Because He Lives

Why Do Christians Worship On the First Day of the Week? What Is Jesus Resurrected Body Like? Was Jesus the Only Christ? What will Our Resurrected Bodies be Like?
The following is an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books.

He Is Risen
Why Do Christians Worship On the First Day of the Week?
The feast of First Fruits accurately foretold the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This feast always takes place on the first day of the week, and the scriptures reveal the very first Christians immediately began to honor the first day of the week as the Lord’s Day. That is the day they met for worship (Acts 20.7, 1 Corinthians 16.1-2, Revelation 1.10). First fruits is the first of three harvest feasts (Leviticus 23.10-11). Early in the harvest season the people took a small handful of wheat or grain and gave it to the priest to offer as a wave offering before the Lord. This was a faith offering given in anticipation of the larger harvest expected to come later. This feast was called First Fruits (Leviticus 23.10).

We saw in the feast of Passover, the physical death of Jesus Christ. This was absolutely necessary. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Leviticus 17.11, Hebrews 9.22). We saw in the feast of Unleavened Bread the putting away of the Law of Moses. This was absolutely necessary. Grace was not possible under the law. The law had to go (Galatians 5.4). That little handful of grain, waved before the Lord at the feast of First Fruits, represented much more than grain. It represented Jesus Christ rising from the dead—physically. This was absolutely necessary. Without the physical resurrection of Christ, we have no hope of a physical resurrection for ourselves (1 Corinthians 15.13-14, 1 John 3.2). And the anticipated harvest represented much more than grain as well. It represented souls—saved souls, many souls from down through the ages, being reunited with their bodies at the Resurrection of Life (John 5.29, 1 Corinthians 15.20).

What Is Jesus Resurrected Body Like?
Jesus was but the first of many to rise from the dead in a glorified physical body (Acts 26:23, Roman 8:29).

Question: Why was it necessary for Christ’s body to
rise from the grave? Do the scriptures really teach a literal physical resurrection of the man Christ Jesus rather than simply a spiritual one? Answer: 2 John 7 says this -- “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ

is come(ing) in the flesh. This is the deceiver and an antichrist.”

is written in the future tense, and the scriptures are clear that Jesus Christ cannot return in the flesh unless he first rose in the flesh.
2 John: 7

The entire 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians deals with only one subject—the fact that unless Christ rose physically from the dead, we cannot possibly hope to. In light of that fact, was it absolutely necessary for Christ’s body to be raised? Job said, “And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God (Job 19.26).” The scriptures speak of believers who will never experience death, but the bodies they already have will be changed. Without dying, in a moment of time, they will be changed from mortal beings, capable of dying physically, to immortal beings that will never die again. Their mortal bodies, cursed to death because of Adam’s sin, will instantly become glorious bodies free from the curse of sin and death (1 Corinthians 15.51-53, 1 Thessalonians 4.16-17). Jesus said, in John 2.19-22, that his body would die, but three days later that same body would live again. In fact, that was the proof he gave of his authority to be doing and teaching the things he did concerning eternal life and the Kingdom of God (John 2.18).

In order for us to obtain a physical resurrection from the dead, it was absolutely necessary for Christ to rise physically first. When Jesus appeared in his resurrected body, everyone was alarmed. They thought they were seeing a spirit. Jesus’ response to this was to assure them it was he, himself. He pointed out that a spirit would not have flesh and bone like he did (Luke 24.3640). is very revealing as to the nature of his resurrected body. It reveals that Christ’s flesh saw no corruption. It reveals that, genetically, he died a physical descendant of David, and when he rose— he was still, genetically, a physical descendant of David. When Jesus Christ returns to this earth again, and sits on the throne of David—it will be as a physical descendant of David. And this is due to his physical resurrection from the dead. Verse 30 is very specific on this—according to the flesh, he (God) would raise up Christ to sit on his (David’s) throne.
Acts 2.30-32

makes very clear that anyone who denies that the man, Christ Jesus, is returning in the flesh, is a deceiver and an antichrist.
2 John 7

goes into even more detail in identifying the spirit of antichrist. Verse 4 clearly states that anyone who denies that Jesus Christ is come is not of God.
1 John 4.3-4

The imperfect tense [in Greek] (which is synonymous with the perfect tense in English), which verse 4 is written in, is not merely a simple

present tense. The imperfect tense indicates ongoing action—permanence. Because of the tense it is written in, this verse makes very clear the fact that Jesus not only came, but when he arrived, he was already the Christ. It is very important to understand this fact as there are many who teach Jesus was not the only Christ. Jesus himself warned that many false Christ’s would come. Fortunately the scriptures give a foolproof method of weeding out the true Christ from a plethora of false Christs. Jesus did not become the Christ as some claim. He was born the Christ. The phrase “is come,” being framed in the imperfect tense, tells us there was never a time when Jesus was not the Christ, and there never will be a time when he will not be the Christ. Jesus was and is the only Christ. He entered this world as the only Christ, and he presently is and always will be the only Christ. Jesus, the only Christ, was born in the flesh, died in the flesh, rose in the flesh, ascended in the flesh, lives continually (remains perpetually) in the flesh, and will return in the flesh (Luke 2.11, 1 John 4.3-4, 2 John 7). As the scriptures say, ‘there is only one mediator between God and man—the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2.5).’ This verse tells us that Jesus not only presently exists as the Christ (not “a” Christ as some falsely teach), but he also presently exists as a man. Both his Christhood and his incarnation as a human being are irrevocable, ongoing, permanent conditions. 1 John 4.3-4 makes that abundantly clear, and 2 John 7 backs it up.

If anyone teaches eternal life is possible without the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ, they have no scriptural authority to be doing so. They are preaching another Jesus and an unauthorized gospel. The real Jesus said his authority would be based upon the fact of his physical resurrection (2 Corinthians 11.3-4, Galatians 1.8, John 2.19-22).

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?
should effectively answer any questions we may have concerning what our resurrected bodies will be like. When we are raised from the dead, in incorruptible bodies, our bodies will be exactly like Christ’s—for the scriptures say we shall be like him (1 John 3.2).
1 John 3.2

When Thomas saw Jesus after his resurrection, he still had the wounds from his crucifixion. Jesus’ body could have been raised without scars or any other blemish. But it is the opinion of this writer, that he kept his scars as reminders, through-out eternity, of his boundless love for us, and as proof of his life, death, resurrection and permanent existence as the man Christ Jesus (John 20.25-27, 1 Timothy 2.5). Chapter Review: • According to 2 John 7, who is the deceiver and antichrist?

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According to Luke 2.11 was Jesus born the Christ or did he become the Christ at some later date? In what condition will Job see God after the worms destroy his body (Job 19.26)?

Are you reading your Bible daily, always picking up today where you left off yesterday? If not, the book of John is a good place to start. A King James Bible with no chapter headings or footnotes is recommended.
This has been an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books.

Jesus said by our words, we will be justified, or by our words, we will be condemned. That is a frightening thought for most of us. During the course of a lifetime we speak many words, and we do not always choose our words wisely. The wisest choice of words we can ever make is to confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is the risen Son of God. If we come to God on those terms, with a truly repentant heart, we are promised eternal life. A broken and contrite heart, he will not despise. Here is what it all boils down to. Our God is merciful and loving. He does not unnecessarily complicate things. We read in Romans 10. 9, 10, and 13, that if we confess with our mouth, words, that Jesus is the Son of God, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, and call on God to save us according to those terms,

We, Will, Be, Saved. Is it well with your soul?