The Empty Tomb.

The Empty Tomb

We have before us today the open sepulcher, the bewildered alarm it caused, and the faith it both elicited and excited. John’s Gospel comes to a conclusion in chapter 20 with a proclamation of Jesus’ victory over death and then is followed in chapter 21 by an epilogue.

Each Gospel writer stresses certain aspects of the discovery of the empty tomb. John began his resurrection story with a testimony of how he came to personal faith in the Resurrection by considering the evidence found in the open tomb. The empty tomb bore witness to a physical or bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Contrary to cult heresy our Lord was raised in the same body He was crucified in. He is risen.

“For in Him we live and move and have our being…”

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And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Many today are perplexed by the lack of healings experienced in the Body of Christ, both in the soul as well as in the body. Why is this, has God changed? See Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8. He changes not. There must be a steadfast faith in the promises of God as revealed in Scriptures, which are given to rid us of any uncertainties in regards to healing. 503e00f5c49dc0dcfaf8bed60d4b5db2

I would offer that there is much uncertainty concerning God’s will in the matter. Appropriating faith cannot go beyond one’s knowledge of the revealed will of God. Before attempting to exercise faith for healing, one needs to know what the Scriptures plainly teach, that it is just as much God’s will to heal the body as it is to heal the soul.

Psalm 103:3 says, who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases…

Each of God’s promises brings revelation of what God is eager to do for us. Until we know what God’s will is, there is nothing to base our faith on. This is why our mind’s must be “renewed” so as to come into agreement with the mind of God as revealed in the Word of God.

There is a word that seems to be missing in many Christians minds, that word is “Appropriate” the dictionary definition is one I like very much. “To take exclusive possession of.” Faith for the appropriation of God’s promised blessings is the result of knowing and acting on God’s Word (Rom.10:17). The renewed mind appropriating the right mental attitude, as expressed in (Rom.12:2).

 

“Jesus I know; Paul I know but who are you?”

You need to know WHO you are in Christ so that you know WHAT to do, WHEN to do it, WHERE to go, and HOW to do it! 

Who you are in Christ

Because you are in Christ, EVERY ONE of these statements is true of you.idendity-in-christ-sermon-series

  • I am loved. 1 John 3:3
  • I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
  • I am a child of God. John 1:12
  • I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
  • I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
  • I am united with God and one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
  • I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
  • I am a Saint. Ephesians 1:1
  • I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14
  • I am complete in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:10
  • I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
  • I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
  • I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21
  • I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • I am God’s co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
  • I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6
  • I have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
  • I am chosen to bear fruit John. 15:16
  • I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5
  • I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. 2 Peter 1:4
  • I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5
  • God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do Philippians 2:13
  • I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. James 1:5

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Do you want to know a secret?

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Psalm 25:14-15.

In all era’s godly men and women have practiced the fear of the Lord. The Scriptures have a lot to say about the fear of the Lord.

  • It is “clean enduring forever” (Ps.19:9).
  • It can be learned (Ps.34:11).
  • It is the “beginning of wisdom” and the “beginning of knowledge” (Ps.111:10; Prov. 1:7).psalm25-14-15

Our text reveals several promises to the one who fears the Lord:

  • Guidance: “Him shall He teach in the way that He chooses” (Ps.25:12).
  • Spiritual prosperity: “He himself shall dwell in prosperity” (ps.25:13).
  • Future posterity: “his descendants shall inherit the earth” (Ps. 25:13).
  • Divine confidant: “The secret of the Lord is with them” (Ps.25:14).
  • Covenant: “He will show them His covenant” (ps.25:14).
  • Deliverance: “He shall pluck my feet out of the net” (Ps.25:15).

God reveals His secret council in close friendships, as He did to Abraham who feared the Lord (Gen. 18:17-19), and as He did to the apostles (John 15:15).

 

Are you in the Word enough so that it is converting your soul?

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple… Psalm 19:7 NKJV.

That the “law of the Lord is perfect” is direct reference to the absolute, complete, and entire trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, which constitute the Bible. psalm nineteenseven

The Word of God is perfect in its accuracy and sure in its dependability. There are two terms generally used to describe these features of God’s Word:

  1. Inerrant (perfect) means that, in the original copies of each manuscript written by each Bible book’s respective author, there was nothing mistaken or tinged with error. (Further, the excellence of the Holy Spirit’s protection of the Scriptures over centuries has insured that the copies delivered into our hands from generations past are essentially the same. Even literary critics who claim no faith in the truth of the Bible attest to its being the most completely reliable of any book transmitted from antiquity, in terms of its actually remaining unchanged and dependably accurate.)
  2. Infallible refers to the fact that the Bible is unfailing as an absolutely trustworthy guide for our faith (belief in God) and practice (Life and behavior). This is so because God is true (John 3:33; 17:3), because His Word reveals His truth (17:17), and because God cannot lie (Num.23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb.6:18).

 

Are we killing all our darlings, pride,fear,sloth?

I remember back when I attended church with my parents, the church we went to sang three songs and sat down. I also remember many years later participating in praise worship when the saints entered into high praises; where the air is thick with the presence of the Holy Spirit and demons literally screamed out of a person who needed deliverance. Our sacrifice reached heaven as a sweet smelling aroma.

  1. We have an alter from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 15. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:10-15 NKJV.

Why is praising God a sacrifice? The word “sacrifice” (Greek thusia) comes from the root thuo, a verb meaning “to kill or slaughter for a purpose.” Praise often requires that we “kill” our pride, fear, or sloth—anything that threatens to diminish or interfere with our worship of the Lord.

We discover here the Basis of all our praise: the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by Him, in Him, with Him, to Him, and for Him that we offer our sacrifice of praise to God. Praise will never be successfully hindered when we keep its focus on Him—the Founder and Completer of our salvation.

His Cross, His blood—His love gift of life and forgiveness to us—Keep praise as a living sacrifice!pwbnr-960x430

The Manifest Presence of Christ.

 

“For this reason I bow my knees to the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God…” Ephesians 3:14-19 NKJV.

Many Christians here in America as well as the rest of the world have prayed for revival, year after year hoping for another great awakening, like what the Puritans experienced. Some see revival as a huge influx of new believer’s, bringing many who are trapped in darkness by the god of this world into the kingdom of God, rightly so.

During the Great Awakenings, Puritans spoke of revival as “the manifest presence of Christ.” Prayer for revival is an invitation to this—to something wonderfully beyond God’s “essential presence” (that is He is always with us-Hebrews 13:5), and beyond His “cultivated” presence (that is, as the believer grows to know and walk with God daily). holy-spirit-

The apostle Paul prayed for believers to know that order of reformation or revival that brings about an intensification of the presence and power of Jesus Christ.

In our text’s prayer, Paul asked that the Holy Spirit deepen His work in their lives in three ways: 1) that Christ would dwell—more literally, “be at home”—in their hearts by faith, that is, that He would move from being an acquaintance to being the center of their church family; 2) that they would grasp God’s love at a spiritual level, beyond intellectual or theological knowledge; and 3) that they would be filled with God’s fullness, that is, that the Holy Spirit would reveal the things of Christ (John 16) more fully achieving God’s fuller work in each life —unhindered, unquenched, ungrieved.

 

 

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