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SERMONS FOR MAY 31, 2015
A.M. Renewing Your Mind—Romans 12:1-2
P.M. Who Is “The Son of Perdition”?—2 Thessalonians 2:3-5
OUR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINAR
Our Bible Prophecy Seminar was a huge success, therefore we will let the articles remain for a time. Please be sure to check out the videos of the lectures from these seven fine Gospel preachers, just click on “From The Pulpit” above to watch or listen to these fantastic lectures.
As if religious people were not confused enough about the end of time by digging into the peculiar views first advanced by J.N. Darby and propagated by C.I. Scofield in his reference Bible more than a century ago which tell of unbiblical events like the so-called “rapture” and thousand year reign of Christ on David’s throne in Jerusalem, Hollywood has pitched in with the deception by releasing Tim LaHaye’s stories in the “Left Behind” movie starring Nicholas Cage. People are secretly snatched up to heaven while, for instance, they are piloting a loaded airliner leaving the passengers helpless to their destructive fate. The imagination of the screen writers exaggerate the horrible plight of millions supposedly left in the direst of circumstances while true Christians are taken by Christ into heaven for 7 years.
What this describes is the false doctrine known as premillennialism. Premillennialism has 4 crucial components. They are: (1) the rapture, (2) the tribulation, (3) the battle of Armageddon, and (4) the 1,000 year reign of Christ on David’s throne in Jerusalem, Israel. There is only one thing wrong with their scheme of last things and system of interpreting the Bible: it is false to the core! As an example, take “the rapture.” All know and admit that “the rapture” is unbiblical terminology. That is “the rapture” appears nowhere in the entire Bible. Even Hal Lindsey in his book, which almost a generation ago now generated interest in the false doctrine of premillennialism like nothing else has until “The Left Behind” series of Tim LaHaye, says not to go rushing to a Bible concordance trying to find “the rapture” because it is not in the Bible. Exactly! And, that is the point here. Premillennialism simply is not in the Bible. Nor, are the other crucial components of the theory. While it is true that the other 3 major components of premillennialism are in the Bible, they are ripped out of their context and made to teach something the inspired writers in general and the apostle John in the Revelation in particular never taught or even imagined.
Peter said, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:1-3).
“THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION”
The apostle Paul mentions the power of the resurrection of Christ in the following sentence within the book of Philippians, and we can be strengthened in our faith by spending a moment with this thought in mind. Paul wrote,
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead (Philippians 3:8-11, emphasis added).
Our faith rests on the resurrection of Christ. After years of careful scrutiny the famed lawyer Sir Lionel Luckhoo, who is in The Guinness Book of World Records for winning a record 245 straight murder acquittals and was twice knighted by Queen Elizabeth, concluded, “I say unequivocally that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt.”1
“The power of His resurrection” about which the apostle Paul wrote is, among many things, the power to transform lives. Only the resurrection of Christ can account for the dramatic change in the lives of James, the Lord’s brother, and of Saul of Tarsus, known to us as the beloved apostle Paul. Readers of John’s gospel will recall his statement which included James when he said, “For neither did his brethren believe in him” (John 7:5, cf. Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3). But, after the resurrection of Christ, James is in the upper room waiting “with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren”… (the number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty)” (Acts 1:14-15). James, now convinced of the deity and resurrection of Jesus, weighs heavily into the furtherance of the early church (Acts 15:13-21; Galatians 2:9). Bible students are even more familiar with the changed life of Saul of Tarsus, as he says, “Beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it” (Galatians 1:13). Yet, after his meeting with the resurrected Lord he became one of the most arduous workers in the kingdom of Christ. These two men bear witness to “the power of His resurrection.”
We have every confidence that “the power of His resurrection” can have the same transforming effect in our lives today. How may we be as favorably impacted by the resurrection of Christ as were James and Saul? Within the text above Paul told us. He speaks of “the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” and “that I may know Him” showing us the importance and first place a diligent study of the Bible must have in our lives. The point at which Paul was made “conformable unto His death” was at his own baptism (Acts 22:16). When we obey the gospel and seriously read and study the Bible we truly can know “the power of His resurrection” in our own lives.
1Donald McFarland, ed., The Guinness Book of World Records (New York: Bantam, 1991), 547; Ross Clifford, The Case for the Empty Tomb (Claremont, Calif.: Albatross, 1991), 112; Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998), 255.
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