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7-10-2017 Man-Made Tradition: Jesus’ Resurrection

Jesus Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4 NKJV). Since Jesus “rose early on the first day of the week” (Mark 16:9 NKJV), Christians meet together on the “first day of the week” in remembrance of His resurrection, and “break bread” to remember Jesus’ death for their sins (Acts 20:7 NKJV). Because each week has a “first day” the churches of Christ remember Jesus’ Gospel every week. Sinners may put this Gospel into their hearts, by being “buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4 NKJV). This is not seasonal, but serious.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Hugh’s News & Views (The Resurrection Body)

THE RESURRECTION BODY

In the long, long ago—probably at least two thousand years before the birth of Christ—the grand old patriarch Job asked the question, “If a man dies, shall he live again” (Job 14:14a)? Given the suffering he was going through at the time as a test of his faith in God, it is not easy to determine the attitude with which Job asked this question. A look at the larger context indicates that it may have been asked in a moment of cynicism. Earlier Job had said, “Man decays like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten” (13:28). He went on to say, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue” (14:1-2). He lamented, “But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he” (14:10)? Continue reading

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December 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in Prophecy II)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Deuteronomy 18:15-19—A Prophet Like Moses (Bryan Hodge)
  • Genesis 49:10—Until Shiloh Come (Cody Westbrook)
  • Jeremiah 23:5-6—A Righteous Branch (Steven Lloyd)
  • Psalm 40:6-10—I Delight to do Thy Will (Bill Burk)
  • Psalm 22—The Cross (Troy Spradlin)
  • Psalm 16—The Resurrected Christ (Tom Moore)
  • Zechariah 13:1—The Fountain for Sin and Uncleanness (Rob Whitacre)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

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Psalm 110

Vs. 1-7 are a purely prophetic picture of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ said this Psalm was written by the Holy Spirit through David (Mark 12:35-36). All commentators who question or challenge this authorship are unworthy of any consideration, and probably are wrong in many other places in their comments! Commentators who cannot see this absolute conclusion about this authorship are blind, and “if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:14). Psalm 110 is one of the purest, clearest, prophecies of Jesus Christ in the entire Old Testament!

Verse 1: Contains a fact about Jesus Christ being King that is quoted by: Jesus Christ to show that David spoke of Him as “Lord” and not “son”(Matthew 22:41-46); Peter quoted it (Acts 2:30-35) to prove that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead to sit on David’s throne in Heaven; probably Paul (Hebrews 1:13) to show that Jesus Christ is NOT an “angel;” and again by Peter (1 Peter 3:21-22) to show that after Jesus’ resurrection, He has all authority “in heaven and on earth” (as Jesus claimed, Matthew 28:18). “For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).

Verse 2: Jesus began His Kingdom Rule “out of Zion” (often a reference to Jerusalem), for after His resurrection, He went outside of Jerusalem and “was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19). Anyone who teaches a doctrine that denies that Jesus is now on David’s throne in Heaven is denying that He was raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven.

Verse 3: “Volunteers” describes the free-will obedience of all who follow Jesus today. Jesus commanded “the wind and the sea” to obey and they did (Mark 4:35-41), but Jesus gave people choice as to whether or not to obey Him (John 6:44-45). Paul preached the Gospel to Bereans, who “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). There never has been forced obedience by the Holy Spirit!

Verse 4: God has sworn that Jesus Christ is “a priest forever:” (1) on David’s throne, He is Priest and King (Zechariah 6:12-13), but on earth, Jesus was not from the priestly tribe under Moses’ Law (Hebrews 7:11-14), therefore David’s throne is not on earth; (2) only Jesus Christ has ever been a “High Priest” “according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:6, 10; 7:11, 17, 21), whose history is in Genesis 14:18-24, and, since no mention is recorded of his beginning, tribe, or death (Hebrews 7:1-4), only Jesus could parallel that background;  (3) Jesus, to be High Priest, “has passed through the heavens” (Hebrews 4:14-15) and was “without sin,” which never was true of anyone else who claimed to have “the priesthood of Melchizedek” bestowed upon him.

Verses 5-7: Jesus Christ has been given all judgment (John 5:21-23), and will execute that judgment against “workers of iniquity” on the Day of Judgment (John 5:28-30; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10). To “lift up the head” in total and complete victory concludes Jesus’ work, and our “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57); and, “this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith” (1 John 5:4).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 93

Vs. 1-2 establish God’s throne;

Vs. 3-4 speak of God’s great power;

Vs. 5 speaks of God’s holiness.

There is nothing in the Bible to indicate that this (or any other Psalm!) was used by the Israelites in some special ceremony to recognize God enthroned. Because Jesus Christ was God in the flesh (Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-10), Psalms 93-99 have many references to Jesus Christ in these references to God.

Psalm 93:2: “The author of [The Book of] Hebrews listed the credentials of the King of Kings, namely Jesus Christ; and, of course, those credentials are the same as those of the ruling Jehovah in this passage. These are: (1) King by right of eternal existence; (2) by right of creation; (3) by right of personal excellence, majesty and strength; (4) by divine right; (5) by right of maintenance, upholding all things by the word of his power; (6) by right of purchase (This establishes God’s right to rule over humanity in that he purchased, or redeemed us, through the blood of His Son); and (7) by right of his present position on the Eternal Throne (God is not a mere pretender; his rulership is a fait accompli).”         James Burton Coffman Commentary on Psalms

Verses 1-2: “LORD” is used 5 times and is the only term for God in this Psalm.  The assertion is made; “The LORD reigns” (verse 1), then reasons for His prominence are given. He: (1)  is “clothed with majesty” (magnificence and splendor);      (2) “girded Himself with strength” (binding up clothing for work or a journey, hence ready to work. No one else could “bind” God!); (3) “established” the world (that operates by His laws which are settled and unchangeable);  (4) is upon a “throne” (verse 2) “established” even before the world; (5) whose existence is “everlasting!”

Verses 3-4: Multitudes of peoples who have opposed God are couched in the term “floods.” Hence (verse 3) their arrogant attitude “lifted” them up; then “their voice;” then “their waves” (battles and wars). It got them nowhere, for “The LORD on high” proves “mightier” than their “noise,” and their “mighty waves of the sea.” Tsunami victims and many seafarers can attest to the size and power of waves of the seas on earth, but figures of speech aside, “The LORD on high is mightier!”

Verse 5: Back to The LORD on His throne, all people may totally depend upon: God’s “testimonies,” for “every word of God is pure” (Proverbs 30:5) and “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4); AND “holiness” is throughout God’s “house,” “forever.” If “righteousness” is the right-doing by following God’s laws (1 John 3:7), then “holiness” is the purity of character caused by “righteousness.” “For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:7).

Thought: Since God raised Jesus Christ from the dead “to sit on his [David’s, jtpII] throne” (Acts 2:29-31), and since “to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever” (Hebrews 1:8), then to claim that Jesus Christ is NOT NOW on the throne of David in Heaven IS TO DENY THAT GOD RAISED JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD! If not, why not? Since Jesus IS now on His throne in Heaven, the kingdom of God has been established (Colossians 1:13). Since Jesus is the King of His kingdom, but also the Head of the church of Christ (Colossians 1:18), the saved people who are in the church of Christ are also in His kingdom! If not, why not?

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Jesus ‘appeared’ to witnesses

Christ’s resurrection was not a mirage, but really happened. One writer sees evidence for its reality in a distinction in Paul’s choice of words in 1 Cor. 15.

“Paul insists that Jesus ‘appeared to’ the witnesses, not that they saw Jesus. This is intended to underscore the fact that the risen Jesus was not a construct of the witnesses’ imagination.” (M.A. Pascuzzi, “1 Corinthians,” New Collegeville Bible Commentary, 538)

Interesting that the NLT changes the text to read Jesus was seen by the witnesses. Not that NLT is saying the witnesses made it up, but it doesn’t observe this distinction, if it does indeed exist.

What do you think? Is the commentator’s point valid?

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