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HE AROSE

“I declare unto you the Gospel

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.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

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Seeing is Not Believing

The Pharisees asked for a sign. The multitude requested a sign. Even the disciples inquired of a sign concerning the Lord’s return. Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 16, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign.”As Jesus hung on the cross bearing the sins of the world, the chief priests mockingly made a request among themselves for the ultimate sign that they said would cause them to “see and believe.”

The “Hall of Faith” chapter begins with these words in Hebrews 11, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees who requested He perform a sign from heaven, the only sign they were given was the Prophet Jonah who had spent three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish, “so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” (Matthew 12:38-40; 16:1-4). The multitude seeking Jesus after the feeding of the 5,000 asked Jesus to show them a sign so “that we may see, and believe Thee,” (John 6). In the Olivet discourse Jesus revealed to His disciples evidentiary signs that would precede His Second Coming (Matthew 24).

Just as the Pharisees and Sadducees would not believe the sign of Jonah in relation to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, multitudes ceased following Jesus after the miracle of the loaves and fishes when He said, “I am the Bread of Life… ye also have seen Me, and believe not.” The chief priests murmured among themselves as they looked upon the Crucified One, saying, Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Seeing is not believing for their hearts were so hardened towards the Savior in demanding His death, if Jesus would have stepped off the cross their unbelief would have remained. Faith is the evidence of things not seen, as Jesus revealed to Doubting Thomas after His Resurrection, Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed,” (John 20:19-29).

The Foolishness of Man

The fool has said in his heart there is no God, but the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.  (Psalm 14:1; 19:1)

The wicked shall be turned into hell and all nations that forget God, but whosoever believeth in His Son shall not perish but have everlasting life.  (Psalm 9:17; John 3:16)

The soul that sinneth it shall die, but by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of anyone’s works lest man should boast.  (Ezekiel 18:20; Ephesians 2:8-9)

Pride goes before a fall, but God gives grace to the humble.  (Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6)

Man’s days are few and full of trouble, but God promises to never leave His children nor forsake them.  (Job 14:1; Hebrews 13:5)

The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who perish, but His blood was shed for the remission of sin for all who believe.  (I Corinthians 1:18; Matthew 26:28)

Those who think themselves wise become fools, but the foolishness of God is wiser than man and the weakness of God is stronger than man.  (Romans 1:22; I Corinthians 1:25)

There are those who kill thinking they do God service, but shedding innocent blood is an abomination to the LORD.  (John 16:2; Proverbs 6:16-17)

Hell is prepared for the Devil and his angels, but a place is prepared in His Father’s house for those who believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  (Matthew 25:41; John14:2,6)

The way of the wicked is as darkness, but God’s Word shines as a lamp unto man’s feet and a light unto man’s path.  (Proverbs 4:19; Psalm 119:105)

Three in One

Understanding the doctrine of the Trinity is difficult for most people. There are even some who think those who believe in the Trinity believe in three different gods, making them polytheistic in their belief instead of monotheistic; “poly” meaning “many,” “mono meaning “one.” But understanding the Three in One of the Godhead brings clarity to the Scriptures and a greater love for Who God is.

Within the Trinity there is God the Father who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, God the Son who became the Sacrifice for sin, and God the Holy Spirit who indwells each believer who comes to faith. All are the One True God manifested in three different ways. An earthly way to describe the Trinity, although woefully inadequate in its description, is how one person can be a father, brother and son all at the same time, or how one person can be a mother, daughter, and sister all at the same time. The person is not three distinct, individual people but one person relating to others in three different ways. That is the way the Triune God is, Three in One, although God relates wholly as Father, Son and Spirit at the same time.

According to Scripture, on creation morn God the Father (Genesis 1:1), God the Son (John 1:1-10), and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2) were all present when it was said “Let there be light.” When man was formed out of the dust of the ground God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” referring to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26). On Calvary’s cross God the Father (Luke 23:46), God the Son (I Peter 2:21-24), and God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17) were all present. At salvation God the Father (Romans 5:8), God the Son (Romans 6:23) and God the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) are all present as One.

Before going to the cross Jesus tried to explain the Three in One to the disciples in John 14, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?… Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me.” In John 16 Jesus continued, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come… He shall not speak of Himself… He shall glorify Me.”  To believe in the One True God, you must believe in the Trinity. For without believing in any One of the Three in One, you cannot have a belief in God. They are All One; All part of the Godhead.

Three in One;

The Triune God.

The Trinity.