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August 17, 2022

Resurrection -- Cannot Be Held by Death

Acts 2:23 This man, delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you, through the hand of lawless men, nailed to a cross and killed; 24 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pangs of death, since it was not possible for Him to be held by it.

In Peter's very first gospel message, preached on the day of Pentecost, he testified that the crucified Jesus was raised up by God. Peter testified that Christ could not be held by death. Since Christ Himself is resurrection (John 11:25), it was impossible for Him to be held by death. How can resurrection be held by death? This is impossible. In Acts 2:32-36 Peter speaks concerning both the resurrection and ascension of Christ. Regarding the Lord's resurrection, he says in verse 32, "This Jesus God raised up, of which we all are witnesses." Here Peter seems to be saying, "We were present when the Lord Jesus was crucified, and we saw Him after His resurrection. Therefore, we are eyewitnesses of His resurrection." In verse 33 Peter continues, "Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He poured out this which you both see and hear." This verse speaks of Christ's ascension. In verse 36 Peter refers to both resurrection and ascension: "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ-this Jesus whom you crucified." It is in resurrection and ascension that Jesus has become the Lord and the Christ. (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 427-428. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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