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We Celebrate Resurrection!

We celebrate Jesus!  We celebrate His dying and why He died!  We celebrate His resurrection from the tomb.   We do this just like the earliest of Jesus followers.  The following explains what they believed and celebrated almost from their very mouths.

A creed was developed by the early Christians and the Apostle Paul received it from other Apostles, Peter and James. Critics believe he received it when he first went up to Jerusalem, see Gal 1:18-19.

So what is this creed and how do we know it was a creed?

How do we know? Form criticism experts have done the research to determine that within these verses is the creed delivered to Paul.

What is the creed? I Corinthians 15: 3b-6a, and verse 7
…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was buried…
…and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve…
…then he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…
…then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles…
So, there it is. A statement of faith by the earliest Christians going back to just after Jesus rose from the dead.

What is a creed? It is generally a summary statement about an event or set of beliefs. In this case it is both, because events were involved and these events established facts related to beliefs.

Could this be legend? I think not. This is a news flash of what happened right after it happened. It was coded and stated by Christians to one another and to others around them.

Do you believe these statements about Jesus? Do you want to investigate the earliest writings about him? Here it is. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and then move to the next documentation: the Gospel of Mark or any of the other gospels.

More lengthy research on the creed
Documentation regarding the Resurrection
He Came Down From Heaven
Why Did Jesus Die?

Bible Verses out of Context

Patrick Mabilog got it right here.  Read is latest from Christianity Today.

Of all the literary pieces that have existed all across time, there is none that has received as much attack and ridicule as the Bible. And in every time that the Bible has been abused, it was taken out of context.

Many atheists, liberalists and even Christians have claimed that there are parts of the Bible that are obsolete, redundant or flawed. However, that is far from the truth because it is complete and perfect in every way. The only reason why people find flaws is because it is taken out of context.

The saddest part of this all is that it’s not just non-Christians that use the Bible out of context, but many believers have also become guilty of taking some scriptures in the Bible out of the original context. Here are just a few of the many popular scriptures that are taken with the wrong context.

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Read more of this post

Policeman & Jesus Using Detective Techniques

 

 

Enhypostasis: What Kind of Flesh Did the Word Become? (God-Man)

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This series is on Jesus, the God-Man.  This article appeared on Desiring God and Desiring God owns rights to this content.


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . (John 1:14)

Yesterday we looked at the doctrine of anhypostasis and said that the kind of humanity Jesus took in the incarnation was impersonal. He did not add a human person to himself when he took a fully human nature.
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The Eight Biggest Myths About The Bible

Christians and non-Christians alike do frequently misquote the Bible and misunderstand many parts of it—the Western perception of heaven as being “up in the sky” and Satan “living in hell” are just a couple of out of many inaccuracies that permeate not just Protestant churches, or the Catholic church, but our society as a whole. And those are the least divisive. Liberals and conservatives, Christians and atheists alike seek to use Scripture to justify their own viewpoints on everything from pork consumption to homosexuality.

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Our Servant

I opened my electronic Bible this morning and began reading Isaiah 53.

“1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?”  And with these words I see Jesus before many who turn away from Him.  That is so vivid in John 6 where He feeds the multitudes gathered mostly for a free meal and He gives a challenge to them.  They turn away from Him from that point on.

“2 For he grew up…like a root…”  I clearly see what we are waiting to celebrate right now: His coming as a baby and growing up as a normal Jewish boy. Read more of this post

God Wrote a Book

That Book is living, powerful, discerns in us things which are hidden according to Hebrews 4:12.   It is as if when approached humbly, the words on the page become God speaking as we take them in–truly take them in.

Why did Jesus Die?

I am watching the series, A.D.–the Bible Continues on NBC and we are right in the middle of the series.   This article from the BBC in 2009 captures some of the issues depicted in A.D.–the Bible Continues.

Atonement and reconciliation

Actors representing Roman soldier nailing Jesus to a cross

Actors Reenact the Cricifixion

The events leading up to the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus are well-told by the Gospel writers, as are stories of the Resurrection. But why did Jesus die?

In the end the Roman authorities and the Jewish council wanted Jesus dead. He was a political and social trouble-maker. But what made the death of Jesus more significant than the countless other crucifixions carried out by the Romans and witnessed outside the city walls by the people of Jerusalem?

Christians believe that Jesus was far more than a political radical. For them the death of Jesus was part of a divine plan to save humanity.

The death and resurrection of this one man is at the very heart of the Christian faith. For Christians it is through Jesus’s death that people’s broken relationship with God is restored. This is known as the Atonement.

What is the atonement?

The word atonement is used in Christian theology to describe what is achieved by the death of Jesus. William Tyndale introduced the word in 1526, when he was working on his popular translation of the Bible, to translate the Latin wordreconciliatio.

In the Revised Standard Version the word reconciliation replaces the word atonement. Atonement (at-one-ment) is the reconciliation of men and women to God through the death of Jesus.

But why was reconciliation needed? Christian theology suggests that although God’s creation was perfect, the Devil tempted the first man Adam and sin was brought into the world. Everybody carries this original sin with them which separates them from God, just as Adam and Eve were separated from God when they were cast out of the Garden of Eden.

So it is a basic idea in Christian theology that God and mankind need to be reconciled. However, what is more hotly debated is how the death of Jesus achieved this reconciliation.

There is no single doctrine of the atonement in the New Testament. In fact, perhaps more surprisingly, there is no official Church definition either. But first, what does the New Testament have to say?

New Testament images

The New Testament uses a range of images to describe how God achieved reconciliation to the world through the death of Jesus. The most common is the image of sacrifice.

For example, John the Baptist describes Jesus as “the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”. (John 1:29)

Here are some other images used to describe the atonement:

  • a judge and prisoner in a law court
  • a payment of ransom for a slave’s freedom
  • a king establishing his power
  • a military victory

And here are some examples of how the New Testament explains the death of Jesus:

‘For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’.

Words attributed to Jesus in Mark 10:45

‘Drink all of you from this’, he said. ‘For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’

Words attributed to Jesus in Matthew 26:28

Well then, in the first place, I taught you what I had been taught myself, namely that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures…

Written by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3

How have later writers and theologians interpreted the Biblical accounts and theologies? In varied, and sometimes conflicting, ways.

From the BBC, 2009.

Only The Word of God Can do this?

Sometimes 1 pictures is worth 1000 words. This is one of those pictures.

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What does this picture do for you?  Are you sensing Jesus through His Word embracing you as this?  Do you want to experience Jesus this way?

I am spending this year, 2013, diving into the Word of God and longing through this experience to sense His work in my heart and life.  This has been extreme pleasure and joy.  Feel free to comment.

Other blogs you may find interesting:

Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ

Imprisoned in Iran and Lived to Tell About It

This is Discipleship

Here we have much food for thought regarding the making of disciples. Please take this to heart, reflect on the impact to you and your domain.

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