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Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jude 1:21 KJV
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HE IS RISEN

"Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.

No one takes 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 command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:17-18)
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"But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly and tell His disciples that HE IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)
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Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 15 / RESURRECTION

By Norman Anderson
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Verses 1-8: The certainty of salvation, as preached in the glad tidings, rests upon the sure foundation of the death of Christ for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and also upon the fact of His resurrection on the third day, according to the Scriptures. The statement as to His burial was needed to emphasize His death. There was nothing vicarious in His burial, else proof from the prophetic word could have been adduced in support of the fact of His burial. Isaiah 53:9 tells us plainly that "they appointed His grave with the wicked, but He was with the rich in His death . . ".

Verses 9-10: The grace and truth of God as to the content of the glad tidings did two things with Paul, they showed him his smallness even in the execution of his divinely endued service, especially as regarding his past history as persecutor of God's Assembly, they also enhanced to him the grace bestowed upon him with such blessing and power. This lay behind the message which had been preached and also behind the faith which had received those tidings.

Verse 12: Immediately the heinous character and implications of the false teaching is gone into, taking up 58 verses while in 1 Cor. 5 moral evil was dealt with in 13 verses, indicating that evil doctrine was, if anything, worse than evil conduct.

There are at least SEVEN IMPLICATIONS in the teaching that "the dead rise not."

1. Christ is not risen, we have lost our Saviour! (verse 13).
2. The preaching of the gospel is an empty thing. (verse 14).
3. The believing of the gospel is an empty thing. (verse 14).
4. The preachers are false and have falsified the character of God. (verse 15).
5. There is no forgiveness. (verse 17).
6. There is no hope for those who have died. (verse 18).
7. The living believers are of all men most miserable, they have lost their lives in this world, and there is nothing beyond the grave! (verse 19).

"BUT NOW IS CHRIST RISEN FROM AMONG THE DEAD, AND BECOME THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THEM THAT SLEPT."

Verse 20: The sleeping saints shall rise again!
Verse 21: God's triumph is achieved in Man!
Verse 22: The extent of the effects of the fall of Adam — surely a racial head — "For as in the Adam all die," shall the extent of resurrection in Christ be any narrower? Decidedly not. "Even so in the Christ shall all be made alive."

Verse 23: Christ is coming! Then shall all those who are described as being Christ's experience the power of His resurrection.

Verses 24-28: In these parenthetical verses the Scripture passes quickly over the ensuing reign of the Lord indicating in so doing that the same power which shall raise and change the saints, shall also bring order into the realm where, for so long, disorder has prevailed. All rule and all authority and power shall be put down by the once-crucified Christ. Then shall He bring to a close His mediatorial reign and upon the threshold of eternity He shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father. All shall be wound up in absolute perfection. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. Elsewhere we learn that "death and hell were cast into the lake of fire." […]

Verse 35: The apostle now acts upon the premise which he had laid down in 1 Corinthians 11:14, "Does not nature itself teach you?" "That which you sow is not quickened except it die: And that which you sow, you sow not the body that shall be, but the bare grain, it may be wheat, or some other grain; but God gives it a body as it pleases Him, and to every seed his own body." We are entirely left to the exercise of the power of God, so far as resurrection is concerned. And this is illustrated in the natural realm.

Verses 39-41: These verses bear this out most clearly. Just as there are differences to the flesh of men, beasts, fishes and birds, and just as surely as there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, with their respective glories, "So also is the resurrection of the dead." […]

Verse 42: We read, "It [the body] is sown in corruption; it is raised in INCORRUPTION;"

Verse 43: "It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in GLORY; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in POWER;"

Verse 44: "It is sown a natural body; it is raised a SPIRITUAL BODY."

We would draw the readers' attention to a worthwhile typical feature as regards the Tabernacle in the wilderness and the Temple in the land. Exodus 26:15 and 1 Kings 5:6-10; 1 Kings 6:15, 32. Shittim (or Acacia) wood; cedar; fir; olive; palm — 5 different timbers. The first of these — Acacia — was used in the construction of the Tabernacle and some of its furnishings. Being very close grained it was hard and incorruptible, and was used for making the boards, bars, the ark, the shewbread table, the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering.

The Temple which Solomon built was largely of stone and this was covered with Cedar of Lebanon. The floor was covered with Fir. The two cherubim in the oracle and the doors were of Olive. There were carvings of Palms on the walls. Cherubim — speak of righteous government; Palms — speak of triumph; Open flowers — speak of adornment.

To apply these typical features to the resurrection bodies of the saints:

Shittim Wood — refers to them in their incorruptible condition.
Cedar — to their being raised in glory.
Fir — to their being raised in power.
Olive — to their being raised a spiritual body.
Palm Tree — to their being raised in triumph.

(1 Cor. 15:44) "There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." This Scripture teaches,

(v. 45). "The first man Adam became a living soul; the Last Adam a quickening (life giving) spirit"

(v. 46). "But that which is spiritual is not first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual" Thank God, it was the natural which gave way to the spiritual — the latter will never have to give way!

(v. 48). We now arrive at two orders of men: the First Man, and the Second Man. How different were their origins! The First is of the earth — see Genesis 2:7. The Second Man is out of heaven. Their character is as different as is their origin, the First is earthly, and the Second is heavenly. Just as there is a race like the fallen man, Adam, so there is a race like the Second Man, the Last Adam — "As is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly".

(v. 49). And so as to their destinies, "And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."

This becomes increasingly obvious from the language of verse 50, "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."

It is obvious that reference is to the heavenly side of the kingdom, for we know from prophetic Scriptures that men in flesh and blood shall pass into the kingdom on its earthly side. Hence the need of our being changed. Even Job in his day said, ". . . I wait, till my change come" (Job 14:14).

[…] This is the resurrection of the sleeping saints and the change of the living saints, and this will take place "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump." (v. 52).

This expression, "the last trump," has no connection with the end of the world, nor has it to do with the seven trumpets of the book of Revelation.

The allusion in 1 Corinthians 15:52 is of a military character. We understand that there were THREE trumpet sounds:

1 — would ‘rouse the camp’;
2 — would 'strike camp';
3 — would sound the 'march off.'

When the change takes place then shall come to pass the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory" (v. 54), and,
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (v. 55).
In conclusion, may we give thanks to God Who "gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (v. 57).

May we, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" ( v. 58).
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WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP

"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (NKJV)
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FROM A Few Hid Treasures Found in the Greek New Testament

by George Christopher Willis

INNS, GUESTS, AND GUEST-CHAMBERS (Luke 10:30-37)

PAN-DOCHEION

[…] There is one other 'inn' mentioned in the New Testament, and I believe the only other. Once more we find it in Luke, chapter 10:34.

A certain man went down from Jerusalem, the city where the holy Temple of God was built; he was going down to Jericho, the city of the curse: the home of Zacchaeus. But on the way he fell among thieves, who left him naked and wounded and half dead. A priest and a Levite passed by, but did nothing to help the wretched man. Then came 'a certain Samaritan', and as he journeyed, he came where he was; and he had compassion on him, and went right down into the ditch with him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine; I am sure he clothed him with his own clothes, and he put him on his own beast, and he took him to an inn. Ah, but there was no room in the only other inn we read about in the New Testament: will there be room for him in this inn? YES, Thank God, there is room, abundance of room, for him: for the name of this inn is not kata-luma, but, pan-docheion: the 'place that receives all.' Not one has ever been turned away from this inn. Poverty, wretchedness, sin will never keep a person outside the inn call Pan-docheion.' It is God's own inn. Never yet has an applicant been told there is 'no room.' It 'receives all.' "Him that comes unto Me, I will in no wise cast out," is, I think, inscribed over that door.

And this inn has a 'Host,' and the Spirit of God tells us His name: His name is 'Pan-docheus': the Person who receives all.' And the Samaritan only stayed a short time, for he went away the next day; but before He left, He promised to come back, and in the meantime, He left orders with the 'Host': the 'pan-docheus', to take care of this poor man. He left Him two pence, but added, "And whatsoever Thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay Thee." (Luke 10:35). Since He only paid 'two pence' the poor man knew that his good Friend meant to come again soon; and I am sure he kept watching down the road to see if He was coming.

"Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, Come, Lord Jesus."
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CHRIST THE KING
 
Writing on Psalm 45, ‘the things… touching the king’, Dr. Alexander McLaren says:
 
‘There is no doubt that this song was originally a marriage hymn for some Jewish King. All attempts to know who he was have failed, for the very significant reason that neither the history nor the character of any of them correspond to this Psalm. Its language is a ‘world too wide’ for the diminutive stature and stained virtues of the greatest and best of them. And it is almost ludicrous to fit its glorious sentences even to a Solomon. They all look like David in Saul’s armour! So then, we must admit one of two things. Either we have here a piece of poetic licence, or “a Greater than Solomon is here”.’
 
The three Great Themes of Psalm 45 are: The Grace, the Glory and the Gladness of Christ, the King of Kings!
 
(Psalm 45; Hebrews 1:8)
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CHRIST OUR KINSMAN

In Damascus a temple was built centuries ago. When Christianity spread, it was used as a place for Christian worship and an inscription was put on the archway: ‘Thy Kingdom O Christ is an everlasting Kingdom, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

Mohammedans took possession and made it a mosque. THE INSCRIPTION REMAINED! The mosque has been burned several times, but the inscription STILL REMAINS!
 
‘He Must Reign!’

(Luke 1:33; Revelation 22:5)
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JOINED TO THE LORD
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The Apostle Paul speaks of our being joined to the Lord. Our union with Him can NEVER be broken and therefore we are eternally secure.

The story is told of a shipwreck in the Georgian Bay of Canada. The mate of the ship leaped into a boat with six or seven strong man and a timid girl. One by one the strong men lost their hold as the boat was turned over and over by the raging billows. Everyone perished EXCEPT THE GIRL, the reason being that the mate had taken the precaution to bind her with ropes to the prow of the boat. She drifted to the shore where she was rescued and she lived many years to relate her way of deliverance.

How thankful we should be that we are JOINED IN THE LORD!

From Indian Christian
 
(1 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 2:21)
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THE CHRISTIAN’S JOY
 
Principal RAINY, of whom a child once remarked that she believed he went to heaven every night, because he was so happy every day, once used a fine metaphor about a Christian’s joy.

‘JOY’ he said, ‘is the flag which is flown from the castle of the heart when the King is in residence there.’
 
(John 15:11; 1 Peter 4:13)
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"Praise be to the God and FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight, in Love "

Ephesians 1, verses 3 & 4 - NIV

"For this reason I kneel before the FATHER, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith..."

Ephesians 3, verses 14 to 17 - NIV
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YES Indeed! Today is FATHER's DAY! Blessed be His Name!
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The Word of God

"The Words of the Lord are Pure Words,
Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
Purified seven times.

You shall keep them, O Lord,
You shall preserve them from this generation forever."

(Psalm 12:6-7)


"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is Great Reward."

Psalm 19:7-11
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The Race of Faith

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Discipline of God

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls..."
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Hebrews 12:1-3
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