If Christ Is Not Risen You Are Still In Your Sins

“And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:17)

If Christ Is Not Risen, You Are Still In Your Sins

Most people don't think that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important. They will say “well, He died for our sins, what does it matter if He rose from the dead or not?” Virtually all false religions deny the Deity of Christ and His resurrection from the dead. But is it important to believe in the resurrection of Christ? From our text, it would seem Paul had a high view of the resurrection. In this article we will discuss why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is an essential doctrine in the Christian faith.

What does the resurrection vindicate?

1) Jesus is the Son of God

“…Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:3-4)

From the text above we are told that Jesus was “declared to be the Son of God… by the resurrection from the dead.” That means that He was who He said He was all along, the eternal Son of God (cf. John 5:18).

2) God's wrath is satisfied

Jesus' resurrection also vindicates that God has accepted the sacrifice (cf. Eph. 5:2) for our sins. If God hadn't accepted the sacrifice that Christ made then He couldn't forgive us, justify us and give us the gift of faith. That is why Paul says “if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” in 1 Cor. 15:17.

3) Jesus was sinless

The resurrection of Christ also proves that Jesus was spotless and pure. Had He had even one sin, He would have suffered for that one sin on the cross and His atonement wouldn't have been a substitutional atonement (see atonement). So Jesus rising from the dead proved that He didn't suffer for Himself but for others (cf. Isa. 53).

4) Jesus is God

Jesus declared to be the Son of God, making Himself equal to God (cf. Joh. 5:18) and God vindicated His claim by raising Him from the dead (Rom. 1:4). He also claimed that He would raise Himself from the dead, an act only God can do.

5) Death is dead!

Christ defeated death. Death is no longer a dreadful thing. We know that when we die we will be with Him forever. Death no longer condemns us, death is now just a pathway to glory. “To die is gain.” (Phi. 1:21), we all yearn for the day we will be delivered from our mortal bodies into our glorified bodies where sin and death have no power. So like John Piper, “I wish the resurrection was yesterday and death will do the same, but that's God's business.”

Who raised Jesus from the dead?

All the Persons of the Trinity were involved in raising Jesus from the dead. We have the Father raising Him from the dead in Acts 3:15, the Holy Spirit raising Him from the dead in Romans 8:11 and Jesus claiming that He would raise Himself from the dead (John 2:19).

“I'm sure it rankles God Almighty to hear any human being even mention Buddha in the same breath as Jesus Christ. Because Christ alone is sinless. Buddha was a sinner and Buddha couldn't save himself let alone anyone else. Mohammed was a sinner and Mohammed never saved anybody.” R.C. Sproul

Conclusion

So is the resurrection important? Yes without the resurrection of Christ the is no forgiveness of sins, justification and no hope after death. The resurrection vindicates that Jesus is the divine Son of God, God's wrath is satisfied and death no longer has any power on those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria