The Wright View Of Resurrection

In April of this year, 2008, Veritas Forum brought N.T. Wright to Emory University. His talk was titled, Why Does Jesus’ Resurrection Matter? Considering Its Relevance for Today. If you would like to watch or listen to these two lectures click on the appropriate links below or go to the Veritas website to get them.

 part one: [audio] [video] 
 part two: [audio] [video] 


The good news is that one day the thin veil that separates heaven and earth will be drawn aside and the Jesus who Christians believe is personally present though hidden in the heavenly dimension at the moment will be the central figure of that new world. That’s why some of the New Testament writers don’t talk about his coming they talk about his appearing. He is present but hidden and will one day appear. And when he does it will be in order to set everything right–all those prophecies about God doing justice at last will come true through him–and all because of the resurrection. That’s what Paul said was the climax of his speech in Athens before all the skeptical philosophers of his day. They were not really up for this stuff at all. He said God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world, in other words, call the whole world to account, and put it right. And he will do it through a man whom he has appointed and of this he has given assurance to all people by raising him from the dead. That is the center of the Christian message.

And then, of course, it goes on, that in that new world those who are in Christ will be given new bodies. The resurrection of the body–it’s a totally strange doctrine to many devout Christians who really do think that the name of the game is to get their soul into a disembodied place called heaven. And when they say, “I believe in the resurrection of the body,” in the creed, they think, “but I don’t really mean that, we actually know it’s the immortality of the soul.” Well, that’s just being fooled by the incipient Platonism of much Western culture. But, if you have that vision of creation and that vision of justice then resurrection, as I’ve said, is where you get. And the point is this: the physicality that we are promised in the future is an immortal physicality. Immortality doesn’t mean disembodiment, that’s a Platonic lie. It is, Paul said, an immortal physicality; it will go through death and out the other side. It is not a resuscitation; it’s a different body but in continuity with the present one.

I found the following statement so amazing that I typed it out so those of you who don’t have the time to listen to this can rejoice with me over this remarkable truth.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by cornishevangelist on July 28, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Holy and unblamable

    Dear Saints, Jesus is going to present you holy and unblamable to God, He will keep you from falling and present you faultless before His Father in Heaven. For His glory, majesty, dominion and power is now and forever, this is the assurance that we have received in our hearts when we professed that Jesus Christ is Lord.

    We must remind ourselves daily of Christ’s victory on the cross, for sin and death was paid for in full, and it no longer has any power over us, for His blood was poured out for a sacrifice to cleanse and cover you so that God would accept us, for Christ’s blood is an atonement for us.

    Now, Jesus freed Himself from that cruel cross and is alive forevermore, and because He lives we can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone and I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.

    Now, Jesus is waiting with great patience for men, women and children to receive His wonderful word so that He can present us all to His Father. So let us preach His saving grace to everyone that we can, for He said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to ever creature.” {Mark 16 v 15}.

    So let us be more urgent than ever before, for we see that His coming is but a moment away. May the Lord’s kindness and great love be upon you now and evermore, in Jesus name.

    “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” {St. Mark 16:15}.



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