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A Sermon on Acts 2:24

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (ESV)

The Christian faith is one that is based on real historical facts. Just as the Old Testament tells us of actual people, places, and events, so the New Testament does, too. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones demonstrates through Acts 2:24, there are some who claim that the hallmark of true religion ignores historical events, and is built on one’s feelings and emotions. They claim that the historical existence of Jesus is not important because they feel in their hearts that he lived and rose from the dead. Now this may sound pious and spiritual, but is it biblical? And to this question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a resounding no. He says that the Bible teaches not only the historical events of the life of Jesus and His resurrection, but the New Testament authors, particularly Paul, view the physical, bodily resurrection as central and necessary to salvation. For the Bible says that if Christ did not raise form the dead in a physical body then there is no salvation and there is not Christianity. The church must fight against all heresies that claim the physical resurrection is not important. For the hope of all Christians is that they one day will be resurrected just as Christ was.