Raised From the Dead, part 3

“Paul, an apostle … by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.” Gal 1:1 (KJV)

In his systematic theology text “Christian Dogmatics”, conservative evangelical Lutheran theologian John T. Mueller writes concerning this most fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith.

“The Doctrine of the resurrection: Modern rationalistic theology discards the Scriptural doctrine of the resurrection, denying both Christ’s glorious resurrection and the resurrection of all the dead on Judgement Day. In place it teaches the immortality of the soul. Holy Scripture, however, affirms that the denial of the resurrection involves the denial of the entire Gospel of Christ, 1 Cor 15:12-19. It unqualifiedly condemns those who deny the resurrection as having made shipwreck of their faith and erred concerning the truth, 1 Tim. 1:19-20; 2 Tim. 2:17-18. Hymenaeus and Alexander, who denied the doctine of the resurrection, were delivered by St. Paul “unto Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.” The denial of the resurrection is therefore tantamount to blasphemy of Christ. It is for this reason that we classify the doctrine of the resurrection among the fundamentals of the Christian religion.”

*emphasis mine


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