Mister Richardson's
Bible Doctrine Class


Chapter 16: Resurrection and Ascension

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ´┐Żs at His coming. - 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

A. Resurrection

  1. New Testament - Matt 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-21:25.
  2. The Nature of Christ's Resurrection:
  3. Both Father and Son participated.
  4. Doctrinal significance:
  5. Ethical significance of the resurrection:

B. Historicity of Jesus' Resurrection

  1. Testimony of Scripture - Eyewitnesses:
  2. Attacks on the Resurrection of Jesus:

C. Ascension into Heaven

  1. Christ ascended to a place - Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11.
  2. Christ received glory and honor - John 17:5; Acts 2:33; Phil 2:9; Rev 5:12.
  3. Christ is seated at God's right hand (Christ's session) - Psa 110:1; Acts 7:56; Eph 1:20-21; Heb 1:3, 12:1-2; 1 Pet 3:22.
  4. Doctrinal significance for our lives.

1. What is the scriptural support for the idea that Jesus had a physical body after His resurrection?
2. Give three reasons for the importance of Christ's resurrection.
3. What does resurrection of Jesus mean for Christians who die?
4. Where did Christ go when He ascended? Is this a physical place? Where is He now?
5. What would it mean for Christians if Jesus was not resurrected?

Ascension, first fruits, incorruptible, raised in glory, raised in power, resurrection, resuscitation, session, spiritual body.

Q27: Wherein did Christ's humiliation consist?
A27: Christ's humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.

Q28: Wherein consisteth Christ's exaltation?
A28: Christ's exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A Historical Fact - B. B. Warfield