Declared to be The Son of God With Power

Empty Tomb

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,  concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,  and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

Romans 1:1-6a

The Holy Spirit who dwells in us even now continually testifies to the reality of the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and His ongoing presence in our lives.

As I was listening to the message today at church, I began to reflect on all the times and ways over the past 35 years that the Lord has proven Himself to be alive in my experience; whether through answered prayers (immediate, or eventual), through his word either spoken or written, for correction or instruction, by His presence or the perceived absence of it.

It is not what others have witnessed or testified to that has proved to be of greatest impact on my life, but what I have seen, heard and experienced of the Risen One personally that have been irrefutable evidences to me that He is truly alive and lives forevermore.

If you have encountered the living God, then you know exactly what I’m referring to. He speaks to us all and reveals Himself in a myriad of different ways, interacting and communicating to each of us in unique ways that are particular to us. He designed us to hear from and communicate with Him, but sin has introduced an insurmountable barrier…humanly speaking.

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.

Is 59:1-2

The good news is that in His crucifixion, He took upon Himself the iniquities of us all and has removed the wall of partition that separated us from Him, and now “we have access through faith into this grace in which we stand..” Romans 5:2

So then, if what I’ve just described hasn’t been your experience until now, and you’re still a skeptic, I would challenge you to simply examine the claims of Jesus about himself that are detailed in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and consider that throughout history many have risen who have attempted to disprove the veracity of the biblical record of His life, death and resurrection as well as accounts of events from Genesis to Revelation – and no one has ever been able to disprove anything in the bible.

History, archeology, astronomy and scientific study of our physical world only continue to verify the truth of the scriptures.

Please don’t think that I’m   trying to provoke an intellectual debate surrounding the reality of the resurrection. Many brilliant minds have gone to their graves and into eternity cleaving to their skepticism.

Rather, I’m inviting you to consider the claims of the living Christ who declared Himself to be “the Resurrection and the Life” who also  declared “whoever lives and believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The question for you is not “Is God real?”  That has been proven countless times throughout all of human history, and the bible remains the most purchased and read book in the history of the world. If God’s account of Himself were a hoax, it would have been discounted long, long ago. The question is and remains, “Will you believe that Jesus Christ is who He claims to be?”

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart (that is with all that you are) that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

He is Risen!!

 

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