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1 “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury…” Victory Tabernacle Pastor Timothy Hinkle March 30, 2008

2 Today’s Docket This morning I want to distill the overwhelming data about the Resurrection into some bite-size chunks. And, I want to ask you to serve on a jury. Imagine this auditorium as a courtroom and each of you are sitting in the jury box.

3 Opening Argument In my opening argument I want to help you get the whole story right about what happened on that first Resurrection Sunday. With all the information available in the world today, I will show that most of it is irrelevant and not very useful. Its just data floating around cyberspace. It doesn’t really matter. What does matter supremely is whether or not Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus staked His entire reputation on the Resurrection -- if it didn’t happen, everything that Jesus said and did is open to question. In my opening argument I want to help you get the whole story right about what happened on that first Resurrection Sunday. With all the information available in the world today, I will show that most of it is irrelevant and not very useful. Its just data floating around cyberspace. It doesn’t really matter. What does matter supremely is whether or not Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus staked His entire reputation on the Resurrection -- if it didn’t happen, everything that Jesus said and did is open to question.

4 Opening Argument The issue before the court this morning is not that of a crime, but a claim -- a claim so spectacular and so crucial that it is either the cornerstone of Christianity or its fatal flaw. Members of the jury, the claim is that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead. The Resurrection is the supreme miracle of Christianity -- it’s at the very heart of the faith. If it never happened, Christianity collapses into mythology and billions of people have been deceived. If it did happen, it authenticates everything Jesus did and said -- and believers have the guarantee of eternal life and forgiveness of sins. The issue before the court this morning is not that of a crime, but a claim -- a claim so spectacular and so crucial that it is either the cornerstone of Christianity or its fatal flaw. Members of the jury, the claim is that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead. The Resurrection is the supreme miracle of Christianity -- it’s at the very heart of the faith. If it never happened, Christianity collapses into mythology and billions of people have been deceived. If it did happen, it authenticates everything Jesus did and said -- and believers have the guarantee of eternal life and forgiveness of sins.

5 Opening Argument Let me say it as strongly as the Apostle Paul said it in 1 Corinthians 15:17: Let me say it as strongly as the Apostle Paul said it in 1 Corinthians 15:17: “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” The Resurrection is either one of the most wicked, heartless, vicious hoaxes ever or it is the most fantastic fact of history. The Resurrection is either one of the most wicked, heartless, vicious hoaxes ever or it is the most fantastic fact of history.

6 Opening Argument I will show you overwhelming proof that Jesus Christ did exactly what He predicted He would do -- that on the third day He rose from the dead. Acts 1:3 states that “to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” I will show you overwhelming proof that Jesus Christ did exactly what He predicted He would do -- that on the third day He rose from the dead. Acts 1:3 states that “to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”

7 Opening Argument That’s what I intend to do this morning -- I’m going to present three pieces of evidence, that when taken together, will provide convincing proof that Jesus rose from the dead. That’s what I intend to do this morning -- I’m going to present three pieces of evidence, that when taken together, will provide convincing proof that Jesus rose from the dead.

8 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb The first piece of evidence I want to bring before the court is Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb. The Bible teaches that after professional executioners crucified Jesus, His corpse was placed in a solid rock tomb. After His body was covered with about 100 pounds of spices, it was extensively wrapped in strips of linen cloth. A very large stone, estimated to weigh about 2 tons, was then rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb. The first piece of evidence I want to bring before the court is Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb. The Bible teaches that after professional executioners crucified Jesus, His corpse was placed in a solid rock tomb. After His body was covered with about 100 pounds of spices, it was extensively wrapped in strips of linen cloth. A very large stone, estimated to weigh about 2 tons, was then rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb.

9 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb After this boulder was in place, a contingent of up to 16 Roman soldiers was assigned to secure the tomb. Some pictures you may have seen show one or two men standing around in “mini-skirts”, holding a spear in their hands. That’s simply not the case. These men were human fighting machines. These gladiators were trained to protect the area around the tomb against an entire battalion. After this boulder was in place, a contingent of up to 16 Roman soldiers was assigned to secure the tomb. Some pictures you may have seen show one or two men standing around in “mini-skirts”, holding a spear in their hands. That’s simply not the case. These men were human fighting machines. These gladiators were trained to protect the area around the tomb against an entire battalion.

10 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb Matthew 27:66 tells us that in addition to the Roman guard, they put a tamper- proof official Roman seal on the stone. Anyone who happened to make it past the Roman soldiers would then have to break this seal, thus incurring the wrath of the Roman law. Matthew 27:66 tells us that in addition to the Roman guard, they put a tamper- proof official Roman seal on the stone. Anyone who happened to make it past the Roman soldiers would then have to break this seal, thus incurring the wrath of the Roman law. “So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard” “So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard”

11 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb In spite of all these precautions – the stone, the soldiers, and the seal – the tomb was empty that first Resurrection Sunday morning! When the first people arrived to peer in, they saw only one thing: the blood- stained burial cloths, as if Jesus had materialized right through them. In spite of all these precautions – the stone, the soldiers, and the seal – the tomb was empty that first Resurrection Sunday morning! When the first people arrived to peer in, they saw only one thing: the blood- stained burial cloths, as if Jesus had materialized right through them.

12 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb The empty tomb serves as Exhibit A. It is a powerful testimony to the Resurrection of Jesus. Critics down through the years have not been able to refute the empty tomb -- instead they’ve come up with other possibilities. Maybe the disciples stole the body? But this seems far-fetched when you consider that this group of cowards would have had to overpower armed soldiers, roll away a two-ton boulder, dispose of the body, and then manufacture a myth about His resurrection -- a myth that they gave their lives for. That doesn’t seem plausible. The empty tomb serves as Exhibit A. It is a powerful testimony to the Resurrection of Jesus. Critics down through the years have not been able to refute the empty tomb -- instead they’ve come up with other possibilities. Maybe the disciples stole the body? But this seems far-fetched when you consider that this group of cowards would have had to overpower armed soldiers, roll away a two-ton boulder, dispose of the body, and then manufacture a myth about His resurrection -- a myth that they gave their lives for. That doesn’t seem plausible.

13 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb Another possibility would be that the religious leaders disposed of the body. But, this has some serious flaws as well. If they had removed the body, all they would have had to do is parade the remains through the streets of Jerusalem and they would have derailed Christianity from the very start. But, they couldn’t produce the body because the body was no longer dead -- Jesus had been raised to life again! Another possibility would be that the religious leaders disposed of the body. But, this has some serious flaws as well. If they had removed the body, all they would have had to do is parade the remains through the streets of Jerusalem and they would have derailed Christianity from the very start. But, they couldn’t produce the body because the body was no longer dead -- Jesus had been raised to life again!

14 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb Ladies and Gentlemen, Christianity rises or falls on the empty tomb. It is the one silent and infallible witness. Critics cannot explain it away. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then where is the body? Leaders of every other religion died and stayed dead -- their bones are decaying in the ground. That’s not the case with Jesus. He claimed that He would rise from the dead on the third day -- and that’s exactly what He did. The empty tomb validates His claim. Ladies and Gentlemen, Christianity rises or falls on the empty tomb. It is the one silent and infallible witness. Critics cannot explain it away. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then where is the body? Leaders of every other religion died and stayed dead -- their bones are decaying in the ground. That’s not the case with Jesus. He claimed that He would rise from the dead on the third day -- and that’s exactly what He did. The empty tomb validates His claim.

15 Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb While this alone provides substantial evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, I will grant you that this fact was not convincing in itself to the original followers of Jesus. Even though Jesus had predicted that He would rise from the dead, it’s obvious, from their behavior, that they were not expecting it. They needed more evidence -- something that would remove all doubt from their minds. While this alone provides substantial evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, I will grant you that this fact was not convincing in itself to the original followers of Jesus. Even though Jesus had predicted that He would rise from the dead, it’s obvious, from their behavior, that they were not expecting it. They needed more evidence -- something that would remove all doubt from their minds.

16 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Men and women of the jury, I’d now like to enter into evidence Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses. The early Christians did not believe Jesus had risen just because of the empty tomb -- they believed because they saw Him with their own eyes. When they talked to others about Jesus, they did not say, “We found an empty tomb,” instead, they said, “We saw Jesus alive!” Men and women of the jury, I’d now like to enter into evidence Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses. The early Christians did not believe Jesus had risen just because of the empty tomb -- they believed because they saw Him with their own eyes. When they talked to others about Jesus, they did not say, “We found an empty tomb,” instead, they said, “We saw Jesus alive!”

17 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses The most outstanding proof that Jesus rose from the dead is that more than 515 eyewitnesses saw him on 12 different occasions. Acts 1:1-3 says that, “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God..” The most outstanding proof that Jesus rose from the dead is that more than 515 eyewitnesses saw him on 12 different occasions. Acts 1:1-3 says that, “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God..”

18 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Jesus gave unquestionable proof that He was alive! After His resurrection, He made an appearance to a woman in the cemetery. Later that same day, He walked through a closed door and talked with his frightened followers who were huddled in Jerusalem. In the evening, he walked side by side with two men as they made their way down a road. He appeared to believers and doubters; to tough-minded people and tenderhearted souls. Jesus gave unquestionable proof that He was alive! After His resurrection, He made an appearance to a woman in the cemetery. Later that same day, He walked through a closed door and talked with his frightened followers who were huddled in Jerusalem. In the evening, he walked side by side with two men as they made their way down a road. He appeared to believers and doubters; to tough-minded people and tenderhearted souls.

19 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Several people saw Him on more than one occasion, some alone, and some with large groups; sometimes at night and sometimes during the day. The apostle Paul, when writing a letter to a group of new Christians, laid it all out in 1 Corinthians 15:3-6: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. ” Several people saw Him on more than one occasion, some alone, and some with large groups; sometimes at night and sometimes during the day. The apostle Paul, when writing a letter to a group of new Christians, laid it all out in 1 Corinthians 15:3-6: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. ”

20 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Two eyewitnesses are generally accepted as ample in any court of law. There were literally hundreds of accounts from eye witnesses that saw Jesus in the flesh and heard his teaching before he was witnessed ascending into heaven. Two eyewitnesses are generally accepted as ample in any court of law. There were literally hundreds of accounts from eye witnesses that saw Jesus in the flesh and heard his teaching before he was witnessed ascending into heaven.

21 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Now, imagine if there was one eyewitness who saw everything and testified that the story was true, many would be inclined to believe the account, wouldn’t they? How about if there were 3 eyewitnesses corroborating what happened? It’d be even stronger if 12 people were willing to testify. Now, imagine if there was one eyewitness who saw everything and testified that the story was true, many would be inclined to believe the account, wouldn’t they? How about if there were 3 eyewitnesses corroborating what happened? It’d be even stronger if 12 people were willing to testify.

22 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses The case would be even stronger if 100 people saw what happened. It would be airtight, and totally convincing if over 515 people were lined and saw everything unfold in front of their very eyes. I’ve never heard of a trial that had over 500 witnesses. Have you? The case would be even stronger if 100 people saw what happened. It would be airtight, and totally convincing if over 515 people were lined and saw everything unfold in front of their very eyes. I’ve never heard of a trial that had over 500 witnesses. Have you?

23 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses To put this in perspective, if we were to call each of them to the witness stand to be questioned and cross-examined for just 15 minutes each, and we went around the clock without a break, it would take from breakfast on Monday until dinner on Friday to hear them all. After listening to nearly 129 straight hours of eyewitness testimony, who could possibly walk away unconvinced? To put this in perspective, if we were to call each of them to the witness stand to be questioned and cross-examined for just 15 minutes each, and we went around the clock without a break, it would take from breakfast on Monday until dinner on Friday to hear them all. After listening to nearly 129 straight hours of eyewitness testimony, who could possibly walk away unconvinced?

24 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Friends, that’s how strong the case is for the resurrection of Jesus! Over 500 different individuals were willing to testify that they had seen the resurrected Christ. When Christianity was launched on the scene, these eyewitnesses were still alive and could be questioned. In effect, the early church could say, “If you don’t believe us, you can ask those who saw Him with their own eyes.” Friends, that’s how strong the case is for the resurrection of Jesus! Over 500 different individuals were willing to testify that they had seen the resurrected Christ. When Christianity was launched on the scene, these eyewitnesses were still alive and could be questioned. In effect, the early church could say, “If you don’t believe us, you can ask those who saw Him with their own eyes.”

25 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Peter, who was one of those eyewitnesses, got up one day and preached his first sermon. After summarizing what the prophets wrote about Jesus, and how Jesus lived, Peter laid out the details surrounding His death. A copy of his sermon notes has been preserved in the Bible. This is how he formulates his conclusion in Acts 2:32: “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.” It’s interesting that Peter preaches this sermon right in the heart of Jerusalem -- the very city where Jesus was crucified and buried. People knew the tomb was empty and that Jesus had appeared to hundreds of people -- it was verifiable. Peter, who was one of those eyewitnesses, got up one day and preached his first sermon. After summarizing what the prophets wrote about Jesus, and how Jesus lived, Peter laid out the details surrounding His death. A copy of his sermon notes has been preserved in the Bible. This is how he formulates his conclusion in Acts 2:32: “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.” It’s interesting that Peter preaches this sermon right in the heart of Jerusalem -- the very city where Jesus was crucified and buried. People knew the tomb was empty and that Jesus had appeared to hundreds of people -- it was verifiable.

26 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses Peter later wrote a letter that appears in the Bible. He wants his readers to know that he didn’t make the resurrection up -- he saw Jesus, he talked with Him, and even had a fish fry with Him on the beach one day. Here’s what he wrote in 2 Peter 1:16: “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” Peter later wrote a letter that appears in the Bible. He wants his readers to know that he didn’t make the resurrection up -- he saw Jesus, he talked with Him, and even had a fish fry with Him on the beach one day. Here’s what he wrote in 2 Peter 1:16: “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”

27 Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses As you ponder the facts that I’m presenting this morning, I urge you to consider: Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb and Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb and Exhibit B: The Multiple Witnesses. Exhibit B: The Multiple Witnesses.

28 Exhibit C: Changed Lives There’s one more compelling argument for the Resurrection. Distinguished members of the jury, I enter into evidence There’s one more compelling argument for the Resurrection. Distinguished members of the jury, I enter into evidence Exhibit C: Changed Lives. Those who met the Resurrected Jesus have had their lives totally transformed. The Resurrection is validated by the changed lives of His followers. Exhibit C: Changed Lives. Those who met the Resurrected Jesus have had their lives totally transformed. The Resurrection is validated by the changed lives of His followers.

29 Exhibit C: Changed Lives Something happened to radically reorient this original group of followers. After Jesus was put to death, the disciples scattered. The Bible tells us that they were gathered in a locked room on the top floor of a building. They were filled with fear. Their leader had been executed. What would happen to them now? Something happened to radically reorient this original group of followers. After Jesus was put to death, the disciples scattered. The Bible tells us that they were gathered in a locked room on the top floor of a building. They were filled with fear. Their leader had been executed. What would happen to them now?

30 Exhibit C: Changed Lives John 20:19-20 lets us in on a scene that would forever change their outlook -- and their lives: “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the John 20:19-20 lets us in on a scene that would forever change their outlook -- and their lives: “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.”

31 Exhibit C: Changed Lives Instead of confronting the disciples for not standing with Him in His time of need, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” This overwhelming peace cut through their own guilt and feelings of failure. Their fear was replaced with joy. Peter was changed from a coward who had denied Christ three times to a man of rock who became one of the pillars of the new church. Instead of confronting the disciples for not standing with Him in His time of need, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” This overwhelming peace cut through their own guilt and feelings of failure. Their fear was replaced with joy. Peter was changed from a coward who had denied Christ three times to a man of rock who became one of the pillars of the new church.

32 Exhibit C: Changed Lives These ordinary men were transformed from frightened wimps into one of the most effective missionary organizations the world has ever seen. Let me ask you a question: What motivated them to go everywhere and proclaim the message of the risen Christ? Was it for money? Power? Fame? No. These ordinary men were transformed from frightened wimps into one of the most effective missionary organizations the world has ever seen. Let me ask you a question: What motivated them to go everywhere and proclaim the message of the risen Christ? Was it for money? Power? Fame? No.

33 Exhibit C: Changed Lives Every one of them had come from doubt to determination, from confusion to conviction, from fear to faith. Listen to how they died and see if it sounds like they were just making up the Resurrection: Every one of them had come from doubt to determination, from confusion to conviction, from fear to faith. Listen to how they died and see if it sounds like they were just making up the Resurrection: Matthew was killed in EthiopiaMatthew was killed in Ethiopia Mark was dragged through the streets until he was deadMark was dragged through the streets until he was dead Peter was crucifiedPeter was crucified Simeon was crucifiedSimeon was crucified Andrew was crucifiedAndrew was crucified Philip was crucifiedPhilip was crucified James was beheadedJames was beheaded Bartholomew was flayed aliveBartholomew was flayed alive Thomas was pierced with lancesThomas was pierced with lances James, the less, was thrown from the temple and stoned to deathJames, the less, was thrown from the temple and stoned to death Jude was shot to death with arrowsJude was shot to death with arrows Paul was boiled in hot oil and beheadedPaul was boiled in hot oil and beheaded

34 Exhibit C: Changed Lives Members of the jury, may I suggest that the only thing that could have possibly changed their lives so dramatically was the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? Every one of these guys could have lived if they had said just one statement: “He is dead.” But they refused because they knew He was alive! Members of the jury, may I suggest that the only thing that could have possibly changed their lives so dramatically was the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? Every one of these guys could have lived if they had said just one statement: “He is dead.” But they refused because they knew He was alive!

35 Exhibit C: Changed Lives Exhibit C is changed lives. Not only did the resurrected Christ impact this group of individuals, His life-changing power has transformed people from the third decade of the first century down through today. The combined testimony of changed lives attributed to the risen Christ runs into the billions. From every race and tribe and language and nationality in the world. Despite the various intellectual and social backgrounds, believers are united in their conviction that Jesus Christ is alive. Exhibit C is changed lives. Not only did the resurrected Christ impact this group of individuals, His life-changing power has transformed people from the third decade of the first century down through today. The combined testimony of changed lives attributed to the risen Christ runs into the billions. From every race and tribe and language and nationality in the world. Despite the various intellectual and social backgrounds, believers are united in their conviction that Jesus Christ is alive.

36 Exhibit C: Changed Lives Jesus has changed my life. And, from talking to many of you, I know that He has changed yours as well. His life-changing power is just as available to us today as it was to that group of frightened followers on Easter Sunday night. Jesus has changed my life. And, from talking to many of you, I know that He has changed yours as well. His life-changing power is just as available to us today as it was to that group of frightened followers on Easter Sunday night.

37 Closing Argument I would now like to make my closing argument. In considering the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, thinking men and women will take the time to sort through all the available information and study the evidence. First of all, how do you explain away the empty tomb? Second, how do you argue against multiple witnesses? Finally, how do you get away from the fact that the Resurrected Christ changes lives? I would now like to make my closing argument. In considering the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, thinking men and women will take the time to sort through all the available information and study the evidence. First of all, how do you explain away the empty tomb? Second, how do you argue against multiple witnesses? Finally, how do you get away from the fact that the Resurrected Christ changes lives?

38 Closing Argument The evidence is strong and compelling. In fact, many skeptics have approached the resurrection with the goal of disproving it. As they gathered all the data, they discovered that the evidence demands a verdict. Members of the jury, what’s your verdict on the Resurrection? The evidence is strong and compelling. In fact, many skeptics have approached the resurrection with the goal of disproving it. As they gathered all the data, they discovered that the evidence demands a verdict. Members of the jury, what’s your verdict on the Resurrection?

39 Closing Argument Though you might agree with the strong evidence for the Resurrection, some of you are bored with it. It doesn’t do much for you. The data, simply put, does not seem relevant to your life. I’d be the first to admit, that as an Info Junkie, some news makes me snooze. I’m a lot like you -- I want some news that I can use. Though you might agree with the strong evidence for the Resurrection, some of you are bored with it. It doesn’t do much for you. The data, simply put, does not seem relevant to your life. I’d be the first to admit, that as an Info Junkie, some news makes me snooze. I’m a lot like you -- I want some news that I can use.

40 Closing Argument Before you just file this service away to get lost in the never ending avalanche of bits and bytes of data, I want to close my case by arguing that the Resurrection is full of news that you can use -- it applies in a remarkable way to your life. Before you just file this service away to get lost in the never ending avalanche of bits and bytes of data, I want to close my case by arguing that the Resurrection is full of news that you can use -- it applies in a remarkable way to your life. Why? Why?

41 Relevance to You! John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”


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