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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Exploring Its Theological Significance and Ongoing Relevance

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The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the best-attested facts of history. But believing in the resurrection is one thing. Knowing what it means is another. Although much has been written about the apologetics of the resurrection, little has been written about its theological meaning.

This book reveals the hidden depths of the theological significance and ongoing relevance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for our being, our salvation, Christian life, ethics, and our future hope. W. Ross Hastings explains that the resurrection has profound consequences for who we are. Jesus as the last Adam formed a new humanity when he rose again. This has significance for our regeneration, our future resurrection, the reaffirmation of creation and the moral order, and ethics. Precisely because Jesus is the representative man for humanity, the resurrection also has profound consequences for our human salvation. By his resurrection, who we are changes, but who we are before God changes too. The resurrection is atoning in itself, but it is also the seal of the atonement. It is the gateway to Christ's ascension and high priesthood. The resurrection therefore brings about our justification, sanctification, vocation, and glorification.


1. The Resurrection as Good History
Part 1: Christ's Resurrection Has Saving Efficacy
2. The Resurrection as the Seal of the Atonement
3. The Resurrection as the Substance of the Atonement
4. The Resurrection as the Ground of Participation in the Life of God
5. The Resurrection as the Ground of Vocation and Mission
6. The Resurrection as the Ground of the Bodily Resurrection
Part 2: Christ's Resurrection Has Ontological Significance
7. The Resurrection Declares Jesus's Unrivalled Supremacy
8. The Resurrection Signals Christ's Entry into His Office as Great High Priest and King
9. The Resurrection as the Reaffirmation of Creation
10. The Resurrection and the Nature of the Second Coming


"Ross Hastings has a remarkable gift of making theology lively. In this book he considers the vitality and importance of the resurrection of Christ in a fully worked out theological account of the Christian life. From discussion of the historicity of the resurrection, to its importance in our understanding of the atonement and our participation in Christ's work, and on to the implications it has for life today and in the hereafter--this is a work that has a broad sweep, penned by a deft theological hand."

Oliver D. Crisp, professor of analytic theology, University of St. Andrews

"In The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Ross Hastings demonstrates how central the resurrection is to the gospel, to Christ's identity, and to our identity in Christ. Evangelical readers in particular will have their minds stretched and their spirituality enlarged by the dynamic resurrectional reality to which this book bears witness."

Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University

"This is a book not simply for annual Easter preaching but for everyday resurrection living. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ traces out the creation-affirming, salvation-expanding, hope-declaring theological trajectories and practical implications of Christ's resurrection for full human living. Learned, pastoral, and practical, Hastings makes much of the resurrection and so makes much of Jesus, presenting a brilliant vision of Christ in all his redemptive resurrection splendor."

Philip F. Reinders, lead pastor, ClearView Church

The Author

  1. W. Ross Hastings

    W. Ross Hastings

    W. Ross Hastings (PhD, Queens University, Ontario; PhD, University of St. Andrews) is the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of a number of books, including Total Atonement,...

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