Category: Quick Scripture Reference Guide

The Afterlife

The Afterlife

The Bible has a lot to say about what happens when we die. In this QSRG we will look at some points the Bible makes about the afterlife.

 

  • There are two destinations (Luke 16:19-31)
  • Heaven is moments away (Luke 23:32-43)
  • Heaven has room for many people (John 14:1-14)
  • Heaven is the believer’s eternal home (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)
  • Hell is the eternal residence of fallen angels (2 Peter 2:1-11)
  • Hell is a prison (Jude 3-11)
  • Heaven holds God’s Throne Room (Revelation 7:9-17)
  • Believers will receive rewards (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
  • The wicked dead will appear before the Great White Throne (Revelation 22:11-15)

 

We hope that you will find this Quick Scripture Reference Guide to be helpful in beginning your study of the afterlife. Grace to you.

The Suffering Servant in the Psalms

The Suffering Servant in the Psalms

Many times Christ is portrayed as a Suffering Servant. In the Psalms there are 7 Prophetic references to Christ as Suffering Servant:

 

  • A worm and no man (22:6)
  • Poor and Needy (40:17)
  • A stranger unto his brethren (69:8)
  • Full of heaviness (69:20)
  • Poor and sorrowful (69:29)
  • A sparrow alone on the housetop (102:7)
  • Withered like grass (102:11)
“I AM” Statements in Genesis and Revelation

“I AM” Statements in Genesis and Revelation

God identifies Himself in Exodust 3:13 as I AM building on revelations He gave in Genesis and that description culminates in Revelation…

In Genesis God gives 7 I AM Statements:

  • Thy shield and thy exceeding great reward (15:1)
  • The Lord (15:7)
  • God Almighty (17:1 and 35:11)
  • the God of Abraham (26:24)
  • The God of Abraham and Isaac (28:13)
  • The God of Bethel (31:13)
  • The God of thy Father (46:3)

 

 

In Revelation, God’s identifier as I AM becomes triumphal declarations of who He is…

  • Alpha & Omega/ the Beginning and the End (1:8, 11, 17, 21:6, and 22:13)
  • He that liveth and was dead and is alive forevermore (1:18)
  • The Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star (22:16)
QSRG: The Ordo Salutis

QSRG: The Ordo Salutis

One of the most important topics a Christian will ever study is the Ordo Salutis, the Order of Salvation. When we study the Ordo Salutis, we are looking at the sequence of events in salvation leading up to the believer being glorified in Heaven. A Summary of the Ordo Salutis is found in Romans 8:29-30 and a more detailed Ordo Salutis will follow that.

Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
The full Ordo Salutis:

Election – God’s choice of a people to be saved took place before the world was made. (Ephesians 1:4)

Predestination – Election is God’s choice, and predestination is the pre-assigned destination marked out for those He chose, that being Heaven (Romans 8:29-30)

Outward Call/Gospel Call/Preaching of the word: saving faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 9:14, Romans 10:17)

Inward call: God the Holy Spirit speaks life to the elect’s dead human spirit, even as they hear the outward call of the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:22-24)

Faith: Belief and trust in the message of the gospel (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Conversion: One’s turning to God based on the gospel (Acts 26:18).

Perseverance: One’s continued true belief—remaining in the state of salvation (Jude 1:24).

Repentance: Changing one’s mind from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ (Acts 26:20).

Justification: God’s freeing of one from the penalty of sin—the pronouncement of “not guilty” on a sinner (Romans 5:9).

Sanctification: God’s separation of one from the lure of sin (2 Timothy 2:21).

Glorification: God’s final removal of all sin from the life and presence of one (in the eternal state) (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17).

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