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The Two Resurrections Of Believers

SIH STSTA ICONOne of the greatest promises that we, as believers in Christ, have given to us is the promise of the future resurrection and glorification of our bodies.  Just think about it, receiving glorified bodies that are no longer affected by sin nor sin’s affects (sickness, pain, temptation, weakness, death etc etc)!

But did you know that the resurrection and glorification of the believer’s body is preceded by another type of resurrection that every believer experiences? Let’s take a few minutes to look at the “first” resurrection of believers.

THE SCRIPTURES:

John 5:24-29 (KJV)

24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

THE STUDY:

Here in our text, we find Christ describing the physical resurrection of the believer’s body being described.  This resurrection will take place at the 2nd coming of Christ.  Please notice, not only is the resurrection of the physical body being described, but the Lord is also describing a spiritual resurrection that takes place at the time of the believer’s conversion.

John 5:24-29 (KJV)

24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

The first resurrection of the believer is a resurrection of His soul. This resurrection gives to the one who is dead in trespasses and sins spiritual life.   Note that Christ tells us that this resurrection takes place as the result of our hearing His word and then placing our trust in the Lord. This is the essence of the salvation experience for fallen man.  By hearing the gospel message which tells us about Christ and His work, and then placing our faith in the God who gave us the gospel message we will receive everlasting life.  This is the first resurrection.  This resurrection is also explained by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1-7….

Eph 2:1-7  And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;… Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:

To be spiritually dead implies that we are unable to do anything to merit or gain salvation of our own ability.

It is much like a person who has died of asphyxiation.  They can have an oxygen mask hanging next to them, but if they are dead, they can do nothing to bring the mask to their face and receive the life-giving oxygen.  For someone who has died of asphyxiation what must take place?  Another person must take the mask, place it on their face and then proceed to give them CPR if that person has any chance of having life restored to his dead body.  In other words, they cannot save themselves but are totally reliant upon the intervention of another for any hope of life.

It is much like that with our salvation.  We were dead in trespasses and sins, undeserving of salvation and unable to do anything to save ourselves.  Yet, our Lord, by His grace, saw fit to intervene in our lives bringing us to Himself and saving us from our sinful state.  He raised us from the tomb of our sinful, spiritually dead condition and resurrected us to a new life in Him.

What a wonderful gift of grace!  To graciously give those who are dead in sins, spiritual life! How wonderful it is to know that we have been spiritually resurrected.

25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

The Lord now helps us to understand that the resurrection for the believer has a present age and future age aspect to it…

In this present age (“the hour now is” ) the spiritually dead individual will hear the voice of the Son of God (His call to salvation) and shall live (receive spiritual life).  (Eph 5:14, Ro 6:4, Col 2:13, Rev 20:3-6)

At the very end of this age (“the hour is coming”) the dead body of the saint that is in the grave will hear the voice of the Son of God (at His second coming).  At that time, the body will be resurrected from the grave, glorified, and meet the spirit of the believer which has been abiding with Christ in heaven. (1 Cor 15:42-54, 1 Thess 4:14-17, Phil 3:21)

26) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

God the Father, being God, needed no one to give Him life.  He possesses life in, and of, Himself.  The Son, being God, also needed no one to give Him life. This is one of many proofs that we have of the deity of Christ.  Not only does He possess life in Himself, but He is the One who is the source of all life.  He is the Creator of all and it is through Him that we receive both our physical and spiritual life.  (John 14:6, John 1:1-4, John 17:1-3)

27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

Not only is Christ the Giver of Life for all mankind, He is also the Supreme Judge over all.  Christ will exercise His authority to give life to the resurrection body and judge mankind at the same moment in future history.

The resurrection of the bodies, and the judgment of the lost, are linked together in many passages of the Scriptures (Matt 16:27, Matt 25:31-46, 2Thes 1:7-10, 2 Tim 4:1)  This principle of the unity of the future resurrection and judgment is addressed by Christ in the last two verses of our text…

28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

We should not be amazed at the coming future resurrection of our bodies.  After all, which is more miraculous, giving physical life to a dead corpse or giving spiritual life to the spiritually dead who are undeserving of spiritual life?

We are told here by Christ that one of the results of the resurrection of the bodies of all mankind will be their judgment.  Whether lost or saved both must give an account of what they have done with their life on earth.  For the saved, our judgment will involve the receipt (or loss) of rewards based upon faithfulness in opportunities that arose for service (Luke 19:16-26, 1Cor 2:12-15, 2 Tim 4:7-8). For the lost their judgment will be based upon their dead spiritual condition and their lack of faith in Christ (Matt 25:30, Matt 7:21-23, Rom 2:13-16) .

Rom 2:5-10  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  (7)  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  (8)  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  (9)  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  (10)  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have trusted in Christ.

As Christians we should ALWAYS be thankful for the first resurrection that has taken place in our lives.   By His grace, we have been resurrected from spiritual death to spiritual life.  This first resurrection is one of the proofs we have that our physical bodies will be resurrected from the grave to spend eternity with Him.  Out of a heart of appreciation, let’s be sure we are living a new life in Christ… old things are passed away… behold all things are new.

For those who have never trusted in Christ.

Without the first resurrection taking place in your life, there will be no second resurrection leading to an eternity with the Lord.  Examine your life in the light of the Scriptures.  Recognize you have sinned against Almighty God.  Turn your back on your sin, and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Trust in Him and His work on the cross to pay the penalty for the sin that you have committed.  Trust in Him, submit to His Lordship and you will be saved.

If you have any questions concerning the way of salvation please feel free to visit or call a Bible teaching church in your area.  They will be happy to speak to you about the Lord Jesus and the salvation He graciously gives.

Or, if you would rather, feel welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.  I’ll be more than happy to answer any question you may have.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

Do We Appreciate and Love Other Members of Our Spiritual Family?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:9 KJV – I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 8:6 KJV – “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

 

The work and eternal accomplishments of Christ far excels the temporal work of the Old Testament Priesthood.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: John, who also am your brother…

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:9 KJV – I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

In our text for this morning, John, as he writes to the members of the seven churches of Asia, describes himself as their “brother”.   In other words, they were all adopted members of the same spiritual family…

 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.(Galatians 4:4-7)

Do we count our membership in the family of God as a very precious blessing?  Based upon the wonderful benefits of membership in God’s family, we can clearly see its great value to us all.

In the above passage we can see four benefits of membership:
1. We receive the indwelling Spirit.
2. We enjoy a close personal relationship with God. This allows us to see Him as not only “Father”, but “Daddy” as well.
3. We now willingly, with joy, take upon ourselves the likeness of God in our actions and words.
4. We become eternal heirs of God.

What a blessing it is to be able to know, with assurance, we are members of the divine family of God!

But above all of this, keep in mind, John identified himself as a spiritual brother. In other words, he shared a membership in God’s family.
Folks, when we live our lives day to day, as we come in contact with other believers, we need to keep in mind that we have much in common with them.  Although they may be simply earthly “acquaintances”, they are members of our spiritual family and share many motivations, goals, and blessings with us.

Do we recognize their relationship to us? Do we treat them with love, kindness and a loving self-sacrificial attitude?   Or do we find ourselves, treating them as any other acquaintance we might have?

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death.Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:13-15)

As we go about the Lord’s business today, may we recognize the many spiritual siblings around us and treat them with love, kindness, and respect knowing that they are a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and share a blessed eternity with us!
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Do We Know Our Lord Is The Almighty One? If So, Why Do We Not Trust Him?

SIH HALTAL ICON Rev 1:8 KJV – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 8:2 KJV – A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

The Lord Jesus Christ is in heaven, dwelling with God, interceding on behalf of His people.

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Revelation 1:9-11:“John’s Commission”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

The Lord’s Instructions That He Gives To John…

Rev 1:9-11 KJV

(9) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

(10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

(11) Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

John’s Commission includes…

1. John’s Identity – (v 9a)

2. John’s Condition – (v 9b)

3. John’s Communion w the Lord (v 10)

4. John’s Instructions – (v 11)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 1: – 

(9) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, 

As John continues the introduction to this letter, he identifies himself to his readers. He describes himself as their spiritual brother, sharing in membership in the family of God. But He goes further. He then tells his readers that he is sharing in their troubles, as well as in the promised eternal kingdom that awaits them. Finally, he reminds them that He shares in the exercise of patience as they continue living under persecution and troubles, patiently waiting for their promised kingdom.

John is following the wonderful examples set for us by the faithful saints of the Old Testament…

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:13-16)

 

 

was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

John’s suffering includes his banishment to the isle of Patmos, a Roman prison island. He was sent to Patmos because of his proclamation of God’s Word and for his personal witness of Christ and the events of His first coming.

 

 

(10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,

John describes his communion with the Lord as being “in the Spirit”. In other words, John was under the influence of the Holy Spirit, allowing him to receive the vision of Christ in the midst of His churches (v 12-20).

The receipt of this vision took place on Sunday, the Lord’s day, the day set aside for the assembly of the saints and the worship of the Lord (Acts 20:7). Why Sunday? It is the day the Lord arose from the dead! (John 20:10)

 

 

and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

While John is under the influence of the Spirit, he hears behind him a strong, loud, very clear voice. John likens the voice to the sound of a trumpet. Trumpets throughout the Bible were used to gain the attention of the hearer, normally followed by a predetermined action (call for an assembly, entrance into a battle, or a call to worship, etc etc).   In this case, the voice John hears grabs his attention as a very important message is to be given to him.

 

 

(11) Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:

The speaker now identifies Himself as “Alpha and Omega” “the first and the last”.   In 1:8, we saw that these titles described our Lord. He is the beginning and the ending of all things. With this identification of the speaker, John now understands the importance of what is to come. He is about to receive instructions from His Lord concerning His ministry and the origin of the Revelation he is about to receive.

 

 

and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

The Lord gives John the responsibility to receive a series of visions from Him and then to accurately record them on a scroll. This scroll was to be sent to the seven churches that existed in Asia.

 

These churches include:

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.   Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam and Nicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead. Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments. Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God. Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service. Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

 

As you can see from this quick listing, the spiritual conditions of these churches varied greatly. Some had no areas of faithfulness, others no area of unfaithfulness. The unfaithful were warned of impending judgment, the faithful told of impending blessings.

 

This helps us to understand that the message of the Book of Revelation is needed by all… the faithful, the unfaithful; those who love the Lord and those whose love has grown cold; those who are doctrinally strong, and those who are doctrinally weak.   This message will be beneficial to all of us no matter what spiritual condition a church, or individual Christian may find ourselves.

 

Much more on the condition, blessings and judgments of these assemblies will be covered in detail later in our study.

 

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

 

In this text, we can very easily see that Christ as the ultimate authority behind this book that is of benefit to us all. It is Christ that authorizes John to receive, record and send forth the message of the Book of Revelation.   John has Christ Himself standing behind its contents, recording and sending out.

 

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY):

 

These verses should encourage us to take the message of this book very seriously. Christ, Himself, spoke to John giving him the commission to write and distribute this message to His churches and the individual members in those churches. As we continue in this series, let’s never think of this book as simply written by John. Let’s always remember this is the message from God Himself, meant for all of His people, given to us through the ministry of His faithful servant John.

 

May we all with thankful, reverent hearts open its pages and come to a greater understanding of its teachings.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: The Almighty …

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:8 KJV – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

Our Lord possesses all strength and authority. Because of His overwhelming authority and power, He is in control of all things. Satan cannot thwart His plans; Man’s acts of rebellion cannot overcome Him; All the forces of darkness cannot cause Him to fail. He can, and will, accomplish what He has determined for His people.

A few of His most beloved and well known promises, given to His people include:

Mat 11:28-29 KJV – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

2Co 4:16-18 KJV – For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Heb 13:5-6 KJV – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

 

All of these promises, and many others, hinge upon His absolute control of all things. If our Lord was not in total control of all His promises would go something like this…

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and, if Satan allows, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me as long as your fallen nature doesn’t overcome my Spirit’s work in you; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls, unless the powers of darkness take your rest away.

If our Lord does not control all, He cannot guarantee the fulfillment of  the many promises He has given to us.

 

As we progress through our day, may we all lovingly cling to the truth …. Our Lord is in control. And knowing this truth, let us face our discouragements, trials, and oppositions boldly knowing that …

1 Jn 4:4 KJV – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

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Our Lord Has, Is and Will Live Forever!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:8 KJV  -  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “who is consecrated for evermore:”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:28 KJV –  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

 Christ has been accepted by God the Father as the only perfect, sinless, High Priest to make intercession for His people forevermore.

And he said unto them, and the third [day] I shall be perfected. (Luke 13:32)

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: which is, and which was, and which is to come, …

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:8 KJV – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

 

 

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Eternal God… He has existed in eternity past, He exists today, and He will exist throughout eternity future…
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

This truth helps us to understand that our Redeemer lives. It was the cause of great joy and gladness in the heart of Job, a man who faced, perhaps, the greatest suffering of any sinful man on earth. ..

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth: And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.”  (Job 19:23-27)

As we begin our day, lets remember that our Lord existed from eternity past. He came to the earth, He died on the cross for us, His spirit went to be with His Heavenly Father, He arose the third day completing His redemptive work, and then ascended to prepare a place for His people to dwell eternally.   He completed the work that secured our salvation in times past. We can know this with certainty.

Next, lets place in our hearts and minds the truth that our Lord is alive today. He knows the burdens of our hearts, He will be with us, He will help us, He is actively controlling the events of our lives allowing what is for our good and His glory. May we be comforted in the midst of our trials as we think on these things.

Then let us also gain assurance and strength, knowing He will continue to live and work on our behalf, He will come back for us, He will grace us with glorified bodies and an eternal, sinless home with Him.

Folks, this is our Lord, Jesus Christ, the eternal God.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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The Lord is the beginning and the ending of our salvation!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:8 KJV - I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:27 KJV – Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Christ fully completed the work of our redemption, once and for all!

 

 

 

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].   And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (Hebrews 10:10-12)

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending …

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:8 KJV

(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

Christ calls Himself “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”.

 

Folks, Christ is the beginning and the ending of all aspects of our lives… creation; history; truth, understanding and wisdom; the languages of the world; the nations of the world; all worldly authorities; and on a more personal basis, our physical lives, our health, our families, our employment… the list seems endless.

But, for this devotional, I would like us to set our minds upon the most important area of our lives that finds its beginning and completion in the Lord, our redemption…

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6 KJV)

 

The ESV translates this verse in this way…

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)

 

Although, as believers, we were redeemed in times past, we will not receive all the results of the redemptive work of Christ until His second coming.  When our Lord comes at His second coming, we will receive our glorified bodies… at this point in time the results of the redemptive work of Christ will reach total fulfillment.

What a wonderful truth for us! Our redemption was begun by our Lord and WILL BE COMPLETED by our Lord at His coming, and we can be SURE of this!   We can know with certainty that If He has begun the good work of redemption He will bring it to pass. We are secure in His hands, never to lose our salvation, never to be alienated from Him again, never to face eternal suffering for our sins.  If He has redeemed us, we will receive glorified bodies and dwell with Him eternally…

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? (Romans 8:29-31)

 

May we all enter our day with joyous, confident hearts knowing that if we have been saved by His grace through faith in Christ, we can know that we will live with Him eternally in our glorified bodies.  Let us serve Him with greater appreciation knowing that we find our eternal security in Him and His redemptive work that He will bring to a completion.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Ju

 

Will You Be Joyous Or Wail At His Coming?

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Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3JX

 

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… made higher than the heavens… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV – For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ, as our Perfect High Priest, is exalted by God over all authorities…

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],   Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, (Ephesians 1:20-22)

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.…

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Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

 

 

The second coming of Christ is a wonderful day that is eagerly awaited for all those who have trusted in Him. Why is this? It is the day that we will be taken home to be with our Lord and enter into protection from His wrath that is about to fall upon sinful mankind. This event is described in Matthew 24:29-31…

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

However, in both of these texts, we can easily see that this is not the case for all men. We are clearly told that when Christ comes back in the clouds many will mourn (sorrow due to personal loss)…

Mat 24:30 KJV – “and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Rev 1:7 KJV – “and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”

For the saved this is a joyous event, but for the lost who are left upon the earth, it is the cause of great mourning because they understand the time for the judgment of their sins is at hand. The wrath of God is about to fall upon them.

Folks, may we all examine our lives and be sure that we are prepared for His second coming… it could take place today! Have we repented of the many sins we have committed and trusted in Christ as our Lord and Savior? This should take first priority in our lives.

Secondly, if we know we are prepared for His coming, let us remember there are many others who are not prepared. They are yet in their sins. May we feel the great need of taking the gospel to the lost around us (through our words and actions) so that they might come to a saving knowledge of Christ and be prepared for His coming in the clouds.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Ju

 

Do We Know Our Redeemer Lives?

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Job 19:23-27 (KJV)

23) Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24) That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25) For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
26) And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

 

For the SIH Bible Study On This Subject:

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Did You Know When The Lord Comes Back, He Will Descend From Heaven In The Clouds?

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Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3JQ

 

 

 

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV – For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ is separated for God’s use, innocent, sinless, unfallen. It is only by being sinlessly perfect that He could be our Redeemer and Mediator.

 

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