Bible Study Notes (10-5-08)

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MATTHEW 28

Starter Review Question…
What is the cross?

The Necessity of the Resurrection (28:1-10)
Q: Why is the Resurrection necessary?

1 Cor 15:14 “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” (ESV)

Without the cross, we cannot have a resurrection (there has been no death to be raised from!). Without the resurrection, the cross is futile (we have death, but no hope of life!).

1) Regeneration
1 Peter 1:3
Eph 2:5-6 xref Col 3:1
Phil 3:10
Eph 1:19-20
Ro 6:4,11
1 Cor 15:17

2) Justification
Ro 4:25

3) Unity with Christ
Ro 6:5

The Truth of the Resurrection (28:11-15)
The biggest question one can ask is “What is truth?” Simply put, something is true if it conforms to reality. This is where many people, even those professing to be Christians but are really wolves, go way wrong. They say reality and truth is an individual thing. But any sane person and say there are truths that are universal! Gravity for example. That’s true no matter who or what you are! No matter what you believe, if you start walking off the edge of the cliff, you will not pull a Wile E. Coyote and keep walking until you look down. Assuredly, there going to be a quick drop! The same is true in things spiritual. There are absolute truths! They aren’t always pleasant. Anyone on an airplane that drops a few hundred feet in a heartbeat does not find the truth of gravity a joy! The buddies pushing a car do not delight in inertia. Yet, these things are no less true!
Are there absolute truths Spiritually?
What are they?

The Great Commission (28:16-20)
A Promise, A Command, and A Promise
The Great Commission is one of the great pearls of scripture. It shows the “what now” for all future generations of Christians blessed to live upon this world. First we see a promise. Jesus says that all authority is his. He is omnipotent, omniscient, holy God! The Kingdom of heaven is no longer “at hand” the Kingdom is here! Those who are redeemed are the citizens. And we live under the authority of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then comes the command. Go! Christ is Lord so GO! And do? Make disciples! (This is not to say the responsibility of conversion lies in the hand of man, but the responsibility of spreading the news of such!) We are to teach them of Christ’s commands. Being? (Repent, trust, love neighbor as self, be holy, etc.) We are to see them become official members of the church through baptism. And, we have one more promise, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” As we go, we will experience hardships and persecution, but why worry, why fret, HE is with us.

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