Calvin on the Resurrection

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Devotional

John Calvin (1509-1564)–always one for keen insight into the promises of the Bible–takes note of how the bodily resurrection of Jesus is also “a pledge” of the bodily resurrection for the disciples of Jesus. Therefore, Believer, as you contemplate the person and work our our Lord over these next few weeks, make sure that you also give thanks to God for the certainty of the bodily resurrection that is promised in the Bible for you. Calvin persuasively writes,

“Now whenever we consider the resurrection, let Christ’s image come before us. In the nature which he took from us he so completed the course of mortal life that now, having obtained immortality, he is the pledge of our coming resurrection. For in the miseries that beset us [cf. 2 Cor. 4:8-9], ‘we carry in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may…be manifested is us’ [2 Cor. 4:10]. And to separate him from ourselves is not permissible and not even possible, without tearing him apart. From this, Paul argues: “If the dead do not rise up again, then Christ did not rise up again” [1 Cor. 15:16]. For he takes it as an agreed principle that it was not for himself alone that Christ was subjected to death, or that he obtained victory over death by rising again. Rather there was begun in the Head what must be completed in all the members to the rank and station of each.” (Institutes 3:25:3)

These are precious truths that give harried and troubled Christians a great basis of assurance and hope. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) Yes, Lord I believe!

–Pastor Marcus J. Serven