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"But God raised him from the dead." ...Acts 13:30, and he will you too! 
".....he (God) hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead." ...Acts 17:31
"I am he that liveth and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." ...Revelation 1:18
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His resurrection is proof that the full price for us has been paid -1Corinthians 6:20. We are now fully justified -Romans 5:1,2,6-12.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to believe the resurrection is true. Why? Because this is your hope -Ephesians 2:12,13; Acts 24:15; Acts 26:6,8; 1Peter 1:3; Romans 8:21,23.

John 5:28,29 "Marvel-not at this: For the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done.(original is, 'do, bring forth, be the authors of'; means the doing of good).good.(original is, 'a good constitution'; or attitude), unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 6:44 "No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me-draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day." Acts 26:8,23 "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?...That Christ should suffer and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead and should show light unto the people and to the Gentiles."

Dr. Simon Greenleaf Professor of Law at Harvard.(now deceased).and chiefly responsible for the rise of Harvard Law School to its fine reputation today, examined the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and said, that it was one of the most well attested facts of ancient history. Greenleaf suggested that any cross examination of the eye witness testimonies recorded in scripture would result in "an undoubting conviction of their integrity, ability and truth."
    Dr. Greenleaf wrote a defense for the resurrection entitled An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Court of Justice. "If it were morally possible for them.(those with Jesus back then).to have been deceived in this matter, every human motive operated to lead them to discover and avow their error...If then their testimony was not true, there was no possible motive for this fabrication." ... The Testimony of the Evangelists, Dr. Simon Greenleaf, (1984), Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan.(original, Cockcraft, New York, (1874), pages 29,30).

The resurrection is the key point of Christian faith into eternal life -1Thessalonians 4:14; 1John 5:11,13,20. It is an attested to great fact of history, as you'll soon see. Today it is commemorated at the time known as Easter.
    In the resurrection a brand new body will be yours. No longer any imperfections, disabilities, illnesses or negatives in it of any kind. In Him, we are guaranteed an endless life. What will you be doing there? You won't be there unless and until you have learned the lessons of why it is that you are here.
    Will you have ability to make the face and body exactly as you want? You have that now! As the inside changes, the outside reflects. It's the kindness, the class, the high standards of love, that cause one to radiate in beauty. Few are extremely attractive in the face, and often, the less the more you get to know them; however, some possess a special attractiveness that affects their looks, even if they are quite plain, and herein lies attractiveness of the spirit residing with such a person.
    And it will continue to change as you grow in wisdom and knowledge both now and through eternity.
    God takes nothing good away that's good. God wants you to be happy with yourself at all times.(your life with all its present trials and sufferings on Earth today is for very specific reasons). You will be then equal with God in power and will continue to grow.(2Peter 3:18).into full ability to use that power we even now have received -John 1:16. You are today equal with God in Spirit.(Philippians 2:5,6), thanks to the righteousness of Jesus Christ imparted to you as a gift -Romans 5:17
    Even today others really know you by your spirit, as well as by your physical appearance. The energy field surrounding our individual bodies has a certain recognizable quality to it, a quality we 'just know'. Then, we can see this clearly. 

If you know Christ is in you, you have eternal life
    It was not death, but the resurrection that declared Jesus to be the Son of God -Romans 1:4 "And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
    It's this belief in the resurrection that gives power.(power to do something).to one, because it is the determinant allowing God's Holy Spirit to dwell in you.(Philippians 3:10; Acts 4:31,33).and causes grace to be upon you. 

Consider this scenario...this guy that you've traveled with for three years, tells you that He is going to be put to death, but that he would rise again on the third day and then ascend to heaven, in full view of others. Then, just as He said, He is arrested and sentenced to die on the cross. Three days after His death, He doesn't rise from the dead, but instead stays dead forever. Would you then go out to the nations preaching His gospel, even after the authorities threatened, sometimes unto death if you didn't stop? Yet that's exactly what they did. They continued to spread the gospel, even unto death
    One of these who heard Jesus say these things before His death was exiled to the Isle of Patmos, where God gave him the information that became the book of Revelation.
    These early disciples were convinced of the resurrection -Acts 10:41 "Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead." Acts 23:11 "And the night following the Lord stood by him and said, Be of good cheer, Paul. For as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome." James 2:18 "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works; shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." More

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