Jesus is alive and we are alive in him

On Easter, followers of Jesus celebrate the central truth of the Christian  faith: Jesus is alive (and we are alive in him)! Here is what T.F. Torrance writes (in Atonement, The Person and Work of Christ):
"The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... is a stupendous deed, comparable only to the original creation of the universe. Indeed like the incarnation itself, when God himself entered the creation as one of the creatures he had made in order to operate within it, the resurrection transcends it in significance" (p. 221).
"Jesus Christ rose...the new Adam who heads the race in the new creation opened up in the resurrection from the dead [see 1Cor 15:45ff; Rom 1:4, 5:12; 2Cor 5:17]. As such he rose clothed with the power of the resurrection and is spoken of as 'life giving spirit' [1Cor 15:45]. He was not only an Adam into whom God breathed the breath of life and made a quickened soul, but the Adam with such fullness of life in himself that even as man he breathed quickening spirit into others. He is the resurrected man who has life in himself, and is become in himself the source and fountain of eternal life for others [John 11:25, 5:21ff, 6:35ff]. By living in utter holiness as Son on earth he appropriated for and into our human nature the eternal life of God, as it was by virtue of that 'power of an endless life' [Heb 7:16 KJV] that he broke through the bonds of death and the grave. It is that same 'power of an endless life' that now overflows from him to all who are members of his body, and it is therefore out of his fullness that we may all receive" (p. 217).

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  1. Ted,

    Thank you for these posts. We have just placed a book order that includes this book, his "Incarnation" book, the Douglas Campbell book that you had mentioned a while back and Kettler's, "The God Who Believes", as well as Gorman's, "Apostle of the Crucified Lord". Actually we got the Campbell book early and began reading it a few days ago. It's a massive book, but my wife and I are enjoying it Immensely. And we can't wait to start the Torrance books as well!

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  2. I'm excited for you and your wife and the Spirit leads you on a journey of conforming your minds to the truth that is in Jesus Christ. I pray for great blessings as you journey!

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  3. What I find "most stupendous" in the resurrection is that, strange as it may sound, in Jesus man has become God. Just thinking that there is now a human in the Triune God makes the hair on the back of my neck stand. In Christ, God himself has undergone an elemental change in accommodating humanity into the very essence of God. Wow! How far did God go in order to reconcile humanity to him? Just look at what he has done in Christ!! God loves man is the understatement of all understatements.
    In Ephesians Paul tells us that Jesus is seated far above all rule, principalities and powers. But not only that, but we too are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms in Jesus, hence, we also, in the realm of the spirit, sit far above principalities and powers. In 2 Corinthians Paul extols this new reality, "If anyone is in Christ, A NEW CREATION, the old has gone, the new has come!" This is not just some dogma. It is a new reality, which as GCI teaches through the Trinitarian theology, should seep into the deepest core of our denomination. Looking forward to seeing you when you visit here in the Philippines Mr. Johnson.

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