What Has the Resurrection Accomplished for Christians?

Romans 6:5 – For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like this.

Those who come into God’s family will be joined to Jesus in His death and resurrection life (Rom. 6:3-5). This is what John calls being born again (John 3:1-16) and Peter calls new birth (1 Pet. 1:3,23).               

Now that the risen Christ has been installed as our Messiah King, we can rest assured that, one day, Jesus will return to establish His throne on the earth and rule over His Kingdom, which extends to all of creation. Practically, Jesus’ resurrection gives us confidence in His other promises that we are waiting to see fulfilled, such as His returning one day to judge sinners (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:25-29) and reward saints (John 14:3). The Bible often speaks of our being united with Christ by His resurrection (Rom. 6:5), being raised with Christ (Col. 2:12; 3:1), and enjoying the same powerful Holy Spirit that raised Christ (1 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 5:15). In so doing, the Bible is stressing the innumerable blessings and benefits conferred on believers because of Jesus’ resurrection.

Regarding our future, Jesus’ resurrection is the precedent and pattern of our own: “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Cor. 15:20) As His body was resurrected in complete health, so too will we rise and never experience pain, injury, or death ever again. Because Jesus rose from death physically, we learn that God, through Christ, intends to reclaim and restore all that he made in creation and saw corrupted through the Fall. Our eternity will be spent in a world much like the one enjoyed by our first parents in Eden, because the earth has been reclaimed and restored by God through Jesus’ resurrection.

Imagine being one of the first people to see Jesus after He resurrected. Do you believe that, once Jesus comes back, you’ll be reunited in the same way with Christian loved ones who have already died?

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