In a 2016 “Ask Pastor John” podcast episode with Desiring God Ministries, Dr. Matthew S. Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College & Theological Seminary, made the astounding claim that the resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything. He supported that claim with 10 statements, with further comments to support those statements, and with scripture references. This pastor’s pen will share the ten statements, Dr. Harmon’s further comments supporting the first statement and all the scripture references so you can do some further digging on your own.
- Jesus’s resurrection embodies the new creation and launches God’s end-time kingdom into this present world.
“So when Jesus rose from the dead, it was the beginning of a new era in human history. Ever since Adam and Eve had rebelled against God, the world has been under the curse. But throughout the Old Testament, God had promised to redeem his people and transform creation itself through a descendant of Eve. And in Ezekiel 37, God describes that redemption of his people as an act of resurrection — God putting flesh and skin on dry bones, raising people from their graves, and breathing his Spirit into them. So because Jesus rose form the dead, God’s new-creation kingdom has broken into this fallen world.”
- Jesus’s resurrection identifies him as the promised Davidic King who rules over creation. Isaiah 11:1-9; Acts 2:33-36
- Jesus’s resurrection identifies him as the end-time judge of the world. Isaiah 11;
- Jesus’s resurrection identifies him as the last Adam. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
- Jesus’s resurrection accomplishes our spiritual birth and spiritual resurrect tion from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:45; Ephesians 2:4-6
- Jesus’s resurrection accomplishes our justification. Romans 4:25
- Jesus’s resurrection enables him to give the Holy Spirit to his people. John 7:39;
- Jesus’s resurrection frees us from our slavery to sin, death, and the devil. Romans 6:1-11; Romans 8:10-17; Hebrews 2:14-15
- Jesus’s resurrection ensures us that we too will one day have resurrection bodies.
1 Corinthians 15:35-49; Philippians 3:20-21
- Jesus’s resurrection guarantees that God will one day transform all of creation.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Romans 8:18-25; Habakkuk 2:14; Revelation 21:3-4