Friday, May 8, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Believing in the Risen Christ


M.C. Alexander
New Jersey MTC, Randolph, NJ
9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

The resurrection of Christ has always been seen as the central teaching of Christianity. If the resurrection is not the historic fact, then the power of death remains unbroken. The real fact is that Jesus Christ conquered death on Calvary. Because of that we too have a chance to live again. That is why the angel told the women who went to the tomb in early morning "why do you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen." Luke 24:5-6. That means without believing in the risen Christ there will be no Christianity. "If Christ has not been raised from dead your faith is futile; you are still in sins." (1 Corinthians 15:17)

In these verses Paul is talking about salvation. Here Paul says that all a person needs to do is confess that Jesus is the Lord and believe in Him and that person will be saved. So then the person is directed in some sort of prayer asking to receive Jesus as his savior. This is what Paul meant when he taught the content of the message of salvation on these verses.

The righteousness of faith says that we can know God's will. It can be known because Christ has come down and revealed God's will to us through His covenant. God's will is not too difficult to obey because Christ has died and raised from dead, offering grace and mercy to those who repent their sins. The context of Moses' message in this passage is that people has to love God with their heart and obey His commandments. Moses told Israel that you could do it. Paul is assuring that all can do it because Christ descanted and ascended.

This passage teaches us not only about who Jesus was and what He did but also what Jesus expects us to do because of his life, death and resurrection.

Paul explains that we have to live, love and obey God because of the sacrifice of Jesus. Once we accept Jesus is God, we acknowledge that He is in charge of our life. Jesus is Lord means that He is the ultimate authority of our life. God's commands should always in our heart and we will do always what He wants us to do. We will yield our will to His will.


PRAYER


Lord I believe and rejoice in the knowledge that you are alive and my redeemer. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in Him.