The foundation of the Christian Faith is based on the resurrection. I Cor 15 Last Sunday we celebrated the 7 days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Salvation that was brought on the cross Today we learn of the fulness of the salvation message and of eternal life forever with the Lord Believers must have a foundational understanding of who Jesus is.
1) He is God
2) He conquered death
3 His resurrection guaranteed our resurrection
4) He is coming again
The bodily resurrection of Jesus is the foundation what it means to the future of all humanity *If there be no resurrection our preaching is in vain (1Cor 15) If the dead rise not then Christ is not risen and there is no use preaching, Our desire to live according to the standards of righteousness would be in vain and we would be of all men most miserable.
pg2 He is God manifest in the flesh. 1Tim 3:15 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world,
Romans 1:3 He is made of the seed of David according to the flesh Not by the seed of man/Joseph - born of a woman We recognize His deity - 100%man and 100% God He was declared to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead.
John 1:1 in the beginning The word became flesh
page 3 IJohn 5;7 THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR RECORD IN HEAVEN Jesus said to God the Father, "Prepare me a body". He took on a body for the purpose of becoming the sacrificial lamb. Phil. 2 He came in the form of God - yet a servant, He was the Son of God with power over death "I lay down my body and take it up again." ****listen here again. There were others who raised the dead before this. ***Elisha raised the Shulamite widow's son and Elijah raised the Shunamite's son. Matthew 10 Jesus commands his disciples, "heal the sick, cleanse the leper, cast out devils, raise the dead." Jesus raised the widow's con from the dead. Jesus had power over death. He came to destroy the works of the devil.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Satan's chief weapon: fear of death. Oh grave where is our sting, death where is your victory.
Lucifer was cast out of heaven. Jesus came healing the sick, raising the dead. He went down for three days and nights, suffering in Sheol Hades/Hell. Phil. 2 He took authority over death and rose with all power. Because of His obedience the Father exalted him above every other name.
pg4 Jesus is God in the flesh. He is the son of God with power over death. He often says to us, "Fear not." Revelation 1`:17 "I am the first and the last" God has not given us the spirit of fear. ***Again, He said, "let not your heart be troubled." John 14:1-4 :1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
He is coming again with all power. IJohn 1:18 I am He that liveth has the keys of Hell and death.
All other religions declare another way. There is no other way! You can find the remains of their Gods but Jesus left no remains! Only an empty tomb. He is no longer in the grave. He said, "I am He that liveth and is alive forevermore."
He said, "All power is given to me. Go ye therefore and teach what I have commanded you . He who has the son of God has life. You must be born again.
Matthew 28:19-20 KJV Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
pg 5 Because He is the son of God with power, we no longer fear death or judgment of Hell fire.
The 2 deaths: Revelation 20 If you are born only once you die twice. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment except ye repent ye shall all likewise die. Except you are born of the spirit. There is no other mediator, no other name by which man must be saved. ***find recording here
We must have a stronger commitment to declare the foundational truths of gospel and boldly proclaim the truth. His resurrection guarantees our resurrection. Matthew 27:50 the great shaking that happened at the resurrection. the veil of the temple was rent in two and the yearly sacrifice could no longer be done. No longer the blood of animals sacrificed because there was no more separation of the holy place in the temple.
All mankind has direct access to the presence of God. Now we can come boldly unto the throne of grace. The old Testament has been fulfilled Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. pg 6 God is available to hear our cry and respond to every need. The patriarchs' bodies rose from the grave. The saints who slept rose and walked through Jerusalem testifying of Jesus Christ. **** find recording here
We won't experience separation from God. Blessed are they who partake of the first resurrection.
We must be able to share with others the hope that we have. Romans 10:9,10 that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Only in the resurrection is there guarantee of life. Romans 8 speaks of the hope in the resurrection of our glorified body prepared in heaven Our corruptible body will take on incorruption At the rapture we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
page 7 IThes 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”
Jesus is coming again! He's coming back! Let not your heart be troubled. Romans 8:18
Romans 8:18 KJV: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us..
Don't lose your focus. Eye hath not seen the things God has prepared for us!
FIND IN RECORDING HERE Hold fast! The last thing Jesus said: Go into all the world and preach the gospel. God is not a respecter of persons. God loves mankind. All power has been given to me and behold I give you power to be witnesses unto me. Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight The angels who stood by said, "This same Jesus shall come in like manner. When He returns, will he find faith in the earth? We remember the teaching of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25 . five faithful, wise virgins had trimmed lamps with oil when the call went forth, "behold the bridegroom cometh, Go ye out to meet Him." 5 foolish without oil in their lamps were turned away while the wise, prepared virgins were admitted to the wedding feast the bridegroom.
As you see the day approaching. with the end times signs - wars and rumors of wars, threats of nuclear annihilation, rise of spiritism and demonic manifestations, and even the many scientific methods man uses to prove himself to be God. Jesus says to you: Go, preach, teach and warn the people. Tell them: Jesus is God manifest, He has conquered death and hell, He has risen He has guaranteed our resurrection. He Is Coming Again!!