Question # 5: Biblical accounts of the physical (bodily) resurrection of Jesus are completely accurate. This event actually occurred. True or False?

The first thing we need to acknowledge is that the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, give the history and teach about the earthly life and ministry of Jesus and that they are based upon eyewitness accounts. They are the narratives from those who heard what Jesus said, and saw what He did. This is why Matthew, in chapter 9 verse 9 of his narrative can give us the account of the moment he met Jesus, “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

Luke, the physician, reveals his sources in chapter 1:1-4 of his gospel that, “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

And in John 21:20-24, the disciple of Jesus, John, admits that he gives his own personal eyewitness account. He writes, Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

An even more compelling argument for their truthful nature is that the apostles where alive when they wrote these gospels, and many could have refuted their stories at that time. But no one ever did until over a thousand years later.

The Gospels are all in agreement that Jesus was raised from the dead, bodily, physically. Here are the relevant passages that confirm this: Matthew in 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-49; and John 10:1-28. And this historical fact is so important for Christians that the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

 

So, those Christians who deny the bodily resurrection of Christ are on thin ground as far as their faith is concerned. So, the answer to this question is of course, “TRUE” the biblical accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection are 100% accurate.

 

 

 

Question # 6: Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God. True or False?

 

The God-man, Jesus Christ is the Son of God as we have already determined from question #2. John 1:1 very clearly says that He was in the beginning with God. This means that, as God, He has always existed. Jesus’ own self-confession is recorded in John 8:58, “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”. In this verse, Jesus claims that He is God by using the name that God used to identify Himself to Moses at the burning bush, “I am”.

Many have tried to say that this is not what Jesus meant or that that the Jewish ‘crowd’ misheard Him. However, the people who heard him on that day were not mistaken. In the very next verse, we read what their response was to His declaration, “At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds”. Why would they try to stone him if not for blasphemy?

On another occasion, Jesus also made a similar claim that is recorded in John 10: 29-33 were He said, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus’ divinity is also affirmed in Colossians 1:19 where it is written, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

 

I think we can have no doubt that the Bible clearly teaches that the Son of God, because He is God, is uncreated, and there has never been a time when He did not exist. Therefore, we can only arrive at the correct answer to question number 6. And that answer is “FALSE”, Jesus could not be the first and greatest being created by God. For the simple fact that He is God.

 

I hope by now you are getting the sense that we can only be 100% sure of our answers and our faith if that is clearly what the Bible teaches.