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Who raised Jesus from the dead?

Submitted: 8/11/2008
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Question: I read your site where you said that Jesus Christ's body was the Son of God and that the Father and the Son were actually one person and not two separate people. If this is the case, when Jesus died and was in the grave for three days, who then raised Jesus from the dead if Jesus and the Father are one and the same person. The only way Jesus could be raised from death is if God the Father and Jesus are two separate people.

Answer: You have accepted several errors which we will attempt to address. First, we have never said that the body of Jesus was the Son of God. We have said that the humanity of Jesus was the Son of God. This includes everything about Him that makes Him a full-fledged human being.

Second, the Bible does not teach that God the Father is one of two people. In fact, we do not believe the Father is a person at all. Jesus said that God is a Spirit (John 4:24).

What we have is the Son of God, who is a human being, and God the Father, who is a Spirit. When the Son died, the Spirit raised Him from the dead (Romans 8:11). To believe this does not reuire us to believe that God is two separate people (as you say). Jesus said, 'I and My Father are one' (John 10:30). He also said, 'He who has seen Me has seen the Father' (John 14:9). This is why, speaking as a man, Jesus could say, 'Destroy this temple [His body], and in three days I will raise it up' (John 2:19). Jesus is not just the human Son of God, He is also God the Father manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). In Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9).