The resurrection of Christ is critical to the Christian hope because:

  • it proves that God is all powerful
  • it proves that death is not the end
  • Jesus is the first, and we can be like him

These points come out of 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul is addressing believers about claims that Jesus hadn’t been raised. The whole chapter is very helpful, but the bottom line is that the resurrection is crucial to our salvation because the resurrection is our salvation.

The Bible doesn’t actually teach the commonly held belief that at death our souls ascend to heaven. Instead it tells us that when we die we remain in the grave. Our body decays and the person that we are exists only in the infinite mind of God. This remains our station until the return of Jesus when the resurrection will happen.

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One Response to Why is the resurrection of Christ so crucial to our salvation? Couldn’t he have simply died and paid for our sins with his blood?

  1. Ed says:

    In short:
    The resurrection of Christ was equally important to His sinless death on our behave. The death paid for our sins, but the resurrection represented victory over death. As Jesus was resurrected from the earth, we too have this blessed hope of being resurrected from the graves; thus, death is not the end for those who die in Christ. l Thes. 4:16-17. Further, death is an enemy, which also will be thrown in the lake of fire. Rev. 20:14

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