The plan is over time to do various short, easy weekly studies on different Biblical teachings – whether they be from God, or man-made. I also reserve the right for myself to be wrong at times. I don’t claim to know everything, and I’m continuing to grow just like everyone else. So let’s get on with it!
First of all we need to know what we believe, and why we believe it. Jesus lays the foundation for us in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Other books build upon these foundational principles. If we build upon any other foundation, our building is of hay and stubble(1Cor 3: 12). So I’ll start out first with the one and only strong foundation -which is Jesus Christ.
The writer of Hebrews explains to us what this foundation is, and that this foundation is laid before moving on to perfection – which we must do.
Heb 6: THEREFORE leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.
Paul speaks of this same principle in terms of building God’s temple – which is us – in Ephesians.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Belief in Jesus is essential to having eternal life.
John 11: 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Side note about the previous verses – what is meant by “belief” here is that we should make Jesus our Lord, and follow Him by obeying His commands. See this example.
James 2: 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Peter puts it all together by saying that because of the mercy of God, through faith we now have the hope of eternal life by the resurrection.
1Peter 1: 3 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, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Our faith in Jesus is in vain without His resurrection. If Jesus is not raised, how can we also hope to be?
1Cor 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
Hopefully you can see that the main point here is that we have a hope in our eternal salvation, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, through our faith in Him. This is the “good news”. There are also many different aspects to all of these verses discussed here, which I hope to eventually talk about in more detail later.