God’s Salvation By Faith (Part 2 of The Sufficiency of Christ’s Righteousness)
ROMANS 5 (cont.)
We endure suffering for His name sake, in whatever form it comes. Paul says as trials come and we endure them, perseverance becomes a product of that. Why do you persevere in the face of trials? Why don’t you let it get you down or discourage you or put an end to your walk with Christ? Because of what you just read. It exaggerates your hope in what is coming after it. And as we persevere in that way, Paul says that perseverance grows our spiritual character. Strengthening our resolve all the more so the development of spiritual character through trials is the blessing God gives to the believer because that character growth lasts into eternity and it’s the basis of our reward. James says, count it all joy brethren when you face various trials and he goes on to explain the effect of those trials and you will end up with being perfect, complete, lacking nothing, speaking of your reward in the kingdom.. A persecuted church in general is a strong and growing church while a comfortable church is a weak and lethargic church. Continue reading
RESURRECTION TIMELINE AND OUR JUDGMENT
Paul says there is an order, a timeline associated with resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:23 (NKJV)
23 But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
In God”s great plan Paul reveals there will be orderly steps for resurrection. And each step has an appointed time. The first step has already taken place as Christ was the first fruits since He is resurrected. And we know Christ is the first fruits since no man before Him has been resurrected. It was not even possible. This step has taken place already and that takes us to the second step. It is for “those who are Christ’s.” Those are the ones who are believing in Christ and have since the day of His resurrection. Elsewhere we know those who are dead, including the Old Testament saints will be resurrected first after Jesus. Continue reading
Faith and Logic in the Resurrection
Paul’s support of resurrection, is one of faith and logic.
1 Corinthians 15:12-15 (NKJV)
The Risen Christ, Our Hope
12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.
Paul now beings to demonstrate that the Corinthians’s view on resurrection was self-contradictory with their Christian message. First, Paul asks the question if the heart of the Gospel message itself claims that Jesus was resurrected, then how can the Church also preach that there is no such thing as resurrection. Continue reading