Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 18, 2019

“I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 23:1-11.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+23&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.”  The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.  Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall!  Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?”  But the bystanders said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?”  And Paul said, “I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest;  for it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.’”

But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees;  I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!

But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, “Take courage;  for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”  Acts 23:1-6 and 11.

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Jesus Christ is our Lord “who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, …”  Romans 1:4.

“He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”  Romans 4:25.

“Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;   and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.  Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;  and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless;  you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.  For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”  1 Corinthians 15:12-22.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5.


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