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 by both raising Jesus and seeing to it that Jesus appeared to the apostles.

    This 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 judgment 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 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.)

  • The irreversibility of 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, and so plausibly (and reportedly) set up righteous humanity originally to either be invincible or to regenerate when facing any fatal circumstances. His purpose for introducing irreversible death (plausibly and reportedly [Genesis 3:19]) is to limit and punish wicked sinners.

    This full page analyzes 2 reasons to agree:

    • 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.
    • 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- bearers doing image-bearing kinds of things (as stewards), and if God would preserve/restore them in fatal circumstances, then ultimate death was not intended as their ultimate destination.

    This purpose of ultimate/irreversible death (for sinners) factors into the discussion because Jesus was sinless (we stipulated). That means death as an irreversible/final state would hold no relevance for him. If humanity was originally immune to death (e.g. through natural regeneration), then this is how we might expect Jesus to be in virtue of his sinlessness.

“No, after all…