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Easter 2018

Apr 01, 2018 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

Do You Want to Live Forever?

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DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?

The goal of the church is to make this great mystery of a relationship with God known to the world…”Christ in you, the hope of glory! Col 1:27

So what happened that so many people in our world don’t really know the true God? From this vast marketplace of ideas, what does Christianity claim; Easter in particular?

  • This is what happened – a divine intervention
  • This is why it happened – complete human disintegration
  • This is what can happen for you – a divine inhabitation

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

God planned to seek and save what was lost. Gal. 4:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:3-4

THIS IS WHY IT HAPPENED

Man, made to connect with God, became disconnected by manmade religion.

—when man-made religion happened, relationship with God ended. Man, created to spiritually connect with God, became disconnected—the spiritual part died – Humanity, from that moment on became dead spiritually to God, in their rebellion (transgressions/ sins) Eph 2:1-3—became objects of God’s wrath rather than affection. Every baby born is born at odds, by nature, with God (Is. 53:6)

Preferred (popular) way/ assumed way/ inherited way  – all our good works are viewed by God like filthy rags (Is. 64:6) the extreme requirement facing us—be perfect or die for your sins. STANDARD—Dt 5:32-33; 6:25; Lv 11:44-45/ 1Pet 1:16 Be holy (perfect) God requires of you and me 100% holy perfection to hang with him. But how?

God has made a way people can connect with him forever.

God’s way/ religion … the sins of mankind cannot be fixed by man-made religions. Jesus, the sinless Son of God—God in flesh, willingly died for the sins of the guilty, so that God could be both just and merciful. Gal. 4:4-7; Rom. 6:23; 1 Pet 2:24-25; Heb 9:27-28

THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN FOR YOU

God will give you the free gift of his righteousness, the indwelling Spirit of Christ

Rom 1:16-17; Eph 2:8-9; Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Rom 5:17; 10:4—this righteousness is given to those who believe

How does Christ in you, happen? THIS THEN IS YOUR HOPE OF GLORY—living forever---

  • Conviction of guilt of sin Jn 16:8
  • Belief in the truth Jn. 3:16
  • The will to act on what you believe Rom. 10:9-10

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