The Power of the Resurrection of Christ

He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption. -Acts 2:31

If ye have ever studied this subject, ye have perhaps been rather perplexed to find that sometimes the resurrection of Christ is ascribed to Himself. By His own power and godhead He could not be held by the bond of death, but as He willingly gave up His life He had power to take it up again. In another portion of Scripture, you find it ascribed to God the Father: “He raised Him up from the dead:” “Him hath God the Father exalted.” And many other passages of similar import. But, again, it is said in Scripture that Jesus Christ was raised by the Holy Spirit. Now, all these things were true. He was raised by the Father Because the Father said, “Loose the prisoner-let Him go. Justice is satisfied. My law requires no more satisfaction-vengeance has had its due-let Him go.” Here He gave an official message which delivered Jesus from the grave. He was raised by His own majesty and power, because He had a right to come out; and He felt He had, and therefore “burst the bonds of death: He could be no longer holden of them.” But He was raised by the Spirit as to that energy which His mortal frame received, by the which it rose again from the grave after having lain there for three days and nights. If you want proofs of this you must open your Bibles again, 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but quickened by the Spirit.” And a further proof you may find in Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”~ C.H. Spurgeon


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