7:15 The first of Jesus’ three miracles of raising the dead (8:40–56; John 11:1–44). Such miracles were powerful messianic signs (v. 22). These “resurrections” differ from the resurrection of Christ, however, for these three were reunited with their mortal bodies only to die once more. As the first to be clothed with an imperishable, spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:42–44), Jesus is indeed the “firstborn from the dead” (Col. 1:18; cf. 1 Cor. 15:20).