For the sake of space, I will add a link to I Corinthians 15, the resurrection chapter, written by the Apostle Paul, explaining to the Corinthian believers the importance of the resurrection of Christ in the Christian faith. Without the resurrection of Christ, we are still under the penalty of our sins and remain slaves to sin and its lusts.
Why is this important for us? I would like to pull out some truths and share them here, as well as looking at some cross references in the epistle to the Romans, also written by Saint Paul.
- This idea of resurrection comes from the Gospel (the Bible both Old and New)
- The resurrection is connected to our salvation (from the penalty of sin and the slavery of sin)
- If you do not believe in the resurrection, then your faith is in vain
- The Scriptures teach the resurrection of Christ
- He died for our sins (to pay the price for sin)
- He was buried (proving that He really did die)
- He raised again in the 3rd day
- He revealed Himself in His resurrected state to over 500 people
- If you do not believe in the resurrection of Christ then you are still under the penalty of your sins and your are still a slave to sin (you cannot stop sinning even if you wanted to stop)
If your sins have not been paid for (you do not believe in the resurrection) then you will have to pay the price one day (and for the rest of eternity).
In Romans, we find out why the resurrection of Christ is vital to our Christian lives for the here and now. Jesus says that He wants to give us life, and life abundantly. Part of that abundant life is the fact that our slavery to sin is broken. We go from being slaves to sin, obeying its lusts to being able to say NO to sin and temptation moment by moment of every single day. This is seen in chapter 6 of Romans as well as in chapter 8. Chapter 7, which falls in between, shows what it is like for a person to want to stop sinning but not be able to stop because he is still a slave to sin. The solution is Jesus Christ and what He offers because of the resurrection. Here is what chapter 6 teaches.
- v:4, Christ was raised from the dead so that we can walk in a newness of life (no longer as slaves to sin)
- v:6, we are no longer slaves to sin if we have accepted Christ and His resurrection
- we are now free of sin’s power because of the resurrection (we are still tempted but now we can say NO to sin because of the resurrection of Christ)
- we now live for God and not for sin
- present yourself to God as His servant (that is possible because of the resurrection)
- because of the resurrection, sin is no longer master over you
As I said, chapter 7 shows a man who knows of the freedom but has yet to experience it. He wants it but cannot live it out. He needs help. God answers his cry with the last couple of verses, “Jesus Christ”. Chapter 8 teaches how to live in the light of the resurrection of Christ and overcome sin’s temptations day by day, moment by moment.
These are the Words of Jesus, Himself, in the Gospel of John.
31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine ; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone ; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free ‘?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 “The slave does not remain in the house forever ; the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Are you a follower (disciple) of Jesus Christ? Do you believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ? Are you still a slave to your sins? Are you able to say NO to sin and temptation, moment by moment? Do you continue in the Word of God? I pray that you are able to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on a daily basis by living a new life of obedience in Christ. God bless?