If There Were No Resurrection

If there were no resurrection

“No resurrection of the dead?!”  

This was one of the most damaging and destructive heretical sayings circulating among the Corinthian believers at the time the apostle Paul wrote his first epistle to them (around A.D. 59).

In confronting the saying of no resurrection, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:12-14,

12 But if Christ is proclaimed that He has been raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there is no resurrection from the dead, neither has Christ been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is vain; your faith is vain also.

Why did Paul take this saying of “no resurrection” so seriously? And what makes resurrection so vital to our Christian faith?

In this post we’ll consider twelve things we’d miss if there were no resurrection, the vital issue of Christ’s resurrection, and how we can experience it right now.

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What is Renewing in the Bible and How Can You Be Renewed?

We need a daily renewing every morning

Do you feel the need for renewing?

If you’re a believer, you should.

Why? It’s because you’ve received God’s new life into your deepest part, your spirit.

Yet, the rest of your being, your soul—mind, will and emotion—and your body, are still part of the old creation, suffering from the deadening affect of man’s fall.

So regardless of how young or old you are physically, you’re born into the old creation.

In the damaged old creation there is the killing work of death. It’s that deadening element that’s working in each one of us, every day–from our physical birth to our physical death–making us old.

We desperately need renewing…every day.

So in this post we’ll consider what it means for us as believers to be renewed and also consider some practical ways that we can experience this renewing day by day.

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Holding to Truth in Love—What it Means and How to Practice It

Holding to truth in love

This post marks a new year for the Holding to Truth in Love blog!

Beginning with our first post in March 2011, we have been publishing posts to help you to “hold to truth in love,” so you can grow in Christ and build up the Body of Christ.

To commemorate this new beginning, I’d like to reflect on the purpose of the Holding to Truth in Love blog and what motivates us to continue writing.

We believe that “holding to truth in love” is  a vital part of our fulfilling God’s plan as expressed in Ephesians 4:15-16 which says,

“But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ, out from whom all the Body…causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of  itself in love.”

Simply, “holding to truth in love,” is crucial because it causes us, as believers in Christ, to grow up into Him.  Then in our union with Christ, we can become those who supply life to the Body of Christ, the church. This practice results in the growth and building up of His Body in love. This is a great matter!

In this post I’ll consider three questions to freshly define what is “holding to truth in love” and how to practice it:

  1. What is “the truth” we need to hold?
  2. How is love the condition for holding to truth?
  3. How can we as believers practically “hold to truth?”

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Lamb, Manna or Good Land—What Kind of Christ Do You Enjoy?

Christ is our spacious good land

As believers in Christ, we have received the most wonderful Person! He is our lamb, manna, and good land!

In fact, the Lord Jesus is the spiritual reality of every positive thing in this universe.  As the lyrics to  stanza four of a hymn “Christ is the one reality of all” says,

Christ is our real God, our real Lord,
Christ is our real life, our real light;
Christ is our real food, our real drink,
Our real clothing, and our real might.

He is so much. But as believers, how much of Him do we experience?  God desires that we would experience Christ in a progressive, ever expanding way—not only to meet our need, but to fulfill God’s eternal purpose.

In this post we’ll consider from the Old Testament pictures or types, God’s desire for His people to experience Christ progressively as their Passover lamb, heavenly manna and good land. With this revelation, we’ll be inspired to experience Christ to a greater degree–not only as our Redeemer or daily bread, but as our good land in which we walk and live for the fulfillment of God’s purpose.

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How to Contact God through His Word

unsplash_1Our unique goal when we come to the Bible is to contact God through His word.

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that, “All scripture is God breathed…” This indicates that the Word of God is the breathing out of God. Therefore, His word is breath, or spirit (John 6:63). The Scripture, then, is the embodiment of God as the Spirit.

A good way to illustrate this point is to consider the essential substance in matches, which is phosphorus. For the match to be lit, and for fire to be produced, one must strike the phosphorous in the match. Likewise, in order for us to receive life from the Spirit in the Scripture, we must use our spirit whenever we come to the Word.

Footnote 2 on 2 Tim. 3:16 from the Recovery Version says, “We must strike the Spirit of the Scripture with our spirit to catch the divine fire.”

We need to touch the Spirit, the essence in the Scripture, which is just God Himself, whenever we come to the Bible. Then we’ll “catch the divine fire.” The Lord Jesus directed us to this essence when He said in Matthew 4:4,

“Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”

God’s Word is not just letters on a page. It’s a living word, full of His breath, His essence.

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How the New Testament Practice of Singing Hymns Can Revolutionize Your Christian Life

Be filled in spirit, speaking and singing hymns to one another - Eph. 5:18-19

Have you ever wondered what the early New Testament church practice looked like?  There are few details recorded in the New Testament. But one thing that is striking was their practice of speaking and singing hymns and spiritual songs in mutuality.

The early Christian gatherings were marked by such mutuality. They were “one another” meetings full of mutual speaking and singing.

For example, Colossians 3:16 says,

 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.

How could those early believers fill their gatherings with the healthy speaking of divine truth and avoid deviating into vain talk and erroneous teachings?

The early believers let the word of Christ dwell in them richly by mutually speaking and singing hymns and spiritual songs.

Such a practice is greatly needed today. It’s one that is worthy of pursuing. So in this post I’ll focus on this revolutionary practice of  speaking and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for a spirit-filled Christian life and healthy church life.

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What is the Kingdom of God and How Can You Be in It?

What is the kingdom of God and how can you be in it?

What is the “kingdom of God?”

If you’ve read through the New Testament, “the kingdom of God” is one of those terms that come up again and again.

For example, at the beginning of the gospel of Mark the Lord Jesus said,

“The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

But what is “the kingdom of God” that had “drawn near” when Jesus came?

The following footnote from  the Recovery Version gives a summary of what the kingdom of God is that had drawn near with the coming of Jesus. Part of this footnote says,

“The kingdom of God is the Savior…as the seed of life sown into His believers, God’s chosen people (Mark 4:3, 26), and developing into a realm over which God can rule as His kingdom in His divine life. The entrance into the kingdom is regeneration (John 3:5), and the development of the kingdom is the believers’ growth in the divine life (2 Pet. 1:3-11). The kingdom is the church life today, in which the faithful believers live (Rom. 14:17), and it will develop into the coming kingdom as a reward to be inherited (Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:5) by the overcoming saints in the millennium (Rev. 20:4, 6). Eventually, it will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the eternal kingdom of God, an eternal realm of the eternal blessing of God’s eternal life, which all God’s redeemed will enjoy in the new heaven and new earth for eternity — Rev. 21:1-4; 22:1-5, 14 …” (Luke 4:43, note 2)

From this note, I’ll consider four points concerning what the kingdom of God is, with particular focus on how we can live in God’s kingdom today.

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Have You Discovered the Principle of Life?

Have you learned to live by the principle of life?Have you discovered the principle of life?

Here’s how I did…

When I was a child, I was always taught to be good, to do the right thing–never to lie or  steal  and to always clear up my wrong doings.

I do thank God for my parents and for such an upbringing. It really preserved me.

Yet, all my best efforts to be right in everything and to clear up my wrong doings, left me full of anxiety.

I was missing something. Then one day I made an awesome discovery…

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Hope for believers overcome by sin

Hope for believers overcome by sin - the divine seed

Is there hope for believers overcome by sin?  Yes.

Whether it’s you or someone you know…there’s definitely hope.

You know that you or your friends were saved. The initial salvation experience was real.

Yet, today, you’re not living the Christian life you know you should, the kind of life revealed in God’s Word.

What can you do? Actually, it’s not what you can do, but what the divine seed can do within you.  It’s this seed that is full of hope.

So in this post we’ll consider the hope for believers overcome by sin–the sin-conquering  seed of the divine life in you.

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Who is Jesus?—A Video

Who is Jesus?Who is Jesus?

It’s the most crucial question you’ll ever ask.

It’s the question that every human being needs to consider.

And the answer to this question is one you don’t want to miss.

Why? Because it can revolutionize the course of your entire life.

If Jesus is who He said He is, He can fill your life with real meaning that you’ve never had before…That is, if you let Him.

But will you?

Take a moment to watch this short video to find the answer to “Who is Jesus?” and how He can change your life.

If you’ve personally discovered who Jesus is from God’s Word, share your joy in a comment.  In addition,
take a moment to share this short post with someone you know—someone who needs Jesus, but doesn’t know Him yet.

If you’d like to know more about who Jesus is and how you can enjoy His salvation: