Category Archives: Eternal Life

Knowing Life Through Jesus

Matthew 28:1-15; John 20:30-31. Today we come to the most important miracle (Rom 1:1-4). Never had anyone witnessed a dead person coming back to life – by His own power (cf. Heb 11:35). But the disciples should have expected it (Mark 8:31).

I. BELIEVING HISTORICAL WITNESSES

A. Women (Matt 27:61: 28:1; cf. Acts 10:40-41)
B. Peter, John (John 20:3-8)
C. Thomas (John 20:25-28)
D. Paul’s list (1 Cor 15:3-8)
E. Soldiers (Matt 28:11-15)
1. He is alive! Claims proven (Matt 16:16-20; Matt 20:28; John 10:10; 14:6)

II. BELIEVING CURRENT FACTS

A. Jesus raised to prove divinity (Rom 1:4-5)
B. Jesus raised to receive dominion/kingdom (Dan 7:13-14; Acts 2:36-41)
C. Jesus raised to God’s right hand (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33-35)
D. Jesus raised for our justification (Rom 4:25; Col 2:11-13; 1 Pet 3:18-22)
E. Jesus raised for our intercession (Heb 7:24-25)
1. To believe it, is to speak it (2 Cor 4:13-14)

III. BELIEVING FUTURE FACTS

A. He will return (1 Cor 11:26)
B. He will raise the dead (1 Cor 15:20; John 5:28-29)
C. He will judge the living and dead (John 12:48; Matt 25:31-46; 2 Cor 5:10; 2 Tim 4:1)
D. He will transform the believer’s body (Phil 3:21; 1 John 3:2)
E. He will give the believer eternal life (John 11:25-26)
1. Life — is living in God’s presence!

After you have come to know all there is to know about the Christ,
can you truly just walk away from Him?

For the Rich, Young and Powerful, And For Those Who Aren’t (Matt 19:16-22)

This young man had the kind of attitude we see commonly in our day. There are three things the rich, young, ruler learned from Jesus in this encounter.

I. Eternal life is not about God needing you; it is about you needing God.

A. He assumed – that God has needs (Matt 19:16).
B. He assumed – that an exchange could be made for eternal life.
C. Jesus said – that he came to the right source (Matt 19:17; Mark 10:17; Luke 18:18).

1. God needs nothing from us (Acts 17:24-25, 22-23).

II. Eternal life is not about doing a good thing; it is about obeying God’s commands.

A. He assumed – that a good deed could be traded for eternal life (Matt 19:16).
B. Jesus said – that he must keep the commandments of God (Matt 19:17-19).
C. He assumed – that he could pick and choose the commandments (Matt 19:18).

1. God will hold us accountable to every New Testament command (Jas 2:8-12).

III. Eternal life is not about giving God something; it is about giving God ourselves.

A. He assumed – that he kept the commandments of God (Matt 19:20).
B. He admitted – that he may have overlooked one commandment.
C. Jesus said – that he did lack one thing (Matt 19:21; Mark 10:21).

1. God doesn’t want our things; He wants us! (2 Tim 1:12).

The rich, young, ruler walked away from the heavenly, eternal riches
to keep something that was only earthly and temporary.