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Emanna for 08/22/2020

Resurrection and Righteousness

Bible Verses

Matt 28:6 He is not here, for He has been raised, even as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. (7) And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has been raised from the dead, and behold, He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.

Words of Ministry

The concept in Matthew regarding Christ's resurrection is that it is related to God's righteousness. John is a book on life, and life is a matter of power. But Matthew is a book on the kingdom, and the kingdom is a matter of righteousness. Therefore, according to Matthew, for Christ to be raised from the dead meant that God released Him according to His righteousness. Thus, Christ was both righteously judged and put to death and righteously raised up from the dead. Therefore, Christ's resurrection was according to God's righteousness. This was the reason that Matthew inserted the historical account of the bribery of the soldiers
[28:11- 15]
. No other Gospel mentions this. Matthew includes it to show that Christ's resurrection was related to God's righteousness, which is versus man's unrighteousness. At this point we need to consider Romans 4:25. This verse says, "Who was delivered because of our offenses and was raised because of our justification." This verse links resurrection with righteousness. The Bible makes resurrection not only a matter of power, but also a matter of righteousness. Not only was God's righteousness manifested in raising Christ from the dead, but we were justified because of Christ's resurrection. Therefore, Christ's resurrection is a proof both of God's righteousness and of our justification. Hallelujah, in Christ's resurrection God is the righteous God, and we are the justified people!

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 822-823. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/6/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.