Saving faith’s reality is the risen Christ


by Mike Ratliff

18 The Jews then said to Him, “ What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “ Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It took forty- six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken. (John 2:18-22 NASB)

My wife and I just got home from the theater. After I got off work today we went to see the movie Risen.

I was quite surprised at how Biblically accurate it was. It is a look at our Lord’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascension from the eyes of an unbeliever, at least at the beginning. I don’t want to spoil it for you. After coming home I wanted to post something about our Lord’s resurrection so…

Without the resurrection of Christ, Christianity is just another religion based on ancient teachings of Men. It was the reality of Jesus’ bodily resurrection that God used in light of the teachings from Scripture to bring Jesus’ disciples into belief. His resurrection is what God uses in the Gospel to make it real in the hearts of those whom He effectually calls and regenerates. In other words saving faith’s reality is the risen Christ. Continue reading