|Posted on June 16, 2014 at 1:45 AM|
Fifth, the sheer existence of a thriving, empire-conquering early Christian church supports the truth of the resurrection claim. The church spread on the power of the testimony that Jesus was raised from the dead and that God had thus made him both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). The Lordship of Christ over all nations is based on his victory over death. This is the message that spread all over the world – it was the one chief characteristic of the message of the early church; and its power to cross cultures and create one new people of God was a strong testimony of its truth.
Sixth, the apostle Paul’s conversion supports the truth of the resurrection. He argues to a partially unsympathetic audience in Galatians 1:11-17 that his gospel comes from the risen Jesus Christ, not from men. His argument is that before his Damascus Road experience when he saw the risen Jesus, he was violently opposed to the Christian faith (Acts 9:1). But now, to everyone’s astonishment, he is risking his life for the gospel (Acts 9:24-25). His explanation: The risen Jesus appeared to him and authorised him to spearhead the Gentile mission (Acts 26:15-18). Can we credit such a testimony? This leads to the next argument. More next fortnight …
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