THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 6-4-2017

LESSON TITLE: “JESUS’ RESURRECTION”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO THE PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY MORNING. I HOPE AND TRUST THAT EVERYONE HAS HAD A GREAT WEEK IN SERVICE TO THE LORD. WHAT A BLESSING WE HAVE THIS MORNING TO AGAIN COME TOGETHER FOR THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO GOD. WE ARE GLAD YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US AS WE TOGETHER SING PRAISES TO HIS MATCHLESS NAME AND AS WE STUDY FROM HIS PRECIOUS WORD. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART THIS MORNING, IN MAKING THIS SACRIFICE ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER AT THIS TIME?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE; THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. AND HELP US TO CONTINUALLY BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US, THAT THEY AS WELL AS US MAY HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY OF ETERNAL LIFE AND SALVATION WHICH IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS AND THE GREAT SACRIFICE THAT HE GAVE ON THE CROSS. HELP US THIS DAY TO GROW IN YOUR WORD - THAT WE WOULD DO MORE EVERY DAY OF WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE US DO. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

ISN’T IT WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US A PERFECT EXAMPLE IN JESUS CHRIST, TO KNOW HOW WE SHOULD LIVE IN OUR DAILY LIVES. THE QUESTION IS, “ARE WE TRYING TO WALK IN THE STEPS OF THE SAVIOR?”

OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING ANSWERS THIS VERY QUESTION. SO WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AS WE BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE TO GOD. PLEASE PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, “STEPPING IN THE LIGHT!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OF THE ALL POLITICAL TALK AND CONFLICT IN OUR SOCIETY? I SURE WE ALL GET TIRED OF HEARING OF THE NEGATIVE STUFF ON TV, ON A DAILY BASIS. IN FACT, MANY OF US MIGHT BE SICK OF ALL THE POLITICS THAT TAKE PLACE IN OUR DAY AND TIME! HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH THIS IS TRUE, I THINK WE OFTEN FORGET HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE BE INVOLVED IN THOSE THINGS WHICH AFFECT OUR SOCIETY AND THE LIVES WE LIVE FOR GOD.

CONSIDER THESE VERSES IN THE BIBLE. JESUS SAID, “RENDER THEREFORE TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR'S, AND TO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD'S.” LUKE 20:25. YOU SEE, GOD HAS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED US TO DO OUR PART AND BE ACTIVE IN THE THINGS OF SOCIETY. BUT WHY? BECAUSE WE ARE ALL AFFECTED DAILY BY THOSE WHO RULE OVER US. THE INSPIRED PAUL HAD THIS TO SAY ON THIS TOPIC, “REMIND THEM TO BE SUBJECT TO RULERS AND AUTHORITIES, TO OBEY, TO BE READY FOR EVERY GOOD WORK,” TITUS 3:1! AGAIN, GOD SHOWS US THAT WE ARE TO HONOR AND RESPECT THOSE WHO RULE OVER US. AGAIN TO THE ROMAN BRETHREN, PAUL SAID, “LET EVERY SOUL BE SUBJECT TO THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES. FOR THERE IS NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT FROM GOD, AND THE AUTHORITIES THAT EXIST ARE APPOINTED BY GOD,” 13:1.

NOW WITH ALL THESE THINGS IN MIND, I HOPE YOU CAN SEE HOW IMPORTANT THAT IT IS THAT WE PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO RULE OVER US, ARE THOSE WHO HAVE INTEREST IN THE THINGS OF GOD, ACCORDING TO HIS WAY! THE WISE MAN OF PROVERBS WROTE THIS, “WHERE THERE IS NO COUNSEL, THE PEOPLE FALL; BUT IN THE MULTITUDE OF COUNSELORS THERE IS SAFETY, 11:14. YOU SEE, WE DO NEED WISE LEADERSHIP IF WE ARE TO BE A NATION THAT STANDS IN THIS WORLD. FURTHERMORE, WE NEED WISE LEADERSHIP IF WE ARE TO BE A NATION THAT STANDS WITH GOD, FOR GOD, AND ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSES AND NOT OUR OWN.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ASSURE THAT WE ARE “ONE NATION UNDER GOD!” GOD SAYS TO DO YOUR PART!

THIS MORNING WE HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS AGAIN WITH US, AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER OF THE DAY. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI RIGHT HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. IT IS GREAT TO HAVE HIM WITH US THIS MORNING. AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, HE WILL LEAD THE LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR STUDY OF THE DAY, WE WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON THE CHRIST, IN OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “HE PREACHED TO THEM JESUS.” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC THIS MORNING WILL BE ON “JESUS RESURRECTION.” NOW LET’S RETURN TO OUR SINGING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

WELL GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. WE'RE SO HAPPY THAT YOU TOOK THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH US THIS MORNING. WE ARE PRESENTLY IN A SERIES CALLED “PREACHING JESUS” AND IT WILL BE MY PLEASURE THIS MORNING TO TAKE ONE ASPECT OF THE LIFE OF JESUS AND WHAT HE CAME TO THIS EARTH TO DO, WHAT HE DID, AND HOW IT AFFECTS OUR LIVES EVEN TODAY. WE'RE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO KNOW GOD'S WILL AND WE PROMISE YOU ONE THING: THAT WHAT WE WILL DO ON THIS PROGRAM IS ALWAYS PREACH AND TEACH JESUS CHRIST AND HIS TEACHINGS. THIS IS WHAT WE MUST DO IF WE ARE HIS PROCLAIMERS OF HIS WORD.

WELL, THERE WAS A GREAT EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE LIFE OF JESUS, THAT WITHOUT IT OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD WOULD NOT EVEN BE POSSIBLE. IT STARTED WITH HIS LIFE, THEN WITH HIS DEATH, HIS BURIAL, BUT THAT GREAT EVENT WAS HIS RESURRECTION! IT'S MY PLEASURE TODAY TO PRESENT TO YOU FROM THE WORD OF GOD ITSELF HOW THE RESURRECTION HAS AFFECTED ALL OF MANKIND AND HOW IT WAS TRULY GOD'S PLAN WHEN JESUS RESURRECTED FROM THE GRAVE TO GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY THROUGH HIM AND HIS RESURRECTION TO EXPERIENCE THE SAME RESURRECTION SOMEDAY.

LET'S GO BACK TO THE TIME THAT JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS, OF COURSE, WE KNOW THAT HE DIED A VERY CRUEL DEATH BY THE HANDS OF THE ROMAN SOLDIERS. THAT, WITH THE PLEASURE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, IT WAS JESUS WHO DIED AND HE WAS BURIED. AND AFTER HE WAS IN THE GRAVE FOR THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS, A MAN BY THE NAME OF JOSEPH ARIMATHEA REQUESTED THAT HE BURY THE BODY OF JESUS. IT WAS PILATE, BECAUSE OF THE INSISTENCE OF THE JEWS, TO PLACE GUARDS AT THAT TOMB ENTRANCE WHICH WAS GUARDED AND WHICH WAS CLOSED BY A GREAT STONE. BUT WE SEE OTHER THINGS THAT TOOK PLACE AFTER THAT THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS. ACTUALLY, THAT STONE WAS ROLLED AWAY BY A GREAT EARTHQUAKE THAT HAPPENED WHEN JESUS HIMSELF RESURRECTED FROM THE GRAVE. WOMEN CAME TO ANOINT THE BODY THE NEXT MORNING, MATTHEW 28, AS MATTHEW RECORDS IN MATTHEW 28. BUT THEY FOUND THE TOMB EMPTY. IT WAS MARY HERSELF WHO SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 20 VERSE TWO, “THEY HAVE TAKEN HIM AWAY. WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE LAID HIM.” WELL, HE WAS NOT IN THE TOMB AS HE PROMISED HIS DISCIPLES AND AS IT IS RECORDED THROUGHOUT PROPHECY, HE WOULD BE RESURRECTED THE THIRD DAY. AFTER THAT HE MADE MANY APPEARANCES. HE ACTUALLY APPEARED TO MARY MAGDALENE, AS IS RECORDED IN MARK 16:10 AND TWO OTHER WOMEN, MATTHEW 28. HE APPEARED TO PETER; HE APPEARED TO TWO DISCIPLES AT EMMAUS, HE APPEARED TO THE DISCIPLES WHEN THOMAS WAS ABSENT, AND THEN HE APPEARED TO THE DISCIPLES WHEN THOMAS WAS PRESENT. HE APPEARED IN GALILEE, MATTHEW 28:16 THRU 20. HE APPEARED TO OVER 500 AT ONE TIME, FIRST CORINTHIANS 15 VERSE SIX. HE APPEARED TO JAMES. HE APPEARED AT THE TIME OF HIS ASCENSION AS WE VERY WELL KNOW. SO IT'S DUE TO THE FACT OF SO MANY WITNESSES THAT WE KNOW THAT THIS JESUS WAS RESURRECTED THROUGH SO MANY WITNESSES. WE KNOW THAT HE DIED UPON THE CROSS THROUGH MANY WITNESSES. WE KNOW THAT HE WAS BURIED IN THAT TOMB AND THROUGH MANY MORE WITNESSES WE KNOW THAT HE WAS RESURRECTED FROM THE GRAVE AS PROMISED. THE RESURRECTION IS THE CORNERSTONE OF THE GOSPEL!

I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 AND WE'RE GOING TO READ THROUGH VERSES ONE THROUGH FOUR WHERE IT SAYS, “MOREOVER BRETHREN I DECLARE TO YOU THE GOSPEL WHICH I PREACHED TO YOU, WHICH ALSO YOU RECEIVED AND IN WHICH YOU STAND, BY WHICH ALSO YOU ARE SAVED, IF YOU HOLD FAST THE WORD WHICH I PREACHED TO YOU- UNLESS YOU BELIEVE IN VAIN. FOR I DELIVERED TO YOU FIRST OF ALL THAT WHICH ALSO RECEIVED: THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, AND THAT HE WAS BURIED, AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.”

WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR FAITH IF THERE IS NO RESURRECTION? HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THAT FACT?` I REMEMBER ONE TIME YEARS AND YEARS AGO, IN FACT IT WAS THE 1970'S, WHEN I WAS PREACHING UP IN NORTHEAST INDIANA IN THE CITY OF FORT WAYNE, INDIANA. WE DECIDED TO TAKE A SURVEY AMONG A VERY RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY. SOME WERE FROM FRANCE OR THEIR HERITAGE WAS FROM FRANCE AND OTHERS WHERE THEIR HERITAGE WERE GERMANS. MOST OF THE COMMUNITY WAS MADE UP OF PEOPLE LIKE THAT. AND THEY CLAIMED TO BE VERY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. BUT ON OUR SURVEY WE WERE TRYING TO OF COURSE GET PROSPECTS SO THAT WE MIGHT TEACH THEM FURTHER THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. AND ON THAT QUESTIONNAIRE THE LAST QUESTION WAS, “DO YOU BELIEVE IN A LITERAL RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST?” NOW THESE PEOPLE HAD TO TAKE A WHILE BEFORE THEY ANSWERED THAT QUESTION. AND OVER 50% OF THEM SAID THEY DID NOT BELIEVE IN THE ACTUAL AND LITERAL RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST! NOW, WE DIDN'T TAKE THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO TEACH THEM AT THAT TIME OR TRY TO REFUTE WHAT THEY SAID OR TO GET INTO A RELIGIOUS ARGUMENT OR DISCUSSION. BUT WE JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE THESE WERE. WELL, THEY WERE PEOPLE THAT OVER 50% OF THEM, AND WE KNOCKED ON OVER 1000 DOORS, WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THAT JESUS WAS LITERALLY RESURRECTED FROM THE GRAVE. LET'S SEE WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID IN THIS VERY SAME CHAPTER, 1ST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 VERSE 13. IT SAYS, “BUT IF THERE IS NO RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, THEN CHRIST IS NOT RISEN.” NOW, IF CHRIST IS NOT RISEN THEN WHAT ABOUT OUR PREACHING? WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PREACHING CHRIST. WELL, OUR PREACHING IS EMPTY. AND LOOK AT VERSE 14 THAT'S FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 VERSE 14, “AND IF CHRIST IS NOT RISEN, THEN OUR PREACHING IS EMPTY AND YOUR FAITH IS ALSO EMPTY.” WELL, IN OTHER WORDS OUR FAITH IS WORTHLESS. IT IS IN VAIN. VERSE 17, “AND IF CHRIST IS NOT RISEN, YOUR FAITH IS FUTILE; YOU ARE STILL IN YOUR SINS!” SO MY FRIENDS, THIS MORNING THE QUESTION IS TO YOU: DID JESUS, THAT IS THE JESUS CHRIST, ACTUALLY RESURRECT FROM THE GRAVE? IN FACT IN VERSE 18 IT SAYS, “THEN THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP IN CHRIST HAVE PERISHED.” SO NOT ONLY WILL WE NOT HAVE ANY HOPE OF THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS BUT THOSE LOVED ONES WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE WILL HAVE NO HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO RESURRECTION. BUT THE GREAT WORD THIS MORNING IS, THE GREAT THOUGHT FROM GOD'S WORD IS, THAT JESUS INDEED WAS RESURRECTED.

BUT IS CHRIST RISEN? LOOK AT VERSE 20, “BUT NOW CHRIST IS RISEN…” THIS IS FIRST CORINTHIANS 15 VERSE 20, “BUT NOW CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, AND HAS BECOME THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP.” IF THERE'S NO RESURRECTION, THERE IS NO SALVATION FOR US! BECAUSE JESUS BROKE THE BONDS OF HADES, HE WAS VICTORIOUS OVER DEATH IN THE GRAVE, AND HE CAME UP VICTORIOUS. HE WAS THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THE DEAD. THAT IS HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD AND WE WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US.

NOW WERE THE APOSTLES EYEWITNESSES? WELL, YES, ACTS TWO VERSES 29 THROUGH 32. WAS PAUL A WITNESS OF JESUS THE RESURRECTED CHRIST? HE CERTAINLY WAS. WAS THE HOLY SPIRIT? DID THE HOLY SPIRIT RAISE HIM FROM THE DEAD? ROMANS CHAPTER 8 VERSE 11 IS A VERY IMPORTANT VERSE. I'D LIKE TO JUST TURN OVER THERE AND READ ROMANS CHAPTER 8 VERSE 11. THIS AGAIN TELLS US THE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION. THAT'S ROMANS CHAPTER 8 VERSE 11 WHERE THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, “BUT IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM WHO RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELLS IN YOU HE WHO RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD WILL ALSO GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL BODIES THROUGH HIS SPIRIT WHO DWELLS IN YOU.” SO THE INFINITY IS THERE IF JESUS TRULY WAS RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD BY THE SPIRIT THEN THAT SAME SPIRIT IS GOING TO RAISE US FROM THE DEAD. NOW THE QUESTION IS, AND THIS IS WHAT PAUL AFFIRMED IN THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS 15, THE TRUTH IS THIS: IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN RESURRECTED FROM THE GRAVE, WE ALSO WOULD NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE RESURRECTED FROM THE GRAVE. BUT THE TRUTH IS HE WAS RESURRECTED AND WE DO HAVE THAT WONDERFUL PROSPECT OF BEING RESURRECTED OURSELVES.

NOW WHAT DO WE HAVE IN CHRIST BECAUSE OF HIS RESURRECTION? I WANT US TO CONSIDER THESE FACTS AND FOR THAT I'D LIKE TO GO TO SECOND CORINTHIANS IN CHAPTER 5 VERSES 18 AND 19. SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSES 18 AND 19. NOW PAUL SAYS THIS ABOUT HIMSELF AND THOSE WHO LABOR IN THE KINGDOM: “NOW ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, WHO HAS RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, AND HAS GIVEN US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION. THAT IS THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM AND HAS COMMITTED TO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.” NOW NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE! THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN BE RECONCILED TO GOD UNLESS JESUS HAD BEEN RESURRECTED FROM THE GRAVE. BECAUSE, ACTUALLY, THAT WOULD MAKE NULL AND VOID THE GOSPEL ITSELF. WOULD THERE BEING ANY GOOD NEWS WITHOUT THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST? WELL NO! THERE WOULD BE NO FORGIVENESS OF SINS BECAUSE ACTUALLY IT WOULD MAKE EVERYTHING THAT CHRIST DID ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH A LIE; HIS BIRTH, HIS LIFE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH, THE SELECTION OF HIS DISCIPLES, HIS MINISTRY THROUGHOUT THAT 3 TO 3 1/2 YEARS. ALL OF THIS WOULD'VE BEEN VAIN, USELESS, AND WORTHLESS. HIS DEATH? WELL, HE WOULD'VE DIED FOR SURE. HE WOULD'VE BEEN BURIED BUT WITHOUT ANY RESURRECTION. THEN YOU CAN SEE THE ACT OF GOD, THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE AND PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. AND SO WE ARE RECONCILED TO GOD. THIS IS THE WILL AND THE PLAN OF GOD.

NOW WHAT DOES RECONCILIATION ACTUALLY MEAN? SOME PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS BUT IT'S A VERY SIMPLE TERM. IT'S LIKE....LET'S SAY YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITHIN YOUR FAMILY AND THERE ARE TWO PARTIES THAT MAY NOT BE GETTING ALONG OR MAYBE YOUR CHILDREN AND YOU ARE NOT GETTING ALONG SO WELL. AND THERE BECOMES A DIVISION. RECONCILIATION MEANS YOU COME BACK TOGETHER. NOW, WHAT SEPARATED US FROM GOD? ISAIAH 59 ONE AND TWO, OUR SINS HAVE SEPARATED US FROM GOD SO BECAUSE OF JESUS AND HIS RESURRECTION WE'RE ABLE TO BE WHAT? RECONCILED OR BROUGHT BACK TO A FORMER RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN AND HE GIVES US THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE. WELL, WE SEE ALSO IN THESE VERSES HERE IN SECOND CORINTHIANS 5:18 THRU 19, THAT HE GIVES US ACCESS TO THE FATHER. THROUGH WHOM? THROUGH JESUS. IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID IN JOHN 14 VERSE SIX, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT. NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME.” WASN'T THAT A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT. IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 7 VERSE 25 WHERE IT SAYS, “THAT THROUGH CHRIST WE EVER LIVETH - HE EVER LIVETH AND MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US.” INTERCESSION TO WHOM? TO THE FATHER HIMSELF. LOOK AT HEBREWS 10:19 AND 20. THAT'S HEBREWS CHAPTER 10 VERSES 19 AND 20, “HAVING THEREFORE BOLDNESS TO ENTER THE HOLIEST BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, BY NEW AND LIVING WAY WHICH HE CONSECRATED FOR US BY THE VEIL, THAT IS HIS FLESH…” AND THEN IN THESE VERSES, THAT SECOND CORINTHIANS 5 VERSES 18 AND 19, WE HAVE VICTORY OVER SIN AND THE GRAVE BECAUSE OF THE RESURRECTED CHRIST.

I CALL YOUR ATTENTION BACK TO FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15, WHERE WE SEE IN VERSES 25 AND 26 THAT THE LAST ENEMY IS GOING TO BE DESTROYED. LOOK AT WHAT IT SAYS, “THE LAST ENEMY THAT WILL BE DESTROYED IS DEATH.” FOR “HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET.” BUT WHEN HE SAYS, “ALL THINGS ARE PUT UNDER HIS FEET,” IT IS EVIDENT THAT HE WHO PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET IS ACCEPTED. GOD, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, HAS GIVEN US WHAT? THAT GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO RID OURSELVES OF OUR SINS AND TO DIE A DEATH THAT WILL CAUSE US TO HAVE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE, THAT IS TO BE CLEAN FROM OUR SINS. LOOK AT VERSUS 35 AND 36 OF THAT SAME CHAPTER WHERE IT SAYS, “BUT SOMEONE WILL SAY, ‘HOW ARE THE DEAD RAISED UP? AND WITH WHAT BODY DO THEY COME?’ FOOLISH ONE, WHAT YOU SOW IS NOT MADE ALIVE UNLESS IT DIES.” SO WE DIE TO OUR SINS IN CHRIST. WE ARE RESURRECTED BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. HE DIED FOR US AND WE WILL BE RESURRECTED WITH THAT CHANGED BODY. PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE TIME THIS AFTERNOON, JUST READ THE ENTIRETY OF THE CHAPTER, THAT IS CHAPTER 15, OF THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS. IT WILL ENLIGHTEN YOU AS TO WHY WE HAVE GREAT HOPE BECAUSE OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. IN FACT, IN VERSE 57, THE LAST VERSE OF THAT CHAPTER, THE STATEMENT IS MADE, “BUT THANKS BE TO GOD, WHO GIVES US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!” THE VICTORY OVER THE GRAVE, VICTORY OVER SIN, AND WE ARE PROMISED THAT GREAT RESURRECTION AS THE SPIRIT OF GOD. THAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD. THAT SAME SPIRIT WILL RAISE US. WE WILL BE RESURRECTED AND HAVE THAT NEW, THAT CHANGED BODY, ACCORDING TO FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 WHICH WILL BE IMMORTAL, WHICH WILL BE A SPIRITUAL BODY, WHICH WILL LAST FOREVER AND EVER.

MY FRIEND PLEASE CONSIDER THESE THINGS AND CONSIDER YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE ANOTHER BREATH, ANOTHER BEAT OF YOUR HEART, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT WITH GOD AND TO OBEY HIS COMMANDS. AND SO WE PLEAD WITH YOU ON BEHALF OF OUR GOD THAT YOU DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A GREAT HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE!

CLOSING COMMENTS

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MAY WE REJOICE IN THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, FOR IT IS THIS FULFILLED PROPHETIC EVENT THAT GIVES EACH OF US THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE. PRAISE BE TO GOD THAT JESUS AROSE FROM THE GRAVE AND SHOWED HIS POWER OVER DEATH. TRUE, JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD!