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Pt. 4- He Rose Again

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Born Again

The gospel is ‘ good news’ for sinners, it is eternal salvation available to everyone. In the New Testament we find the rest of the instructions that we need to learn in order to know God better & to do His will, which in reality its the best for us (to benefit & protect us). For example, in book of Corinthians we find the following verse, which it’s called the ‘Gospel in a nutshell’. It is the only true gospel that the apostles preached:

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.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I 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, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 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. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. . .

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!   1 Cor. 15: 1-4 & 13-17.

Some today that call themselves ‘Christians’ don’t believe that Christ rose bodily from the dead, but this is a very important part of the gospel. Many others believe Jesus resurrected as a spirit, but that’s not a resurrection at all.

The Watchtower for example teaches body recreation & not resurrection. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God pulverized the body of Jesus and recreated it a new & different one. But Jesus and his apostles resurrected dead people, e.g Lazarus, Dorcas, etc. & it were  the same bodies raised from the dead. See John 11:44, Acts 9:40, etc.  Resurrection = Anatasis (in Greek), means ‘rising again’; and it is used in the original text for all these miracles as well as for Jesus resurrection, why wasn’t a different word used, if they were different events? Why wasn’t the word ‘recreate’ used instead of resurrected?

 Luke 24: 36-43,   But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Jesus even ate with them. Was Jesus deceiving them trying to make them believe that he was not a spirit, but in reality He was? Of course not, “God forbid! Let God be true, and every man a liar. Rom.3:4

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and He raised us up and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast. Eph.2:4-9

Listen to what the apostle Paul says in Romans 10:

 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 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.

1For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

In order to be save we need to believe the entire gospel, which includes Jesus bodily resurrection (if we don’t, then our faith is futile; & we are still in our sins!).

Vs.11 is also found in Rom.9:33 : “As it is written: “Look! I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes in Him will not be ashamed” & found in 1 Peter 2:6-8 as well.

The Scripture the apostles Paul & Peter are referring here about Jesus is from Isaiah 28:16Therefore, thus says the Lord God: See, I lay in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, firmly placed; he who believes shall not act hastily.

That stumbling stone & rock of offense for Israel is Jesus. But we also find it in Isaiah 8:13-14: “Sanctify the Lord of Hosts Himself, and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He shall become a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Isaiah is saying here the Lord of Host Himself (Jesus) is the stone of stumbling! There is no doubt the apostles believed Jesus to be God.

Some verses above that we just read, like 1 Cor.15:15 & Rom. 10:9 say that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Numerous times we are told that “God” raised up the Lord Jesus from the dead, but the Scripture declares all three persons of the Trinity (God) were involved in the resurrection of Jesus.

 John 5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.

Acts 5:30 “The God of our Fathers raised up Jesus“. Also Acts 2:24, 2:32, 3:15, 4:10,  etc.

In John 2: 19-21, Jesus says: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” … But he spoke of the temple of his body “

Rom. 11:8 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that lives in you.

Things we learned in this study of Born Again -John 3:

1/ We all need to be born again, or born of the Spirit to enter into the kingdom of God! (Jn.3:3-6)

2/ Nobody is a child of God unless they receive & believe Jesus Christ.

3/ We need to know that Jesus isn’t just a good teacher or a great man. But that He is God! Jn 8:23-28, 58, 1 Jn.4:3, etc.  Jesus is God & the son of God.  (Jn.1:1-14). Jesus is not the Father, but He has the same Divine nature & same attributes as His Father.

4/ Nobody is elected unto salvation. Salvation is for whosoever believe, is by FAITH that Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the cross. (Eph. 1:13. etc). Salvation is not by works. Ephe. 2:8, Phil.3:8-9 

5/ To be converted we need to repent from our sins and go to God. He sent His son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3: 12-15. Acts 3:19

6/ God loves us, Jn 3: 16. He wants also that we love Him & love one another 1 Jn 4:11 The ‘agape’ love is the fruit of the Spirit. Gal. 5:22

7/ God desires all men to be saved, He doesn’t want to condemn the world. He who believes in Jesus is not condemned. But he who does not believe is condemned already. Jn 3: 17-18

8/ Jesus is the light of the world! Whoever follows Him (not men) shall not walk in darkness anymore. John 8:12

9/ Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Rom. 10:17.

10/ We need to hold fast to the true gospel & the Word of God. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, was buried but raised bodily from the dead. We Christians take our cross daily  (Luke 9:23) to die to our own plans and ambitions, & live by faith in Him and FOR HIM!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Gal.2:20. That’s what the baptism in water symbolizes, we died to our old life, are buried (under water) & have risen up as a new creature in Christ.

To be a Christian is to deny ourself daily to follow Him, it’s not a title you get one day, but is a life style. Are you willing? You wont do this alone or on your own strength, His Holy Spirit will be with you, to help you & guide you every day.

“Then Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away?But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.John 6:67-68

Are you born again?

If you want to be born again, then you need to truly repent from your sins (we all are sinners) and go to God in prayer, choose to turn away from your life style and choose God’s ways. The Greek word for repentance is ‘Metanoia‘ & means a change of mind (change of heart), just come as you are, but surrendered & He will clean you. With your own words ask Him to forgive you,  (He knows your heart) tell Him that you receive & believe Jesus Christ His son. Let Him know that you believe His only son Jesus, die on the cross to pay for your sins & that He raised from the death according to the Scriptures.

Ask Jesus to take His rightful place in your life as your Saviour & your Lord. If you believe this then thank Him for what He has done, is doing & will do in your life. If you repented & talked to God from the bottom of your heart, then heavens rejoice for your decision (Luke 15:7), you just passed from darkness into light! So now walk as a children of light  (Eph.5:8). Reading a Bible with help you to do that. As a baby that is learning to walk, you might stumble a few times, but repent & get up, you are not alone! You have now become a member of the family of God! (1 Jn.3:2). When you have an opportunity confess to others the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom.10:8-11).  I pray that the Lord will guide you through His Word & help you find a good church (or a house group)- avoid Mega churches- were you can grow & mature in God. May our loving God bless you & keep you!!

– If you recently accepted the Lord Jesus, or accepted Him long time ago but have not study Christian doctrine in a deeper way, and find a little complicated to study the meanings of word, etc. Then don’t worry and start learning & understanding the words that our Lord Jesus spoke, this words are there for us, all of His followers, it would be a good idea to start reading the entire gospel of John first, then other books on the New Testament & when you know all these 27 books & understand who you are in Christ, then read the Old Testament. Sound doctrine is important to grow healthy.

1 Tim. 4:16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine (G1319=teachings, precepts); continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Check all that others teach you, comparing everything with the Word of God (Acts 17:11). Use a good bible translation like these versions. Keep yourself away from churches or teachers than contradict His Words. Remember we follow Jesus Christ, not men or their interpretations.

John 3, Pt.3- God So Loved the World

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Born Again

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John 3, Pt 2. – Snake on the Pole

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Born Again

God made promises to Abraham (Gen.12:1-3, 17:7) & his’ Descendant/The Seed‘ (Christ, the Messiah) but the Jews stumbled on this (Isaiah 28:16, Rom. 9:33), they misinterpreted it & took it as it was just for all Abraham’s descendants in the flesh, Israelites. Sadly they still believe that today! Most of them believe in salvation because of their race. But we’ll talk about this on a next post ‘Who is Abraham’s Seed‘.

All through out John chapter 3 we notice so many times that salvation if for whosoever believes in Jesus Christ. The King James translates the Greek word ‘pisteuōn‘ in ‘beliveth‘ to indicate the verb is in present progressive ‘believing‘, the action still continues.

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Psalm 25: Always seek God’s Guidance

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Bible Study

Psalm 25 is a beautiful prayer that reminds us that God fights on our behalf, that He can guides us, teaches us and instructs us if we ask Him. It reminds us that God can rescue us, protect us & keep us safe. God love us and is faithful in all His ways. If we live by faith (trusting Him) and we humble ourselves before God, He’ll answer us when we pray for His forgiveness, deliverance and protection.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise“. Psalm 51:17

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

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Who or What is the Olive Tree in Romans 11?, Pt.1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Grafted in

‘Replacement Theology” teaches God has no more plans for Israel & the church has  ‘replaced’ them, but this is a doctrine that’s proved wrong by many bible passages one of them found in Romans 11 which tells us that God is not yet done with Israel, even they had rejected Him.

But on the opposite side of the coin we have another kind of ‘Replacement Theology’ were some teach that in order to be saved the ‘church’ needs to be part of Israel, (in other words the church is replaced by Israel). As one of their main points they use Romans 11, which they interpret that gentile believers are grafted into ‘Israel’, and for that reason have to become like them. But this is also wrong, to see it more clearly I’m sharing this next article that contains some nice illustrations:

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Once Saved, Always Saved?

Some Christians believe that once you are saved you will always remain saved, and that no matter what you do after that, including sinning, your salvation is still secured. Some others will add that if you sin willingly, then it is because you were never saved in the first place; even after 20 or more years of walking faithfully with God, if you fall, it means you were never really saved.

We’ll try to explain our position on this subject. We are not attacking people who believe differently, we are not questioning their salvation or attacking their character. We believe this is a very important doctrine, but we also think it is still not an issue to divide over if the person has the Foundational Doctrines right,  unless ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ is used as a license to sin.  Sound Doctrine is very important because what we believe is going to affect our actions & way of living.

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Does God harden hearts? Pt.1

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Importance of The Heart

God places on us the responsibility to guard our hearts from hardening. Deut. 15:7, Prov.4:23, Prov. 28: 14  We are warned NOT to harden our hearts.

So what about the passages where God hardens peoples hearts? The main confusion people encounter in this regard has to do with Calvinist’s teachings that say passages which speak of God hardening human hearts prove God’s selective election & determinism from the foundation of the world. That God hardens the hearts of people not elected for heaven so they won’t receive salvation.

But God is not saying one thing and doing another. God is Just! Deut. 32:4, Jeremiah 17:10Job 34:12 , etc.

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Spiritual vs. Carnal

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. . . .For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying (G2205 = Jealousy), and strife (G2054= contentions ), and divisions (G1370= dissension, division, sedition ), are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? . . .   Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. 1 Corinthians. 3:1-23

This bible verse is often misinterpreted. When reading it, at simple view, it may seem to some that Paul is saying division among Christian denominations is carnal. Some go as far as to accuse their brethren of being carnal just because they expose false doctrines or false teachers, not realizing they are the ones acting in a carnal way.  Others even say that Peter (Cephas) is the founder of the Catholic church & for that reason we should accept this denomination as part of the body, otherwise it would mean we are carnal or divisive.

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Psalm 23

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Bible Study

We are going to use the same 4 steps mentioned previously, to study PSALM 23:

1/ Setting the context: (abc’s)

Author — King David

Background — When did the author live? In what culture? Born in 907 BC, he reigned as king of Israel for 40 years, dying at age 70 in 837 BC. He was a farm boy, a shepherd &  a musician, then became a warrior & a king. David had a heart for the Lord.

Context — Book of Psalm, Chapter 23:1-6 The Christian sees in this Psalm a wonderful foreshadowing of “The Good Shepherd” Jesus Christ, (John 10) who gave His life for His sheep & watches over them even now.  

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice,Psalm 95:7

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Basic steps to Bible Study

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Bible Study

John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

Luke 11:28 “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”

Not all Bible versions are the same and the version we choose is critical for sound doctrine. When studying the Scriptures is always good to compare the version we are reading with other good translation, that will give us more understanding on some words, or you can also use a bible dictionary.

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