Believe It or Not – Bible Blog #12

The Scriptures:

“Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”‘ “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

David prophesied that Jesus would not stay in His grace and could not be kept in hell (because He lived without sin) – Psalm 16
David himself, however, was one who died and weas buried and you can visit his burial tomb even today, Peter states … Thus, David was not the fulfillment of Psalm 16 as quoted by peter, Jesus was!
David, being a prophet, knew that God would keep His promise and put one of his descendants upon the throne. He states in 2 Samuel 7:11-16…

I have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. “‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.'”

Peter, having said all this, relating and connecting to his Jewish audience at the time, turns to Psalm 132 and quotes it as part of his sermon…

Psalm 132:11 The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne

Peter states that David prophetically looked forward to the resurrection when saying “He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay” (Psalm 16:10) … which Peter then requotes.

Peter then leaps to his central message: This Jesus whom you crucified – God raised Him from the dead – we saw this with our own eyes.

“Here is the logic,” Peter says:

1> Jesus has been raised from the dead
2> Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God (place of honour) – Ephesians 1:20
3> Jesus received from the Father what the Father had promised – the Holy Spirit
4> So then, this (that you see) is that promise in action and being fulfilled

The proof that this is right…

1> David did not ascend into Heaven but prophesied that the Lord would (Psalm 110:1)
2> Peter declared this understanding of the psalmist’s words
3> Peter was an eye-witness of this resurrection and ascension (Acts 1:9-11)

Therefore … the second one … and we must always find out what it is “there for”…

Here is the summary of the sermon: Listen us and learn. Let all the House of Israel know FOR CERTAIN (Greek: a powerful certainty) that God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ. Jesus is God as well as anointed Messiah already (Romans 1:4; 10:9; 1 COrinthians 12:3; Philippians 2:9,11) and is now Lord and Christ

And, folks, YOU crucified Him!

APPLICATION:

Here you hear the heart of the Gospel that we believe and are to share with everyone who will give us opportunity… Jesus is alive and well, seated in Heaven. He has sent the Holy Spirit who empowers and enables believers to be witnesses for the resurrection – both with words (the message of the resurrection) and in miracles, signs and wonders (power deeds) that prove He really is alive.

So, Christians, we have the greatest message and all the power we will ever need to tell the world and show the world that Jesus is alive and thus Messiah, Lord and Saviour. But do we believe it? Do we believe Jesus is the only door – Living Door – into Heaven and that without Him you do not enter Heaven but chose for yourself Hell as a place to live for eternity?

If we truly believed it we would live our lives differently than those who don’t kknow Jesus. And, secondly, we would leave how to share this truth effectively and efficiently as well as biblically. Thirdly, we would be out there doing it.

The only parts of the Bible that we truly believe are the parts we apply and live.

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