4th, if Christ is not risen, you are still in your sin. “If Christ has not been raised . . . you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17, WEB).
Paul said that Christ “was delivered up because of our offenses and was raised because of our justification” (Rom. 4:25, NKJV). “Justification” here is from dikaiosis, “putting into a right relationship with God” (Concise Greek-English, s. v. δικαιωσιν). Now if Christ is not risen, then you are not yet justified. You are not yet in a right relationship with God. If you are not yet justified, then you are still in your sin. If you’re still in your sin, then you’re still not saved from it.
A wife wanted to go to church, but got sick that day. So her husband went alone. When he came home, she asked, “What did the pastor preach today?” A man of few words, the husband answered, “Sin.” She asked, “What about sin?” The husband said, “He’s against it.”
If you’re not saved from your sin, then you are still under the wrath of God, and the condemnation of God, because God is against sin!
If Christ has not risen, then Christ is still dead. If Christ is still dead, then God did not accept His payment for sin. If God did not accept it, then God has not yet forgiven you. If God has not yet forgiven you, then you are still in your sins and will suffer in hell someday (John 3:16, 36).
But because Christ is risen, God proves that He forgives your sins. Because Christ is risen, God’s puts you into a right relationship with Him!
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