by Theodore Wright
A Lively Hope…
1 Peter 1:3-5 (KJV): Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:9 (KJV): Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV): Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1 Peter 1:21 (KJV): Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV): Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 3:18 (KJV): For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 4:12-13 (KJV): Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV): Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:10 (KJV): But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
How can we be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ
when we were not physically there to see the event?
1. We see the proof of Christianity through historically confirmable facts.
Ancient Jewish author Flavius Josephus (37 A.D. – circa 100 A.D.), who was not a Christian, wrote a long history in his writing “Antiquites of the Jews” but wrote very little about Jesus Christ. What Josephus did write was significant…
Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He was the Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those who loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again at the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and 10,000 other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, is not extinct at this day.
– Antiquities 18.63-64 (Greek)
This is the Holy Bible’s testimony…
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (KJV): For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
It is a fact of history, Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. Thus, the proof of what Jesus said about us being raised from the dead through faith in Him was shown by what He did. He will also catch away the living believers unto Him one day soon as well.
John 11:25 (KJV): Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Philippians 3:21 (KJV): Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
2. We also see the evidence of Christ’s resurrection through the new nature He imparts to us which gives us the will and ability to do what God wants.
Colossians 2:12-13 (KJV): Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Philippians 2:13 (KJV): For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
3. Further, we testify of the blessings, miracles, and signs and wonders in His Name which He does for us and through us in our lives and those around us.
This we experience through the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Romans 8:34b-37 (KJV): It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Believe in the risen Lord Jesus Christ and testify of His resurrection. He is risen indeed!
ACCEPT JESUS, FOREVER FORGIVEN