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04 April 5, 2015, Luke 24;1-12, Easter, The Declaration

  1. 1. Luke 24:1-12 The Declaration - He Is Risen! April 5, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? The Glory of God! http://forgodalmighty.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/godsglory1.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. April Memory Verse: I Peter 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
  2. 2. Friday, April 17, 2015 | 6:30 pm | Fellowship Hall East • Dr. Jason Lisle: Creation vs Evolution vs ID, Apologetics, Cosmology, The Big Bang, Astro Physics, Astronomy • Mark Cahill: Apologetic Evangelism, Do Something, Biblical Truth • Jay Watts: Life Training Institute, The Case for Life, Biblical Worldviews Saturday: April 18, 2015 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | Fellowship Hall East • Jay Watts: “Back to the Cross, Apologetics in Service to the Gospel” • Mark Cahill: Apologetic Evangelism Training (2hrs) (Breakout Session) • Dr. Jason Lisle: How the Heavens Declare God’s Glory (Breakout Session) • Jay Watts: “The Case for Life” (Breakout Session) Saturday Lunch | 12:15 pm | Cost $10 (Purchase by April 12) • Dr. Jason Lisle: “Ultimate Proof of Creation” • Mark Cahill: “No Excuses” Sunday, April 19, 2015 • 9:00 & 10:30 am Sunday School Sunday • School Option: Fellowship Hall East: Dr. Jason Lisle: “Why Genesis Matters” • 9:00 & 10:30 am Worship Services – Sanctuary • Apologetic Message – Mark Cahill: “One Heartbeat Away” Sunday, April 19, 2015 Evening Service – Sanctuary • 5:00 pm Dr. Jason Lisle: “Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments” • 6:15 pm Mark Cahill: “One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven”
  3. 3. Secret Church Simulcast Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 - 11:59 PM Contact: Hal Warren Taught by Dr. David Platt, President of the I.M.B. Books may be purchased for $10 in the Missions office starting April 12. We have three challenges that the Education Department has placed before us in 2015: http://kazyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Challenge.jpg 1.) Memorize the monthly memory verses and know each month we are hiding God’s Word in our heart. http://rejoiceministries.org/images/hiding-gods-word-banner.jpg
  4. 4. January verse: Romans 10:9 February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 March verse: Romans 3:23 April verse: I Peter 1:3 2.) Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will become a believer in 2015 as God uses you to plant seeds with that person. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608020305571221387&pid=1.7 3). Ask two Sunday School class members to share how they have seen God at work during the week. http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg Next Sunday: April 12, 2015 Luke 24:13-35 The Promise Fulfilled
  5. 5. http://c710327.r27.cf2.rackcdn.com/assets/1592/reviewaccountingstandards.jpg http://rsc.byu.edu/sites/default/files/Seely%20Image%201%20copy.jpg The priest examined the lamb for imperfections, not the man who brought the lamb to serve as the substitute for his sins. http://barryboucher.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fb77662883301156fdbb7b7970b-800wi
  6. 6. Except through Me – John 14:6 http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ekgLbfjCjWw/TxwO979IySI/AAAAAAAAL9w/fU_HZZKeszU/s1600/judgment-day-man-before- throne-with-jesus-medium.png What are the only three things that are presently on this earth that are going to Heaven? 1) ___ __ _____ ___ 2) ____ ______ 3) ____ __ ____ ___ http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8vWYL4EO0BQ/TefTdSEh-II/AAAAAAAAAD0/Dnk3kEcq1jQ/s1600/HeavenOnEarth.jpg What are the only three things that are presently on this earth that are going to Heaven? 1) All of God’s Word. Isa 40:8, 1 Peter 1:23-25 2) Some people. 1 John 5:11-13 3) Some of your works. 1 Cor 3:11-15 Isaiah 40:8 NKJV 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Also 1 Peter 1:23-25)
  7. 7. 1 John 5:11-13 NKJV 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has (eternal) life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13a These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know (not hope so, not maybe) that you have eternal life, 1 John 5:11-13a NKJV 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NKJV 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NKJV (You can lose your rewards but not your salvation.) Hebrews 11:6 NKJV 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Revelation 4:10 NKJV 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him Who sits on the throne and worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, http://ubdavid.org/youthworld/majoring-in-life/graphics/10_elders-crowns.jpg
  8. 8. The greatest reward a person can ever have is the presence of God. http://liveholy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Presence-of-god.jpg http://splxp.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/held-by-god.jpg Psalm 16:11 NKJV 11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Yesterday is the past, Tomorrow is the future, Today is a gift – that’s why we call it The Present! http://firsttrinity.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Presence-of-God.jpg
  9. 9. Isaiah 40:10 NKJV 10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him. Revelation 22:12 NKJV 12 And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Ephesians 2:10 NKJV 10 For we are His workmanship (poem), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Luke 24:1-12 NKJV The Declaration - He Is Risen! Luke 24:1-12 NKJV He Is Risen 1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” 8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. Luke 24:1-12 NKJV
  10. 10. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, Paul gives the most extensive treatment of the resurrection in all of Scripture. http://www.jesuspictures.co/jesus-resurrection-92.jpg 1 Corinthians 15:3b-9 NKJV The Risen Christ 3b that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas (Peter), then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once , of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:3b-9 NKJV COMMENTARIES CONSULTED: • J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible • Wiersbe Expository Outlines • Ray Stedman John MacArthur, Jr. (Born June 19, 1939) http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4529821671755722&w=282&h=366&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pid=1.7
  11. 11. Just as the heart pumps life-giving blood to every part of the body, so the truth of the resurrection gives life to every other area of Gospel truth. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608036927180047896&pid=1.7 The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truths would much matter. http://worshipsounds.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/he-is-risen-tomb.jpg Without the resurrection, Christianity would just be wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/d4/f4/42/d4f442d94263dff4aa3f41e745a8f859.jpg
  12. 12. The first two sermons preached after Pentecost both focused on the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:14-36; 3:12-26). http://christianitymatters.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/he-has-risen.jpg Because of that truth, the heart-broken followers of the crucified Rabbi were turned into the courageous witnesses and martyrs who, in a few years, spread the Gospel across the Roman Empire and turned the world upside down. Acts 17:6 NKJV 6 But when they did not find them (Paul and Silas), they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. No fear or dread in this life can quench the hope and joy of an assured life to come. http://virginialieto.com/wp-content/uploads/Hope-in-the-Lord.png True New Testament Christianity is a religion of the resurrection. "Our Savior's resurrection is truly of great importance in Christianity, so great that His being or not being the Messiah stands or falls with it.", said John Locke.
  13. 13. Because it is the cornerstone of the Gospel, the resurrection has been the target of Satan's greatest attacks against the church. http://biblicalproof.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/the-devil-as-a-roaring-lion.jpg If the resurrection is eliminated, the life-giving power of the Gospel is eliminated, the deity of Christ is eliminated, salvation from sin is eliminated, and eternal life is eliminated. "If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied" (1 Corinthians 15:19). If Christ did not live past the grave, those who trust in Him surely cannot hope to do so. Without the resurrection, salvation could not have been provided, and without belief in the resurrection salvation cannot be received. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/- NOQ3fqcuCJI/UsrohEyil5I/AAAAAAAAAnw/fk_ieRghW38/s1600/I+Am+the+Resurrection+and+the+Life.jpg
  14. 14. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). • It is not possible, therefore, to be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The doctrinal problem on which 1 Corinthians chapter 15 focuses was not the Corinthians' disbelief in Christ's resurrection but confusion about their own. Paul was not trying to convince them that Christ rose from the dead but that one day they, too, would be raised with Him to eternal life. http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/194/028/194028878_640.jpg To lay the foundation in the first eleven verses, Paul reviews five evidences for Jesus' resurrection. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pf1tLR81edo/TbQl5ya2dHI/AAAAAAAAAPE/p6_Ua5eFpBo/s1600/empty_tomb23456.jpg The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11).
  15. 15. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 The Testimony of the Church 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NKJV The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NKJV Because of the reality of Christ's resurrection and of their trust in it, they were now a part of His church and thereby were evidence of the power of that resurrection. • Their lives had been transformed because of the resurrection. Obedience and continuous faithfulness mark the redeemed. The endurance and growth of the church of Jesus Christ for over 2,000 years is evidence of His resurrection reality. His church and His Word have survived skepticism, persecution, heresy, unfaithfulness, and disobedience because of our belief in His resurrection. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608040376045472641&pid=1.7 Critics have denounced the resurrection as a hoax and fabrication, but have never explained the power of such a fabrication to produce men and women who gave up everything, including their freedom and lives when necessary, to love and to follow a dead Lord! His living church is evidence that Christ Himself is alive; and He could be alive only if He had been raised from the dead.
  16. 16. He Lives I serve a risen Savior He’s in the world today. I know that He is living, Whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer; And just the time I need Him He’s always near. He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart. Composed in 1933 by Alfred Henry Ackley (1887-1960) In the Garden Written by a pharmacist, C. Austin Miles (1868–1946) I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses . . . And He walks with me, And He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other, has ever, known! “A crucified Messiah would have been no Messiah at all. He was One rejected by Judaism and accursed of God. It was the resurrection of Jesus, as Paul declares in Romans 1:3-4, which proclaimed Him to be the Son of God with power” (Dutton, 1946).
  17. 17. Romans 1:3-4 NKJV 3 His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Matthew 27:54 NKJV 54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Also in Mark 15:39) A follower of Buddha writes of his religious leader, "When Buddha died it was with that utter passing away in which nothing whatever remains." http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/3392929141_83f48bc81c.jpg Mohammad died at Medina on June 8, 632, at the age of 61, and his tomb there is visited yearly by tens of thousands of Muslims. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mausoleum_Muhammad.jpg
  18. 18. But they come to mourn his death, not to celebrate his resurrection. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mrs_Aisha_room.jpg Franklin Graham said, “Mohammed is dead and buried in Medina. Jesus Christ is alive and He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. (Hebrews 1:3) Who do you want to follow, the dead or the living?” The church of Jesus Christ, not just on Easter Sunday but at every service of immersion baptism, celebrates the victory of her Lord over death and the grave. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11). 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 The Testimony of Scripture 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NKJV 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, http://healthy-family.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/and-on-the-third-day-he-rose-in-fulfillment-of-the-scriptures.jpg
  19. 19. To the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus said, "'O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?' And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:25-27). Acts 10:43 says that all the prophets testify about Him… Acts 10:43 NKJV 43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. When the unbelieving Jews asked for a sign of Jesus' messiahship, He said: Matthew 12:39-40 NKJV 39 “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RXWDJZK5vCE/U0whpbrGyeI/AAAAAAAABJk/MVF819AIBGE/s1600/sign+of+Jonah.jpg Jesus, Peter, and Paul all quoted or referred to such Old Testament passages as: Gen 22:8, 14; Psalm 16:8-11; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53; and Hosea 6:2. The more time there is between the prediction and when the event occurs, the more amazing it is, the more impressed we are. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.607995313212558541&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
  20. 20. Psalm 22 was written by King David 1,000 years before it took place. It was written 500 years before the Romans had perfected crucifixion. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608049322458875634&w=243&h=169&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.7 The Psalms were not numbered in Jesus’ day so the way they referred to a Psalm was by the first line of that Psalm. Psalm 23 = The Lord is my Shepherd Psalm 22:1 NKJV 1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? http://www.lifeinchristministries.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/psalm22.jpg Psalm 22:14-18 NKJV 14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f3/c2/22/f3c222545d38a7d6b2fc3c2ce54279ad.jpg
  21. 21. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd (dry piece of pottery), And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. http://mattmilamii.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/i_thirst1.jpg 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. 18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots. http://www.joyfulheart.com/easter/images-tissot/tissot-the-garments-divided-by-cast-lots-599x719.jpg Psalm 22 Six of the Fulfillments Gospels v. 1 -- Christ spoke these words Matt. 27:46 v. 2 -- Alternate light and darkness; Matt. 27:45 v. 6-8 -- The reproach of the people; Matt. 27:39-44 v. 16 -- His hands and feet pierced; Matt. 27:35 v. 17 -- People staring at Him; Luke 23:35 v. 18 -- Gambling for His garments; John 19:23-24
  22. 22. Over and over again, either directly or indirectly, literally or in figures of speech, the Old Testament foretold Jesus' death (Psalm 22), burial (Psalm 16), and resurrection (Isaiah 11). http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RIJ57UBnL- M/T2xambBMMSI/AAAAAAAAAZE/djGhAmfHEjk/s1600/the_baptism_of_the_christ_21.jpg http://ubdavid.org/advanced/way-to-heaven/graphics/4_jesus-baptism-beloved-son.jpg No Jew who believed and understood the Scriptures should have been surprised that the Messiah was ordained to die, be buried, and then resurrected. http://media2.gracechurchsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/12_jesusintheot_main.jpg Twice Paul repeats the phrase according to the Scriptures, to emphasize that this is no new thing, and no contradiction of true Jewish belief.
  23. 23. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11). 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 The Testimony Of Eyewitnesses 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 NKJV 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Jesus' Appearance To Peter One of the requirements for apostleship was having seen the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:21-22). http://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/church/news/March%202013/29th/580-Resurrection.jpg Acts 1:21-22 NKJV 21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” Psalm 109:8 NKJV 8 Let his (Judas) days be few, And let another take his office.
  24. 24. The first apostle to whom He appeared was Cephas, that is, Peter. http://wordincarnate.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/saint-thomas-jesus.jpg We are not told why the Lord appeared to Peter first or separately, but it possibly was because of Peter's great remorse over having denied his Lord three times, and because his role as a leader among the apostles (Acts 15). In going to Peter first, Jesus emphasized His grace. • Peter had forsaken the Lord, but the Lord had not forsaken him and Christ did not appear to Peter because Peter deserved to see Him most, but perhaps because Peter needed to see Him most. • Peter was the Lord's spokesman at Pentecost and was crucially used in the expansion of the church for several years. • As such he was the prime witness to the resurrected Christ. Jesus' Appearance To The Eleven Jesus next appeared to the eleven disciples as they were fearfully assembled on Easter evening (John 20:19; Luke 24:36). http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_W-tPfvMT88E/Sd-qercS8AI/AAAAAAAADuE/nTMuRrbcJwc/s400/risen.jpg
  25. 25. The apostles laid the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20), which from the beginning based its beliefs and practices on their teaching (Acts 2:42). Those men whom the Lord used to establish His church on earth all saw Him in His resurrected body (Acts 1:22). They were capable, honest, and reliable eyewitnesses to the most important event of history. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zvW4b38RcUQ/TnDuEk9BEJI/AAAAAAAADZw/V7L-lRJB2Ww/s1600/Jesus-Christ-Image.jpg Jesus' Appearance To The Five Hundred “After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time.” The quality of specific witnesses is represented by the apostles, all of whom were known by name and could easily be questioned. The quantity of witnesses is seen in the five hundred brethren who all saw the risen Christ at one time. • Scripture gives no indication of who those people were, or where Jesus appeared to them, but they were surely well known in the early church, and, like the eleven, would often have been questioned about seeing the risen Savior. http://deseretnews.com/images/article/midres/16048/16048.jpg
  26. 26. Jesus' Appearance To James James is the half-brother of the Lord, the author of the letter of James and a key leader in the Jerusalem church (Acts 15:13-21). http://members.bib-arch.org/bswb_graphics/BSBA/28/06/BSBA280603120.jpg James originally was a skeptic (as were C.S. Lewis and Josh McDowell). Like his brothers he did not at first believe that Jesus was the Messiah (John 7:5). John 7:5 NKJV 5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him. But now this member of Jesus' own household, this one who for several years did not recognize Jesus as the Christ, was a powerful and convincing witness to His resurrection. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608050215808731103&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 Perhaps, as with Paul, it was the experience of seeing the resurrected Christ that finally brought James to saving faith. http://theworddetective.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/camelknees.jpg
  27. 27. In any case, the convincing testimony of a family member and former unbeliever was added to that of the apostles and the five hundred. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/3f/c9/41/3fc9414666b6f33266bd00df8a46b0d9.jpg "Over a period of forty days" (Acts 1:3), between His resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared to all the apostles on other occasions that are not specified (see John 21:1-14). The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle Paul himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11). 1 Corinthians 15:8-10 The Testimony Of Paul 1 Corinthians 15:8-10 NKJV 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. The fourth major testimony of Christ's resurrection was that of the apostle Paul himself, a special and unique witness of the risen Lord. http://danmckinlay.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/apostle-paul.jpg
  28. 28. Paul was not among the original apostles, all of whom had been disciples of Jesus during His earthly ministry. • He was not among the five hundred other believers who had seen the resurrected Christ. Rather, he had for many years been an unbeliever and a chief persecutor of the church. He was, however, last of all allowed to see the risen Christ. The Lord's appearance to Paul not only was post-resurrection but post- ascension, making Paul's testimony more unique still. • It was not during the forty days in which He appeared to all the others but several years later. All the others to whom Christ appeared, except perhaps James, were believers, whereas Paul (then known as Saul) was a violent, hateful unbeliever when the Lord manifested Himself on the Damascus road (Acts 9:1-8). There were also other appearances (Acts 18:9-10; 23:11; 2 Cor 12:1-7). • Jesus appeared to Paul as it were to one untimely born (ektroma) which ordinarily referred to a miscarriage, or premature birth — a life unable to sustain itself. In Paul's figure, the term could indicate hopelessness for life without divine intervention, and convey the idea that he was born without hope of meeting Christ. But the use of the term in the sense of an ill-timed birth, too early or too late, seems to fit Paul's thought best. He came too late to have been one of the twelve. In carrying the idea of unformed, dead, and useless, the term was also used as a term of derision. • Before his conversion, which coincided with his vision of the resurrected Lord, Paul was spiritually unformed, dead, and useless, a person to be scorned by God. • Even when he was born it was wrong timing. • Christ was gone. • How could he be an apostle? • Yet, by special divine provision, He appeared to me also, Paul testifies.
  29. 29. Paul knew all of his sins were forgiven, and he was not plagued by feelings of guilt over what he had once done against God's people. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608036742505564402&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 But he could not forget that for which he had been forgiven, and it continually reminded him that by the grace of God I am what I am. • That he deserved God's forgiveness so little was a constant reminder of how graciously His grace is given. It is possible that Paul's memory of having persecuted the church of God was a powerful motivation for his being determined that His grace would not prove vain. http://www.dailywordofgodgroup.com/images/the-grace-of-god.jpg As is clearly substantiated in the New Testament, Paul was able to truthfully say, I labored even more than all of them. Yet he was not boasting in his own spirituality or power but in God's, because, as he hastened to add, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. The same grace responsible for his calling was responsible for his faithfulness. God sovereignly appointed Paul an apostle and sovereignly blessed his apostolic ministry.
  30. 30. Paul believed, responded, obeyed, and was continually sensitive to the Lord's leading and will. But apart from God's prevenient grace the apostle knew that everything he did would have been in vain and worthless (Eph 4:15-16; Col 1:28- 29; etc.). The truth and power of the resurrected Christ had brought three great changes in Paul. • First was deep recognition of sin. • For the first time he realized how far his external religious life was from being internally godly. He saw himself as he really was, an enemy of God and a persecutor of His church. • Second, he experienced a revolution of character. • From a persecutor of the church he became her greatest defender. His life was transformed from one characterized by self-righteous hatred to one characterized by self-giving love. http://sfodan.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/transformed_by_god.jpg He changed from oppressor to servant, from imprisoner to deliverer, from judge to friend, from a taker of life to a giver of life. Third, he experienced a dramatic redirection of energy. As zealously as he had once opposed God's redeemed he now served them. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Bbt2HjyGzpg/UTyodiWShjI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/JCiUt57Xm18/s1600/01-serving-others-1.jpg
  31. 31. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle Paul himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11). 1 Corinthians 15:11 The Testimony Of The Common Message 1 Corinthians 15:11 NKJV 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. The last testimony to Christ's resurrection was that of the common message that every true apostle, prophet, and pastor preached. Without exception, the preaching and teaching in the early church centered on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ - whether it was Peter, the twelve, the five hundred, James, or anyone else. Wherever Christ was preached and by whomever He was preached, His resurrection was the pivotal message that was proclaimed. http://www.jesuspictures.co/jesusresurrection_2.jpg There was no dispute about the truth or the importance of the doctrine, which hardly would have been the case had it been a fabrication. Except for a few isolated heresies, the doctrine of Christ's resurrection has not been questioned within the church until our modern age of skepticism and humanism. New Testament Christianity, whether ancient or modern, knows nothing of a gospel whose heart is not the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  32. 32. Isaiah 49:16a NKJV 16a See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; http://christfromtheheart.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/isiash-49-16.jpg The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  33. 33. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-979-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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