“Who’s The Babe?” Part Two

Posted: December 15, 2013 in Bible Study, Christmas, Death, Hell, Resurrection, Salvation

It’s hard to imagine but many people leave Him out of the festivities even though it’s His birthday that we’re supposed to be celebrating.  They don’t mind a babe in a manger but they’re not too interested in His life from that point on.  But Jesus grew up normally (Luke 2:40-53) and then became a man with a mission that lasted for three years.  During that time He accomplished everything that His Father planned for Him to do (John 17:4).  He came primarily to glorify God by displaying God in human flesh (John 1:1-18).

Knowledge.  So what do you know about God’s works in the Old and New Testaments, His attributes, and His offer of salvation to us?  Have you placed your faith in Christ alone for your salvation?  If you’re a Christian, are you doing the things He planned for you to do while you are here on earth (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10)?

Life.  Unlike any other human being, Jesus never sinned (Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:4).  Since He resisted successfully all temptations to sin (Matthew 4:1-11), He was qualified to be our Savior (Hebrews 5:8, 9).  By means of His miracles He proved that He was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18; 20:30, 31).  As such, He did some things that only God can do.  We are not and cannot become gods as some false teachers proclaim.

Death. Jesus died two kinds of deaths for us: spiritual and physical. While He was on the cross (from noon until 3 P.M.) Jesus died spiritually when He was separated from fellowship with God the Father who placed our sins on Him (Isaiah 53:6).  When Jesus cried, “It is finished” we believe that His separation from the Father was over (John 19:39).  Then at 3 P.M. He chose to lay down His life and dismiss His spirit and soul from His body (Luke 23:46; John 10:18).  When He died physically His body was placed in a borrowed tomb where it stayed dead for three days and nights (John 19:38-42). That was the maximum time allowable before His body would have begun to decay or rot (Psalm 16:10).

Sheol. His spirit and soul descended into the upper portion of Sheol (Hades).  It was located in the heart of the earth at that time.  That’s where Abraham and other Old Testament believers were until Christ rose from the dead (Luke 16:22). Do you know where these believers are today (Ephesians 4:8; 2 Corinthians 12:4)? Contrary to what some false teachers are saying, Jesus did not descend into the lower Sheol where unbelievers were/are suffering and where some demons (fallen angels) are incarcerated in Tartarus (Hell) for the heinous sins they committed during the days of Noah (Luke 16:23-31; 2 Peter 2:4; Genesis 6:1-4). Satan himself is not in hell yet. Do you know where he spends most of his time these days (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-8)? What he’s doing (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10)?  Do you know where He will be held in prison during Christ’s millennial reign on/over the earth and when he will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:1, 10)?

Resurrection.  Contrary to what the critics say in an effort to deny His bodily resurrection from the dead, Jesus did indeed rise from the dead on the third day.  The evidence is overwhelming.  In answer to the Jews who wanted to see a sign miracle from Him, Jesus said, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).  On several occasions Jesus told His disciples that He was going to the cross to die and then rise from the dead (Matthew 16:21; John 10:15-18).  But it didn’t register with most of them but it did with Judas.  That’s why he sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver as it had been predicted in the Old Testament (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:15).

Different.  Christ’s resurrected, glorified body was different from the one He had before His death.  It still had flesh and bones but no blood (Luke 24:39-43).  Why?  Flesh (bodies) with blood in them cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50).  Furthermore, His resurrected body came with a garment of light (Acts 9:3; 22:6; 26:13; 1 Timothy 6:16).  Obviously, it had to be veiled when He made over 10 separate appearances to more than 500 witnesses after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6; Luke 24:39-43).

Light.  Just as Jesus now has a garment of light in heaven (1 Timothy 6:16), so we believe that the New Testament believers, who will become the Bride of Christ at the Rapture (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9; John 14:1-3), will receive similar garments of light that are like His (1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:2).  At the time of their resurrection, 75 days after the Tribulation is over (Daniel 12:12), Old Testament believers will receive their new bodies that will shine like the brightness of the firmament and as the stars (Daniel 12:3).

Guaranteed.  Jesus’ bodily resurrection guarantees the resurrection of everyone who has ever lived, both believers and non-believers.  Those who try to escape God’s judgment (Hebrews 9:27) by having their bodies cremated and scattered in the ocean are doing it in vain (Revelation 20:11-15).  God never loses track of anyone (Psalm 139).

Babies.  Even babies who were/are aborted (murdered) in the womb will be resurrected someday. We do not believe that God intended for them to remain as infants.  Therefore it seems logical to conclude that when they are resurrected, they will have bodies that are like grown people’s bodies.

Forgiveness.  Can God forgive this and other terrible sins?  Yes!  Christ died for all our sins once and for all (Hebrews 10:10) and for all kinds of people including those who murder their children (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  He forgave Moses, King David, and the Apostle Paul (Exodus 2:12; Psalm 51; Acts 9; 1 Timothy 1:15) who had murdered people.  Have you been granted God’s forgiveness?  You will when you trust in Christ as the One who died for your sins…and rose again on the third day.

Annihilation.  Nowhere in the Scriptures are annihilation or reincarnation taught (Hebrews 9:27).  Once you die your destiny is settled forever.  You will either spend eternity with God or with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  Neither you nor anyone else has to go there (John 3:16).  Do you know where you will spend eternity and in which resurrection you will participate (1 Corinthians 15:22-24; Revelation 20:11-15)?

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