Easter Sunday is known to many as Resurrection Day. We celebrate with Christian worldwide this glorious, history-changing event when Jesus was raised from the dead. Paul's revelation in Ephesians gives us the background story. "[God] made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:5,6 ESV).
When Christ was raised, in God's mind I was raised with Him. Many translations rightly use the words "together with", as that is the impact of the Greek word used. For example, "And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together" (AMP). So here we have three stages of one amazing event: God made us alive, raised us up, and gave us seating together with Christ.
That is powerful, and my experience suggests that very few Christians get the greatness of God's statements here. Read More
At one time a constant visitor to my last church was an evangelist and his young family, when he did not have a speaking engagement. He was what we called in the Salvation Army a "real trophy of grace." I had read his life story of crime, including armed robbery from state-owned betting shops. After being incarcerated for a time, he found the Lord and became a well-known evangelist in Australia.
He said me after one service that I made it hard for an evangelist to reap a harvest of souls, because I didn't leave the people with a sense of conviction. And he was right, as John 16:8 tells me that the the work of the Holy Spirit, not me, is "to reprove the world of sin," and in addition, I don't subscribe to the common theology of repentance.
I had known, probably even before my ministerial training, that the word so often translated "repentance" is the Greek word "metanoia," being a combination of "meta," after, and "noia," the mind. This is no secret revelation to the evangelical world. Read More