Seven Aspects of Christ’s Resurrection (2)
1 Cor. 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; (45) So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul”; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. 1 Pet. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
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Furthermore, Christ’s resurrection was His transfiguration into the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). He was Christ in the flesh, but He has been transfigured into the pneumatic Christ, the Christ who essentially is the life-giving Spirit.
Resurrection was His actual transfiguration. Before His death and resurrection, He was transfigured on the Mount of Transfiguration. However, that transfiguration was only temporary. His actual transfiguration was His resurrection, for in resurrection He became the life-giving Spirit, the Spirit who imparts life into us.
Christ’s resurrection was also the germination of the new creation. Just as His death was the termination of the old creation, so His resurrection was the germination of the new creation. What He terminated in His death He germinated in His resurrection. This germination includes us; we were regenerated through His resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3). Hence, His resurrection is our germination and regeneration. In this way we have become the new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). We are regenerated people in His new creation. Furthermore, Christ’s resurrection produced the church as His Body, even as His reproduction (John 12:24). Therefore, the church is Christ’s reproduction in resurrection. When the Lord Jesus was incarnated, He was an individual. But when He was resurrected, He became corporate, a corporate Christ (1 Cor. 12:12), the Christ who is both the Head and the Body.
We need to understand these seven aspects of Christ’s resurrection. Resurrection was God’s vindication of the Lord’s life and work, resurrection was the Lord’s great success in His universal achievement, resurrection was His victory over all enemies, resurrection was His glorification, resurrection was His transfiguration into the life-giving Spirit essentially, resurrection was the germination of the new creation, and resurrection produced the church, the Body, as Christ’s reproduction. These matters are clearly revealed in the Acts and Epistles. We all need to know Christ’s resurrection to such an extent.