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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#38) He Is Preparing Opportunities for Us Now

When Jesus was telling His disciples that He was going to die and then be raised on the third day, He also let them know that He was going to leave. But whenever He talked about leaving, He gave them comfort, either by telling them that the Holy Spirit would come or that He would come and be with them. We looked at these things several times before. But there is a passage that we have left a...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#37) He Would Have Equipped Us for Changing the World

Yesterday was Pentecost. Today is the day after. And so will tomorrow and all the days for the rest of your life. For, if you are in Christ, every day is the day after Pentecost. Why? Because God has come to make His home within you. It might be worthwhile to reread that statement again. It is one of the most incredible truth claims in all of Scripture. How much do you and I believe it? ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#36) After Departing He Would Have Sent the Holy Spirit

Today is Pentecost. It marks the day when Jesus fulfilled the promise that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell in us after He left. It is hard not to list this event at the top of the “most-incredible-events-of-all-time”. Is it possible to even begin to contemplate the full reality that the infinite, holy, omnipotent God of the universe has determined to dwell within me? And y...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#35) He Will Judge the World

My guess is that few would connect the resurrection of Jesus with the judgment of the world. I wouldn’t have either, prior to this study. But, Paul, while preaching to the Athenians on Mars Hill, clearly does so. In fact, he says that the resurrection of Jesus is the proof that God will judge the world: Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#34) He Is Interceding for Us

It is probably true that we do not spend much time pondering the reality that Jesus intercedes for us with the Father. And, I suspect, we seldom, if ever, connect that intercession with the resurrection. However, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, makes that link: Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died&...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#33) We Will Be Together Again

Because of the resurrection of Jesus, one of the great hopes we have is that we will one day be reunited with our loved ones who have died in Christ: husbands, wives, sons, daughters, family and friends. Ravi Zacharias left us just a week ago, but we will be with him again. My father passed away a number of years ago and I still miss him, but he and I will one day laugh together once more. I...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#32) Our Faith Is Not in Vain

Let’s look at some more of these short truth claims that are ours because of the resurrection. And, take note that these seven are found just in 1 Corinthians 15: 1. Our faith is not in vain … if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14 This is hard for us to imagine, because we know that Jesus did rise from ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#31) Our Sins Are Forgiven

We now arrive at a series of short truth claims that come to us as believers as the result of the resurrection of Jesus. We will deal with two this time and the rest later. Our sins are forgiven … if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17 Most people would not say that our sins were forgiven because of the resur...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#30) He Is Lord and God

“declared to be the Son of God… by His resurrection from the dead” Romans 1:4 Last time, we pondered how the resurrection was the Great Confirmation, affirming everything the Scripture said about Him and all of His words. Now we want to contemplate the rest of this statement by Paul: that it was the resurrection which declared Jesus to be the Son of God… God in th...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#29) It Was the Great Confirmation

“declared to be the Son of God… by His resurrection from the dead” Romans 1:4 The Holy Spirit, through Paul, tells us that it was the resurrection that “declared” Jesus to be the Son of God. Not that He wasn’t from all eternity, but this was the moment that God affirmed it to the world. It was the Great Confirmation. Louis Berkhof stated that th...

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