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Resurrection is a Birth…

Resurrection is a Birth……

 Isaiah 26:19 But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.  (NIV) 

Let’s brainstorm about the importance of the resurrection (and I will use personal pronouns for this “storm”):

  •             I could not be justified.
  •             I would be without hope of participating in Christ’s glor
  •             I would be miserable without hope in the age to come, with only hope in this life.
  •             I would not have the priestly ministry of my Lord for me today.
  •             I would not be forgiven of present and future sins.
  •             My faith would be vain – useless.
  •             No way to please God.
  •             Actually, I would be unable to access faith.
  •              No grace.
  •              No works of righteousness.
  •              No spirit of the truth to teach me.
  •              No blood on mercy seat in heaven today.
  •              I would still be in my sins.
  •             Those who had “fallen asleep in Christ” would perish – no hope of resurrection.
  •              No “out-resurrection” from among the dead.
  •              Christ would not be the declared Son of God.
  •              Death would not be abolished.
  •              No “eternal life” (life in the coming age – the rule in the coming kingdom)
  •              No inheritance.
  •              God would have to break His promise to the fathers!
  •              I could not have a body of incorruption

 The importance of the resurrection of Christ

 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

 No other gods have the power to raise from the dead!  ANY other “god” to whom you have heard “prayers” made who did not raise His Son from the dead is a false god!   ANY “lord” you or anyone else serves who does not have the power to lay down His life and take it up again, is not worth your servanthood.

 I have read that the resurrection of my Lord is one of the best documented events in history -not only the Biblical record, but historical records written by man.  It is also the most hated fact/doctrine in the world’s system, as well as in so-called Christendom.

And why should you know of this most-important event?  Because satan knows its every importance!  This is satan’s only focus.  Satan rules from the heavenlies now and could keep his present position except for the resurrection.

This world’s system, as well as Christendom’s system, hates the doctrine of the resurrection because mankind wants to rule himself and rule over others, making a name for himself.  (It’s happened before – check out Genesis and that famous tower.)  There are world religions whose icon is one with Jesus still on the cross.

Jesus taught – “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand!” (Mt. 4:17)  A LITERAL KINGDOM – ruled by qualified rulers from the heavens and upon earth.  Thrones, dominions, rulers and authorities in the heavens and on earth were created in Christ, the Son of God’s love “FOR” (“eis” –“unto”) –  Him.(Col. 1:16)  He is   the “firstborn from the dead” so that He might come to have first place in everything. (Col. 1:18)

 THE FIRST-BORN FROM THE DEAD HAS FIRST PLACE IN ALL THINGS THAT WERE CREATED IN THE HEAVENS AND ON THE EARTH!

Col 1:15 – 18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible (in the heavens and on earth), whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities (in the heavens and on earth)–all things (in the heavens and on earth) have been created through Him and for Him.   He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.    He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. (NAS)

 When I meditate about the resurrection, my mind hovers over the first chapter in Hebrews.  

Go back to the first chapter of Hebrews and note something you need to understand.  That is – the fact that God refers to the resurrection of His only Son as a birth into the position of a Firstborn Son.  (Jesus was Mary’s firstborn son – not God’s – at His first inception and birth.)

God’s Firstborn Son has been appointed Heir (v.3) and took His appointed place at the right hand of the Majesty on high – after His resurrection.  This inheritance included a more excellent name than the angels.  The angels of God are called “sons of God” in the Old Testament; however, they cannot “make purification of sins,” (v.3), nor die and be resurrected (v.5).  God’s Beloved Son (The Son of His Love) has been “brought to the birth” (v.5) – through resurrection – now obtaining the throne and scepter – the righteous scepter – the scepter of His kingdom. 

 Can you see it?  Rev. 1:5 helps our understanding:  (Rev 1:5) and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born out of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth; to him who did love us, and did bathe us from our sins in his blood,(Rev 1:6) and did make us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him is the glory and the power to the ages of the ages! Amen.(Rev 1:7) Lo, he doth come with the clouds, and see him shall every eye, even those who did pierce him, and wail because of him shall all the tribes of the land. Yes! Amen! (Young’s Literal)

God will bring The First-born into the inhabited earth again (v.6, in Heb. 1)).  Then He will be worshiped by angels (sons of God).  And, all His enemies will become a footstool for His feet.  Those “beautiful” feet that brought the gospel of this very kingdom – and was rejected.  But, look at what this means now!

 HE IS THE FIRST-BORN OF MANY BROTHERS!  (“BRETHERN”)

The “only” Son, as First-born, means He will have brothers and sisters.  Ah, now the importance of the resurrection is revealed.  Being the “first begotten” means there will be other “begotten” –  brothers and sisters to the first-born who are foreknown, predestined, and conformed to the image of this First-born One:

 (Rom 8:28) And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.   (Rom 8:29) For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: (Rom 8:30) and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 HE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN!

(Heb 12:22) but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels,  (Heb 12:23) to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

 

 

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March 29, 2013 Posted by | Angels, hope, Precepts you must understand, resurrection, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“WHO TEACHES LIKE HIM?” – Listen to Him….

“Who teaches like Him?”  Job 36:22

Listen to Him:  Mt 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

What was the message Jesus Christ preached?

Mr 1:14 ¶ And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (change your beliefs) and believe in the gospel.” 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (concerning the gospel of the kingdom of God) 21 And they *went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach (the gospel of the kingdom). 22 And they were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mt 4:23 ¶ And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

Lu 8:1 ¶ And it came about soon afterwards, that He began going about from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him,

Why was Jesus sent?

Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

Ro 15:8 For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, (Thus, the reason for a study of Abraham.  The gospel of the kingdom of God (heavens) is revealed through the promises given to the fathers – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David to name a few that we will study.  This is why Jesus came and what He preached.  This is the true gospel.)

The kingdom of God = the promises given to the fathers

1 Corinthians 15:50 “…flesh and blood cannot INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD…”

Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience INHERIT THE PROMISES.

James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to INHERIT the KINGDOM he PROMISED those who love him?(NIV)

And…..to whom shall we go?

Joh 6:68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.

Eternal life is in the gospel of the kingdom which contains the promises given to the fathers.

How Long did Jesus Preach the Gospel of the Kingdom?

His whole life on earth:

Ac 1:1 ¶ The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,  2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.  3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

Ac 1:6 ¶ And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”  7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

Ac 1:10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them;  11 and they also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Is the gospel really in the Old Testament?

Mr 1:1 ¶ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE YOUR FACE, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;  3 THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'”

Heb 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,  12 that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,  14 saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU, AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.”  15 And thus, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.

The kingdom was rejected by Israel, and will be realized fully upon His return – which must include a resurrection of the dead.  He is the firstborn from the dead so that He can have many brethren.

The teaching of resurrection was much hated and scorned then – and now!  It means we will have to give an account of our lived lives now; and for some, this is no pleasant thought.  But, concerning Abraham, there is a certain supper where he will be present in his resurrected body:

Mt 8:11 “And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline [at the table] with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven;

Mt 22:32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Mr 12:26 “But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the [passage about the burning] bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’?

Lu 13:28 “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth there when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being cast out.

An incorruptible body is required to inherit:

1Co 15:49-58  And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.  53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.  55 “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law  57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ  58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

March 20, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Necessity of Doctrine, Pages from my journal, Precepts you must understand, resurrection, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Perhaps the most hated doctrine….

The kingdom was present during our Lord’s ministry in a “mysterious” form, rejected by Israel, and will be realized fully upon His return – which must include a resurrection of the dead.  He is the firstborn from the dead so that He can have many brethren.

The teaching of resurrection was much hated and scorned then – and now!  It means we will have to give an account of our lived lives now; and for some, this is no pleasant thought.  But, concerning Abraham, there is a certain supper where he will be present in his resurrected body:

Mt 8:11 “And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline [at the table] with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven;

Mt 22:32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Mr 12:26 “But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the [passage about the burning] bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’?

Lu 13:28 “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth there when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being cast out.

January 7, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Necessity of Doctrine, Precepts you must understand, resurrection, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | , , , | 1 Comment

Ladies Bible Study Review, part 4…

Thursday, April 12th, LBS Review, part 4

(Have you meditated about how precious it is that God lets us “be a fly on the wall,” so to speak, to conversations our Lord had with the Pharisees, Sadducees, and disciples?  This conversation is 2,000 years old and we have it today!  I have marveled at being able to listen in to Abraham talk with the Lord concerning saving Sodom and the righteous from destruction.  We think technology has made for us instant news as we can hear people reporting from far away places; but we can hear news that is 6,000 years old and still living and fresh to our ears:  “Let us make man in our image.” – Whew, I rejoice!)

In the Luke passage, we heard the Lord teach from the Old Testament concerning salvation, rejection of the Messiah – the Son of God, resurrection – the Lord is the God of the living, The Lord’s coming reign on the Throne of David.  Read it again.  You will notice hatred of the resurrection.  They did not want this “man to rule over them!” See: Luke 19:14)

During our study we went through verses 33-44 of Luke 20, and marked every verse that related to time.  We observed:  “sons of this age,” “sons of the resurrection,” and the rejected Stone becoming the Chief Cornerstone, and such like.  I think you will be surprised at how this one exercise of noting time will enhance and simplify your understanding as you study.

(After I taught these lessons, I was told about a book, Time Travelers Of The Bible: How Hebrew Prophets Shattered The Barriers Of TimeSpace by Gary Stearman.  It is available for my Kindle and I am thoroughly enjoying it!)

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Hebrews 1 - 2:3, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, resurrection | , | Leave a comment

The Promise, Resurrection, Hope and Salvation in the 7th Day…

I need to do something for ya’ll that was brought to my attention today as I was reading my own notes, attempting to discern where I had left off in the “Gospel and Kingdom” series I was writing before the holidays.  I had given you an URL to some notes on this blog to click on and said there were seven parts.  Couldn’t find this reference anywhere!  However, I did find them on my laptop and will past them here for you that might benefit from them.  I will be a rather long post.  God Bless each of you!

Where is the promise of His coming?

I feel it necessary to remind us of something. We easily talk of the coming kingdom age in our church and fellowship. We know that it holds rewards as well as judgment. We even know of what’s called, “kingdom exclusion.” The coming 7th day is what the scriptures are all about. “Salvation” pertains to the 7th day. Approved, unapproved, rejected, etc. all refer to the 7th day. For 6,000 years God has been creating His “new creation” – those created in the Last Adam, “in Christ,” – to occupy the earth as the first Adam was meant to do. This will begin on the 7th day of judgment for 1,000 years, then the present messiah, satan, will be loosed and ultimately thrown into the lake of fire, bringing in the 8th day of the new beginning of the new heavens and the new earth. Oh, my! I just Love the Lord and His plans! He gives us this life now, to not love in the least, preparing us for salvation in the coming life in that 7th Day. He will need righteous judges who know how to wield a rod of iron. He will need co-regents, rulers over cities, and a host of government “employees.” And, He will need servants. Just look at the governments of countries today – they will ALL be replaced!

False teachers say, “Where is the promise of His coming?” Well, let’s see at what they are scoffing.

2Pe 3:3 ¶ Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with [their] mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For [ever] since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (NAS)

2Pe 3:3Know (present, active participle – “ginosko” – signifies to be taking in knowledge, to come to know and understand completely – Vine) this (in the Greek, “this” is the first word in this sentence- ) first (in time, space, order of importance) of all, that in the last (farther-est, utmost extreme) days, mockers (“scoffing scoffers”) will come with [their] mocking, following (departing, walking in the general activities of life) after (according to) their own lusts (cravings, longings), 4and saying (“lego” -to lay forth, speak), Where is (present indicative) the promise (nominative – making “the promise” the subject of their scoffing) of His coming (“presence”)? For [ever] since ( after verbs of motion from a place,) the fathers (Do not let this word “fathers” slip from the emphasis it has in this verse! (ACTS 13:32 – “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,) fell asleep, all(each and every, or collectively) continues just (lit.: “all is continuing thus”) as it was from the beginning of creation.(“ordinance” in 1 Peter 2:13 – be subject to every “ordinance” of man)

I hope you can make sense of how I have presented the verses above. I have put the explanation in green, while the words in the verses remain black. Read it again, just in case.

The scoffers were scoffing concerning the PROMISE – not the “second coming” as we usually think of it. The “promise” most definitely includes the presence of our Lord in the coming kingdom – but, they were scoffing about the promise of life in the age to come – of living without the lusts of our flesh now so as to attain this life, and the judgment that this “presence” would entail. Verse 5 goes on to say that they are WILLINGLY ignorant concerning the promise. They refuse knowledge of being hurt of the second death in the lake of fire – of not even being allowed entrance, much less participation in the coming kingdom.

But, even more than that – they mock, scoff at the “promise made to the fathers.” The subject in the original language is “the promise.”

 What is the promise?

The promise to inherit the world

Romans 4:13 The promise (this noun is nominative – meaning the subject of the verse.) to the Abraham and his descendants (“the seed”), that they should inherit (one who obtains a lot or portion) the world (“order,” arrangement” – the kosmos)

From the CLV:”…the promise to the Abraham or to the seed of him to be enjoyer of the allotment of the world system.” (The world’s systems are made up of governments.)

Acts 17:31 “…He [God] has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (One importance of the resurrection is in a nutshell here!)

I’ve got to tell you about a book I was reading about the registered church in China. It is against the law to speak or teach about the resurrection because it means there will be a change in government! The governments of the world do not want to be overthrown – but there is coming a day……

The blessing of Abraham

Galatians 3:14,22 That (“hina” means, “in order that” – refers back to previous verses) the blessing (“eulogia”) of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through(lit:”en”) Jesus Christ;(lit: “Christ Jesus”) that (“hina”) we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Luke 24:49, And, behold, I send forth the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”)22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin,(“to miss the mark”) that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given (given freely – but in subjunctive case) to them that believe (present tense – meaning they constantly live a life of faith (in the age to come) and are able to please God).

CLV – “But the Scripture locks up all together under sin, that the promise out of Jesus Christ’s faith may be given to those who are believing.”

This is the promise – age-lasting life

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise(nominative)that he hath promised us, even eternal life [aionios zoe age-lasing life]. Young’s: 1Jn 2:25 “and this is the promise that He did promise us–the life the age-during.”

In Acts 1:4-8, The Promise is related to being baptized in the Holy Spirit. “4, And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not separate themselves from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, “which,”saith He, “ye… heard of Me. 5, Because John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit [gifts] not after these many days.” 6, When they therefore were come together, they were questioning Him, saying, “Lord, Thou dost in this time set up again the kingdom to Israel?” 7, And He said unto them, “It is not yours to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His Own authority. 8, But ye shall receive power, after that THE Holy Spirit [The Giver] is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses of Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and as far as the uttermost part of the earth.”

 Glory, honour, and immortality in the life/age to come:

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality (lit: “incorruption”), eternal life:

To inherit the kingdom

James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (NIV)

 At His coming

Matthew 25:31,34,46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 46 …the righteous into life eternal [life age-lasting].

 Kingdom exclusion

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when (lit:”in”) the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven(singular)with his mighty angels,(“the angels of His power) 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know(“oido”, will include Vine’s note concerning this word later, however consider this: they willfully did not know God.) not God, and that obey(this word mostly translated “hear” It is present active)) not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (Earlier post about the only gospel Jesus taught: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/what-jesus-taught/)

 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting [age-lasting] destruction (Bengal – “driven far from His presence.” – RWP – “pay the penalty) [“and exclusion,” RSV] from the presence (visage) of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 

Nothing new about Scoffing at unfulfilled prophecies:

Jeremiah 17:15 They keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!”

Malachi 2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

The Promise” is the reason the scoffers are scoffing. There must be a resurrection in order for God to be the “God of the living.” And, the resurrection means a change in power. Here are just a few references to resurrection. Read them. Read them in context. Believe them.

Mt 22:31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

(Luk 14:14) and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

(Luk 20:35) but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;

(Luk 20:36) for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

(Joh 5:29) and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

I have already given you the references for “resurrection” in Acts. You will see, easily, that it is the subject in this early “elect” church: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/letters-to-theophilus-part-7/(Php 3:11) in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

(1Pe 1:3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

(Rev 20:6) Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Acts 23:6 ¶ But perceiving that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul [began] crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”

 The Resurrection is a hope…

Acts 24:15 having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

Acts 26:6 “And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers; 7 [the promise] to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve [God] night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.

Rom 5:2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.(Faith works through grace for the purpose of exulting in the hope of participation in God’s glory enabled by resurrection.)

Rom 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? (“Saved” has to do with deliverance in participation in the coming reign of our LORD.)

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Rom 12:12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

Eph 1:18 [I pray that] the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Eph 2:12 [remember] that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Eph 4:4 [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

Col 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Keep in mind that glory refers to our LORD entering His coming kingdom.)

1Th 5:8 But since we are of [the] day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

1Ti 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Tit 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

Tit 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

Tit 3:7 that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to [the] hope of eternal life.

1Pe 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,(This verse really puts it in a nutshell!)

1Pe 1:13 ¶ Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober [in spirit,] fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1Pe 1:21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

1Pe 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always [being] ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

1Jo 3:3 And everyone who has this hope [fixed] on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

January 3, 2012 Posted by | resurrection, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | 1 Comment

Much Fruit or Barrenness?

I’ve been meditating upon, studying, and reading about sowing and reaping. As I am doing this, I am persuaded that this is a main theme of God’s Word that is often neglected. The “Laws of the Harvest” will bring up millions of pages in Google. I have investigated a few and found one really good one; but, it neglects the most important: John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. That dying part is usually missing. Resurrection was because there was a death.

I was thinking about this as I ate peanuts. I love the little “plant” inside that has two immature leaves that were ready to sprout when the peanut “died” – broke open – after it was planted.

The opposite of fruitful is barrenness. 2 Peter 1:5-11 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

There is even fruit that is evil – meaning in the original, “good for nothing.” We have an apple tree that produces good for nothing fruit because we have not tended it properly. It does bear fruit – apples. Looks like apples. They are apples. Good for nothing apples, that fall off and attract bees. Well, the birds like them.

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Here are a few verses for your consideration – making sure you are open to the pruning and cultivation of your heart:

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God (Word of the coming Kingdom of our Lord – see Mt. 13).

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

 

 

September 20, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Parables, resurrection, salvation in the 7th Day | Leave a comment

The series “Where is the Promise of His Coming?” – all in one post…

Where is the promise of His coming (Mary’s laptop’s conflicted copy 2011-08-09)

Click on the above.  If you have any problems opening, let me know – I’ll try sumptin’ else.

I should have called the whole series, “Where is the Promise of His Coming?”, parts 1-5 Didn’t.  So hope this is better understood.  It is actually a small portion of a larger study I am doing.  My main point in this mini study is that the scoffing scoffers are scoffing at the promise – and sometimes the scoffing is quite subtle.  Sure, they scoff at other beliefs, but the one all-emcompassing one that there will be a replacement of governments with just judgment as its goal is the most feared.  Any false doctrine concerning the resurrection is an attempt to do away with the central point of the Bible.

August 15, 2011 Posted by | resurrection, The promise | Leave a comment

   

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