Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.


Revelation 2:…12“Behold, I am coming quickly…”



Believe In The Lord Jesus Christ And Be Saved

Acts 2:38

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 10:9

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Mark 16:16

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acts 4:12

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Romans 10:9-10

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God 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.

Acts 16:31

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 1:12

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

John 8:24

I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

John 3:36

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Galatians 3:27

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Romans 10:13

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 5:8

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Acts 2:1-47

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. …

Luke 13:3

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Mark 16:15-16

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

1 John 5:13

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

James 2:19

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Titus 3:5

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Acts 2:41

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 2:38-39

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

John 20:31

But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 3:18

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Mark 1:15

And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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 1:21

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

1 John 5:12

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 Peter 3:21

Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

James 2:18

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:5

Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

Galatians 2:16

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 Corinthians 1:21

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

1 Corinthians 1:18

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.

Romans 10:10

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Acts 16:30-31

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Acts 3:19

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

John 12:36

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

John 10:30

I and the Father are one.”

John 6:47

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

John 6:40

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

John 3:23

John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:1-36

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. …

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Luke 8:13

And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.

Mark 16:17

And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

Matthew 28:18-20

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, baptizing 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 7:21

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 3:8

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

1 John 2:2

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 1:5

And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 Peter 4:17

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

1 Peter 3:18-22

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Hebrews 11:7

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

Hebrews 10:26

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Hebrews 6:4-6

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

2 Timothy 3:15

And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:9

Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

2 Thessalonians 1:8

In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Colossians 2:12

Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

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David’s Prayers


DAVID’S PRAYER OF PRAISE

1 Chronicles 17:16 Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 17 And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.

18 What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant, 19 Lord. For the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.

20 ”There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 21  And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22 You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.

23  “And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, 24 so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.

25 ”You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. 26 You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. 27Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”

DAVID RECOGNIZES HIS NEED

A Prayer of David – Psalm 86

1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.

DAVID WORSHIPS 

8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

DAVID’S NEED AND REQUEST

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant,
and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

 

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Christians believe Christ and His words…


BORN AGAIN -WHAT DID JESUS MEAN?

Have you been told that Christians believe the new birth as defined in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary—​Eleventh Edition? This is what Wacthtower has on their website site. Don’t believe this. It isn’t true. Christians do not define a born-again person as “a usually Christian person who has made a renewed or confirmed commitment of faith especially after an intense religious experience.”​

Christians actually believe the new-birth is from above, is necessary to become a Christian, and it is a result of trusting Christ as Savior and Lord as described here:

A more complete explanation is found at GotQuestions?.

WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES

I recently discovered that this religious group, Watchtower, has also written the following on their website:

The only place in the entire Bible where the expression “born again” is found is at John 3:1-12, which describes an intriguing conversation that took place between Jesus and a religious leader in Jerusalem. You will find that Bible account quoted in full in the accompanying box. We invite you to read it carefully.  JW.org

While it is true that the words ‘born again’ written together are only found in John chapter 3, the teaching is found in several places in the new testament as seen in the following passages, all of which are believed and taught in the Christian church:

There came a man having been sent from God. His name was John. 7 He came as a witness, that he might testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but came that he might witness concerning the Light.9 The true Light who enlightens every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to the own, and the own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to be children of God—to those believing in His name, 13 who were born not of blood, nor of will of flesh, nor of will of man, but of God. John 1

4 But when the kindness and the love of mankind of God our Savior appeared, 5 He saved us, not by works in righteousness that we did, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by that grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,… 1 Peter 1

DOES NEW BIRTH MEAN REGENERATION?

According to ThoughtCo.com, new birth is the same thing as regeneration. The Bible speaks in several places about regeneration. The writer at ‘Thoughts’ also writes:

Because God gives us this new birth, we know exactly where we stand. That’s what is so exciting about Christianity. We don’t have to struggle for our salvation, wondering whether we have said enough prayers or done enough good deeds. Christ did it for us, and it is complete.

John verifies this is true in chapter 1. He describes Christians as people…

John 1:13 …who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Got Questions? gives a study of ‘regeneration’ taken from the Bible. Scripture is clear. Rebirth and regeneration are the same thing and regardless of what the world teaches, Jesus simple statement was completely accurate and Christ said all that needed to be said:

3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4 “How can a man be born when he is old? Nicodemus asked. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.…John 3

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The three visitors who came to Abraham…


YHWH APPEARS TO ABRAHAM

Berean Study Bible – The Three Visitors

Genesis 18:1-2

Then the LORD (YHWH) appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre in the heat of the day, while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent. 2  And Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the door of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

It is interesting that three visitors appeared to represent the One LORD. While we are told that three visitors appeared, and the reference to them is ‘they’, the Bible tells us that ‘He’ spoke. Genesis 18 We are not told why this happened this way. Here is the explanation I find to be the most likely to be accurate Genesis 18..

For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

THE PROMISE ONLY GOD COULD KEEP

When the three men appeared to Abraham after he had reached the age of 100 years, Sarah was 90. Yet the three brought a message and a declaration. When Abraham set food before the three, God spoke to Abraham:

Genesis 18:10 He said, “I will certainly return to you when the season comes round. Behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.”

IS THERE ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?

This question is repeated in Jeremiah 32:27, but the answer is found in Jeremiah 32:17. Christ Jesus answered the question as well as Matthew, Mark and Luke have recorded.

17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Both passages are so encouraging. Jesus said in Luke 1:37.

“…For nothing will be impossible with God.”

With men, this couldn’t happen. God wants us to place our trust in Him and allow Him to do the impossible.

FACING THE IMPOSSIBLE

Many times I have faced situations that seem impossible. We all do. This is why our God, the great I AM, wants us to have faith and trust Him. He wants to do for us the things we need that we find impossible.

 

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A Study of Job


LESSONS FROM THE TEXT

Book of Job

People celebrated birthdays in those days. Job 1:4

Job offered sin sacrifices to God for his entire family. Job 1:5

God considered Job “upright.” Job 1:8

Satan could not touch Job because God had put a  hedge around Job. Job 1:10

Satan had to have God’s permission to touch Job. Job 1:11

Even though Job was upright he could not stand on his own merit. He needed mercy. (Job was a sinner who needed to be saved by grace.) Job 40:6-14

Job did what we often do. He forgot that Satan was involved, but Job did realize God has ultimate authority. Job 10

Job’s friends made the mistake of judging Job as being less righteous than they because Job was suffering. Job 11:2-5

Job’s friends believed good men do not suffer.  Job 11:14  Job understood this is not the case.  Job 12:3, 13:2, 13:10

Job’s faith was strong. Job 13:15

Even in Job’s sad condition, God granted his desire to have his words recorded. Job 19:23

Job realized that death is not the end of life.  Job 19:25-26

Job knew true judgment was coming. Job 19:28-29

Zophar was was insulted by truth. Job 20:3

Even in Job’s day, some people thought riches to be synonymous with being evil. Job 20:15-23, Job 22:9

Job could see the situation of life on earth as it truly is. Job 21:7-18

Job saw that all man experience unequal conditions not contingent upon their lifestyle. Job 21:23-26

Job’s friends were very judgemental, yet very wrong about Job. Job 21:17-30

OBSERVATIONS

Although Job was not perfect, he did understand many things his friends did not understand.  The book of Job shows us the danger of judging other people.  Making assumptions may cause us to be proven wrong and where God’s word is involved assumptions may cause us to commit grievous sins. It is clearly seen in Job that trying to reason with people will not change them. God loved Job greatly and restored to him everything he lost, and more. What Satan thought was his victory was actually Job’s victory and God was always in control.

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On this matter of judging others…


PASSING JUDGEMENT ON OTHERS

Should we, in light of Biblical teaching, ignore those who make it their business to judge others?

Luke 6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 

Romans 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us stop judging one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.

Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. 16 Therefore let no one judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a festival, a New Moon, or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the body that casts it belongs to Christ.…

Is there any authority from scripture to pass judgement? I have found some use Matthew 20:16-20 as giving them authority to judge.

Matthew 7:. 16 By their fruits you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So every good tree bears good fruits, but the rotten tree bears bad fruits. 18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruits, nor a bad tree to bear good fruits. 19 Every tree not bearing good fruit is cut down and is thrown into fire. 20 Then surely by their fruits you will recognize them.

CONTEXT

When looking at Jesus words, we find He said ‘do not judge others’ in the same sermon in which He stated, “By their fruits you will know them.” Jesus was teaching the people how to recognize false prophets. Matthew 7 ESV

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

GOD IS OUR JUDGE

We need to know if a person is teaching a false doctrine or prophesying falsely, but we have no business passing judgement on the heart or faith of those around us. God will cut them down eventually. If we presume to do this, we will be in disobedience and Jesus said we will be judged with that same judgement. Now we should speak out against false teaching. We have a standard in the Bible and when it is abused or misused we are given the right to refuse to accept the teaching.

Romans 16:17 Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and obstacles that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Turn away from them.

1 Timothy 1:3 As I urged you on my departure to Macedonia, you should stay on at Ephesus to instruct certain men not to teach false doctrines 4 or devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship of God’s work, which is by faith.…

We go too far, however, when we judge another person’s heart or question their testimony. That judgement belongs to God who knows the heart. 

John 2: 24 But Jesus on His part did not did entrust Himself to them, because of His knowing all men, 25 and because He had no need that anyone should testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.

 OUTSIDE VS INSIDE

What then do Christians do concerning those who are outside the body of Christ BUT claim to believe in Christ? What if they claim to believe, but reject the true gospel? Christ and scripture (the only two places described as Truth) tell us there are only two places to be: outside the body of Christ or inside the body (in Christ). We must believe the gospel of Jesus Christ or we are not believers. Christ knows who believes the gospel and who places their faith elsewhere. Only He can judge individual hearts. We cannot. At best we can judge outward appearance. This judgement is His, not ours.

CONDUCT OF OTHERS

The  behavior of those not in the body of Christ is not our concern other than we need to pray for them and witness to them. Christ knows His own. We are told to pray for both the brethren and our enemies. The rest is up to Him. We can be sure that if we stay in the word, that if we do not add or subtract from the word, and that if we testify as instructed to do, Christ will be glorified and He will glorify the Father in heaven. All instructions are found within the Bible. We are to stay in the word. 

LOOK TO THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE

Finally…

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me in that day; but not only to me, but also to all those loving His appearing.

 

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THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST…


Jesus of Nazareth was arrested and accused of blasphemy against the Temple and of claiming to be the Son of God. Jews understood this claim meant He was claiming to be equal to God. He was convicted and Pilate handed Him over to be crucified. After He died, Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple requested His body and Jesus was buried in Joseph’s tomb. Roman guards were placed to watch the tomb. The season was Passover. 

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ the firstfruits; then at His coming, those who belong to Him.

MARY ARRIVES AT THE TOMB 

1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and sat on it…4 The guards trembled in fear of him and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He lay. Matthew 28

1 Corinthians 15 gives us much information concerning the gospel and the resurrection, including how Christ conquered sin, death and accomplished the will of the Father. 

RESURRECTION – ‘ANASTASIS NEKRON’ – THE STANDING UP OF A CORPSE

 The literal meaning of the word resurrection teaches us that Christ was raised bodily, His corpse stood and exited the tomb. The Bible teaches how and who this resurrection benefits and in what way.

1 Corinthians 15:12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith. 15 In that case, we are also exposed as false witnesses about God. For we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead, but He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised.

16 For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep IN CHRIST have perished. 19 If our hope IN CHRIST is for this life alone, we are to be pitied more than all men.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Seventy-five times in the New Testament we find the words ‘IN CHRIST.’ It always refers to a group of people. People are either “in Christ” or they are in the world.  Our way to escape from the world is to be placed “in Christ” and this is an act accomplished by the grace of God when we place our faith in Christ. Our redemption is secured by what Christ did during Passover when He became our Passover Lamb and died in our place, taking on our sins, and paying the penalty for those sins. Our future is secure because of His resurrection. In God’s word we are given…

THIS GOSPEL

Paul wrote:

2 By this gospel you are saved…For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 And last of all He appeared to me also, as to one of untimely birth.

BELIEVING THE GOSPEL RESULTS IN SALVATION

It is written that we are to repent and believe the gospel.

Mark 1:14 …Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel of God. 15“The time is fulfilled, He said, “and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the gospel!” 

Repentance is actually a turning away from our own sinful ways and a turning to the LORD, believing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

Acts 20:20-21 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you…Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God 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.

SHARING THE GOSPEL

We know because witnesses testified. Our job is to tell those who have not heard.

Acts 4:33 With great power, the apostles continued to give their testimony about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And abundant grace was upon them all. 

MAY YOU BE BLESSED THIS RESURRECTION SUNDAY!

 

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