“and 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”
(To see where we’ve been in Romans, click here: http://wp.me/p3UQi7-4j)
So some key things in this passage we’ll be looking at:
1: “was declared”
2: “Son of God”
3: “by his resurrection”
The first, “was declared” holds a lot of weight to it. The word “declared” in the Greek is where we get our English word “horizon” from, and literally means “to distinguish”.
As John MacArthur, in his commentary says,
“Just as the horizon serves as a clear demarcation line, dividing earth and sky, the resurrection of Jesus Christ clearly divides him from the rest of humanity, providing irrefutable evidence that he is the Son of God”
Which brings us to the second part of the verse to look at, “the Son of God“.
This is just another scriptural reference to Christs deity, as we discussed in previous posts. This title, used nearly 30 times in the New Testament, identifies Jesus as the same in essence to God, “expressing Himself in human form”-John MacArthur. (c.f. Heb 1:5, 2 Sam 7:14) *For more on Jesus claiming to be God, click here: http://wp.me/p3UQi7-4x
The third and final point, which holds the most weight to those in Christ everywhere, is “by his resurrection“.
The resurrection holds the greatest weight in my opinion because our faith literally hinges on whether it really happened or not! (Which i’ll entail more in-depth in another Core Doctrine study) And that stance is supported also by Paul in 1st Cor. 15:14,
“And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”
So all of what we believe, the bibles inerrancy, Jesus being God, salvation by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone are all dependent on one thing. Jesus Christs resurrection from the dead.
I’m not going to get into the historical people documenting Christ’s resurrection in this post, but here are some scriptural evidences of the resurrection, first found in Mark 16:9,
“Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene”
We see a first appearance of Christ after he had been executed to his good friend Mary (not his mom), who he had rescued from her prostitution. More about her in Matt. 27:56, 61, 28:1, Mark 15:40, 47, 16:1-19, to name a few. Another verse where we find Christs being raised from the dead is in Matt. 28:11-15 which says,
“While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.”
So the chief priest were basically trying to sell the idea that Jesus was stolen by the disciples, even though they knew what had taken place! Even his enemies were freaking out wondering how in the world a “man” could do such a thing, so they devised a lie so that they wouldn’t be overthrown from their religious ways by selling out the guards to tell the people the lie that still has relevance in many people’s minds today!
Some other references that you can look up on your own are in Matt 28:9, Luke 24:34, 24:13-31, John 20:19,24, Matt 27:63-66, Acts 1:22, 2 Tim 2:8.
Hope these references are helpful! My personal take-away from all of this is that it’s quite extraordinary that he rose from the dead. Like, he literally, over their in the middle-east, was in a tomb dead, then was raised. It’s really mind-blowing! And it helps me in every area of my life, because I know that if it’s true (Rom 1:20) then Christ can and has given me The Holy Spirit to dwell in me (1st Cor 3:16) to help in every area of life to give forgiveness, strength, clarity, and confidence in everything. I find that incredibly encouraging!
Thanks for reading!