HE IS RISENThere is only one essential doctrine which is absolutely necessary for one to believe in order to be born again: that God raised Jesus, the Lord, from the dead! The Apostle Paul wrote, ”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom. 10:9).
Nowhere in Scripture does it say that we are required to believe in Him as Creator of the Universe, as virgin born, as crucified for the sins of the world, or as coming again in order to be saved. Of course, all those things are true (Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:16; Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:23; Rom. 3:25; 1 Jn. 2:2; Acts 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16), but it is our faith that God, the Father of Jesus Christ, resurrected His only begotten Son, that saves us.
Paul also preached, “And though they found no cause of death in Him, yet desired they Pilate that He should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulchre. But God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:28-30).
The Apostle Peter wrote, “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God” (1 Pet. 1:19-21).
Peter also preached: “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it” (Acts 2:23-24 – see also Acts 3:14-15; 4:10).
My question to you on this day in which we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus is, Do you believe that God, the Father of Jesus Christ, raised Him from the dead, to be Lord to all who will put their trust in Him? Has your faith in Him, as your Lord, caused you to obey His Word, to witness to others about Him, and to look forward to His return? If not, let today be the first day of your eternal life by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior! It may be your last opportunity to do so!
The angel said unto the women at the tomb, “He is not here, He is risen as He said.”