sermon: The Resurrection: A Central Pillar

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 09-Apr-16; Sermon #1316; 70 minutes

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Absolutely no concept of a trinity appears in the Apostle's Creed (a notion that did not appear in Catholicism or Orthodoxy until the 4th Century at the Council of Nicaea). Further, the Apostle's Creed provides a powerful affirmation of the Resurrection and Eternal Life as a cardinal doctrine. In the formative years of our previous fellowship, the death of Christ and putting away sin was emphasized, but His Resurrection from the dead was sadly de-emphasized because it was felt that it brought to mind Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox associations with Easter worship. The doctrine of Christ's resurrection is of paramount importance to us, because Christ alone has the keys to our own resurrection and eternal life as First Fruits. The reality of Christ's resurrection permeates the New Testament from John's vision of the resurrected, glorified Christ to the boldness expressed by Christ's disciples and other eye-witnesses to this miraculous event recorded in the Gospels. Paul's encapsulation of the resurrection in I Corinthians 15 was perhaps the template for the Apostle's Creed. Paul assures the Corinthians that if Christ has not risen from the dead, paving the way for our resurrection, our whole practice of religion is futile and useless. But the reality of the resurrection is: (1) Jesus became our Mediator and High Priest, (2) allowing us to have a relationship with God the Father. Through the New Covenant, He has put His Laws into our hearts and minds. As the Second Adam, the First Born resurrected from the dead, He has opened the door of the resurrection and eternal life for those who believe. There is absolutely no resurrection apart from our active relationship with Jesus Christ, striving to emulate Him in every area of life, en

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Acts 2: 22-28; 32 Apostle's Creed Colossians 1:18 Doctrine of trinity Emulating Christ Ephesians 2:18 "Equality" with Father and Son I Corinthians 15:1-5 I John 3:2 I Peter 1:3-6, 16 I Thessalonians 1:9-10 Hanging on and enduring to the end Hebrews 8: 6; 10 :11-25; 11:25 John 11:21-25 ; 14:6; 17:3 Messianic Nicene Creed No relationship; no resurrection Passover Psalms 16; 49:15 Revelation Romans 8:29 II Timothy 2:7-13 7 Golden lampstands

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