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Christ and New Man (Col 3:1-4)
Reading Portion: If ye then be raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory? (Colossians 3:1-4) In this portion we can see A) Christ – His Ressurction B) Christ – Present work C) Christ – His Coming

Christ – His Ressurction
“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, and your faith also is vain…. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:14, 17). Resurrection of Jesus is a foundation of the our faith.(1 Cor 15:12-20) (1 Pet 1:3) Christians, through faith in the working of God(Col 2:12) are resurrected with Jesus, and are redeemed so that they may walk in a new way of life.(Rom 6:4) As Paul the Apostle stated: "If Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless".(1 Cor 15:14) The death and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events in Bible. They form the point in scripture where Jesus gives his ultimate demonstration that he has power over life and death, thus he has the ability to give people eternal life.  'Did Jesus rise from the dead?' is the most important question regarding the claims of the Christian faith.' "According to the Bible, "God raised him from the dead", he ascended to heaven, to the "right hand of God",(69) and will return again(Acts 1:9–11) to fulfill the rest of prophecie such as the Resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment and establishment of the Kingdom of God Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise. Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did. Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive. His ressuruction body had “Flesh and bones” (Luke 24:39) and was the same in which He died (John 20:27). Yet newly resurrected body would be a heavenly body; immortal, glorified, powerful and pneumatic in contrast to an earthly body, which is mortal, dishonored, weak and psychic.The resurrection of Jesus was different from the Resurrection of Lazarus as: "In the case of Lazarus, the stone was rolled away so that he could walk out ... the raised Christ didn't have to have the stone rolled away, because he is transformed and can appear anywhere, at any time". His ressuruction and Ascension assures of a present living saviour: Jesus lives and he alone can say “Lo, I am with you always” (Mathew 28:20) His ressuruction is assurance of our ressuruction because I live ye shall also live is his promise. He has in ressuruction become the first fruit of them that slept (1 Cor 15:20-

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32) the power of His ressuruction is an expereince we can enjoy (Phil 3:10). It means to live in the newness of life that comes to us by communion with the risen lord and saviour.

Christ – Present Work Introduction
In this Lesson we are going to see the present work of Christ. We are in days of evil. Christ in these days keeps us from his present world. i.e his Preist hood. And he restores us from the fall as Advocate.

Christ as Advocate
 His Advocacy is to restore the believer if he fails (Luke 22:61)  His Advocacy is for a time of failure and sin (1 John 2:1-2)  His intercession as an Advocate begins when the believer doesn’t behave well (1 John 2:1-2)  He is an advocate with the father, If sin entered into believer relationship is still as father (1 John 2:1-2)  As an advocate He grieves over our sin (Luke 22:61)  As an Advocate he stands before the father on the grounds of Propitiation he made one and forever (1 John 2:1-2)  In regard to Advocacy, God is "Just and Faithful", God wont demand again a price again as Christ already paid for it (1 John 2:1-2)  His work as Advocate is intermittent, It starts with the fall of sin to the confession of sin (1 John 2:1-2; 1 John 1:9)  In case of believer Sin, He cannot go on his Own, Christ advocacy makes him to Recover ( Luke 22:61)  Because of Christ's advocacy work, a believer comes back and repents (1 John 1:9)

Christ as Priest
The following ten points can be by hearted so that we can enjoy the work of the Christ as Priest.  His priest hood is to Keep the believer from falling (Heb 7:25)  His priest hood is for a time of period - our temptations and infirmities (Heb 4:15-16)  His intercession as a priest s that we might behave well ( Luke 22:32)  He is priest with God (Heb 2:17; 7:25)  As a priest he sympathizes in our weaknesses and infirmities (Heb 2:17-18; Heb 4:15-16)  As a priest it is His life on high that saves the believer from falling into sin (Romans 5:10;Heb 7:25)  In connection with his priest hood His service is called "Faithful and merciful" (Heb 2:17)

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 His work as High priest interceding for us is continuous. "He ever liveth to make intercession for us" (Heb 7:25).  in time of temptations and trail, the believer goes to Him as His High priest to find help (Heb 7:25)  Because of His work as a High priest, the believer can come boldly to the throne of grace to find mercy and grace to Help (Heb 4:15-16)

Christ – His Coming
Scripture 1 Thess 4:13-18. “I Will come again and receive you unto my self” (John 14:3). “This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:11). Jesus is certainly to return again in bodily presence, to take His saints with our dying to be forevever with Him. This is the “Blessed Hope” for which we are looking., It may take place at any time, amn we are bidders to be ready. Introduction: Learning about “His coming” is a big topic which covers His coming for us and secondly His coming with us. First we call it as “Rapture” and second as “appearing”. We need to cover the verses mentioned in Gospels, Acts, and entire Book of revelation. My purpose in this book is to cover how His coming is certain and how we can be live more practical life to please God in this earth and face him boldly while he is coming. Knowing about His coming helps us to live a moral and focused life 1 Thess 4:13-18. “I Will come again and receive you unto my self” (John 14:3). “This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:11). Jesus is certainly to return again in bodily presence, to take His saints with our dying to be forevever with Him. This is the “Blessed Hope” for which we are looking. It may take place at any time, and we are commanded to be ready. He is Our Hope: We are expecting Him to come. We didn’t saw him, but we enjoying His works and presence in our daily life. We need to prepare ourselves to see him. He is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1) and His coming is a blessed hope (Titus 2:13) Time of His coming: We are in the “last days” (Heb 1:2; Acts 3:20) which is from the ascension of Christ to the coming of Christ. The time from Creation (Genesis 1) to the time Christ was crucified is “time past” (Heb 1:1). In the time past there are times of ignorance (Acts 17:29-30) which are also called “times without law” (Romans 2:12). Genesis covers times of ignorance. Times of law started with Exodus. When Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came unto Jerusalem and besieged it, the “times of Gentiles” started (B.C 606) and continues till the coming of Christ. Apostle Peter expected “Times of refreshing” (Acts 3:19; Isaiah 35:1-10) in his lifetime, but it will happen after the second coming of Christ. When the “fullness of times” (Eph 1:10) comes God creates a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1). Times of refreshing and Fullness of times together are called “Times of Restitution” (Acts 3:21). There is certain time fixed for Jews. It is also called as Daniel’s seventieth week. This week lasts for seven years. Out of which last three and half years called “Great Tribulation”.

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As we are in the “last days” as part of Glorious church, we won’t enter into the “Great Tribulation” At any point of time we will caught up appear before the Christ. We just don’t know when He is going to come, so we need to be watching and waiting ( Luke 12: 36-37). Be ready for Son of man comes when you do not expect him (Mathew 24:44). Watch out for you do not know day or hour (Mathew 25:13). No person, angel not even Jesus, only the father know the hour of his return (Mark 13:32). It is said to be “a little while” (John 16:16; Heb 10:37) and “Quickly” (Rev 22:20) but no one knows the time. Certainty of His coming: Jesus Said “I will come” (John 14:3). Our hope on his coming is not an assumption but based on reality of his sayings. It is something surely will happen, for the Lord Himself promised it. He will descend from heaven with shout and trumpet ( 1 Thess 4:16). Will return just as he ascended (Acts 1:11). He comes quickly (Rev 3:11) The OT Prophets foretold it (Daniel 7:13) quoted by Christ as of Himself before the High preist (Matew 26:54) The Lord often spoke often of it (Mathew 24:27;51; John 14:3) His parables are full of it ( Mathew 25; Luke 10:35) The angels anounced It (Acts 1:11) The apostels described it in detail (1 Thess 4:13-18) The beleivers have hoped for it from the first (1 Thes 1:10; Titus 2:13) The Bible ends with it (Rev 22:7, 12, 20) His Coming: Final words When we turn our Bibles to the Last chapter, we will see the Last words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ to John which in turn written for us. Four times he spoke in this chapter. Out of four verses, three times he spoke about His coming. 1) Obeying His commandments Behold I come quickly (Rev 22:7) 2) Receiving the rewards And, behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according to his work shall be I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Rev 22:12-13) and 3) Respond to His Love “Surely I come quickly” (Rev 22:20) Three times it talks about His Coming.

Manner of His Coming This is described in 1 Thess 4:13-18. “Those who alive when Jesus comes do not preced the belessed dead” (v 15). The Lord descends with a rallying call. The archanges voice and trumpet of God are heard and the dead rise first (v16) then the living and those raised are caught up together into the clouds and meet the lord in the air (v17). His coming: Reasons Purpose of it is to take away beleivers. All who are truly Christ’s will share the rapture as it is called (1 Cor 15:23; 51-57). Delivery from the troubles: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:1-3. "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, gjtimothy@gmail.com Page 4

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will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."( 1 Thess 4:13-18) Unto eternal Life: keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.Jude 1:21 Will receive Rewards “For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy. (1 Thess 2:19-20) But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. (Galatians 6:4) Never Grieve the Lord again who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. (Phil 3:21). Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. (1 John 3:2) United with Loved ones Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the (a)coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2 Thess 2:1) To Worship him We will be with him for ever and we keep worshipping him His heart Desire May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ. 2Thessalonians 3:5

His coming: Our duties
Follow Him: “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me” John 21:22 Hold Fast: “But that which ye have already hold fast till I come” Rev 2:25. Hold fast what you have heard and receive and repent, for Jesus will come as thief at hour you do not know. Let no one take away your crown” Rev 3:3,11. Occupy ourselves “wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury!” Luke 19:23 Remember Him “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lor’s death till he come” 1 Cor 11:26 Be Patient “Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” James 5:8

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