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Robert Peterson – Christ’s Resurrection Saves

16 Jul

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1 Corinthians 15:14-19
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. – 1 Cor. 15:14, 17-19

If Jesus’s resurrection had not occurred, the apostles’ preaching would be a waste of time and effort. In addition, the faith of their hearers would be as big a waste. If Christ were still in the tomb, disastrous results would obtain for living and dead believers. Living believers would still be in their sins (v. 17). Those who trust Christ for salvation would in fact not be forgiven at all. Dead believ- ers would “have perished.” Though they died trusting Christ to save them, if he were a dead savior, he could not deliver them. If he were not risen, they would have died and gone to hell. In sum, “if in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (v. 19).

Paul’s frank ruminations are harrowing. We rejoice that “in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20). The fact that jesus is the “firstfruits” means that more are to come. Indeed, jesus’s resurrection is the cause of his people’s being raised to eternal life: “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (vv. 21–22). Paul contrasts the first and second Adams. Adam’s sin in the garden brought death to the human race (Rom. 5:12). Christ, “the last Adam,” “the second man” (1 Cor. 15:45, 47), brings resurrection to all who are united to him by grace through faith. And he does so as the (crucified and) risen one. His resurrection means resurrection and everlasting life to believers. It saves.

~Robert Peterson~


Salvation Accomplished by the Son (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 131

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Robert Peterson – How Does Jesus’ Incarnation Save?

27 Apr

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Jesus’s incarnation saves. The incarnation of the Son of God is an essential precondition for his saving work, as Paul shows in Philippians 2:5–9:

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.

~Robert Peterson~


Salvation Accomplished by the Son (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 24

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Robert Peterson – The Two Most Important of Christ’s Redemptive Events

25 Apr

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Jesus’s crucifixion saves, but not apart from his empty tomb. A Savior who remained in the grave would not be a Savior. And Jesus’s resurrection saves, but not apart from his cross. The two are inseparable in God’s plan and should be inseparable in our thinking. What are the two most important of Christ’s redemptive events? His death and resurrection.

~Robert Peterson~


Salvation Accomplished by the Son (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 23

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