Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
I understand your point. Obviously, Christ’s sacrifice began when He divested Himself of His glory and power and the ultimate expression of His sacrifice is His death. My point in the article is to encourage Christians to explore everything that happened as Jesus fulfilled the role of Passover Lamb and instituted the New Covenant. When we study what He did and said on the night He met with His disciples, was betrayed, brutally tortured and killed the next day we can better understand who He is and why He is the way to salvation.
You pose a good question. To discover the answer I suggest you read Heaven or Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach? You can order a free copy to be sent to you or download it from the Beyond Today website. I encourage you to continue your Bible studies to find out what God wants for your life.
I received a question about this article, “Are you saying liberals can’t be Christians? Is your church only for conservatives?”
The purpose of the article wasn’t a support of a political party. I am neither Republican or Democratic. The article points out that the United States, like all human governments, will fail because only the Creator God can solve human problems. The roots of failure is in the Constitution itself. I mention some of the founding fathers because they recognized this problem.
I was pointing out that a philosophy, sometimes called radical liberalism, contains anti-biblical ideas. My indictment is against Christian churches for turning their backs on the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles by following this philosophy. This same indictment stands against any political conservatives who claim Christianity, but don’t practice what it teaches.
The purpose of this article is to call people to a more authentic Christianity by searching out what the Bible teaches instead of relying on political philosophies. It is not written to support any political party.
I’m glad you found this helpful. I would recommend you watch a Beyond Today program titled “Why Were You Born?”
This is a good question. Jesus said that no man has ascended into heaven except Himself (John 3:13). Paul says that death is sleep, as does Jesus, yet Paul wanted to be absent from his physical body and be with Christ.
Read 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul gives a clear teaching on the resurrection. He is writing in 2 Corinthians 5:8 of his desire to “sleep” and awake in the “twinkling of an eye” to be with Jesus Christ. He didn’t say that he wanted to leave his physical body and go to heaven, but that he wanted to be with the Lord. According to 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6 Jesus returns to earth to resurrect those who are “dead in Christ” and then they will be with Him.
Paul is simply stating that he wants to be in the resurrection.