Resurrection to Living: Is Paul Theologizing from Hosea 6.2?

bibleCome, let us return to the LORD;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him (Hosea 6:1-2 ESV).

In the context of Hosea, I think this passage is not a positive one. People are speaking of easy repentance and quick salvation that is not genuine.

But even so, I have to wonder if there is not a true theology that Paul could learn from. Once we’re dead, God can raise us to new obedience–not just biological life but living before God.


We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:4-11 ESV).

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