Science Incapable of Explaining the Resurrection of the Dead
Is your knowledge and understanding of the resurrection of the dead coming from popular works of fiction?
Shows like “The Walking Dead” and others attempt to utilize science to explain the resurrection of the dead.
They attribute the resurrection of the dead to particular strains of viral infections. Viruses cause the dead to live again!
However, the genuine resurrection of the dead is not scientific. It’s spiritual. It’s the work of the Lord God.
Nevertheless, let’s resume our book of Acts Bible Study as Apostle Paul continues his defense before Governor Felix.
He told him, “Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings” (Acts 24:17).
These are the same Jews who have been tracking Paul wherever he went. They followed him all over Asia and to Jerusalem.
Apostle Paul Before Governor Felix and the Sanhedrin Council
“Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult” (Acts 24:18).
They had no reason to single him out and they were absent from the trial. They should have been there if they had any quarrel with him.
“Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me” (Acts 24:19).
Then Apostle Paul invited his accusers to register their concerns relating to him.
“Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council” (Acts 24:20).
Of course, none of them took up his offer. No one said a word against him before Governor Felix and the Sanhedrin Council. They remained quiet.
Apostle Paul – Touching the Resurrection of the Dead
Then Paul admitted to one holy evil that he was guilty of amongst the Jews.
He revealed, “Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day” (Acts 24:21).
However, when Governor Felix heard this from Paul, he decided to postpone this hearing until later.
“And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter” (Acts 24:22).
The resurrection of the dead is a cornerstone doctrine of Christ and Christianity.
Christ taught it. His disciples preached it and it was a popular teaching point for Paul.
Is the Resurrection of the Dead in the Old Testament?
It’s a New Testament Phenomenon
The phrase, “the resurrection of the dead” is a New Testament (N.T.) phenomenon.
However, the concept of it originates in the Old Testament (O.T.). But it was Jesus Christ himself who introduced this particular phrase in the N.T.
Jesus responding to a question concerning the resurrection explained:
“For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30).
“But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying” (Matthew 22:31).
“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:32).
Jesus was the first person to mention it in the N.T. And Matthew recorded it in the Scriptures above.
All the other teachings of the resurrection of the dead, in the N.T., were done by Apostle Paul.
How is the Resurrection of the Dead Important to Christianity?
However, relative to the Book of Acts, the only times the phrase “the resurrection of the dead” appeared in it Apostle Paul taught on it.
There are two instances. One in Acts 17:32 when they jeered him.
“And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.”
And the second one occurred in this chapter above, Acts 24:21.
Today, when many of us teach on the resurrection of the dead some mock. However, they will never poke fun at fictional works, like “The Walking Dead” and others which attempt to trivialize and ridicule it.
However, the resurrection of the dead occurred three other times in the N.T. Read about it in the following Scriptures.
Twice in 1 Corinthians 15:21, 42; and once in Philippians 3:11.
“And [Felix] commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him” (Acts 24:23).
The resurrection of the dead is a foundational doctrine of Christ and Christianity (Hebrews 6:2).
This is one of the dogmas that differentiates Christianity from all other religions.
Mainly because no other spiritual or natural leader taught about his own death, burial, and resurrection as Jesus did.
And all that he taught about it happened.
The Resurrection of the Dead –Concerning the Faith in Christ
Additionally, not only has he set an example for all those who believe that he is the only begotten Son of God to follow but also, we look forward to the time when we will be made perfect as he is.
The will of God concerning Apostle Paul was that he would be a pivotal instrument in disseminating the Word of God to certain people.
These people are Jews, Gentiles, kings, and governors (Acts 9:15;Matthew 10:18).
So, by preaching to Governor Felix “concerning the faith in Christ” Apostle Paul, who knew the will of God, did the will of God.
“And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ” (Acts 24:24).
What are some of the topics relevant to our faith in Christ that Apostle Paul instructed Governor Felix in?
Righteousness, Temperance & Judgment to Come
We don’t have to guess. And we don’t have to express our opinions concerning this because the Scripture-verse immediately below informs us of them.
“And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” (Acts 24:25).
Now, visualize that Apostle Paul was a prisoner. He was in chains. He didn’t have any Bible or parchment or books with him when the Chief Captain arrested him.
Nevertheless, “concerning the faith in Christ”, he spoke effectively to Governor Felix, from his personal knowledge, on “righteousness”, “temperance”, “and judgment to come”.
Four Key Teachings of Christ
So much so that the Governor “trembled”. Paul knew his Bible. He knew the O.T.
Thus, we shall come to the realization that these four: faith in Christ, righteousness, temperance, and future judgment are basic Christian principles.
How much do you know your Bible? Do you regularly spend time searching the Scriptures for wisdom and knowledge which come from God only? John 5:39.
Reading the Bible is good but searching it is superior! This is how we grow in the knowledge of God.
Paul’s experiences with the Lord God account for more than three quarters of the N.T. Scriptures (epistles or letters).
Everyday schedule at least one hour to search God’s words, (Acts 17:11).
“He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him” (Acts 24:26).
In Jamaica we have a saying: “While man is planning God is wiping it out”.
This is aptly relevant to Felix. He wanted money from Paul for his liberty.
Therefore, he sent for him very often to hear his teachings. His motive was evil. But even in this, he was assisting Paul to accomplish the will of God.
Because every time Paul spoke to him, he told him of Christ Jesus our king.
Governor Felix gave Paul more audience with him to present Paul with more opportunities to pay him off.
Not knowing that these encounters were from God. He was affording him more opportunities to learn about Him.
God Has Chosen You
Can you imagine how much Governor Felix heard from Paul about Jesus Christ within a two-year period?
“But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound” (Acts 24:27).
In the judgment to come, Governor Felix will not have the excuse, “I never heard about Jesus Christ”.
For at least two years Apostle Paul preached Jesus Christ to him.
What will your excuse be?
And with all of that, he wouldn’t release Paul because it wasn’t in the will of God. Soon, Paul will be preaching Jesus Christ to another Gentile Leader, even Porcius Festus, as he did to Felix.
He had more for Paul to do and no other disciple was qualified to do that work.
What Will Your Excuse Be?
Paul was not just the most spiritually qualified but he was a “chosen vessel” by God, (Acts 9:15; 22:14).
And God has chosen you to do His will. But you must be obedient to His call.
In closing, surrender your heart to God. Do this by believing in his Son Jesus Christ. Accept and obey his Words.
Take on his name to you and become a born-again Christian. Then, discover God’s will for your life and do it.
God as chosen you to bear His name to others. Obey Him today!
Without our confidence in the resurrection of the dead, we are hopeless. But we have Jesus’ example to follow. He did it and we will do it too if we hold our confidence in him to the end.