What Does Christ’s Resurrection Mean To Me? (p1)
Turn to first Corinthians 15. Ask the Lord’s help, and then we’ll jump right into it. Okay. Heavenly Father, lord, we thank you for the grace that you have provided that is much greater than our sin. And Lord, we thank you for it. We could never repay you for it. Your marvellous us grace. But Lord, we assure our grateful. And the Lord, we want to live our lives out of thankfulness for what you’ve done for us. Help us tonight as we open up your word again, please speak to our hearts. Help us to leave here differently, drawn closer to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Verse number we’ll start with verse number 34. And we’ll go towards the end of the chapter, says, awake to righteousness and sin not, for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. But some men will say, how are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? Some have a question about the manner of the resurrection. God is going to give us the answer. And there are things that we don’t understand, because, as was mentioned this morning, we see through a glass darkly. We don’t understand everything on the other side. We’re going to see some of our limitations here in this physical life. How many of you know you have physical limitations when you raise your hand? And I noticed the other day when I was out in the woods with Brother Jeremy, our tour guide, that I have some limitations. I’m not as limber and apt and agile as I once was, and I got to get out and get working on that. We have physical limitations, and part of that is our understanding is limited to what we can see and know and this life. But there’s so much more to come. So, verse 35. Some men will say, how are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? Notice how it is answered. The first two words, thou fool. And that which thou sawest is not quickened except it died. And that which thou sawest, thou sawest not. That body that shall be but bare grain. It may change of wheat or of some other grain, but God giveth to the bodies that hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. Let’s just stop there for a minute and talk about this passage we just read. He’s going to give three illustrations. The first illustration he gives of a resurrection is when a seed is cast into the ground. And unless you have deer in your jar, that seed will produce and blossom and produce fruit. And if you have an electric fence, make sure you have it plugged in. Then those beans will sprout and produce other beans. But that body is the seed itself. There is no life unless that seed first dies. What Jesus said in John 1224 said, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone, but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit. You can’t have new life unless there’s first death. And the same is true spiritually as well. Unless we die to ourselves and to our way spiritually and come to Jesus Christ, recognizing that his is the only way of salvation. We won’t have new life. We get new life through Jesus Christ, the process of dying to oneself. Out of death comes new life. That’s just the way the Lord works. You remember when at the beginning of the creation, he started in the darkness and he brought things to life? It started almost like it was out of chaos, and he created order out of chaos. God does the same thing with our life, but he’s talking about the resurrection. But he said that’s just a picture. Same is going to happen with us. We’re planted that’s why I believe that being buried is a Christian testimony. We’re saying I’m going to be I’m being planted in the ground in hopes of a resurrection, that Jesus is going to come and he’s going to resurrect this body. Now, it won’t be the same exact body. And to speak respectfully, but plainly, we understand what happens to the bodies in the ground. They don’t keep their same form and shape, but God doesn’t need that. Listen, if God made everything out of nothing, don’t you think he could do the same thing again? And so it’s going to be a similar body, but it may not be the exact same molecules that are in the ground now. And here’s what I mean. It’s interesting, and I’m not a doctor, but I read after somebody that did some studies like this, and those nurses, you can correct me if I’m wrong if you’ve heard of this, but the body is constantly recreating itself. I think over the process of maybe three and a half years, every molecule in your body is completely different than what you had three and a half years ago. Now, I don’t know whether that’s accurate or not. I read that somewhere. Here’s what I’m saying. Three and a half years ago, I was still Brother Eric, right? And you were still who you are. Just because your molecules have changed does not change who you are. Here’s what I’m saying. That body that’s in the ground, god is going to resurrect it, change it, glorify it, and it’s going to be different but similar. Does that make sense? But it doesn’t change a bit of who that person is. That person say they’re with the Lord and I don’t understand all about it, but I know they’re going to enter into that new body. That body is going to be cancerfree. That body is going to be aching free. I think if somebody was missing an arm or missing a leg, I believe God is going to give them that leg and that arm. They’ll be complete and whole in a glorified body. It’s not the same. We’re going to see in a minute. It’s going to be sown in corruption, it’s going to be raised in incorruption, never to see corruption again. So that’s the illustration of a seed in a field. New life is different from the seed, and yet it’s somehow related. You, when you plant a seed of corn in the ground, it doesn’t look like a plant that’s going to come up. There are some seeds that look a lot alike. Unless you have it on the package of what they are, you don’t know what’s going to come up until it starts coming up. The new grain which is harvested is not the seed which was put into the ground, but in some way it’s related to the seed. And that’s what he’s trying to explain. As I say, we see through a glass darkly. Look at verse number 38. God giveth it a body as it hath please him, to every seed, his own body. Verse number 39 all flesh this is the second illustration is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, another of birds. Men and mankind, man and woman, boys and girls. People are not the same as animals can’t get. Amen. Right there. We are a whole different creation. We were created on the same day, on day number six. If I have my order right, do I have my order right? Okay, day six. Land, animals and mankind. But God breathed into the nostrils of man and man became a living soul. And that’s different than mankind. So when we go out there and we kill Bambi or Bambi’s brother, we’re not killing a living, breathing soul, an individual. We’re putting meat on the table. Hallelujah. And that’s different. But notice that. Look at this. God created and all the deer hunters said, Amen. But God created different bodies for different functions, different forms. God created me and you in a similar fashion. You don’t look like me, I don’t look like you, but we have the similar functions. God created that way for a reason. Look at what else he says. He said, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, another of birds. There’s some here that are fitted for dry land. They do great on dry land. There’s some here that are fitted for the sea. They can live and survive in the sea. There are some whose bodies are fitted for flying in the air. Don’t you try it, it won’t work. But the birds have their feathers that they can fly, use and flap and fly in the air. Fish can’t do that. I know there’s some fish that glide, but they don’t fly. But here’s the point. God has fitted each body suited for its environment, just as we have a natural body suited for the earth. God is also going to give us a spiritual body which don’t get scared when you say spiritual body. It’s a body of flesh and bones like the risen Lord had and still has. But it’s going to be suited for the heavenly environment. It’s not going to be susceptible to corruption, to anything else. Okay? So just as God has created different bodies here, different forms here, we also will have a body that will be suited for our otherworld environment. Okay? There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial. Here’s a third illustration. But the glory of the celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun and another glory of the Moon and another glory of the stars. For one star deferred from another star in glory. I don’t know how many of you like to do it, but I like to go outside and look at the stars and I can recognize maybe two or three constellations, maybe four. Not as good as probably I should be. But I love looking at the different sometimes you can see different colors in the stars. I think that might just be our atmosphere. I’m not real scientific on that. But there is one up there that’s red at certain times. And that might even be the planet Mars. There’s one up there that’s really bright in the morning hours or right before sunrise or right after sunrise, really close to sunrise and sunset. That might be the planet Venus. I’m not sure. I think it is, but in that wonderful. Just to look up in the nighttime sky and see what God has made. Each star is different. They say that one of the stars in Orion’s belt is so huge that it would fit inside of the solar system. And that’s unfathomable to me. I forget how many suns would fit across its diameter. And the sun itself is so huge there’d be so many Earths that would fit across its diameter. But God made each one of those. It didn’t happen over a process of millions of years or billions of years. You know, they’re having to change isn’t it funny? And I have to laugh because they think they’re so smart that they can outsmart God. They’re having to change their theory because this new telescope that they have is pointed out into space and their theory isn’t fitting with what they’re finding. And so they’re having to readjust it and change it, maybe stretch things out a little bit further and adjust things here and scratch their heads. But they’ll never come to say, hey, maybe we were wrong, but God did that. God created that. God created it with different glory. There’s a different glory from the Moon as there is from the sun. We can see that he’s saying the same is going to be true with our resurrected bodies. And this is what I was saying this morning. I believe that there might be some who will shine a little bit brighter than others because their lives reflected Jesus Christ more than others. And whether or not that’s so, we’ll find out we get to heaven, it won’t be to bring glory to ourselves. It will bring glory and honor to our Lord and Savior. We will know each other as we’ve been known. No doubt about that. I’ll know, brother Frank. Brother Frank will know me, and I’ll know my dad. It’ll be in a different relationship in some ways. But that bond that God has forged here on this Earth, I believe will still be there in Heaven, and it will still grow. I’ll know my wife in Heaven, and that relationship will be different. But that bond that’s been forged here on earth will still be there, will still grow. And we’ll be serving the Lord together through all eternity. I firmly believe that what God is working to do here, he’s just going to complete and finish there. So we’ll know each other as we’ve been known. We may look now think about this. I know mary at the garden didn’t recognize the Lord Jesus Christ. The last time she saw Jesus, he was suffering on the cross. He was bruised and bloodied and beaten, and his flesh was torn from his body. And that was probably the last image that she knew of her Savior. But when he spoke her name, she recognized Him. She knew who he was. And I believe when she turned, she saw his face. She recognized something about him. I believe the same thing is going to happen. We’re going to see Jesus first and foremost. We’re going to recognize him. I’ve never seen him. I’ve heard his voice in my soul. And you have too, if you’re saved. When he speaks, we’re going to recognize our heart. As Pastor Vanishes always say, we’ll go pity pad. We’re going to recognize, hey, that’s him. That’s my Jesus. You know what? We’re going to know each other too. And hopefully I’ll have a little bit more hair. But you know what? I won’t care. It won’t matter then. Maybe that’ll be part of my glories. And we have no hair up there, so whatever it is, it’ll be all right. It’ll be all right. That’s the other illustration. So use the illustration of a seed in the field. Out of death comes life. Death is not the end. The body dies. The soul and spirit never dies. If you’re saved, you’re right to be with the Lord. And then the illustration of the different types of flesh in this world, each suited for its environment. God knows how to do that. He’ll do the same with us. He’s already done the same with us. He’ll do it again. And then maybe a different glory. Verse 42 so also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption. It is raised in incorruption. Never again to see cancer, to see broken legs, backaches, stomachaches, any of those things. It is sown in dishonor. It is raised in glory, it is shown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body. It is raised as spiritual body. There’s a resemblance to the old body that’s been buried. It may be similar to but it’s different, if that makes sense. So the natural body resembles the image of the earthly. Look at verse number 45. And so it is written the first man, Adam was made a living soul. The last Adam that’s Jesus Christ was made a quickening spirit, a spirit that makes alive, albeit that was not first, which is spiritual. Adam, the first man was not the spiritual man, but that which is natural and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthly. You and I, born in this world, we’re of the earth, we bear the image of the earthly. I look like my father. You look like your family. And if we go back far enough, you know what Adam and Eve, he had two eyes and nose, mouth, ears. We look resemble him. We bear the image of the earthy. The second man is the Lord from heaven, as is the earthy. Such are they also that are earthy, as is the heavenly. Such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. I like what one fella said, dr. AJ. Gordon. He said, now, we have physical limitations around this body. He said, now, the body bears the spirit inside of you or you are soul, spirit and body. This body is just a vehicle where the soul and spirit reside. Now the body bears the spirit a slow chariot whose wheels are often disabled and whose swiftest motion is but labored and tardy. Then the spirit will bear the body be a glorified body carrying it on wings of thought with whatsoever it will. That’s what Dr. Gordon said. I happen to like it. Let me read it again so you can catch it. Now the body bears a spirit, a slow chariot whose wheels are often disabled and whose swiftest motion is but labored and tartar. Then when we get a glorified body the spirit will bear the body carried on wings of thought with us, whoever it will. So what all does that mean? I’m not going to conjecture and I’m not going to try to figure it out. But I know when we have a glorified body. These things now listen, you and I that are saved we’re a new creation in Christ. Right? We are a new man. But we’re also residing still in the old man. There’s two natures in a Christian. But we were going to drop that old nature one of these days and we’re going to get a glorified body. Never more to see that old man again. Hallelujah. Those trials that come, the temptations that come, the sorrows that come and afflict the old man that’s gone forever, gone for good. And we can serve the Lord unhindered and undistracted by those things. That’s what that means. Okay, number 50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. There has to be a regeneration. There has to be a new birth. Just because you’ve been born once in this world, maybe you’ve been born and you’ve made a profession of faith, but there’s never been a true conversion. If there’s never been a true conversion, then you’re not going to heaven. The Bible says that you’ve got to be born again, born of the Spirit. That’s how we get eternal life. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. I cannot go as I am in this body to heaven. I can’t enter into heaven in this body. God has to give me a new body. I have eternal life because I’ve trusted in Jesus Christ. And if you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you too have eternal life. You’ll get a glorified body. But this body cannot enter into heaven. It has to be changed. It has to be transformed. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Neither does corruption in corruption. Behold, I show you a mystery. Now, the mystery is something that’s been previously hidden, but now is going to be revealed to the Spirit of God. He said, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. And I know, just as a passing side note, I love how the Bible talks about death. For the Christian, just about sleeping. Soul is not asleep. The spirit is not asleep. Be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. What’s sleeping? The body. The body’s sleeping. But the body. If the body is sleeping, what happens after a while, after you sleep, you wake up, right? For mommy and mothers, the wake up time is a lot sooner than for fathers. Most of the time you got children to deal with. But anyway, there is a time when a body will be awoken and will be changed. It says, we shall not all sleep, we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Let me back up for a minute. Philippians 320 verse 21 Epilips 320 and 21. For our conversation is in heaven from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like in his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even us to do all things unto Himself. Say brother, how is he going to do that? Well, again remind you he made everything out of nothing. This will be no problem to Him. We’ll know each other as we are known here. There’s differences between the old man, the new man. I thought this was interesting. Christians are not merely improved human beings. It’s a new life altogether. Bible says one Corinthians 517 therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away beyond all things become new. We just haven’t improved ourselves in society as a Christian. We are a completely new creature in Christ Jesus. We’ve been born again, our spirits been made alive. That’s why we can see things through the word of God that this world laughs at and can’t see. There’s a difference in the sphere of life. We read those verses, but just as definite and material as this body is, so too will be our glorified body. Think about the Lord himself when he rose from the grave. He ate the honeycomb, didn’t he? Ate the fish. He said, reach, hither, touch it under the Thomas. Reach, hither thy finger and see the nail prints in my hands and the scar in my side. We will bear his image as well. We’ll have a glorified body, just as he is a glorified body. There should also be a difference in our character of life, though. As we bear the image of the earthy, we should also bear the image of the heavenly. You and I have no problem acting like Father Adam, do we? I have no problem acting like my earthly father. There’s a lot of similarities there, and there’s a lot of things that would get me in trouble. And same with my children. When they’re in trouble, they act like their mother. And I’m just kidding. They act like their father. I get them in trouble a lot. You have no problems acting like your parents, your family. We should act like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He’s bought us, he’s saved us, he’s indwelled us with the Spirit of God. He leads us and directs us. We should have a new character of our life. It should be walking according to the Lord. The old man followed after the things of the world, right? We should follow after the things of God because we’re a new creation in Christ Jesus. There’s going to be a change, and we’re talking about that now. It’s going to be sudden in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. The trumpets in the Bible were significant. They were often used to signal an assembly. At the first trumpet, it might be to assemble the leaders, but at the second or the last trumpet, it was for a general call to all the people. And I know this is not the last trumpet that’s going to be sounded in time because there’s a trumpets in Revelation. This is not the same. This is not the trumpets of Revelation eleven. I think it is. This is a trumpet that’s going to be sounded by God. The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. That’s what we’re listening for. We’re not listening for something to happen in the news, although it’s interesting to see things come together. We’re listening for the trumpet and for the Lord himself to descend from heaven with a shout. I’m looking forward to that, aren’t you? That’s not going to be a sound that the whole world hears. You got to be tuned to heaven’s frequency. And only Christians are tuned to heaven’s frequency. Listen, there’s radio waves bouncing all through here. It’s why we probably have so many health problems. We do have. There’s radio waves everywhere. Unless you’re tuned to that frequency, you can’t pick up on the sounds. The Christians are going to hear that trumpet. The world’s not going to hear it. They’re not going to know what happened. They’re going to believe a lie. But you and I are going to be caught up, be forever with the Lord. At that moment we shall be changed. We are who are living. We won’t pass through death. We won’t even have to go through that. We’ll be changed in an instant. And we’ll have our glorified bodies and be with our loved ones and with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality, never to die again. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. Old death, where is thy sting? Old grave, where is thy victory? Right now, death has a sting to it. Grave seems to have a victory. You know what? That’s short lived. One of these days when we get there, and we are in that day when the trumpet sounds and we’re with our Lord and Savior, with our loved ones, we’re going to look back and say, you know, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. It flew by, it was worth everything. We’re going to say, Old grave, where’s your thing now, big boy? Right. We’ll say, Old grave, where is your victory? That victory is defeated. It’s nullified, it’s taken away. There is no more victory. The sin of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. How do we have that victory? It’s through Jesus Christ. What we talked about this morning. Because Jesus rose from the grave, he’s the first fruits. There’s more to come. We’re going to follow after that’s, our blessed hope. So with all of that said, we’ve got so much to look forward to. As we mentioned this morning, there’s an application, though. How should we be living today if heaven is our home, and it is if you’re saved. If we have that hope that we’re looking for, that should change the way we live today, shouldn’t it? That should change our the times that we get discouraged. We should be able to look up and say, hey, I’m just passing through. This world is not my home. I’m not going to be here forever. There’s going to be a day coming when my change shall come and I’m going to be with the Lord and all this is going to be gone. He says that in verse number 58. We’ll get to that in a minute. But it gives us a proper perspective of who’s in charge. It’s God. God’s in charge. World leaders aren’t in charge. The leader in China, he’s not in charge. One that is in DC, he’s not in charge. God is in charge, and God will always be in charge. Isaiah 25 eight says he will swallow up death in victory and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces. That’s a blessing. That’s what we’re looking forward to. It gives us a perspective of who’s in charge, that’s God gives us a perspective of what really matters. Those things that we stress over and we fret over and we spend our wheels trying to get, none of that really matters. When you have the blessed hope in front of you, when you have the resurrection in front of you, all those trinkets and toys that the devil throws out there wanting you to distract you from what God has for you, you get your proper perspective back where it should be. None of the other stuff matters. It all goes by the wayside. We’ve got so much more. We’ve got things that are eternal. The trinkets that the devil offers are just temporary and they come with strings attached. The devil will offer you something, but as the saying goes, it’ll take you farther than you want to go. You’ll pay a price far more than you want to pay. So it should affect our behavior and actions. It should give us a proper perspective on one another. We’re all in this together, right? We’re serving the Lord together. Chapter 14, verse three. Let’s look over there real quick. It says that he that prophesied speaketh unto men to edification and exhortation and comfort. Edification is building up exhortation as advising and comfort. We know what that is. You know what I don’t know? This is talking about somebody that’s using the gift of prophesying. But we should all be identifiers one another. Bealing one another up, should be exhorting one another, encouraging one another, advising one another. Should be comforting one another. Chapter 13. The whole chapter is on love, having love one for another. See, they were worried. This group of people was more worried about their abilities and their gifts than they were about one another. And God is using Paul to say, listen, that’s not important. What’s important is you’ve got a much brighter future ahead of you. You’ve got the Lord’s presence now. You’ve got heaven. Soon you’ve. Got a glorious hope in the Lord. None of that matters. So what that means is you ought to help one another now through this life, working together. Because you’re going to spend a long time with them. You’re going to spend forever with them. So he says, Verse number 58 therefore, my beloved brother, and be ye steadfast unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. For as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord, no one does. It give me proper perspective. It gives me motivation to continue in the Lord’s work. And we’ve talked about that before. Being said, fast means fixed firm, not wavering, settled, no matter what turns up. We were committed to a purpose. We’re not wavering in our purpose for the Lord. We’re not wavering in our labor for the Lord. Hebrews twelve two. Dad mentioned that this morning. Looking unto Jesus the altar and finish of our faith. That’s how you remain steadfast no matter what the world throws at you, you’re steadfast and your commitment, your commitment to the house of God, to the offerings that we give to the Lord. To support the work here in the church house, the general fund to support the mission fund, the mission’s budget. So we send missionaries out to grab tracks and give the gospel out as we go. You’re committed to doing what God would have us do, to keeping the lights on on Sunday night. Amen. To come in and open the doors Wednesday night, having church service on Wednesday night. We’re unwavering. We’re steadfast. No matter what the world goes our way. We’re steadfast because we’ve got a brighter hope in this world, has we’ve got a living savior be steadfast unmovable. That means faithful, not moving. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, continuing and prospering. God wants you to be prosperous, even spiritually. Even in this dark world you realize that we don’t have to succumb to the world around us. God wants to be different, but he wants us to prosper spiritually in this world. For as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord, when the Lord returns, he’s bringing his reward with him. I want you to turn to One John, chapter three, verse three. While you’re turning there, let me read Revelation 22, verse twelve. And behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be. We could look back, and I don’t know that we will tonight just for sake of time. But when dad went through Hebrews eleven and those last eight or nine verses talks about those being tormented, afflicted, song, asunder of whom the world was not worthy, you know what the Bible says. Verse number 39. These all having obtained a good report through faith, received not to promise God. Having provided some better thing for us, they without us should not be made perfect. You know what they were looking for? This day of a resurrection. You and I are looking for this day of a resurrection. That faith in that day helped them through those difficult times. It’s going to help us through those difficult times. And one of these days, we and they will rejoice together, looking back and saying what light affliction we went through. And I think we as Americans could really say that what light affliction we’ve gone through. But first on three, verse two first. And then we’ll look at verse number three. Beloved, now are we the sons of God and doth not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Verse three. And every man that hath this hope in him purifies himself even as he is pure. It’s been said before, but for someone to name the name of Christ and live like a junkyard dog doesn’t fit. Something’s wrong. If you can live and act any way you please and never be convicted by it, never be I feel sorry for it, then something’s wrong. You need to get saved. You need to ask the Lord to convict you and to save you. Because this hope in a person will purify the person. Not saying the person will be perfect, but he will want to do what’s right. It will change his desires to do what’s right. When he does something that isn’t right, he’s convicted of it immediately. The Lord shows him where he’s wrong and he’s convicted of it because we want to be pure even as he is pure. That’s that’s the that’s the desire that God gives. The Christian has a purifying effect. When we think about heaven, think about the Lord returning, it should have a purifying effect. We’ll stop here. But God’s bringing his reward with him. He’s working out his purpose. If no one else sees or appreciates your work, God sees. God will bring the reward with him. Here’s the question. Are you ready to meet Him? If he would have come right now, would you have any regrets? I can tell you I don’t know. I know I wouldn’t want to answer that. There are things that I wish I would have done more. How about you? Do we believe he’s coming? Believe he’s coming. We believe in the resurrection, believe in a better life than this. We do, don’t we? Let’s live like it. Let’s not let this world steal our joy. They don’t have a clue, and I say that respectfully. They don’t have a clue of what’s in store for the Christian. You and I do. So we ought to live like it. Amen. All right. Let’s standpound and eyes closed. Resurrection is not something that just should be. We thought of at a graveside when somebody passes. That’s a blessed hope for us. Even now as we go through this life do you have that blessed hope? You know you’re saved. If you don’t, I would beg you to ask Lord to save you. Tonight we’ll take the Bible will show you how to be saved. But listen, if you can go through life and not be convicted of things when you do something that’s not of God the Bible says you’re not saved. That’s not Brother Eric saying it’s not somebody else saying that’s what the Bible says. Need to get right. Good place to do that is an old fashioned altar. It shows God you’re humbling yourself before him, repenting of your sins, saying, Lord, I know I’m a sinner. Please save me. If you know that, you know you’re saved. Just slip up your hand as a testimony, you put your hands down. Why don’t we live like it? Let’s do our best this week to remember who we are as God’s saved people, not of ourselves. What God’s done, let’s remember what God has done in our life, where we’re headed, and let’s live like it. Let’s be a testimony of this dark world that we’re in. Heavenly Father, lord, I pray that you use this use your word to speak to our hearts. Lord, show us where we’ve wandered from you where we’re wrong. Show us help us to get right. Help us to keep this in the forefront of our mind, the forefront of our heart and live for you like we should. Lord, help us to be faithful, be steadfast, unmovable. Always abounding in the work of the Lord until Jesus comes. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.