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“Either the resurrection happened or it did not happen. If it did happen, then it demonstrated once and for all that the power of God is greater than any other power. If ever you begin to doubt God’s ability to sort out any and every problem, look again at the resurrection.” (Peter Hicks, The Message of Evil and Suffering, p. 91)

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“The atoning death of Christ, and that alone, has presented sinners as righteous in God’s sight; the Lord Jesus has paid the full penalty of their sins, and clothed them with His perfect righteousness before the judgment seat of God.

But Christ has done for Christians even far more than that. He has given to them not only a new and right relation to God, but a new life in God’s presence for evermore. He has saved them from the power as well as from the guilt of sin.

The New Testament does not end with the death of Christ; it does not end with the triumphant words of Jesus on the Cross, ‘It is finished.’ The death was followed by the resurrection, and the resurrection like the death was for our sakes.

Jesus rose from the dead into a new life of glory and power, and into that life He brings those for whom He died. The Christian, on the basis of Christ’s redeeming work, not only has died unto sin, but also lives unto God.”

— J. Gresham Machen
Christianity & Liberalism

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The Christian faith is not a mere collection of doctrines — a bag of truths. Christianity is a comprehensive truth claim that encompasses every aspect of revealed doctrine, but is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as the apostolic preaching makes clear, the gospel is the priority.

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ we are reminded of the priority of the gospel.  In his most recent article, “Of First Importance: The Cross and Resurrection at the Center,” Dr. Albert Mohler Jr., recalls what the Apostle Paul considered, “of first importance.”  Dr. Mohler reminds Christians that among all the glorious revealed truths of the Christian faith it is the death and resurrection of Christ that are of first priority.

You can read Dr. Mohler’s entire article here

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Paul Washer’s new book The Gospel’s Power and Message (which is to be on sale next week) comes these choice quotes which Rob Ventura received permission to share:

“As stewards of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we do no service to men by making light of sin, skirting around the issue, or avoiding it altogether. Men have only one problem: they are under the wrath of God because of their sin. To deny this is to deny one of the most foundational doctrines of Christianity. It is not unloving to tell men that they are sinners, but it is the grossest form of immorality not to tell them! In fact, God declares that their blood will be on our hands if we do not warn them of their sin and the coming judgment. To seek to preach the gospel without making sin an issue is like trying to heal the brokenness of people superficially, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.”

“The gospel preacher must inundate men with the love of God. Men must know that it is not their merit or virtue but God’s love that moves Him to give Himself freely and selflessly to others for their benefit or good. They must know that His love is much more than an attitude, emotion, or work. It is an attribute, a part of His very being or nature. God not only loves–He is love. He is the God of love. He is the very essence of what true love is, and all true love flows from Him as its ultimate source. Men must know that it would be easier to count all the stars in the heavens or each grain of sand on the earth than to measure or even seek to describe the love of God. Its height, depth, and width are beyond the comprehension of even the greatest and most discerning creatures.”

“The Scriptures declare that Christ became sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. On the cross, God caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon Him, and God treated Him severely, as though He were guilty of the sins He bore. He was forsaken of God, smitten of God and afflicted, crushed for our iniquities, and chastened for our well-being. He bore the divine curse and suffered the wrath of God that we evoked with our sin, and yet, by His suffering, the debt we could not pay was paid in full. Consequently, the believer is now declared righteous and receives the infinite and immeasurable benefit of that righteousness–God treats us as sons! This is an amazing truth that will transform the way in which the believer sees himself. We are the beneficiaries of the great exchange, “the just for the unjust.”

“Denying Christ’s resurrection–or even treating it as a nonessential– devastates genuine Christianity. However, those of us who believe the doctrine and seek to faithfully proclaim the gospel can also practice something of a lesser evil: neglecting to give the resurrection its rightful place in our preaching. This great doctrine is not something that we should merely tag on to the end of a lengthy sermon on the cross, but it should be given equal prominence with the cross. A thorough survey of the apostles’ preaching in the book of Acts will demonstrate that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the primary theme of their gospel. It was not a message brought out of the closet one Sunday a year at Easter. It was the unrelenting victory chant of the early church!”

 

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In the first place, the Easter gospel is good news because it proclaims that Jesus is alive. The tomb was empty! The Lord appeared to Peter and the other disciples! Jesus Christ is the same — yesterday, today and for ever!

In the second place, the Easter gospel is good news because it proclaims a risen Saviour. Our sins have been forgiven! God has set his seal of approval on the crucified! Jesus was raised to life for our justification!

In the third place, the Easter gospel is good news because it proclaims a glorious hope. Death has been swallowed up in victory! We shall be with the Lord for ever! Jesus has brought life and immortality to light!

In the fourth place, and of no less importance, the Easter gospel is good news because it proclaims a present power. The risen Lord Jesus is present with his people today! Already in the here and now we may begin to share in the risen life of Jesus! Even in our present moments of weakness we may experience the transforming power of his resurrection! Here is good news indeed. The resurrection is more than a past event and a future prospect; it is a presentreality.

— Paul Beasley-Murray, The Message of the Resurrection (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000), 17  from FI

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On June 8–9, more than 3,000 saints gathered in Seattle to stand firm for the central doctrines of the Christian faith. Drs. Steven Lawson, John MacArthur, and R.C. Sproul boldly proclaimed the authority of the Bible, the Trinity, the resurrection of Jesus, the exclusivity of Christ, justification by faith alone, the mortification of sin, and the existence of God.

All of the messages from this conference—including a very special time of questions and answers with Drs. Lawson, MacArthur, and Sproul—are available for you to stream for free.

By making these messages free to watch, our prayer is that the thunder of God’s Word would continue to echo through the body of Christ for His glory and our good.

Watch the 2012 West Coast Conference

The 2012 West Coast Conference is also available for pre-order on DVD and CD.

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Yes, according to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15.  Paul Tripp comments on this great passage, pointing out three ways a firm hope in forever changes our lives:

  1. The resurrection of Jesus and the hope of forever tell us what is really important in life
  2. The resurrection of Jesus and the hope of eternity have the power to radically change the way you approach the responsibilities, difficulties and opportunities of your daily life.
  3. The resurrection of Jesus and the hope of eternity teach you delayed gratification

For more read Paul’s book Forever pp. 82-89.

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