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JESUS CHRIST

Who Is Jesus ChrisT

What if you could predict that a major world event would take place five minutes from now? What if you could accurately describe what would happen? Would knowing the future give you unusual power? Would anyone believe you? Possibly some would, but how many would not?

Many people do not believe the Bible, yet it miraculously foretells hundreds of events, sometimes in minute detail, and usually hundreds – sometimes thousands – of years ahead. Some prophecies concern cities and countries, such as Tyre, Jericho, Samaria, Jerusalem, Palestine, Moab, and Babylon. Others relate to specific individuals. Many have already been fulfilled, but some are still in the future.

Jesus Christ is the subject of more than 300 Old Testament prophecies. His birth nearly 2,000 years ago, and events of His life had been foretold by many prophets during a period of 1,500 years. History confirms that even the smallest detail happened just as predicted. It confirms beyond a doubt that Jesus is the true Messiah, the Son of God and Savior of the world.

The following chart lists some of the amazing predictions concerning Jesus Christ, together with the record of their fulfillment:

John 1:14 ESV / 119 helpful votes

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 11:35 ESV / 116 helpful votes

Jesus wept.

Hebrews 1:3 ESV / 88 helpful votes

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Isaiah 9:6 ESV / 74 helpful votes

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

John 1:1 ESV / 70 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 10:11 ESV / 56 helpful votes

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 6:51 ESV / 56 helpful votes

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Acts 5:31 ESV / 45 helpful votes

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

John 5:30 ESV / 37 helpful votes

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Revelation 17:14 ESV / 36 helpful votes

They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Hebrews 2:9 ESV / 36 helpful votes

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Revelation 22:13 ESV / 31 helpful votes

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Revelation 1:5 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

Revelation 5:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Hebrews 4:15 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

John 3:16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 2:34 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed

Jeremiah 23:5 ESV / 23 helpful votes

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

Romans 1:3 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh

Matthew 4:23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.

1 John 4:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Hebrews 4:14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 10:12 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

Galatians 4:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

John 10:17 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.

John 1:18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Matthew 26:64 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Revelation 5:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Revelation 3:14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

John 16:32 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.

1 John 4:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

Hebrews 1:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Acts 26:23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

That the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

John 10:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

John 8:28 ESV / 16 helpful votes

So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.

John 4:34 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

John 1:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He was in the beginning with God.

Matthew 21:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

Zechariah 9:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Jeremiah 23:6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

Isaiah 40:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 40:10 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

Isaiah 8:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Revelation 19:16 ESV / 15 helpful votes

On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 1:18 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

John 14:28 ESV / 15 helpful votes

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Matthew 17:23 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

Zechariah 13:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,” declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will turn my hand against the little ones.

1 John 4:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

1 Peter 3:18 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Ephesians 5:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Romans 8:3 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

Luke 23:34 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

Daniel 7:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.

Isaiah 50:6 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.

Genesis 49:10 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Revelation 3:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes

The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Revelation 3:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

Hebrews 9:26 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 7:25 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 6:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 3:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.

Luke 24:26 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”

Luke 22:29 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,

Luke 2:35 ESV / 13 helpful votes

(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Luke 1:32 ESV / 13 helpful votes

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,

Matthew 16:28 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Psalm 2:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.

Hebrews 7:16 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.

Hebrews 5:8 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.

Hebrews 2:18 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 2:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Colossians 1:15 ESV / 12 helpful votes

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Romans 14:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Romans 4:25 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

John 17:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

John 17:1-26 ESV / 12 helpful votes

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

John 16:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;

John 14:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 12:41 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

John 10:30 ESV / 12 helpful votes

I and the Father are one.”

John 10:15 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 2:23 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing.

John 1:49 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

John 1:29 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Mark 14:62 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Mark 10:32-34 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”

Matthew 28:18 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Matthew 26:39 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 20:28 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 17:22 ESV / 12 helpful votes

As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men,

Matthew 16:21 ESV / 12 helpful votes

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

Matthew 14:14 ESV / 12 helpful votes

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

John 3:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

Mark 8:31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.

 

The Earthly Life of Jesus Christ

 

Jesus Christ is the greatest person who every lived. His moral character, His teachings, and His influence upon history demonstrate that He is indeed God. Through two thousand years of advancements in education, technology, philosophy, medicine, and science, mankind has never produced a person who is worthy to be compared with Jesus.

His divinity and humanity are without parallel. His life, death, and resurrection were mandatory for man’s salvation. With His ascension into Heaven, He completed His mission and made possible man’s restoration to his original destiny.

Bible Study: The Entrance of Jesus Christ Into the World

  1. On the basis of His statement in John 17:5, where was Jesus Christ before He came into the world?
  2. Read Matthew 1:18-23. In your own words, summarize the circumstances that surrounded Jesus’ birth.

The New Testament passes over the next thirty years of Jesus’ life almost in silence. Apparently the Gospel writers were more anxious to portray the character and ministry of Jesus than to give us a chronological biography.

The Character of Jesus

  1. From these verses, describe the character of Jesus. ( Luke 23:33-34, John 2:13-17, John 13:1-17, Romans 5:8-1 )
  2. How does Jesus’ attitude contrast with the attitude of His contemporaries toward the following? Adults (Matthew14:15-21), Children (Mark 10:13-16), Those who offend (Luke 9:51-56)
  3. Why did the following people love Christ? The widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-15), The sinful woman (Luke 7:36-50), Mary and Martha (John 11:30-44).
  4. From the beginning of His life, Jesus demonstrated unfailing grace, amazing wisdom, and astounding understanding and knowledge. He consistently pleased God.
  5. Read Matthew 7:28-29. What other reactions do you think the people had to His teachings besides amazement?
  6. How do you feel about Jesus and why?

The crowds found His compassion constant, and He was humble and meek before His enemies. He treated the poor with respect and the children with love and tenderness. His character was pure, selfless, and sinless.

Jesus also proved His divine character through His immeasurable love, an unconditional love unique in history. He willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice for all sin and evil, and He gave the free gift of everlasting life to every person who would accept it. Only God in the flesh could have embodied all these characteristics.

 Bible Study: Jesus Christ as a teacher

  1. What did Christ teach about the new birth? (John 3:1-8)
  2. What did Christ teach regarding His claims about Himself? (John 10:11, John 13:13-14, John 15:1-5, Matthew 5:17, John 11:25-26) Which of these claims do you think is most important? Which means the most to you personally? Why?
  3. What did Christ teach about His demands of His followers? (Mark 8:38, Mark 10:29-30, Matthew 9:9, Matthew 11:29, Luke 9:23, John 13:34-35)  Which of these demands do you find the easiest to follow; and how do you think Jesus wants you to deal with the difficult ones?
  4. Many view Jesus as the greatest teacher in history. No other man has been quoted as often or has inspired as many books and articles. His teachings have given us clear, profound insights into the deepest questions of life. People flocked to hear Him speak. The disciples left everything to follow Him. What kind of teach could inspire such loyalty? (See John 6:66-69 for help in formulating your answer.) From the following verses, list characteristics of Jesus that made Him such an excellent teacher. (Mark 6:34, Luke 21:29-38, Luke 4:14-30, John 3:1-8, 7:50-51, 19:38-42)
  5. Carefully read Matthew 7:7-12 from the Sermon on the Mount. How did Jesus use the following teaching methods to emphasize His lessons?
    Repitition of ideas — Practical application — Clear summarization
  6. What was even more important than Christ’s effective teaching methods? (Matthew7:29)

Where did He get His authority? (John 12:49-50)

Summarize how Jesus’ earthly life confirmed His deity.

Life Application

  1. Give at least three reasons you can trust Jesus’ teachings.
  2. List three ways these teachings can change your life.
  3. Plan how you will implement these changes.

 

The Death of Jesus Christ

 

When did you last talk about death? Did you enjoy your conversation?

People don’t usually like to talk about death, do they? But the Bible has some very important things to say about it.

According to God’s Word, death means “separation,” not “cessation of existence.” Physical death is the separation of the spirit (the immaterial part of us) from the body. As a result, the body decomposes. Spiritual death is the separation of man from God. Both physical and spiritual death are the results of sin.

The results of this separation are not only sins like murder, immorality, and stealing, but also worry, irritability, lack ofpurpose in life, frustration, the desire to escape reality, and fear of death. These and many other conditions are evidence that we are cut off from God, the only One who can give us the power to live an abundant life.

The most important question in life becomes, “How can I be reconciled to God?” In our own power, we can never bridge the gulf between us and God. But God has provided a way to bring us to Him.

The Need for the Death of Jesus Christ

  1. Carefully read Romans 3:10-12, and 3:23. How many times does the writer, Paul, use terms like, all, none, or their equivalents?Why do you think He repeated these terms?

    What does this tell you about moral, respectable people?

  2. What is the result of sin? (Romans 6:23)

The Result of the Death of Jesus Christ

  1. Read II Corinthians 5:21 carefully. How good does it say Christ was?But what happened to Him when He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins? What was the result for you?
  2. What did Christ teach concerning His death? (Mark 8:31-32)
  3. How did Christ feel about such a death? (Hebrews 12:2)
  4. Describe the effect of Christ’s death with respect to God’s holiness. (Romans 3:25, John 4:10)
  5. Why did He die for us? (1 Peter 3:18)
  6. How did Christ’s death affect your relationship with God? (Colossians 1:21-22, Romans 5:10-11)

Significance of the death of Christ

  1. What is the only thing we can do to make sure that the death of Christ applies to us so we can be saved (Acts 16:31)?
  2. Can we work for salvation (Ephesians 2:8,9)? Why not?

 

Life Application

  1. Read John 3:18 carefully. What two kinds of people are described here?
  2. What is the only reason any person will be condemned?
  3. According to what the Bible says here, are you condemned?
  4. According to I John 5:11-12, do you have eternal life? (Do not confuse I John, the Epistle, near the end of the New Testament, with the Gospel of John.)
  5. According to that same passage, how can you know?
  6. Have you made the decision to accept Christ’s death on the cross for you, and have you received Him into your life as Savior and Lord?  If you would like to receive Him as your Savior right now, pray a prayer like this one from your heart:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you fo forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus’ crucifixion demoralized His followers. The terrorstricken little band scattered; Jesus’ enemies were celebrating their victory. But three days after the crucifixion a miracle occurred: Jesus rose from the dead.

Within a few weeks His once cowardly followers were fearlessly proclaiming His resurrection, a fact that changed the course of history. Followers of Jesus Christ were not people who promoted an ethical code of a dead founder, rather, those who had vital contact with a living Lord. Jesus Christ still lives today, and He is anxiously waiting to work in the lives of those who will trust Him.

The new life and fresh courage demonstrated by the early Christians is vividly described by J.B. Phillips in the Preface to his Letters to Young Churches:

The great difference between present-day Christianity and that of which we read in these letters is that to us it is primarily a performance; to them it was a real experience. We are apt to reduce the Christian religion to a code, or at best a rule of heart and life. To these men it is quite plainly the invasion of their lives by a newquality of life altogether. They do not hesitate to describe this as Christ “living in” them.

Mere moral reformation will hardly explain the transformation and the exuberant vitality of these men’s lives — even if we could prove a motive for such reformation, and certainly the world around offered little encouragement to the early Christians! We are practically driven to accept their own explanation, which is that their little human lives had, through Christ, been linked up with the very life of God.

Many Christians today talk about the “difficulties of our times” as though we should have to wait for better ones before the Christian religion can take root. It is heartening to remember that this faith took root and flourished amazingly in conditions that would have killed anything less vital in a matter of weeks.

These early Christians were on fire with the conviction that they had become, through Christ, literal sons of God; they were pioneers of a new humanity, founders of a new kingdom.

They still speak to us across the centuries. Perhaps if we believed what they believed, we might achieve what they achieved.

Five Proofs that Jesus actually rose from the dead.

  1. The resurrection was foretold by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. What did Jesus tell His disciples in Luke 18:31-33?If Jesus had clearly predicted that He would rise from the dead, then failed to do so, what would this say about Him?
  2. The resurrection of Christ is the only reasonable explanation for the empty tomb. What did Jesus’ friends do to make certain His body would not be taken? (Mark 15:46)What did Jesus’ enemies do to make sure His body would not be taken? (Matthew 27:62-66)

    But on Sunday morning the tomb was empty!
    Note: If Jesus had not been killed, but only weakened and wounded by crucifixion, the stone and the soldiers would have prevented His escape from the tomb. If Jesus’ friends had tried to steal His body, the stone and the soldiers would likewise have prevented them. Jesus’ enemies would never have taken the body since its absence from the tomb would only serve to encourage belief in His resurrection. Only His resurrection can account for the empty tomb!

     

  3. The resurrection is the only reasonable explanation for the appearance of Jesus Christ to His disciples. List all the individuals or groups who actually saw the risen Christ, according to I Corinthians 15:4-8.If Christ has not risen from the dead, what could we then conclude about all these witnesses? (I Corinthians 15:15)

    What else would be true if Christ had not risen from the dead? (I Corinthians 15:17)

    When Christ appeared to His followers, what things did He do to prove He was not a hallucination? (Luke 24:36-43)

  4. The dramatic changes in the lives of His followers. Look up these verses and describe the differences in these people:
    Peter (Luke 22:54-62; Acts 4:1-22)
    Thomas (John 20:24-28, Acts 1:12-14)
    Paul (Acts 7:54-8:3, Acts 16:16-40)
  5. The resurrection is the only reasonable explanation for the beginning of the Christian church. Within a few weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, Peter preached at Pentecost, and the Christian church began. What was the subject of his sermon? (Acts 2:14-36)

If the body of Jesus were still in the tomb, how do you think Peter’s audience would have responded to this sermon? But how did they respond? (Acts 2:37-42)

The Results of the Resurrection.

  1. What does the resurrection tell us about the following:Jesus Christ (Romans 1:4)
    The power God can exercise in our lives. (Ephesians 1:19-20)
    What will eventually happen to our bodies. (Philippians 3:21)
  2. How would your life be affected if Christ had not risen from the dead? (I Corinthians 15:12-26)
  3. If we can believe the resurrection, why is it then logical to believe all the miracles Jesus performed?

The visible return of Christ.

  1. Describe the way in which Christ will return to Earth. (Matthew 24:30, Acts 1:11)
  2. How does this compare to the first time Christ came to Earth?
  3. What will happen to the Christian when Christ comes for him? (I Corinthians 15:51-52, Philippians 3:20-21)
  4. What will be the condition of the Earth when Christ returns? (Matthew 24:6-8)
  5. What will happen to those who are not Christians when He returns? (II Thessalonians 1:7-9)
  6. What is our present hope? (I John 2:2-3)

Life Application

Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same today, and He can transform your life.

  1. How would your life be different from what it is if Jesus had not risen from the dead?
  2. How do you think His “resurrection life” can be seen in you on a daily basis?
  3. How can your life be different if you allow Jesus to transform it?

Jesus Christ Living in the Christian

By Bill Bright

Are you a member of a church? Are you committed and active in your church? Do you have a close relationship with Jesus Christ?

Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation emphasize the fact that merely to be a church member offers no guarantee of a right relationship with Jesus Christ. Notice in Revelation 3:20 that the reference is to individuals, not to a group as a whole: “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with Me.”

When you invite Jesus Christ to come into your heart and life to be your Savior and Lord, confessing your sin and need for forgiveness, He answers your prayer. He enters your heart and life. Why?

One reason is so He can empower you. The Christian life is more than difficult; it is humanly impossible to live. Only Jesus Christ can live it through you as He dwells within you. he wants to think with your mind, express Himself through your emotions, and speak through your voice, though you may be unconscious of it.

But as worldly Christians examine their lives, they often find themselves filled with many areas of activity — studies, finances, social life, home life, business, travel — with no real purpose or meaning. The reason for this is that they are controlling these areas themselves instead of allowing Jesus Christ to control them.

There is a throne in each of our lives. Until Jesus Christ comes into our lives, our self, or ego, is on the throne. But when Jesus comes in, He wants to assume His place of authority on His throne. We must step down and relinquish the authority of our lives to Him. As you can see from the diagram below, when Christ becomes the controller of our lives, He becomes Lord of every activity, and that results in purpose and harmony.

Thus the Christian life is not a person trying to imitate Christ; rather, it is Christ imparting His life to and living His life through the person. The Christian life is not what you do for Him; it is what He does for and through you. The Christ-controlled life always produces the fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.

The need for Jesus to live in the Christian.

  1. What was Jesus unwilling to entrust to men? (John 2:24-25)
  2. What kinds of things are in our hearts? (Mark 7:21-23)
  3. How did the Apostle Paul, one of the world’s greatest Christians, evaluate his human nature? (Romans 7:18)
  4. What is our condition apart from Jesus Christ? (John 15:4-5)

The fact that Jesus Christ lives in the Christian.

  1. Restate Revelation 3:20 in your own words.
  2. What guarantee does Jesus Christ give in this verse, and how can we believe Him?
  3. How do you know that Jesus Christ has entered your life?
  4. How do you know that Jesus will never leave you even when you sin? (Hebrews 13:5)
  5. If you do sin, how can you renew your fellowship with Him? (I John 1:9)See diagram.

Note: Salvation differs from fellowship. Salvation is having our sins forgiven and receiving eternal life. Fellowship is our daily relationship, or communion, with Christ. Through sin we may often lose our fellowship in the same way a child loses fellowship with his father through disobedience. However, the child does not lose his relationship as a son, nor do we lose our relationship with God. He is still our heavenly Father. (See John 10:27-29)

Jesus Christ at Home within the Christian.

When Jesus Christ lives within us, what can He do for us as we face the following problems?

  1. Emptiness (John 6:35)
  2. Anxiety (John 14:27)
  3. Unhappiness (John 15:11)
  4. Lack of power (Philippians 4:13)

Life Application

  1. What must we do so that Jesus Christ can live His victorious life through us? (Romans 6:13, & 12:1-2)
  2. Read and meditate on John 3:16. On the basis of this verse, why do you think we should give control of our lives to God?
  3. Right now, surrender control of your life to God. Be willing to give Him every area — your family, job, finances, even your health. Pray this simple prayer.

Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You for forgiving my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled in Ephesians 5:18, and as You promised in Your word that you would do if I ask in faith. I now thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

FAITH

Hebrews 11:1-13:25 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

James 2:24 ESV / 90 helpful votes

You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

1 Corinthians 2:5 ESV / 88 helpful votes

That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

James 2:14-26 ESV / 75 helpful votes

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 69 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 59 helpful votes

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Luke 17:5 ESV / 58 helpful votes

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

John 8:24 ESV / 53 helpful votes

I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

Hebrews 11:7 ESV / 51 helpful votes

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

John 3:16 ESV / 48 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 2:16 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV / 42 helpful votes

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV / 41 helpful votes

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

James 1:5-8 ESV / 39 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 36 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

John 1:1 ESV / 34 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 33 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Romans 12:3 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Matthew 21:21-22 ESV / 33 helpful votes

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Romans 4:20-21 ESV / 31 helpful votes

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

1 John 5:1 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.

Mark 16:16 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 26 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

John 3:36 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Mark 9:23 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

James 2:19 ESV / 21 helpful votes

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

2 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

John 20:31 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Galatians 3:27 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Matthew 3:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Psalm 40:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

James 2:18 ESV / 19 helpful votes

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Psalm 46:1-2 ESV / 19 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

Acts 22:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’

Luke 13:3 ESV / 18 helpful votes

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Habakkuk 2:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

Psalm 27:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Revelation 12:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,

Acts 2:38 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 37:5-6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Genesis 6:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 13 helpful votes

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 13 helpful votes

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Romans 10:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Matthew 15:25-28 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Romans 5:1-5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

John 5:25 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

Luke 13:10-16 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”

Matthew 12:30 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken theLord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

Revelation 16:1-18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.” So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea. The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

1 Timothy 1:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,

Acts 14:22 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

John 21:23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

John 6:47 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

John 1:1-51 ESV / 10 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Galatians 3:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.

Acts 28:1-31 ESV / 9 helpful votes

After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.

Mark 4:38-41 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Psalm 3:1-8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.

Mark 4:1-41 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.

Matthew 13:32 ESV / 8 helpful votes

It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Romans 4:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,

James 1:25 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Mark 11:22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.

Romans 10:17 ESV / 321 helpful votes

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 258 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Mark 11:22-24 ESV / 228 helpful votes

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Matthew 21:22 ESV / 216 helpful votes

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 153 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 148 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 120 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 110 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God