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The Big IF

October 5, 2017

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The Big “IF”

What would you think  if someone told you  there is no such thing  as a bodily resurrection?     What if that someone says  Jesus did not rise  from the dead?

The new Christians  in Corinth  faced those questions,  when some  in their very own congregation tried  to claim that.     Paul needed  to present God’s truths  to them,  so they could remain strong  in the truth.     Part of what he said is  in 1 Corinthians 15:17-19,

And IF Christ  has not been raised,  your faith  is worthless;  you are still  in your sins.     Then those also  who have fallen asleep  in Christ  have perished.     IF we have only hoped  in Christ  in this life,  we are of all men  most to be pitied.

What a waste!     To spend a whole life time believing  and hoping  in a fake  is a most pitiful  —  a most disgusting  —  futile use  of time  and being.

If Jesus was not raised,  we are still packing  all our sins around.     That means  we haven’t been forgiven  one single sin.     Our sins will all  still condemn us  to hell.     Every so-called Christian  that has died  in the past  will not be  in heaven,  because they were dumb enough  to trust  in a fake.

If the idea  of some pretentious savior  causes us  to really love  that savior  and live  the way he wanted us  to live,  that won’t do us  a single lickin’ bit  of good.     We might as well have spent  our time partying.

But,  the truth of the matter is  that Christ did bodily rise  from the dead.     There were more than 500  that saw Him  at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6 )  and many other instances  where He appeared  to smaller groups.     They were able  to see  and feel  His resurrected body,  so that they could exclaim  with Thomas,  “My Lord  and my God!”    ( John 20:28 )

Christians also need  to read the Old Testament  and see  all the prophecies  that were written  hundreds and thousands  of years beforehand  —  describing the promised Christ  —  where He would be born  —  how He would come out  of Egypt  —  how He would be called  a Nazarene  —  how He would come  in a lowly form  —  how He would preach  —  how He would suffer  and die  to pay for our sins  —  how a sword  would pierce His side,  and yet,  not a bone  would be broken  —  how He would thirst  and be able  to count His bones  pulled apart.

There are many more  prophesied details  of Christ’s life  and it is awesome  to find them  throughout the Old Testament.     But,  not a one of us  can say  what will happen  to us  tomorrow.     So,  all these fulfilled prophecies  should make a light go on  upstairs.

So now,  because of all these fulfilled prophecies,  we all have to face  the really big “IF’s“.     The Bible presents  many “IF’s”  that we all need  to consider  and remember  to help us  through this short life.     Here are just a very few  of them.

John 8:36  —  If therefore  the Son  shall make you free,  you shall be  free indeed.

Matthew 16:26  —  For what will a man be profited,  if  he gains the whole world,  and forfeits  his soul?     Or what will a man give  in exchange  for his soul?

Luke 16:31  —  If they do not listen  to Moses  and the Prophets,  neither will they be persuaded  if someone rises  from the dead.

John 7:17  —  If any man is willing  to do His will,  he shall know  of the teaching,  whether it is of God,  or whether I speak  from Myself.

John 11:25  —  Jesus said to her,  “I am the resurrection  and the life;  he who believes  in Me  shall live  even if he dies.

Romans 10:9  —  If you confess  with your mouth  Jesus as Lord,  and believe  in your heart  that God raised Him  from the dead,  you shall be saved.

1 Peter 4:18  —  And if it is  with difficulty  that the righteous is saved,  what will become  of the godless man  and the sinner?

This list could go  on and on,  and it would be good  for everyone  to do a word search  on the word if at one  of the Bible study sites  on the Internet.     A few possibilities could include:

https://www.blueletterbible.org/http://biblehub.com/,  and  https://www.biblegateway.com/?version=47/

When we realize  the truths  of the resurrection  of Jesus Christ,  we will begin  to understand the depths  of His love  for each  and every one  of us.     Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Lord  has truly done  wondrous things  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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