30 Powerful Resurrection Verses To Live In Resurrection Power.
Updated: May 11
It is always the perfect time to study Resurrection verses. We have just recently been studying the timeline of Jesus' last week and celebrating His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Easter is celebrated once a year by Christians but the good news of the cross is that we have obtained the legal right to live and operate in resurrection power every day!
30 Day Bible challenge - Live In Resurrection Power
I have chosen 30 Bible verses studying the message of the cross and its resurrection power being activated in our lives. These resurrection Bible verses and the following devotional Bible study will help you live an accomplished life in the power of Christ's resurrection. There is a free printable Bible verses PDF for you to download and an optional prayer journal/ workbook with questions that will guide you through applying these powerful scriptures to your life.
We joyfully shout each Easter, He is risen. He is risen indeed!
Have you ever taken the time to think about the implication of those words?
I'm holding my hand up high to say that I haven't until recently really taken the time to deeply contemplate what is the resurrection power of the cross.
What is resurrection power?
How does the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ affect your life?
The most important benefit of the resurrection is that you and I are redeemed if we believe in the finished work of the cross. Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection were all part of God's redemptive plan for us. Adam and Eve broke the covenant of fellowship that we should have had with God in the garden of Eden but the death and resurrection of Jesus restores it.
On Resurrection Sunday we remember the pain and shame that Jesus bore, just for us. Jesus willingly experienced a horrendous beating and crucifixion just so we could experience abundant life now and in eternity.
When Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified, He defeated death. Satan was defeated, conquered, and under Jesus' feet. This is what Resurrection power means. Satan has no power over you and me unless we give him that power and he has no authority unless we give it to him.
Benefits of the resurrection power
Because Jesus Christ is risen, He powerfully and explosively impacts our life - if we allow Him to!
Jesus has the power to affect every part of our life and that includes our past, present, and future.
This means that anything that we have done in the past, things that we probably regret doing, we can just lay them all down at the feet of Jesus. The regret of our sins from our past, present, and future have been paid for. Our debt is canceled and the power of the resurrection is that we don't have to keep making the same mistakes. We are invited to partner with the Holy Spirit to walk in a new resurrected life. This means that we have to surrender everything in our lives to God and trust Him to bring beauty out of the ashes.
We just have to choose to live and walk in the resurrection power that Jesus has harnessed for us. We are meant to live and thrive every day in His resurrection power.
Did you know that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is living inside every Christ-follower? Ephesians 1:19-20.
If you are a Christian and you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the ultimate price for your sin, then your life can be transformed by this same resurrection power.
Printable Bible reading plan: Resurrection Power.
If you are in a hurry but would like to be transformed through the renewing of your mind with 30 powerful resurrection verses - then our printable prayer journal and workbook are perfect for you!
It contains all the information in this blog post, plus it has questions in the workbook to encourage you to dive deeper into a devotional study on resurrection power and how it applies to your life.
✅ Bonus -This is a printable PDF that you can print or download in a PDF annotating APP, such as Books on iPhone, XODO (FREE APPS) or Goodnotes, Notability, etc.
The bible verses have been hyperlinked to Bible Gateway, so you can choose various translations of the Bible to read the verse in. This is perfect for the busy woman - it contains a daily planner and prayer journal/workbook with added questions to encourage you to dive deeper into what God is saying to you through each verse.
The message of the cross and transforming power.
The message of the cross is the resurrection power of God that transforms us from 'glory to glory' - 2 Corinthians 3:16-18. This supernatural transformation occurs when we actively work with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work in our lives continuously and progressively.
Paul the apostle tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:18 that for the people who don't believe in the message of the cross, they see it as foolishness but for those who are being saved (believe in the resurrection power of the cross ) the cross is the power of God.
Here is an interesting fact:
The Greek word for 'saved' in 1 Corinthians 1:18 is the word 'Sozo'. The word 'Sozo' when used in the context of this verse means being born again.
But it means more than that!
The word 'Sozo' means to be made -
We are instantly born again the moment that we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior but it takes time as we diligently learn to apply scripture to our lives to be changed from glory to glory and to reflect the image of Christ that we have been created to do.
The message of the cross is that the resurrection power of God progressively and continually transforms us. We are being transformed to be more like Jesus as we allow the Holy Spirit to work on all our wounds from the past, present, and future. This happens as we renew our minds with scripture and spend time practicing the presence of God.
So join me for our 30 Day Bible challenge as we explore what it means to walk in resurrection power and watch your confidence grow as God renews your mind and you receive the transforming power you need to live the way you know that God has created you to live.
To start off our devotional Bible study on the topic of resurrection power, I thought it would be beneficial to start with resurrection verses from the Old Testament.
Resurrection verses from the Old Testament
"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last, he will stand upon the earth."
Here is the perfect verse to start us off. It is from Job 19:25. Job points us to the very important task of "knowing" God. We already have been encouraged by Paul to do this in Philippians 3:10 (see further down this post). Job had lost everything but he held on to the knowledge that he had gained from spending time with God. Due to the intimacy Job experienced with Him, he was able to proclaim God as his redeemer.
We know that God sent Jesus to be our redeemer and knowing Jesus and His resurrection power now in our lives means that we can expect to see Him work in all the things of our lives that need to be redeemed.
"He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken."
This verse is pointing to the future of God's final judgment of the world. Not only death shall be swallowed up in victory, but God will wipe away all tears from all eyes. Death was introduced by Adam’s rebellion (Genesis 2:16-17) and will one day be completely eliminated by God.
Resurrection power scripture
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
Have you realized the profound truth that although God loves the whole world generally, He also loves us personally and individually so much that Jesus died for each of us as if there was only one of us?
God didn't wait for us to clean up our lives and become perfect. God already knew that is an impossibility and so He planned long ago to pour out His grace on our lives by sending His only Son to die on the cross. We do not deserve such grace and we certainly can never earn it. All we have to do is believe that Jesus is Who He said He is and learn to live in resurrection power.
"For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
In Paul's day the cross was used for public execution. It was a symbol of shameful crimes. The Romans believed in many gods and they sorted them by hierarchy through the power that they wielded.
So you can understand why the Romans considered the cross foolish because Jesus was rejected by His own people and they called for Him to be crucified just like the common criminals were at that time.
But to us believers in the risen Christ, we know the true message of the cross. We know the resurrection power that was secured for us that day on the cross at Calvary. He Who knew no sin became sin so that we could become the righteousness of Christ in Him. We are redeemed and as we grow in Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives as we prayerfully read and apply scripture, Jesus has the power to redeem and restore the broken parts in our lives.
"But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
This scripture reassures us that we are being transformed from glory to glory into the image of Christ. This is supernatural surgery on our hearts and lives as we are radically transformed from glory to glory into the image of Christ.
Did you know that at the moment that Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the Temple in Jerusalem was ripped in two from top to bottom?
The veil was probably 60 feet high and about 4 inches thick. This would not be an easy piece of material to tear! But the crucifixion of Jesus ripped it right down the middle.
Why is it important to know this fact?
It is important because it represents the power of the resurrection. This veil was used in the Temple to separate ordinary people from the holiest part of the temple where God's presence was. We have now obtained the legal right to come into God's presence anytime and all the time because Jesus secured that legal right for us when He died on the cross!
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"
Let's join Peter with hearts full of praise and thanksgiving for what God has done for us. We have been given a marvelous gift of new birth as believers of the resurrection of Jesus. Not only do we have our new lives on earth to be so grateful for but we also have a living hope that we have for eternity!
Being born again is also transformational. As we partner with Jesus and invite the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we gain new purpose, meaning, and hope not just for this life but for the one to come.
"having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,"
This is one of the greatest prayers that Paul prayed for the early church. Make it your prayer too. Pray that you would know God intimately and that your heart would be enlightened so that you can understand the future that God has planned for you. These are spiritual truths that can only be understood by being in God's presence and learning to listen for His quiet words.
Do you worry about what tomorrow may bring?
Life isn't easy and God does not promise that our journey will be trouble-free but our glorious inheritance is in being saved. We are safe in the arms of our savior. We may not know what tomorrow brings but we know Who holds our future!
"I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong."
This is a prayer from Paul the apostle that he wrote to the people in Ephesus during the time that he was in prison. Paul was praying for inner strength for the Christians because they were living in a world full of sin, sickness, opposition, and death. We face similar obstacles and we need to know God's strength in our lives. We need to pray for a deeper understanding of God's love and actively pursue Christ so that our roots grow deep and strong which will result in rock-solid faith.
"And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."
This is a continuation of Paul's prayer that you can regularly pray for yourself and others. It is a prayer that you would understand and comprehend how much God loves you. This heart knowledge will transform your life. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to help us comprehend on deeper levels the depth, length, and width of God's love for us. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to empower us and make us strong as we live our lives believing that God's word is powerful and that we will be strengthened with an unshakeable trust in the promises that we find throughout God's word.
"that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead."
These verses alone are worth studying because there is more depth to those words than you might see at first glance. Paul talks about "knowing" God. That is the secret to harnessing resurrection power. We need to know God and Jesus, and Holy Spirit. We need to spend time getting to know God intimately and then we will live and walk in resurrection power!
This is not knowing about Christ, it is about knowing Him intimately. We are not talking about casual contact now and then. It is about sharing life experiences together and inviting Jesus to work in them. It is about leaning on Jesus and seeking His face and gaining His wisdom and strength in every circumstance that you find yourself in.
"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
The context of this verse is Jesus speaking to Martha soon after her brother Lazarus had died. He was lying in a tomb. Jesus performed an amazing miracle in resurrecting Lazarus which resulted in many people believing that Jesus is the Son of God. It also sealed His fate with the religious leaders deciding that Jesus must be crucified.
Because Jesus is the resurrection, we will live forever if we believe in Him. We have obtained eternal life but we can also know the resurrection power of Jesus in our daily lives while we are still on earth. Jesus is with us through all the changing scenes that occur in our everyday lives!
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Paul was speaking to the believers at Ephesus about the grace of God for eternal life. He was reminding them that it wasn't anything that they had done or could do except only by believing that Jesus Christ had taken their place on the cross to pay for their sins. We are so blessed! God has poured so much grace on us through the gift of His Son. We just have to accept God's gracious gift and activate our faith muscle.
You are God's masterpiece and I am God's masterpiece. We are both growing and changing under God's workmanship. God is preparing us for greater things!
"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."
Before the resurrection of Jesus, the Jewish people would go to the Temple to worship God but they could not come directly into His Holy presence. There was a thick veil (curtain) separating the people from the Holy of Holies. BUT........
The veil was ripped in two the moment that Jesus died on the cross. We are no longer separated from the awesome, glorious presence of God. Now because of the blood of Jesus legally speaking for us, we can enter God's presence anytime! I have written more about practicing the presence of God here.
14. John 8:36 ESV.
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
Resurrection power has set us free from the bondage of sin and the mistakes we have made in the past. Don't forget that you are a new creation once you believe that Jesus paid the price for your sin on the cross. You are full of the resurrection power of God!
You will only overcome sin through walking in the resurrection power of God.
How can you walk in this resurrection power of God?
The only way to overcome sin is to renew your mind with the word of God. As you continuously sit in His presence, prayerfully reading God's word and inviting the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power, then you will grow stronger and push back all that satan tries to plague you with.
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
I have included this verse in our study of resurrection power to remind us that we will experience this transformational power in our lives when we develop a habit of daily Bible reading and memorizing scriptures. When we prayerfully apply these resurrection scriptures to our lives, we will see powerful changes!
16. Romans 8:34 ESV
"Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us."
This is such a precious, encouraging verse. Did you know that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us?
Jesus has died on the cross and we have already celebrated that after 3 days He was resurrected to new life and He has now ascended to heaven. Jesus is our priest and He intercedes on our behalf all the time.
We are imperfect but Jesus came to bridge that gap between our imperfection and the holiness of God. You have been made righteous through the blood of Jesus. With Jesus at the right hand of God interceding for us means that we can come boldly to the throne of grace anytime and all the time to talk to our Father in heaven.
"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content."
This is my goal! I like to think that I am already walking out this truth in my life of being content in every situation. But am I really content?
Are you able to confidently say with the apostle Paul that you have learned to be content in every situation?
Paul says that he had learned how to be satisfied to the point where he was not disturbed whether he had abundance or was in need (Philippians 4:12).
Being content means that we don't allow the things that we don't yet have to steal our peace and joy. We may desperately need those things but as we spend more time in God's presence our faith and trust in Him will grow stronger. We just need to have hearts full of thankfulness and expectation as we wait.
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
This is the perfect verse to follow on with. This is the supernatural peace that we can have when our lives are hidden in the secret place with Jesus (Psalm 91:1) and we are content.
If you are having a hard time finding peace in the midst of the chaos of daily life, I encourage you to slow down and contemplate the resurrection power of the cross. You can have supernatural peace in the midst of a crisis and chaos. You have the legal right to come straight into the throne room of God because Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding for you. You can ask for the presence of God to flood your mind and body and with it, you gain that awesome supernatural peace of God.
19. Romans4:5 ESV.
"And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is cou