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If Christ is not raised

As Christians who exult in the evangel, the good news of God’s redeeming love for sinners, we rightly cherish above all else the cross of Jesus Christ. Good Friday services are among the most glorious of our annual gatherings as we reflect upon that sacrifice. We delight to read and pray and sing and preach…

SBJT 18.4: Resurrection (Complete)

Table of Contents (Winter 2014)

Resurrection Stephen J. Wellum                                                                                                  5 Editorial: Reflections on the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ Mitchell L. Chase                                                                                                      9 “From Dust You Shall Arise:” Resurrection Hope in the Old Testament Raymond Johnson                                                                                                  31 Matthew 27:51-54 Revisited: A Narratological Re-Appropriation Lee Tankersley                                                                                                          51 Raised for Our Justification: The Resurrection and Penal Substitution A. B. Caneday                                                                                                           …

Editorial: Reflections on the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

This issue of SBJT is devoted to the theme of the resurrection and especially the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. From a number of different angles, both Old and New Testament, our authors reflect on the biblical teaching regarding the resurrection, Christ’s resurrection, and its implication for our lives as Christians. At Easter…

Matthew 27:51-54 Revisited: A Narratological Re-Appropriation

Introduction At the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, after crying out with an earth-rending voice and yielding his spirit (Matt 27:50), Matthew recounts several cataclysmic events for his readers. He includes five signs1 that accompany Jesus’ death: 1) the curtain of the temple is torn (v. 51a), 2) the earth shakes (v. 51b), 3)…

Raised for Our Justification: The Resurrection and Penal Substitution

What seems to have happened is that Western theology has allowed itself to be dominated by a legalistic view of sin and a forensic model of atonement which leaves little room for resurrection. When the atonement is thought of chiefly in terms of merit and the law, the cross becomes central, but the resurrection drops…

“From Dust You Shall Arise:” Resurrection Hope in the Old Testament

Introduction My oldest boy used to think that if he could not see the sun shining in the sky during the day, then it was not really out and shining. For him, the sun had to be visible, uncloaked by clouds. He eventually realized that the presence of the sun was evident in the light…

God’s Incarnate Son as the Embodiment of Last Day Resurrection: Eternal Life as Justification in John’s Gospel

Introduction Long ago Rudolf Bultmann argued that Jesus’ activity as “Revealer of God” is the eschatological event, “the judgment of the world.”1 Thus, Jesus’ advent and departure constitute the last day so that resurrection and judgment are “now present in the word of revelation” he brings.2 Thus, “the ‘coming’ eschatological hour, which men had hoped for at…

Resurrection and Priesthood: Christological Soundings from the Book of Hebrews

In orthodox Christology, the priesthood of Christ has been a regular feature of Jesus’ messianic portrait. In Reformed circles, the munus triplex goes back to before Calvin.

Defending the Resurrection of Jesus: Yesterday, Today and Forever

Karl Barth’s famous aversion to accepting biblical miracles as historically accessible included the resurrection of Jesus. This antipathy displayed itself in 1962 at George Washington University during a question-answer dialogue with 200 specially invited religious leaders. After Carl Henry identified himself as the editor of Christianity Today, he asked Barth: “The question, Dr. Barth, concerns…

The Winter 2014 SBJT Forum

SBJT: When one thinks of crucial and important chapters on the resurrection in the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 15 immediately comes to mind. Briefly describe the significant contribution this chapter makes to our thinking about the theme of the resurrection. Stephen J. Wellum: It is certainly the case that 1 Corinthians 15 is of singular…

Book Reviews (Winter 2014)

Galatians. Concordia Commentary. By A. Andrew Das. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2014, lxix, 738 pp., $54.99 hardback. A. Andrew Das serves as the Donald W. and Betty J. Buik Chair of Religious Studies at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. His fresh and substantial contribution to the Concordia Commentary series represents some of the…

How Easter relates to suffering: five reflections on living in light of sin and evil – Part II

  Third, in God’s plan of redemption, God not only demonstrates that he is sovereign over sin and evil, but also that in his sovereignty, holiness, justice, and grace he is rooting out sin and evil in the cross work of Christ, thus demonstrating that he is perfectly good and trustworthy. Scripture teaches that in…

How Easter relates to suffering: five reflections on living in light of sin and evil – Part 1

  First, as an important apologetic point, it is not only Christian theology which must wrestle with the problem of evil; every worldview, Christian and non-Christian alike, must also wrestled with it, albeit for different reasons depending upon the specific view in question. For example, naturalistic/atheistic viewpoints must first explain, given their overall view, how…

“Thus It Is Written”: Redemptive History and Christ’s Resurrection on the Third Day

Renown 2013: Session 2