Editorial: Reflections On The Glorious Resurrection Of Our Lord Jesus Christ -- By: Stephen J. Wellum

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 18:4 (Winter 2014)
Article: Editorial: Reflections On The Glorious Resurrection Of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Author: Stephen J. Wellum


Editorial: Reflections On The Glorious Resurrection Of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Stephen J. Wellum

Stephen J. Wellum is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and editor of Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He received his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he is the author of numerous essays and articles and the co-author of Kingdom through Covenant (Crossway, 2012) and God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology (forthcoming Crossway, 2015).

This issue of SBJT is devoted to the theme of the resurrection and especially the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. From a number of different angles, both Old and New Testament, our authors reflect on the biblical teaching regarding the resurrection, Christ’s resurrection, and its implication for our lives as Christians. At Easter time, much attention is given to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. But at other times of the year we often neglect detailed reflection upon our Lord’s work and especially his resurrection. This issue of the journal seeks to remedy this lack of thought and reflection on such an important biblical and theological truth.

It goes without saying that the resurrection of Christ is at the heart of Bible, Christian theology, and the Gospel. Many places in Scripture remind of us of this fact but probably none so clear as the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (vv. 3-4), and a little further in the same chapter, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith… And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is

futile; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (vv. 14, 17-19). Apart from the resurrection of Christ, Paul rightly argues, the entire Gospel message makes no sense, and the entire grounds of the Christian faith crumble.

Why is this the case? After all, prior to Christ’s resurrection other resurrections occurred in Scripture. In both the OT and NT, resurrections are rare but they did occur. No doubt, it is probably best to view these resurrections more as resuscitations since there is no evidence that those who were raised remained permanently alive. For ex...

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