Its Own Body

by Terry Wane Benton Some brethren have gotten caught up in the AD 70 doctrine that the resurrection and only judgment happened in AD 70. They argue that the resurrection of “the body” is just a spiritual resurrection of the collective body of Christ (the church). So, they do some tripping around in I Corinthians…

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Claims of Contradictions in the Resurrection Accounts

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I John 1:1-4   I.         People who don’t want to hear a message will try to find some way to discredit either the messenger or the message             A.        If there is a perceived flaw, then they feel justified in tossing out everything they don’t want to accept             B.        Atheists and Muslims do this…

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Evidence of the Divine Authority of the Bible

by Benjamin Franklin The Gospel Preacher, Vol. 1, Sermon 1, 1870 Text: “To whom he showed himself alive, after his sufferings, by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:4). The Evangelist Luke, author of the book styled Acts of Apostles, made the statement just read, and now selected as a text for a discourse on the Divine…

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If the Dead Are Not Raised

by Matthew W. Bassford Recently, I attended this year’s Truth Lectures, which had as their theme eschatology, the study of the end times. Many of the lectures addressed preterism, the belief that the prophecies of the Bible all already have happened. In particular, preterists claim that the prophecies about the final judgment, the resurrection of…

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God’s Mornin’

 by Whit Sasser Cameron S. Smith tells a wonderful story. It is about the only white person in the state of Georgia buried in a cemetery reserved exclusively for African-Americans. This man had lost his mother when he was just a baby. His father, who never married again, hired a black woman named Mandy to…

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Jesus Predicting His Death

by Matthew W. Bassford Luke 18-19 chronicles the high point of Jesus’ ministry. He is on His way to Jerusalem, surrounded by an exultant crowd. According to Luke 19:11, the throngs believed that “the kingdom of God was going to appear right away.” In other words, they anticipated that when Jesus came to Jerusalem, He…

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The Timeline of the Resurrection

by Matthew W. Bassford Recently, I’ve become aware that there is this thing floating around on the Internet called “The Easter Challenge”. The inventor of this challenge is an atheist. He asserts that the Biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus contradict each other so significantly that they are clearly false and so provide no…

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Why did Jesus stay around for forty days after his resurrection?

Question: Good day, Brother Jeffrey, I am asking for your help regarding this question: Why did Jesus stay around for 40 days, after He came back from the grave, instead of going immediately into Heaven? I know you are busy answering hundreds of emails every day so I am sorry for adding another burden on…

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He Showed Himself Alive by Many Proofs

I.         The bodily resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of Christianity             A.        If it is not true, then our religion is a hoax             B.        I Cor. 15:12-19             C.        Our faith stands or falls on whether not the resurrection actually occurred. II.        Objections to a resurrection             A.        “It’s unscientific”                         1.         The Soviet Encyclopedia The concept of a resurrection “is found to be the…

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