Paul said that if there was no resurrection there is no faith (1 Corinthians 15:17). Without the resurrection of Christ you are “yet in your sins.”

Christ was killed because of our sins but was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25).

Tying these truths together we can see that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is what changes our life, causes us to fight against sin and have victory over it.

In fact, when the resurrection of Christ in us is discussed it is in a context of telling us not to sin!

Romans 6—dead with Christ, raised to new life in Christ, therefore don’t yield your selves as servants of sin.

1 Corinthians 6—sinners won’t inherit the kingdom, but God has raised you up, you are the body of Christ therefore, don’t sin!

2 Corinthians 4—the point of being raised with Christ is to have the life of Christ manifest in your body, the things you do.

Ephesians 2—You used to fulfill the desires of your flesh as children of wrath, but now you are raised up with Christ, i.e.—and not doing that junk that you were doing.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is what enables us to overcome sin. Without the new life, without a resurrected spiritual life in us, we only have flesh and in the flesh is no good thing.

The resurrection is the point of Christianity. Without it Christianity is nothing and we are nothing. With it, we are the manifestation of the love of Christ on earth. Live the new life!

2 thoughts on “Resurrection”

  1. I read these verses and yes, they tell me that through the power of Christ’s resurrection, I can flee, avoid, just plain not do what is sinful. However, because of another huge conversation going on within Christianity (especially Protestant), people imply that we still are sinners, just as bad as before we committed, handed over our lives, surrendered to Christ. They use the present tense to describe themselves as sinners or sinful(!!).

    This is brought about through the injudicious use of certain verses in 1 John (esp. 1:8, 10 – but what about 3:9?); which usage flies in the face of many other verses in the New Testament including the one you quote above. When coupled with quotations from Romans about how we cannot do what we want to(Romans 7:15-20 but without immediately considering the first part of Romans 8 especially v. 11), the attention is turned towards ourselves and not to Christ and His transforming power through both the Cross and His resurrection.

    I like the idea that we do not have to sin but if we mistakenly do sin, we have an advocate in the same one who died for our sins and he gives us the power through his resurrection to stop sinning and to keep living rightly (so the glory is all His and it’s not me ‘on my lonesome’ who can do this).

    (Found you on a wander around the net from about the topics of some worship songs)

  2. Most people should described themselves as sinners! I think I see what you are saying. I did a sermon on this not too long ago about how we feel nervous claiming to be righteous. Yet we are called saints, those who fulfill the righteousness of God in CHrist, Paul even addresses a group of people as being “perfect.”

    I don’t see any of this saying that we don’t sin, but I do see it as saying that we who are righteous are to be righteous. Thanks for visiting.

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