The Significance of the Resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection is:

  1. proof of Jesus’ messiahship, the coronation of the Servant of the Lord to be Christ and Lord, the Prince of life and Judge (Acts 2:36; 3:13-15; 5:31; 10:42; 17:31)
  2. as seal of his eternal divine Sonship (Acts 13:33; Rom. 1:3-4)
  3. a divine endorsement of his mediatorial work, a declaration of the power and value of his death, the “Amen!” of the Father upon the “It is finished” of the Son (Acts 2:23-24; 4:11; 5:31; Rom. 6:4, 10; 1 Peter 2:4)
  4. the inauguration of the exaltation he accomplished by his suffering (Luke 24:26; Acts 2:33; Rom. 6:4; Phil. 2:9)
  5. the guarantee of our forgiveness and justification (Acts 5:31; Rom. 4:25)
  6. the fountain of numerous spiritual blessings: the gift of the Spirit (Acts 2:33), repentance (Acts 5:31); spiritual eternal life (Rom. 6:4f.), salvation in its totality (Acts 4:12)
  7. the principle and pledge of our blessed and glorious resurrection (Acts 4:2; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:14; 15:20-23)
  8. the foundation of apostolic Christianity (1 Cor. 15:12-14).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, III p. 442

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