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Is Christ the Creator, God? Part 9

The last creation just may be the original creation, it may not be a place but a condition! Ephesians 1:4 When Jesus went to become King of Kings and Lord of Lords and was presented His kingdom, dominion, and power, Daniel 7:44, when He was raised “to set on David’s throne,” did He return to a place or a circumstance? Heaven is a place, situation, circumstance; the context must decide. When one speaks of Heaven, most often speak of a “place” where God sets on His throne, they speak of a place, not a circumstance or situation. If one speaks of a place, they talk about where God IS, and one must ask themselves a question, just where is it that God is not? Since He is everywhere (even with us when we do not want Him to be), where would one GO to be with God? How about to worship services!! If we do not GO somewhere and God is everywhere, when what has stopped constant and continual existence with God means we can SPIRITUALLY exist in His presence being in the same place as He, where do we GO to be in that presence?? Would it not be that where we can GO where we can meet Him once a week is not considered? The saved who do not take of business here, lose!!
Once the problem of sin was resolved by the death of Christ, spiritual fellowship with God was remedied, yet we could not continually be in His presence, WHY? The Bible tells us the answer to this question. “Flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15:50 “For the flesh lust against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other” Galatians 5:17 The putting off of this fleshly body removes this war in this arena and one who had never put off this body of flesh could never expect to enter into a totally spiritual place. “For we that are in this tabernacle groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon that mortality (the ability for this body to not continue) might be swallowed up on life.” 2 Corinthians 5:4 Knowing that the physical body cannot last forever, we would never think that with a deteriorating tabernacle one would ever think of entering into an eternal, never-ending realm UNTIL we have prepared ourselves for that JOY!! We have never appreciated one of the benefits of the death of the physical body!! When we leave this body, when we have said our last good-byes, grieving is really out of place-it is not death for us to die!! We will never be “stripped of covering” as brother Paul writes: “If so being clothed we shall not be found naked.” 2 Corinthians 5:3 Once, the problem of the body is resolved in the resurrection, the thing that stopped our existence in the presence of an eternal Being has been resolved IF we have “labored to be pleasing to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:5-9
The “going to Heaven” is verbiage not found in the new Testament that I have found. Where this originated and why is open to guess, but the fact that it is an improper truth. Being “invited through the gates into the city” is another phrase that has found common usage which also cannot be found to relate to Heaven, as a separated place. The “city” mentioned here is the Church of Christ. This “city” has twelve gates, nor temple, light, or sin but it is not true that the Book tells us we are “invited into the gates of Heaven” that I can find!! If we obey the gospel and are “added” to this “city,” we are said to be in the “midst of the street of IT where no curse (of death-separation from God) shall be! Revelation 21-22. The It is the Church of Christ, not Heaven. If we cannot be separated from God, Matthew 16:18, when in the Church of Christ (if we walk in the Light, 1 John 1:1-9), how can we not understand that “where He is, there we are, also?” If we are in fellowship with Deity when we are added to the Body of Christ, the IT, all that awaits our being in His presence is the removing of that barrier that separates us from THEM!! When Paul gave the Revelation to John, Paul, by the Holy Spirit described the “Lamb’s Bride,” called her the IT, and told us we had a RIGHT to the “tree of life,” that is limited to one day because we “have entered in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14 This is not a description of anything but the Lord’s Supper!! It (she) is that which invites, and all “whosoever is athirst may come and take of the water of life (the message of the Spirit, John 7:39), freely.” Conclusion: to be “in Christ,” in the “Church of Christ,” is to be in Heaven, on earth! All that awaits our being in the continuous presence of Deity is the resurrection!! That remedies this separation just like the blood of Christ did the separation because of sin!! Imagine having Heaven: you were in IT, were added to IT, and you gave IT up!! and for what??, the body, that goes back to dust??

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 32

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it…” Matthew 26:26 How long, when eternity existed with Those who possessed the nature called God (for with Them it has never ceased to be), when time was not yet for we who are of the nature called human beings, did the Creator and Sustainer of all things, who had covenanted with Him who is called “The Father” to come and die for the sins of the yet uncreated, had He anxiously waited to get to introduce this observance that would declare the justification of His death? No other part of Christianity exonerates the purpose and glory of the sacrificed life like the Lord’s Supper, and when the Law of Moses was passing away, when the Patriarchal covenant was slipping into fulfillment; the Son of God from realms beyond our understanding held in His hands the representative of His sacrificed body!! No one could deny the life and its purpose after the introduction and observance of this Supper. He was holding it in His hands, the hands that was anxiously waiting to pay the price for our freedom by being nailed to an old rugged tree, the hands that held the hope of all the redeemed God’s sacrifice. For our hands that now hold this bread which declares Him free from sin also declares that our souls, when partaking, are declaring the new birth into which he or she has entered and that we are in a continuous covenant relationship with Christ!! Every time we partake of this broken bread, we are reaching back to a period when time did not exist and forward to His second coming! These were the hands of Sacrifice, not the hands of a hireling. These were not the hands of a coward, who some have taught who would cry to “get out of the death” that would purchase our freedom. These were not the hands controlled by human emotion and passion, for like ALL the events of the last week, these hands were in control of everything that was and would be taking place! These were the hands of the God’s sacrifice!!
God, the Father has not remained silent on this subject. The apostle Paul wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit; “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the world, and received up into glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16 God was declaring, defending, exonerating the death of His Son so we who are apart of His kingdom might “tarry long…in the house of God”, for it is she which supports and holds up to the eyes of all mankind, this truth of the glorified Son when she partakes!! 1 Timothy 3:15 God wrote a book, called the Revelation, so His children could know the fulfillment and completion of the death, burial, and resurrection (“those things which had just shortly come to pass,” which had been declared by the Old Testament prophets, Revelation 1:1-4), gave it to the Church of Christ by a special type of inspiration, Paul to John (as Paul had seen this revelation in Paradise but it had to be finalized through the Holy Spirit) just to justify the death of His Son!!
Here, He now stands, with this unleavened bread in His hands!! Something that been apart of every Passover, but who’s significance was not understood. It truly had been a long arduous journey from eternity to this point in time, but, He is not regulated by time, is He? God as Christ feared not to have set beside the devil’s representative when He arose to introduce this Supper. He did not worry that He would be able to carry out to the minutest detail the “mystery of the ages” (only some of His faithless children would teach that lie from Hell), nor did He consider in that night, a night so full of events, emotion, and history that this Supper might by His children be overlooked (it is only overlooked by they who are false Christ, false apostles, and teachers of damnation). He did not seem concerned that His request to “do this in remembrance of Me,” would be forgotten by all who have “born again.” For all we who are in the Kingdom of God’s dear Son partake of this bread EVERY first day of the week, as requested!! It is only the religious but lost, they “who partake and are damned,” and have no spiritual birthday to celebrate that mock this great event by “setting the table” when they get good and ready!!
Here, stands, the Captain of our salvation, the messenger of the covenant, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and the bright and morning star with the representative of His flesh in His hands and tells His apostles, save one, “I Am going to prepare a place for you,” the same message He gives everyone of us who partake every first day of the week!!! And to the denying, the weak, and the unlearned; He was not worried about dieing! He created death!! He is NOT HUMAN, HE IS GOD!!

Is Christ the Creator, God? Part 8

“Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool; where is the house that Ye build unto Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord; but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word.” Isaiah 66:1-2
This sets the place, time, and purpose of the discussion in Isaiah 66. This passage was quoted by brother Stephen in the sermon that cost him his life in Acts 7:49-50. To confuse the subject, time of fulfillment, and purpose of this text is not only impossible, but also dishonorable!! “Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be formed at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”
If the heart tremble at the Word, the ear will open to its message; “For all those thing hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord; but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word.”Isaiah 66:2 Isaiah had decried the jest of the hypocritical Jew that mocked the Word of God and refused His calling to them for obedience. So Isaiah turns his message to those who would. Listen to brother Stephen: “Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; saith the prophet.” Acts 7:48 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.” Acts 7:44 “Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.” Acts 7:53 “This is He, that was in the church in the wilderness with the Angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust Him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt.” Acts 7:38-39. Miss this if you want, this is speaking about the “new creation, the new heaven and new earth, made by Christ, refused by the children of Israel!! The house Solomon built, Stephen declares, “was built by man’s hands,” the temple that Christ built would be built “by the hand of God.” For all those who look for Christ to come back to this earth and “build again the things He once destroyed,” make Christ a sinner!! The Church of Christ in HAND MADE!! Each member of her society is personally added to His body by the Son. It was true, all the “children of the mother were angry with us,” Song of Solomon 1:6, and even Pilate mocked Christ when he said; “ Thine own nation hath delivered Thee unto me.” John 18:35 The Jew who “cast them out of the synagogues” excommunicated us as though we were the worst of blemishes because we “called upon the name of the Lord.” It is no new thing for the church to be punished by the governorsss of false religions who cry out; “let the Lord be glorified,” Jesus prophesied: “They shall put you out of the synagogues, yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me.” John 16:2 The prophesy of Psalms 14 is completely missed unless you put it in context!! Read: “the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up My people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. There (when they call on the Lord) were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous, Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge. Oh! That the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the Lord bringeth back the captivity of His people. Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.”
Stephen had them on target as the “fool” and “haters of God’s people.” Worse, they had thought themselves the “builder of the “house of God,” which, in fact God reserved for Himself to build, and having not listened to the prophets had completely missed the message from heaven!!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 31

Imagine coming together to arrange the death of Jesus Christ and that death had already been arranged!! Imagine the puny efforts of men and nations contriving to bring to an end the “plan of God” called the “mystery” when the Godhead had already ordered, established, and decreed its eternal existence!! “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break Their bands asunder, and cast away Their cords from us..” Psalms 2: 1-10 “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: while as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world….” Proverbs 8:22-36 Man did not determine when Christ was to die, God had already decided!! The plan/hidden mystery/wisdom of God was before anything created and it was always with the Godhead!! In Matthew 26:1-4 Judas and the Sanhedrin might have thought themselves important when they came together to implement their scheme to end the life of Jesus of Nazareth, but they were at least 6000+ man years and back into eternity where time was not, late!! Jesus did not die because some man or group of men decided He would!!
Jesus had “set His face toward Jerusalem,” Luke 9:51. “When the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” “that the glory of God, that the Son might be glorified thereby.” John 11:4 All the prophecies concerning His death, burial, and resurrection must be fulfilled-Jesus went to Jerusalem, to die!! Thomas caught the message when John recorded him saying, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him,” John 11:16, but it seems that some of our brethren missed that day in class. The Stone had been “set at nought.” Acts 4:11
Jesus and His disciples ate the last Passover meal, together. Not all the disciples went to prepare the Passover, only two-Peter and John, Mark 14:13. Luke tells us an unusual way Peter and John could identify the place for the meal, Luke 22:10. As they went into the city, they would find a man carrying a water jar. This would be an unusual sight, for in that area and time, women always carried the water, and still do. They were to follow the man to a house and tell the owner Jesus wanted to eat the Passover, there. In identity, this man is believed to have been John Mark’s father. In the Passover meal the father or chief person of the house opened by uttering two blessings. Then, the first cup of grape juice was drunk. The food was brought in. After the first part of the song of praise (Psalms 113-116) had been sung, the second cup was drunk. The father took bread, spoke the blessing over it, broke it and shared it. Only then was the Passover lamb consumed. After the meal, the head of the family blessed the third cup together with a concluding prayer of thanksgiving. Finally, the second part of the song of praise was sung. As they ate together, suddenly Jesus made a startling announcement: one of them would betray Him! No attempt was seen of Jesus to run (as some of our brethren, preach). Foretelling one of them was a betrayer, the disciples were saddened. They asked the Lord, “Lord is it I?” Judas asked, too. He was the last disciple to ask, Matthew 26:25 Verse 23 tells who this villain was to be. Wonder if Jesus missed any thing He prophesied would come to pass? He prophesied that night, He would die!! Jesus warned Judas for the last time telling him of the judgment he was bringing on himself. It did not seem to phase Judas. Only Matthew tells us the query of Judas to Jesus, “Master, is it I?” Jesus said, “thou art he that speaketh.”
As though His death was just a part of the plan, Jesus, then took the unleavened bread, again, and prayed. He introduced a meal now which was not a part of the Passover. The type now was to give way to the anti-type. “Take eat, this is My body.” The bread was to replace, personify, represent His body. Associated with the Passover, it meant His body would be represented by the unleavened bread He held in His hands. Usually, when eaten at the passover, the bread was dipped into a dish of bitter herbs and eaten. The bitter herbs represented the hard, bitter way, and anguish of the soul experienced by the sinner out of Christ. They were a long way from Egypt, now!! Christ had come!!

Is Christ the Creator, God? Part 7

I have talked to the 7th Day Adventist many times about the 66th chapter of Isaiah. They think it to show that in the “new heavens and new earth” the sabbath and new moons of the old Covenant were to remain. In the 22nd verse of Isaiah 66, the results of the creation of Christ were pictured as part of the “new Testament Covenant,” a remembrance of the diligence to duty imposed by those practices which would have to be the same of the church of the New Testament. To begin to see the picture of the 66th chapter, let us look at the beginning of that chapter.
The universality of the kingdom of Christ would be seen. Christ would be seated on His throne (“judging the 12 tribes of Israel” as is mentioned in Matthew 19:28) sending out His apostles to “all the world” with the authority of Heaven behind their message. This would include, yet not exclude, all the kingdoms of the world. Mentioned are Tarshish, Pul, Lud, etc., to allow us to see the gospel of the kingdom would be preached to every man in every nation. Whereas in the worship of God in Jerusalem where only one tongue would be spoken, in the new kingdom “that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18
“Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” Isaiah 66:7-8 A voice had come from the city of Jerusalem, a voice from the temple where they were accustomed to assemble to worship God. This voice was proclaiming the coming kingdom When the Church of Christ came into existence in Jerusalem, AD 33 at 9:00am that Pentecost Sunday morning, no one expected that to occur, not even the apostles, themselves, for there were no signs to indicate she was even expecting!! To the world, the church was in hiding in the upper room. Fearful of their lives. No one would expect such a motley crew as was gathered in the upper room in hiding would break forth from their place of hiding and produce a kingdom that would cause “a nation to come forth in one day.” Zion, the name of Jerusalem in many prophecies of Isaiah, travailed (had no labor pains), and before her labor pains came, she was delivered of a man child!! (Only men can reproduce the seed.)
The next question is as exciting as the afore mentioned. “Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? Shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb?” “Rejoice you with Jerusalem (which is from above), and be glad, all you that love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you that mourn for her.” These infants would be satisfied with the milk (the sincere milk of the word) that would flow out of heaven to earth and would not mourn because this milk would satisfy their desire (to be forgiven of sin). This would be a nation that would satisfy the Gentile (as well as the Jew, for both would be members of her body). With fire (truth that refines) and sword (the Word of God) the Lord would plead with all flesh (not just the Jew, only). Those who were in her branches would sanctify themselves and glorify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst. They would partake of the one Supper that would cause this to occur, the Lord’s Supper. They shall be priest of God when the “new heavens and new earth” would come into being on this earth. “From one new moon (which Christ said would cease in observance) to another, and from one sabbath (the symbol of a day of remembrance) to another, shall all flesh (not just the Jewish people, only) shall come to worship before Me, saith the Lord.” As the church goes into all the world, she shall declare the separation of God from the dead carcasses (the Jewish ancestry), for they have transgressed against God. Their end will be described as that of the place called Hades where their worm dieth not and the fire not quenched. The world would abhor them.
To miss this picture of the Church of Christ, looking for the sabbath and the new moons of the old Covenant, is truly sad of a denomination that has never had an existence before God. This beautiful picture of the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, which shows the glory and reality of her existence thrills all who love her and share in the thrill of her existence on this earth!! The Church of Christ, ONLY could fulfill these truths of this account. Tell me when else was a nation brought forth in one day from the womb of the dead (Jew) to glorify our God? This is just too rich to miss!! This is the nation that became twice dead whose fate will never be the Hadean world!! THANK GOD!!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 30

Jesus had determined to die!! It was no accident, the Sanhedrin did not have their will and way with the Lord of Glory, it was the Lord Jesus’ will that decided the time of His capture and death!! Caiaphas, the high priest, and the rest of the hierarchy believed they were making the plans which would rid them of this deceiver once and for all, but it was all a part of the divine plan etched in the reality of that eternity which preceded time, that determined this date, time, and place.
“Then” in verse 3 of Matthew 26 indicates a temporal sequence here, as it does in verse 14. Jesus’ words were followed by the discussion in the Sanhedrin, This was no impromptu meeting of the Sanhedrin, this meeting was in their normal meeting place and so translated as “court,” “inner hall,” but the word used describes the “palace.” Also, three groups of men were assembled together this day; chief priests, scribes, and elders. Men who composed the 71 member High Council (Matthew 16:21; Matthew 27:41). This was an official meeting!!
The capture and killing of Christ had been discussed in the Sanhedrin previously (Matthew 21:46; John 11:47 to 12:10). In this meeting it was decided not to have Him arrested and killed, openly. It is possible there had been contact between Judas and the Sanhedrin before this! It was not the Passover Feast as such that gave them the problem, but the mass of pilgrims and its composition. Had the crowd have been made up of Galileans, it would have caused a mis-carriage of the Sanhedrin’s idea. They would have been afraid the celebrating crowd would take Jesus’ side! Remember, Jesus had said in verse 2 His death would take place during Passover! And indeed, it happened as God wanted!!
The disciples became indignant when Mary, the sister of Lazarus came in with an alabaster box full of very expensive ointment. Judas saw his time to foment confusion among the other eleven and spoke up; “this is a waste of money, it could have been sold and the monies given to the poor.” Immediately, Christ spoke up and defended His friend, Mary. “She has done a good work, for the poor you have with you always. For in that she has poured this ointment on My body, she did it for My burial!! Matthew 26:10-12 The Greek tells us this was because of jealousy. Mark gives us the value of the ointment to be 500 danari (about a years wages). The disciples kept talking about this incident amongst themselves. Jesus saw that something or someone had caused the discontent to continue and like the Captain He was and is, He interceded on her behalf; “this is a good work, it portends My death, burial, and resurrection!” She had poured out the whole jar of ointment, an expression of her gratitude for His teachings and healings. It was not a stingy, begrudging pittance that some would attempt to give!! The disciples had no way to understand that into which they had entered, that is, the departure of their Lord. This was a prophecy and Christ quoted them the verse of scripture from Deuteronomy 15:11 to reveal the significance of this event. He was leaving them!! Jesus wanted the woman’s act that was called a “good work.” His body would not have the time to receive the anointing demanded when they would take it down from the tree because of the Passover feast! After His death, as the odor ‘filled the house,’ the gospel of salvation would “fill the entire world”!! Think He was not planning this??
Judas kicked into high gear, did Christ know of his treachery? He mentioned His death!! Was his preparedness to cooperate in the murder of Christ being exposed?, what IF the other disciples picked up on what Jesus had said? Imagine being Judas. Knowing the Christ had knowledge of his treachery made Judas go immediately to his accomplishes to secure the deal. YOU MEAN HE HAD ONLY A PROMISE!! Like his father, Satan always does, Judas only got the promise of the monies, not the money itself!! Satan never delivers on terms of respect or honor to the individual, it seems he just has to get in his last two cents, as they say, to mock those who do his bidding!! When Judas brought to the Sanhedrin the message that Jesus was talking about His dieing, they might have taken this to mean that Jesus would not fight them and arouse the sentiment of the crowd that followed Him.
As usual, the Lord always intended to keep the commandments of His covenant even though the circumstances did not seemingly require their keeping. Many think death, birth, emergencies allow them to absent themselves from the commands of His covenant. The example of our Lord shows the way of God. The Passover feast was at hand and Jesus meant to keep this festival, as commanded!!

Is Christ the Creator, God? Part 6

When the “new heavens and the new earth” came into being, when “behold, I make all things new,” was fulfilled, when men could become a “new creation,” and when the “new birth” was a reality, and when men “could be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name”, when the “new law shall go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem”; how could it ever be that Christ finished His work after the creation of the physical heaven and earth on the seventh day of Genesis account?
In the Old Covenant this phrase of “new heaven and new earth” was used two times. In Isaiah 65:17 and Isaiah 66:21. The Holy Spirit had His servant Isaiah pen words describing the finished work of Christ. If these promises were in part fulfilled when the Jews, after their return from captivity, were settled in peace in their own land and brought as it were into a new world, what would these words mean?? They were to have their full accomplishment in the gospel church, militant first and at length victorious. The “Jerusalem which is from above is free and is the mother of us all,” the “faith that was once delivered unto the saints,” the “grace that bringeth salvation which has appeared to all men.” and the “new creation from which old things have passed away and all have become new,” were yet to come. It was a mighty happy change that is described in Isaiah 65:16. The former things, former troubles were forgotten; but here it rises much higher; even the former world was to be forgotten and shall no more “come into mind.” Could these conditions describe the land of Palestine and the physical Jewish nation? If the physical portends the spiritual, could these things describe the life and times of the saints of God in His new institution called the Church of Christ? In this institution, unlike that of Palestine and old Jerusalem, those converted to the “faith once delivered to the saints” have forgotten this world, because they can entirely live in this world preparing for that which is to come; the forgoing joys of all this world has to offer will be swallowed up by that inexhaustible divine power of the same God that created the physical heaven and earth. The world that had never been that which belonged to the Semitic Jew, could now be claimed as her King and Lord which He had been given it when He ascended on high and sat down to reign at the right hand of God, the Father. Psalms 2 The world is ours if we be Christ’s. 1 Corinthians 3:22 Because Christ has reconciled us to the Father, He who promised “Behold, I make all things new,” Revelation 21:5 could now have been said to finish His work as the Creator!! What a robbery of joy it is for we whose minds would have been closed to the Creator of all things, to have been stopped back in Eden!!
When the “new heavens and new earth” was to come into being there would be new life. Sin, the sickness of the soul, would be no more. The blood of the eternal, everlasting Son of God, would have been shed and the mind of the Father would be given amnesia to those sins that blood had covered. Hebrews 8:12; Galatians 3:26-27 There would then be “new life,” that which had separated the sinner man from the fellowship of Deity would no longer be of concern. There would be a new priesthood, the Levitical priesthood (which could never offer a sacrifice that appeased the mind of the Father) would be replaced by a priesthood of the redeemed. There would be no more crying, Isaiah 65:19, the transgression that could not be remedied, for which there was no remedy, had a “way to the Father.” John 14:6 Death (separation from God) “had reigned from Adam to Christ over those who had sinned after the similitude of Adam.” Romans 5:14 An infant, even though it lived only a few days, would be an an old man with his days filled. Their days would be filled because their hearts would finally have what the men of the world have never possessed-enough! They who were unsatisfied, though their life was ever so long, could not live to a hundred years old in happiness. The curse of old age would be gone, for the longer he lived the more wrath he would store up to the day of death; for now it would not matter whether he lived on earth long or short, what would matter is whether he lived the life of saints or the lives of sinners. Ecclesiastes 3:3 The “tree of life” has now be re-opened, for as it is promised; “as the days of the tree of life; so the days of the oak.” Isaiah 6:13, for now “we can enjoy the benefits of our labor.” The “children of eternity, brought into existence by the plan of Deity, shall not know anguish.” Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 For these and other blessings, Christ remained the creator-God!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 29

The Sanhedrin had a secret meeting on the Wednesday before the crucifixion of our Lord, they met to figure out a way to rid themselves and their nation of this Messiah. “And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto His disciples, ‘Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace (this infers this was an official meeting which would include all 71 members of the High Council; Matthew 16:21;27:41) of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill Him.” Matthew 26:1-4 On this day there is no record of our Lord’s activities, but Judas was busy! It is important to note that what Judas did was not impulsive, it was deliberate, it had been planned!!
This is the fifth time such a linking text occurs in the Gospel according to Matthew. The other occurrences are Matthew 7:28; 11:1; 13:53; and 19:1. “These sayings” clearly refer to chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew. The verbiage of verse one is important. Jesus was finished!!, according to the text, ALL Jesus ever intended to teach had now been taught, He was through, the time for teaching being over, the time for suffering was approaching!!!! Jesus introduced His fourth and last announcement of His suffering, mentioned previously in Matthew 16:21; 17:22,23; and 20:18,19, with the remark that in two days time it would be the Passover and on that day He would die, informs us that it was not the crafty plans of the Sanhedrin nor the desperate action of Judas, the traitor; but the Lord Jesus, Himself was the one who decided WHEN His death would occur. It was His will, His word, and His decision!! Caiaphas and the rest may have thought THEY were the ones who were going to set the date of His death, but our Lord made all the decisions about this WHEN He was going to become the sacrifice for His bride, the Church of Christ!! This death was apart of a Divine plan, not the coincidental element of time that decided when Christ would die!! Peter, later mentions this when the Holy Spirit inspired him to speak and Luke pen his words; “He was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,” Acts 2:23. From the very beginning Jesus moved in the direction of the cross how, then can some who preach the gospel teach that Christ never intended to die but was coerced and intimidated by the Father to carry out His plan??
There is no doubt that the killing of Jesus had been discussed in the Sanhedrin meetings previously, Matthew 21:46, but they were afraid of the people who followed Christ, not especially of they who lived in Jerusalem, but the strategy seemed to be that they had tried to contact Judas before Tuesday of this week, hence the phrase “take Him by subtlety (trick).” The people who followed Christ were mainly from Galilee and as a mass of people were considered pilgrims and vagabonds, but they had always showed an affinity to both Him and John, the Baptist.
“When Jesus was in Bethany,” (there is no “when” in the inspired text), shows us Christ had come to the home of friends, and why would they not be His friends, for Simon had been healed of leprosy, Lazarus had been raised from the dead, and Mary (who washed His feet with her expensive ointment and hair) had been particularly blessed by Him. Being His friends could have cost them for the Sanhedrin had commanded “if any man knew where He were, he should show it, that they might take Him.” John 11:57. We do not know the purpose of Christ being at this house, but it is reasonable to think this might have been a celebration of Lazarus resurrection. Martha served, as usual, while Mary took an “ointment of spikenard, very costly,” a whole pound, and washed the body of Christ. Whether Mary had heard of a previous anointing of Jesus by a woman of Capernaum, Luke 7:37, or if this was the same woman, Mary’s appreciation for the Lord was greatly seen. She anointed Him beyond the service a slave would render to a guest (which would be to wash His feet), humbly, in extreme submission, and at a great expense to herself; Mary dried His feet with the hair of her head. A woman’s hair was a sign of her glory (1 Corinthians 11:15), but she abandoned her glory to Him who would soon die for her!! As the fragrance of the ointment filled the room, hell came calling!! Judas was stirred. Satan NEVER is quiet when the valiant soldier of Christ is honored! Hate is “inside” them,it has to come out!One would wish the messengers of Calvary had the same problems-what’s in must come out!!

Is Christ the Creator, God? Part 5

When Christ completed His work of creation, He brought into existence a “new heaven and a new earth.” This verbiage is often misunderstood because people are looking for a new planet and a new heaven above that planet. All that was made in the physical heaven and earth was for man and his good. It was subject to vanity because man would sin. One day it will end, the purpose of its existence being completed. All the elements of which this world is made is under a curse which can never be remedied, it has to be dissolved. What an abominable thing sin is and how man should curse the day sin overcomes him because it takes from man what God had made for his happiness. If sin destroys the first heaven and earth coupled with beauties in which it abounds, how ought we to ponder and pray that to be apart of a “new” heaven and earth “in which dwells righteousness, we should never allow ourselves to become degraded to this type of condition, again. The condition called “holy” resides in God’s house and must describe all the desires of we who make up that great assembly!! Knowing that we all began far from this state of excellence, we must strive with all that is in us to become what of us is demanded. All our manner of life which preceded our being “grafted in” can never return as a way of life and must proceed toward a likeness of Him with “whom we have to do”!! We must exercise ourselves continually with no less demand than to make our “new life in Christ” the means of entrance into that heavenly realm where “God is not ashamed to be our God.” All the things which are here and now will soon pass away and are but fleeting glimpses of a glory which awaits the faithful. To surrender our souls for what here is the here and now, is a remarkably inane lack of appreciation for all that God intended for mankind when He first created him!! The morning will dawn on a “new day” which our creator God has made available to all we who love Him and are “called according to His purposes.” Knowing that all the blessings of God are “yea, yea and not nay, nay,” we live “trusting in the God who made us” anxiously expecting the “day of God” to come.
The coming of the “day of God.” is the day when Christ shall return in His glory to be “admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in the day of the preceding world.” 2 Thessalonians 1:10 In His first coming, He appeared as a servant, clothed in humility, but, His second coming will reveal all the glory imagination can never accomplish. Not only this, but this day will be the day of our complete redemption for He will come “to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired.” God will “count us worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Although it will terrify and frighten all the unrighteous to see the “heavens in flaming fire and the elements melting away,” we who are expecting our Lord to so return will “shout with a voice of thunderous rejoicing that we have so lived to enjoy this day. Our faith was evidence of these things which had not been seen.” To look for anything God has not promised us would be presumptuous on our part, but to know His promises are TRUE AND EVERLASTING, and that we regulate our expectations to what has been revealed and guaranteed, we await the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ having been schooled in what to expect and how we should have lived by this “new heaven and new earth.”
The Judge of all the world from whom no plea will ever be silenced whose court no appeal will ever be reversed, comes to make His final acceptance of we who have been redeemed from the world by His blood, citizens of yet another “new” habitation in peace!! The happiness of being “found in Him” when He returns will then forever be underscored. Never expect to be secured in Him if we have in our day been lazy and self-satisfied not striving for that blessed holiness. It will only be the Christian who has striven with himself and the world “bringing himself under subjection to the wishes of this great Magistrate!!” For “cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.” Jeremiah 48:10 If the Lord delays His coming, never consider it a refusal or a change of His plan, Heaven will be a happy recompense for all of us who have kept faithful, waiting on His return. His delay will in no sense show lack of concern or compassion for His servants nor a reprieve for all they who have abused their time ready-ing themselves for His coming. Joy exultant and full of glory is ours because this “new heaven and new earth” has made us ready!!

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 28

On Monday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-41; John 12:12-15, the next 5 days were a totally orchestrated symphony and Christ was in complete control as the conductor. There was no event, incidence, or accidental event that took place, He was in complete control. When the Pharisees and Sadducees saw Him riding on the foal, they hated Him with a deeper passion than ever before. The Romans paid Him no mind.
The crowd, this day was made up of Galileans. This is very important for they were disciples of Christ in most cases. Thursday and Friday’s crowd was made up of Judeans, quite a different crowd. Coming into Jerusalem was an “in your face” move by the Lord. What were the enemies of Christ going to do with Him? The Pharisees were forced to take “the Law into their own hands.” “the Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? Behold, the world is gone after Him.” John 12:19 Christ was forcing their hand, it was time to go home!!
This was a different Jesus this week, He was on a mission, His face was set toward His death and nothing would be allowed to stop that. The parable of the fig tree, Matthew 21: 18-22; Mark 11:12-14, 20-26 symbolized the nation of Israel. They looked like the picture of health, they were in fact the tree of no fruit unto their God!! Christ cursed that tree!! If we bear no fruit, He will declare unto us; ‘depart, I never knew, you.”
He went on to the temple, entered it and found thieves and robbers. Jesus was God with a temper, He began to drive them out of the temple, declaring; “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves.” The temple was suppose to be the place of worship, a place to give reverence to God, look what they had done to it!! When the Jews had come to worship, they had used the Hebrew shekel in exchange from the Greek drachmas or Roman denari; the rate of exchange was exorbitant, they were robbing the people who were showing their devotion to God! Jesus was not a coward, He was not a push-over, He was a man’s man; He took a whip and began to run them out of the temple. Then came the signal event of the day; the Gentiles ask Philip to introduce them to Jesus!! John 12:21 Suddenly, there was a second audible message from Heaven. “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” John 12:28 The intent was to tell Christ as the Jewish world was listening, “if the Jew rejects Christ, the Gentiles will not.”
Tuesday was the busiest day for Christ. When He had cleansed the temple, the Pharisees ask Him what authority allowed Him to do this. He answered with a question, Matthew 21:23-27 He answers them using three parables (He did not intend them to understand!) The parable of the two sons (the second son was the Gentile), the parable of the householder that planted a vineyard (“How oft would I have gathered thee as a hen doth her brood, and you would not.”, and the wedding banquet (“in Christ” you put on the wedding garment. You cannot come into Christ kingdom declaring yourself a Jew and that is all, ‘cast him into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:1-14). Seems some “church folk” might not enter the kingdom, but harlots and publicans could and would!! Jerusalem was God’s town, the temple was God’s residence and the Jew had refused God!!
Then, humanity tried to debate Deity! If none of us could read, we would know the outcome!! “Render unto Caesar” and “who’s wife shall she be” was asked to mock Christ. Jesus answered: “it is My time, your foolishness is contemptible”, ”Who was the Son of David?” “I Am the resurrection and the life.” When He went to leave the temple, He wept over their insolence and mockery, for they were the leaders of the people who had been chosen to bring the Messiah into the world! Matthew 23:37 In Matthew 24, He berated the preachers of His gospel: “if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth His coming; and shall begin to smite his fellow servants and to eat and drink (as though nothing is going to happen as Christ had prophesied, He concludes with parables to His Church!!”
Wednesday, nothing is mentioned concerning our Lord. What we find is the deliberate intent of Judas to deliver our Lord. “In two days the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” Satan called an impromptu meeting of his followers in a secret session; “kill Him” they decided.