Our Hope Beyond the Grave (Part 2)

What do we do when the Bible seems to contradict itself? It is not good enough to choose only those passages which seemingly support one's already established view on any given subject. If the bible is indeed inspired, there should be a definite harmony throughout its pages and teachings. Therefore, having established the fact that the vast bulk of verses dealing with the nature of humanity clearly indicate that we are not immortal in spirit, it is important that we give due consideration to those Bible texts which are often used to substantiate the idea of the immortality of the soul.

Furthermore, what are the implications of conditional immortality for the popular understanding of an eternally burning hell? Where is hell? What is the purpose for hell? How long will hell burn for? This presentation will answer these questions an numerous others.

Our Hope Beyond the Grave (Part 1)

Have you ever thought about the following questions:

If the dead don't really die, but go straight to heaven, why does the Bible describe them has having no cognitive, emotional, physical, social or spiritual facets? What's the point of a resurrection - as taught in the Bible - if the dead go straight to heaven when they die? Furthermore, if we go straight to heaven when we die, why does the Bible say that Jesus only gives out the rewards of eternal life and eternal death at his coming? How do we harmonize the idea that the wages of sin is death with the idea that death is not really dying, but simply a change in state of being - either eternal life in heaven or eternal life in hell? As long as sin and sinners exist in hell, can the plan of salvation actually accomplish its goal, in the ultimate sense, of removing all traces of sin from God's universe?

The Bible presents beautifully clear answers to these questions.

Our Immortal God

God is the only being in all of the universe who has life unborrowed, underived and original. On the other hand, all of creation receives life as a gift from God. Unfortunately, when sin entered into the human experience it brought with it the inevitable consequence of death. But why is death 'inevitable'? More importantly, what is death in its essence? In order to understand this, one must understand what happened at the creation event and how sin impacted upon God's original intention behind creation.

Our Resurrection & Life

Death will not be the victor! It is simply a brief interruption. The Bible describes the experience of death as "sleep" - a word that highlights death's temporary nature. Looking beyond the immediate sense of loss and pain, Scripture offers great consolation and hope, pointing forward to a day when Jesus' return will act as a divine alarm clock, waking the dead from their temporary sleep to an eternal morning of youthful vigor. It is no wonder that the last sentence in 1 Thessalonians 4 says, "Therefore comfort one another with these words."

Our Returning King of Kings

Have you ever longed for a better world? Imagine a place where there will be no more pain, suffering or death. The salvation offered through Jesus not only provides forgiveness from sin and the power of true transformation; it culminates with final redemption from this world’s environment of sin when Jesus returns as King of Kings. Nothing is more important than being ready for this great event. Preparedness for the second coming of Jesus is not something to neglect or take lightly. Upon this depends your eternal life and happiness.

Our Victorious Messiah

When one reads the four gospel accounts, which describe the last few hours of Jesus’ life as He hung upon the cross, there almost seems to be a contradiction. Yet upon closer examination a beautiful harmony will be found which illuminates the spiritual journey that Jesus undertook as humanity’s substitute. You’ll discover what humanity’s redemption cost heaven. While salvation is free to humanity, it was extremely expensive to heaven.

Our Great High Priest

In the corporate world today, it is possible to have a 3-D scale model printed of just about any architectural or engineering design prior to actual construction or manufacturing. The 3-D scale model, made of layers of glue and powder, enables the client to visually understand what the end product will look like and how it will function. Wouldn’t it be great if God gave His followers something similar to help them understand the practical aspects of His plan of salvation? The good news is that precisely such a model was given in the Old Testament - the earthly sanctuary, ceremonial laws and a human priesthood. Embedded within these practical enactments and religious practices were beautiful illustrations that can still be used as aids to faith in a New Testament era. Indeed, Jesus is our great High Priest in the Heavenly Sanctuary today. What a privilege it is to follow Him there by faith.

Our Listening Confidant

Have you ever wished for someone with a good listening ear - someone who you could trust with any feeling or information with absolute confidence that your secrets would not be broadcast abroad? We all need this kind of intimacy and freedom to be vulnerable. The good news is that you have a Father in heaven who wants to be your Confidant. Once you discover the joy and the empowerment that comes through a meaningful prayer experience, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. But how should one pray? What does meaningful prayer look like? Jesus’ disciples asked Him very similar questions. This episode in the Portraits of Jesus series explores the prayer life of Jesus Himself as a case study in meaningful and effective prayer.

Our Suffering Messiah

Have you ever asked where God is in the midst of tragedy, pain, or loss? Sometimes it’s difficult to see how there could possibly be a loving God when one is confronted with the horrific scenes of human life that play themselves out on planet Earth every day. Does God really care? If so, where is He when you’re hurting? Is God in anyway affected by this world’s sin and brokenness. The answer to these questions is absolutely YES! In this episode in the Portraits of Jesus series, Ps Adrian Webster unpacks a few Biblical passages that will reveal key concepts from the last few hours of Christ’s life as He was dying on the cross. Indeed sin, suffering, death and brokenness have all affected God in a profound, personal, first-hand manner. This amazing love and grace provide the strength to carry on despite this life’s tragedies.

Our Divine-Human Intercessor

Who is Jesus? Was He just a man? Some say He was God in human bodily form. If He is God incarnate, was His humanity authentically human? Or was it merely an illusion? In this first episode of the Portraits of Jesus series, Ps Adrian Webster examines the record of Scripture to determine what Jesus' own self-consciousness was in regard to the claim that He is divine. Also taken into consideration is the understanding of the disciples, the prophecies of the Old Testament as well as the general testimony of the New Testament writings. Furthermore, the Scriptural testimony in regard to the nature of Jesus humanity is also brought to bear on the subject. A beautiful harmony is revealed that brings confidence and assurance to a world in need of hope.