Who Is Jesus? [video]

(Who is Jesus?) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson. Video Lesson.

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Do We Need A Human Mediator?

Do We Need A Human Mediator? Bible Question.

Question:

“Does a time ever come in the life of a Christian that he sins to the point that, even though he repents, he cannot pray for himself, but must have some righteous brother to pray for him?”

Answer:

The answer to your question is given clearly by the Word of God itself . . .

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,1 Timothy 2:3 – 5 (New American Standard Bible)

First, God wants all people to be saved. Second, there is one mediator between God and us – Jesus Christ. That just does not leave room for any other person to be a mediator between any Christian and God.

The Scripture show that the church of the Lord is “the household of God” (1 Timothy 3:15). Then the apostle Peter writes, “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:1 – 5)

Notice that we – Christians – are a holy priesthood. Christ is our High Priest (Hebrews 4:15, etc.). But each of us is a priest of God, and as such, we have access to God without the intervention of any other human being.

It is right and proper to ask others to pray for us (1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Hebrews 13:18; etc.). Quite often one feels the need to confess his sins and weaknesses to other brothers (James 5:16), and even to the church, so that they can pray for him. But when one repents, he can ask God to forgive him right then.

Our forgiveness is not based on someone else praying for us, for that would make that person a mediator through whom we must go to have access to God. Christ is the only mediator. That means your brother in Christ, the preacher, the elders, nor even the congregation can serve as a mediator. Your forgiveness is between you and God, with Christ as the advocate or intermediary.

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How We Know Jesus Rose From the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:1 – 8)

How We Know Jesus Rose From the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:1 – 8). Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. – 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 8 (New American Standard Bible)

Like the death of Jesus is an important event for believers, so is the resurrection of Jesus. But how do we know it actually happened. Complete one, two or all three of these research assignments that outlines evidence of Jesus’ resurrection.

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We know Jesus rose from the dead because He still changes lives (1 Corinthians 15:1, 2).

1. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11. What evidence did the Corinthians have that the resurrected Christ worked among them?

2. What testimony might the Corinthians  have heard from the apostle Paul that the resurrected Jesus made drastic changes in people’s lives? See Acts 13: 4 – 12; Acts 14:8 – 10; Acts 16:16 – 34.

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We know Jesus rose from the dead because we trust the reliability of God’s revelation (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

1. Study these Old Testament passages: Isaiah 53:1 – 7 and Zechariah 12:10, 11. What do they say about Christ’s death?

2. The Old Testament gave many hints that the Messiah would rise on the third day. Study Genesis 22:1 – 5, 12 – 14; Genesis 40:9 – 13; 2 Kings 20:1 – 11; Jonah 1:7 – 17. In these accounts what death sentences were commuted after three days?

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We know Jesus rose from the dead because of independent eyewitness accounts (1 Corinthians 15:5 – 8).

1. List the different witnesses of the resurrection that the apostle Paul mentioned in these verses. What facts about these witnesses would have convinced the Corinthians that Jesus had been raised from death?

2. Read Luke 24:13 – 35; John 20:24 – 28; and Acts 9:1 – 19. Some would argue that people imagined seeing a resurrected Jesus because they wanted to and expected to see Him. How do these accounts contradict that argument?

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