We love to picture Jesus making this declaration and wish for one moment we were standing by Martha to hear His words. If we read the entire chapter we know that this was a stressful situation. There were all kinds of questions swarming around the circumstances. Where was Jesus when Lazarus was so desperately sick? Why did He delay coming to help? If He would have been there in Bethany this never would have happened.
He had healed so many!
Now death had come in and all was lost. It was now a hopeless and irreversible situation. These words of His to Martha were meant to comfort her in her grief.
They go much further than words of comfort to the grieving. They even go well beyond the physical resurrection of His close friend Lazarus that was soon to take place. And this is where we must go as believers — to know and fully comprehend His words spoken here, even if it was hidden from this struggling and grieving remnant gathered around the tomb.
We can easily see in reading the chapter that all the circumstances were engineered and controlled by Jesus.
What would be accomplished was a grand testimony of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, and He being displayed and glorified through this event. This would be the understanding of the circumstances we find in the chapter, and how it glorified God. However, as previously mentioned, His words reach far beyond these circumstances, and speak of truths that far outweigh the raising of Lazarus.
Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life.
He is this for all believers. As for our life, He is it. He is our life Gal.
We possess eternal life, because we have the Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. We, as believers, given eternal life by the Son John are another example of something only God can accomplish John We have the Son and therefore possess eternal life.
This life however, is the foundational truth upon which all our Christian hopes and desires exist. It is Christ in us, the eternal life we now possess, that will be the power in our bodies that will swallow up our mortality in the rapture of the church. It is the life of Christ by which mortality puts on immortality.
And we see that God has prepared us for this very thing.
God glorifying our bodies by conforming them to the image of His Son has been His counsel from before the foundations of the world Rom. His Spirit given to us is the guarantee that all will be accomplished according to His plan. By His Spirit, the life we have will overwhelm the mortality of our flesh through the sovereign work and power of God.
We will be changed I Cor. We will be glorified Rom. For the believer, Jesus Christ has abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel II Tim. Lazarus eventually died again. Jesus truly is the resurrection for all believers who have fallen asleep in Christ. Jesus raised up from among the dead has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep I Cor.
At the coming of Christ for the church, the dead in Christ will rise first. That which has been corrupted will put on incorruption. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the dead in Christ will be raised incorruptible I Cor. The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason for being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience: Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs.
Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ and care for the poor and needy of the world. A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in: Evangelization of the world. Worship of God. Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion. Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
Life after death is the blessed hope of a believer. As we learn the topic of resurrection we have to classify resurrection into two categories. The Blessed Hope of the Resurrection traces, through Scripture, the doctrine of the bodily resurrection of Christians. The message of redemption began in.
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.
This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel, and the establishment of universal peace. There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
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