Friday, December 16, 2011

Three Foundational Stones of Christianity (Part Three)

“Unto you is born a Savior, WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD”.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the essential sequel to His atoning death.  Westcott wrote that “taking all the evidence together, there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the resurrection of Christ”.  I would recommend that you take time and open your Bible and read (1 Corinthians 15), which is the great chapter on the resurrection of Christ.  His resurrection validated a number of things, including the following:
The resurrection validated that the Savior’s death on the cross was a voluntary sacrifice, that He laid down His life and He took it back again. (John 10:17,18) “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again”.  “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This commandment have I received of my Father”.
The resurrection validated that the Savior completed the work of salvation.  It says in (Romans 4:25) He was “delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification”.
The resurrection validated that God was perfectly satisfied with the work of His beloved Son.  God put His “seal of approval” upon His perfect sacrifice for our sins.  It was the working of His (God’s) “mighty power which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places”.  Read (Ephesians 1:19-23).
The resurrection validated that Jesus Christ is indeed the person that He said He was, the eternal Son of the eternal God.  Jesus is “Christ the Lord”.
“Unto you is born a Savior, WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD”.  Peter stood up and preached in the first days of this dispensation of grace, (Acts 2:36) “God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ”.  Jesus is not only the Savior, but He is “the Christ”.  He is the anointed of God.  He is the Messiah of Israel.  Jesus is not only the Savior, and the Christ, but He is the Lord.  That is, He is God manifest in flesh.  In order for you to be saved you must acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ and believe in His resurrection.  It says in (Romans 10:9,10) “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, (Jesus as Lord), and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”.  “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.  It says also in, (Romans 10:13) “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved”. Have YOU ever called upon Him to save you? 
This Christmas season you will likely be busy with family and friends.  You will, no doubt, be giving and receiving  gifts.  Why not take some time and be mindful of God’s great gift to you.  It says in (James 1:17) “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father”.  He gave you that “good” gift, that “perfect” gift, He gave you His well beloved Son.  Will you receive Him?  (Romans 6:23) says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  What a wonderful gracious God we have to offer to us, so unworthy and undeserving, the gift of eternal life.  Because it is a gift we can not work for it or merit it by anything we are or do.  Will you receive this gift?  If you do, you will be able to say like the apostle Paul, (2 Corinthians 9:15) “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift”.


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