Sun, Apr 01, 2018

317 - The Foundations of the Gospel, Part V - Acts 13:23-41

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Message #317 The Foundations of the Gospel, Part V - Acts 13:23-41 Sunday, April 1 2018 Context summary: Paul reviews Israel's history from the Passover (Exodus 12), to whom the Passover foreshadowed, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). "For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." (1 Corinthians 5:7b) What was John the baptist's message? (Acts 13:24) John the baptist called all to "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 3:2) John was a fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3 (NKJV) The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (See also Matthew 3:3 and John 1:23) John pointed to the long awaited Messiah, identified to him by God. See Matthew 3:16-17 and John 1:29-34. Also 1 Corinthians 2 regarding how these things are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Application? We are called to call all to repentance (to turn away from sin), and point people to Jesus as John did. We've been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). Old Testament Scriptures which foretold of the Messiah's suffering and mission (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, and Zechariah 12:10. The Messiah would be despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3, fulfilled in Matthew 27), and would die in the company of the wicked (Isaiah 53:9a, fulfilled in Matthew 27:38), but be buried in among the wealthy (Isaiah 53:9b, fulfilled in Matthew 27:57-60). Both Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus would work together to take the body of Jesus down from the cross and prepare his body for burial. Then they laid Jesus' body in the tomb (John 19:38-42). What was the promise made to the fathers which Jesus' resurrection fulfilled? (Acts 13:32) Answer is found in Acts 3:24-26 (NKJV) 24 "Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. 25 "You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ['And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'] 26 "To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one [of you] from your iniquities." This promise to bless all the families of the earth through the seed of Abraham pointed to the risen Christ. The blessing was in turning us away from our sin. Foretold in Genesis 12:3; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:4 The glory of Jesus' resurrection and blessings tied to God raising Christ from the dead. Christ's resurrection is the guarantee of our own (1 Thessalonians 4:14 and 2 Corinthians 4:14) Christ's resurrection provides us an eternal High Priest who always prays for us (Romans 8:34 and Hebrews 7:23-25) Christ's resurrection justified all who believe in Him (Romans 4:25) Christ's resurrection is the affirmation of Jesus' claims to being the Son of God (Romans 1:4; see John 5, especially verse18 and John 10, especially verse 33) Christ's resurrection provides believers a living hope and a glorious inheritance to look forward to and live in light of (1 Peter 1:3-4 and Ephesians 1:11-12) Application? By being joined to the risen Christ, believers live fruitful lives (Romans 7:4 and John 15) Warning? Christ's resurrection declares whom God will judge the world through. Acts 17:30-31 (NKJV) 30 "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
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