This week Bro. Leo continues us in a study of God’s saving and sustainable grace by answering the question “what does the Resurrection of Jesus Christ mean?” Bro. Leo brings out three points of the implications of the resurrection. Believing the historical facts of the resurrection of Jesus is the first step of the Christian faith (Matt.28:1-7).
1) Jesus was proven to be the Son of God by the resurrection (Rom.1:1-4, Luke 22:66-71, Acts 17:30-31). The resurrection of Jesus separates Christianity from all other religions. Christianity is the only religion that worships the one true God who sacrificed Himself for us, all other religions worship a god who requires them to sacrifice for their god.
2) The resurrection reveals to us what Jesus accomplished on the Cross. The sacrifice of Jesus is proven sufficient and accepted by God to pay for “all” the sins of mankind (Heb.10:12, 10-11, 17-18, 1Cor.15: 20, 12, 14, 17).
3) The Resurrection of Jesus guarantees us that His Holy spirit and the Power of His Holy Spirit dwells in every believer and will not only raise us from the dead, but will also empower the believer in our daily lives (Rom.8:11, Eph.1:19).
In Rom.4:24-25 the word “believe” is translated from the Greek word “pistis” has three levels of meaning, 1) intellectual belief- believing the historical facts about Jesus and His resurrection, 2) believe in, we believe Jesus payed for our sins on the cross, 3) commitment, we believe to the point of committing ourselves to the will/convictions/guidance of His Holy Spirit in every decision we make in our daily lives by seeking the guidance and direction of His Holy Spirit.
Scriptures used in today’s study:
Mat 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Mat 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
Mat 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
Mat 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Mat 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Mat 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Mat 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Rom 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Luk 22:66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,
Luk 22:67 Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
Luk 22:68 And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.
Luk 22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
Luk 22:70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
Luk 22:71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Heb 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead,….
1Co 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1Co 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
1Co 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Rom 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Php 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,