First Born Christ is called the Firstborn from the dead, because He raised himself from the dead, He overcame death by His own power. He was the first one to overcome death by His own power. And thus, as the â€śFirstbornâ€ť of His family He gave to all who were and are in Christ also the name â€śfirstborn.â€ť
sanctification If people are genuinely saved they are guaranteed to be sanctified, for God the Holy Spirit will lead them in all truths. If there is no sanctification going on in their lives then they don't have Spirit of Christ in them implying they are not saved.
Powerful Sermon! John gives us a deep and meaniningful explanation of why and what Jesus' Resurrection is the most important event in the life of a Christian. It gives me great peace of mind to know I'll be in heaven with Jesus.
why pray Even before we pray God knows our mind. Our prayer does not make any difference in His counsel. When we pray it is for our benefit meaning for our edification. When we pray we are actually asking God to change us so that we could rest on the decision He makes and rely on His wisdom and accept His will in that matter.
Now I Understand This message helped me understand that one of the reasons the Lord was quiet during his trial was in order to fulfill scripture. Pastor MacArthur does a very good job explaining the connection between Isaiah 53:7-9 and the Lord's trial in front of Pilate, Herod, and the Pharisees. When I was younger I always wondered why Jesus didn't defend himself when He was such an eloquent speaker. The Lord quietly and humbly followed the will of God.
See, Hear, Understand, Turn...be healed For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist 2John7.
Simple Truth If we have had truly received the forgiveness of Christ that is having the knowledge of God's immeasurable mercy and grace towards us, then the regenerated souls of us will be certainly given grace to forgive those who trespass against us. But if we do not forgive others that is a sign of an unregenerated soul.
Simple Truth Now the visible kingdom of God in earth, is being seized by the free will gospel people and those who bring true Gospel are silenced; persecuted; as the prophets of the old testament days were persecuted.
wierd interpretation 1Peter 3:19,20 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.The Spirit of Christ preaching to the people in Noah's time is referred, in these verses. Reference 1Peter 1:10,11
Simple Truth This is not at all a difficult verse. Paul is talking in this 1Corinthians:15 about the resurrection of the body. verse 29 says "else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" paraphrasing the dead saints who are washed by the blood do not raise up from the dead body physically what is the use of that kind of cleansing. (baptism). This will make sense of this verse in the context of other verses.
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Great Sermon! Super sermon. But I can't help thinking preachers need to move with the times. All we seem to hear about is sodomites. What about the lesbians? A recent survey found that 23% of men have had or would consider a same-sex experience. For women it was 60%! Another study: a whopping 50% of females born in the nineties will have had a same-sex experience by the time they are 25. Shocking. You say homosexual lust is all-consuming and very powerful. Not surprising then, that we have been flooded with erotic and sensual imagery of women for decades. Satan is putting women under tremendous pressure, every other film from Hollywood seems to be a lesbian love story. Lesbian weddings out number gay weddings by up to 3 to 1 and more. This is just the beginning. Come on preachers. Save the women!