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John 2:19 - In what way did Jesus raise himself up if it was God who raised him?

Was Jesus' spirit really alive somewhere else so he could do this on his own?

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John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

It is clear from other Scriptures that it was God who raised Jesus from the dead.
Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Acts 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Romans 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
When we are dead we are unconscious and incapable of doing anything. We do not have an ‘immortal’ soul or spirit which continues on in a conscious existence after death.
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing...
Ecclesiastes 9:10 ...there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Psalms 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Sleep is used as a euphemism for death.
John 11:11 ...Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep... 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
1 Thessalonians 4:15 ...we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep.
God had promised that he would not leave Jesus in the grave.
Psalms 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (sheol – the grave); neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (hades – the grave), neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
The only way in which Christ can be regarded as responsible for his own resurrection is that he had committed no sin.
Eternal death is the punishment for sin.
Ezekiel 18:4 ...the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death...
Christ is unique in that he ‘earned’ his salvation because he did no sin.God could not leave him in the grave because he had not sinned and death had no legitimate hold over him.
John 14:30 ...the prince of this world (death Romans 5:14, 17) cometh, and hath nothing in me.
Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Jesus’ submission to death was voluntary. It was, however, an act of faith in the promise of God that he would not be left in the tomb but be raised again to life.
John 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
In conclusion:
Christ was responsible for his own resurrection because he did no sin and therefore could not remain dead because of His Father's righteousness. To say ‘in three days I will raise it up’ shows his complete trust that his Father's righteousness would not allow him to remain in the grave.God was physically responsible for Christ’s resurrection because, being completely unconscious in death, Jesus could not restore himself to life.
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I hope you have found this helpful.
God bless,
Glenn
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