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DISCIPLESHIP 101 - Supplemental Notes on: The RESURRECTION and The GOSPEL


DISCIPLESHIP 101 – SUPPLEMENTAL NOTES:




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The RESURRECTION and the GOSPEL
How is it that the author of Life could ever die? Have you ever thought about that? We know that Jesus is God, and that He died for the sins of the world – but how could God, from Whom we receive eternal life, ever die?

1 JOHN 1:1-2
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life
(that’s Jesus!); (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

Christ is the LIFE (JOHN 14:6) that is eternal in quality; this is an unending, everlasting life that cannot die. So how is it that Christ died on the cross?

Scripture teaches us that the result of sin is death, because sin separates us, cuts us off from the EXCLUSIVE source of life, which is God:

ROMANS 6:23a
For the wages of sin is death. . .

ISAIAH 59:2 
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear
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Jesus died because He took upon Himself all of the sin of the world:

1 PETER 2:24a
24 He Himself bare our sins in his own body on the tree. . .


1 JOHN 3:5
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin

(See also JOHN 1:29; HEB 9:27-28). He paid the price for our sin – which is death. HOWEVER, since He is GOD made flesh (JOHN 1:1,14), His power of ETERNAL LIFE is far, far greater than the power of sin, and so three days after His death on the cross and His burial in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea, He arose in resurrection power!

There are many proofs and evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here is an article posted in TTUF under the apologetics tab.

For a 5-minute video presentation on evidence for the resurrection of Christ, watch the following: 



This means that our sins are paid for – Christ took the penalty of our sin, suffered the judgment of all our sin by God the Father and completely satisfied the wrath of God that would have fallen upon us, but rather was poured out upon Him!
See PSALM 22 and ISAIAH 53.

ISAIAH 53:5-6
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all
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IT IS FINISHED!” cried JESUS on the cross in His last breath. The Greek word is tetelostai and it refers to the holy judgement of God upon our sin in the person of Jesus Christ has been completely expended and satisfied and also that the price for our salvation has been paid: Not only was our sin judged and punished through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, but our right standing before God the Father, Who sees us as righteous and sinless in Christ has been granted to us as well.

His death proves that the Eternal Son of God took our sins upon Himself. His resurrection from the dead proves that sin and death have been conquered and that He now offers eternal life and salvation to all who will believe the Gospel.

SO WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

G.od’s O.mnipotent (All-powerful) S.alvation P.roclaiming E.ternal L.ife

1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-8
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time
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Note especially vs. 3-4

ROMANS 10:8-13
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved
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Here it states that we are to confess Jesus – that is to pledge allegiance to the LORD, surrendering your will to His will, making Him your Lord and allow Him to dominate your life in His love, grace and truth – confess Him with your mouth and believe in your heart that He is risen from the dead, having conquered sin and death and all the power of hell in ultimate and final victory, that this will bring salvation by faith in Christ and His Gospel truth of the cross and resurrection from the dead!
What must happen then to be saved?

~ Repentance – literally a “change of mind” – about self and sin, about this fallen world of sin and rebellion, about God, about Jesus Christ, about the Word of God – the Holy Bible. 

~ We confront the truth about ourselves, that we are sinners by nature who have broken God’s Holy Law. We express our sorrow and regret for sins committed against God and confess them, as well as our desire to turn from sin and to the LORD.
~ By faith we accept the sacrifice Jesus made for us, and make Him the LORD of our lives, surrendering our hearts and lives to Him and accepting His Holy Spirit to come into our hearts and lives.

~ By the power of God’s Almighty GRACE and indwelling Spirit, the LORD creates in us abrand-new heart that is spiritually alive – and endowed with a godly nature that can battle the sinful nature and win! We are able then to turn from (repent in a “change of action”) our sins and actually walk in holiness! Glory to God for His marvelous work in us!

And since He has begun this work of salvation in us, He has promised that He will complete this work!

PHILIPPIANS 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ
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