Gleans from Monday Bible Study with Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
DLBC Gbagada, Lagos HQ
12th November 2018
Study 66 – BELIEVING THE REPORT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION
Here we are seeing once again the revelation and appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ after He rose from the dead. He had appeared to Mary, John, Simon, the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, and the ten disciples, i.e. minus Judas Iscariot, and Thomas who was not in their midst at the time. When told by those ten disciples that Jesus had appeared to them, Thomas despised, rejected and looked away from their testimony “……. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). Eventually Jesus came again when Thomas was present; He knew his thoughts and all he had said: Jesus is Lord! He told Thomas what he said to the ten disciples, and He called him to His side to see, and Thomas believed and called Jesus my Lord and my God. “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
The principle of the world is, seeing is believing, but may the benefit, favour, grace and blessing of believing in Him without seeing Him in the physical, be yours in Jesus name.
“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came” (John 20:24). Thomas missed out on the revelation of Jesus Christ to the ten disciples because he was absent. This is why we are to not to forsake the assembly of ourselves together as believers (Hebrews 10:25). He missed the experience of seeing the Lord, the evidence of that Resurrection; he missed the great impartation of the peace of God coming into their hearts afresh, after their frustration and depression of his death and his absence in their midst, when the Lord Jesus Christ said, “Peace be unto you”; he missed the enduement of the Holy Ghost when Christ said, “Receive ye the Spirit” (John 20:19-23). There are people who act like Thomas, always missing fellowship days like the Bible Study, Retreats, Revival Hour, Combined Services. Like Thomas, they miss the great impartation of Christ at these services, but you will not miss out. Thomas missed the pronouncement and exposition of the Great Commission given by Christ, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). Pray that you will not miss out.
Point 1. THE INEXCUSABLE FAITHLESSNESS IN CHRIST’S RESURRECTION
John 20:24-27; Matthew 28:5-10; Luke 24:25-27,30-40; Matthew 16:21; 17:22-23; 24:35; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8,17-20; John 5:38; 8:24; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Hebrews 3:12-14,18-19
The unbelief of Thomas is neither excusable nor justified (John 20:24-27). The resurrection of Jesus Christ was affirmed and attested to by the angel, “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you” (Matthew 28:5-7). Thomas had no excuse. The women told the disciples as they were instructed by the angel and Jesus Christ that met them as well. If Thomas had listened he would not have missed out. Pray that you will not miss out, you will listen, hear and obey His word in Jesus Name.
Evidently, Christ convinced the disciples and gave them indisputable evidence and assurance that He is risen from the dead (Luke 24:36-40). He had even told them before it happened. “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day” (Matthew 16:21). This should have been enough for Thomas. The disciples had focused on His absence and not His Resurrection (Matthew 17:22-23). Thomas’ unbelief was inexcusable. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). The words of Christ are sure. Jesus’ resurrection was not secret, over five hundred disciples saw Him, “And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time” (1 Corinthians 15:5-8). Thomas had no excuse to say those unbelieving words. What if Christ did not show him mercy and he remained in his unbelief? “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). He could have missed the grace of God in salvation if he had remained in that unbelief concerning the Resurrection of Christ. Believing in the Resurrection of Christ is very important. The problem of Thomas was that he did not have the words of Christ abiding in him (John 5:38). There are many people today that do not believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; it is to their loss and perdition. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4). If we deny Him, He will deny us (2 Timothy 2:11-13). If Thomas had remained in that condition of unbelief, if Jesus had not been compassionate, favourable and merciful unto him, he would have not have gone to heaven (Hebrews 3:19). But you will enter into Heaven in Jesus Name
Point 2. OUR INDISPENSABLE FAITH IN CHRIST’S RESURRECTION
John 20:28,29; Isaiah 9:6; Jeremiah 23:5,6; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 1:20-23; 1 Timothy 3:16; John 20:29; Hebrews 11:1,27; Romans 4:18-25; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 5:7; Galatians 2:20
Eventually Thomas was convinced and declared his faith even beyond all the other disciples. He went back to the Old Testament, to call Jesus his Lord and God (Isaiah 9:6; Jeremiah 23:5-6 – The Lord our Righteousness). He believed from the depth of his heart the prophecies that had been written concerning Jesus Christ as Lord and the Express Image of God. The Father is saying that Jesus is also Lord, as the Messenger of the Covenant (Malachi 3:1). Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh (Matthew 1:20; 1 Timothy 3:16). But don’t limit Jesus Christ to just His Humanity, He is Lord and God. So we have seen the conviction, confirmation and confession of Thomas.
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Real faith is believing before you see, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). This is faith. Like Abraham “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. And being fully persuaded that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore IT WAS IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Romans 4:20-22). Do not walk by sight but by faith; don’t change your mind because of what you see. Hold on to God’s word, and believe, then you will experience the manifestation of your faith in Jesus Name. “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” (2 Corinthians 5:7). You cannot do both simultaneously. If you walk by faith, you will not walk by sight. We live by faith, by the promise of God and the words of Jesus Christ that cannot fail, and will be yes and amen in our life in Jesus Name. You will not be waiting until you see the answer to the promise or solution to the problem before you believe, and your life will be blessed.
Point 3. OUR INEXHAUSTIBLE FULLNESS THROUGH CHRIST’S RESURRECTION
John 20:30,31; 1 Peter 1:3-5,8
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:30-31). The reason we are studying all this is to see what we have as a result of that resurrection. That Jesus rose from the dead is indisputable and undoubtable. What do we have as a result of Christ’s Resurrection? You will have fullness of life as a result of His Resurrection.
- Salvation – Romans 10:9-10. If you don’t believe that Christ was raised from the dead, you cannot be saved. You may repent, weep, shed tears, turn over a new leaf, try to blush up your life yourself, try to live a clean life in your own efforts; if you don’t believe that Jesus died for you and that He rose from the dead, you cannot be saved.
- Sanctification – Hebrews 13:20,21; 1 Peter 1:21,22. You have to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ for you to be sanctified. Sanctification is also as we believe and it is not just trying to copy the life of Jesus, but the faith we have in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
- Spirit’s Baptism and Power – Acts 2:32-33,39. We have receive the promise of the Spirit, the baptism in the Holy Ghost because Christ has risen and ascended up to Heaven.
- Healing – Acts 3:15-16; Romans 8:11. We receive healing as we believe and He will quicken our mortal bodies.
- New Life – 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. Our new life in Christ as new creatures depends so much on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Identification with Christ – Ephesians 2:5,6. To be identified with Jesus Christ, and be seated with Him in heaven, you have to believe in His Resurrection.
- Power of His Resurrection – Philippians 3:10; Colossians 3:1-4. We have power of Resurrection and He gives us the fullness of blessings and benefits. Your life is protected and preserved, hid in Christ in God on the basis of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2).
- The Rapture – 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. It is faith in the resurrection that ensures the Rapture. To get to Heaven, you must go through the Way of the Cross.
Resurrection grants us justification, redemption, forgiveness, sanctification, Holy Ghost Baptism, Healing, Deliverance, a righteous life, being partakers of the Rapture and Heaven at last.
We believe in Jesus, in His Virgin Birth, Holy Life, Miracles, Words, Pronouncements, Prophecies, His death and resurrection, His coming again; and because we believe, see what is reserved and preserved for us, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5). We have this inheritance incorruptible, reserved in Heaven for us.
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). We are not waiting to see the holes and the prints of the nails in His hands. We have not seen, but we believe. And we are more bless than Thomas and those who are waiting for physical evidences. You will rejoice in this life, your name in heaven, prayers answered, sanctification in your heart, Holy Ghost baptism and power, and the power to keep on living victoriously, you will be joyful in Jesus Name. Then when the Lord shall come at the Rapture we shall be caught up to be with Him in the air. Your joy will be full even from today as you begin to verbalize your faith again in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Joy in your heart, life, soul, spirit, family, place of work and when those pearly gates open for you, as the saints go marching in, you will receive the welcome of our Heavenly Father and great will be your joy in Jesus Name.
Ponder on this! To get to Heaven, you must go through the Way of the Cross. Christ died for you, He was buried, and on the third day, He rose again; and then that Resurrection grants us justification, redemption, forgiveness, sanctification, Holy Ghost Baptism, Healing, Deliverance, a righteous life, being partakers of the Rapture and Heaven at last. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! Anyone that does not believe in the Resurrection of Jesus cannot partake in the Rapture. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Reflection – Believing in the Resurrection of Christ is very important; unbelief and faithlessness are inexcusable. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Hard Sayings! There are many people today that do not believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; it is to their loss and perdition. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Words on the Marble – Jesus rose again, and it was not a secret Resurrection. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
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