3. Who Died Then Was Resurrected From The Dead, God Or Jesus?
So let’s just take a minute and think about the (truthful) answer:
Who Died Then Was Resurrected From The Dead,
God or Jesus?
Let us first establish a basic understanding of the word “dead.” Anything that is said to be dead means that it “ceases from living.” (That is its state of existence (as living) is considered to cease. It is either alive or dead, but NOT BOTH at the SAME TIME)
Note: It is this basic principle that actually distinguishes the difference between God and man.
The Bible teaches us three basic concepts that are fundamental to all Christian beliefs.
- As Christians we believe in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16)
- The Bible teaches us that man is mortal, he will die, (Genesis 3:19, Hebrews 9:27)
- The Bible teaches us that God is immortal, in other words, he is not capable of dying. (1 Timothy 1:17, 6:16)
Therefore the answer to this question is simple, God has never been dead.
It is fundamental to the Christian belief that a man named Jesus of Nazareth did die. This man Jesus, whom the Bible identifies as the only begotten Son of God, not only died but was dead for three days.
The Bible establishes who was dead and who was responsible for putting life back into that dead body of Jesus (Romans 8:11, 10:9)
Romans 10:9 does not say God rose from the dead rather “God hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead”, this man whom God named Jesus (John 8:40; Acts 2:22). Of course, it is only through the power of God that anything dead can be given life, just as God took the dead particles of dust from the ground and gave it life, the life which we call man.
Eternal life is given man after death, not before – (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 1:18) this is also sound doctrine because had man been given eternal life prior he would have never been able to experience death.
The perpetuity of existence.
With the full revelation of the gospel this doctrine was “brought to light” through Christ (2Ti 1:10; 1Co 15:54-55; 2Co 5:1-6; 1Th 4:13-18).