To summarize, the hope of Israel is bound up with the resurrection; Christ predicted His resurrection and rose bodily from the dead; Christ’s resurrection secures salvation for all who believe on Him; by nature of His resurrection Christ is shown to be the Messiah, was appointed King, has inaugurated the “last days,” and has defeated death; and finally, those who are united to Him have already been raised and will be raised bodily at His coming.
On a directly practical level, the resurrection has vast applications for daily living. Note the following four examples. First, the resurrection provides a hope beyond the grave; believers can know that death is not the end. Second, Christ’s resurrection is the basis of the believer’s assurance of salvation; sin has been conquered and death itself has died. Thirdly, having been united with Christ in His resurrection (indicative), believers are urged live out the implications of this reality (imperative). And finally, the resurrection of Christ is at the heart of the Gospel, the message believer’s have been commissioned to spread to the nations.