The Apocalypse of God’s Righteousness

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For the earliest believers in Yeshua, his resurrection was the single most powerful event that had ever occurred.  It shattered the power of sin and proclaimed Yeshua to be the Son of God (Rom 1:4).  What was it that was so powerful about this event?  Why was it absolutely necessary for the plan of salvation for Messiah to be resurrected?  What was it about this Yeshua that attracted so many pagans to reject their gods, to reject their king (Caesar) and to follow another King?  We will look at the historical background to the first century world to discover how the city of Rome was able to control most of the known world through imperial cult worship and through the power of crucifixion and how Paul understood Yeshua as having crushed this empire.

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Messiah has been raised! And if Messiah has not been raised, then our proclaiming is meaningless and your faith also is meaningless. Moreover, we are found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that He raised up Messiah—whom He did not raise up, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Messiah has been raised. And if Messiah has not been raised, your faith is worthless—you are still in your sins.

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7 Comments

  1. chava on June 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Ryan… this series is going to be a great study and I can hardly wait to learn what you have to teach in Part 2!

    I had not thought much about the distances between the cities of the Diaspora and Jerusalem… well, I knew the geography in a general sort of way, but that taken together with the huge numbers of Jews living in these scattered places plus the need to pay their temple tax and the time it would take to travel to Jerusalem. I can see that I understood these distances only with reference to speed of movement in today’s world….where much travel is accomplished in hours. Not weeks, and certainly not months.

    It is also eye opening to see the poverty of most citizens of the Roman empire. And add that poverty to all the above, and I know I want to continue to glean from your good studies in this series! Thanks for sharing this with us, and bless you and your family. Hope to see you at Sukkot! ck

  2. Tyler Rosenquist on June 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Ryan that was great – nice set, you looked very – “Imperial” lol

  3. chava on June 29, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Re:Part 2
    This material is so interesting and important that I want to own the DVDs. I hope they are available because they should be shared. Or, maybe my granddaughter can tutor me on how to download them if that is possible. Thanks Ryan….excellent work once again.

  4. Teresa Casalino on July 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Really enjoying this series Ryan! Just finished part 2, it’s like being in a classroom! I did not know all that about Caesar! Thanks

  5. Teresa Casalino on July 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Loved this, I have struggled with the why of Yeshua’s crucifixion (as you know) and this was very graspable for me.

    Whoo-whoo – the Force is with us!! 😉 Thanks so much Ryan!

  6. Julie Rachor on February 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Todah rabah achi for such a blessed teaching

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