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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
We praise the Lord for those who were baptized this morning! This is all the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. They heard the Word of God which convicted them of their sins. They repented of their sins and believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Hence, they publicly declared their faith in Christ and their identification with Him. Let us continue to pray God will bring more Filipinos to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We must therefore continue to share the Word of God to our families, relatives and friends! May the Lord help us! – Bro Jose
THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION (RPG March 12,18,30,31, 2018)
Jesus already prophesied early in His ministry (Luke 18:35) how He will rise again from the dead. His perfect active obedience in the keeping of the law and His passive obedience by dying on the cross earned life eternal for mankind. Only those who have repented of their sins and have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are declared not guilty of their sins and therefore are reconciled back to a proper relationship with God and have the sure hope of resurrection.
Jesus’ submission to His Father’s will made the atonement possible for the sins of mankind. He submitted Himself to men’s ridicule and abuse; He was bruised, spat upon, pierced and suffered on the cross for six hours before He died. Jesus suffered for us that we may not be sent to eternal suffering. It is not by what we have done but by what Jesus did that secures us an eternal inheritance, the resurrection.
The most valuable inheritance a Christian can receive is resurrection unto eternal life with Christ. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him” (1 Thess 4:13–14). At the second coming of the Lord Jesus, Christians whether alive or dead, will receive glorified bodies like the resurrected body of Jesus (1 Cor 15:51–55). This inheritance is received by believers as they go into His presence. Paul said, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor 15:19). Our faith must be anchored on the resurrected Christ and on believing from our hearts that He who was raised from the dead shall raise us up also.
In Luke 20:27–38, the Sadducees who belonged to a prominent Jewish sect tested the Lord Jesus Christ about the resurrection. They only accepted the first five books of Moses as authoritative and denied the resurrection and the existence of angels, unlike the Pharisees, the rival sect.
They asked Jesus to test His doctrines. The teaching about the kinsman-redeemer in Deuteronomy 25:5–10 was raised. It was the responsibility of a relative to perpetuate his brother’s name for continuity of a lineage for the sake of the expected Messiah. They made up the story of a woman with many husbands for they desired to trap Jesus and accuse Him of heresy.
Jesus answered by explaining to them that the resurrected life is incomparable to the present life on earth. Jesus told them plainly that there is no marriage in the resurrection. People will be like angels who will give all their attention to praising and glorifying the Lamb of God (Rev 7:9–10).
“All Christians one day will either be resurrected or be raptured” (Tow and Khoo). Those who are in the resurrection are all alive unto God as Moses understood Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to be (Luke 20:37–38). Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25–26). The promise of the resurrection is unto all who have genuinely repented of their sins and have believed in Jesus, sealed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in them.
At the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus was crucified on Calvary. He suffered the cruelest form of execution in those days. His body was taken down and laid Him in a tomb carved inside a cave nearby. Jesus died on behalf of us as sinners that we may rise again from the dead and live forever with Him.
Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, which is Sunday in our calendar today. This is the reason early Christians, as recorded in the book of Acts, gathered for worship on the first day of the week, also called the Lord’s Day (Acts 20:7). Jesus’ resurrection proved He conquered death. This is the day when worship and thanksgiving to God is done for He chose to rise on this day.
Our Lord rose bodily from the grave as the angels told Mary and company. He did not rise as a spirit, but with His own body, now a glorified body. The angels declared that Jesus was living and He should not be sought among the dead. Jesus has said, “…I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25–26).
Jesus showed Himself bodily to His disciples although they were not able to recognize Him. They lacked understanding because of their unbelief and fear for what had just happened to their Teacher. Jesus, however, eventually revealed Himself to them. He reproved them for not believing the things they ought to have known already. Not once only but several times did Jesus foretell His death and resurrection. Nevertheless, the disciples did not have the faith to believe these words. Jesus explained that His crucifixion, death and resurrection were necessary for man’s salvation. When they took the bread, their eyes were immediately opened. Jesus did not only appear to a few but to all His disciples. He greeted them with peace, different from the peace the world offers, for His peace passes all understanding.
The Lord said that they should not be troubled for He was not a Spirit but the resurrected One who had flesh and bones.
After the Lord Jesus Christ revealed Himself to His disciples, He commissioned them to preach the gospel. God first gave this gospel message immediately after man fell into sin (Gen 3:15). It was not an afterthought but a fulfilment of what God had decreed and written in the scriptures. This good news is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who was born in human flesh, lived a perfect life, suffered and died for man’s sins, was buried and rose again the third day.
The core message of the gospel is the acknowledgment of man’s sinfulness. With the admission of sin comes the acceptance of its consequences: death, judgment, everlasting condemnation. The abhorrence of sin must cause the person to repent, which is to change his sinful ways and turn his back to sin. This does not suggest sinless perfection but a sincere desire to do away with sin and to live a holy life for the Lord.
The necessary component of the gospel does not end with repentance of sin. Man must be directed to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The sin-convicted man must realise he cannot do anything to escape the consequences of sin. He must look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2).
The inevitable outcome of faith is to be a witness. There is to be that willingness and passion to share what he has heard about the gospel. It is not a requirement for salvation but his zeal to win others for Christ is a proof that he has truly experienced salvation and has the hope of resurrection.
All who have experienced the salvation of the Lord surely experience great joy. If he is not joyful with his new life in Christ, then he does not fully understand that he is delivered from eternal torment. Moreover, he does not know the exceeding blessedness of resurrection and to be in God’s Kingdom.
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