There are Christian truths which are a vital part of our faith, truths which are revealed, affirmed and confirmed and there is neither profit nor blessing in trying to explain them away.
During the past year the wife of one of America’s most prominent men died and he found himself in deep distress, not only because of his bereavement but also because he had no sustaining Christian faith and no assurance or understanding about the future.
In his desperation this individual (and this incident is confirmed by his own testimony) went to one of America’s leading clergymen, a man who has preached and written on Christianity from the extreme liberal position for many decades.
What did he get? For an hour he heard a dissertation on why Christ’s resurrection was not a physical one, only “spiritual.” Needless to say he received neither comfort nor hope.
Through God’s overruling providence this man had a chance (?) contact with another minister, strong in faith, possessing a personality warm with love and the ability to explain Christian truth with deep conviction.
The upshot has been that this bereaved man has turned to the Bible and to the hope to be found there through faith in the risen Christ.
The Resurrection is a cardinal doctrine having to do with the person and work of Christ. It, along with the doctrine of the Cross, is an essential of the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul says in the beginning of 1 Corinthians 15, that great chapter on the Resurrection: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3–4).
In Romans 10:9 Paul gives the basis of salvation ...1
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