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Resurrection of Christ

Was Christ’s physical body resurrected from the dead?

How you answer this question makes all the difference in the world. Without the bodily resurrection of Christ, you might as well tear up your Bible, fire the Pastor, and close your church because Christianity is false, and there is no hope for salvation and immortality.

The physical resurrection of Christ is the very capstone of our faith, and without it Christianity crumbles. For this very reason the resurrection of Christ is constantly attacked; and therefore, we must be equipped to defend this essential point by looking at both the biblical and historical record.

The Bible is jam-packed with references to the physical resurrection of Christ. For example, Peter declares that Christ’s “soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses” (Acts 2:31-32). John also declares, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

Furthermore, the confessions of Christianity are replete with references to the physical resurrection of the Redeemer — from early church history to the Reformation. For example, Cyril of Jerusalem thundered, “Let no heretic ever persuade thee to speak evil of the resurrection.”

Additionally, the characteristics of Christ’s body bear eloquent truth to his physical resurrection. Jesus invited his disciples to examine his resurrected body so that they would know beyond any doubt that it was His exact same body. “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).

Was Christ physically resurrected from the dead? Absolutely! Apart from this affirmation there is no Christian faith.

We serve a risen Savior!

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Sovereignty of God

When you hear the term “sovereignty of God,” what is your reaction? What are your thoughts?

I believe that as believers we need to promote and exalt the sovereignty of God in every way that we can, because a proper understanding and appreciation for the sovereignty of God will absolutely change our lives and the way we see the world around us, and the way we respond to what takes place in our lives.

The doctrine of ‘God’s Sovereignty’ simply means that God is in control. God’s sovereignty is His absolute rule and control over all of His creation. Everything happens because He either DIRECTLY causes it or He consciously ALLOWS IT. Nothing enters history that does not come under the complete control of God. That’s what the Bible teaches about our God.

One way to understand God’s sovereignty is to believe that God has a “LOCK” on everything.

He LIMITS,

He ORDERS,

He CONTROLS and

He KNOWS all things for His GLORY and our GOOD.

That’s a brief biblical summary of the doctrine of God’s sovereignty.

Grow in Grace!

(Thanks to Pastor Brad Bigney for his thoughts on the subject)

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The Grace of Christmas

Here are some thoughts on Christmas

http://www.proclaimanddefend.org/2013/12/23/grace-of-christmas/

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Jesus Is God

In Matthew, we read “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” (1:18)

There is no doubt that Jesus is a man. The genealogies prove that. He is a descendant of Abraham through David. Jesus was as human as we are. But what about this “child of the Holy Ghost”? No one in the whole history of the human race was conceived this way. Who is Jesus Christ?

Gabriel, the angel of God, appears to announce the birth of Jesus to Mary. (Luke 1:30-33). One of the most astonishing things that he said was that the child was to be the Son of the Most High. The child’s Father would be God Himself, for Jesus would be the “Son of the Most High.”

The whole New Testament picks up this title and explains it.

Peter’s confession is one example. Jesus had asked his disciples who they thought He was, and Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16).

This was no mere earthly sonship for Jesus indicated that Peter’s insight was so remarkable that it had come not from Peter’s own powers of observation but by revelation from God. (v. 17)

In 1 John we find the fullest New Testament treatment on the matter. The Christians to whom John wrote had been shaken by teachers who claimed to be believers who were denying that Jesus was “God . . . Come in the flesh” (1 John 4:2-3) John wrote to assure them: “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us (1 John 4:15-16)

Christians can know they are of God by their conviction that Jesus is indeed God’s Son. “Jesus is the Son of God” becomes the confession by which one can tell whether or not one is actually a Christian.

When Gabriel told Mary that the future child would be “the son of the most High,” he was saying that the child would be God. Jesus is God!

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A Thought on Sanctification

“Pray not only against the power of sin, but for the power of holiness also. A haughty heart may pray against his sins, not out of any inward enmity to them, or love to holiness, but because they are troublesome guests to his conscience. His zeal is false that seems hot against sin, but is key-cold to holiness. A city is rebellious that keeps their rightful Prince out, though it receives not his enemy in.”

 

(William Gurnall, cited in THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF PURITAN QUOTATIONS, ed. I.D.E. Thomas, p. 139.)

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WISDOM FROM AN EARLY CHRISTIAN

It is the task of the Word of God to be our guardian, our moral and spiritual instructor. He teaches us to love freedom, to love our fellow man, to love and admire what is excellent, rather than merely what is effective or adequate. The Word will not permit us to get away with carelessness or mediocrity.

We all accept that there is special training for philosophers, for teachers, for athletes. Equally, for those who have chosen to major in holiness, there is special training in the Word. It involves, as does any serious training, almost every detail of life: walking, eating, resting, working, every part is disciplined and every part contributes to the goal of spiritual health and beauty.

Mind you, this training (unlike some of the others) does not put people under emotional or physical strain and tension. It is not a matter of driving oneself to the limit so much as allowing the Word to show us our weaknesses and moral flaws, and then bringing us the Savior’s own remedies, precisely gauged to meet every specific need.

(Clement of Alexandria [155-220 A.D.].)

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ON CHRIST AS THE ULTIMATE MANIFESTATION OF GOD

“God is best known in Christ; the sun is not seen but by the light of the sun.” (William Bridge)

 

“In the Scriptures there is a draught of God, but in Christ there is God Himself. A coin bears the image of Caesar, but Caesar’s son is his own lively resemblance. Christ is the living Bible.” (Thomas Manton)

 

“In nature, we see God, as it were, like the sun in a picture; in thelaw, as the sun in a cloud; in Christ we see Him in His beams; He being ‘the brightness of His glory, and the exact image of His person.'”(Stephen Charnock)

(From THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF PURITAN QUOTATIONS, p. 45.)

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