The Significance of Jesus’ Resurrection

  • Paul Badham
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In his first letter to the Corinthians, St Paul writes, ‘I must remind you of the Gospel that I preached to you; the Gospel which you received, on which you have taken your stand, and which is now bringing you salvation.’1 He goes on to declare that this Gospel consists ‘first and foremost’ in the news of Jesus’ resurrection. This was the distinctive and original Gospel message, for as Paul tells his converts, ‘I handed on to you the facts which had been imparted to me.’ William Neil explains its importance thus:

The Christian Church was not founded on the teaching of Jesus. It was founded by men who believed that the Jesus whom they had forsaken to go to his death alone had risen from the grave triumphant over death, that he had appeared to them, and thereby had turned the cross from being a symbol of shame and defeat into a gateway to victory and glory. Not only was the Church founded on this belief, but the whole of the New Testament was written as a result of it.2


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© Paul Badham 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Badham
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  1. 1.Lecturer in TheologySt David’s University CollegeLampeter, WalesUK

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