Resurrection – what are the signs?


Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Chris Meigh

Resurrection means a new way of living that continues into eternity

Based on readings from Acts 11:1-18 and John 13:31-35

1. Before the resurrection of Jesus:

In John’s Gospel, at the Last Supper, Jesus tries to prepare his disciples for what is going to happen, including that when He is gone, the Spirit will come and be with them.

“He lives with you and will be in you…” (John 14:15–17, John 16:7, 16: 12–13)

2. Jesus meets with the disciples after his Resurrection

Luke 24:44–49

Beginning with Jerusalem, but then beyond – to all nations

3. The Gospel is for the Gentiles too.

Acts 11:1-18 – And they don’t have to become Jews.

4. The old Covenant (Moses, the Law, Tablets of stone) is superseded

Jesus at the last supper declared a new Covenant, in his blood. (Luke 22:19-20, Jeremiah 31:31-34, 2 Corinthians 3:3-8)

A new Covenant not of written words, but of the Spirit – inside them; the law not on stone tablets but in human hearts.

But no need to worry too much about the disappearance of the old Commandments:

“The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Romans 13:9)

Love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 Corinthians 14:26-33 – each one has a gift of the Spirit to contribute.

This suggests that church meetings shouldn’t be about one or two people at the front facing a congregation that is having church ‘done to them’. If it’s not practical in a large meeting for all to contribute, it should at least be characteristic of smaller groups.

5. John 13:34–35, 17:11, 17:20–23 – Jesus’ new commandment – to love one another

He wants our love and our unity to make an impression on the outside world.

Some New Covenant references:

  1. Jeremiah 31:31
  2. “ ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah’ ”

  3. Luke 22:20
  4. “In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’ ”

  5. 1 Corinthians 11:25
  6. “In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ ”

  7. 2 Corinthians 3:6
  8. “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

  9. 2 Corinthians 3:7-8
  10. “Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?”

  11. Hebrews 8:6
  12. “But in fact, the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.”

  13. Hebrews 8:8
  14. “But God found fault with the people and said, ‘The days are coming’, declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah’ ”

  15. Hebrews 8:13
  16. “By calling this covenant ‘new’, He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”

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