Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bible Doctrine Series-The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ

A. The Importance of the Resurrection of Christ. 1. It was the Qualification of an Apostle—Acts 1:21-22. 2. It was the Subject of Apostolic Preaching. Acts 13:30; 17:18; 23:6. 3. It was Essential to the Gospel—1 Corinthians 15:1-4. 4. R.A. Torrey said the resurrection of Jesus was the cornerstone of Christian Doctrine, the Gibraltar of Christian Evidences, and the Waterloo of Infidelity. B. The Biblical Proof of the Resurrection of Christ. 1. Prophecies. Psalm 16:10; cf. Acts 2:25-31; Jonah 1:17; cf. Matthew 12:40. 2. The Claims of Jesus. Matthew 16:21; 17:23; John 11:25. 3. Attested by all the New Testament Authors—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, Jude. C. The Nature of the Resurrection of Christ. 1. It was a Miracle. It is the greatest single demonstration of God’s power in all time. Ephesians 1:19-20; Philippians 3:10. 2. It was Bodily. Jesus did not have a “spiritual” resurrection (whatever that may be). John 19:38-42; cf. 20:1-10; Luke 24:39, 46; 1 Corinthians 15:4-7. D. The Necessity of the Resurrection of Christ. 1. Necessary for the Three Phases of Salvation. a. To validate His death for sin. b. To enable His present intercession. c. To enable His second coming. 2. Necessary for Gospel Preaching—1 Corinthians 15:14-15. 3. Necessary For Saving Faith—1 Corinthians 15:16-17. 4. Necessary for Present and Future Hope—1 Corinthians 15:18-19. A. The Fact of the Ascension. 1. Anticipated. John 7:33; 8:21; 14:28-29; 16:5. 2. Reported. Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9. 3. Confirmed. Acts 7:55-56 (Stephen); 9:3-5 (Paul); Revelation 4:1; 5:6 (John). B. The Nature of the Ascension—Bodily. Acts 1:9-11. C. The Results of the Ascension. 1. It confirmed Christ’s Truthfulness—Matthew 26:63-64. 2. It gives believers an Advocate with God. Hebrews 7:25; 9:24. 3. It gives believers access to God—Hebrews 4:14-16. 4. It guarantees an enlarged ministry for believers—John 14:12. 5. It guarantees an entrance into heaven for believers—Hebrews 6:20. Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.

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