Proved With Power
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 1:4b (Holman) “. . .(Jesus) was established as the powerful Son
of God by the resurrection from the dead. . .”
If Jesus rose from the dead, all of Christianity is true. If Jesus did not rise, none of our faith is valid. Every tenet of Christianity hinges on the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Paul bluntly said, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The resurrection is everything to us, the underpinning of all we believe.
Christianity rests on this premise; Jesus is the Son of God, the very substance of God. He is not a lesser God, but God of true God. Not all of God, but true God nevertheless. If this position is forfeited, we end up having nothing more than other religions under a new name, with one more prophet.
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. He said, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58b). The religious leaders called Him a liar and crucified Him for blasphemy. Either Jesus or the religious leaders had to be completely wrong. Both could not be right. The resurrection proved Jesus was correct.
The word “established” means designated with a monument, a marker placed to provide permanent evidence. The resurrection is the monument that declares “Jesus is 100% for sure the Son of God.” It did not make Him this