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					"Victory!" By Brother Ron Rathbun Sr. (04/06) Scripture Foundation: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Profession 1 This is the Living Word Of God. I am what it says I am I can do what it says I can do. I have what it says I have. For the Word of God is Spirit and Truth. I believe, I believe, I believe, The Living Word of Almighty God. (John 10:34 ref. Psalm 82:6) (1 Corinthians 6:19) (Philippians 4:13) (Hebrews 1:5, Psalm 2:7, Hebrews 5:5, ) (John 4:22) (2 Corinthians 4:13) (Acts 7:38, 7:37-39)

Scripture Foundation: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 “50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”[a] 55 “ O Death, where is your sting?[b] O Hades, where is your victory?”[c] 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Blessing of the Message; 1. Introduction: This is the time of the year we should consider how precious life is. A. The majority of the Jewish community enters the Passover celebration beginning April 11 13th Nissan 5766, and coming to a final close on 20th 2006 (22nd Nissan 5766), (Isru Chag “tie up the festival”). B. In contrast the Christian hope is not found in God’s consideration for animal’s blood but rather divine blood. 1. While many people are hoping for their creator’s a. Christians rejoice because we already have it. 2. We are not anticipating God’s faithfulness a. It was revealed upon a cross 2000 years ago. C. 1. This is the time of year we should consider how precious life is. 2. We should see life not in flesh and blood but in glory of God 3. Though the love of God we have eternal hope in Christ 4. Through Christ we have the key to overcoming the world and death itself 5. We must remain steadfast in Christ 6. We must remember Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega a. The Alpha and Omega of Creation b. The Beginning and the end of our time in this life.

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2. The Scripture foundation of 1:Corinthians 15:50-58 A. Paul tells us that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, 1. Speaking about corrupted flesh, damaged flesh, weakened flesh. a. After Adam and Eve sinned, humanity was wounded and weakened. b. Ran and hid. B. Moses returned from the mountain visit w/God 1. People responded in fear because Moses glowed from being in the presence of God. a. People could not endure even that residual glow. b. Moses had to wear a veil over his face. 3. When Jesus came He took an unassuming form, A. People already proved they could not bear the glory of God. 1. Because of the inward corrupt nature revealed by the fear of the Israelites. B. 1 John 1:5 “5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. “ 1. John 1:5 “5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.“ C. Jesus left behind His glory so He could walk among humanity. 1. He exemplified and attracted people with the truth of God. 2. Jesus came seeking us just as God came seeking Adam and Eve in the garden. a. When we turn to Jesus we must undergo change b. Corruption cannot inherit incorruption. 4. The teaching of resurrection. A. “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible” 1. One day the sleep of the dead WILL come to an end. 2. We will be changed. 3. The last trumpet shall sound. a. That is a war trumpet; it signals the victory of Jesus b. The defeat of those who served Satan to serve themselves. B. “52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” 1. All who have chosen the way of the world will perish with it. 2. Those who have chosen the Way of Christ will realize the promise of eternal life. a. The earth will rumble b. The ground will heave c. All creation will tremble d. Dirt will be thrown aside e. Headstones will be tossed back. f. Jesus has come and the dead are rising, rising, rising! g. Graves have opened. and Jesus is calling to His own. h. And we answer for we are risen for the Glory of God C. The faithful are faithfully risen 1. “the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 2. Changed. Mortal is clothed with immortality, a. Corruption is forever ended and incorruption is put on. 3. We have traveled the long winding road of darkness to the resurrection day a. That journey is over 4. Death is swallowed up in victory a. Exodus 15:3 “The LORD is a man of war. The LORD is His name.” 5. List to the words as God speaks to death a. He defies death. 6. Hosea 13:4 ““14 “ I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues. O Grave, I will be your destruction!
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Pity is hidden from My eyes” 1. God makes it clear and God will NOT change His mind 2. He will never accept death as an ally 3. People may thank death as a release from misery 4. God sees this world as temporary a. Death and sin have no victory, b. Death and sin are temporary. 5. God is at war with death and death lost 2000 years ago a. Death lost on the cross b. The defeat of death was proven in the Resurrection of Christ! D. Death is an invader. 1. Like cancer or any contagion a. It is unnatural. 2. God created Adam and Eve, all humanity to live a. We were not designed to die. 3. Death was no part of God’s ideal plan for us. a. In the scriptures we see God taunting death, provoking death even as He declares war upon death. b. The Word of God foretells the death of death! 4. “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “ O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 5. The key to life and death, heaven and hell A. Revelation 1:17-18 “17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,[a] “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. “ 1. NOTE who is holding the keys! 2. Not a religious leader or a religion 3. Not a church 4. JESUS is holding the keys! B. Jesus is holding the keys because Jesus is the one who died for us 1. It is by His divine power, death was defeated 2. It is by His divine power, He rose from the grave 3. It is by His divine power the grave, hell itself is defeated 4. Jesus is the ultimate authority over life and death, a. Jesus has the key that open the way no man can close. b. Jesus is coming to open the graves once and for all. 5. It is in Christ we find the keys, the way to overcoming death itself 6. Sin is the problem we face, not the law. A. God’s law just tells us what’s wrong. The Christian agree 1. The law is a reflection of God’s perfect character. 2. He knows he has broken that law, but he also knows that Jesus works in his heart through the Holy Spirit to change him, to prepare him for a different world. 3. That’s what this life is for. a. This life is granted us to give God time to change us. B. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” C. Christ gives us the victory. 7. Be Steadfast and Always Abounding: A. (58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work
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of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1. Therefore because the Christian has something to look forward to. 2. Therefore because we sorrow as others do for death 3. Therefore because we have hope 4. We believe in something greater a. Greater than ourselves b. Greater then the world c. Greater then death B. Through the power of God we can be steadfast, 1. Immovable, 2. Always abounding in the work of the Lord. C. Because our lives are not empty 1. Life is not but a curiosities, a question mark. 2. God has his plans for us 3. Death is the lost intruder D. God will remove the sting of death once and for all and death itself shall die. 1. And we the children of God will live! E. This is our hope. 1. For ourselves, our friends and our loved ones. 8. Jesus declares that He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. A. Too often even believers tend to live life remembering Jesus is the beginning 1. Forgetting He is also the end. 2. Everyday of our life is a day of responsibility 3. There is coming a day of accountability B. The same justice and Godly righteousness that allowed Christ to raise from the dead 1. Is the same justice that will condemn the wicked to eternal damnation C. Christianity is more than a mere club or a crutch for the week. 1. God is building a people even this very day. 2. God is calling each of us to ready ourselves for a greater destiny 3. A new life is awaiting each believer in Christ. D. Today is the day to begin walking with Christ. 1. He is an unfailing source of strength 2. Jesus will comfort you in times of sorrow. 3. Jesus will correct all that is broken in your world. Conclusion; 1. This is the time of year we should consider how precious life is. 2. We should see life not in flesh and blood but in glory of God 3. Though the love of God we have eternal hope in Christ 4. Through Christ we have the key to overcoming the world and death itself 5. We must remain steadfast in Christ 6. We must remember Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega a. The Alpha and Omega of Creation b. The Beginning and the end of our time in this life. Confession: If you never really understood what salvation was about, if you've been looking for salvation in the wrong ways and in the wrong places, or if this message has touched you to desire salvation we invite you to say this simple prayer and receive salvation today! Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for my sins. I accept you as the Son of the living God. I accept you as my Lord, and my God. I receive you as my personal Savior.
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I invite you into my life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Heal me, strengthen me, and lead me. I love you, Jesus. Closing: If you have Just said this prayer, you are on a new journey through this life. Satan does not like the idea that you no longer belong to hell. He wants to steal your salvation away from you. You need to find a Bible believing Church, any that preaches the un-compromised Word of God without corruptions from man. Then not only will you have your salvation, but you will learn through the Word of God how to use all the kingdom power and authority God have vested into you today.

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