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The Resurrection is so important when preaching the Gospel. Notice how
the Gospel is presented by the Apostles:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

(Rom. 10:9)

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave
him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
(1 Pet. 1:21)

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also
vain ... And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your
(1 Cor. 15:14, 17)

Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in
righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given
assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.
(Acts 17:31)

Let's look at what well known Christian leaders/teachers have to say about
the importance of the Resurrection.

R. A. Torrey:
"Gospel preachers nowadays preach the gospel of the Crucifixion, the Apostles
preached the gospel of the Resurrection as well. (2 Tim. 2:8-Remember that Jesus
Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead, according to my gospel.")
The Crucifixion loses its meaning without the Resurrection. Without the
Resurrection the death of Christ was only the heroic death of a noble martyr; with
the Resurrection it is the atoning death the Son of God. It shows that death to
be of sufficient value to cover our sins, for it was the sacrifice of the Son of God."
(Torrey, R. A. What The Bible Teaches (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell
Company, 1898-1993) p. 177)

H.A. Ironside:
The Apostle Peter preaching on the day of Pentecost of the risen Savior, says,
"God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."
And He speaks of Him as the anointed One, exalted at God's right hand. The
Gospel is the Gospel of the Risen Christ. There would be no Gospel for sinners if
Christ had not been raised. So the apostle says, "If Christ be not raised, your faith
is vain; ye are yet in your sins" (1 Cor. 15:17).

A.C. Gaebelein:
The highest place was given to Him, who died on the cross, far above all
principality and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.
There He is now the Man in the Glory. Once more let me state it, the Lord Jesus
Christ is corporeally present in the highest heaven. Everything depends on this. If
His physical resurrection and corporeal presence in the highest heaven is denied,
His present work and future work are an impossibility, and we rob ourselves of
every comfort joy and peace. Then, too, His atoning work on the cross has no
meaning for us.

Bible Pathway says:
"As the One Who led captivity captive (Psalm 68:18). With His resurrection
power, Jesus broke the captive power of Satan. When He led the Old Testament
saints from paradise into heaven, He led captivity captive (compare Ephesians 4:8;
see also Galatians 5:1; Revelation 1:18)."

Way of
The believer has a new standing as dead in Christ and resurrected with Christ.
Therefore, because of this new standing, he is instructed to "walk in newness of

Paul F.M. Zahl ( says:
"The atonement, or forgiveness of sin once and for all achieved on the cross,
weighs in, and heavily. But the atonement is confirmed, ratified, sealed, and made
enduringly good by virtue of Christ's rising from death. Our justification hinges on
a risen life, present in us now because Christ is present with us now."

Pastor Adrian Rogers:
"The resurrection is not merely important to the historic Christian faith; without it,
there would be no Christianity. It is the singular doctrine that elevates Christianity
above all other world religions."

John MacArthur:
If Christ was not raised, His death was in vain, your faith in Him would be
pointless, and your sins would still be counted against you with no hope of spiritual

A.C. Gaebelein:
The fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is in Glory occupied with us should lead us into
a holy life which glorifies Him. That loving eye is never withdrawn from us.
If we were to remember this constantly, what a power this would be in our lives!

W.H. Rogers:
"The Church has its existance by virtue of the death and resurrection of Jesus...He
was the first to emerge from death's dark dominions, as the One on Whom death
had no claim, and over Whom the grave had no power."

Billy Graham:
The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection.

Sir Robert Anderson:
Apart from it, the incarnation and the ministry would lose all their significance, the
crucifixion would be but a martyrdom, and the cross a symbol of the victory of
death over life. By the Resurrection it was that the Crucified One was "declared to
be the Son of God with power," the great truth on which the Christian's faith is
founded, and to which his hope is anchored. That Christ died for our sins is the
Gospel of the Christian religion regarded as a human cult. The Gospel of
Christianity goes on to declare "That He rose again the third day according to the
Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:4). And to show the immeasurable importance of the added
words, the Holy Spirit testifies that if Christ be not raised, our faith is vain, we are
yet in our sins...
The empty tomb, and not the manger of Bethlehem, is the
earthly symbol of the great birth upon which Christianity is founded.
Were it
not for Bethlehem there could be no Calvary; but, apart from the Resurrection,
Calvary were but a stupendous disaster, of which the Cross would be for all time
the emblem.

William R. Newell:
Thus Christ, now risen and glorified, is Himself the righteousness of believers...
It is the Risen Christ who is our righteousness. "Christianity begins at the
resurrection." The work of the cross of course made Christianity possible; but
true Christianity is all on the resurrection side of the cross. "He is not here, but is
risen," the angel said.

Fundamental Evangelistic Association:
The Resurrection also assures us of the power needed to live a victorious Christian
life: "And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ when
He raised Him from the dead...." Ephesians 1:19 and 20. There will never be any
trial too great any burden too heavy, or any temptation too strong. The same
power that raised up Jesus is available to all who believe. As we learn to trust Him
more and ourselves less, He will be able to display daily His mighty power in our

F. J. Huegel
An imitation of a Frenchman would not make me a Frenchman. I am a German
and I would have to be "reborn" to be anything but what I am. And so in the
Christian life. I must be born anew. That is why Christ took me with Himself
down into the grave and brought me forth a "new creation." He terminated my old
life when there upon the Cross as Representative He died; and He imparted to me
a new life when He arose from the grave.

H.A. Ironside:
We are not preaching the Gospel of a dead Christ, but of a living Christ who sits
exalted at the Father's right hand, and is living to save all who put their trust in
Him. That is why those of us who really know the Gospel never have any
crucifixes around our churches or in our homes. The crucifix represents a dead
Christ hanging languid on a cross of shame. But we are not pointing men to a dead
Christ; we are preaching a living Christ. He lives exalted at God's right hand, and
He "saves to the uttermost all who come to God by Him."

Erling C. Olsen:
Whoever reads the New Testament seriously, or gives thought to the impact
which the apostles made upon their generation, must acknowledge that one
outstanding historic event alone spurred that small band of 11 ordinary men
to an amazing task of evangelization in their generation. Defying every
obstacle, loss of home, persecution, even death itself, they evidenced the
supreme relevance in their ministry of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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