Summary: To establish that there are Christian Certainties that will provide hope and assurance to every saint. This lesson will deal with the so called rapture, 7 years of tribulation, and the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth.
1. Christ is Risen
2. Christ is Reigning
3. Christ is Returning
1. In the world in which we live there are many uncertainties. These are perilous time. Stock market and bank crashes, stocks up and down, once a good means of financial security-now uncertain. World peace is constantly threatened. Terrorism is on the rise, now even in America. Gang violence so terrible, it leaves doubt that our children or grand-children will even finish grade school, much less high school or college. Someone has said the only thing that is certain, is uncertainty itself. Beside these, still another issue plagues our world, our nation, and the church; and that is religious uncertainty. In the early 1980s, a national group survey thousands of religious leaders concerning, the virgin birth, the miracles of Christ, and the resurrection from the dead. Many denied all these biblical truths. Others had no doctrinal stand. And some of our own brethren doubted these spiritual truths. But, Paul affirmed three things in our lesson text, which we will share with you this day.
2. First, Paul affirms the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Many theories are advocated today concerning this vital doctrine and truth. There are many false doctrines concerning His resurrection. To mention a few, “he just swooned away, but did not die”; “his disciples stole the body”; “the women went to the wrong tomb”; and finally, “he was raised spiritually, but his body has been turned into gases and is being preserved somewhere as a memorial unto God.” But Paul, declared: "but now is Christ risen from the dead," 1 Corinthians 15:20. And, if there be no resurrection: "then we are men most miserable, yet in our sins, and without hope in this world and the one to come."
3. Secondly, Paul affirms that Christ is now reigning over his kingdom. And that we are subjects of his kingdom. He says: "for he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death," 1 Corinthians 15:25. Note, He reign NOW, and will continue till He returns. Not He will begin His reign when He comes! Christ was raise: for our justification; to declare his Sonship; to sit on David throne; and to reign over his kingdom, "as king of Kings and lord of Lords," until death shall be destroyed; when Jesus returns to claim his own.
4. Lastly, Paul affirms that Christ is returning. First, at his return, there will be a resurrection of the dead. He says: "for since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order; Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming..." Further, “He (Christ) shall deliver up the kingdom to God." Not set up his kingdom. Finally, "He (Christ) shall put down all rule, all authority and power." Not take it up. Unlike many religious leaders today; Paul does not speak of a teaching known today as the rapture; seven years of tribulation; or a 1000 year reign on earth when He comes. But, rather when He comes that will be "THE END," 1 Corinthians 15:21-24.