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THE RESURRECTION – NOT JUST A NEW TESTAMENT TRUTH I. INTRO  From the outset, the message of Christianity has been that Jesus died, was buried, and was.

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1 THE RESURRECTION – NOT JUST A NEW TESTAMENT TRUTH I. INTRO  From the outset, the message of Christianity has been that Jesus died, was buried, and was raised from the dead. ~ Acts 2:23-24,32 ~ The truth to which Peter referred in v. 24 was nothing less than the conquering of death.

2 ~ This truth – that there is life after death – quickly became the central theme of the preaching of Christ’s disciples and the foundation of the Christian faith.  Resurrection from the dead: common theme in the New Testament ~ But the concept of the resurrection and life beyond the grave had its beginnings in the Old Testament.

3 II. THE RESURRECTION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT  There are many passages in the OT that quite clearly teach that life exists beyond the grave. ~ But unlike the NT, however, there is no clearly defined doctrine of the resurrection in the OT. ~ But unlike the NT, however, there is no clearly defined doctrine of the resurrection in the OT.  By the time of Christ there was some expectation of existence after death among the Jewish people.

4 T HE C ONCEPT OF D EATH IN THE OT  In the OT death is viewed as the end of physical life but not the cessation of existence. ~ Even in Sheol there was still some hope. ~ See Ps 139:8.  These events related to death or the afterlife fall into three categories. 1) the raising of certain individuals from the dead

5 ~ 1Ki 17:17-24 ~ 2Ki 4:18-37 ~ 2Ki 13:20-21 ~ known as revitalization or resuscitation but eventually died again 2) taken by God from this life into another realm ~ Enoch (Gen 5:24) ~ Elijah (2Ki 2:10 -11)

6 3) the “witch” of Endor calling Samuel from the grave (1Sam 28:3-25)  There are also several OT passages that refer either directly or indirectly to the raising of the dead or life after death. ~ 1Sam 2:6 ~ Job 19:25-27 ~ Ps 16:9-11 (cf. Acts 2:25-28) ~ Ps 49:15

7  The clearest expressions in the OT of belief in life after death and resurrection of the dead are found in the prophets. ~ Isa 25:8 ~ Isa 26:19 ~ Isa 53:10-12 ~ Ezek 37:1-14 ~ Hos 6:1-3 ~ Dan 12:2

8  Thus, even though the Jewish people had a limited understanding of death and the afterlife, they were not left without a future hope. ~ And that hope, was to be manifested in the person of Jesus Christ, as He alone was able to conquer death itself, the greatest enemy of mankind.

9 III. THE RESURRECTION IN THE NEW TESTAMENT  Some verses in the NT that would not make any sense at all of there were no resurrection: ~ 1Thes 4:13-18 ~ Rev 20:4-6 ~ Rev 21:1-4; 9;Rev 21:10-14 ~ Rev 21:1-4; 9; Rev 21:10-14 ~ Rev 22:1-6 ~ 2Tim 2:10-11 ~ Jn 14:19


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