The Bible talks about the return of Christ in several passages of scripture. The scriptures teach that He will return to receive the faithful and take them to a place He has prepared for them. In this lesson we examine the scriptures to learn more about that place.
Throughout the Bible we find that God measures the actions of men and deals with them accordingly. He is impartial in this act for He uses the same standard for all men. Those who are righteous are blessed, while those who are wicked are condemned. It was for this very reason that Abraham could not believe that God would treat the righteous and the wicked the same way in His judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham asked, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” The word “right” means just, and it is an appeal to the righteousness of God. With this thought in mind, let’s take a broader look at scripture to consider the righteousness of God.
Questions about death are often on our mind. Death is something that each person will face one day, and the death of loved ones and friends is something that we will deal with throughout our life. The subject caused many questions among the church in the first century and God, through the inspiration of the Spirit, answered those questions in His word.
The events that occurred at the death of Christ were unlike any other before or after. At the very moment that our Lord's lips were silent and He breathed His last breath, God began to speak in the unmistakable language of supernatural signs and wonders. The veil in the Temple was torn from top to bottom, there was an earthquake, rocks were split, graves were opened, and Luke records that the Sun was dark for three hours. While these miracles are indeed awe inspiring, we must not forget their purpose.
Due to man's tendency to allow important facts and events slip from his mind, God has given us His word whereby we can have a true account of certain events. The lives of those whom we read about within the word of God serve a very important purpose. They serve as an example for us today. An example by which we can learn and benefit from so that we may serve God more effectively.
The resurrection is an extremely important doctrine. It is essential to Christianity. Those who doubted that such an event would take place, failed to realize the implications of their doctrine. Our resurrection is based upon the resurrection of Christ. For one to advocate that we cannot be raised from the dead is like advocating that Christ did not rise from the dead.
The Flood is a prominent story in the Bible. Four of the first eleven chapters in the book of Genesis are devoted to recording this great event. In fact, more scripture is devoted to recording the flood than to Creation. Next to Creation, the Flood of Noah's day is the greatest single event in the history of the world.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.