Resurrection Power!

Jan Antonsson


The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway

February 17, 2018

Neosho, MO

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive (I Corinthians 

15:22, NKJV).

Our on-line discussion group (which, by the way, you are welcome to join),  got into a lively discussion last weekend about the topic of Resurrection, which is on my heart today.  The springboard for it was a writing by a Theologian named Jurgen Moltmann.  We pondered the subject from many different view points, including the one that states Jesus’ body was not raised from the dead.  None of us believe that, so we moved on to a question some Christians have, which is that if there is no body, then how can the person be resurrected?  Some in my family use that argument against cremation.  If our remains go up in smoke, they ask, how will we be raised up on the last day?  

 One of us posed this scenario regarding the no-body-no resurrection argument: “Not that God certainly can’t gather all pieces of DNA back together again.  But after a body is destroyed, does not DNA eventually also physically degenerate?  Plus, and forgive me here, take a sailor who dies at sea, and his body is eaten by lobsters and crabs, which in turn get caught in New England traps and then boiled and eaten by folks who also die some years later and if not embalmed, get eaten by worms. Where did the sailor’s DNA end up?   I’m glad nothing is impossible with God but does our earthly DNA tent have to be a part of our heavenly one to substantiate resurrection truth? End quote.

Another of us answered: “Resurrection, being a miraculous work of God anyway, why should it be thought impossible, or a strange notion, that God will recover our DNA formation to present to Himself mankind raised from the dead in toto? Paul’s teaching on resurrection makes no sense at all if he was not including the body. 

My thoughts regarding the matter of DNA being destroyed, were to go back farther than creation itself, and remember that Paul said we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in Him.  Here’s the whole passage, which I always find thrilling:Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6, ESV). 

Considering many translations helps me to dig deeper into the actual intent of a thought or subject.  I found this passage from David Bentley Hart’s translation right on target with what has been coming into focus for me:

“If the Anointed (Christ) is proclaimed, that he has been raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? Now if there is no resurrection of the dead, then neither has the Anointed been raised; and if the Anointed has not been raised then our proclamation is vain, and your faith vain; … for if the dead are not raised, then the Anointed has not been raised either; and if the Anointed has not been raised your faith is futile: and you are still in your sins. And then those who have fallen asleep in the Anointed have perished. If we have had hope in the Anointed only within this life we are the most pitiable of men.  But now the Anointed has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death comes through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.  For just as in Adam all die, so also in the Anointed all will be given life(I Corinthians 15:12-14, 16-22, David Bentley Hart Translation).

His translation puts in a nutshell what most of us believe, i.e., that the Resurrection of Christ (whom he always translates as “the Anointed”), is our promise, our guarantee that we will also pass through physical death into life everlasting.  

I Googled Jurgen Moltmann, the theologian whose writing started this discussion, and found this quote absolutely spot on with my thoughts this morning.  He wrote, “Believing in the resurrection does not just mean assenting to a dogma and noting a historical fact.  It means participation in this creative act of God’s.   Resurrection is not a consoling opium, soothing us with the promise of a better world in the hereafter.  It is the energy for a rebirth of this life. The hope doesn’t point to another world.  It is focused on the redemption of this one.” End Quote. 

Sadly, many Christians do not ponder the Resurrection miracle except during the Easter season, yet it is the most valuable, precious gift we have for every second of every day of our lives. It is God’s power for everything we need and hope for.

Praying for the sick, disturbed and disabled is one of my passions, one of the ways I hope to participate in the creative act of God’s healing power. The fuel for that passion is found in Romans Chapter 8, where Paul had affirmed, But you are not in flesh, but rather in spirit, since God’s Spirit dwells in you…if the Anointed is in you, the body is dead on account of sin, and yet the spirit is life on account of uprightness (Romans 8: 9-10, Hart Translations). Long ago, the Spirit had shined His light for me on the next verse, #11: “But if the Spirit of the one who has raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised the Anointed One Jesus from the dead will also make your mortal bodies live through the indwelling of his Spirit in you (Romans 8:11, David Bentley Hart).  This is why when praying for healing,  I’ve come to ask that the same Spirit dwelling in our mortal bodies, the power which raised Christ from the dead, heal the person for whom I’m praying.  This verse is clearly referring to our actual physical bodies!

God’s Spirit coming upon us in power was foretold by the Prophet Joel, and repeated by Peter on the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit, resembling tongues of fire, appeared over the Disciples’ heads and his words were understood by every man in his own tongue, from all the nations gathered there that day, even though they spoke different languages (See Acts 2:1-11).  Peter quoted directly from Joel,  ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17, Joel 2:28-32, ESV).  Notice that the prophecy includes everyone, all flesh, old and young, male and female.  

It is this Resurrection power which I ask our Father to pour out on those for whom I am praying.  Then one day, I noticed what Joel had said a few verses earlier,  I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame(Joel 2:25-26, ESV). The first thing which came to me about this remarkable passage is that since the part about God pouring out His Spirit on all flesh has come to pass, so must this prophecy have come to pass also about the restoration to us and reclamation of all the destroyer has taken from us.  

Most of us do not have to worry about Palmerworms and Cankerworms, (KJV), cutters and hoppers, but we do experience the destruction of our bodies. Notice that Joel affirmed that God sent all this among us (Vs. 25), and God Himself will heal, will reverse the damage so that his people will never be “put to shame” (Vs. 26). 

Therefore, I have begun to speak to my body and ask God to restore, renew, and reclaim all that has been damaged or destroyed in my flesh.  By His stripes we ARE HEALED,” proclaimed both Isaiah and Peter.    “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed  (Isaiah 53:5, RSV).  “Who himself, in his body, bore our sins upon the tree, so that, having died to sin, we might live for justice, ‘by whose scarring you were healed.’ For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have turned back to the shepherd and overseer of your souls  (I Peter 2:24, David Bentley Hart). 

Note:  the full restoration, reclamation, and restitution of all things will no doubt not happen completely until we cross Jordan into the arms of God our Father, but even as we have a measure of the Spirit today by which we exercise the promised spiritual gifts, so also, I believe that a measure of healing of our physical bodies is possible now, according to the will of God!

Jonathan Mitchell’s translation of John 11:25, brings out the truth that Resurrection is not just for after we die.  It is for the here and now, by His Grace!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection (or: the standing back up again; the Arising) and (or: that is to say), the Life.  The one progressively believing and habitually putting trust into Me, even if he may die-off (or: die-away), will continue Living (or: will proceed being alive)(John 11:25, Jonathan Mitchell Translation).

If Christ were not raised from the dead, then we are indeed the most pitiable and miserable of men and women, but since He was, we all have life, His Life, and it more abundantly.

Father, we thank you for blessing us with every spiritual blessing in Christ, in the heavenlies and on this earth as well.  You continuously supply everything we need to walk with You, to experience your marvelous grace and to feel Your unconditional Love in this life and the next.  We worship You, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Life!  Make us a blessing to all You put in our path.  Now and forever, we join our voices with “the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!  Amen.  Jan Antonsson

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