“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins”
(1 Corinthians 15:17).
By Christ dying for us, He paid the wages of sin on our behalf. The demands of God’s justice were met. The man in Christ is at peace with God because of what Christ has done. Nevertheless, the effect of sin which is death will also need to be reversed for us to truly be free. If a dead man’s debts are fully paid, what is that to him except he can come alive to enjoy his freedom?
For us to truly reap the benefit of the death of Jesus, He would have to rise again. Thank God He did! All who are in Him are raised to a new life. It was His resurrection (and ours with Him) that affords us access to this new life. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
Paul in Romans 4: 25 says: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” It is based on this reason that Paul tells the Corinthian Church in 1 Corinthians 15:17: “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” Glory to God, Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection was a necessary part of His redemptive work.
Jesus was resurrected for my sake! He lives in me, and because He does, I enjoy the full benefits of His great salvation. Halleluyah!