The Identity of the Risen Body



By J.C. Philpot*

 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, 

that God should raise the dead?
(The Apostle Paul speaking to King Agrippa, Acts 26:8)

Notice… the grand fact of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. On this the whole verity of the Christian faith may be said to be suspended. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, He was not what He declared he was, “the Son of the living God.” But if He rose from the dead, it was God’s own attestation that He was his only begotten Son, for all will admit that nothing short of the power of God can raise the dead. For this reason we find in the Acts of the Apostles the resurrection of the Lord Jesus made a leading feature in every sermon and every address.

Whether Peter preached to the inquiring Jews (Ac 2:23,24 Ac 3:15), to the opposing Sanhedrim (Ac 4:10 Ac 5:30,31), or to Cornelius and his friends (Ac 10:39,40); or whether Paul addressed the synagogue of Antioch (Ac 13:30), the Athenian Areopagus (Ac 17:31), or king Agrippa and the most noble Festus, it might be said of them what the Holy Ghost declares of all the rest; “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.” (Ac 4:33)

Look for a few moments at this remarkable circumstance, that these blessed men of God made the resurrection of Jesus, as it were, the very foundation of all their sermons and addresses; for we may be sure that the Holy Ghost inspired the apostles thus to preach. And see the reason why they bore this firm testimony in the very forefront of the battle which they waged in the name of God against the kingdom of darkness and death.

The Lord of life and glory had been condemned to death by the Jewish council on a charge of blasphemy, first, because He had said that “He would destroy the temple made with hands, and within three days build another made without hands” (Mr 14:58); and, secondly, that He had declared, in the very presence of the council, that He was the Christ, the Son of God (Mr 14:61-64). He therefore died under the charge of blasphemy, in pain and ignominy, crucified openly for that alleged crime in the face of the assembled thousands who had come from all parts to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.

Now, had Jesus not risen from the dead that charge would have been substantiated, and He would have been justly convicted by the voices of many thousands as having been put righteously to death. It was necessary, then, not only for the whole economy of redemption, but for the very veracity of Jesus Himself, and for the whole truth of the Gospel, that He should be raised from the dead by the power of God as the seal of His mission, as the standing, undeniable, irrefragable [not to be contested, ed.] truth that He was the Messiah, the Son of God, as He claimed to be.

Read the entire post: www.herescope.net

I consider this to be a great teaching on the Body of Jesus and ask that all would take the time to read this great article in its entirety at herescope.net—–Mannyr

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 04:54:56

    Happy Resurrection Day to you and your family, Manny.

    There is no question that there is a great amount of evidence of the Resurrection of our Lord. The greatest proof, of course, is in our hearts.

    Thank you for another outstanding post, my friend.

    God’s blessings…


    • Mannyr
      Apr 01, 2013 @ 15:06:34

      I agree totally. One of the many proofs is the transformation that takes place within a committed soul. All the resources of God almighty are brought to bear upon the person who yields to the presence and work of the Holy Spirit of God. We of all creation and His handy work are most blessed.


If you enjoyed the post, please let me know: like it, share it, subscribe to it, or leave a comment (I read and respond to every remark). God bless you.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: