The First Resurrection

Read Luke 14:12 – 14. 

"And thou shalt be blessed: for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just" (v. 14).

   The first step in studying "The Parables of Jesus" is to define a parable. I understand a parable to be "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning" or significance. And Jesus was the Master in the use of parables to illustrate truth.

In our reading for today, there is a reference to "the resurrection of the just," sometimes called the first resurrection. One of the beautiful things about this first resurrection is that Jesus promises that the just will be repaid in eternity for the good things done on earth. In the exercise of Christian principles of living, we may do good things on earth that will never be repaid or known until eternity. But there God's children will be richly rewarded.

So set your affections on the rewards of eternity, and never let seeming ingratitude for your good works here rule your spirit.            (Leonard Sankey)

Moses esteemed "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward" (Hebrews 11:26).

Don't let our culture's thirst for instant gratification destroy the Christian hope of the resurrection the Bible promises

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Dec. 13, 2020: Preparing for Eternity

FOCUS TEXT: Luke 16:19-31

CENTRAL TRUTH: We cannot avoid responsibility for our actions.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this class my pupils will understand that what they do in this life determines what will happen to them in the life to come.


I. A Contrast in Life (Luke 16:19-21)

II. A Contrast in Death (Luke 16:22)

III. A Contrast in Eternity (Luke 16:23-31)

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The Accuracy of Bible Prophecy

Focus Text: Daniel 2:28-35, 44, 45; Revelation 11:15

Central Truth: Fulfilled Bible prophecies are an evidence of its divine authorship.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list some fulfilled prophecies of the Bible.

Lesson Outline
1. God of Kingdoms
2. Earthly Kingdoms
3. The Eternal Kingdom

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Why should the Christian anticipate the end of history?

In "God's Word for Today" Steve Oliver writes

At last, we come to the end of history as we know it, and yet it is but the first instant of eternity. As the angel continued the “tour” of New Jerusalem, John beheld other wonders — a river of life pouring forth from the throne of God, and the trees of life lining the river on both sides. Human history began in a garden paradise, and here God has brought it full circle, back to the ultimate garden paradise of which Eden was but a dim reflection. Here, rather than living with the possibility of expulsion for disobedience, the saints will reign “for ever and ever.”

Source: Christ, the Triumphant Lord: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 75.

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Forever With Christ

Lesson 13 - August 28, 2016
Focus Text: Revelation 22:1-14
Central Truth: All Christ's followers will one day live with Him in eternity. 
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify things in heaven which a Christian can look forward to.
Lesson Outline:

  1. Great Gifts (Revelation 22:1-5)
  2. A Great Promise (Revelation 22:6-16)
  3. A Great Invitation (Revelation 22:17-21)
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