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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 160

February 21, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us – Part 9

What Happens to Young Children When They Die?


Isaiah 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

A favorite campus song among college students during the twenties and thirties contained a phrase, “We are poor little lambs, who have lost our way, Baa, Baa, Baa.”  We come into this world with an inborn nature to sin against God’s standard of righteousness found in the Scripture.  We are not sinners because we sin – we sin because we are incapable of being anything else by physical birth from Adam.  Does God hold a baby accountable for its sin?  No, he does not!  Why not? – Because a baby is incapable of repenting.  When does God hold a human accountable for his sins?  When the Holy Spirit examines his mind, and deems him capable of repenting from sin.  At that point in time the Spirit begins to convict his soul of sin, and from that day forward he is accountable.  Children are watched over by guardian angels, which are face to face in daily communication with God concerning the welfare of the children they watch over.

An Exposition of The Parable of the Lost Sheep – MATTHEW 18:10-14.

MATTHEW 18:10 – Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

A Parable usually has a central theme that encompasses the primary teaching of the parable.  In Matthew 18 we have three parables back to back that have an identical theme.  All three are about things that were in the flock, house, or household of a person, then became separated from the presence of that person for a period of time, but ended up back in the same flock, house, or household from which they had been separated.  There are times in which the actions of the personages in the parable may be used to illustrate principles.  Since Isaiah 53:6 talks about sheep that have gone astray from a flock, let’s take a look at a principle that can be gleaned from it.

MATTHEW 18:11 – For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Once a baby reaches the age of accountability it leaves the flock protection of God it was born under, and goes its own way into the darkness of the world.  The Holy Spirit then begins to lead it to the Son of man, who came to earth for that purpose.

If a flock of unaccountable children numbered 100, and one left the fold, the Spirit of the Son of man is desirous to go after him through conviction of sin, and lead him back into the eternal flock of the saved.  The 99 would be of less concern to him because of their safety, but the one would be of great concern because of its accountability.

MATTHEW 18:12 – How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

The Son of man rejoices more over the one accountable because that one made a willful personal choice to trust in him as its savior and shepherd.  Most, unfortunately, after leaving the unaccountable fold, successfully hide from God by the exercise of will in resisting the Son of man’s saving power, and are never returned to eternal life in God’s fold.  They love what they have found in the world of darkness, loving its ways, and block God out of their minds and life by constantly rejecting the Spirit until he eventually leaves them where they desire to remain.  They have no desire to be found – They love it where they are.

MATTHEW 18:13 – And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

There is great rejoicing because the accountable one has chosen to accept the Father’s will for it.  It is not God’s will that any should perish.

MATTHEW 18:14 – Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

II Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Luke 15:3-7 – And he spake this parable unto them, saying, [4] What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? [5] And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. [6] And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. [7] I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

God considers all children incapable of repentance to be unaccountable for their sins, but those capable of repentance that have not done so, are only considered “just” by God if they exercise repentance toward him, and put their faith for salvation in his Son, Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 15:8-10 – Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? [9] And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. [10] Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 

The joy in heaven is always greater for the exercise of willful repentance and faith by a willing choice on an individual basis.

I Timothy 2:3-6 – For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. [5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians 2:8,9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 2:21 – And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Genesis 4:26 – And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

Mankind has called on the Lord for salvation ever since, and will still call on him in the tribulation period.

Acts 2:19-21 - And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: [20] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: [21] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

I quit trying to cover up what I found myself to be, a sinner who could not cover up what he was by his own efforts.  I came out of hiding and put my trust in God’s promise to provide me a covering of his choosing, which was the innocent shed blood of his Son, foretold by the innocent blood of animals he used to provide a picture of the sinless blood of his promised seed, his coming Son, Jesus Christ.  Soon he will come for me.

Genesis 3:7,10,15,21 – And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. [10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. [15] And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her SEED; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. [21] Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

The SEED came, completely finished his redemptive work for all who would put their faith in him to have done so, because he stepped on the serpent’s power he had over mankind, and made it possible for all that had, were, or would put their faith in him as the Son send by the Father to have him as their eternal Savior.

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

        
    

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 161

February 28, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us – Part 10

Isaiah 53:7 – He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he OPENETH NOT HIS MOUTH.

He knew exactly what he was supposed to do, and he did it, making no effort to say, or to do, anything that could bring about his release by his persecutors.  Christ knew he was the Lamb of God, and that only his sacrifice as God’s true Lamb could save us from the condemnation of God, which hung over us because of our inherited sinful natures. 

John 1:29 – The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

He could have opened his mouth and proclaimed that he was not the Son of God, the King of Israel, or performed a few miracles before Herod, or called down myriads of angels, but he willfully chose to do his Father’s will.

Luke 22:41-43 – And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, [42] Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: NEVERTHELESS NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE. [43] And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

He could have denied he was the Messiah, the Christ, and this would have delighted the High Priest, and would have ended his earthly mission his Father had assigned him, which had to end with his sacrifice for sin.  He confirmed all that had been written of him by Isaiah and all of the other prophets, and even though his disciples forsook him, he did all of his redemptive work alone, as it had to be so.

Matthew 26:56,59-67 – But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. [59] Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; [60] But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, [61] And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. [62] And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? [63] But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. [64] Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. [65] Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. [66] What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. [67] Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

He could have performed a few minor miracles before Herod, and most likely would have been set free, but it would have ended the mission he had been assigned by his Father, which was to pay the redemptive price for the sins of all who would accept it.

Luke 23:8-11,20-22 – And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. [9] Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. [10] And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. [11] And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. [20] Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. [21] But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. [22] And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.

Had there been evil he had done, or any other thing that was worthy of the death sentence all men, other than him, have been born under, then he had sin, and could not take away mine, but he knew no sin.  He kept the appointment with death that all others have been born under, if they are willing to put their faith in his having done so, and those are the ones who are waiting for him to come again.  They will be the ones who believe he did take away their sins, so they will appear without sin before the one who took them away.

Hebrews 9:26-28 – For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. [27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: [28] So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Matthew 27:11-14,23-26 – And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. [12] And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. [13] Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? [14] And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. [23] And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. [24] When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. [25] Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. [26] Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

The Lord’s lot fell on the sacrificial goat, and pictured what Christ was about to do to offer a blood sacrifice for all my sins.  The scapegoat is a picture of Christ’s having taken my sins, and removed them from me as far as east is from west in his burial, but he was resurrected alive to live forever as my continual intercessor for the full atonement of my sins.

Leviticus 16:8-10 – And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. [9] And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. [10] But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Luke 23:36-43 – And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, [37] And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. [38] And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. [39] And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. [40] But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? [41] And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. [42] And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. [43] And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Why did this thief go to paradise?  What could he do to save himself?  He could not get off the cross to do good works or to be baptized!  Let’s take a look at what led up to Jesus making this promise of paradise by taking note of the actions of the thief.  We are not saved by baptism or by works, and neither was the thief.

1.      He rebuked the other thief for his comment “IF thou be Christ.”

2.      He feared God.

3.      He knew he was a condemned man who deserved to be condemned.

4.      He acknowledged that Jesus had done nothing wrong.

5.      He called him Lord, and asked him to remember him when he came into his kingdom.

6.      He believed he was the Messiah who would bring in the promised kingdom.

Why do I believe I am going to be in heaven after I leave this life?

1.     I believe he is the Christ.

2.     I fear God.

3.     I was a condemned man who was guilty, and knew it.

4.     I believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, doing nothing wrong.

5.     I called Jesus Lord, calling upon his name to save me, a sinner, from what I am, and I know Jesus does remember when I did so.

6.     I believe Jesus is the Messiah who will bring me into his promised kingdom.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

       
          

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 162

March 7, 2004

The Son Who Became A Servant To Save Us – Part 11


Isaiah 53:8 – He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Messiah was betrayed, arrested, bound, forsaken by his disciples, and led away to appear before the high priest, where he was illegally judged, found guilty of blasphemy for claiming to be the Messiah, temporarily imprisoned, then led from his from judgment and imprisonment to appear before Pontius Pilate.  Isaiah wrote of this more than 700 years before Jesus Christ fulfilled it.

“HE WAS TAKEN FROM PRISON AND FROM JUDGMENT:” Mark 14:53 – And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

Mark 15:1 – And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

Because they were planning to cut him off from his own generation, and he was the only one who could declare it to be worthy of escaping God’s punishment for their action against its Messiah, that generation would suffer the consequences of its actions.

“AND WHO SHALL DECLARE HIS GENERATION?”  

Matthew 23:32-36 – Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. [33] Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? [34] Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: [35] That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. [36] Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon THIS GENERATION.

And, before that generation ended, the Roman Prince Titus came and destroyed the city of Jerusalem and its temple.  The word “FOR” in the next phrase means that it was the reason there was no one to intercede for his generation, BECAUSE they cut him off from in death from their presence.

“FOR HE WAS CUT OFF FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING:” Mark 10:32-34 – And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, [33] Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: [34] And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Messiah told them this as he traveled to Jerusalem for what he knew would be his last trip, but it apparently went in one ear and out the other, without them really understanding what he was saying.  They had followed him for more than three years, believing that one day he would openly declare himself the promised Messiah, then raise a great Israeli army, defeat the Romans and cast off their yoke, then establish a great physical kingdom of God on the earth that covered the land grant promised to Abraham through Jacob, then set on the throne of David forever.  The Messiah was expected to set in glory in an eternal physical body on the throne of David.  So, immediately after he told them what you just read in Mark 10:32-34, James and John came to him with the following request in verses 35 to 37.

Mark 10:35-37 – And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. [36] And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? [37] They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

They had never fully grasped that Messiah had to die for their sins, and really did not fully understand it until after his resurrection, when he explained it to two of the disciples on the Emmaus Road.

Luke 24:25-27,30-32 – Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: [26] Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? [27] And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. [30] And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. [31] And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. [32] And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

The saved hearts of all believers that realize this perfect, sinless, Son of the Living God, willfully humbled himself and became obedient to death, taking the full punishment for our transgressions, have hearts that burn within us when we contemplate his love for us revealed in the Scriptures.

“FOR THE TRANSGRESSION OF MY PEOPLE WAS HE STRICKEN.”  I Peter 2:22-25 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: [24] Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. [25] For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 

All the many high priests of Israel, which presented a picture of Messiah as the High Priest of God, had one thing in common, they died, and could not forever intercede before God because of death, but God resurrected the eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ the Messiah, who had offered one sacrifice for all sins forever, and he has saved all those who put faint in his sacrifice as the eternal atonement for all their sins forever.  They have been justified before God to the uttermost by faith in his Son.

Hebrews 7:23-27 – And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: [24] But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. [25] Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. [26] For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; [27] Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

I Corinthians 1:18 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

 Corinthians 2:2,5 – For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  
 

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 163

March 13, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us! – Number 12


Isaiah 53:9 – And he made his grave with the wicked, AND with the rich in his death; BECAUSE he had done NO violence, neither was ANY deceit in his mouth.

“AND HE MADE HIS GRAVE WITH THE WICKED, AND WITH THE RICH IN HIS DEATH:”

He made the choice to be buried among all sinners, from those exceedingly wicked and poor to those exceedingly wicked and rich, for men from the richest to the poorest were sinners and void of the righteousness of God.

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

God is no respecter of persons for, from the most noble to the greatest traitor, all have hearts that do not trust in the Lord, being deceitful above all things, and all must call upon the name of the Lord to save them from what they are by birth from Adam.

Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall CALL UPON the name of the Lord shall be saved.

I Peter 1:18,19 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

“AND WITH THE RICH IN HIS DEATH”

He was buried in the tomb prepared for the body of the rich member of the Council from Arimathara, whose name was Joseph.

Luke 23:33,50-53 – And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. [50] And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: [51] (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. [52] This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. [53] And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. 

All those who are saved and coming to the knowledge of the truth in his word are, like Joseph, waiting for the Lion of Judah, the King of Israel, to return in his glory with his Kingdom.  It is God’s will that they do so.

I Timothy 2:3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. [5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

He bruised his heel, his entire body, when he stepped on the serpent’s head and forever crushed its power over all those who will put their faith in what he did for them to pay the price for all their sins.  The humiliation and the beating he took that rendered him to no longer have the outward appearance of a men, did not cause him to do violence to his captors, and he would not claim to be anything less than what he was to gain his freedom from the price he knew he had to pay for our sins.

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

In all of this he could have called down myriads of the angels to do violence to his captors, but he had to crush Satan’s power by his life as the only man who ever lived a perfect, sinless life of redemption as a man who died to free us from the power gained over man in the Garden of Eden.  And he did not deny he was the Son of God to escape the unbelievable beating and spiritual agony he knew he had to pay for our inherited sin condition.

“HE HAD DONE NO VIOLENCE NEITHER WAS ANY DECEIT IN HIS MOUTH.”

I Peter 2:22,23 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

Luke 23:4,41 – Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. [41] And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 

John 19:4-6 – Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. [5] Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! [6] When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.        

Matthew 5:17,18 – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. [18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

James 2:10 – For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

He fulfilled all that the prophets had written concerning his first coming as Messiah, and he is the only man who every lived that measured up to the standard of God’s righteousness.

Philippians 2:6-12 – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

For this reason all power in heaven and in earth has been given to him and he is able to spiritually quicken all who come to him.

I Corinthians 15:45 – And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

John 5:40 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

   
      

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 164

March 22, 2004

THE SON WHO BECAME A SERVANT TO SAVE US – Part 13


Isaiah 53:10 – Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand,

“YET IT PLEASED THE LORD TO BRUISE HIM”

It was made plain in the Garden of Eden, immediately after Adam and Eve disobeyed God, that in order for God to be just in his own character, he had to reconcile man to himself by allowing Satan to bruise the heel of his only begotten Son when his feet walked upon this earth as a man in sinless, perfect flesh.  He forever crushed the power that Satan held over man from birth by stepping on the poisonous source of his mind controlling venom, but it cost him his life in the flesh and the temporary agony of being separated from his Father for three days and three nights

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her SEED, IT SHALL BRUISE THY HEAD, AND THOU SHALT BRUISE HIS HEEL.

II Corinthians 5:19 – To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Romans 4:6-8 – Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,  [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

II Corinthians 5:21 – For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

All men face a judgment for what they are by birth and by nature, sinners under the condemnation of God once they reach the age of mental accountability before God.  But for all who will hear his Son’s words, believing that God, his Father, sent him to take their sins in his own body on the cross, there is a spiritual rebirth that passes them from death unto life, and forever removes them from under the condemnation of God for sin.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, HATH everlasting life, and SHALL NOT come into condemnation; but IS PASSED from death unto life.

“HATH” IS A PRESENT, INDICATIVE, ACTIVE VERB.  IF YOU HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE NOW, THEN IN ORDER FOR IT TO HAVE SATISFIED THE TRUTH OF THE WORD EVERLASTING, YOU MUST HAVE IT FOREVER OR IT IS A LIE.

Christ did not put away part of my sins that would have sent me to hell under the condemnation of God.  They were still in the future when he took them, and he took all of them.  For those who are waiting for him to appear with this belief, he will appear, because they are without sin before God, since they believe Christ took all their sins on his first trip to earth.  Their faith is in the grace of God that is in the ability and power of Christ to save and keep them, not in their works.

Hebrews 9:26-28 – For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  [27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  [28] So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of MANY; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

So who are the MANY to whom he will appear without sin the second time he comes.

John 1:11-13 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  [12] But as MANY as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

We are quickened, made alive, by the Spirit of God, when we believe the words of his Son by putting all our faith on him to save and keep us.

I Corinthians 15:21,22,45 – For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  [22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.   [45]  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

John 6:62,63 – What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?  [63] It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the WORDS that I speak unto you, THEY are SPIRIT, and THEY are LIFE.

John 5:40 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have LIFE.

John 6:68 – Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go?  THOU HAST the WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE.

“HE HATH PUT HIM TO GRIEF”

Perhaps the awareness that he was soon to know sin, our sin, and to be separated as a man from his heavenly Father for the first time in his existence, is portrayed in a Scripture in the Garden as he anticipated it, and on the cross as he began to experience it at the very end.  They were the times of perhaps his greatest grief.

Luke 22:41-44 – And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,  [42] Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.  [43] And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.  [44] And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground.

Matthew 27:46 – And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying Eli, Eli, la-ma sa-bach-tha-ni?  That is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?

No man ever had faith like God’s only begotten Son.  After his prayer in the Garden, taking a beating that left him hardly recognizable as a human being, and hanging for six hours on the cross, the last three in darkness, he still called him “MY” God!  The life I now live in the flesh is lived by the indwelling faith of the Son of God, who love me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20,21 – I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  [21] I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Philippians 3:9 – And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through THE FAITH OF CHRIST, the righteousness which if of God by faith.

 
     

March 28, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us – Part 14


Isaiah 53:10 – Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

In Prophecy Update Number 164, I exposited fully on the first two phrases in Isaiah 53:10, so I will limit this exposition to the remaining portion.

“WHEN THOU SHALT MAKE HIS SOUL AN OFFERING FOR SIN, HE SHALL SEE HIS SEED,”

I certainly would not argue that this would include the picture of the Father gazing on his only begotten Son, as the Son made his soul an offering for our sin.  Christ was the promised seed of Genesis 3:15, which was the same seed promised to come through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David, and he was the seed of the living God.  However, I also believe God, when he gazed upon his only begotten seed, saw in time the future spiritual seed of Jesus that his act would produce, and thereby bring forth his many new born children to his Father.  His risen soul has brought forth many children that God has given him, and has created many disciples that sing praises to God in his local churches from Christ, who lives in them to sing praises to his Father from their hearts.  All those believing in the offering of his soul for their sins are his brethren.  They are all God’s children that he has given to his risen seed, and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  They represent the family of God on this earth and in heaven, and are all indwelt by his Spirit.  Some of them, as his children, choose to unite with one of his local churches and give glory to him through his Son as the head and foundation of it, and some do not.  His love saved them by grace and eternally accepted them as his children.  Service in one of his local churches manifests the degree of their love for him for having done so, and it determines the degree of joy one will receive in heaven at his judgment seat, which will be the reward received for having done so. 

Hebrews 2:9-15 – But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. [10] For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in BRINGING MANY SONS unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. [11] For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to CALL THEM BRETHREN, [12] Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the MIDST OF THE CHURCH will I sing praise unto thee. [13] And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and THE CHILDREN WHICH GOD HATH GIVEN ME. [14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  (The Seed of God crushed the power in the serpent’s head on a cross, bruised beyond recognition)

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

When we assemble together in one of his local churches, he not only dwells in the hearts of its assembled members, but he sings praise out of their hearts, and is spiritually in their assembled midst, of which he is the head and the foundation.  This gives glory to God through the Son in, and among, them.  Each one of his local churches represents his body in that place and, as such, is the pillar and ground of the truth, in which we should learn how we are to behave ourselves as we learn his truths.

Ephesians 1:22,23 – And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:26,27 – That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

I Timothy 3:14,15 – These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Ephesians 5:30 – For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

“HE SHALL PROLONG HIS DAYS,”

This is an inspired understatement, because when we think of “prolong,” we think of a long period, like when God prolonged King Hezekiah’s life for fifteen years.  But this “PROLONG” IS ETERNAL AND HAS NO END, and the great joy in which we glory is that he has promised to share his days with us for all eternity – OH, WHAT A SAVIOR, AND WHAT A SOUL OFFERING FOR ALL MY SINS.

Hebrews 7:23-27 – And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: [24] But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. [25] Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. [26] For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; [27] Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Philippians 2:8-11 – And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

“THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD SHALL PROSPER IN HIS HAND”

Ephesians 1:9,10 – Having made known unto us the mystery OF HIS WILL, ACCORDING HIS GOOD PLEASURE which he hath purposed in himself: [10] That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

 
    

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 166

April 3, 2004

The Son Who Became A Servant To Save Us – Part 15


Isaiah 53:11 – He shall see of the TRAVAIL of his soul, and shall be SATISFIED: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

TRAVAIL – AMAL – To labor in great agony to reach a goal, such as the harvesting of a crop.

SATSIFIED – SABEA – To be saturated to complete satisfaction.

This is when he started the race to reach the goal that would harvest a fantastic crop to the glory of his Father.  His Father was fully saturated with satisfaction by his Son’s race, and by the way Jesus finally finished it in agony on the cross.

Matthew 3:16,17 – And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: [17] And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

This was the way he ran the race, which always brought the words of approval for his actions from his Father.

Matthew 17:1-5 – And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, [2] And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. [3] And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. [4] Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. [5] While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED; hear ye him.

And this is the way he ended the race on the cross to bring glory to his Father.   

John 17:3-5 – And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. [4] I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. [5] And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

This is what his Spirit is still doing to bring in the full harvest of souls to his Father.             

John 12:32-34 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. [33] This he said, signifying what death he should die.

This is what he does continuously for all of the souls he has drawn to him.

Hebrews 7:25 – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

I John 1:8-10 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

This is how he makes disciples of them, after he has drawn them to him, and saved them by the power of the Spirit. 

Acts 10:47,48 – Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? [48] And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.

Ephesians 5:26,27 – That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

I Timothy 3:14,15 – These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

I Peter 2:1-5 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, [2] As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: [3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. [4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, [5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

This is the pattern that Jesus established for making the spiritual sacrifices acceptable to his Father.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

This is the commission and pattern he gave to the first church to follow in reaping and teaching the harvest to be disciples.

Matthew 28:19,20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

This was the spiritual food that empowered Jesus as he envisioned the harvest, and he is still working in us for the final gathering of it.

John 4:32-38 – But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. [33] Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? [34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. [35] Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. [36] And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. [37] And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. [38] I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

This is the final harvest that will be collected from the fields of this age of the Gentiles.

I Thessalonians 4:17 – Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 
       

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 167

April 11, 2004

THE SON WHO BECAME A SERVANT TO SAVE US!


Isaiah 53:7 – He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

When you put the squeeze on a citrus product, what is inside it pours out for all to see.  The more pressure you put on it, the more of what is inside it pours out.  If you step on it, all that is inside it comes into the view of all beholding it.

No man was ever put under the pressure that Jesus was put under during the last days of his life.  He was beaten beyond recognition, he was stepped on, he was pierced, and he was killed, and we all saw what was inside him come out to be viewed by those who did it.

What would have come out of us if we were dying for all those who were doing to us what they did to Jesus?  Can we say that what came out of him was sweetness?

Luke 23:34 – Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Would bitterness and hatred for them be pouring out of us if we were under such pressure, and being stepped on? Would we explode outwardly in bitterness toward those causing us to be pressured?

A sweet citrus orange brings forth what is inside it when you squeeze it or step on it.  It brings forth sweetness.

A bitter citrus lemon brings forth what is inside it when you squeeze it or step on it.  It brings forth bitterness.

What did Jesus have inside him that caused sweetness to pour out of him during his last day on this earth in his body of sinless flesh?

Colossians 2:9,10 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. [10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Do you have the treasure of his presence in your sinful body?  What flows out of you when you are pressured and stepped on?  What shines out from you – The spirit in the flesh or the Spirit of Christ in you?  What do men and women see come out of you when you are squeezed?

What they see can affect what you tell them about Jesus if they are lost, or weak in the faith.  How well you hold your temper and tongue during times of pressure, and feeling stepped on, will show them you have Christ in you, and that it has changed the way you act.  The light that radiates out of your conduct is meant to reflect the light from the face of Christ that has supposedly shined in your heart.

II Corinthians 4:3-10 – But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: [4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. [5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. [6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  [7] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. [8] We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; [9] Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; [10] Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

When you are troubled on every side, what is squeezed out?  Is the bitterness of distress poured out before men and women by the flesh.

When you are perplexed, what is squeezed out?  Is it the bitterness of despair poured out before men and women by the flesh?

When you are being persecuted for righteousness sake, what is squeezed out?  Is it the bitterness that God has forsaken you poured out before men and women by the flesh?

When you get “put down,” what is squeezed out?  Is it the feeling your whole life has been destroyed poured out before men and women by the flesh.

When any, or all, of these things happen to you, what does God want to be poured out by that treasure you have in your earthen vessel? 

It is the testimony to all men and women, by your every day conduct, that you believe you have the treasure of God living in you in the person of Jesus, who died for you, but has been resurrected from the dead, and now lives in you.  It is his faith in his Father that is to be showed daily to the world by your conduct.  To put it in the modern day vernacular:  “When you get so angry at someone that you want to shout and scream at them because you feel squeezed, misused, and abused, and you want to take your frustrations out on them – JUST DON’T DO IT – JUST COOL IT!”

Galatians 2:20 –I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Jesus never took out his frustrations on others – He took the frustrations of others upon himself!


 

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 168

April 17, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us – Nr. 17


Isaiah 53:11 – He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

In Prophecy Update Number 166 I covered the first phrase in this passage: “He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied,” with a great deal of heavy emphases on the meaning of the two words, “travail” and “satisfied.”  In this Update I will deal with the last part of the verse:

“BY HIS KNOWLEDGE SHALL MY RIGHTEOUS SERVANT JUSTIFY MANY; FOR HE SHALL BEAR THEIR INIQUITIES.”

God’s only begotten Son in the flesh, the man Christ Jesus, as he grew to manhood, increased in statue and in wisdom in his Father’s grace.   

FROM AGE EIGHT DAYS TO AGE TWELVE – Luke 2:40 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

FROM AGE TWELVE TO HIS BAPTISM – Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

When Jesus began his earthly ministry he had the full KNOWLEDGE of how he would justify believers by his death, and KNEW his baptism pictured what he would be doing, a little more than three years later, to set all believers free from the condemnation of God for sin.  His full immersion in water by John pictured what he would do to make all those righteous who put their faith in him.  His baptism pictured his life, his death, his burial in the earth, and his resurrection from the dead.  It is our faith in a resurrected Christ that saves us by grace, and allows God to be just, and the justifier, of all to whom He imputes the righteousness of his Son at the point of repentance toward Him, and the placing of  faith for salvation in his living Son’s offering for sins.  In his burial by immersion, and his coming up out of the water, Jesus gave a future picture of what he would do in three plus years to fulfill all righteousness by his life, burial, and resurrection for all who would receive it as the finished sacrifice for all their sins.

Matthew 3:13-15 –Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. [14] But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? [15] And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil ALL righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Romans 3:26-28 – To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [27] Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Galatians 3:24 – Wherefore THE LAW WAS OUR SCHOOLMASTER to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

“BY HIS KNOWLEDGE SHALL MY RIGHTEOUS SERVANT MANY”

So how MANY will God’s righteous servant, the man Christ Jesus justify?  Do you have to be born again?

John 1:11-13 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not. [12] But as MANY as received him, to THEM gave he power to become the sons of God, even to THEM that BELIEVE on his NAME: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 6:63 – It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 3:7 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be born again.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we MUST be saved.

“FOR HE SHALL BEAR THEIR INIQUITIES”

If Christ himself had sinned in even the slightest way, then he would have no righteousness to impute to us.

I Peter 2:22 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

If he had not borne all the sins of all believers since the fall of man in the garden, then even believers would still be under the condemnation of God for sins.  When he bore Noah’s sins of the past on the cross, all of my sins were still future.  He died for the sins of all who put their faith in the promise of a SEED to deliver them, from Genesis 3:15 to the last man on earth to put his faith in THE SEED to save him.

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her SEED; IT shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise HIS heel.

Romans 3:24,25 – Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for THE REMISSION OF SINS THAT ARE PAST, through the FORBEARANCE of God;

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Adam and Eve thought Cain was the promised SEED, but when he slew Abel, that eliminated them both as being the SEED.  So, at the birth of Seth, they thought he was the promised SEED, but when he had a son, it left them with a puzzle: which seed was the promised SEED, Enos or Seth?  At that point in time it began to become apparent that the promised SEED might even be further on down the line, and from that time forward those who have been saved, have been saved by calling on the name of the Lord.  The promised SEED is truly the Savior yesterday, today, and forever.  On the cross he bore the sins of the Old Testament believers, those at the time of the cross who were believers, and those in the future through the Millennium.  And it has all been through the “FORBEARANCE of God” and his grace.

Genesis 4:25,26 – And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me ANOTHER SEED instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. [26] And to Seth, to HIM also there was BORN A SON; and he called his name Enos: THEN began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

We are still calling on the name of the Lord, but under a better covenant, because now we know the name of the SEED who is the Lord Jesus Christ, and even when the tribulation begins, man will still be calling on the name of the SEED.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:19-21 –And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: [20] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: [21] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Salvation has always been by grace through faith in the promise of God that he would send a SEED to save us.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

He finished his redemptive work on the cross for all who would put their faith in what God promised them he would do, deliver them from condemnation for sins forever.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Colossians 3:2,3 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Galatians 2:20,21 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. [21] I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

I Peter 2:24 – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

I Corinthians 1:18 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

I Peter 1:5-8 – Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [6] Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: [7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: [8] Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 
      

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 169

April 25, 2004

The Son Who Became a Savior to Save Us – Nr. 18


Isaiah 53:11,12A – He shall see of the travail of his soul, and SHALL BE SATISFIED: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify MANY; for he shall bear their iniquities.  [12] THEREFORE will I divide HIM a portion with THE GREAT (“Therefore” explains why    Christ receives full partnership in the Godhead with “the great,” which comes from the primary root RABAH, meaning “to cast together, i.e. to increase in number”). 

The Great = One God in 3 persons dwelling in Christ.  I do not pretend to understand the Trinity of One God in three persons to the degree that I can truly say, yes, this is the correct explanation.  Indeed, I stand in awe of even trying to understand it.  I have mused for years in trying to do the impossible, of which I am not capable with a finite mind, so please consider what follows as an attempt to grasp the Trinity to satisfy my own curiosity.

I believe the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have always existed in three offices that make up the Godhead, but I believe the man Christ Jesus was made by the Father in Mary’s womb, and afterwards came into the world as a perfect, flesh and blood, living Son of the Father.  The Son of God office was part of the Godhead from the beginning, but he took on the flesh and blood body of the man Christ Jesus in Mary’s womb, and in the city of David became the Son of God, born of a woman for the suffering that would set believers in him free from the condemnation for sins.  The suffering servant was always in the plan of God for man’s redemption long before Adam and Eve committed the first sin of man against God.

Genesis 1:26A – And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness:

One of the seminary teachers, who taught me Hebrew, translated this verse, in its fullest exposition, as: “Let US make man in OUR blood flowing, earth becoming image, in the likeness we will one day take on.”  I believe that the office of the Son of God has always existed from before the foundation of the world, but I believe the man Christ Jesus came into physical existence in the womb of Mary by an act of God, who is Spirit, and I believe within that perfect, sinless man there were two wills, the spiritual will of the Godhead, and the will of the perfect man, Christ Jesus.  And I believe that the will of the man, in every instant of his life, obeyed the will of the indwelling Godhead, even to the death of the cross and his separation from the Godhead as a man for three days and three nights.

Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over ALL the earth,

Hebrews 2:8,9 – Thou hast put ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now WE SEE NOT YET all things put under him. [9] But WE SEE Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he hath chosen us in him BEFORE the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Luke 1:35 – And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Luke 22:41,42 – And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, [42] Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless NOT MY WILL, but THINE, be done.

Hebrews 10:5-10 – Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but A BODY hast thou prepared me: [6] In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no  pleasure. [7] Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) TO DO THY WILL, O God. [8] Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; [9] Then said he, Lo, I come TO DO THY WILL, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. [10] By the which will we are sanctified through the offering OF THE BODY OF Jesus Christ ONCE for all.

Galatians 4:4-6 – But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. [6] And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Isaiah 53:12 – Therefore will I divide HIM a portion with THE GREAT,   

In my opinion, repeat, opinion, the “I” represents the person of God fulfilling the office of Father.  The “him” represents the perfect, sinless, flesh and blood, Son of man and of God, Jesus Christ.  And “the great” is the trinity of the one God acting in the three offices of the Godhead.  I believe the Godhead indwells the glorified man, Christ Jesus, in all its glory as the one God, as the final consolidation of “the great,” the RAHAB, which means “to cast together, i.e., to increase in number.” I believe God shows the Son sitting beside the Father in heaven as a picture man can grasp, but when we finally arrive in heaven I suspect we will only see Jesus, and in him all the fullness of God will be visible to his subjects. 

Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

I believe there is only one God who fulfills three offices, and that each office is fulfilled by the person of God in a continuing aspect of his plan for the redemption of man.

The office of the Son of God in the Godhead has always been eternal, but the human man Christ Jesus was made by God in the Virgin’s womb, and is his only Son that was begotten by woman.  It was always God’s plan to redeem mankind to himself by reconciliation in the man Christ Jesus.

II Corinthians 5:18-21 – And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. [20] Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. [21] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The offices of the Godhead before the man Christ Jesus were Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and all three of these offices fully indwelt the man Christ Jesus.  Before the creation of the man Christ Jesus in Mary, there was only one God in three persons, who fulfilled the offices of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The man Christ Jesus was made by the Father and sent to fulfill the office of the Son of God, and all the fullness of the one God in three persons indwelt him.  When Christ fulfilled the office of the work of the Son of God as a man without sin, who was equal to God, he was raised from the dead by the power of the Godhead, and made the glorified man, whose portion of the great three in one is to be THE ONE GOD IN WHOM ALL THE FULNESS OF GOD CONTINUES FOREVER.

Philippians 2:6-11 – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 13:30-32 – He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night. [31] Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. [32] If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

John 14:9,10 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? [10] Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

John 14:16-20 – And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. [19] Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. [20] At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

The third person in the trinity, the Holy Spirit, is now in the process of fulfilling his office in convicting us of our sins, leading us to Christ, and comforting us as children of the Godhead through the man Christ Jesus.

John 16:7-11 – Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. [8] And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 14:26,27 - But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. [27] Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: