18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” (I Peter 3:18).
How do we know that Jesus actually rose from the dead? Aside from what the Bible says in I Peter 3:18, and elsewhere, what evidence do we have for Jesus’ resurrection?
The resurrection is the foundation stone of the biblical theology of the church. It is the primary message the church must communicate to lost sinners. It is also the primary message the church must continue to communicate to the redeemed. Not only was the resurrection preached by the Apostle Peter, but it was also preached by the Apostle Paul.
Beyond what Scripture explicitly says, what other evidence is there which supports the doctrine of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? The following must be considered.
First, there is the Bibliographical Test. Second, the Existence of the Church. Third, the Change in the Day for Worship.
Fourth, the Change within the Disciples. Where once they had been a band of frightened cowards they became disciples of courage and conviction in Jesus Christ. These same men who fled for fear when Jesus was arrested (Matthew 26:31, 56; Mark 14:27, 53-54; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-27) and who would deny Him became bold and were willing to die if necessary for their faith. (Acts 4:1-22; 5:21-32; Philippians 1:21).
In fact, one of the most strident persecutors of the early church (Saul of Tarsus) was himself converted (Acts 9:1-9; 22:1-22; 26:9-20) and endured much persecution. See 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; 11:21-33. What could have happened to so change these men? The Bible submits that the only plausible answer is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
More to come!
Soli deo Gloria!