Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 24, 2019

“the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers” – “Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?” – “Nothing is too difficult for You”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 26:1-8.  Merry Christmas!  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  2 Corinthians 9:15.  My next devotion, God willing, will be December 26, 2019.

“Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.”  Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:

“In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today;  especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews;  therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

“So then, all Jews know my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation and at Jerusalem;  since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.  And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;  the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day.  And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.  Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?”  Acts 26:1-8.

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The hope of the promise of God is eternal life, that we will be raised from the dead, salvation.

“This is the promise which He Himself made to us:  eternal life.”  1 John 2:25.

“Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,”  Titus 1:1-2.

“Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?”  Verse 8.

“‘Ah Lord God!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too difficult for You, ”  Jeremiah 32:17.

Jesus did raise the dead, such as Lazarus, which was witnessed by many.  See John 11:1-45.  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life;  …”  John 11:25.

And, God did raise Jesus Himself from the dead, which was also witnessed by many.

“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.  He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  And we are witnesses of these things;  and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”  Acts 5:30-32.

“To these He (Jesus) also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.”  Acts 1:3.

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

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

“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 15:20-22.

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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