Once again, the Empty Tomb!
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#1 Sep 6, 2012
The topic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is of utmost importance to a Christian, and is the hope which our faith rests upon. Without the resurrection, a Christian literally has nothing to hope for or trust in. That is why I am writing this article. Nearly all groups claiming to be Christian in one way or another, will attest to a belief in the resurrection of Christ. But upon further examination, we find that some groups teach a "spiritual" resurrection, rather than the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. One thing that all groups agree on, is that the tomb of Jesus Christ was empty that morning when the women went to see the body.

But what does this fact mean? It depends on who you ask.

To a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ, the empty tomb stands as a pillar of proof of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. As we research the “empty tomb” the scriptures will prove a number of doctrines, from the deity of Christ, to the fleshly body in which Jesus was resurrected, to the continuation of the soul after death of the body.

But what does the “empty tomb” signify to a Jehovah's Witness? In a moment, I will list some quotes from the Watchtower publications which, I believe, show that the empty tomb has no real meaning in Watchtower theology.

But this is the question that I would like for you to keep in mind, as it lies at the very heart of this issue....

"What does the empty tomb mean to a Jehovah's Witness?"

Or, another way to put it....

"What does the empty tomb PROVE to a Jehovah's Witness?"

I will come back to this question in a moment, but first, let me just make a brief comment about the Watchtower Society itself, and its role in the life of a JW.

The Watchtower Society is the home office for Jehovah's Witnesses, located in Brooklyn New York. Their role is to administer and develop all doctrinal stances and manufacture literature for all Kingdom Halls worldwide. What comes through the pages of Watchtower literature, is to be accepted by all JW's world-wide as "truth". Therefore, it is of utmost importance that they get it right on this important topic of the nature of Christ's resurrection.

So, what does the Watchtower say about this important issue, and are their statements in harmony with the teachings of the Scriptures?

The Watchtower teaches Jesus was only resurrected “spiritually”, and that His physical body could not be taken back again, as that would be the same as taking back the ransom sacrifice. So, what do they say happened to Jesus' body? Again, we ALL agree that the tomb was empty.
Now the question becomes...

"WHY was it empty?"

While born again Christians see the empty tomb as proof positive that Jesus' body was raised from the dead, the Watchtower does not see it that way. Instead, they explain the empty tomb by saying that Jehovah either dissolved his body or disposed of it in order to keep it from becoming a stumbling block to believers.

Lets look at a few quotes from Watchtower material to better understand and document this teaching.

“....the man Jesus is dead, forever dead”(Studies in the Scriptures, volume5, page 454)

"No, for Jesus simply materialized or took on a fleshly body, as angels had done in the past. In order to convince Thomas of who He was, He used a body, with wound holes. He appeared, or seemed to be, fully human, able to eat and drink, just as did the angels that Abraham once entertained." (YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER IN PARADISE ON EARTH, pages 144-145).

"Therefore the bodies in which Jesus manifested himself to his disciples after his return to life were not the body in which he was nailed to the tree." (THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND, 1944, page 259).

“...was disposed of by Jehovah God, DISSOLVED into its constituent elements or atoms”(WT September 1, 1953, page 518)

“The human body of flesh, which Jesus laid down forever as a ransom sacrifice, was disposed of by Gods power....”(Things In Which It Is Impossible For God To Lie, 1964, page 354)

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#2 Sep 6, 2012
“Well, then, what happened to Jesus' fleshly body? Did not the disciples find his tomb empty? They did, because God removed Jesus' body......Thus Jehovah saw fit to remove Jesus' body, even as He had done before with Mose's body.”(You Can Live Forever In Paradise On Earth, page 144)

“So God caused Jesus' body to disappear, but not corrupt, meaning that it was dissolved, disintegrated back into the elements from which all human bodies are made..”

end quotes....

The above quotes show positively that the Watchtower does not attach the same importance to the empty tomb, that the born again Christian does. Rather, they see the empty tomb as merely proof that Jehovah God removed the body, either by dissolving it or disposing of it.

Here is the challenge:

Prove from scripture that Jehovah God dissolved or disposed of Jesus' body. One would think that on such an important subject as this, the Watchtower would be able to provide even (1) scripture telling us that Jesus' body was disposed of by Jehovah.

Due to this teaching the next part of this article will undeniably prove from scripture that Jesus was raised in a fleshly physical body, namely, the very same body that was crucified on the cross.

As we can see from the above quotes, according to the Watchtower, the “empty tomb” only signifies that Jesus died, and God dissolved His body. But is that what the Bible tells us happened? Again, if this is truly the Bible's teaching, then surely there will be at least one Scripture that would bear this out, rather than mere human reasoning's used to arrive at this conclusion. We MUST make sure that what we teach and believe has the support of SCRIPTURE (Romans 3:4), and is not merely based upon man's teaching.

Now, I would like to make the case that the Scriptures clearly show that the tomb was empty, BECAUSE the body of Jesus had risen from the dead, and was no longer in the tomb for that reason.

First let us look at Matthew 28:1-6.

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here:for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

The question must now be asked....

What were the women expecting to find in the tomb?

Obviously, they expected to find Jesus' crucified body. Upon discovering the body missing, what would the women have believed happened to Jesus' body? Would they have believed Jehovah had dissolved the body, or would they think someone had taken the body? That question is answered in John20:2...“They have taken away the Lord......”. Either way, the angel answers their questions perfectly,“He is not here: for He is risen..”.

The angel knew the women were searching for the body of Jesus, so he answered them accordingly. Otherwise, the angel would have told them,“He is not here, for Jehovah disposed of His body.”

The Watchtower says the body was “dissolved”, the angel at the tomb tells us He had risen. It is up to each of us to decide who to believe.

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#3 Sep 6, 2012
Although the angel’s words were clear, lets go on further and see what Jesus has to say on the subject.

In John 2:18 the Jews were questioning Jesus' authority to cleanse the temple, and asked for a sign to signify this authority. Jesus answers them in verses 19-21.…
John 2:19-21 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of HIS BODY.”

…..continuing on to verse 22 the disciples are reminded of Jesus' words and that He would rise from the dead.

John 2:22 “When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and theybelieved the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.”

Verse 22 rules out the possibility that Jesus was speaking of the body of the church, because the church did not exist in its full form, nor was it destroyed. And if this explanation often given by Jehovah’s Witnesses were really the case, then it should be explained exactly WHY the resurrection of Jesus was the event that reminded them of these words of Christ, rather than the establishment of the Christian congregation. They did not call these words to mind later on when they were sitting around in a church meeting, and say “Wow, now we know what Jesus meant when He said He would raise up His body…He was talking about the establishment of this church”.

No, they recalled His words at the RESURRECTION, which shows that His words were directly connected to His bodily resurrection from the dead…nothing else.

Now lets look at these verses a little closer, as there are some other very significant points that need to be considered.

Jesus may have even gestured, by pointing at his body as he used the words,“this” and “it”. But in no way can it be denied that he was speaking of his physical body! And the words “THIS” and “IT” does NOT allow for a substitute body to be used in future interactions with disciples.“This” and “it” indicate the exact same body that was crucified, would be the body that was raised from the dead. Remember that He stated that “THIS” temple will be destroyed, and “IT” would be raised again. These 2 very important words COMPLETELY ELIMINATE any possibility that the temple that was raised, would be a DIFFERENT temple than the one that was destroyed. Since the Christian congregation was not destroyed, then neither was this “temple” that was raised, a reference to the Christian congregation in this context. Since His physical body WAS put to death, then when Jesus said “IT” will be raised again, He could only be talking about that same physical body which was “destroyed”(put to death).

The word used in the New Testament Greek was SOMA, which describes a physical body. Jesus said,“Destroy this SOMA, and in 3 days I will raise it up.”

Now, let us consider another important passage from the Book of Matthew….

Matthew 27:62-64 “Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.”

Even the enemies of Jesus knew of his prediction, and took measures to prevent the body from being stolen. If Jesus would rise as a spirit, why would there be a need to guard the tomb? Verse 64 says they would come by night and “steal him away”, meaning they would steal his body. So, it is clear that even Jesus’ enemies realized that He had predicted His own physical resurrection. A “spiritual” resurrection was not even considered. In fact, it was unheard of.

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#4 Sep 6, 2012
Also, something very interesting also lies in this verse. Jesus informs everyone in verse 19 exactly who will perform this miraculous resurrection. He uses the word “I”, indicating that HE would be the one to raise himself from the dead. Now how would Jesus be able to perform this miracle if He was in a state of non-existence?

There are many scriptures that tell us God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus all had a hand in His resurrection. But for the sake of length, that will have to be an entirely different article.

It is also worth mentioning John 20:6-7
“Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.”
Who moved the head napkin, and why would Jehovah place this verse in scripture? This scripture proves Jesus rose from the dead, and placed the head covering nicely folded in an orderly fashion. This picture is painted to ensure the body had not been stolen, but in doing so it also proves Jesus rose and was not dissolved. Unless you are willing to believe Jehovah removed and folded the head napkin, and placed it away from the body before He dissolved the body????????

Another aspect of their teaching, is that the Watchtower teaches Jesus took on different bodies in his post-resurrection meetings with disciples. If it was not the same body, and Jesus ceased to exist the three days in the tomb, then it was not a resurrection at all. It would be a re-creation, but not a resurrection.
Definition: resurrection=to bring back to life;to raise from the dead


Jesus also gives the Pharisees a sign, as seen in Matthew12:38-40.…

v. 38-“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

v. 39-“But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

v. 40- For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whales belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Jonah did not come out of the belly of the whale in a “spiritual” body, but the same physical body that he had before. Obviously, this passage shows us a parallel, and also that Jesus’ body was only in the tomb for 3 days. Again, the question arises…”What happened to the body?” And the previous Scriptures show quite clearly that the body of Christ rose from the tomb, and there is NO Scripture anywhere that even hints or implies that it was “dissolved” or “disposed of”.

Another very damaging scripture to the Watchtowers doctrine is found in John20:24-28.…

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, peace be unto you. Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing . And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Thomas was no doubt having trouble believing Jesus had risen from the dead. He would continue this unbelief unless he saw the resurrected Jesus, and was allowed to place his fingers in the wounds from the nails, and to thrust his hand into Jesus' side where He had been pierced. Jesus enters and allows Thomas to handle him, so that Thomas would believe. Thomas replies with,“my Lord and my God”.

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#5 Sep 6, 2012
The Watchtower teaches that Jesus manifested a temporary fleshly body, in order to convince Thomas he had been raised. For this to be true, it would suggest Jesus was being intentionally deceptive(lying) to Thomas, in order to convince him of something that was not true.

Jesus would not be deceptive, and just because He could enter the room in His “glorified” body without using the front door, does not prove He was a spirit. We must not put limitations on Jehovah's abilities. The laws of science do not apply when dealing with the Lord. The JW may try to impose these limitations, by saying something like…”A physical body of flesh cannot just appear in a room out of nowhere”. But again, human limitations do not apply to the Lord. This is seen from the fact that physical human bodies also cannot walk on water, yet that is precisely what Jesus did even BEFORE His crucifixion, when even Jehovah’s Witnesses acknowledge that Jesus had a fleshly body. Yet in that instance where Jesus walked on water to His disciples who were in the boat, we see Jesus in a fleshly body, doing something that normal fleshly bodies cannot do.

The most damaging verse by far that threatens Watchtower doctrine is Luke24:36-43.…
“And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and suppose that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

Upon Jesus entering the room, the disciples believed he WAS a spirit. Jesus took this opportunity to correct this error and invited them to examine his body and told them,“a spirit hath NOT flesh and bones, as ye see me have”.


As a Christian you should ask yourself a few very important questions:

1. When Jesus entered the room, what did the disciples believe Him to be, a spirit or a fleshly bodied being?

2. If Jesus was truly a spirit being, were the disciples not correct from the beginning, in believing that He was a spirit?

3. If the disciples were correct to begin with, why did Jesus go to such great lengths to convince them He was NOT a spirit?

4. Does this not prove beyond the shadow of doubt that Jesus rose in a fleshly, physical body?

We have either 2 options here….Either believe the obvious statement from Jesus that He was a resurrected fleshly Being and NOT a spirit, as He said….OR….believe that He was a spirit (as the Watchtower says), and the disciples correctly believed He was a spirit, but that Jesus deceived them into believing He was a resurrected fleshly Being, when in fact, they were correct all along.

Again, it all comes down to “Who will you believe?”

Now, there is another important aspect of Watchtower teaching that needs to be examined, to see if it will stand up under Scriptural scrutiny. And that is the issue of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances, and the failure of His disciples to recognize Him.

Now the Watchtower contends that because Jesus was not immediately recognized in a few of His post-resurrection meetings, that it means it was not the same body that was crucified. Lets examine these meetings, and see what scripture teaches.

John20:1-18 - Yes, Mary Magdalene did not recognize Jesus instantly in these verses, but the verses themselves gives us a couple of logical answers as to why they didn‘t.

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#6 Sep 6, 2012
First, it was yet dark. That in and of itself is enough to explain why she did not recognize Jesus.

Second, we are told she had been crying. She had been mourning for the better part of three days, and was still crying at the death of her Lord.
Third, Jesus was the last person in the world Mary expected to see alive at the tomb.

All 3 of these easily explain why she did not recognize Jesus immediately, and these facts are found right there in the passage itself, unlike the Watchtower‘s notion that Jesus wasn‘t recognized because He was in a different body, which is nowhere stated in the text of this Scripture.
Let us now examine the next instance where Jesus was not immediately recognized….

John21- Jesus shows himself once again, this time to the disciples as they were fishing. The disciples had an unsuccessful night fishing, until Jesus calls from the shoreline . He tells them to cast the net on the opposite side of the ship, and the catch was so abundant it had to be dragged to shore.

We are told the disciples were off-shore in the boat, and Jesus was on the shore, putting quite an amount of distance between the two. It tells us in John 21:8 it was 200 cubits, which is about equal to the length of a football field.

What a beautiful picture we are given as Peter recognizes Jesus, and throws himself from the ship towards shore. But there is certainly nothing here to indicate that Jesus was in a different body, or was a materialized spirit. Often, a body of water will have fog coming off of it early in the morning, and we know it was morning here. Although the passage does not say there was fog, this is certainly not an uncommon thing at all, and would obviously make it somewhat difficult for them to recognize Jesus from that distance. Even without early morning fog, the distance alone would easily account for Jesus not being immediately recognized.

Furthermore, we see in John 21:7, that John DID know it was the Lord. And in addition, we are told that when they had were preparing to sit down to eat in verse 21, that nobody asked “Who art thou?”, because they already KNEW it was Jesus. So, there is certainly nothing here at all, to indicate that Jesus’ resurrection was not physical.
Let’s move on…

Mark 16:12- In this verse, we are told that Jesus appeared “in another form”.

Luke 24:16- In this passage, we are told…“But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.”

From both of these instances we can clearly see that Jesus had to perform a miraculous act to prevent the disciples from recognizing him. If it had not been the same body that was crucified, there would be no reason to blind the two men or to appear in another form.

What do you think the outcome would have been if Jesus had not blinded the men from recognizing him?

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#7 Sep 6, 2012
Luke24:31 answers this question -“And their eyes were opened, and they knew him.”

So when the blinding was lifted and everything was back to normal, they recognized Jesus. The very fact that it took a miraculous act to keep them from recognizing Him, indicates that it WAS the same physical body which He had been put to death in. If His appearing as a resurrected spirit is the reason they did not immediately recognize Him, then no miraculous “blinding” would have been needed. Yet, the Scriptures tell us that this is exactly what happened. And as said before, the recognized Him immediately when the supernatural blinding was lifted, and they were allowed to see and perceive normally.

So if anything, this would indicate that it WAS the same Jesus that they had known prior to His death.

Moving on, I would like to examine another argument that the Watchtower commonly uses to show that Jesus was not raised physically….The argument about taking back the ransom sacrifice. What follows is the reasoning behind the Watchtower’s doctrine, and why Jesus could not have been raised in the same body that was crucified….

“If Christ had raised in the same physical body that He had sacrificed, then He would be taking back the ransom that He paid for our sins.”(Watchtower)

This sounds good, but is it consistent with the Scripture? Jesus speaks in direct contrast of this teaching in John10. Not only does John 10:17-18 prove that Jesus' sacrifice would be an atonement for sins once and for all, but the bodily resurrection validates that the sacrifice was accepted by Jehovah.

John 10:17-18 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
It was His bodily victory over death, hell, and the grave that makes His sacrifice valid for us. Physical death came about through Adam’s sin, and Jesus' offered a perfect sacrifice for sin, thereby guaranteeing Himself a physical resurrection. Christs physical resurrection was proof that Jehovah accepted His sacrifice for sin, and raised Jesus from the dead.

Jesus also states here that, He was willingly laying down His life for us, and that He would TAKE IT AGAIN. So in His mind, there was no inconsistency in taking back what had been laid down as a sacrifice. And as stated before, it was His bodily resurrection that proves that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father.

This is why it is so important that we do not throw out all of the Scriptures that have been given, which clearly show that Jesus’ rose bodily from the dead. We have this from Jesus’ very own statements, and these statements from our Lord should ALWAYS take precedence over some comparative analogy from men, which states that it would be impossible because it would nullify the ransom. The Bible contains no such analogy or statement.

Paul also mentions in 1Corinthians15:17.…“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”

Obviously Paul understood Jesus' resurrection as physical, and hinged his salvation on this aspect. To Paul, if Jesus was not raised from the dead, then all of his preaching was for nothing, and we are still unreconciled to Jehovah.

If anyone is able to show scripture that indicates Jesus rising physically from the dead somehow negates the sacrifice, please produce it. As the Scripture says,“Let God be true, but every man a liar”(Romans 3:4). It is of the utmost importance that, on an issue such as this, we have solid Scriptural authority for what we believe, since so much rests on the resurrection of Christ. We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue.

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#8 Sep 6, 2012
Now, let’s investigate a few of the verses the Watchtower uses to support this false doctrine of a non-physical resurrection:

1 Corinthians 15:15-“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”
The writers of the New Testament used “flesh and blood” as a description of “fallen man”. If you will remember this during your readings, you will better understand what the writers were trying to convey.

Matthew 16:13-17:“Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee but my Father who is in heaven.”
Galatians 1:16 “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”
1 Cor 15:50 “Now this I say , brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”
The corrupted state in which our bodies now possess are not suitable for the future Kingdom. Here Paul is answering the question as to what type of body believers will receive at the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:44-45-“It is sown a natural body; It is raised a spiritual body.... The last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

It should be noted that there is a difference between a spirit-body and a spiritual body! 1Corinthians 15:40-50 explains the difference between the two.

celestial=heavenly
terrestrial= earthly
corruption=perishable
incorruption- imperishable
natural=not spiritual
spiritual=supernatural
flesh and blood= fallen man(unregenerate)
So in light of scripture we can see that His spiritual body was supernatural, and that it would never taste death or be corrupted.

In verse 45 we are told Jesus became a “quickening spirit”. John 3:6 tells us that those that are “born-again” are “spirit”! This does not mean upon becoming born-again that we cease to have a physical body. It means you are living your life for Christ and have asked Jesus to forgive you for your sins, and to be your personal mediator between yourself and Jehovah. All the while still existing in a body of flesh.

Another helpful passage is found in Romans 8:9, which says….“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

Obviously, Paul was not denying that these people had fleshly bodies. In what sense were they “in the Spirit”, and “not in the flesh”? In the sense that they were walking after the Spirit (v. 1), and were indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit (v. 8-9). Although Jesus always walked pleasing to the Father, His body after the resurrection was in a glorified state (in the Spirit), and was incapable of feeling pain, corruption, or dying. It is the same type of body we will be resurrected with (Philippians 3:21).

Now back to 1 Corinthians chapter 15.…In verses 51-53 Paul shews us a mystery,“We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”.

Does this not indicate we will have incorruptible bodies as the resurrected Jesus has, or are these spirit creatures too?

Verse 52-53 tells us we will put on incorruption, put on immortality, but nothing in these verses indicate the physical body is subtracted. It doesn’t speak of LOSING anything, but rather, of PUTTING ON immortality. This wonderful truth will be realized at the second coming of Christ.

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#9 Sep 6, 2012
Another Watchtower favorite passage is the following.........

1 Peter 3:18-“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

The NWT translates this verse as “made alive in the Spirit.”

They use this translation to validate that the resurrected Jesus was a spirit. Being raised by the Spirit of God and being made alive in the spirit are two totally different acts. Not only is the rendering in the NWT wrong, it completely misplaces this verse altogether. We must examine the context here….

This verse is not dealing with the resurrected Jesus, but the time between the death of Christ and the resurrection, as is made plain by the very next verse.

There is no such example in the bible of a “spiritual resurrection”. Only a bodily resurrection. If there are any verses in the Bible that ever show us a “spiritual resurrection”, please share those with me. Otherwise, we MUST understand the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to be completely in harmony with every other resurrection we read about in the Scriptures. There was no concept at all of a “spiritual” resurrection, as it is the body that dies, so it would naturally be the body that would be resurrected.

But again, let us just read the next verse, 1 Peter 3:19.…

“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison:”

This coincides perfectly with 1Peter 4:6.…

“For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead,.....”

These verses prove He did not cease to exist during the three days in the tomb. And again, this fact was also proven earlier when we examined John 10:18, where Jesus taught that He would lay down His life, and HE would take it again. It was also proven in John 2:19-21, when Jesus specifically stated that HE would “raise” again the temple of His body, after it was put to death. This would be an impossible feat, had He been in a state of non-existence during the 3 days His body was in the tomb.

Now, let’s examine 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.…

15:1-8 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand: By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of the above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

When Paul was writing the church of Corinth, his first importance was Jesus crucified, buried, and risen on the third day. He plainly states these are not his personal ideas, but the ones that he received from God.

The remaining verses refute false ideas that Jesus was not raised in the flesh, and Paul gives us names, and the number of people that witnessed Jesus in the flesh. In Jewish culture witnesses were needed to validate events, and this rings true throughout the bible. As Paul continues in verses 12-19 he explains the importance of Jesus' resurrection, and if we as followers of Christ do not believe in Jesus' physical resurrection, what resurrection can we expect for ourselves?

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#10 Sep 6, 2012
Very good thread.

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#11 Sep 10, 2012
I was hoping MADJW or Snorkler would show up, but I guess its not happening.

Hopefully a silent viewer has gotten something from the post.

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#12 Sep 10, 2012
That's correct, brother. It's not happening. And if Mad does make an appearance I think we both know he'll just shoot you with his plastic gun (click click), say some "funny stuff" to divert what he knows nothing about, then run and hide from the "baddies" lol.
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#13 Sep 10, 2012
This was very well organized and well written Kevin... Good job:))
It's always nice to see someone demonstrate their faith in God's word without questioning it or trying to 'reason' around it using human unscriptural logic.

I'm also curious to see any refutations on this.. I suppose silence is a good sign... Hopefully the sign of revision and hopefully repentance... Leading to Jesus Christ for true salvation :)
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#14 Sep 10, 2012
thank you for the posts Kevin.

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#15 Sep 10, 2012
I agree, IHJ.

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#16 Sep 11, 2012
Thanks for the write up, Kevin. It is really well done and the information presented is solid. It shouldn't surprise you that certain people don't want to touch the thread.

The two biggest things that always stood out for me in proving the Watchtower Society was lying about Jesus' resurrection were:

(1) The fact that Jesus specifically states He will raise His physical body up. To say He didn't, and had his body dissolved and is making new ones whenever He feels like it, is to flatly call Jesus a liar. Especially when He specifically told the men He was NOT a spirit. The Watchtower Society would make Jesus out to be both a liar as well as sneakily dishonest about His true nature.

(2) The head covering. That tidbit was put in there for a reason, as many little nuggets are placed throughout the bible for those who are honestly searching. Why would anyone ever think God would dissolve Jesus' body (with no scriptural support for this claim), and for some reason decide to pick up the head napkin, fold it neatly, and place it at a distance from where the body was laying? It makes no sense. If anything, if the body was dissolved then God would have left it in the exact place where Jesus' head was in order to say "see, it never moved! That means Jesus couldn't have physically gotten up!" But He didn't do that, did He?

It's really the only honest conclusion to make from scripture is that Jesus was physically raised.

Since: Mar 12

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#17 Sep 11, 2012
Thank's for the compliments brothers and sisters.

You wouldnt believe how long it took to compile and write such a short article......I pray the silent viewers benefit.

"HE IS RISEN"!

Can I get an AMEN?
I Heart Jesus

Canada

#18 Sep 11, 2012
AMEN!!!!!:)

I believe all your hard work is not in vain! There WILL be results in silent viewers.. I believe this by faith!!

You were guided by the Holy Spirit and compelled by His love when you compiled this.. May God Bless you abundantly and may people see and believe the truth!

:)))

Since: Aug 12

Montréal, Canada

#19 Sep 11, 2012
Jehovah is unchanging and so are his laws. His Son is the same as the Father in all things. We know the physical laws were not created to be broken by God, therefore, we can surmise from this that Jesus didn't walk through the cave wall with his material body.

Now what happened to the material body? The exact thing that happened to the wine that Jesus made from the water. Jesus manipulated the time factor to "age" the wine so that it was the best quality.

In much the same way the time factor on Jesus body was accelerated so that it simply deteriorated in the cave.

Kevin you can try to determine a physical body all you want but you must concede that to believe in your version of things means that God broke his own laws which he never does because he's changeless NOT because he can or cannot do so.

If you want to believe that God breaks his own laws then that's fine but I believe that He never does so and the Truth on this matter should coincide with this fact in order for it to fit.

Now my premise is above. That Jesus body was aged the same manner the wine was so that it deteriorated to dust by the time they opened the tomb. There is no broken rules of law in so doing it this way and it harmonizes with scripture that all such mortals must release themselves from their physical bodies and enter heaven in spirit form.

Since: Aug 12

Montréal, Canada

#20 Sep 11, 2012
Dont' worry I won't wait for an AMEN but you can answer my question: will you concede that God broke his own laws of nature in order to believe in a physical resurrection?

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