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God raised Jesus from the dead

Christ was shut up in the tomb, and He could not come forth. The Bible says that God, the Father, raised Christ from the dead. Christ did not raise Himself from the dead, or else He was not really dead and His words could not have been true when He said, “I can do nothing on my own.” (John 5:30)

Bible references stating that God raising Jesus from the dead

Acts 2:24: God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

Acts 2:32: This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

Acts 3:15: and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead.

Acts 4:10: let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by him this man is standing before you well.

Acts 5:30: The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.

Acts 10:40-41: but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

Acts 13:29-39: And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead...And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus...And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead...but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Acts 17:31: because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.

Romans 4:22-25: That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." But the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Romans 6:4: We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 8:11: If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 10:9: because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1 Corinthians 6:14: And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

1 Corinthians 15:15: We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.

2 Corinthians 4:14: knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.

Galatians 1:1: Paul, an apostle--not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.

Ephesians 1:20: that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.

Colossians 2:12: having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

1 Thessalonians 1:10: and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Hebrews 13:20: Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant.

1 Peter 1:20-21: He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Didn't Jesus say he had power to take back his life?

Some use the following verse to prove that Jesus Christ did not die completely,

John 10:17-18: For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father."

The Greek word that was translated “I may take,” (Strong’s Concordance number 2983) can also mean: “to receive (what is given), to gain, get, obtain, to get back.” Please notice that this word is also used in verse 18 but is translated “I have received.” Christ laid down His life that He might receive it again. The Greek word that in some versions is translated as “power” can also mean “authority, permission.” Thus, this verse can be interpreted as follows:

Christ had permission to lay down His life so that He could receive it again from His Father.


  • (YouTube) Unquestioning Surrender- Stephen Bohr, GYC 2014. Posted 1/4/2015. Quotes EGW in SDA, BC, Vol. 5, p.1114, "He who dies for the sins of the world was to remain in the tomb the allotted time. He was in that stoney prison house as a prisoner of divine justice. He was responsible to the Judge of the universe. He was bearing the sins of the world and His Father only could release Him."