Christ's resurrected body was a prototype of the body that all believers in Christ will receive, according to Pastor Robert Jeffress, First Baptist Church of Dallas, in an article published today, Sunday, April 20 in the Christian Post. Jeffress further said, "The belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is essential to the entire Gospel message."
Jeffress, who is currently pastor of the 11,000 member Baptist church in Dallas, previously was pastor for several years of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Jeffress brought a message on that theme today during his Easter service in Dallas because, "Easter Sunday is a marvelous opportunity to share the Gospel with those who don't know Christ. I realize that, in our congregation, we'll have a high number of unbelievers there who are coming as guests or simply there because of the holiday. I use my Easter message for two purposes; No. 1 to reach unbelievers with the Gospel of Christ and give them an opportunity to respond to the Gospel; and secondly, to equip Christians with the answers that they can share with peple about why the Gospel is important and what the essence of the Gospel is."
Jeffress further told CP today that, "Romans 1:4 says that it is His resurrection from death that is proof that He is the son of God. Jesus received a brand new body, the Bible says, and John the apostle says that he touched Him and he handled Him in His resurrection form."
Jeffress preached his Easter message on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in a sermon titled, "Jesus: The Passion and the Promise."
He disclosed he was interviewed by Alan Colmes on his Fox News radio program earlier this week. Colmes asked him, "Which is more important to you? The death of Jesus or the resurrection of Jesus?"
The Southern Baptist preacher responded, "They are of equal importance."
Scriptures to which Jeffress referred in his Easter sermon today included 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4; John 10:17-18; Acts 2:23: 1 Peter 2:221, 23; Nahum 1:3; 1 John 2:2; Colossians 1:13-14 as well as several others.
He said it is in Colossians and Corinthians that Paul teaches that Christ's resurrected body was a prototype of the body that all believers will receive.
Pastor Bear Morton of Twin Falls, Idaho Bible Church agreed, saying, "John 11:25 tells us, 'I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies."
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