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The Power of Jesus' Resurrection

April 20, 2014 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Easter Sunday

Scripture: Ephesians 1:19–1:21

The Power of Jesus' Resurrection-Easter Sunday
We are saved through faith in Jesus by his resurrection power
Ephesians 1: 19-21.

Ephesians 1: 19-21.  19 I pray that you may know what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

1) How do we know Jesus was raised from the dead?

No one at that time ever questioned whether Jesus had really died.

When they were looking for a replacement for Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus to the Jewish leaders, who then committed suicide, they said the qualifications were that he had to be one of the men who had accompanied them during all the time they were with Jesus.

Acts 1:22. Beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us-one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.”

The apostles kept proclaiming they were witnesses that God raised Christ from the dead.

Acts 2:32. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

Acts 3:15. And you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

Romans 1:4. And Jesus was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

2) What do we need to believe to receive the power of Jesus’ resurrection?

Romans 10: 9-10. 9 if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

3) What are some specific ways we benefit from the power of Jesus’ resurrection?

Guarantees that we may be counted righteous before God by faith

Romans 4: 24-25.  24 Righteousness will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Causes us to be born again to a living hope

1 Peter 1:3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Gives us the power for a new kind of life

Romans 6:4. We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Christ continually intercedes for us – keeps us saved

Romans 8:34. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died- more than that, who was raised- who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

Romans 5:10. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Guarantees that we will be resurrected in bodies like Jesus’

Romans 6:5. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Romans 8:11. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Philippians 3: 20-21. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

By the same power Christ resurrects believers He will also “resurrect” creation.

Romans 8:21. The creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.