187 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 3 - Book 16 - The Eight Signs

187: The Eight Signs – Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 16

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LESSON 2 * PART 3 * BOOK 16

THE EIGHT SIGNS

Let’s continue with the eight signs in the Gospel of John which were directed to the Nation of Israel. You are beginning to see that Jesus’ teachings were primarily directed to the Nation of Israel. When you can see that teaching, you are becoming a Bible student. Christ hadn’t died yet; they didn’t even have an idea that He would die, let alone be raised from the dead. So what was their Gospel? What were they to believe? That He was The Christ coming in fulfillment of those Old Testament promises and covenants. Every Jew that Jesus deals with is a Law-keeping Jew. The Temple is still going. Josephus tells us that up to a million animals a year were being sacrificed at the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry. When we get to the Book of Acts, I’ll show you that these believing Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah are still all Law-keepers. No one has told them to quit going to the Temple or stop keeping the Law. In Chapter 22 of Acts Paul tells about his experience at Damascus. He refers to Ananias as a devout man after the Law. That is seven years after Pentecost. Peter didn’t want to go into Cornelius’ house because Cornelius was a Gentile and Peter said so in Acts 10:28.

Acts 10:28

“And he said unto them, `Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation;'”

The same thing before that when the sheet came down and The Lord said, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat.” And what was Peter’s reaction? “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.” And why hadn’t he? He was a Law-keeper. There are so many that don’t want to see these things because they would have to teach differently than what has been passed down to them. These are not my words, the Bible says them! We need to study what The Word really says, and not what someone tells us it says.

As we deal with these signs in John’s Gospel, yes, it’s the eternal, Creator God that is performing them, but He is pointing them to the Nation of Israel to show them their dire need before He could fulfill all those Covenant promises. We looked at one of the signs in the last lesson, when Jesus turned the water into wine and filled the water pots to the brim. This indicated when He brings joy to the Nation of Israel it’s going to be full. Let’s look at verse 11 again:

John 2:11

“This beginning of miracles (signs) did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” Even the disciples need signs and miracles to cement their faith. The next sign is Chapter 4, the nobleman’s son.

John 4:46,47

“So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum (he wasn’t dead, but he was sick). When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down and heal his son: for he was at the point of death (he didn’t have a lot of time left).”

Where was Israel at this time? Just exactly where this sick son was. They weren’t dead, but they were in dire straits spiritually. Their religion had been totally watered down, It had so far departed from the early Mosaic system, and yet they thought they were religious, but they were spiritually sick nigh unto death. Who alone can restore their national health? The Messiah! So here is the sign.

John 4:48-50

“Then said Jesus unto him, `Except ye see sings, and wonders, ye will not believe.’ The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, `Go thy way: thy son liveth.’ And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.” It wasn’t just that the son raised from his sick bed;it was a sign to the Nation of Israel that if they wanted to be restored to their national health, and receive all the promises given in the covenants, then the Messiah was the One that had to do it. Verse 54 is a clue how we are supposed to study the rest of the Book of John.

John 4:54

“This is again the second miracle (sign) that Jesus did,…” If the Bible is delineating that the miracle at Cana was the first sign and this is number two, what follows? Number three. Then look for number four, because Scripture has already given you the introduction to what we are to do. The third sign we find in Chapter 5.

John 5:1

“AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews: and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.” Remember He was up in Cana of Galilee for the first two signs but now we find Him in Jerusalem for the third.

John 5:2

“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool,…”

The last one was the picture of Israel, that she was sick, as we saw in the nobleman’s son. Now we come to the impotent man and it’s one of the intricacies of Scripture. The impotent man is associated with sin, as is the blind man, and they both are associated with a pool. Those are just little tidbits of Scripture that I think make things very interesting. None of the rest of them mention sin. It shows their need, but it doesn’t necessarily reveal the fact of sin. That pool indicated a need for cleansing as pointed out previously, and that is why there was so much washing in their religious ritual.

John 5:3-5

“In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.”

What other period of time in Israel’s history was 38 years long? The wilderness. It’s close to the forty we like to think of, and forty in God’s dealing with Israel is a time of testing. So I think this impotent man has a correlation to the testing of the Nation of Israel.

John 5:6

“When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, `Wilt thou be made whole?'”

Who is He really asking? The Nation. Are you ready for Spiritual help? Are you ready for the King? Are you ready for the Kingdom? They aren’t. A few of them are as we see, but the Nation wasn’t, because they wouldn’t believe Who He was. It’s so interesting; they are so religious, and mindful of the Law that when Jesus raises the impotent man, and tells him to pick up his bed and go his way, what day of the week was this on? The Sabbath. These Jews were in an uproar, because Jesus had healed this man on the Sabbath day.

These religious leaders were so religious they were blind to common sense, they would rather have seen this poor guy stay in his infirmity than break the Sabbath – that’s what religion does. Religion today is still ridiculous. You will never find anything any more practical than Pauline Christianity. The letters of Paul have set people free, and put us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It has given us an insight into The Word like no other people have ever had. All because of that finished work of the Cross.

I want you to see as we go through these eight signs, that we will be constantly advancing on a previous sign. For example, remember the first one at the marriage at Cana where there was no joy, and everything was empty and hopeless? By the time we get to the eighth sign we will have a net full of fishes. And although it was so full that under ordinary circumstances it would have broken, what happens here? It didn’t break, and not a fish was lost. We will explain that one when we get to it. But it’s an advance on this one. Here the pots are filled with wine to complete their national joy. When we get the net full of fish it will be a picture of the re-gathering of Israel. And we’ll see that in Ezekiel 37 – and when God gets ready to re-gather the children of Israel is the net going to break? No way. Is He going to lose one or two? No way.

In Luke 4, Jesus told the disciples to let their net down on the other side of the boat and they did, and the net was so full that it broke. And they lost their fish. But not this time. Now, back to the unfolding of the signs. In the second one, the nobleman’s son is sick and by the time we get to Lazarus, he’s dead. This is the direction that the Nation is going – from bad to worse. Then, when you come down to the impotent man next to the pool, sin is the problem. The advance on the impotent man is this one down here again next to a pool, again with sin in the reference. Now what is he? He’s blind. Which is even worse than being impotent. The two in the middle I’ve sort of paralleled them together, and these both just manifested His power as being the God of Creation: one by feeding the five thousand with the loaves and the fishes and the other by walking on the sea. And it wasn’t the walking on the sea that was such a manifestation as His being able to control the elements.

Now to Chapter 6 – the feeding of the five thousand. Just like there is a pool in the impotent man’s and the blind man’s account which we will be looking at, sin is in both accounts. But on these next two that I have locked together we find Jesus going up into a mountain. I think this is indicative of just how beautifully everything unfolds and yet ties together. That in these two signs Jesus departs into a mountain and in both of them He manifests His power.

John 6:3-6

“And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, `Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’ And this he said to prove him (Philip): for he himself knew what he would do.”

In other words, Jesus knew the end from the beginning. And He knew He would feed these five thousand before the situation ever presented itself. You know the account of how He fed them and they gathered up the 12 baskets full that were left over. He could more than supply all of Israel’s physical needs. Because of Who He was. Now, the next miracle of Him walking on the sea in verse 15:

John 6:15

“When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.” Both signs begin with an experience in the mountains.

John 6:16-21

“And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea. And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, `It is I; be not afraid.’ Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.”

What happened? The ship was miraculously transported from where they were on the sea to the shore, and we know there was no reason to fear. Both of these miracles are right in the middle of the eight signs, and both were showing that He was the powerful Creator-God over everything. Now let’s quickly move on to the next one, which would be the blind man in Chapter 9.

John 9:1

“AND as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.”

How long had he been blind? From day one. Hold that in your memory bank, because when we get to the account of Lazarus I want to make a point. Think back in Israel’s history, all the way back to the patriarchs. To the call of Abraham. Did they ever enjoy all the promises? Never. A little while seemingly under David and Solomon, but even then they were under heavy taxation. Their kids were drafted into the army, they were under the typical rule of a typical king, and they didn’t enjoy happiness they way they will when the Messiah rules. So we have this man that was blind from birth, and I think this is a picture of the Nation.

John 9:2

“And his disciples asked him, saying, `Master, who did sin (remember there are only two of these signs where sin is mentioned. The impotent man and now the blind man and they tie together), this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?'”

John 9:3-7

“Jesus answered, `Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me…, As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, `Go, wash in the pool of Siloam(which is by interpretation, Sent),’ He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”

Go back to Zechariah 13 for a moment. I think this will help you see what I’m trying to show you. All of this is directed to the Nation of Israel. Indicating her near-term rejection, and falling away from all of these prospects. Yet in the long term God is still going to fulfill all of these sign aspects of His dealing with Israel. Remember the blind man, he went to wash in the pool of Siloam. He had been blind since birth, until the Messiah came. And here is prophecy.

Zechariah 13:1

“IN that day (when The Lord sets up His Kingdom and Israel has all the promises fulfilled) there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.” What will God do? He will cleanse and forgive them, and they will come into all the glory of the Kingdom. But as yet they are out there in their spiritual blindness. Now back to John’s Gospel, and proceeding through this chapter the Pharisees and the Jews are constantly accusing Jesus of being a demon.

John 9:16

“Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day (many people aren’t any better today. They want something that shows their spirituality, yet on Monday morning they are just as deep in the world as they can get. They think that hour in church is going to rectify everything. But you see that’s religion, not Christianity. The truly spiritual is that which flows from within, and we try to manifest it all week long, and not just on Sunday morning). Others said, `How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.'”

Move on to Chapter 11. We’ve come through the blind man which was healed of blindness which he had since birth; sin is mentioned as well as with the impotent man; they were next to the pool which indicated a need for cleansing. Now to Lazarus and he’s dead.

John 11:17

“Then when Jesus came, he found that he (Lazarus) had lain in the grave four days already.”

What does I Peter say in regard to a day in God’s mind? A thousand years is but a day, and a day is but a thousand years. So, picking up the analogy that we are dealing with the Nation of Israel just like the blind man who had been blind since birth, how long has the Nation of Israel literally been spiritually dead? 4000 years. That takes you back to Abraham at 2000 B.C. So, I think the four days of Lazarus’ death is an indication that Israel, nationally, is spending 4000 years spiritually dead. But what will happen at the end of the 4000 years? She will be brought back to life. I realize this is a little bit backwards, but come back to verse 6; hopefully you are getting the picture. But here in verse 6, word came to Jesus that Lazarus was sick, and they knew that if Jesus would come that He could heal him.

John 11:6

“When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he (purposely) abode two days still in the same place where he was.” And then what will He do? He will go to where Lazarus is and raise him from the dead. Look at the Book of Hosea for a moment:

Hosea 6:1,2

“COME, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.” The pronouns here are the Nation of Israel.

“After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

What are the two days? Well the two days since the Cross is how long? 2000 years. What’s going to be the third thousand years? The Kingdom. See how beautifully this all fits. Now, back to Lazarus for a moment. He calls Lazarus forth. Does Lazarus contribute anything? Nothing. Remember he came out of the tomb. And that is the picture of Israel. One day they are going to be called back to life, nationally, and we will get to it in our next lesson.

186 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 2 - Book 16 - Christ as King, Servant, Man, and God

186: Christ as King, Servant, Man, and God – Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 16

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LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 16

CHRIST AS KING, SERVANT, MAN AND GOD

Let’s first look at I Timothy Chapter 1, followed by the Gospel of John (we won’t be taking it verse by verse). We will be looking at the eight signs that Jesus gave to the Nation of Israel, which most people have never gotten the full meaning and picture of. In John there are some points I would like to make before we begin. John is the fourth Gospel in order in the Bible and in the order that they are written. Matthew was written first, depicting Christ as the King. Mark depicts Christ as the Servant. Luke depicts Him as the Son of Man. Those three Gospels are normally called the Synoptic Gospels. Even though those roles are played out by the Messiah, the Son of God, it is predominately His humanity that is in force.

But when you get to the Gospel of John, which is set apart from the three, we are dealing with Christ as God. For example, in the three Synoptic Gospels, Christ prays to the Father, but in John’s Gospel the translators have used the phrase, “He prayed to to the Father,” and that’s not the Greek. As God, He didn’t have to pray to God, He simply spoke to Him. What a difference that makes. But in the three Synoptic gospels it is correct to say He prayed to the Father. Another example is that the three Synoptic Gospels all record His temptations, because that was dealing primarily with His humanity as the Son of God. John doesn’t deal with the temptations. Also, John is the only one who doesn’t record Christ’s agony in the garden; how He sweat drops of blood. Why? Because again these three are dealing with His human side, and John is looking from the fact that Christ is God. Remember that. I’m emphatic that Paul’s writing is the most appropriate and revealing for us, but you can’t separate Paul and say he doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of Scripture, because it all fits. Now let me show you for example:

I Timothy 1:17

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

So Paul is talking about Christ as we see back up into verse 16. Christ is the theme of everything that Paul writes. But here He is referred to as The King. Here I would like to make a point. Always be careful that you never refer to Christ as your King. As a member of the Body of Christ He’s not our King, He is the Head of the Body. He is the King, like Paul says, eternal. He is going to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but it’s not Scripturally correct to refer to Him as our King. He is our Saviour, He’s our Lord, but not the King of the Church. If He was King of the Church, then we would not be joint heirs with Christ. We would rather be His subjects. And, of course, one day the whole world will be just that. But we’re not subjects, we’re members of the Body. Study that and check me out, Paul never implies that Christ is King of the Church.

Let’s look at the servant aspect by Paul. In Philippians you’ll see that Paul doesn’t refute or contradict anything written, but rather brings it to fruition. As I was riding my tractor yesterday, mowing my hay, I was trying to think of a good illustration that comes forth in Paul’s letters. So I decided on the analogy of a flower; let’s use a tulip because of the simplicity. We put that bulb in the ground, and at the appropriate time, out of that bulb will come that new life in the form of the stem. It doesn’t have a flower yet, just the stem. And then pretty soon the leaves, and then one day you see the bud. Then all of a sudden it opens up into full bloom and all of its glory.

Let me make my analogy. Genesis is the bulb; that is where everything begins. Out of that bulb then came the stem, which represents the Old Testament. Every thing is leafing out and growing, it’s a progressive revelation. Then one day Christ came at His First Advent – the Bud. He was ready to come into full bloom. We covered this when we studied Matthew. When He said, “I come to fulfill.” And what was He fulfilling? All those Old Testament Covenant promises, but before the Bud had a chance to flower, what did Israel do? They cut it off. In fact Daniel speaks of The Messiah being cut off. So, for all practical purposes, Israel clipped the Bud, and all seemingly fell apart. But God, in His Sovereignty, puts the Bud back on and we come on into His post-Resurrection, on into the Book of Acts and still Israel will not let that Bud come into full flower. They keep rejecting It. But rather than clipping it off again, God does something completely different. He raises up this other apostle, and through the revelations given then by the Apostle Paul we now see that full flower. Now it isn’t Paul, but rather the revelation that was given him by the risen Lord. Christ is the beautiful flower, but nowhere else in Scripture can you pick it up. It’s all been building to it. And that is why you must go to Paul’s epistle to get the full picture. You don’t kick the rest of it out; we must have the bulb and the stem and leaves before we can enjoy the flower.

It’s sad to say, but many theologians, preachers and teachers are clipping off that beautiful bloom of Paul’s revelation. They say we don’t need Paul’s teaching. They spend all their time in the Four Gospels, and they have clipped off the very part that shows the beauty of God’s overall program for mankind’s Salvation. So if you want to see God’s plan in its fruition, aside, of course, in Revelation end-time events, you must study Paul’s writing for Salvation, and the power of Salvation and so many of our other doctrines. Now Philippians Chapter 2, and this is how Paul agrees with Mark, that Christ was indeed the Servant of man.

Philippians 2:5-7

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant (that fits so beautifully with Mark’s Gospel accounts. How He became flesh, and became a Servant), and was made in the likeness of men:” Now the last part of that verse fits so nicely with Luke, as he pictures Christ as the Son of Man. His humanity. But I’m not going to stop with this verse – I want to look at I Corinthians 15.

I Corinthians 15:45-47

“And so it is written, `The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual (always remember in Scripture you have first the natural, and then the spiritual).'” The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.” Now there is His humanity. John of course speaks of His Deity. Let’s go to Colossians Chapter 2.

Colossians 2:8,9

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Because Christ was God, you can claim verse 13.

Colossians 2:13

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (made alive) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” Only God can forgive sin; no one else. So Paul confirms His Deity by telling us He has forgiven us. Now, Chapter 3:

Colossians 3:1-3

“IF then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead (to that old life), and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

We are hidden in Christ, and where is Christ? In God. You can’t get it any tighter than that, and that’s our position. Come back to Hebrews Chapter 2. Fortunately for the translators, the Spirit simplified things. Here we have all three of these Greek words. All three are translated throughout our New Testament most of the times as miracles which is unfortunate, because this word Semeion is always translated “a sign.” The next Greek word is Dunamis from which we get “dynamo” and it is in regard to supernatural power. The third Greek word is Terasand it meant “wonders.”

Hebrews 2:4

“God also bearing them witness, both with signs (Semeion) and wonders (Teras), and with divers miracles (Dunamis), and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

So they are all three in one verse, and all three separate Greek words. But the translators have mingled all of these now and called most of the wonders and signs simply “miracles” and that is unfortunate. For example, in John’s Gospel Chapter 2, we pick up the first of His miracles, and it’s not a miracle per se but rather a sign. I’ll explain that in just a moment, but before we do let’s look in Chapter 4 and then we will come back to Chapter 2. I want you to see where the translators have not been too accurate in some cases.

John 4:54

“This is again the second miracle (“Semeion” in Greek, so it should be a sign) that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.”

I won’t bog you down with a lot of Greek, but you must have a little to clarify. Look at verse 48 of this same chapter.

John 4:48

“Then said Jesus unto him, `Except ye see signs and wonders (Teras), ye will not believe.”

Remember not all miracles are signs, but all signs are miracles. Did that confuse you? What’s the difference? A sign was that which God used for the Nation of Israel – remember I Corinthians 1:22, “For the Jews required a sign…” So when God was really coming down on the Nation of Israel and was trying to show them things, He would use signs. It was a manifestation of His power; it was a miracle; but it was more than just a miracle, it was a sign. It had an intrinsic lesson for Israel. I’m afraid as most of us have heard the Gospel of John preached and taught, they have totally missed this. These eight signs in the Gospel of John – seven of them take place before His Crucifixion and Resurrection, and seven is indicative of completion (God’s number). But the eighth one takes place after the Resurrection, and the number eight in Scripture denotes “New Beginnings.” For example, how many people were on Noah’s Ark? Eight! What did that depict? New beginnings. So there are eight signs in the Gospel of John. Seven before the Crucifixion, to complete what He was trying to get across to the Nation; and the eighth one is going to signify that which is still in Israel’s future.

Now let’s look at the marriage at Canaan in Chapter 2, which will be the first sign. It’s a miracle, absolutely it is. You know the account of how Jesus changed the water into wine. But I would like to point out is that when it was time for the sign to be performed what was the situation at the wedding feast? No wine. And wine in Scripture speaks of joy or joyfulness. So the wedding feast had run out of joy. Everything was sort of falling apart. Jesus now comes in and performs a sign and here it is in verse 7.

John 2:7

“Jesus saith unto them, `Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim.'”

Now the sign was given to the Nation of Israel that they had no hope; they had lost their national joy; their religion had done nothing but just bogged them down and they were miserable and destitute of joy. So The Lord shows them that He, as their Messiah, is the only One that can bring true joy to the nation. And when He brings joy it’s not going to be half-hearted or just 75%, but “brim- full.” Even today this is still in Israel’s future. They never did obtain this joy, or that fullness of all His promises, they kept rejecting it. But the sign to the nation was that Jesus of Nazareth was the only One who could fill their pots with joy. Now verse 11.

John 2:11

“This beginning of miracles (Signs) did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” Remember, He came to prove Who He was to the Nation of Israel. And second, He comes to prove that Israel needs Him.

185 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 1 - Book 16 - Statements of Paul

185: Statements of Paul – Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 16

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LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 16

STATEMENTS OF PAUL

I think we will digress a bit during this lesson from our study in the Four Gospels and go back to some of the letters of Paul, because I’ve probably shook a few people up with some of my teaching. But remember don’t get too excited until you check out The Book. Because with the Holy Spirit and this Book for our guide, we trust each of you will become dedicated to studying The Word, seeing what it really says, and not what someone tells you it says.

I want to take some points that Paul brings out in his epistles. I want you to keep them in your memory bank so that when we go back to the Four Gospels and the early Book of Acts, you will realize that none of this is back there. Is any of this from Paul’s writing back in the Old Testament or in Jesus earthly ministry? I can tell you now the answer is, “No.” But I want you to be able to see that yourself. So let’s start with I Corinthians Chapter 15. And we’ll look at the first four verses. Remember he is writing to Gentile believers (now there were some Jewish believers in all of these Gentile congregations, but for the most part were Gentiles).

I Corinthians 15:1,2

“MOREOVER, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” In other words you must know what you believed and not just have head-knowledge.

I Corinthians 15:3

“For I delivered unto you first of all (he was the first one to share this message with them) that which I also received (from the ascended Lord), how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures (Old Testament);”

I Corinthians 15:4

“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Now that’s the purest form of the Gospel that there is. Faith in His death, burial, and Resurrection. And Paul speaks of this constantly; whether he speaks of all three or just says that He arose from the dead, which then implies that He died and was buried. Now let’s stay in this book for a moment and look at a passage in Chapter 1. All I want you to see is that these statements (prompted by the Holy Spirit through this Apostle to the Gentiles) will not be found even in Christ’s own words during His earthly ministry. And this verse we have come to shocks many people.

I Corinthians 1:17

“For Christ sent me not to baptize (now why was John the Baptist sent? To prepare the way, and to baptize, and he preached the baptism of repentance. But Paul says I don’t preach that message, nor was I sent to baptize like John), but to preach the gospel (of His death, burial, and Resurrection): not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

I Corinthians 1:18

“For the preaching of the cross (death, burial, and Resurrection, His shed Blood) is to them that perish foolishness (I’ve even had people here in the “Bible Belt” ask me, “What does something that took place 2000 years ago have to do with me?”); but unto us which are saved it (this preaching of the Cross) is the power of God.”

Salvation has to be the exercise of the Sovereign power of Almighty God. That’s why man can’t work for his salvation. All man has is physical strength. But only God can bring about the salvation of the spiritual. Now verse 22, and remember this as we go back to the Four Gospels and the Book of Acts.

I Corinthians 1:22

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks (the philosophers) seek after wisdom;” But Paul says we won’t bother ourselves with either one. But rather:

I Corinthians 1:23,24

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

Come on a little further to Chapter 12. Here Paul is using a simple analogy, an illustration of the human body. And all you have to do is think about yourself or look at your neighbor. How do we operate? Well, we have a central nervous system; we have a mind which is the very core of all our being. And everything originates up here in the head. And as a result the nerve endings will respond and the whole body will function, but it all has its headquarters up in the mind. And here Paul is using that as an illustration of the Body of Christ which is a brand new term, you won’t find except with Paul. Jesus never referred to the Body of Christ.

I Corinthians 12:12

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

What is Paul saying? You have ten fingers and ten toes. You have eyes, ears, arms and legs; they are all members of the body. But do we have twenty bodies? No, only one. In the next verse he sets the Body of Christ. Every believer around the world, regardless of their color or denomination, if they are a believer then:

I Corinthians 12:13

“For by one Spirit (capitalized Holy Spirit) are we (how many?) all (not just the super spiritual) baptized (not with water, but by the power of the Holy Spirit) into (how many?) one body (there are thousands of denominations, cults and groups in America alone. But the Scripture only knows of one group, and that’s the composite of true born-again believers. They are members of the Body of Christ. And how do we get there? The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and here it is), whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” You will never see language like that in the Four Gospels. Let’s look in the Book of Romans.

Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified…”

Remember when the rich young ruler came to Jesus, and said “Master what must I do to inherent eternal life?” What was Jesus’ answer? “Keep the Commandments, keep the Law.” And Jesus wasn’t playing a trick on him, for indeed that was one of the requirements. And with the appearance of the Messiah they also had to believe that He was The Christ, and to show their faith they had to repent and be baptized. He was the fulfillment of all those Old Testament covenants and promises. That is what you see in the Four Gospels and at least Chapter 8 of the Book of Acts. Let’s see what Paul says again:

Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

The Law can do nothing but condemn us. There is no power in the Law to save anyone. And how many people even here in the Bible Belt say, “Well I’m doing the best I can, I’m keeping the Ten Commandments, I think I’ll make it.” No you won’t. If you think that, you are in trouble, because when you enter into Biblical salvation you know you are saved.

Romans 3:21-24

“But now (that indicates there has been a change. We are no longer under the Law, but rather under Grace) the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,…” Do you see how plain that is. How can people miss that?

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of the Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:…” That’s faith + nothing. It doesn’t say that they repent and are baptized. But rather upon all them that BELIEVE.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” But even though we have come short of God’s glory, He is able to justify us freely by what was accomplished on the Cross.

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Now let’s go to Chapter 4:

Romans 4:5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Many people will tell us, “If I could just clean up my act, I bet I’d get saved.” They are putting the cart before the horse. You can’t clean up your own act. We have to let God do it. Now Chapter 5:

Romans 5:8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Stop and think. Even Christ in His earthly ministry, could He say something like that? He never revealed it. Even His disciples didn’t know that He would be raised from the dead as we have looked at in Luke 18:34 (let alone know that Christ was dying for the sins of the world). But now Paul can, after the fact, and after the revelations from the risen Lord, make statements like that of verse 8.

Roman 5:9

“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

The finished work of the Cross. Now Romans Chapter 8. And remember we are showing statements Paul makes that are not even mentioned back in the Four Gospels and the early chapters of Acts. Here in Chapter 8, I could use about the whole Chapter, but let’s look at verse 11.

Romans 8:11

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Paul is telling us in this Age of Grace, that when we become a child of God, the very presence of the Godhead in the Person of the Holy Spirit, not only raises us up out of our deadness in sins, but that He also indwells us. That is why we no longer need the Law. When I say we’re not under Law, that doesn’t mean we have license, that doesn’t mean we are free to steal for example; not at all, but rather it’s quite the opposite. We are under the power now of a Person in the Godhead who keeps us from all that the Law demanded not to do. That power keeps us from wanting to steal, murder, speak falsely, covet or be immoral. Now verse 14; this is the secret of the Christian life which the world can’t understand. They think the reason we live like we do is to make points with the Almighty. We can’t do anything to merit the favor of God. Rather we are responding to what He has done for us and through us.

Romans 8:14

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” And we are led because He indwells us.

Romans 8:16,17

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are (already) the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Now come over to Chapter 10. I hope you are getting the idea that none of these things that I’m showing are back in the Four Gospels, at least through Chapter 8 of Acts.

Romans 10:9

“That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead (here His Crucifixion is implied) thou shalt be saved.

That’s a promise and God can’t lie. Now let’s go to the Book of Galatians (probably one of Paul’s earliest letters).

Galatians 1:3,4

“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins…” Now let’s look at Ephesians Chapter 1:

Ephesians 1:7-13

“In whom we have redemption through his blood (His death), the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (or unmerited favor); Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made know unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 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: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation (His death, burial and Resurrection for you): in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”

You won’t see that in the Four Gospels and Acts. All of this was held until revealed by the Apostle Paul.

Ephesians 1:14

“Which is the earnest (or down payment) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” And we could just go on and on with these writings and revelations that you won’t find anywhere else in Scripture.

Ephesians 2:1

“AND you hath he quickened (or made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins;”

Ephesians 2:4

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,”

Ephesians 2:8,9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Maybe you have some idea of the difference in language between Paul’s writing (which is directed to the Body of Christ, the Church), and the Gospel writers which was directed mainly toward the Nation of Israel to fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant and promises.

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184: Christ, Our High Priest – Lesson 1 Part 4 Book 16

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LESSON 1 * PART 4 * BOOK 16

 CHRIST, OUR HIGH PRIEST

We are going to come right back to the discussion of what was completed when Christ died, shed His Blood, was buried and rose again. We will be looking at the atonement aspect during this lesson. So we will need to turn to the Book of Leviticus Chapter 16. We trust you will take your Bible and your pen and follow us in Scripture, because I never want you to hear what I say, but rather what The Book says. You may not agree with me, and I don’t expect everyone to do so, but hopefully what I teach will make you get into The Book and study and see if what I say is right. Then, if you’re convinced that I’m wrong and you’re comfortable with it, that’s fine. But I teach it as I see it and as I am led by the Holy Spirit, and trust that Lord will bless hearts by it. We know from our mail and phone calls that a lot of hearts are indeed blessed.

A gentleman told me to today that he has prayed for a long time for someone to come that could open The Word and that God was using me for that purpose. I also had a call from a gentleman in North Carolina who told me that he had prayed for three years for The Lord to send somebody to open this Book. This gentleman is sending the tapes all the way to the Philippines and Hong Kong. So The Word is getting out and a lot of folk are seeing things that they have never seen before.

The Day of Atonement began back in the days when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, the same as all the other feast days. Passover, Firstfruits, and Unleavened Bread and all the rest of them. But, as I mentioned in one of the other lessons, Passover was the feast that was in the Spring, but Atonement was in the Fall of the year. The present name most of you are familiar with is Yom Kippur. Now Yom Kippur is a far better definition or explanation of it than Atonement. Back here in Leviticus, the word “atonement” is really a misnomer because there was no atonement. Animal blood couldn’t take away sin, and that is what atonement speaks of. But there is no way man can become one with God until he has experienced the Resurrection power and the finished work of the Cross. All that the blood of animals could do back then was cover the sins. The Hebrew word for atonement was spelled kaphar in the English. The word “kaphar” means “to cover.” So the Day of Atonement wasn’t the day of removing the sin of Israel, but rather just a covering. Remember in Psalms David tells us, “Blessed is the man whose sins are covered.” That’s why the Old Testament believers couldn’t go into glory when they died. Their sins weren’t atoned for, but only covered. That’s why they had to go down into Paradise and wait until the Lamb of God shed His Blood and then The Lord Himself took them to glory, and moved Paradise up to Heaven. We had that study back in book number 14.

Let’s look at this Day of Atonement, and see how Christ fulfilled all these pictures back here, when He went to the Cross on our behalf.

Leviticus 16:1,2

“AND the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died; And the LORD said unto Moses, `Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.'”

Remember the Mercy Seat was on the top of the Ark of the Covenant, and it was there that the very presence of God shone. And they could only go behind the veil once a year on this Day of Atonement. And here is the preparation of what the priests had to go through. Now watch the analogy, even as the passover lamb had to be without spots and blemish, so also this High Priest had to go through the whole ritual of cleansing. So let’s look at it:

Leviticus 16:3

“Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place (behind the veil): with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.” He didn’t take the animal of course, but rather their blood.

Leviticus 16:4

“He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen (speaks of righteousness) breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.”

Everything had to be impeccably clean. Now what does that speak of with our High Priest? He was clean and without spot or blemish.

Leviticus 16:6,7

“And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement (a covering) for himself, and for his house. And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” Now watch verse 8:

Leviticus 16:8

“And Aaron shall cast lots (or draw straws) upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD (it would be sacrificed), and the other lot for the scapegoat.” It was to remain alive. We still use that term today. He’s the fellow that takes the blame.

Leviticus 16:9,10

“And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement (or covering) with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.”

We can’t understand what a wilderness is here in beautiful Eastern Oklahoma. The barren wilderness of Judea and some of the Middle Eastern desert country is uninhabitable. This live goat then, over which the sins of Israel would be symbolically placed, was taken alive way out into the wilderness and set free. The other goat was immediately killed and the blood was used for a sprinkling on the Mercy Seat behind the veil. But only one man in Israel could do all of this; the High Priest. He alone could go in behind the veil and sprinkle the blood on the Mercy Seat. He alone could lay his hands on that scapegoat and symbolically place all the sins of Israel on that scapegoat.

Let’s put this on hold for a moment and go to the Book of Genesis Chapter 14. This takes us back to Abraham, and he had just pursued the Kings that had overrun Lot’s home town of Sodom. He conquers them and brings Lot and his family back. But on his way back in the area of present day Jerusalem a strange thing happens.

Genesis 14:17

“And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.”

Genesis 14:18

“And Melchizedek king of Salem (remember that’s the last five letters of Jerusalem) brought forth bread and wine (that’s unusual isn’t it? Bread and wine was never used in tabernacle worship, or even alluded to in the Old Testament economy. So where are we already leaping to? To the death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ. The bread and wine spoke of His broken body, and shed blood. Now I’m sure Abraham had no concept of what Melchizedek was doing, but God knew): and he was the priest of the most high God.”

Not the priest of Judaism but a priest of the Most High God. Whenever the term “Most High God” is used, it is not just a reference to Israel but predominately to the non-Jewish world. You will see that in the Book of Daniel when Nebuchadnezzar referred to Daniel’s God as the Most High. So, all these things have their purpose in Scripture. Since Israel isn’t on the scene yet, Melchizedek is the High Priest of the whole human race. He is a picture then of that priesthood that Christ would fulfill. Now we need to go to the Book of Hebrews again and tie all of this together.

Hebrews 9:11

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;” Christ’s Tabernacle and the place of sprinkling the Blood is in Heaven.

Hebrews 9:12

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place (the very throne room and presence of God), having obtained (by His shed Blood)eternal redemption for us.” Now let’s back up to Hebrews Chapter 6.

Hebrews 6:20

“Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”

Hebrews 7:1

“FOR this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;”

There had to be a High Priest not just for Israel and the Jew, but for the whole world as well. Christ, as “High Priest,” is not after the order of Aaron, but rather after the the High Priest of all.

Hebrew 7:11-13

“If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron (there had to be a reason)? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law, For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.”

Hebrews 7:14

“For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.” Only the Levi tribe could be Priests.

Hebrews 7:15

“And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec (the High Priest of all) there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment(Law of Moses), but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”

How did Christ fulfill the role of the High Priest? We need to go to John’s Gospel for a moment and find out. It’s the Resurrection morning and Mary, at the tomb, was aghast that the tomb was empty. Mary quickly runs and tells Peter and John about it. So you know the account.

John 20:11-17

“But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, `Woman, why weepest thou?’ She saith unto them, `Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him (she, like the disciples doesn’t know),’ And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus (Mary remembers Jesus like He was described in Isaiah 52:14). Jesus saith unto her, `Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?’ She, supposing him to be the gardener (He looked very human), saith unto him, `Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus saith unto her, `Mary.’ She turned herself, and saith unto him, `Rabboni; which is to say, Master.’ Jesus saith unto her, `Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.'”

Now what is Jesus doing here? He ascends in that moment of time while Mary runs to tell the Twelve. And then when He meets with them He tells them to touch Him, and to check out His wounds and so forth. But remember, to Mary He tells her, “Touch me not for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” Well, He had to ascend to fulfill the order of that High Priest that we just read about in Hebrews. That High Priest had to be spotless, and Jesus couldn’t even let Mary touch Him. Let’s return to Hebrews once again. I can’t repeat this often enough.

Now picture Christ after the order of Melchisedec, and not like Aaron’s, whose priesthood was for the Jew only. But Christ’s order of Melchisedec can now cover the whole spectrum of humanity: you and I, black and white, red and yellow, rich and poor. That was the priesthood of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 9:11,12

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building (it’s in Heaven, and Jesus has entered into it with what?); Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Now, let’s cover those three hours between noon and 3:00 P.M. that Jesus spent on the Cross (that we discussed a couple of lessons ago). Remember there was darkness, and not a word from the Cross. Remember the scapegoat? It was left alive. Between noon and 3:00 P.M. Jesus is still alive. What do you think He becomes? I think the scapegoat. Now where was the scapegoat sent? Into the wilderness. What I like to think (and I may be wrong but it’s food for thought), is that in those three hours, Jesus stepped out of time as His body hung on the Cross. But in soul and Spirit He stepped into eternity where there is no time element, and suffered the punishment for all the sins of mankind. He became our scapegoat and took our sins far, far away, never to be remembered anymore. Then He comes back at 3:00 P.M. and finishes His statements from the Cross. And then He can say, “It is finished.”

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183: Without Shedding of Blood, No Forgiveness – Lesson 1 Part 3 Book 16

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LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 16

WITHOUT SHEDDING OF BLOOD, NO FORGIVENESS OR REDEMPTION

Now we are going to continue our look at the Crucifixion and all that it pertains to us, even though it is almost 2000 years after. So we will now be turning to I Corinthians Chapter 5. We pray that each of you are studying with us or have begun to. We trust that you are not just reading but are studying, and as you study the Holy Spirit will just give you wisdom and knowledge. I think He rewards us with that knowledge if we will just apply ourselves. Now here as we begin with I Corinthians we find Paul the Apostle of the Gentiles, writing to a Gentile Church there at Corinth.

I Corinthians 5:7

“Purge out therefore the old leaven (leaven has always spoken of sin), that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened (in other words salvation takes away the stigma of sin). For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”

Do you see the language? Of course when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he called Him the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world. Let’s look at the passover lamb in Exodus Chapter 12 for a moment. Remember Paul says in Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,…” Notice it says for our learning, not necessarily for our doctrine. Now there is a big difference. As we learn all the pictures and types, everything that took place back in the Old Testament enhances what we have to understand of course in the New Testament. Here in Exodus 12, the Nation of Israel has been in bondage under the heavy hand of the Egyptians. God has been dealing with the Egyptians with the plagues. And the final plague that really struck home was the death of the firstborn. We all know the background on that, as the angel would fly over and every house in Egypt would lose the firstborn including the livestock. Israel could escape this death angel, but it depended on their faith. If they would put the blood of the passover lamb on the doorposts and then stay within the safety of their homes, then the death angel would pass over them. So this is the beginning of Passover, and the Jews still celebrate it even today in the spring of the year.

Now I always like to make the point that Passover and Atonement are two totally different feast days. Christ, of course, is our Passover, and we will be looking at Atonement in a future lesson. But for now let’s look at the Passover aspect. And that is the protection that was given by the blood of the lamb. So God says to Moses and Aaron:

Exodus 12:12,13

“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”

“And the blood (of the Passover lamb) shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

When we were studying in Exodus, I made this point; these Israelites who had placed the blood on the door, are now in their quarters, standing around that table ready to eat the passover lamb. Were they standing there in fear and trepidation? Or did they have that calm feeling of security. What do you think? Calm and secure, because you see by faith they had done what God had told them to do, and that was to apply the blood on the doorpost. Now their faith, of course, is what gave them their security. But God not only looked at their faith, He also looked at the door post. And when He saw the blood, that is when He saw their faith and gave them their safety. Now lock that in, that it was never without blood, and they knew that the God Who had said so would keep them.

I’ve tried to convince people that it’s the Grace of God that saves us. No one should have any trouble with that. You and I didn’t deserve salvation, that was God’s Grace. Many people can’t comprehend that same Grace is what keeps us. I don’t deserve to be saved for even six hours of the day. None of us do, because we just can’t live that perfectly. We would like to but it’s impossible, we’re human. So why does God continue to keep us? His Grace, His Grace, His Grace, I can’t emphasize that enough. The same goes for a lot of these Jews who were under the safety of this blood, did they deserve to be? Of course not. But they were there and the blood guaranteed their safety. This is what we must understand, that it was through their exercise of faith, but it was the blood applied to the door that guaranteed that the angel would pass over.

Now there are a lot of folk in our present time who don’t want to hear anything about the blood. But you can’t escape it in Scripture. You can’t go around, over, or under it; you have to face it head on, that from the very onset of the human experience, God has demanded a blood sacrifice before there can be remission of sin. That goes back to His Sovereign mind in creation. Where did God put the life of all living things? In the blood! Science didn’t catch on to that until World War II. It’s God’s prescription, and not any one else. Hebrews 9:22 “…without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Now let’s go to the Book of Romans Chapter 3, because it’s the Apostle Paul that has the revelations that pertain to us in the Body of Christ, the Church. Not that we exclusively read Paul, not at all. But so many of the things that were never covered in previous Scriptures are now revealed to the Apostle Paul. Let’s begin with verse 23. This is the first step for salvation. We have to recognize our need. We’ve got to see ourselves as God sees us.

Romans 3:23,24

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Everyone! No one has ever been anything else. Now verse 24:

“Being justified freely (without a cause) by his grace (His unmerited favor) through the redemption (or the process of buying us back) that is in Christ Jesus.”

Now that is what redemption is. It’s losing control of a piece of property and then the only way you can regain that property is to buy it back. God lost the human race when Adam fell. And immediately He had to put in motion the whole process of redemption. Buying us back, with a price. And, of course, the price was with His own blood. Now verse 25.

Romans 3:25,26

“Whom (that is Christ Jesus) God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood (you can’t avoid that because there was power in that Divine Blood. The blood system of the baby comes from the father and, although Jesus was born of a human mother, He had no human blood. It was Divine. And just as sure as there is Resurrection power, there is also power in the Blood. I still love those old hymns. As we will see in a later lesson it was that same Blood that was presented in the throne room in Heaven), to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance (or the mercy and Grace) of God;”

“To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness (not ours): that he (God) might be just (absolutely fair), and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

All based again upon His finished work of the Cross. Now turn to Ephesians Chapter 1. The Scriptures makes such a point of the Blood that we dare not ignore it. Verse 7:

Ephesians 1:7

“In whom (Christ in verse 5) we have redemption (we’ve experienced being bought back) through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Grace cancels out anything we can do to merit. Grace says, “I’m doing it only because I love you, not because you deserve it.” Now Colossians Chapter 1. Again Paul writes to a Gentile congregation as he always does.

Colossians 1:12-16a

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who (The Father) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom (The Son) we have redemption (how?) through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” Paul continues in verse 15 to show Who’s Blood this really is.

“Who (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created….”

Look at I Peter Chapter 1. Peter writes this just shortly before he’s martyred, a long time after he first preached back in the early Acts.

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 you fathers (but here is how we are redeemed); But with the precious blood of Christ (that is the only thing that can pay our sin debt), as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

We need to go back to Exodus to follow up on that verse. We have this whole concept of the Passover lamb and how Christ fulfilled it – how He has indeed shed His Blood to purchase our redemption. It all began in type or picture back here with the Nation of Israel.

Exodus 12:1-4

“AND the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, `This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. (April)Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house(or family): And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.'” Now,the verse we came for:

Exodus 12:5

“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:”

And what were they to do with it? They were to pen it up for three days and look at it. Why? To make sure there was no blemish. They would examine that lamb everyday, and if there was the slightest thing wrong with it they would have to reject it for being their Passover lamb. But, if after that 3 days of scrutinizing they were satisfied that it was perfect, then they were to offer it as their Passover lamb. What was the picture? The three days represented Christ’s three years of earthly ministry, when also He proved Himself without blemish. He proved Himself worthy to be the Passover Lamb.

Let’s look at the Book of Hebrews for a moment. Always remember, regardless of what the liberals may say (I don’t care if they take all the songs with reference to the blood out of the hymn books), the Bible is still the Word of God, and it will never change.

Hebrews 9:22

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. You cannot by-pass the Blood.

I have always taught that there are at least two absolutes in Scripture. We can never fool with them, change them, detour around them, or compromise them in anyway. 1). Hebrews 9:22 “…and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Or forgiveness of sin. 2). Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him (God):”

Now we will have to go back to Romans Chapter 3 again, with these two absolutes, and they are both mentioned in the same verse.

Romans 3:25

“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;”

You can’t separate them. Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission, and without faith there is no salvation. What is the definition of faith? Taking God at His Word.Unless we take God at His Word we can’t get to first base with Him. For example, He tells us in I Corinthians 15:1-4 that for us to be saved during this Age of Grace we must believe in the finished work of the Cross which is His death, burial, and Resurrection. But so many people will try to skirt around that and try to come some other way, and it’s the only way. It has always been by faith.

Remember what the difference was between Cain and Abel? Cain might have been a nicer guy than Abel, but Cain’s problem was that He didn’t believe God. God had told them to bring a blood sacrifice, and Cain tried to come some other way. And you can’t please God if you can’t believe Him. Cain rationalized (he deceived himself), and said surely God will accept me without the blood. But God didn’t. Abel, on the other hand, did exactly what God said to do. And then we find in Hebrews 11:4, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,…” He was right with God. Cain on the other hand was rejected.

People are doing the same thing today. The human race hasn’t changed one bit. They say, “But if I do this or that surely God will accept me.” No He won’t, because God says, “Unless I see faith and the shed Blood, I can’t passover.” I can’t redeem you, My hands are tied.” So we need to recognize some of these basic truths, that when we place our faith in Christ’s shed Blood we have forgiveness.

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