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Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday's Message: Made Alive in Christ

Bible Christianity is the most wonderful thing; mostly because the truth of it centers on the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the most important part of it is the finished work of Jesus Christ He accomplished by taking our sin payment upon Himself and dying a most painful and torment filled death on a crucifixion cross. After this He was buried, and then in fulfillment of prophecy and scripture, Jesus rose again after 72 hours.  The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It cannot be complete without all three, being completed by His triumphant resurrection. As we read in the Book of Romans, to be saved we must believe in His resurrection with our hearts: Rom. 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
But then we read in our text for today in I Corinthians 15:33  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
34  Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
The evil communications that corrupt good manners can be applied in several areas; but the 15th chapter of I Corinthians deals with the resurrection, and believing it.  So the shame is to claim that I’m saved but not have the Bible knowledge of the absolute truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus resurrection teaches us of victory!  Because the enemy of death could not hold Him. He conquered death, hell, and the grave when He rose again. And in so doing, He gives us the promise that we who have put our trust in Him will likewise rise again.  As we read in the next vss.:  I Corinth. 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes,
42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
As our bodies are sown, or buried in the ground, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and our trust in Him as Saviour, our bodies will be quickened, or made alive, and we will have our new bodies, our spiritual bodies, without our natural, or sinful natures.
What a day that will be!

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