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The Resurrection

Chapter 7
by Daniel LeEarl Hall

The Watchtower Society claims that the trinity is the central or foundational doctrine of "Christendom." (The Christian church) Again, they are wrong. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the basis of our faith. The resurrection is foundational to the true Christian gospel. For by His death, burial, and resurrection... we are saved! (1Cor. 15:1-4).

Jesus' death and burial paid for our sins, but His resurrection provides eternal life. Some religions teach that Jesus paid for our sins, removing the cause of death and providing the hope of eternal life. But, that is only a part of God's provision. If Jesus simply died and paid the price for our sins, we would only be back to square-one. We would be like Adam, who at one time was without sin, but didn't have eternal life.

Pastor Robert Housh of Valley Bible gives the analogy of the dead man with a bullet in him. If the coroner removes the bullet he is still dead, in spite of the fact that the cause of death has been removed. What the man needs is life. By the fact that Jesus is fully God and fully man, He is able, not only to pay for our sins, but to give us life, HIS LIFE! (Col. 3:3,4)

Jesus said, "I Am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me will live, even though he dies, and he who lives and believes in me will never die at all." (John 11 :25,26)

Paul discussed the importance of the resurrection. He said, "If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised then our preaching is useless and so is your faith." (1 Cor. 15:13,14)

Paul then affirmed the resurrection, stating, "So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised incorruptible; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body... For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1 Cor. 15:41-53)

This resurrection is guaranteed to all Christians who have believed and received Jesus Christ. It is the foundation of our faith. The resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives us everything! Without it, we have nothing!

The Mormon Church uses the word, but they deny the resurrection, teaching a form of continual reincarnation, that the spirit takes on new bodies.

The Watchtower Society also uses the word, but they too deny the resurrection and instead teach re-creation. According to Watchtower theology, the Father first created Jesus as the Word and an archangel, then demoted Him to a mere man, then totally destroyed Him, body, soul, and spirit, and then re-created Him as a spirit creature, as an archangel. They claim: "Jesus was dead, he was unconscious, out of existence. Death did not mean a transition to another life for Jesus; rather, non-existence." (7-22-79 Awake!)

In their brochure When Someone You Love Dies, on page 28 they state: "If scientific principles established by the Creator can be used by humans to reconstruct such a visible and audible scene, should not the Creator be able to do far more? Is it not reasonable then, that the one who created life is capable of re-creating it?" (Also, refer to 8-15-2003 Watchtower, back page.)

Nowhere in the entire Bible does it even imply that God re-creates anyone. Strong's Bible Concordance is very clear regarding the Greek words for create.



3. Creation-ktsis

4.Created thing, creature-ktisma

The koine Greek word for re-create is anaktizo. It is nowhere to be found in God's Word. If God was going to re-create anyone, He would have used the word, anaktizo. He did not.

The question arises, If, God re-created someone, wouldn't that be a CLONE; look like the person, act like the person, but not be the same person? God didn't use the word for recreate. He used the word anastisis, which, according to Strong's Concordance, means "a standing up from death; raised to life again; to rise from the dead. "

In the resurrection our bodies are changed," "transformed." Paul verified this when he said, "The Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body." (Phil. 3:20,21)

The Greek word translated "change" is metaschematizo, and means "a change, a transformation." The Greek word translated "fashioned," is summorphus, which means "conformed to, fashioned like unto." From these we get the word "metamorphosis," a changing, as from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Without the resurrection, we would have no hope whatsoever.


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