Remembering Our God

Two weeks ago, i announced that I was bringing this labor of love,, to a close – soon to be replaced with our next journey: I thought that now would be a good time to show my deep gratitude to my readers by bit of a dance through where we have trodden…

We began this journey in 2011, looking for the love of God, keeping this scripture as our anchor:

For I am persuaded that neither death no life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rm. 8:38, 39. CSB

We spent a lot of years examining the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We will soon do some of this again, but from a much greater perspective of personal application. So, I would like to revisit two major revelations – the first being about Christ’s return:

Now we do not want you to be uniformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way – by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death]. 1 Thess. 4:13 – 15. AMP

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:16, 17. NKJV

We don’t have to worry about the followers of Christ who die before He returns, because they will precede those who still live, as the first ones that Jesus raises bodily. And the living will join them in the air. 

Those who keep their faith in Christ and do their best to walk in His ways, need have no fear; but those who do not, face eternal darkness:

…destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains…and they will not escape. 1 Thess. 5:3 NASB

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should be together with Him. 1 Thess. 5:9, 10. NKJV

The apostle Paul continues by describing some of the events that precede the Day of the Lord:

Let no one deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, there great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed], who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and]  takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God. 2 Thess. 2:3, 4. AMP

Paul is speaking of the Antichrist, whom those who are lost will worship.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they have refused to love the truth and so be saved. 2. Thess. 2:9, 10. ESV

We don’t have to share this fate if we keep the faith:

…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught… 2 Thess. 2:13 – 15. NKJV

The second revelation we will consider is what happened on the cross:

…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day… 1 Cor. 15:3, 4. NKJV

Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive…Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power…The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 1 Cor. 15:20 – 22 & 24 & 26. NKJV

Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him (God) who put all things under Him, (Jesus) that God may be all in all. 1 Cor. 15:28 NKJV

Christ was transformed into His new God-Man existence, becoming His Father’s agent of the resurrection of humankind – Jesus Himself being the first fruit of the ‘resurrection harvest’ of humanity, at the end of time. He is the guarantor of our resurrection because He did away with the spiritual death that was imputed to us by our Adamic sin nature. 

This cleansing is only available to those who cling to Jesus – those who shall be transformed:

The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44. NKJV

The first man was of the earth, made of dust, the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. 1 Cor. 15:47 – 49. NKJV

…we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…this mortal must put on immortality…then shall it be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:51 – 56. NKJV

Jesus’ work at the cross enables us to be resurrected as both righteous and transcendent of the Law. We get a new body, made in His image, which is immortal. Our physical sufferings are a forgotten memory, and we stand ready to enter into an eternity of the unimaginable. 

It’s all about the love of God. To be continued…

Goodnight and God bless. 

Jesus Christ is Alive!

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Acts 1 – 3. NKJV

Sometimes, you will come upon people who are not convinced that the gospel is real. Many of them have a hard time swallowing the veracity of the resurrection of Jesus. So, let’s examine the biblical proofs to flesh out the justification for our faith. Here is groundwork where we may begin:

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Heb. 1:1 – 3. NASB

“…I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” Jn. 10:17, 18. NASB

Jesus, for all intents and purposes, possesses every single power of Jehovah God – even the power over life itself. He exercised that power to allow Himself to die and to be resurrected. That was the will and plan of God, and He cannot be thwarted.

Given that these are irrefutable facts, let us now follow our resurrected Jesus about His risen doings upon this earth, beginning when Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, came upon Him while traveling to tell the apostles about His empty tomb:

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Mt. 28:9, 10. NKJV

Later, the apostles obey; and in that meeting they receive the ‘Great Commission:’

…the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:16 – 20. NASB

Jesus Christ is timeless.

Returning to he same day that Jesus appeared to the women, He was walking on the road to Emmaus by Himself, when He came upon two disciples, one of which was named Cleopas:

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached them and began traveling with them. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him…Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. Lk. 24:15, 16 & 27. NASB

Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. Lk. 24:31, 32. NKJV

After that, these disciples went to tell the apostles, during which, our Lord appeared: 

So when it was evening on that day…when the doors were shut were the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jn. 20:19, 20. NASB

Eight days later, Jesus would return to the apostles to reveal Himself to the one apostle, Thomas, who was missing on His previous visit. (Jn. 20:24 – 31.)

Sometime later, Christ appeared to His apostles by the Sea of Tiberius, and miraculously filled some of their boats with fish they couldn’t catch before, and they all had a ‘fish fry;’ and Jesus spoke to Peter in their final one-on-one conversation. (Jn. chapter 21):

…Jesus showed Himself again as the Sea of Tiberias… Jn. 21:1 NKJV

This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to HIs disciples after He was raised from the dead. Jn. 21:14 NKJV

The apostles were also present when Jesus ascended to heaven. (Acts 1:9, 10.) 

In total, Christ walked this earth for 40 days after He was resurrected:

…God raised Him from the dead; and for many days (forty) He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people. Acts 13:30, 31. AMP

…Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures foretold, and that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the Twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time…He was seen by James, then by all the apostles, and last of all, as to one untimely (prematurely, traumatically born), He appeared to me also. 1 Cor. 15:3 – 8. AMP

So yes, let us not forget that Jesus did return yet one more time to Paul, showing us that He is presently alive!

As he traveled he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him [displaying the glory and majesty of Christ]; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice [from heaven] saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord? And He answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting…” Acts 9:3 – 5. AMP

Praise God for His truth!

Goodnight and God bless.