Christ resurrected? NOT SO says the Devil
One doctrine of devils is a denial of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some quotes from a certain religious group that denies that the crucified body of Jesus was made alive again.
"What will be resurrected? The body? NO. for it has disintegrated and its atoms have become part of other living things. Which in turn may have become part of other living creatures."(W.T p.346 June 1, 1959) "For the man Jesus is dead, forever dead."(Studies in the scriptures Vol.5, p.454 1899) "Jesus as a man must remain dead for ever."(Government, p.110 1928) "For the man Jesus is dead, forever dead."(Studies in the scriptures Vol.5, p.454 1899)
There are some professed Christian churches who actually teach that Jesus was made alive as a spirit, not resurrected, but recreated as a different kind of being. Recreation is not a resurrection. A resurrection is the revival of that which is dead. Those who deny that Christ was resurrected are in all truth teaching a demonic doctrine.
Is Jesus still a man?
When these groups tell us that the ‘man’ Christ Jesus is forever dead, they are saying the body of Jesus was never resurrected, that he received a spirit body, and is now a spirit-creature or being. Does the bible say Jesus is still a man?
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God "the man" Christ Jesus ." He was raised in the same flesh and bone body. He is still in the body he took in the incarnation as he mediates as a man (anthroôpos).
Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Did Jesus’ body return to dust or evaporate?
The empty tomb proves that Christ received a bodily resurrection, those who deny the bodily resurrection of Christ invent some fabulous doctrines to explain this fact away. I have been told that the body of Christ ‘evaporated’ or ‘disintegrated’ into dust.
Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Clearly the flesh of Jesus did not decompose or turn back to dust.
Did Jesus promise that his body would be raised again?
John 2:19-21 "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again in three days"…"But he was speaking of the temple of his body."
He was speaking of the temple, His body (soma - Greek - body not spirit not soul – body) Did Jesus lie or misrepresent what he would do?
Acts 2:24-28 "Whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death".
What happens during a resurrection?
Revelation 11:9,11 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves...And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
All the resurrections recorded in the bible are of the same form. A resurrection occurs when the breath of life returns to the dead body, there is no other biblical example.
At Christ’s resurrection he did not receive a new body (corporeal or spiritual), but the body that was laid in the tomb was revived. Jesus proved this fact to his disciples.
Luke 24:39-42 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
Some cults tell us that Jesus simply manifested the appearance of the wounds and actually deceived his disciples into thinking he had been revived. What total non-sense!
GLORIFICATION OF THE RESURRECTED BODY
Jesus did not receive a new body, but rather his body was revived and later glorified. It was transformed, not deleted and replaced with a new one. Just as the Christian’s body will be changed at the coming of Christ.
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
1st Corinthians 15:44-46 helps us to understand Christ’s resurrection. The body was revived, and then it was glorified. It was raised incorruptible and eternal having the Spirit as its source of operation. The resurrected and glorified body is a spiritually dominated body; the Spirit will be the motivating force of its existence.
In every bible example of a resurrection the dead body is revived; why is Jesus' resurrection different than all the examples in the Bible? Why does Paul use Jesus' resurrection as the model for all Christians who have died? If Jesus did not rise from the grave in a physical body then what is the significance of an empty tomb?
Why did the disciples run to the tomb to investigate the report of his resurrection if they did not believe in a bodily resurrection? Why would they conclude the resurrection had occurred from the fact he was not their, if they couldn't see him in the first place as a spirit. Why were the Roman Guards asked by the Jews to protect the tomb so no one would steal the body and say he rose? My friend, Jesus was resurrected on earth like anyone else.
WAS JESUS INVISIBLE AFTER HE WAS RESURRECTED?
One religious organization says this: "Jesus Christ was not made a human creature at his resurrection but was made a spirit, which accounts for his invisibility." (WT p.101-102 April 1, 1947)
What invisibility? The bible never says Christ was invisible! It always teaches he appeared and was seen by many (1st Corinthians 15:6, Luke 24:34, Mark 16:14). The assumption is that he walked through the walls to the disciples in the room but it never says this. He could easily trans-locate himself from one place to another. The denial of the bodily resurrection of Christ is nothing but a soul destroying unscriptural fantasy.
WHY DID THE DISCIPLES NOT RECOGNIZE CHRIST?
When Mary first saw the risen Saviour she thought him to be the gardener, when the two disciples who were walking the road to Emmaus they thought him probably to be a scribe or Rabbi. Was it because Christ's body that died on the cross did not receive life again? BY NO MEANS! The disciples were filled with doubt, they did not expect to see the Christ, and God had restrained, or veiled their eyes so that they could not recognize him (Luke 24:16). Christ did not appear to them in the lifeless form, wrapped in grave cloths that they expected. When God removed the veil from the eyes of the disciples, they recognized him immediately (Luke 24:31). Also we must remember that Christ was GLORIFIED after he was resurrected; he is now immortal and incorruptible. Jesus Christ is now a GLORIFIED MAN. He went to the Disciples, and showed them plainly that it was he, with the scars in his hands and the hole in his side. He told them to touch him, and see that he was flesh and bone, and not a spirit creature (Luke 24:39). He ate meat with them to prove he was the risen Saviour. He told us over and over again that it is truly him that was dead, and that is alive for ever more (Revelation 1:18, 2:8). There is only one meaning to the RESURRECTION that is the breath of life being placed into the lifeless body, bringing it to life again. Those who deny this, deny the gospel! For you must believe this in your heart to be saved (Romans 10:9, 1st Corinthians 15:1-6).
DENIAL OF BODILY RESURRECTION DOCTRINE OF ANTICHRIST
1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
Verse 3 then states that every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. Those who deny that Jesus came in the flesh are of the anti-Christ spirit. This is one of the ways to discern a false teacher from a true one. Writing after the Resurrection, John declared that Jesus "came [and remained] in the flesh" (1 John 4:2; 2 John 7). The body that emerged from the tomb was the exact same body that went in the tomb. He is come (the Greek perfect tense implies not a mere past historical fact, as the aorist would, but also the present continuance of the fact). Because John is using perfect tense in Greek, which denotes a past action with continuing results into the present, and continuing on into the future, he is simply saying Jesus came in the flesh, rose in the flesh, and is still in the flesh. The same body that He was born and died with, He rose with. If one claims that Christ rose as a spirit creature, and not physically, they are of the anti Christ spirit and are denying the third point of the Gospel.
ANTICHRIST DENIES JESUS IS COMING IN THE FLESH
True believers of Jesus Christ will acknowledge that the pre-existent Christ became flesh (John 1:1,14); they will acknowledged that he died in the flesh, and that he rose again in the flesh, and that he ascended to heaven in the flesh, and that he will appear the second time in the same flesh.
Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
John tells us that it is the spirit of antichrist that causes people to deny that Jesus is coming in the flesh.
2 John 7 For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ cometh in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. (ASV)
2 John 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh; such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. (RVS)
2 John 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, they who do not confess Jesus Christ coming in flesh—this is the deceiver and the antichrist. (DBY)
”Is Come” is in the present participle, the Greek present participle implies that Christ was in the flesh at his first advent and will be so at the second advent. He was raised with a physical body, he ascended with a physical body, and he will come again with the same physical body (Acts 1:11).
Not believing in the bodily Resurrection
Jesus often spoke of his future resurrection as a proof of His claims (John 2:19-22; 10:18). He even offered it as the unique sign of who He is, declaring that no other sign would be given to that unbelieving generation (Matt. 12:40). Unfortunately there are some that profess Christ today who are just as ‘unbelieving’ as that generation was two thousand years ago. Those who are in unbelief about the gospel are truly without hope.
1 Peter 1:3: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
1 Corinthians15:11-15: " Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up-- if in fact the dead do not rise."
This is why the Jehovah's Witnesses and cults like them can't be saved, nor receive God’s grace, because they deny the very Gospel that can save them.
"Come out her My People" - Jesus Christ
DEMONS DENY THE BODILY RESURRECTION