If Jesus was God’s sinless envoy and died, would God have reason to soon resurrect him from death?

“Yes, after all…
  • God could vindicate Jesus+Gospel via resurrection

    God could simultaneously vindicate both Jesus and the Gospel Jesus preached through raising Jesus and seeing to it that Jesus appeared to the apostles

    This full page, analyzes 4 arguments:

    This helps suggest that God would have reason to raise Jesus from death, because we stipulated that Jesus was God's sinless envoy, and before Jesus's death he had just been preaching the so-called “bad news” (for us) of God's impending judgement on sinners for their sins, and the “good news” (for us) of one way God will offer forgiveness and cleansing to the repentant (i.e. the “Gospel”). God would plausibly want to vindicate Jesus and this gospel to core evangelists so they could spread it through evangelism. (There are philosophical/theological reasons for why God would want the Gospel to spread this way.)

  • OT says: God will resurrect his people for good

    The Old Testament both explicitly and implicitly teaches that God plans on raising all his righteous remnant (Israel) to eternal life.

    This full page analyzes 7 arguments:

    This is relevant because, as theologians often point out, God made Jesus an ideal "type" of Israel (which we will argue for on another page). This means Jesus both recapitulates and foreshadows Israel's journey and succeeds as a faithful servant in ways old covenant Israel failed. (And this isn't some odd and surprising observation, God has had good reason to make Jesus a type of Israel.)

  • Death was designed just for sinners

    A box with two halves. On has a head with a halo, the other has a skull with a snake coming out of it.

    God wants the sinless to live forever. His purpose for death (cursing humanity with it) is to limit/punish sinners, but ultimate/irreversable death serves no purpose for the righteous.

    This full page analyzes 2 arguments:

    • God would resurrect sinless persons for the same reason he created them in the first place. God intends to fill the world with his image-age bearers, and if God would restore them then ultimate death was not intended as their ultimate destination.
    • Biblically, God does resurrect sinless persons, and this fits well on the hypothesis that final (unreversed) death was simply not intended to apply to those who are righteous.

    This is relevant because Jesus was sinless.

“No, after all…
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