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1 02, 2015

Non-Negotiables of the Christian Faith




“From one man he made every nation of men…” Acts 17:26So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him. Genesis 1:27…then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7


Adam had “eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life. .. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3: 17,19“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:4,5Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment.. Hebrews 9:27


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1-5He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him l to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the Glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:10-14No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. John 1:18
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (Immanuel means God with us)For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:9Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life.” Matthew 20:17-19He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. Mark 8:31-32After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Matthew 27:31A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. It was the third hour when they crucified him.” Mark 15:21-25
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples; ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:2-6Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Luke 23:32-33
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:1-8

Jesus’ Death and Resurrection (continued)

Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” John 19:4-7On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. John 20:19-20“God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.” (Peter) Acts 2:32For 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.. 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.. 1 Corinthians 15:20

Coming of the Spirit

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “’In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people..’” Acts 2:16-17
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13a
“Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” (Peter) Acts 2:33

Final Judgment and Consummation

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.Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more.Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books…The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…
Hebrews 9:27-28Isaiah 65:17-19Revelation 20:12b;14b;15Revelation 21:1-2
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and destroy. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:27Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:2-4No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. Revelation 22:3
Adapted from content by D.A. Carson in Christ and Culture Revisited (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008)

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31 01, 2015

Biblical Prophecies and Fulfillments

Prophecies about Christ and the Fulfillments


Quality of Christ


“I will tell of the decree: the LORD said to me, 'You are my Son, today I have begotten You'” Psalms 2:7Son of God"…and behold a voice out of the heavens, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
"And in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." Genesis 22:18Seed of Abraham"The book of the genealogy of Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1
"But God said to Abraham '…through Isaac your descendants shall be named.'" Genesis 21:12Son of Isaac "Jesus…the son of Isaac…" Luke 3:23,34
"I see him, but now now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, and a scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead of Moab, and tear down all the sons of Sheth." Numbers 24:17Son of Jacob"Jesus…the son of Jacob…" Luke 3:23, 34
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes. And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples." Genesis 49:10Tribe of Judah"Jesus, … the son of Judah…" Luke 3:23,33
"Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit." Isaiah 11:1Family Line of Jesse"Jesus, the son of Jesse…" Luke 3:23,32
"Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I shall raise up for David a righteous branch; And he will reign as King and act wisely. And do justice and righteousness in the land." Jeremiah 23:5House of David"Jesus, the son of David…" Luke 3:23,31
"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephratah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you one will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2His Pre-Existence"And he is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together." Colossians 1:17
"The Lord said to my Lord; 'Sit at my right hand, until I make thine enemies a footstool for thy feet'" Psalm 110:1He shall be called Lord"For today in the city of David, there has been born to you a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord." Luke 2:11
"I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren like you, and will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." Deuteronomy 18:18He shall be a prophet"And the multitudes were saying, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth on Galilee.'" Matthew 21:11
"The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, 'Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'" Psalm 110:4He shall be a priest"Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession." Hebrews 3:1
"For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us…" Isaiah 33:22He shall be a judge"I can do nothing on my own initiative, as I hear, I judge and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will but the will of Him who sent me." John 5:30
"But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain." Psalm 2:6He shall be a King"And they put above His head the charge against Him which read, 'This is Jesus the King of the Jews'" Matthew 27:37
"And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11:2He shall be anointed of the Holy Spirit"And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him; and behold a voice out of the heavens saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:16-17
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped, then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy. Isaiah 35:5,6He will perform miraclesAnd Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Matthew 9:35
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old. Psalm 78:2He will teach parablesAll these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables, and He was not talking to them without a parable. Matthew 13:34
Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9He would be betrayed by a friendJudas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him. Matthew 10:4
And I said to them, "if it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!" So they weighted out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Zechariah 11:12He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver"What are you willing to give me to deliver Him up to you?" And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15
" I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord." Zechariah 11:13bThe money would be thrown in God's houseAnd he threw the pieces of silver into the sanctuary and departed… Matthew 27:5a
…strike the shepherd that the sheep may be scattered… Zechariah 13:7He would be forsaken by his disciplesAnd they all left Him and fled. Mark 14:50
Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know. Psalm 35:11He would be accused by false witnessesNow the chief priests and the whole council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, in order that they might put Him to death; but they did not find it, even though many false witnesses came forward. Matthew 26:59-61
he was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7He would not respond to His accusersAnd while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Matthew 27:12
But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5He would be wounded and bruisedThen he released Barabbas for them; but Jesus he scourged and delivered over to be crucified. Matthew 27:26
I gave my back to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. Isaiah 50:6He would be smitten and spit uponThen they spit in His face and struck Him with their fists. Others slapped Him and said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?" Matthew 26:67,68
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, he trusted the Lord that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him seeing he delighted in Him. Psalm 22:7,8He would be mockedAnd after they had mocked Him, they took His robe off and put His garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. Matthew 27:31
They pierced my hands and my feet. Psalm 22:16His hands and feet would be piercedAnd when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him… Luke 23:33
"..yet He himself bore the sins of many, and interceded for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:12He made intercession for His persecutors"Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Isaiah 53:3He would be hated by His own peopleFor not even His brothers were believing in Him. Not one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he? John 7:5,48
Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head… Psalm 69:4He would be hated without a causeBut they have done this in order they the word may be fulfilled that is written in their Law, "They hated me without a cause." John 15:25
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague: And my kinsmen stand afar off. Psalm 38:11His friends would stand afar offAnd all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee, were standing at a distance, seeing these things. Luke 23:49
I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head. Psalm 109:25People shook their heads at HimAnd those who were passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads. Matthew 27:39
They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. Psalm 22:18They divided His garments and cast lots for themThe soldiers, therefore, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. They said: "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be..." John 19:23,24
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21He was to suffer thirstAfter this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst". John 19:28
They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21They offered him gall and vinegar to drinkThey gave him wine to drink mingled with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink. Matthew 27:34
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Psalm 22:1He cried aloudAnd about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani," that is, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46
Into thy hands I commit my spirit. Psalm 31:5He committed His SpiritAnd Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into thy hands I commit My Spirit." Luke 23:46
He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken. Psalm 34:20His bones were not broken…but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. John 19:33
…they will look on Me whom they have pierced. Zechariah 12:10His side was pierced…but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear. John 19:34
"And it will come about in that day" declares the Lord God, "that I shall make the sun go down at noon and make the earth dark in broad daylight. .." Amos 8:9And darkness came over the landNow from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. Matthew 27:45
His grave was assigned to be with wicked men, yet with a rich man in His death. Isaiah 53:9He was buried in a rich man's tomb..there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph…and asked for the body of Jesus…and Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb. Matthew 27:57-60
Adapted from content by Josh McDowell and Stan Telchin

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