Today as we walk through Romans 4:24-25 I want us to think about the importance of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Believe it or not, there are many so-called “professing Christians” who do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This fact is central to Christianity. Without it, our faith is worthless. Look at what 1 Corinthians 15:16-17 teaches:
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless: you are still in your sin.
There are three things to point out from this passage. Two of these points parallel the Romans passage we are going to study today.
- If Christ is not raised from the dead we will not be raised from the dead.
- If Christ is not raised from the dead our faith is worthless.
- If christ is not raised from the dead we are still in our sin.
If Christ is Not Raised From the Dead
But for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delievered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. Romans 4:24-25
Our faith is based solely on the atoning work of Christ. The atonement includes:
- The Birth
- The Life
- The Death
- And The resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All of these points are crucial to our faith! In the Romans passage, Paul is emphasizing the importance of the resurrection of Christ. He teaches that Christ was delivered over because of our transgression. Transgression is overstepping our boundaries. God has set boundaries for mankind. He says thou shall not and man says I shall. This is sin, not being obedient to the commands of God. He determined before the foundation of the world that Christ would die on the cross for our sin and be resurrected for our justification.
How does this connect with the teaching in the 1 Corinthian passage? Paul teaches in Corinthians that we would still be in our sin had it not been for the resurrection of Christ. We cannot separate the resurrection of Christ and God delivering him over for our sins. They are one in the same. We cannot have one without the other. Otherwise, our faith is worthless.
Without the resurrection, we would still be in our sin! My faith, your faith knows that we can do nothing to save ourselves from the wrath of God.
Our faith says:
- I am redeemed from the penalty of my sin through the work of Christ on the cross,
- I am redeemed through the shedding of His own blood for the forgiveness of my sin.
Our faith says:
- God raised Him from the dead signifying His acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice!
- The power of sin and death are dead.
Our faith says:
- I cannot, but He did!
The Resurrection Shows Satisfaction
“Christ was raised because of our justification.” Romans 4:25.
Christs resurrection from the dead shows the satisfaction of God with His Sons sacrifice. Isaiah teaches this truth better than I could ever say it.
But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief: If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring. He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His soul;. He will see it and be satisfied: By His knowledge the righteous one, My Servant, will justify the many, as he will bear their iniguties. Isaiah 53:10-11
Our justification rests on the Work of Christ:
- His Birth
- His Life
- His Death
- His resurrection!
I am praising God today that He raised His Son from the dead! Christ is seated at the right hand of the majesty on Hih making intercession for His own! Will you praise Him and thank Him today for all He has done through His Son!