Summary: To establish that another work of the Holy Spirit was to resurrect the body of Christ from the dead; and to be the quickening power in our resurrection on the “last day.”
Resurrection of Christ
1. In this lesson we will discuss the Holy Spirit’s work in the resurrection of Christ. Jesus and our heavenly Father also, had a part in the “resurrection of Jesus’ body.”
2. It was the death, burial and resurrection of the body of Jesus that has made our salvation possible. Christ spoke of it immediately after He announced building the church, Matthew 16:21. The “resurrection” was necessary to validate His power to build “the church.”
3. Our text of emphasis speaks to it like this: “And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you,” Romans 8:11.
BODY OF LESSON
THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
A. The promised resurrection. Without the certainty of the resurrection of Christ, there could be no guarantee that we shall be raised from the dead at His return. This lesson will not just focus on the death of Jesus; but upon the certainty of His resurrection. Notice:
1. Peter’s letter to the dispersed: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:18.The Spirit quickening (to make alive) and raised up the body of Jesus from the dead.
2. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Spirits work in the Resurrection. Notice:
a. First, “And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell well in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you,” Romans 8:11.
b. Further, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God... And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be REVEALED IN US,” Romans 8:17-18.
c. Next, “For the earnest expectation of the creature (our body) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God... For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly... Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (death and decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of God,” Romans 8:19-21; Galatians 5:1.
d. Additionally, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together NOW. And not only they (the creature; the creation), but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body,” Romans 8:22-23. Who is this creature? Mark 16:15-16; Colossians 1:23.
e. Finally, the day of redemption: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption,” Ephesians 4:30. There will be a day of redemption, at his second advent. Notice:
1) This whole plan of redemption was designed to restore not only the “spirit of man” to the glory of God; but the body of clay also, “the redemption of our body.”
2) How will this be possible? “By the quickening of our mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in US.”
2. Paul said, God to raise us up: “And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up by HIS OWN POWER,” 1 Corinthians 6:14.
B. Certainty of the resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15:1-27. Can we be certain? Hear the arguments of Paul regarding the “resurrection of Christ.” Notice:
1. Prophecy of scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Paul reasoned from the Old Testament scriptures that Jesus was the Christ; that he died for our sins; he was buried, and rose again on the third day. Christ spoke if to his disciples, Luke 24:44-49.
a. The Law of Moses.
b. The Prophets.
c. The Psalms.
2. Proven sighting, 1 Corinthians 15:5-11.
a. He was seen of Peter and the eleven, Acts 1:3.
b. He was seen of 500 hundred, most of which are still alive.
d. Nothing like an eye witness, John 3:11.
3. Preaching sanctioned, 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.
a. Peter’s preaching on Pentecost: “Ye men of Israel hear these words... Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it...Men and brethren, let me speak freely unto you of the patriarch David... Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God... he would raise up Christ to sit on his (David) throne...He seeing this before spake of: