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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Resurrection to Life and to Death

by Wally Fry

The Resurrection to Life and to Death

John 5:25-30

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation,” John 5:28, 29.

Friends, despite what all of the so-called science might try to teach us, we do not simply cease to exist when our physical lives end. Back in Genesis, we see where “the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). At the moment God breathed life into us, we became eternal beings, and each of us will live into eternity.

Someday Jesus will speak, and all the dead from the ages will rise from their graves. Those who have done evil, rejected Jesus, will arise to face a forever of eternal damnation and separation from God. This is horribly sad, but not the point today.

There is another resurrection, and that is the resurrection of “they that have done good” (verse 29) which means saved by God’s grace. Those raised to this resurrection of life will be rewarded for what was done for Jesus in this life under the power of the Holy Spirit, and they will spend eternity worshiping our Lord.

This knowledge of our eventual, eternal resurrection to life should cause a couple of things to happen in the life of every believer. First, no matter what life hands us, what is coming will make it all worthwhile. Second, if we are to be evaluated and rewarded for what we do in this life, we ought to be busy living productively for our Lord Jesus.

JUST A THOUGHT: Are you headed for the resurrection 
of life or the resurrection of death?

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Reasons for Rejection

Friday, October 5

by Robert Brock

The Reasons for Rejection

John 5:38-42

“And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life,” John 5:40.

Beethoven began losing his hearing at thirty. By the time he was forty-four, he was completely deaf. However, outrageously beautiful music still poured from his soul. To this day, when pianists play his music, something wonderful moves the audiences. They are never the same as they were before they heard the music.

Fanny Crosby was blind, and she wrote of standing beside Jesus and touching the nail-scarred hands. She was delighted to know that Jesus was the first person she would see when she awoke in Heaven.

When someone loves something this much, his life reflects that love without even trying. Jesus said we live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Any other kind of living is not living; it is existing. There is a difference: one is fake and one is natural; one is vain religion and the other is worship. Jesus said to the woman at the well, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

When I was a crazy in love teen, the things of the world grew strangely dim, and all I could think of or see was the beloved. When that kind of love grows in a Christian who is growing in his faith, it is that Christianity is not a trudging on, not just a keep on keeping on, rather, it is higher ground.

These religious fakes rejected Jesus because of unbelief. Their lives were an excuse, the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.

THOUGHT: The more we know about Jesus and see Him working in our lives; the more we fall in love with Him. The more we fall in love with Him; the more we see Him working in our lives.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Promise of the Resurrection

Wednesday, October 3

by Robert Brock

The Promise of the Resurrection

John 5:25-29

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live,” John 5:25.

He will call the dead saints from the grave and join their perfect spirits to their perfect bodies. Those who are alive at His coming will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and all the saints will be raised to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). After the thousand year reign of Christ, He will resurrect the lost, judge them by their works and cast them into the lake of fire; this is the second death, “and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

In July 1984, Terry Wallis was nineteen years old who was plunged into a comatose state as a result of a car accident. Nineteen years later he woke up and said, “Mom and Pepsi.” When a saved person dies, his spirit is carried into the presence of God. In the resurrection he will rise and meet Jesus in the air “and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth” (John 5:28, 29).

THOUGHT: Saints who have passed from the walks of this life are dwelling in the presence of God. Time means nothing to them (2 Peter 3:8). Gone today but back in the twinkling of an eye.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Jews Raise a Technical Objection

Tuesday, October 2

by Robert Brock

The Jews Raise a Technical Objection

John 5:9-13

“He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk,” John 5:11.

“We also should walk in newness of life.…that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.…Likewise reckon ye also, yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:4, 6, 7, 11).

When Jesus died for the sins of the world, God counted His death in our place. When He arose from the grave, God saw all His children coming forth from the tomb. Therefore, when He sees His Son, He sees you and me standing before Him in Jesus’ righteousness which has been put on our account.

After one has died with Jesus and has been resurrected, it is only reasonable to expect his lifestyle to change. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He told Mary and Martha to help him out of his grave clothes. The home church of a new believer has a responsibility to help him to grow in his faith, and leave the old life behind and look to Jesus the author and finisher of his faith.

After being rescued from sure destruction, how far has serving Jesus in His church brought you in your walk? Sunday School helps one grow in Bible knowledge. Worship helps one’s light shine brighter when he goes into the world to serve.

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:11, 13).

THOUGHT: The Light of the world taught to walk in
my footsteps and you will walk in newness of life.

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