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When Jesus was in the tomb, by whose power was He raised?

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Thank you for this great question about Jesus in the tomb and the work of the Holy Spirit in the resurrection.

It is encouraging to read that you seem to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. The Bible says that:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God [The Father] raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." For the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:9-13) [emphasis added]

This passage above tells us that God the Father raised Jesus from the Dead.

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:11) [emphasis added]

This passage above also says that the Spirit was at work in raising Jesus from the dead. Here we see that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit were both actively involved in the resurrection of Jesus who is God the Son. This shows us that the Trinity works in perfect unity and community.

Again in Ephesians it says:

According to the working of his [God the Father] great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come (Ephesians 1:19-21)

Exactly how the resurrection took place is a mystery, but it is essential that we believe it if we want to be made right with God. It says in Corinthians that:

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:13-19)

This section finishes by saying:

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

I encourage you to continue to dwell on this rich mystery of Christ being raised from the dead, but not to let the mystery stop you from action that the risen Christ calls us to. If you are in Christ:

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20).

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