Trust, say social scientists, is a basic human need. Yet you don’t need to be a social scientist to know that truth. You live it. You, as all of us, have an innate desire for trust. It’s faith, confidence, assurance, and certainty. It’s trust, and we all long for it.
Have you considered what the bodily resurrection of Jesus teaches us about our relationship of trust with God?
Written by the Apostle Paul a little more than 20 years after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, the passage above teaches us about trusting God. In verse 3, Paul writes that these topics—the gospel and the resurrection—are “of first importance.” These are foundational truths for Christ Followers. These four verses offer three lessons about our relationship of trust in God that we can learn from the resurrection.
God’s Word is True—I can depend on the Bible completely
Twice this passage says, “in accordance with the Scriptures.” In other words—just like God had written in the Bible before that time. Did you know there are 353 Old Testament prophecies of Jesus that came true in his life and recorded in the New Testament? Jesus himself predicted his resurrection. You can trust God at His Word. His Word is the Bible. If He can raise Jesus from the dead; He has power to handle your problems too.
God’s Love is Real—I can know Him personally
The word “gospel”—also mentioned twice in our passage—means “good news.” The Bible says “all have sinned” and that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23 and 6:23). That’s bad news. But the good news is that God loves us and invites us to know Him personally. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” states John 3:16. No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you have done, you can trust God’s love for you.
God’s Gift is Free—I can accept Jesus freely
Paul says the gospel was “received” by Christ Followers. God offers us a free gift of eternal salvation when we die and abundant life while we still live. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” says John 1:12. If you have never trusted Jesus as your personal Savior, you can do that right now. Pray to God; ask His forgiveness of your sins; commit yourself to follow Jesus. You can trust God for His free gift of eternal salvation.
You can depend on the Bible. You can be certain of God's love. You can accept Jesus as your Savior. The bodily resurrection of Jesus teaches us we can trust God with absolute certainty.
If you've yet to trust Christ as your personal Savior, speak to a Christ Follower you know or contact me.
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Thanks be to God for all the resurrection of Jesus is to us!