(Tenet No. 3)
1. Did Christ remain in the tomb?
No. He arose from the dead, and ascended to heaven (Acts 2:24-30)
2. How did Christ arise from the dead?
He arose from the dead through the Power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8:11)
3. Were there any proofs of His resurrection?
Yes. Jesus, after His death and resurrection, showed Himself alive to two women, then to eleven apostles, and then to over five hundred brethren at once, and also to Paul. (1st Cor. 15:5-8)
4. What does Christ’s resurrection prove?
It declares Him to be the Son of God with power; and by implication, that all He said and did was acceptable to God. (Rom. 1:4, 1st Cor. 15:14-22, Acts 17:31)
5. Was our Lord’s resurrection body the same as the body of His humiliation?
It was the same in identity, but not in condition, for it was free from the limitations of mortality. (John 20:27, Luke 24:37-43)
6. Will Jesus Christ die again?
No. He was raised from the dead to die no more. (Rom. 6:9)
7. If Christ had not risen from the dead, would His atoning death have been efficacious?
No. Death being the wages of sin, He would Himself have been overcome by it, if He had not been raised. (1st Cor. 5:14-22)
8. Would believers have been affected if Christ had not risen?
Yes. For there would have been no Gospel to be preached or received. (1st Cor. 15:13,14, John 20:17, 6:62)
9. Did Christ Himself foretell His ascension?
Yes. To unbelieving Jews repeatedly, to His disciples, and after His resurrection to Mary Magdalene. (John 7:33, 13:33, 20:17)
10. What was the main purpose of Christ’s ascension?
Christ entered into the presence of God to appear for us. (Heb. 9:24)
11. What are some benefits of His ascension?
He poured forth the Holy Spirit, and gave gifts unto men, He intercedes for us, and prepares a place for us in His Father’s house. (Acts 2:33, Eph. 4:8-13, Heb. 7:25, John 14:2)