“Without It You Wouldn’t Know…”

Posted: January 26, 2013 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Lord's Supper, Rapture, Resurrection, Salvation

     Life is filled with sorrow and death.  But there is comfort and rest for those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and who claim the promises that God has given to us (Hebrews 4:2).  Natural revelation (what we learn from nature) is very limited (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1). Without special revelation (information) from God we couldn’t/wouldn’t know about many things that we can’t see or put in a test tube.  

     Thankfully, we have everything we need for life and godliness in God’s Word, the Bible (2 Peter 1:3).  “The entrance of [God’s] words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).  “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

     As the God-man who volunteered to come to this earth (Hebrews 10:7), Jesus Christ revealed many things to us.  His primary purpose was to glorify His Father by making Him known to humanity (John 17:3, 4). 

     Mediator.  There is only one Mediator between God and man.  That person is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man (1 Timothy 2:5).  We don’t/shouldn’t pray to any other human being or ask angels to be a mediator between us and God.  In the Old Testament times the Jews had men who functioned as the high priest.  They offered a special sacrifice to God on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27, 28).  The other priests offered up daily sacrifices to God on behalf of the people (Hebrews 9:25-28).  These sacrifices included bloody sacrifices that covered the sins of the people without removing them. 

     Change.  In the New Testament era Jesus Christ is the only High Priest.  He offered Himself up once and for all as a substitute for our sins (Hebrews 10:10).  His sacrifice is not a perpetual sacrifice.  Our observance of the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of His sacrifice for us and a reminder of our new relationship to Him and other Christians (1 Corinthians 10:16, 17; 11:23-32).  We don’t believe that the bread and the fruit of the vine are changed into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ.  If that were true, think of what you would be doing.  Every true Christian is called a New Testament priest (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6) who is to offer up to God non-bloody sacrifices (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16).  If you’re a Christian, discover for yourself what the five sacrifices are and ask yourself if you are offering them up to God daily.

     Evil.  One day the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth as He said He would (Matthew 24:29-31; Acts 1:11).  He will put down all rebellion and rule as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 19:16).  The initial phase of His reign will last 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7).  During this time Satan will be bound in the Abyss (Isaiah 14:15), the sinful nature of man will be curbed due to God’s provision (Isaiah 35:1ff), and the devil’s world system will not be in operation (1 John 2:15-17).  God will wrap things up at the Great White Throne judgment and then create a new heavens and a new earth for the redeemed Jews (Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13; Revelation 20:15; 21:1ff; 2 Peter 3:13).  At that time every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Deity), to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11).  However such an acknowledgement by all men will not result in their eternal salvation (Matthew 25:41, 46).  Even the people who end up in hell will admit that Jesus Christ is God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11).

     Resurrections.  Don’t confuse resuscitations with resurrections.  Many people have been resuscitated but there has only been one resurrection so far.  Five resurrections can be found in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:21-24, 51, 52; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 11:11).  Do you know in which one you will participate?  Do you know why people go where they do when they die (John 3:18, 36)?  Are you sure about your eternal destiny?  Is hell as long lasting as heaven or are wicked people eventually annihilated (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48)?  Is there any Scriptural basis for reincarnation (Hebrews 9:27)?

     Hope.  As we look at our world today, many people are getting very nervous by the things they see and hear on the news.  What should we do?  There is hope for anyone who will admit that he/she is a sinner in need of a Savior.  Then he/she must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Beware of those who would add or subtract from this message (Revelation 22:18; 2 Peter 2:1ff).

     Assurance.  Believe it or not, God initiates and guarantees our salvation from start to finish (John 6:37; Philippians 1:6).  True Christians have been saved from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 5:1), are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2), and the body (Romans 8:23) and soul (emotions) will be saved completely from the presence of sin at the Rapture (1 Peter 1:9).    

     Questions.  If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny or have spiritual questions, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  These articles are usually a summary of our messages that can be heard on the Internet.

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