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Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 17E, Q.45. The Benefits of Christ’s Resurrection.


Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 17E, Q.45. 

Benefits of the Resurrection

In this lesson, we want to complete our studies on the Resurrection of Christ, in LD17, Q45.  Lord’s Day 17  How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us? A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he could make us share in the righteousness which he had obtained for us by his death.  Second, by his power we too are raised up to a new life.  Third, Christ’s resurrection is to us a sure pledge of our glorious resurrection

In this final examination of Lord’s Day 17, we must apply what we have learned.  We must see what the resurrection has accomplished in your life and mine.  Our instructor gives us three applications.  Because Jesus is Risen:-

1 We Share in His Righteousness. Romans 4:25   …by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he could make us share in the righteousness which he had obtained for us by his death

On the cross, Jesus took my sin upon himself and paid the great debt that we owed.  He took MY punishment – every last drop of it, – my sins deserve eternity in hell, in eternal conscious damnation and punishment but Jesus took MY HELL.When God raised Jesus from the dead, God the Father, set his seal of approval upon what Christ had done, and he has demonstrated to us, that death and sin and the devil are all defeated and we are justified before God. Romans 1:4  1 Peter 1:3-5  Jesus has paid for our sin, and we know that atoning work is acceptable to God, because Jesus is risen. And, 

2 We Are Raised to New Lifeby his power we too are raised up to a new life.  

READ John 5:24  A man who has been suffering from paralysis was lying at a pool in Jerusalem.  He’s hoping that the next time the waters move, it will be an angel, stirring the water and offering healing to the first person to enter the water.  But he can’t move, and he has no-one to help, so he is helpless and paralysed and hopeless.  Then he meets Jesus, who commands him to rise, take up his bed and walk.  He is healed and obeys, but it’s the Sabbath, and carrying a bed on the Sabbath is work according to the traditions, and the Jews are not at all impressed.  They find out who it was that healed the man, and plot against him and resolve to kill him. Jesus makes a defence against his accusers. In John 5:24, Jesus begins his defence, which includes some teaching  on the resurrection. Passing from death to life.  That’s a resurrection.  At conversion we are brought from death to life.  As sinners we are dead, in our trespasses and sins. In Christ we have new life. Look up Ephesians 2:1  In Christ we are RAISED TO NEW LIFE.  What that means is that we have shared in his resurrection, just as we shared in his death.  He died, representing me, and he rose, representing me! So, in Christ, we have passed from death unto life. READ:  Ephesians 2:4-6   The next benefit is just as amazing…

3 We Are Assured of a Future Resurrection. Third, Christ’s resurrection is to us a sure pledge of our glorious resurrection

The reformed position is that when we are saved a radical event has occurred in the life of the believer.  We have passed from death unto life!  The Christian is a NEW CREATION with new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 The first resurrection has occurred!  But a day is coming, when Christ will surely return and the dead will be raised.  All the dead, the ‘made righteous’ in Christ and the lost, – but their destinations will be different.  We call this, “The general resurrection of the dead.” READ Philippians 3:20-21  

Now, our instructor reminds us that the fact that Christ has risen from the dead is a sure guarantee to us that one day we will rise also.  Romans 8:11  As sure as Jesus rose, so we will rise too, and that’s a sure and certain promise that we can claim in Christ!  1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

All of that brings our discussion and examination of the Resurrection of Jesus to a conclusion – for now anyway.  I hope that we have got a real appreciation of the importance of this historical event and its doctrinal significance.  And may we understand what it means to life in the power of Christ’s resurrection, having been clothed in the righteousness of Christ, we have a new life, and we have a truly glorious future.

© Bob McEvoy March 2022

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