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this is eternal life: that they may
know you, the only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom you have sent."
~ John 17:3
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Himself said, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3). We have long
recognized the need for clear, biblical information and resources regarding the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray the information on this website can serve
this purpose, as well as bring understanding and salvation to those who long for
It is a
tremendous blessing to know with assurance that because Jesus Christ was
crucified for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the grave, we, too, will
be raised from the dead to spend eternity with Him, if we only believe! In
1 John 5:11-12 we read,
"And this is the testimony: God has given us
eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he
who does not have the Son of God does not have life."
What if You Died Tonight?
This seems like a rather abrupt question,
doesn't it? The words of Christ as recorded in the Gospels are often
"abrupt" and to the point. He has come from Heaven to Earth to offer
His much loved human beings the free gift of salvation. In so doing,
we humans must be confronted with the true seriousness of Eternity, and
Jesus is so good at doing this!
if you died tonight, would you be ready
to enter Heaven and the presence of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ? You may have
prepared well for your life on this Earth and for your retirement days, but
are you prepared for Eternity? Jesus told this "Parable of the Rich
Fool" to the crowd that was following Him one day:
Then he said to
them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's
life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
And he told them
this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He
thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
"Then he said,
'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones,
and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself,
"You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy;
eat, drink and be merry." '
"But God said to
him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then
who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
"This is how it
will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich
toward God." (Luke 12:15-21)
asks the same challenging question another way: "What good will it be for
a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give
in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)
Let us all
prepare ourselves for that inevitable but glorious day when we shall see Christ!
"Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ
was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a
second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting
for him." (Hebrews 9:27-28)
by C. A.
1 Corinthians 15
Written by the Apostle Paul
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which
you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are
saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have
believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ
died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he
was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he
appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still
living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to
all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an
apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I
am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked
harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what
The Resurrection of the Dead
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can
some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no
resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if
Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we
have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not
raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not
raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been
raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also
who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have
hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those
who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection
of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ
all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits;
then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when
he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all
dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his
enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he "has
put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been
put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put
everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be
made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in
Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the
dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?
And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I die every day—I
mean that, brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our
Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have
I gained? If the dead are not raised,
"Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die." Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good
character." Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for
there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
The Resurrection Body
But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will
they come?" How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed,
perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has
determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. All flesh is not
the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another
and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly
bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the
splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor,
the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is
perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised
in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a
natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is
written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a
life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and
after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the
second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the
earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear
the likeness of the man from heaven.
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom
of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you
a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the
perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with
immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and
the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
"Death has been swallowed up in victory."
"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the
power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give
yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor
in the Lord is not in vain.
(New International Version)