CHRIST THE SAVIOR
The Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ has been preached to all nations. Statistics claim that ‘Christians’ sum up the largest number of world population. And that, there is a huge divide between the Christians and non-Christians – the former supposedly numbering those who embrace Christ and the latter supposedly numbering those who reject Christ.
Let us be honest! Are these claims really true?
Indeed not! Therefore, the word ‘supposedly’ is used to open minds to true light which this article wishes to shed on those who will not settle with anything less than the complete truth.
Walking the path of light will first of all reveal that the question of accepting or rejecting Christ only arises where the Gospel has been preached in its entirety, something the churches have been deliberately neglecting throughout. Why deliberately? Because they do not wish to compromise the worldly doctrine of male superiority even at the cost of deterring the Gospel. They take God’s holy Name in vain by becoming false witnesses of Christ (for eg. read Job 42:7-8). In order to safeguard their selfish interests, they mislead and hold the misled millions in their sway. It does not grieve them that they blaspheme the Name of God and bring His work to disrepute. It does not trouble them that those they win over are made twice as worthy of hell as they are. They are too blind to see that they bring the axe down upon themselves, for their counterfeit doctrines and counterfeit miracles have only paved the way for the soon-to-be-revealed man of lawlessness!
And the truth is vouchsafed in the Word of God even as it contradicts the world statistics – read Isa 54:1, “Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor, because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord.
The Gospel is the seed of Good News planted by God at the very beginning in the harvest-field of this world for the salvation of souls. It is the Word of God, the eternal Promise of God come to fulfillment in His Son. It is the Word of God that is since the beginning, even before the creation of this world (Jn 1:1), now manifested to the world in flesh in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Therefore the Gospel is true understanding of Jesus Christ – the Son of God and the Son of man come from heaven and beyond compare!
Let us begin to understand by seeking answers to these questions:
Q.1. WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?
JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD, GOD INCARNATE, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN ONE. True spiritual insight teaches that the term son does not connote the gender as much as it does one’s station. For eg. read Hos 1:10b, “…….In the place it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ “ (also refer Matt 13:38a, Jn 8:34, Rom 8:14-17 etc.).
Therefore, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God means the only Incarnate God and the only Heir of God – through whom and for whom were all things created (refer Jn 1:1-3, Col 1:15-20 etc.). Read Lk 1:35, “……So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
He is the Promised Son, the Offspring of the woman (Gen 3:15), sent to earth by God the Father to die for our sins – the Holy and sacrificial Lamb of God, by whose Blood men may be ransomed to God. Jesus Christ is God revealed to mankind in flesh. Conceived of the Holy Spirit, He is the very image and likeness of God. And, it is in this image and likeness both male and female of ‘man’ were created (Gen 1:26-27) – TO PROCLAIM THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, THE PERFECT MAN.
PUT THE MALE WITH THE FEMALE, NEITHER WITH CHRIST NOR IN PLACE OF CHRIST:
Read Ps 50:21, “These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you.”
Contrary to the misinterpretations of churches, Jesus Christ is not the ‘son of man’ referred to in Psalm 8:5-8 which in fact refers to the ‘man’ God created and put in the Garden of Eden. Read Ps 144:3-4, “O Lord, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” Refer Gen 2:25, for it says, “The man and his wife were both naked..” Yes, they were ‘naked’ which means they were not clothed fittingly to be able to enter heaven. For eg. refer Matt 22:12 and Rev 19:8. The term ‘naked’ confirms the lack in them that made them a little lower than heavenly beings as it says in Ps 8:5-8 to be put in Eden and not in heaven, even though they were crowned with glory and everything God had made were subjected to them (Gen 1:27-30). They were not even like the angels who live in heaven. Refer Matt 22:30, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” Also read Lk 20:36.
JESUS IS GOD. He came from heaven. He is not of the earth or formed of the dust. Jesus is not the created but the Creator through whom all things are created (Jn 1:1-3). Read Jn 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is “Majestic in holiness, awesome in glory…”, “Clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps Himself in Light as with a garment…”. Yes, “He is arrayed in holy majesty.” (Ex 15:11, Ps 104:1-2, Matt 17:2, Ps 110:3, Jn 10:36-38 etc.).
JESUS IS THE NAME OF GOD. Isa 50:10, “Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the Word of His Servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the Name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Jesus is the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – the Name of God revealed to us as the Savior. Read Matt 1:21, “She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
JESUS IS GOD IN FLESH AND GOD IN SPIRIT as the instance of His transfiguration before His disciples James, John and Peter will reveal (Matt 17:1-8). He is the only One to be transfigured back and forth thus. He does not become any less God or any less holy or any less perfect in His temporal robe of flesh. Because even though He came to this lowly and perishing world, He did not come donning the lowly, the cursed and the sinful robe of flesh of sinful man. He became a man, but nevertheless, the Perfect Man. He donned the perfect robe of Flesh and became the Holy and the Perfect Sacrifice for the redemption of ‘man’. Conceived of the Holy Spirit, He was born without sin. Moreover, by His perfect obedience, He fulfilled all righteousness and became victorious over the world, the curses, the Law, sin, death, Hades and hell, while in flesh. Refer Jn 8:46a.
To make it absolutely clear, let us understand that in His robe of flesh Jesus did not seek to identify either with the male or with the female of man. But He in whose likeness the male and female were created, in keeping with His God-ly or Heavenly nature (Matt 22:30), came and lived as the Perfect Eunuch so that He may raise His offspring (Isa 53:10) by the Spirit, just as He Himself is (Jn 4:24), – to resemble His divine nature – to bear His image and His likeness only, perfected and radiant in His unmatched glory.
JESUS IS PERFECTION PERSONIFIED. He is the Perfect Man – of the Perfect Trinity – of Eternal Body (which is the eternal Word become Flesh and Blood – eg. Jn 20:27, Lk 24:13-35 etc. ), Eternal Spirit and Eternal Life. He is the Eternal Son, the One and Whole of God who is Triune. Yes, He is the Holy Trinity. In Him is the Perfect Oneness of God , read Jn 10:30 – (also refer Jn 14:6-7, 10-11, Jn 17:22 etc.) – the oneness of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
No man either before or after Him could ever compare with Him. Read Revelations 5, particularly note what is written in verses 2 and 3. The churches have all without exception subverted the Gospel, which is made markedly evident in their futile and underlying efforts to bring Jesus down to the level of man. Incredulously and particularly, the male of man! And the deceiver who led even some of the angels astray blinds man into spiritual subterfuge and usurpation of God’s place.
As the Perfect Man, Jesus Christ reveals in Himself God, the Perfect Bridegroom, the Perfect Husband, the Perfect Eunuch, the Perfect Teacher, the Perfect Counselor, the Perfect Father, the Perfect Son, the Perfect Provider, the Perfect Friend, the Perfect Planter, the Perfect Master, the Perfect Shepherd, the Perfect Wage-master, the Perfect Fisher of men, the Perfect Servant, the Perfect Judge, the Perfect King, the Perfect Lord and the Perfect High Priest.
Yes, JESUS CHRIST IS ALSO THE PERFECT HIGH PRIEST. His is the surpassing priesthood:
In Him is the perfect priesthood fulfilled – by Himself becoming the perfect High Priest offering the perfect Sacrifice and by His perfect role as our perfect Mediator and finally as the perfect Shepherd of His flock, leading them with His perfect counsel. As a result, no one else “in heaven or on earth or under the earth” (Rev 5:3) is worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.
Yes, as High Priest of God Most High He offered Himself to become the Perfect Sacrifice for the remission of our sins (refer Jn 10:18). Thereafter, by His victory over death, He returned to heaven where glorified and exalted to the right hand of the Father He lives on to become the Perfect Mediator to intercede for us continually. And the only One in fact who lives on to do so. His is the Perfect Spirit sent to us to always counsel us in His righteousness and His kingdom.
[Be warned by understanding the surpassing Priesthood of Christ: It is the First and the Eternal Order of priesthood, revealed to mankind through king Melchizedek’s offering of the bread and the wine. But it is the priesthood, the perfection of which is as described in the above paragraph, and it can not be even remotely matched by king Melchizedek’s priestly services or for that matter with any of the New Testament believers who are all called to this priesthood (Matt 26:26-29, Mk 14:22-25, Lk 22:19-20, Lk 24:30-32, 1 Cor 11:23-26). Because, while Melchizedek made the divine revelation by his offering, we make a holy memorial and a holy sacrifice of thanks offering by our obedience to Lord’s table. Therefore, let us be warned. Neither Melchizedek nor ourselves can even dare to compare with the Holy and Pleasing Sacrifice that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God is. Also, let us remember that it is Jesus the High Priest who enables both Melchizedek and ourselves to serve Him by offering perfect service before the Holy and True Altar or Tabernacle.]
Therefore, the unholy comparison of Jesus with king Melchizedek of Salem who was not high priest but a priest of God Most High (Gen 14:18) in the letter to Hebrews 7:1-10 is the result of a pathetic attempt by the writer to appeal to Jewish sentiments of superiority in order to present the Gospel to them. No doubt the last chapters of the letter is powerfully spiritual in essence, worthy of referencing in every context of the gospel. But having given scriptural status to the whole letter, the above comparison not only refutes God’s worthy claim to unshared glory – read Isa 42:8, “I am the Lord; that is My Name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.” but also serves as a basis for misrepresentations most rampantly and decisively expounded by churches.
Truth is, the comparison begins and ends with the superior ‘Order of Priesthood’ manifested thereof by the offering of “bread and wine” by Melchizedek. It is the revelation of Christ’s sacrificial death made to Melchizedek but fulfilled in Jesus Christ the High Priest, for Melchizedek being a mortal could never bring it to fulfillment. Bread and wine, we know, is symbolic of the sacrificial death of the Lamb of God, whose body is broken and the blood poured out for the forgiveness of sins (Matt 26:26-28). It proclaims Lord’s death (1 Cor 11:26). Therefore, by offering bread and wine, Melchizedek demonstrates that he was given the revelation of Jesus Christ’s vicarious death on the cross and as such he had the blessing of partaking in the superior order of priesthood ahead of us or even the Israelites for that matter. Not surprising at all, because as it states in Isa 46:10, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come…”, God has made known all things from the beginning. It is because man is slow to understanding, he remains blind to it. For instance, God did teach the same to Abraham when He forbade him from sacrificing Isaac and instead substituted Isaac with the lamb He provided (Gen 22:12-14). Read Jn 8:56, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.” Yet, Israelites remained blind to it.
Jesus Christ is the Only Eternal High Priest. Just as the Word testifies of Him, “You are a Priest forever”. Jesus has assured us of its eternity when He promised to once again seat His faithful servants at His table in the Kingdom of God and Himself serve. Yes, He has promised He will not taste of the drink of the fruit of vine until He is able to drink it anew with us in heaven. May all whose eyes have been opened rejoice as we look forward to the day when His servants will serve before His throne eternally (Rev 22:3).
JESUS EXEMPLIFIES PERFECT SERVANTHOOD. As it is described in Isa 49:1-7, Isa Isa 50:10, Isa 52:13-15, Isa 53 etc., Jesus is the Perfect Servant of God who by His perfect obedience to the Father exemplified perfect servanthood to us. Read Lk 22:26b, “…But I am among you as one who serves.” He not only fulfilled all righteousness (eg. Matt 3:15), but also took upon Himself the penalty for our sins and offered Himself for death on the cross. And, on the third day when He rose again and proved His God Almighty power over death and Hades, He continued to subject Himself to the will of the Father to return to heaven. Read Jn 20:17, “Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to Me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’ “ So that as promised He may go and prepare a place for us (Jn 14:1-4). And so that meanwhile He may pour out His Spirit upon us (Acts 2:33) and so that all who belong to Him may be gathered (Jn 3:8, Isa 34:17) unto Him when He will come again in all His glory and splendor to bring Judgement on the earth. In fact He will not rest even then. Read Jn 5:17, “Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.’ “ He will exalt us and glorify us on earth so that we may partake of His eternal glory as promised and reign with Him on earth a thousand years before He finally brings forth the promised new heaven and earth and enters into eternal Sabbath rest with us. Who can compare with Him? Who indeed is like unto the Lord our God, Jesus Christ our Savior?
The spiritual apathy of the world, especially the Christian world is what it is today, because even though it claims to know Jesus, it seeks to replace Him with mortal men in every aspect of life!
Q.2. WHY JESUS CHRIST?
This is the all-important question people seldom seek the answer to.
As aforementioned, Isa 46:10 reminds, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come…” And likewise, if we start at the very beginning, we discover that indeed all things are made known right there. Thus we find, back in the garden of Eden when man (meaning both male and female – Gen 1:27, Gen 5:2), fell from grace, God had to banish them from His Presence, but not before revealing His Plan for their redemption. Refer Gen 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head and you will strike His heel.” As for the Offspring of the woman, the Messiah, His appearance as Man was revealed when in His image and likeness ‘man – both male and female’ came to be created (Gen 1:27). And as for His redemption plan, the same was revealed in the manner in which Adam was put to sleep for Eve to be created from his own rib – which symbolizes Christ’s brief sleep of death to redeem His bride or the collective body of the children of God (Gen 2:21-22).
Now, the part of the Good News that the Promised Offspring is Jesus Christ, is common knowledge. But what makes Jesus truly different and why He is the Savior is that part of the Good News never really told. In other words, let us now address the all important question: “Why Son of man and not son of man?”
As we all know, Adam failed to keep the one commandment entrusted to him even though in the garden of Eden ‘man’ lived in their superior image, in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26-27).
Refer Gen 3:17, “To Adam He said, ‘Because you…ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it’….”; Hos 6:7, “Like Adam, they have broken the covenant – they were unfaithful to me there.” and Isa 43:27, “Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against Me.” Rom 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Read the article The Marian Way of Wisdom from the same website to understand fully.)
As Isa 43:27 above states, having failed in his glorious state to be faithful to that one commandment, it is but inevitable that he will only continue to be unfaithful, more than ever, no matter how numerous and fractionalized the commandments may become. Because, now he donned not the likeness and image of God but the sinful imperfection, further abetted by his new-found cursed estate (refer Gen 3:7-12 and Gen 3:17-19). Consequently, it is disobedience whether the commandments are one or many which is repeatedly manifested in all acts of the unfaithful man. (The facts are there in the Word of God for all who care to see – Adam was found unfaithful and disobedient while Eve was found ignorant and deceived.)
Thus, beginning to seek the Promised Son in the seed of the cursed and mortal man manifests their continued unfaithfulness and disobedience. Read Gen 5:29, “He named him Noah and said, ‘He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed’.” Having lost their glorious likeness to God, how could the mortal man assume his offspring could redeem mankind? For, God’s Word reveals in Gen 5:3, “Adam…had a son in his own likeness; in his own image…’. Could he not perceive the truth even after all his failures that having lost the image and likeness of God, he will only beget sons in his own sinful and cursed likeness and image? Sons who are governed by sin and death!
And, as it were, in spite of their repeated failures men do not turn to God to seek their salvation.
[Note: Unfaithfulness to God is adultery in the spiritual sense of the word. As a result, son-seeking became an obsession with the entire human race, leading them into idolatry – even unto deifying and idolizing of mortals. It testifies to the terrible influence of evil, the deceiver, who led them into sin in the first place way back in Eden. For, it is satanic to even think of usurping God’s place (refer Isa 14:13-14).
How could he who is sinful from conception (Ps 51:5), who is brought down as low as dust (Gen 3:19) to become fodder for the evil one (Gen 3:14-b), whose days are fleeting like grass (Ps 103:15-16, Ps 144:4) and in whom is found nothing good (Ps 53:2-3, Gen 6:5-6, Mic 7:2-4, Isa 64:6 etc) ever work salvation?]
Ps 49:7-9 reads, “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him…”, Ps 146:3-4, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save….” And Isa 2:22, “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostril, of what account is he?” As prophet Micah testifies in the Spirit, Mic 7:4, “The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge…..”. Also, read Jer 17:5-6, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord…..’ ” and Jer 17:7-8, ” ‘But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him…….’ “
Readying the woman:
Therefore, from Sarah’s son of the covenant of circumcision to Mary’s Son of the promise of redemption, God’s Word has been emphatic all along , just as it was in the beginning (Gen 3:15) – IT HAD TO BE HER SON! Refer Gen 17:15-16, “God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife………I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” And, Lk 1:26-38, “….’How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’, the angel answered; ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.’ ”
While in the son of Sarah is the Good News of salvation through the Offspring or Son of the woman reiterated, in the Son of Mary is found its fulfillment. In other words, through Sarah is the lost spiritual calling of the woman reasserted and re-established and in Mary is the same fulfilled. Because it is evident women, suppressed by the oppressive and cursed dominion of men over them, had lost their spiritual calling and insight. But after Sarah until Mary, the divine election and total transformation of the woman came to be perfected in such a way that the spiritual woman had finally broken free from the bondage of men to submit herself to her true Husband and Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. So that, in Mary is also the Church represented – the Bride or the Perfect Woman, whose offspring, like the One before them Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, are born of the Spirit and of the Word which is the Eternal Covenant of the Blood, to live victorious over the enemy eternally. Like Mary, the Church shall be – having risen above her curse, she is the blessed one among women; the One with the Husband. And having subjected herself to His will in the manner of a bond-servant, she proves her enmity is with the evil one.
And lo and behold! How it comes to fulfillment! From the question put forward to Sarah, Gen 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” to the answer provided to Mary, Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God.”! Thus came to pass, the Word, and its fulfillment in the Son of man who Alone is the Redeemer. And not any mortal sons of man. Read Isa 43:11-13, “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no Savior……….”
Q.3 HOW IS JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOR?
As we have just discovered and as Jesus Himself repeatedly points out – He is the Son of man. Because, by virtue of being born Son of Mary, the ‘ female’ of man, He is as much a Son of man as any other sons of men. Refer Gen 5:2, “He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them ‘man’.” The title ‘man’ is given by God to both male and female because when He created them, He created them in His image and His likeness – the image and likeness to represent both His triune Self and His perfect oneness.
But as we know ‘man’ lose it when by their fall they become an imperfect trinity and forgo their oneness. They become a cursed lot. It is the very reason why the Son of man could not be any of the sons of the ‘male’ of man in whom is vested the curse of sin, death and decay (refer Gen 3:17-19).
(Note: though all females become victims of the Adamic curse of sin and death as his offspring, they would never be its carrier since the Adamic curse is passed on in the male domain only, as Gen 3:17-19 would remind you. And as for the curse inherited by the woman through Eve (Gen 3:16), again, it is restricted to transpire between women only.)
Therefore, just as Jesus states, for example read Matt 12:50, “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother” we may, by our total surrender and obedience, become His brother, His sister and even His mother but never His father for the Father is but One – God, the Father of all. Read Matt 23:9, “And do not call anyone on earth ‘Father’, for you have one Father, and He is in heaven.” As such the male of ‘man’ cannot hope to relate to Jesus in any other way except as brother, if he may, by his total submission and obedience.
(And, let us not confuse these honors He liberally bestows upon us with the spiritual growth He enables in each one of us as we progress from the time of receiving our calling to the time of becoming the chosen ones (Matt 22:14) so that though we begin as His servants, we move on to becoming His friends and finally, collectively as His holy Bride and co-heirs worthy to enter His kingdom, to live with Him and to partake of His glory eternally.)
Otherwise, the Truth remains the same for all – He is the Father and we are the children; He is the Creator and we are the created; He is the Master and we are the servants; He is the High Priest and we are the priests; He is the Husband and we are the Bride; He is the Teacher and we are the students; He is the Shepherd and we are His flock and lastly let us always remember He is the Son and we are the slaves until we become His ransomed, the redeemed – Gal 4:1-7, “What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subjected to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’. So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”
Mary, the chosen woman:
Mary, the chosen woman, fulfilled all requirements for her divine election beginning with the ‘divine enmity’ prophesied about her in Gen 3:15. Unlike what the churches have been teaching, it was not her virginity that made her eligible. Let us remember, she was not the only virgin around, just as Jesus vouches for the widow of Zarephath (Luke 4:25-26) who was not the only widow in her time when she was chosen. (Once again, to learn more about what sets Mary apart and how she overruled her curse, read The Marian Way of Wisdom, which is truly an eye-opener.)
Thus, Mary, the woman becomes worthy both in flesh and in Spirit to give birth to Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Perfect and Holy sacrifice, the peace offering with which to reconcile man and God forever. Yes, Jesus is the Perfect Man – conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the woman as was promised, and therefore born perfectly Holy and Sinless. Unlike that of the sons of men who are all conceived of flesh and are born in sin, His was the Perfect Trinity – of Perfect and sinless Body, of the Holy Spirit and of eternal Life.
To surmise, Jesus Christ did not deserve to die either by His birth or by His deeds. Yet, He offered Himself to die as a holy and pleasing sacrifice for all.
Jn 12:24 reads, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Thus, the Word that became Flesh became the kernel of wheat that died and rose again to produce many seeds. Jn 10:17-18 reads, “The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again….”
CHRIST THE SAVIOR
This is Lord Jesus Christ for you. There is none like Him. None could compare with Him, and none could take His place or share His glory with Him in their mortal state. Isa 42:8-9, “I am the Lord; that is My Name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
All men who have come and gone, however great in the eyes of their fellow-men, have all been lost to their graves, without exception. And, though seemingly exceptional examples like Enoch and Elijah serve to testify to the promise of resurrection of the surviving saints at Jesus’ Second Coming, they have neither entered heaven yet nor function either in the manner of The Resurrected Lord or in the manner of the living. They await with the rest who die in the Lord to realize the consummation of their salvation at the First Resurrection, when the final stage of our redemption will take place – the redemption of our bodies.
The resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, forty days after He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven from whence He had come. In full view of His disciples and the men of Galilee. He left with the Promise that He will return in the like manner to take His faithful ones to live with Him forever in His eternal kingdom.
And as a deposit guaranteeing His Promise, He poured out His Spirit upon us (refer Acts 2:33, Eph 1:13-14). So that, while the only empty tomb in the world provides the physical evidence of His resurrection, the Holy Spirit is the spiritual evidence that will continue to testify to us about Him (refer Jn 15:26).
Therefore, to know Christ is first of all to realize our unworthiness. Followed by our willingness to rise above our respective curses so that we are no longer subjected to the perishing law of our physical nature. And thus having awakened our spiritual self, to be washed by His blood so that we may become eligible to welcome the Spirit and fellowship with Him. For the Spirit alone may teach us and guide us and lead us by His Word to present us holy and radiant; blameless – without any wrinkle, stain or blemish. Then the thanks-offering, the fruit of our clean lips will become holy and acceptable to Him, and He will reside on our praises.
Meanwhile, let us always remember, no man – whether male or female, even after the person is born again and becomes a child of God, in his or her mortal state can take the place or partake of the glory of Jesus Christ. Alive or dead! Because Jesus Christ is the only One come down from heaven and returned to reign at the right hand of the Father. Refer Jn 3:13, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the One who came from heaven – the Son of man.” Hence, He alone is Worthy to receive honor, praise, glory, power, wealth, wisdom and strength.
The promised transformation and partaking of the glory of God will only take place at His Second Coming, which is the perfection of our transformation, the radiant transformation that will make us eligible to finally enter His kingdom. But not before fulfilling His promise to glorify us before men. For, at His Second Coming all His faithful ones will be transformed to join Him, whether dead or alive, and be given the authority to rule and judge the nations with Him and to serve Him in the royal priesthood.
As the psalmist has rightly said in Ps 75:6-7, “No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges; He brings one down, he exalts another.” God’s Word is infallible and irrefutable. He will give His faithful ones the promised hundred-fold blessings in this world during His millennium reign. And, He will restore the promised twice as much, as we had lost, by granting us once again the paradise of God plus His eternal kingdom.
Therefore, after having fulfilled all His promises concerning His ransomed here on earth, the final consummation of our salvation will take place at the wedding of the Lamb when we shall enter His Kingdom, and the dwelling of God with men will come to pass. At the end of His millennium reign on earth, He will put Satan to His doom in the eternal fire with the rest who refused to accept the truth and gave in to his deceptions. The present heaven and earth will also pass away for the ultimate fulfillment of His promise, “Behold, I make all things new!”.
Yes, since Christ has borne our sins, curses, death and the law on the cross of Calvary, let us rise above these elements that pull us backward. Let us unite as one body and grow unto Him who Alone is the Head, which is Christ. Let us pray to the Father and receive His Spirit so that empowered and enriched by the Holy Spirit we may no longer struggle with our weaknesses but live our new lives in the Spirit and grow in His Holiness and in His righteousness.
Yes, let us make every effort to offer ourselves as living sacrifices as we offer before Him a life of His righteousness and His holiness and glorify Him even though in our yet-to-be-perfected trinity. Let us bond ourselves with the Spirit of Unity and fulfill His Oneness among us so that we may truly be found in Him. Let us read 2 Cor 1:21-22 and take heart for it reads “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” Only then, may we become worthy of the fine linen of robe of righteousness and enter the kingdom of God.
TO HIM BE THE PRAISE AND HONOR AND GLORY AND POWER, FOR EVER AND EVER, AMEN!
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