A Decision For Every Person

“O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”
I Corinthians 15:55,56.
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall
stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after
my skin worms destroy this body; yet in my flesh shall I
see God. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall
behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed
within me.” Job 19: 25-27.

When attending a funeral of a Christian brother or sister who has a minister of the gospel speak to those who are assembled  –  the words of I Corinthians 15: 55, 56 will be recited to those listeners since these are the words that gives believers our hope and assurance for eternity.

These two sentences are beautifully written under the direction of the Holy Spirit for the disciples of the Nazarene to grasp and to hold tightly and thus they believest all Christians in life.

Those who are persons that wrap their minds around the social gospel do not know the power and might of these short phrases that keep the true believers on track. As Christians we know that the ancient adversary of us all is bent upon casting aside the simple gospel of the Christ. Paul told what it is. In the same chapter the definition is found. I Corinthians 15:1-4.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached
unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which
also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless
ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I
also received, how 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.”

What makes Christianity so populous is not music. It is not oratory. It is not just morality. It is not some story or myth concocted by a person sitting around a campfire in the Middle East telling stories to the youth who were there. It is the gospel quoted above.

THREE REASONS

When a non-believer as well as a believer in Christ there are three credentials which support Jesus Christ as the Son of God which was exactly who He said he was during His three years of His earthly ministry as an itinerant preacher among basically the poor people but sometimes when speaking to the rich intellectuals and religious leaders.
The three areas of claim are single, direct and understandable for any person who wants to know the truth. This discussion is not about just history concerning some Jew who lived at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea two thousand years ago. No the following three remarks should be examined carefully. Look on these three and then make a judgment call. Here they are:

First, is the impact the life of Jesus has had on history.

The word impact is not strong enough to convey what this lowly man did on the life after He was on Earth. Others have tried to come and to become greater than he but fall way, way short of this man of Galilee. His remaking and shock to history can never be explained unless it was a Divine event engineered by the Lord God.

Second, there are the fulfilled prophecies found and can be read in the Old Testament.

This is a subject which is so powerful in the statements that they alone are proof that Jesus was who He proclaimed. There is not enough time or discussion for us to set out all of these prophecies. Yet the modern church does not bring these areas for discussion. These Old Testament writings are so powerful that the agnostics and atheist are reluctant to approach the subject.
It would be possible for your writer to give a long list of the prophecies and the fulfillments. The following are a list of 12 but you should remember this is merely a smattering.
PROPHECY & FULFILLMENT CHART

These are only random statements but the list could be much longer.

Third, the resurrection of Jesus from the grave  –  brings us what we Christians have in store.

That once life is given to we mortals it is forever. The Holy Scripture does not say that our soul ceases to exist. The opposite is true we continue one place or another at death – heaven or hell.

In liberal theology, it is not clear what various persons hold since many of these people make fun of the miracles both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Jesus Christ’s resurrection was a miracle.

On one occasion in Odessa, Texas, a Disciple of Christ minister referred to the events from Creation to Abraham’s life as a group of myths. When asked by me if the Bible is not true then how did he establish truth? His only remark was “That is not important.”   Needless to say that was the end of my listening to him. The comment was ignorant.

When someone states there was no resurrection by Jesus –  then leave as soon as possible from that person. Go and wash your hands.

 

One should at least look at the evidence. From the beginning those around the event knew the following:

  • It was a real time and space event.
  • People recounted the history of the event.
  • Early church fathers always presented the resurrection.
  • All but one of the apostles gave their life for this event.

Christianity rises or falls on the assertion that Jesus rose from the grave. If Jesus the Lord did not come back from death then all of our sins we still carry then we have believed a lie and more than these two death is still a huge blight on each one of us. We have a lot riding on Jesus having conquered death. It was a real time and space event.

There are four major religions in the world only one has the distinction of its founder dying and returning back from death.

Abraham died about 1900 BC and was buried in a cave near Sarah, his wife.  He bought the cave for the two of them.  The Jews have never claimed that Abraham returned having arisen from the dead.

The accounts of Badda not once state this man did not utterly pass away. There was not or is there any claim of a resurrection.

In the year 632 AD, on June 8, the mean-spirited Mohammed died and a tomb was built for this man who has brought sorrow, grief, and destruction upon millions of people. There’s been no claim of the resurrection of this evil man. He also had a tomb.

Now we come to Jesus who lived, died and rose on the third day after His death and burial. He even told His disciples this would happen.

PAUL SPEAKS OF THE BODY

Several verses in I Corinthians 15:40-42,  the apostle to the Gentiles tells about the transformation of the body after death.

“There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the
celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory
of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another the glory of the stars:
for one star differeth from another star in glory.”

Each creation that God put upon the earth has a special flesh or form given by God. He calls this “one glory” that belongs to it or that life.

Seriously, it is now impossible to describe what our future body will be. Paul merely states this new body will be glorious. The new body will be for superior to what we have now as set out in I Corinthians 15: 43-45.

“It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weaknesses: it is
raised in power; It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There
is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

No one can give it a description. God made a provision for the new body.

In a long Bible passage he says that once we were built and constructed out of clay, earth, water and minerals we will then have a different form and compositions than what it is now. To speculate would be foolish and without merit for you or this writer. There will be a tremendous change as set out in I Corinthians 15:46-53.

“Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and
afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the
second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are
earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the
heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit the
incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall
all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for
the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

When this passage is read the obvious comes out.  There is no separation of male and female –  nor is there a distinction of race.

The criteria is one must accept Christ – after certain acts are performed by the believer.

REMAINING

It is the last five verses which are the promise and for the Christian. I Corinthians 15: 54-58 that the Christian and wrap and buckle around his or her heart, soul and spirit.

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall
have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is
thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding
In the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain
in the Lord.”

There is a litany of words that can be used to describe the thoughts and feeling and emotions of those who remain after the death of someone we love dies. It can overtake many people in a way that is physically and mentally transforming. My reader of this blog may recognize these as depression, remorse, sadness, sorrow, heart broken, regret and loneliness. All exist to some degree when death comes to a close one.

It is said Warren Buffet has two rules for making money, which are: Rule #1. Do not lose money. Rule #2. Never forget Rule #1.

The Christian also has two rules to live out. Rule #1. Remember Christ has a place for us at death. Rule #2. Never forget Rule #1. However this is for His followers.

Keep the faith.

 

IN THE SWEET BY AND BY

“There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way,
To prepare us a dwelling place there,
To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise,
For the glorious gift of His love,
And the blessings that hallow our days,
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore,
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.”

Written by:  S. FILLMORE BENNETT

 
Gerald Fugit
December 13, 2015

www.diggingoldwells.com

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