The Apple Of God's Eye

January 16, 2010

Why The Resurrection Instead Of Going To Heaven?

Most people believe that Christ completed God’s plan of redemption by dying on the cross. But if salvation was made full and complete by Jesus’ death, then why does the Bible still speak of a resurrection from the dead?

We often hear the saying, “Christ died to save sinners,” but this is not even a Biblical quotation. If you believe that Christ’s death imparts to us eternal life — that the blood of Christ — His death, actually saves or imparts everlasting life, then you are wrong in your assumption. Nowhere in the Bible does it say this is so!

So why did Christ Die for us ? First, realize that all have sinned and the penalty for sin is death (Rom. 3:23, 6:23)! The Bible definition of sin is the transgression of God’s law — summed up by the Ten Commandments (I John 3:4). It was established by God for the happiness of man, something that has eluded him in a world of strife and war, fear and worry, poverty and want, discontent and suffering.

This world believes God’s salvation merely imparts eternal life! Jesus said He came that we might have eternal life, yes. But He also said something more: “I am come,” He said, “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Not merely continuous existence — but a life full of happiness for all eternity!

A Never Ending Existence Without Law?

Think about this for a moment. What if God really did impart a never-ending existence in heaven, with no real purpose? We would live in ever-increasing emptiness, boredom, misery and suffering. Such a cruel punishment can’t come from God, who is love (I John 4:8)! He wants us to enjoy eternity forever! At this point in time, most of this planet’s inhabitants ( notwithstanding the protests of mainstream Christianity and every other paganized version of religion) are cut off from God due to transgression of God’s way of life! You are a mere mortal. That penalty hangs over everyone’s head because they either reject the law of God, compromise it or don’t know about it.  And the most certain thing in life is that all will die! Yet there is good news.

But God so loved this world that He gave His only begotten Son, that if you believe on Him you will not perish, but have the gift of everlasting life (John 3:16)! That can only come through Christ!

But how? Jesus Christ — of all humans —  lived without sin. He said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments” (John 15:10). He didn’t die for His own sins (for He never sinned), but paid our penalty (incurred by disobedience) for us.

The bickerign factions of mainstream Christianity may sincerely believe they are “saved” or are going to heaven, but they are wrong. Only if there is real repentance of sin, and believe not only in Christ, but also His Gospel (replete with 10 commandments), the death penalty stands paid in full and there is reconciliation and access to God the Father! Then only is one justified and guilt is wiped clean — up to that moment! Then that person is under grace — or undeserved pardon for past transgressions.

Grace Is Misunderstood!

Many today believe that grace gives license to continue in sin. Wrong! Here is what the apostle Paul wrote: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin [transgressing God’s law], that grace may abound? God forbid” (Rom. 6:1-2). It’s pretty plain that justification refers only to a guilty past! You are NOT automatically saved. The death of Christ does NOT impart eternal life!

So what does the death of Christ do? It justifies a repentant Christian and removes past guilt, reconciling him to God. It is merely a preparation so that he can be saved. Had Christ remained dead, that Christian would have no salvation — would never receive eternal life!

The point is — that Christian will receive eternal life — by the resurrection of Christ — from the living Christ, not a dead Saviour!

I know a ton of people will disagree at this point, but read your Bible and see the plain truth in Romans 5:8-10: “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

These verses plainly show that we are forgiven and reconciled to the Father by the death of Christ — but we will be saved By His life. That is why true Christians are commanded to keep the Passover (I Corinthians 5:7-8) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, NOT Easter. The Passover was the memorial of the death of Christ, picturing justification from past sins and reconciliation to God. Then, as Paul said, let us put sin out of our lives, pictured by the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

Also, this Festival of God pictured the resurrected Christ! And so, the people of God are instructed, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” — yes, through Christ’s LIFE (Rom. 6:11).

Saved By His Resurrection

Christ’s resurrection makes possible our resurrection to immortal life. Had He remained in His tomb, would  the scriptures say, “If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain … Then they also which are fallen asleep [that is, dead] in Christ are perished” (I Cor. 15:14-18)!

Grasp it! Christ is not a dead Saviour! He rose from the dead as a living Saviour! God the Father raised Him and imparted eternal life to Him!

We have no immortal life — and no possibility of it. God alone possesses inherent immortality, and can impart it! We can have it only as His gift!  The scriptures do NOT teach that the soul that sins shall go on living forever, but “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezek. 18:4). doesn’t this plainly conflict with the nonsensical doctrine of everlasting torment (life) in hell? All have sinned and all will die, so says your Bible. Millions of people today have learned to hate other people. Do they have eternal life inherent?

Here’s your answer: “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (I John 3:15).

God says, “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Gen. 3:19). He didn’t say “your body that you live in” — He said “Dust thou art.”

Why the Gospel of the Kingdom?

The resurrection of Christ made possible the resurrection of this entire dying world! He ascended to the throne of God the Father to be glorified. But He also promised  He would come again as King of kings and Lord of lords, to rule the world. That’s right – Jesus Christ is coming back to rule this world – we are not going to heaven to sit and stare in the face of God for eternity as maintsream Christianity tells us. Your Bible has a diametrically opposite view.

And the conditions to entering that Kingdom are these: “repent” of ways contrary to God’s perfect and holy law — and “believe” the Gospel — believe on Christ as personal Saviour (Acts 2:38). That’s the true way  to salvation — the way into eternal inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

At Christ’s coming — it’s proclaimed: “The kingdoms [the governments] of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:15).

Therefore we have to repent and belive, to become begotten of God now — overcoming and growing in grace and knowledge — to sit with Christ on His throne. Then all nations shall “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Mic. 4:1-3).

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