Bible 1 Yr – Day 70 – Peter raises the Dead

Today we read some very dramatic events. Saul is converted and is on fire for the Lord. He preaches boldly, so much so that his life is threatened. He escapes at night to Jerusalem and joins up with the Apostles.

Then we read of an incident that is truly remarkable but seems almost routine to the Apostles and the writer. Peter raises a woman from the dead. This woman is named Tabitha (aka Dorcas). What is particularly interesting is that it seems that she is raised from the dead as a reward for all the good works she had been doing. The bible states:

She was full of good works and acts of charity.

And

And when he [Peter] arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that [Tabitha] Dorcas made while she was with them.

Why does the Holy Spirit inspire the author to point out the good works of Tabitha? The answer is obvious – he cares what you do.

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5 Responses to Bible 1 Yr – Day 70 – Peter raises the Dead

  1. Jon musso says:

    Of course he cares what you do it’s the santification of the justification he gave you through the life, death and resurrection! A God that dies for your sin should be honored in how you live!

    • Amen brother. But what if you didn’t honor him. What if you were justified but did no good works. Or did predominately bad works?

      • Jon musso says:

        Than you never truly believed! Belief in the savior changes are outlook on works! I want to honor God by my works it’s a sign of genuine convicting faith!

        I actually think we agree on this point we probably are a little different in the implication of works, but I actually think Protestant and the reform movements fall short in this area and Catholics get it right! I think Catholicism emphasizes works more clearly, and I appreciate your postion! Where we would disagree is justification! Works I think is hard for the reformers, because james and the gospels, pull against the reformers hermeneutic in how they read Paul! God bless

  2. I’m glad your starting to see that we agree more than we disagree (something I’ve been saying for years). I don’t buy this “then you never truly believed” idea though. I have no doubt that you truly believe. Have you stopped sinning completely? Now that you truly believe do you never sin? I’m looking forward to seeing the YouTube video of you walking on water!

    Of course, we all know we all sin, even after our conversion but that does not mean that we never truly believed. That means we fall short of the mark b/c of our broken nature. That is what is so glorious about the doctrines of the body of Christ, the eternal nature of the offering of Jesus and the doctrine of works. Hebrews says that Christ lives forever to perpetually intercede for us. That means he is always in between us and the father. Picking us up after we fall, reconciling us and sanctifying us. In once sense this was done “once and for all” and in another sense it is process. Because God is infinite BOTH senses are true at the same time.

    This connects to the idea of the Body of Christ. We are so radically connected to the Body that our works are meritorious b/c they are His works. We are his hands in the world today. What I do for him, I do with him, through him and in him. What I do for him is the same as if He did it himself b/c “it is not I who live but Christ who lives in me.” It is not us down here and God and infinite gulf away in heaven. We are joined together in a radical way that bridges that gap to make us one body.

  3. paul kalland says:

    “What is particularly interesting is that it seems that she is raised from the dead as a reward for all the good works she had been doing.”

    God does what He does for His reasons and we do good works not because the church or James commands us but because HE FIRST LOVED US.
    We respond to God’s incredible grace and mercy with obedience and BEING and then good works out of a cheerful and grateful heart.

    you must remember what Paul said of works: filthy rags…etc.

    If works are done out of gratitude for God’s incredible grace and mercy and not as Martha would do works or the Pharisees would do works (they both miss the heart and mind connection to God)

    there is no way to earn one’s way to heaven or work out one’s salvation.
    Christ alone does that. Our works can be and must be in total service without looking for favor or engaging in one upsmanship. Think of those who are infirmed and literally cannot move. They can serve by verbally witnessing for Christ or praying, etc.

    We respond because he FIRST loved us. We are all becoming.

    pax vobiscum

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