Tithes and Offerings
Resurrection power is available for us in our daily lives.
1 Corinthians 15
The Resurrection of Christ
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
Christ is Risen! Amen!
Christ is alive in your life all the time? Yes, Christ is risen. He died for our sins, rose for our salvation, and is still alive now forever and ever.
Rev “That Jesus is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those that pierced him.”
Yes, Jesus is the reason we celebrate. What power! What love! What victory! What triumph!
v. 1 “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you,”
Every Sunday, I preach the gospel to you, but let me now remind you of the gospel message. It is “Good News” of great joy for all the people, eternally. Yes, every day we need good news, especially nowadays especially in these not good looking situations thanks to corona virus.
Imagine, if a perfect vaccine for corona virus is made and all patients are cured immediately, what good news! Yes, I pray and hope for peace for the suffering of those people with the virus.
But the gospel is so much BETTER news than even that kind of good news.
v. 2 “By this gospel you are saved.”
Gospel is the perfect vaccine for life.
v. 3-4 is clear in the message of the gospel.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”
This is very clear. This is the core message of the gospel. Jesus died for our sins and rose again for our salvation.
Here, we can see twice “according to the Scriptures” (v. 3, 4).
From Genesis to Revelation, this phrase appears only 2 times, here. So what does this mean?
You may think it means, “as prophesied in the OT”, and that is not wrong, but it means so much more than that. It is the summary of the whole Bible – the message, the theme, the main topic of the whole Bible:
- Jesus died for our sins, and rose again for our salvation.
This is what “according to the Scriptures” means.
Now, let me summarize the gospel message.
- OT: The prophecy of the coming Messiah, his death, and resurrection.
- Gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John): The literal fulfillment of this – and Jesus’ death is a substitutionary death for us. That is why these books are called gospels.
- Acts: The fruit of the resurrection of Christ: the church (called the body of Christ) – He is the “head” of the church.
- So the period of time between his resurrection and second coming = the period of Mission – the growth of the church.
- Revelation: the future, the coming king, the lord of lords, the final God.
There is no gospel message without the death and resurrection of Christ. This is the heart, the core of everything we believe, receive and experience both on earth and in heaven later.
Jesus said, “It is finished.”
He was pierced for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah)
God made him who was without sin to become sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Peter: Jesus himself bore our sins on the cross so that we might die to sin and rise to righteousness.
1 Peter 3:18 Jesus died for the sins of this world, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you and me to God.
Romans 5:8 “God demonstrated his own love for us in this: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have been reconciled, how much more shall we be saved through his resurrection.” The cross and the resurrection go together all the time, they are inseparable.
Without the resurrection, the cross is a complete failure.
“Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins, and raised for our life. Who is it that condemns? … He is able to save completely those who come to him.” (Romans?)
Remember, by his resurrection, Jesus defeated all enemies, and Satan. He defeated the source of sin, all worry, anxiety, bitterness, the past, the shame, all problems which come from sin. Satan was defeated and conquered and under the feet of Christ. This means, Satan is not “going to” be defeated at some point in the future, but he “was” defeated in the past already. Jesus sealed Satan’s defeat by his resurrection. So we must know that Satan has no power over you and me unless you give power to him. He has no authority unless you give it to him.
Col 2:15 “Jesus Christ has disarmed all powers, authorities, principalities, and has made a public spectal of them, triumphing over them by his cross.”
His resurrection power sets us free from all enemies, from Satan, from sin, from worries, from anxieties, shame, the past, bitterness.
Romans 8:11 “If the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because he lives in you.”
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available in you.
Resurrection power does not come from heaven tomorrow, but is in you now.
Galatians “I have been crucified with Christ and no longer live. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Jesus “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me shall live even though he dies.”
This is the resurrection power.
Then, how is it possible to enjoy this resurrection power in our practical lives?
How can we enjoy this?
Let me share HOW we can enjoy this power practically and really this power in our daily lives. Let me share 4 things about this power in our lives.
1. By believing
– By faith we can enjoy the resurrection power in our daily lives. By believing in Christ as Savior and Lord, we can experience and enjoy his resurrection power.
We know that resurrection power / life is available for us. Jesus died for our sins, and rose again for our justification. He rose for our salvation. But we must believe it, we must accept it by faith. When you believe it, the truth becomes a reality. We must recognize the reality of God’s spirit living in us and making our mortal lives immortal.
2 Cor 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Behold! The old has gone, the new has come!”
2. By confessing
– With our words, our mouths, our tongues we can enjoy this power.
Speak with your words what you believe in your heart. Your word has power. “My word has power.”
Romans 10:9-10 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your tongue that you confess and are saved.”
Please, every morning when you wake up, declare, “Jesus’ resurrection power is living in me! It is available for me! It is living and working through me today.”
3. By applying
– The name of Jesus Christ, the blood of Christ, the resurrection power to every situation, we can enjoy resurrection power practically.
Yes we know Satan is defeated already. If any challenge or trial comes to you, for example, fears, worries, shame, bitterness, temptation to sin, etc, apply the name of Jesus and declare, “The curse is OVER in my life!” Declare it and act on it.
The enemy is defeated, we know that. He was sealed, we know that. But we must still act on it.
Romans 8:11 “If the spirit of him who raised Christ from the dead is living in you and me, he will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who lives in you.”
Practically, this means that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available for you and me, by faith. So, every day, we must apply the blood and name of Christ.
4. By preaching the gospel
– (very important)
Let’s return to the text:
v. 1 “I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you”
v. 3 “what I received I passed on to you as of first importance”
Please remember all the time, the gospel is Good News of great joy for the salvation of everyone who believes.
If we accept this, and believe it, we are to preach it to others as well.
If you are saved, the gospel message is passed on to you by somebody.
Why was it passed on to you? In order to BE passed on to others.
Gospel: “Good news” News should be announced. News is news when it is announced and shared with others. That’s why after his resurrection, there was one comment and commission he left for us to do as his followers as of first importance.
Mark: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
By believing in Christ,
by confessing with our mouth,
by applying the name of Christ, the blood of Christ,
by preaching the good news of Christ,
we can enjoy the resurrection power in our daily lives.
God bless you.