Resurrection Empowered Life – The Deposit Guaranteeing Our Inheritance

Two weeks ago we began to look at how Christ’s resurrection has already begun to have an effect on us. Today I would like to highlight the concept of having been sealed by the Spirit, and how this sealing is connected to Jesus’ resurrection.To Paul, the sealing with the Spirit is a foretaste of our inheritance, which surely includes our resurrection bodies. Thus, both our guarantee and the reality of it are provided for us because Jesus has been raised from the dead. I could write a lot about thi … [Read more...]

Resurrection Empowered Life – Dying to Live

Last week I made the point that to Paul the cross and resurrection of Jesus are so closely entwined that he will often use one or the other of them as shorthand for both. Today I want to point to another passage, this time in Peter, where I believe the same thing occurs."He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24)Notice first of all that this is a strong verse in support of a penal … [Read more...]

Resurrection Empowered Life – Raised With Christ

UPDATE - "Raised With Christ" is the title of my new book.Last Resurrection Sunday I ended with a quote from N. T. Wright which stated we were meant to be people of the resurrection. I think that phrase of his hints at what I mean by the resurrection empowered life. It is no accident that Protestant crosses tend to be empty for, like the tomb, the cross of Christ is indeed empty. I have already spoken about how it is clear that God intends us to fill our minds with images of Jesus in His … [Read more...]

N. T. Wright on Paul and the Resurrection Empowered Life

At the beginning of this series of “Resurrection Sunday” posts I bemoaned the relative lack of books on the subject. One of my readers was kind enough to remind me that, of course, N. T. Wright has written on the resurrection. I thought the following quote was definitely worth sharing with you: “For Paul, the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the heart of the gospel (not to the exclusion of the cross, of course, but not least as the event which gives the cross its meaning); it is the object of … [Read more...]

The Resurrection Empowered Life – Victory All The Time?

Last Resurrection Sunday, we spoke about Revelation 1. I want to stay in that passage one more week and highlight just one verse. I'm sure that the words “The Resurrection Empowered Life” thrill some of my readers and make others of them nervous. I have noticed that some Christians tend to feel that the Christian life will always be a struggle with limited progress. Others believe that the Christian life is to be lived almost as though we are hovering six feet off the ground — from victory to vic … [Read more...]

The Resurrection Empowered Life – Gazing on Jesus

As I explained last Sunday, I am determined, at least whilst spending the rest of the week blogging about the atonement, to spend Sundays on a journey exploring the implications of the resurrection of Jesus.I am writing this post one week before you will read it. These days I like to try and get ahead of myself in my blogging as much as possible. This morning I awoke earlier than usual. The house was quiet, and I felt God drawing me to meet Him in His Word in a similar way to that John Piper … [Read more...]

The Resurrection Empowered LIfe

I have been thinking a lot about the resurrection this past week — which might surprise you given my blog’s current focus on the atonement. The sermon I preached on Easter Sunday wasn’t, for me, a “normal” sermon. I felt more conscious than usual of a sense of being specifically commissioned by God to preach on a particular subject — the resurrection. This happened to me in a similar manner to that which Martyn Lloyd-Jones described as happening to him: “. . . one morning while dressing, quite su … [Read more...]


This sermon was preached at Jubilee Church on Easter Sunday 2007. The audio is available to download or you can read an edited transcript below. Other useful Easter resources:Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus' Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25)Let’s turn in our Bibles to the book of 1 Corinthians. As you are turning there, you need to know that right now you a … [Read more...]

John Piper Friday – Eight Reasons Why I Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead

In light of the recent controversy over the finding of the so-called "Jesus Family Tomb," I thought I would highlight a recent article from John Piper about the resurrection. Eight Reasons Why I Believe Jesus Rose From the DeadJesus himself testified to his coming resurrection from the dead. The tomb was empty on Easter. The disciples were almost immediately transformed from men who were hopeless and fearful after the crucifixion (Luke 24:21, John 20:19) into men who were confident and bold … [Read more...]

Jesus Tomb Found? I Think Not!

I will let Tim Challies fill you in on all the excitement about the so-called "Jesus Tomb," as he has a good post with some helpful links. Perhaps the most helpful page I have found comes from Pulpit Magazine on "Jesus’ Tomb," but Ben Witherington on the "Tomb of Jesus" and Michael Spencer’s post which lists lots of resources on the so-called tomb of Jesus are also well worth a look. Justin Taylor as always is great at supplying links and was where I first learnt about the "Jesus Family Tomb". W … [Read more...]