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Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtai mercy!" #his study will focus u$o o e $articular as$ect of “followi %" &esus which is to be
merciful a d for%i'i %! (e are to “follow" our )ord i all thi %s! &esus said: &oh *6:2+, “, came forth from the -ather, a d am come i to the world: a%ai , , lea'e the world, a d %o to the -ather!" #hose who “follow" &esus i all thi %s .thus conforming to His image as by the Spirit, Rm 8:14, 1 Cor 6:11, 2 Cor 3:18, Ga 3:3, !:!, "ph 2:18, 3:16, 1 #t 3:18, 1 $n 3:24/ will also %o to the -ather 0 for this is where &esus leads 0 throu%h 1hrist to 2od3ward .2 Cor 3:4/! #hose who see4 their ow way .e%en re igious y/ will actually be wal4i % away from or o$$osite the -ather! &oh *5:6, “&esus saith u to him, , am the way, the truth, a d the life: o ma cometh u to the -ather, but by me!" ,f you do ot “follow" &esus o this arrow way, the you will ot arri'e .&t ':13(14/!
(e must first u dersta d what se$arates us from 2od a d the the )ord6s i credible
lo'e, mercy a d for%i'e ess toward us! (he we be%i to u dersta d the ature of 2od, the we ca more clearly see how we are to “follow" therei ! #he )ord 2od 7lmi%hty actually came to the earth as a ma a d led by e8am$le! )et us follow! The Creation
#he )ord 2od created ma i 9is ow ima%e . Gen 1:26(2'/! 2e esis 2:7, “7 d the
):;< 2od formed ma of the dust of the %rou d, a d breathed i to his ostrils the breath of life= a d ma became a li'i % soul! 7>< 9e created the hea'e s, a d stretched them out= he s$read forth the earth, a d that which cometh out of it= he %i'eth breath u to the $eo$le u$o it, a d s$irit to them that wal4 therei .)s 42:!/! )ife comes from 2od a d is sustai ed by 2od! Ma was created by 2od a d does ot ha'e life i de$e de t from the )ord! 2od has life withi 9imself! &esus said: &oh 5:26, “-or as the -ather hath life i himself= so hath he %i'e to the ?o to ha'e life i himself!" 2od is disti %uished as bei % life a d ha'i % eed of othi % .comp ete y in*epen*ent/!
2od had a $ur$ose i creati % ma : ;e'elatio 5:**, “#hou art worthy, : )ord, to
recei'e %lory a d ho our a d $ower: for thou hast created all thi %s, a d for thy $leasure they are a d were created!" 7>< -or , ha'e created him for my %lory, , ha'e formed him= yea, , ha'e made him .)s 43:'/! Ma was created to %i'e 2od %lory a d ho or 0 for the )ord6s $leasure!
&esus is 2od@ 1olossia s 2:9, “-or i him dwelleth all the ful ess of the 2odhead
bodily!" #he 2odhead is the -ather, ?o a d 9oly 2host . &t 3:16(1', 28:1+, &, 1:1-( 11, ., 3:22, /cts 2:33, "ph 2:18, create* man in our image 0 Gen 1:26/! * &oh 5:7, “-or there are three that bear record i hea'e , the -ather, the (ord, a d the 9oly 2host: a d these three are o e!" &esus stated: “he that hath see me hath see the -ather . $n 14:+/! 7>< &oh *0:30, “, a d my -ather are o e . a so $n 1-:38, 14:1-(11, 2-, 23, 1':21/!" 7s stated abo'e: &esus has life withi 9imself . $n !:26/! : ly 2od has life withi 9imself .1 $n !:11(12/!
&esus created the world a d ma by 9is 'ery (ord .#s 33:6, +, #s 1-4:3-, 148:!, )s
4!:12, 18, Heb 11:3, Re% 1-:6/! 1olossia s *:*63*7, “-or by him were all thi %s created, that are i hea'e , a d that are i earth, 'isible a d i 'isible, whether they be thro es, or domi io s, or $ri ci$alities, or $owers: all thi %s were created by him, a d for him: 7 d he is before all thi %s, a d by him all thi %s co sist! 7dditio ally, we are told: &oh *:*3 5, “, the be%i i % was the (ord, a d the (ord was with 2od, a d the (ord was 2od! #he same was i the be%i i % with 2od! 7ll thi %s were made by him= a d without him was ot a y thi % made that was made! , him was life= a d the life was the li%ht of me !" 3 who created all thi %s by &esus 1hrist . "ph 3:+/! , &esus is “life@" &esus is life a d is the li%ht of me a d throu%h 9im shall ma li'e . $n 1:4, 8:12, 11:2!, 14:6, 1':3, 2-:31/! &esus is the 7l$ha a d :me%a, the be%i i % a d the e d, the first a d the last .Re% 22:13/! * 1ori thia s +:6, “But to us there is but o e 2od, the -ather, of whom are all thi %s, a d we i him= a d o e )ord &esus 1hrist, by whom are all thi %s, a d we by him!" &esus brou%ht life i the be%i i % ./ pha/ a d after the fall of ma .*iscusse* be o1/, &esus brou%ht life i the e d . 2mega/! (e shall u dersta d that there is o co dem atio to them which are i 1hrist &esus a d wal4 by 9is ?$irit . the 2mega, Rm 8:1/!
#herefore: Asalms 25:*, “#he earth is the ):;<6?, a d the ful ess thereof= the world,
a d they that dwell therei ! 7>< Asalms +9:**, “#he hea'e s are thi e, the earth also is thi e: as for the world a d the ful ess thereof, thou hast fou ded them!" #he )ord is so'erei% o'er 9is creatio ! #he )ord %i'es life u to 9is creatio a d sustai s that life! 7$art from the )ord, the creatio withers a d dies 0 a bra ch ta4e from the 'i e Buic4ly withers a d dies .$n 1!:1(8/! &esus said: &oh *5:6, “,f a ma abide ot in me, he is cast forth as a bra ch, a d is withered= a d me %ather them, a d cast them i to the fire, a d they are bur ed!" The Condemnation
#he )ord $laced 9is creatio of ma u$o the earth for 9is $ur$oses .Gen 1:26, 28(3-/!
Asalms +:53+, “-or thou hast made him a little lower tha the a %els, a d hast crow ed him with %lory a d ho our! #hou madest him to ha'e domi io o'er the wor4s of thy ha ds= thou hast $ut all thi %s u der his feet: 7ll shee$ a d o8e , yea, a d the beasts of the field= #he fowl of the air, a d the fish of the sea, a d whatsoe'er $asseth throu%h the $aths of the seas!"
2e esis 2:+39, “7 d the ):;< 2od $la ted a %arde eastward i Cde = a d there he $ut
the ma whom he had formed! 7 d out of the %rou d made the ):;< 2od to %row e'ery tree that is $leasa t to the si%ht, a d %ood for food= the tree of life also i the midst of the %arde , a d the tree of 4 owled%e of %ood a d e'il!" Ma was first %i'e life by 2od a d the $lace, $ur$ose a d authority! 2e esis 2:*53*7, “7 d the ):;< 2od too4 the ma , a d $ut him i to the %arde of Cde to dress it a d to 4ee$ it! 7 d the ):;< 2od comma ded the ma , sayi %, :f e'ery tree of the %arde thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the 4 owled%e of %ood a d e'il, thou shalt ot eat of it: for i the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die!"
Ma was %i'e o e comma dme t .not to eat from the forbi**en tree/ a d the war ed
of the $e alty for 'iolati % .*isobeying/ the comma dme t! #he )ord was co cer ed that ma be faithful to his 2od a d 1reator! (e are tal4i % about alle%ia ce, loyalty, de'otio . o%ing, stea*fast, faithfu , *epen*ab e/, com$lete trust, co fide ce, a d relia ce u$o /to 2od! #he comma dme t a d its associated $e alty re'ealed that ma was absolutely %i'e a free3will! #his is the ability of ma4i % reaso ed choice or decisio a d the ability to co trol o e6s ow actio s! 2od6s test would determi e ma 6s heart!
#he $e alty for disobedie ce was death@ #o disre%ard 2od is to cut off your 'ery source
of life 0 your 'ery bei %! : e thi % is 'ery clear i 2od6s deali %s with ma a d that is obedie ce to the )ord always bri %s life a d disobedie ce to the )ord always bri %s death! Dou may a$$ly this truth a ywhere i 2od6s (ord a d fi d it to always be 'alid! Aro'erbs *2:2+, “, the way of ri%hteous ess .1a ,ing in Go*3s 1i / is life= a d i the $athway thereof there is o death .a so #% 14:2'/!" #he )ord says: Aro'erbs +:36, “But he that si eth a%ai st me wro %eth his ow soul: all they that hate me lo'e death!" (e shall determi e i this writi % that the )ord sets before you the way of life, a d the way of death .$er 21:8/ 0 choose, :h ma @ #here are o ly two $aths that a ma ca wal4 a d this is also a d u de iable a d eter al fact*!
)et us u dersta d what si is: * &oh 3:5, “(hosoe'er committeth si tra s%resseth also
the law: for si is the tra s%ressio of the law!" ?i is the tra s%ressio .%io ation/ of 2od6s will or comma dme ts . a1s/ which is also 4 ow as u ri%hteous ess or i iBuity! ?i is committed with o ly o e u Eust act . a sing e occurrence/! #o tra s%ress 2od6s will is to rebel a%ai st 2od .$ob 24:13/!
#herefore “the co dem atio " is the $e alty for ha'i % tra s%ressed or 'iolated 2od6s
comma dme t which is 9is stated will! #o “co dem " is to $ass Eud%me t a d i flict a $e alty u$o the 'iolater! #he $e alty is death@ <eath is the com$lete se$aratio from the life of 2od, which is e'erythi % that is %ood! #hose who ha'e o re%ard for 2od6s will .the rebe ious/ shall be eter ally remo'ed from the )ord! #he $lace of se$aratio is a $lace of torme t a d wee$i % a d % ashi % of teeth where their worm dieth ot, a d the fire is ot Bue ched .)s 66:24, &t 8:12, 22:13, 24:!1, 2!:3-, &, +:44, 46, 48, ., 13:28, 16:28/!
<eath must be u derstood as a dual $rocess! #here is the $hysical death of the body . *ue
to *enia of access to the tree of ife, Gen 3:22(24/ which releases the s$irit of ma to retur to 2od for Eud%me t! Ccclesiastes *2:7, “#he shall the dust retur to the earth as it was: a d the s$irit shall retur u to 2od who %a'e it!" 7>< 9ebrews 9:27, “7 d as it is a$$oi ted u to me o ce to die, but after this the Eud%me t!" #he first death .physica *eath of the c ay %esse / $laces ma before 2od to be Eud%ed for his wor4s/actio s/deeds a d sets u$ the $ote tial for co dem atio , which is the seco d death . $ob 34:11, "cc 3:1', 11:+, 12:14, 1 Sam 2:3, 2 4g 8:3+, #s 28:4, 33:1!, 62:12, #% 24:12, 2+, )s !+:18, $er 1':1-, 2!:14, 32:1+, "5 ':3(4, 8(+, 2', 2ba 1:1!, 6ech 1:6, &t 12:36(3', 16:2', $n !:2+, Rm 2:6, 16, 14:12, 1 Cor 3:13, 4:!, 2 Cor !:1-, Co 3:24(2!, 2 7im 4:1, 1 #t 1:1', 4:!, $u*e 1:1!, Re% 2:23, 2-:12(13, 22:12/! Aro'erbs *5:32, “#he wic4ed is dri'e away i his wic4ed ess: but the ri%hteous hath ho$e i his death!" #he ho$e of the ri%hteous is “eter al life" which is the com$lete reco ciliatio with 2od 0 the source of all life!
#he seco d death is the eter al se$aratio from 2od i to a $lace of torme t . the a,e of
fire/ as determi ed throu%h 2od6s ri%hteous Eud%me t! ;e'elatio 20:*23*5, “7 d , saw the dead, small a d %reat, sta d before 2od= a d the boo4s were o$e ed: a d a other boo4 was o$e ed, which is the boo4 of life: a d the dead were Eud%ed out of those thi %s which were writte i the boo4s, accordi % to their wor4s! 7 d the sea %a'e u$ the dead which were i it= a d death a d hell deli'ered u$ the dead which were i them: a d they were Eud%ed e'ery ma accordi % to their wor4s! 7 d death a d hell were cast i to the la4e of fire! #his is the seco d death! 7 d whosoe'er was ot fou d writte i the boo4 of life was cast i to the la4e of fire!" : e6s faithful ess or lac4 of faithful ess toward 2od .as the .or* re8uires/ determi es o e6s eter al desti atio !
<eath has domi io o'er ma .Rm 6:+, Heb 2:14(1!/! Ccclesiastes +:+, “#here is o ma
that hath $ower o'er the s$irit to retai the s$irit= either hath he $ower i the day of death: a d there is o dischar%e i that war= either shall wic4ed ess deli'er those that are %i'e to it!" 7>< Asalms +9:5+, “(hat ma is he that li'eth, a d shall ot see deathF shall he deli'er his soul from the ha d of the %ra'eF" * 1ori thia s *5:56, “#he sti % of death is si = a d the stre %th of si is the law!" The Violation of God’s Commandment
2od %a'e ma
a comma dme t a d the )ord tested ma with re%ards to the comma dme t! #he )ord trieth the heart6s of me to establish the Eust . #s ':+, 11:!, 1':3, 1 7hess 2:4/! &eremiah *7:*0, “, the ):;< search the heart, , try the rei s, e'e to %i'e e'ery ma accordi % to his ways, a d accordi % to the fruit of his doi %s!" , the e d, all thi %s come dow to the fruit which your life has $roduced u$o the earth . 2 Cor !:1-/ 0 ha'i % bee led of the flesh or 2od6s ?$irit . &t ':16( 2-, 12:33, &t 13:23, &, 4:', 2-, 2+, ., 3:+, 6:43(44, 8:14(1!, $n 1!:1(8, 16, Ga !:22(23, "ph !:+ /! C,#9C;: ;oma s 7:5, “-or whe we were i the flesh, the motio s of si s, which were by the law, did wor4 i our members to bri % forth fruit u to death!" :; 2alatia s 5:*6, 25, “#his , say the , (al4 i the ?$irit .Go*3s 1ay/, a d ye shall ot fulfil the lust of the flesh .the *e%i 3s 1ay/! 7 d they that are 1hristGs ha'e crucified the flesh with the affectio s a d lusts!" 3 ha'e your fruit u to holi ess, a d the e d e'erlasti % life .Rm 6:22/!
#he de'il .Satan, Re% 2-:2/ is a falle created bei % ."5 28:1!/ a d is the tem$ter,
decei'er a d accuser of ma .&, 4:3, $n 8:44, 1 7hess 3:!, Re% 12:1-, 12:1+/! 9e e tered i to a ser$e t a d tem$ted the woma .the 1ea,er %esse , 1 #t 3:'/ to 'iolate 2od6s comma dme t! 2e esis 3:*33, “>ow the ser$e t was more subtil tha a y beast of the field which the ):;< 2od had made! 7 d he said u to the woma , Dea, hath 2od said, De shall ot eat of e'ery tree of the %arde F 7 d the woma said u to the ser$e t, (e may eat of the fruit of the trees of the %arde : But of the fruit of the tree which is i the midst of the %arde , 2od hath said, De shall ot eat of it, either shall ye touch it, lest ye die!" >otice that the woma clearly u derstood 2od6s comma dme t a d the $e alty for 'iolati % the comma dme t!
#he de'il lied a d said that you ca disobey 2od . transgress His comman*ment/ a d you
will ot die 0 that is suffer the $e alty .Gen 3:4/! #he de'il the offered a i ce ti'e to brea4 the comma dme t: 2e esis 3:5, “-or 2od doth 4 ow that i the day ye eat thereof, 5
the your eyes shall be o$e ed, a d ye shall be as %ods, 4 owi % %ood a d e'il! #o be a %od would be to wal4 i your ow will or way, which is to be your ow authority! #o be a %od would be to see4 self3will o'er 2od6s will! #o be a %od would be to decide %ood or e'il for yourself! #he %reat tem$tatio was to disre%ard 2od i fa'or of “self!"
?ata 6s lie a d dece$tio $roduced results: 2e esis 3:6, “7 d whe the woma saw that
the tree was %ood for food, a d that it was $leasa t to the eyes, a d a tree to be desired to ma4e o e wise, she too4 of the fruit thereof, a d did eat, a d %a'e also u to her husba d with her= a d he did eat!" Ma .the 1oman an* her husban*/ sou%ht the lusts a d desires of the flesh rather tha the will of 2od! Ma e8alted “self" o'er 2od . #s !3:1/! #he de'il6s dece$tio a$$ealed to the flesh a d corru$ted ma to tra s%ress the will of 2od . 1 7im 2:14/! &ames *:*53*5, “But e'ery ma is tem$ted, whe he is draw away of his ow lust, a d e ticed! #he whe lust hath co cei'ed, it bri %eth forth si : a d si , whe it is fi ished, bri %eth forth death!" #he de'il always a$$eals to the lusts of ma .his f esh/ i order to bri % forth si @
2od said, “thou shalt surely die .Gen 2:1'/" a d the de'il said, “ye shall ot surely die
.Gen 3:!/!" #hese are o$$osite $aths! , other words, the truth of 2od says that if you tra s%ress 2od6s comma dme ts you will surely die a d the de'il6s lie says that you ca tra s%ress the will of 2od a d you will ot die! #he de'il cha %ed the truth of 2od i to a lie .Rm 1:2!, a so $n 8:44/! #he )ord says: 2 #hessalo ia s 2:*2, “#hat they all mi%ht be dam ed who belie'ed ot the truth, but had $leasure i u ri%hteous ess!" #o reEect 2od6s truth a d fi d $leasure i tra s%ressi % 9is will . comman*ments/ is to be dam ed or suffer the full effect of 2od6s ori%i al co dem atio !
(here was the alle%ia ce, loyalty a d de'otio of ma 3 which $athF Ma actually
“followed" the de'il i his disobedie ce a d rebellio a%ai st 2od! Ma obeyed ?ata a d disobeyed 2od! (e are told: to whom ye yield yoursel'es ser'a ts to obey, his ser'a ts ye are to whom ye obey 0 i this case, of si u to death . Rm 6:16/! &esus o ce told some me : &oh +:55, “De are of your father the de'il, a d the lusts of your father ye will do! 9e was a murderer from the be%i i %, a d abode ot i the truth, because there is o truth i him! (he he s$ea4eth a lie, he s$ea4eth of his ow : for he is a liar, a d the father of it!" #he de'il is the leader a d father of those who see4 the lusts a d desires of the flesh a d thus tra s%ress the will of 2od! #he de'il does ot dwell i truth! #o disobey 2od is to o$$ose 2od a d set yourself as a e emy of 2od!
#he de'il tau%ht ma to disre%ard .transgress/ 2od6s will a d to see4 his ow will
throu%h the lusts a d desires of the flesh 0 he tau%ht rebellio a%ai st the ):;< . $er 28:16, 2+:32/! #he de'il tau%ht ma to wal4 i a way that was ot %ood, after their ow thou%hts .)s 6!:2/ 0 they wal4 after their ow de'ices a d the ima%i atio of their ow hearts .Gen 6:!, 9eut 2+:1+, #% 6:18, $er 3:1', ':24, +:14, 11:8, 13:1-, 16:12, 18:12, 23:1', ., 1:!1, Rm 1:21/ a d do what is ri%ht i their ow eyes . :um 1!:3+, 9eut 12:8, $*g 1':6, 21:2!, #s 36:2, #% 3:', 12:1!, 16:2, 21:2, 3-:12, )s !:21 /! ?ata told a %reat lie a d tau%ht ma to si a d these are the “wor4s of the de'il .1 $n 3:8/!" >o lie is of the truth .1 $n 2:21/! #he de'il labors hard to 4ee$ ma i his lie a d of the o$i io that he ca si a d ot die! #his lie is the dar4 ess that ma wal4s i ! ?i ce the truth is that obedie ce to the will of 2od is life, the disobedie ce to the will of 2od clearly $uts you
i the domai of death which the de'il has $ower of . Heb 2:14/! Dou become subEected to the de'il6s bo da%e!
?ata told ma “ye shall ot surely die," but the de'il is a created bei % a d does ot
ha'e life withi himself! #he de'il is o %od a d did ot ha'e the $ower or ability to carry out his boast/word 0 to $ut it i to effect! #herefore: <eath came i to the world a d rei% ed due to ma 6s tra s%ressio .Rm !:14/! ;oma s 5:*2, “(herefore, as by o e ma si e tered i to the world, a d death by si = a d so death $assed u$o all me , for that all ha'e si ed!" #his is all e com$assi %: ;oma s 3:*2, “#hey are all %o e out of the way, they are to%ether become u $rofitable= there is o e that doeth %ood, o, ot o e . a so Rm 3:23, 1 $n 1:8/!" -or if by o e ma 6s offe ce death rei% ed by o e . Rm !:1', 1 Cor 1!:21/! -or as i 7dam all die . 1 Cor 1!:22/! ?i hath rei% ed u to death . Rm !:21/! -or the wa%es of si is death .Rm 6:23/!
C'ery ma has si ed a%ai st 2od a d is u der 2od6s co dem atio of “thou shalt
surely die .Gen 2:1'/!" #he se te ce of death is i e'ery ma . 2 Cor 1:+/! Ma is o %od a d ma 6s de$e da ce u$o the o e true 2od for life o ly $ro'es it! #he de'il is o %od a d the certai ty that his $ro$ositio .that you can sin against Go* an* not *ie/ was a %reat lie o ly $ro'es it! #he )ord 2od rules a d rei% s a d the truth of 9is declaratio 'alidates a d 'erifies .confirms, substantiates, pro%es/ 9is (ords! Initial Conclusions
2od is life@ :bedie ce to 2od $rocures life a d life eter al! <isobedie ce to 2od
$roduces death a d death eter al .the secon* *eath/! #hat which o$$oses 2od $roduces death! ?i se$arates o e from 2od who is the source of all life! ,saiah 59:2, “But your i iBuities ha'e se$arated betwee you a d your 2od, a d your si s ha'e hid his face from you, that he will ot hear!" #hese are eter al truths!
#ra s%ressio of the will of 2od results i the co dem atio which is the seco d death
that eter ally se$arates o e from 2od i to a $lace of torme t! Ma 4 owi %ly tra s%ressed 2od6s will i Cde ! ;oma s 5:*+, “#herefore as by the offe ce of o e Eud%me t came u$o all me to co dem atio H"
2od is $erfectly a d Eustly .e;ercising righteous <u*gment, $er +:24, #s 33:!/ withi 9is
ri%hts to e act the $e alty a d fully carry out the co dem atio of “thou shalt surely die" u$o a y a d all me at 9is discretio ! Ahysical death . 1hich ooms at any moment/ $laces you before 2od for eter al Eud%me t with o more o$$ortu ity to ame d! &ames 5:*5, “(hereas ye 4 ow ot what shall be o the morrow! -or what is your lifeF ,t is e'e a 'a$our, that a$$eareth for a little time, a d the 'a isheth away!" (hy does the )ord e dure ma F Ma disre%arded .re<ecte*, *isobeye*/ a d %reatly disho ored his 1reator! Asalms +:5, “(hat is ma , that thou art mi dful of himF a d the so of ma , that thou 'isitest him .a so #s 144:3, Heb 2:6/F"
#he fate of all ma 4i d is clearly falls u to 2od6s discretio ! -or ow 2od forbears the
i Euries that ma has i flicted o 9is ri%hteous a d 9oly character .Rm 3:2!/! -orbeara ce is to be $atie t .comman* of temper/ a d to restrai from actio 0 to delay ultimate Eud%me t .action/! -orbeara ce is the i termissio .cessation for a time= pause/
of a act comme ced! ;est assured that there is a time a d a seaso for e'ery $ur$ose u der the hea'e ."cc 3:1(8/! (e are $rese tly i the seaso of 2od6s mercy a d %race, but the time of 2od6s Eud%me t a d wrath is comi % . near at han*/! ;oma s *:*+, “-or the wrath of 2od is re'ealed from hea'e a%ai st all u %odli ess a d u ri%hteous ess of me , who hold the truth i u ri%hteous ess . a so Rm 2:!, 8(+/!" 2 #hessalo ia s *:+, “, flami % fire ta4i % 'e %ea ce o them that 4 ow ot 2od, a d that obey ot the %os$el of our )ord &esus 1hrist!"
&ud%me t a d co dem atio ca be cou teracted .un*o the effect 1ith an opposing
action/ by mercy a d for%i'e ess .opposites/! 2od does all thi %s withi 9is established truth! Asalms +5:*0, “Mercy a d truth are met to%ether= ri%hteous ess a d $eace ha'e 4issed each other!" A Merciful God
-or the ):;< thy 2od .an* Creator/ is a merciful 2od .9eut 4:31/! 2od says of
9imself: C8odus 35:637, “7 d the ):;< $assed by before him, a d $roclaimed, #he ):;<, #he ):;< 2od, merciful a d %racious, lo %sufferi %, a d abu da t i %ood ess a d truth, Iee$i % mercy for thousa ds, for%i'i % i iBuity a d tra s%ressio a d si , a d that will by o mea s clear the %uilty= 'isiti % the i iBuity of the fathers u$o the childre , a d u$o the childre 6s childre , u to the third a d to the fourth %e eratio !" 7>< Asalms *03:+, “#he ):;< is merciful a d %racious, slow to a %er .comman* of temper/, a d $le teous i mercy .a so #s 1-3:8, 116:!, ., 6:36/!" #he )ord $roclaims: 9ebrews +:*2, “-or , will be merciful to their u ri%hteous ess, a d their si s a d their i iBuities will , remember o more!"
2od first lo'ed us .1 $n 4:1+/! #he way that 2od defi es lo'e is the sacrifice of self for
the be efit of a other! ?imilarly, mercy would be defi ed as the sacrifice of self for the u deser'ed be efit of a other! #o be merciful would be to forbear the i Euries of others a d for%i'e their offe ses throu%h a $rescribed ma er for a stated $ur$ose .2 7im 1:+, Rm 3:2!, "ph 1:1-(12, 3:11(12/! 2od is lo'e .1 $n 4:'(8/@ #he lo'e of 2od is i 1hrist &esus our )ord .Rm 8:3+/! #he )ord is also “%racious" which mea s that 9e is dis$osed to for%i'e offe ces a d im$art u merited lo'e! #he )ord6s $ur$ose is that 9e mi%ht deli'er us from this $rese t e'il world, throu%h 1hrist, accordi % to the will of 2od a d our -ather .Ga 1:4/! #he earth is corru$ted by the de'il6s lie which rebels a%ai st a d tra s%resses 2od6s authority a d will!
#he )ord 2od i 9is %reat lo'e has $ur$osed to restore ma a d be reco ciled with ma
throu%h 9is ?o .$esus, Rm !:1-, "ph 2:14(16/ ot im$uti % their tres$asses u to them .2 Cor !:1+/! #hou art a 2od ready to $ardo , %racious a d merciful, slow to a %er, a d of %reat 4i d ess, a d forsoo4est them ot .:eh +:1', a so $er 33:8/! #herefore: -or the ):;< your 2od is %racious a d merciful, a d will ot tur away his face from you, if ye retur u to him .2 Chr 3-:+/! -or , am merciful, saith the ):;<, a d , will ot 4ee$ a %er for e'er .$er 3:12/! -or his a %er e dureth but a mome t= i his fa'our is life .#s 3-:!/!
2od has $ur$osed that all thi %s will be restored throu%h &esus by which all thi %s were
made that were made .$n 1:3/! 1olossia s *:*9320, “-or it $leased the -ather that i him 7
should all ful ess dwell= 7 d, ha'i % made $eace throu%h the blood of his cross, by him to reco cile all thi %s u to himself= by him, , say, whether they be thi %s i earth, or thi %s i hea'e !" Longsuffering
#o be lo %sufferi % is to bear i Euries or $ro'ocatio for a lo % time= bei % $atie t a d
ot easily $ro'o4ed! 2 Aeter 3:9, “#he )ord is ot slac4 co cer i % his $romise, as some me cou t slac4 ess= but is lo %sufferi % to us3ward, ot willi % that a y should $erish, but that all should come to re$e ta ce! 7>< ;oma s 2:5, “:r des$isest thou the riches of his %ood ess a d forbeara ce a d lo %sufferi %= ot 4 owi % that the %ood ess of 2od leadeth thee to re$e ta ceF"
C'e thou%h 2od is 'ery lo %sufferi % for ow, there will come a day of Eudme t whe
2od6s wrath will fall u$o the wic4ed . prou*, rebe ious, sinfu , unrighteous/! <eutero omy 7:93*0, “I ow therefore that the ):;< thy 2od, he is 2od, the faithful 2od, which 4ee$eth co'e a t a d mercy with them that lo'e him a d 4ee$ his comma dme ts to a thousa d %e eratio s= 7 d re$ayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will ot be slac4 to him that hateth him, he will re$ay him to his face!" #o lo'e 2od is to sacrifice self for 9is be efit= to hate 2od is to sacrifice . or *isregar*/ 2od for your be efit! #his is to see4 self a d be as a %od, thereby tra s%ressi % 2od6s will .*o not ,eep His comman*ments/! #he )ord is ot remiss .s ac,, a;, neg igent/ to fulfill 9is (ord 0 there is a day a$$oi ted! #he )ord 2od will %i'e to them who hate 9im what they desire 0 com$lete se$aratio from 9im a d e'erythi % the )ord re$rese ts! #hey will recei'e the o$$osite@ 0 a hellish u com$rehe dable i%htmare!
#hose that disre%ard 2od a d wal4 i dar4 ess .the usts an* *esires of the f esh, se f(
centere*/ or ?ata 6s lie, thus ser'i % the creature more tha the 1reator, are %i'e o'er to bli d ess to the truth .Rm 1:2!, 1 Cor 1:18, 2:14, 2 Cor 4:4 /! ;oma s *:2+332, “7 d e'e as they did ot li4e to retai 2od i their 4 owled%e .*isregar*e* Go* in see,ing se f/, 2od %a'e them o'er to a re$robate mi d, to do those thi %s which are ot co 'e ie t= Bei % filled with all u ri%hteous ess, for icatio , wic4ed ess, co'etous ess, malicious ess= full of e 'y, murder, debate, deceit, mali% ity= whis$erers, Bac4biters, haters of 2od, des$iteful, $roud, boasters, i 'e tors of e'il thi %s, disobedie t to $are ts, (ithout u dersta di % .b in*ness to the things of Go*/, co'e a tbrea4ers, without atural affectio , im$lacable, u merciful .the opposite of Go*/: (ho 4 owi % the Eud%me t of 2od, that they which commit such thi %s are worthy of death .Go*3s origina con*emnation/, ot o ly do the same, but ha'e $leasure i them that do them .such as 1atching sinfu acts on te e%ision/!" (he ma is self3ce tered a d ot 2od3 ce tered a d see4i % the lusts of his flesh, the all ma er of si ma ifests as a result! #hese are filled with tra s%ressio s a%ai st 2od6s will .unrighteousness/! #his is ?ata 6s bo da%e which $roduces death 0 :h who shall deli'er usF Repentance
;e$e ta ce is to tur arou d .change *irection/ a d retur .#s 11+:!+/! #o re$e t is to
re%ret your wic4ed actio s, feel remorse for your tra s%ressio s a%ai st 2od, to be sorrowful a d cha %e your mi d, to tur bac4 a d retur 0 e'eryo e tur i % away from +
his i iBuities ./cts 3:26, $ob 34:32, "5 18:21(23, 2'(28, 3-(32, 33:11, 1+ /! Ma must forsa4e his way .se f see,ing/ a d retur to 2od throu%h the $ath the )ord has $ro'ided i 1hrist &esus! , other words, ma must sto$ tryi % to be as a %od a d fully submit to the o e true 2od .Gen 3:!/! (e ha'e Eust co sidered that 2od is abu da t i mercy for those who will tur from their way .*ie to/ a d see4 9im fully throu%h 9is way! ;e$e ta ce is 2od6s $ath or way out of the de'il6s bo da%e!
2od6s co siste t messa%e to ma has bee for ma to re$e t! ,saiah 55:7, “)et the
wic4ed forsa4e his way, a d the u ri%hteous ma his thou%hts: a d let him retur u to the ):;<, a d he will ha'e mercy u$o him= a d to our 2od, for he will abu da tly $ardo !" 2od is offeri % ma a $ardo from the se te ce of death . con*emnation/ that he is u der! ;e$e ta ce without the forsa4i % of e'il . the precepts of the *e%i 3s ie/ is without merit .%a ue, 1orth/!
Ma must first fully ac4 owled%e his wro %s before 2od . #s !1:4/! Aro'erbs 2+:*3, “9e
that co'ereth his si s shall ot $ros$er: but whoso co fesseth a d forsa4eth them shall ha'e mercy! Asalms 32:5, “, ac4 owled%ed my si u to thee, a d mi e i iBuity ha'e , ot hid! , said, , will co fess my tra s%ressio s u to the ):;<= a d thou for%a'est the i iBuity of my si !" 7>< Asalms 3+:*+, “-or , will declare mi e i iBuity= , will be sorry for my si .1ith go* y sorro1, 2 Cor ':1- /!" ,t was stated abo'e that the )ord will by o mea s clear the %uilty ."; 34:'/! #he %uilty are those who will ot ac4 owled%e a d forsa4e their wro % a d thus co ti ue therei ! 2od is $le teous i mercy a d ready to for%i'e, but to recei'e the )ord6s mercy you must tur to 9im with a full heart . #s 86:!, 1!, 1-3:8, Rm 4:', Heb 8:12, 1-:1' /! (e must say: Asalms 5*:2, “(ash me throu%hly from mi e i iBuity, a d clea se me from my si !"
;e$e ta ce ca o ly be realiJed throu%h your actio s, a d ot your words! 7re ot
actio s the true i dicators of the heart6s desireF ;e$e ta ce must $recede for%i'e ess a d mercy! #his ca be termed, “re$e ta ce u to life" . /cts 11:18/! 7cts 3:*9, “;e$e t ye therefore, a d be co 'erted, that your si s may be blotted out!" &esus %i'es re$e ta ce a d for%i'e ess of si s ./cts !:31/! Dou must be “co 'erted .born again/" from ha'i % a self see4i % ature to ha'i % a 2od see4i % ature! &oh 3:3, “&esus a swered a d said u to him, Kerily, 'erily, , say u to thee, C8ce$t a ma be orn again, he ca ot see the 4i %dom of 2od!" Bei % co 'erted is to become a ew ma ! 2 1ori thia s 5:*7, “#herefore if a y ma be i 1hrist, he is a ew creature: old thi %s are $assed away= behold, all thi %s are become ew!" C$hesia s 5:25, “7 d that ye $ut o the ew ma , which after 2od is created i ri%hteous ess a d true holi ess!" 1olossia s 3:*0, “7 d ha'e $ut o the ew ma , which is renewed i 4 owled%e after the ima%e of him that created him!" ?o, you must be re ewed or re3created or bor a%ai which are all o e i the same .ha%ing *ie* to your o * corrupt nature, Rm 6:6, "ph 2:3 / to li'e as u to 2od! By thy ?$irit they were created .#s 1-4:3-/ a d must ow be re3created or “bor a%ai " .$n 3:3, ', 2 Cor !:1', Co 3:1-/! &esus created ma with life, but ma fell a d succumbed to death! &esus ow re3creates ma with ew life .Rm 6:4/! 7s me tio ed, &esus is the 7l$ha a d the :me%a 0 9e is the author of eter al sal'atio a d is our life .on y for those 1ho obey Him, Heb !:+/!
;e$e ta ce is all about tur i % from a d forsa4i % the dar4 ess a d $ower of ?ata
.enticements of the f esh through see,ing your usts/ a d comi % to the li%ht or truth of 2od ./cts 26:18/! #hrou%h re$e ta ce o e ca recei'e for%i'e ess! * &oh *:7, “But if we wal4 i the li%ht, as he is i the li%ht, we ha'e fellowshi$ o e with a other, a d the blood of &esus 1hrist his ?o clea seth us from all si !" (e must tur from followi % the de'il o his corru$t $ath that leads away from 2od too followi % &esus i “#he (ay" bac4 to 2od! #hus ma must tur arou d a d retur ! #he )ord says: CJe4iel 33:**, “?ay u to them, 7s , li'e, saith the )ord 2:<, , ha'e o $leasure i the death of the wic4ed= but that the wic4ed tur from his way a d li'e: tur ye, tur ye from your e'il ways= for why will ye dieH.a so "5 18:32/F"
&esus said: )u4e 5:32, “, came ot to call the ri%hteous, but si ers to re$e ta ce!" 9ow
does 2od feel about those who res$o d i a acce$table wayF )u4e *5:7, “, say u to you, that li4ewise Eoy shall be i hea'e o'er o e si er that re$e teth, more tha o'er i ety a d i e Eust $erso s, which eed o re$e ta ce!" 7>< )u4e *5:*0, “)i4ewise, , say u to you, there is Eoy i the $rese ce of the a %els of 2od o'er o e si er that re$e teth!" ;ead the $arable of the Arodi%al ?o , the %os$el of )u4e 3 *5:**332!
#hose who do ot re$e t a d acce$t 2od6s offer of mercy . through Christ/ are 4 ow as
the wic4ed! #hese ceased ot from their ow doi %s, or from their stubbor way . $*g 2:1+/! , other words, they co ti ue i the de'il6s lie of see4i % self a d bei % as a %od .Gen 3:4(!/! ?tubbor ess is as i iBuity a d idolatry because it $laces your will abo'e .ahea* of/ the will of 2od .1 Sam 1!:23/! !aith
#he )ord reBuires that ma re$e t a d the wal4 i faith throu%h &esus 1hrist! -aith is
what 2od ori%i ally e8$ected i ma a d this is a free3will . man free y chooses/ lo'e, surre der .submission/, obedie ce, trust a d de'otio toward 2od! #his reBuires ma to fully re ou ce see4i % his ow way throu%h the lusts a d desires of the flesh a d to aba do his $resumed authority to be as a %od! , other words, ma must forsa4e that which he rebelled a%ai st 2od to obtai a d com$letely come bac4 u der 2od6s authority! -aith is 2od6s mecha ism to $urify ma 6s heart . /cts 1!:+/! 2alatia s 3:22, “But the scri$ture hath co cluded all u der si , that the $romise by faith of &esus 1hrist mi%ht be %i'e to them that belie'e!" (e shall later discuss that the for%i'e ess of si is o ly the starti % $lace for a wal4 of faith! ?al'atio is realiJed at the e d of this wal4 of faith .1 #t 1:+/!
: ce o e si cerely re$e ts, faith is the mea s for tra'eli % the arrow way forward i
followi % 1hrist! 7cts 20:2*, “#estifyi % both to the &ews, a d also to the 2ree4s, re$e ta ce toward 2od, a d faith toward our )ord &esus 1hrist!" #he Eust shall li'e by faith .Rm 1:1'/! &esus $ro'ided the way for ma to be for%i'e of his tra s%ressio s a%ai st 2od .*iscusse* be o1/! : ce o e %e ui ely re$e ts a d is for%i'e , 2od6s i te t a d $ur$ose .1hat He origina y 1ante* in man/ must the be wor4ed .rea i5e*/ i them! Ahili$$ia s 2:*3, “-or it is 2od which wor4eth i you both to will a d to do of his %ood $leasure!" 2od6s wor4 reBuires a yieldi %, a$$licatio a d realiJatio or tra sformatio .change/ i you 0 from the ce comes the fruit!
?i ce re$e ta ce is to cha %e directio s a d retur to 2od, there is a $ath that must be
wal4ed! &esus .Go* Himse f/ leads i the $ath by e8am$le! (e must “follow" a d this will be discussed later! #he $ath to 2od is tra'eled i faith a d by 1hrist6s e8am$le as led by the 9oly 2host .Rm 8:14/! #his is a $ath of restoratio a d reco ciliatio with 2od! -or%i'e ess is Eust the start of the $ath . entering the strait gate, &t ':13(14, ., 13:24 / a d is by o mea s the e d! -or by faith ye sta d .2 Cor 1:2!/! Lo"e
Ma rebelled a%ai st 2od thus bri %i % about a se$aratio a d e mity with 2od .)s
!+:2, 64:6, $er !:2!, Rm 8:', "ph 2:1!(16/! #he )ord 2od has chose to res$o d to ma i lo'e! &oh 3:*6, “-or 2od so lo'ed the world, that he %a'e his o ly be%otte ?o , that whosoe'er belie'eth i him should ot $erish, but ha'e e'erlasti % life! 7>< * &oh 5:*0, “9erei is lo'e, ot that we lo'ed 2od, but that he lo'ed us, a d se t his ?o to be the $ro$itiatio for our si s!" 1a you see how 2od sacrificed of ?elf for our be efitF 1a you see how &esus .as Go*/ sacrificed of ?elf for our be efitF 0 our u deser'ed be efit@ ;oma s 5:*0, “-or if, whe we were e emies, we were reco ciled to 2od by the death of his ?o , much more, bei % reco ciled, we shall be sa'ed by his life!" (e are sa'ed by 9is life, by 9is life are we sa'ed .Co 3:3/!
7ll of ma 4i d is u der the co dem atio of death, but rather tha immediately carry out
.e;ecute/ the se te ce, 2od forbears the i Euries a d offers mercy throu%h &esus 1hrist .Rm 3:2!/! ;oma s 5:+, “But 2od comme deth his lo'e toward us, i that, while we were yet si ers, 1hrist died for us!" (hile ma was/is i the 'ery $rocess of tra s%ressi % 2od6s will, the )ord reaches out a offers a way bac4! C$hesia s 2:537, “But 2od, who is rich i mercy, for his %reat lo'e wherewith he lo'ed us, C'e whe we were dead i si s, hath Buic4e ed us to%ether with 1hrist, .by %race 2 ye are sa'ed=/ 7 d hath raised us u$ to%ether, a d made us sit to%ether i hea'e ly $laces i 1hrist &esus: #hat i the a%es to come he mi%ht shew the e8ceedi % riches of his %race i his 4i d ess toward us throu%h 1hrist &esus!" #esus did not come to #udge or Condemn Man
&esus did ot come to the earth to carry out 2od6s co dem atio u$o ma , but rather to
e8te d mercy a d bri % ma bac4 to 2od! &oh 3:*73*+, “-or 2od se t ot his ?o i to the world to co dem the world= but that the world throu%h him mi%ht be sa'ed! 9e that belie'eth o him is ot co dem ed: but he that belie'eth ot is co dem ed already, because he hath ot belie'ed i the ame of the o ly be%otte ?o of 2od! #hose who do ot “belie'e" or “embrace" 2od6s offer of mercy are already u der the ori%i al co dem atio of “thou shalt surely die!" #he o ly way to recei'e $ardo is to forsa4e your rebellio a d come bac4 to 2od throu%h 1hrist! #hose who do ot acce$t 2od6s offer of mercy, hate 2od a d choose death= a d those that hate &esus . 1ho is the offer of mercy/ also hate the -ather .#% 8:36, 1!:1-, $n 1!:23/
#he )ord did ot come to Eud%e ma ! &oh *2:5735+, “7 d if a y ma hear my words,
a d belie'e ot, , Eud%e him ot: for , came ot to Eud%e the world, but to sa'e the world! 9e that reEecteth me, a d recei'eth ot my words, hath o e that Eud%eth him: the word that , ha'e s$o4e , the same shall Eud%e him i the last day!" &ud%i % would be to **
co dem , $ass se te ce a d doom to $u ishme t! &esus does ot Eud%e or force the will of a y ma at this time! 1hrist came to sa'e 0 Eud%me t a d co dem atio will come at a later date .a *ay appointe*, /cts 1':31/ for those who reEect 2od6s mercy! (e must “recei'e" 1hrist6s (ords, mea i % that we must a$$ly them to our li'es a d li'e them e'eryday! #hose who reEect 2od6s sal'atio .foun* in Christ/ will o e day be Eud%ed by 1hrist6s (ords .in re ation to ho1 their i%es 1ere i%e*, 9eut 4:3, 18:18(1+, /cts 3:22( 23/! (e do ot ha'e to recei'e the truth that 1hrist s$o4e, but realiJe that o e day you will sta d or fall based u$o that truth .$n 6:63/! &esus said: Matthew *2:30, “9e that is ot with me is a%ai st me= a d he that %athereth ot with me scattereth abroad!"
#he o ly acce$table way bac4 to 2od .1ay to be sa%e*, par*one*, forgi%en/ is fou d i
1hrist! &oh *5:6, “&esus saith u to him, , am the way, the truth, a d the life: o ma cometh u to the -ather, but by me!" 7cts 5:*2 >either is there sal'atio i a y other: for there is o e other ame u der hea'e %i'e amo % me , whereby we must be sa'ed! )ife is o ly fou d i &esus@ * &oh 5:**3*3, “7 d this is the record, that 2od hath %i'e to us eter al life, a d this life is i his ?o ! 9e that hath the ?o hath life= a d he that hath ot the ?o of 2od hath ot life! #hese thi %s ha'e , writte u to you that belie'e o the ame of the ?o of 2od= that ye may 4 ow that ye ha'e eter al life, a d that ye may belie'e o the ame of the ?o of 2od!"
&esus came i 2od6s lo'e a d mercy! &esus has the authority to e8ecute Eud%me t: &oh
5:22, 27, “-or the -ather Eud%eth o ma , but hath committed all Eud%me t u to the ?o : 7 d hath %i'e him authority to e8ecute Eud%me t also, because he is the ?o of ma !" C'e so, &esus tells us: &oh 5:25, “Kerily, 'erily, , say u to you, 9e that heareth my word, a d belie'eth o him that se t me, hath e'erlasti % life, a d shall ot come i to co dem atio = but is $assed from death u to life!" Mercy reEoiceth a%ai st Eud%me t .$s 2:13/! 2od offers us the o$$ortu ity to li'e a d ot die! -or the ?o of ma is ot come to destroy me 6s li'es, but to sa'e them .., +:!6/! Matthew *+:**, “-or the ?o of ma is come to sa'e that which was lost . a so ., 1+:1-/!" #he she$herd is loo4i % for the lost shee$ .., 1!:4(6/! &esus will ultimately be your ad'ocate or your Eud%e u to life or u to death .Heb ':2!, $n !:2', 2 Cor 2:16/! 1hrist will either say, “well do e, %ood a d faithful ser'a t" or “de$art from me, ye that wor4 i iBuity/cursed!" . &t ':23, 2!:21, 23, 41, ., 13:2'/! Christ’s Mercy
#o $erfectly illustrate the lo'e a d mercy of the )ord, we shall co sider the followi %
e'e t i the earthly life of 1hrist: &oh +:33**, “7 d the scribes a d Aharisees brou%ht u to him a woma ta4e i adultery= a d whe they had set her i the midst, #hey say u to him, Master, this woma was ta4e i adultery, i the 'ery act! >ow Moses i the law comma ded us, that such should be sto ed: but what sayest thouF #his they said, tem$ti % him, that they mi%ht ha'e to accuse him! But &esus stoo$ed dow , a d with his fi %er wrote o the %rou d, as thou%h he heard them ot! ?o whe they co ti ued as4i % him, he lifted u$ himself, a d said u to them, 9e that is without si amo % you, let him first cast a sto e at her! 7 d a%ai he stoo$ed dow , a d wrote o the %rou d! 7 d they which heard it, bei % co 'icted by their ow co scie ce, we t out o e by o e, be%i i % at the eldest, e'e u to the last: a d &esus was left alo e, a d the woma sta di % i the
midst! (he &esus had lifted u$ himself, a d saw o e but the woma , he said u to her, (oma , where are those thi e accusersF hath o ma co dem ed theeF ?he said, >o ma , )ord! 7 d &esus said u to her, >either do , co dem thee: %o, a d si o more!"
#he law %i'e u to Moses was writte by the fi %er of 2od! C8odus 3*:*+, “7 d he
%a'e u to Moses, whe he had made a e d of commu i % with him u$o mou t ?i ai, two tables of testimo y, tables of sto e, writte with the fi %er of 2od .a so 9eut +:1-/!" ,srael was to li'e by the law! ;oma s *0:5, “-or Moses describeth the ri%hteous ess which is of the law, #hat the ma which doeth those thi %s shall li'e by them .a so Ga 3:12/!" #here was o mercy u der the law for a adulterous woma .:um !:12(3-, 9eut 22:22/! 9ebrews *0:2+, “9e that des$ised Moses6 law died without mercy u der two or three wit esses!" #his woma was %uilty of adultery a d the $e alty was death . .e% 2-:1-/! &esus, as 2od, stoo$ed dow a d with 9is fi %er ame ded the law to allow for mercy!
#he reli%ious me had o co cer for this woma a d were most i terested i
disco'eri % a way to fi d fault i or accuse &esus .#s !6:!(6/! 1hrist o ce said they ommited the wei%htier matters of the law, Eud%me t, mercy, a d faith .&t 23:23/! #hese me co sidered that they had &esus i a o3wi situatio ! ,f 9e told them to sto e her the 9e would be a hy$ocrite i all that 9e said a d did re%ardi % mercy a d for%i'e ess or said relati % to ot Eud%i % or co dem i %! ,f 9e told them to free her the 9e would be disre%ardi % the law! ?o, &esus sim$ly re'ealed to them their ow %uilt before 2od a d their ow deser'i % of co dem atio .1hich con*emnation that He, as Go*, *i* not impose at this time/! ;oma s 2:*32, “#herefore thou art i e8cusable, : ma , whosoe'er thou art that Eud%est: for wherei thou Eud%est a other, thou co dem est thyself= for thou that Eud%est doest the same thi %s .sins *eser%ing of Go*3s con*emnation/! But we are sure that the Eud%me t of 2od is accordi % to truth a%ai st them which commit such thi %s .a so %erse 3/!" Alease ote: 2od6s %reat mercy a d ma 6s lac4 of mercy i this case/situatio ! &esus showed com$assio , mercy a d %race! Ma showed hard ess of heart a d co dem atio !
&esus $lai ly told the woma that 9e did ot co dem her 0 oh what mercy@ 1hrist did
ot co dem o e si %le $erso .an* enact pena ty/ duri % 9is earthly wal4! >ow ma y $eo$le at this $oi t would li4e to com$letely i% or . an* *o/ &esus6 stateme t to “%o a d si o more!" &esus .Go*/ does ot for%i'e you to co ti ue i your si . transgression/! )ets re$eat that: &esus does ot for%i'e you to co ti ue i your tra s%ressio @ #he woma recei'ed u deser'ed mercy, but ow she must si o more! #his reBuires a actio o her $art! 2od does ot a d e'er will co do e si . ini8uity, transgression, unrighteousness/! #he de'il told ma that he could si a%ai st 2od a d ot die . Gen 3:4/! &esus Eust re'ealed otherwise! 2od may offer $ardo from si , but e'er e8$ect to recei'e lice se to si ! #he de'il has ot bee %i'e a$$ro'al to si = do you thi 4 you ha'eF #esus $uffered Man’s Condemnation
&esus did ot ri%htly co dem or Eud%e ma , but rather assumed ma 6s si s a d actually
suffered ma 6s co dem atio that ma mi%ht be sa'ed throu%h 9im! ,s this ot i credibleF 2 1ori thia s 9:*5, “#ha 4s be u to 2od for his u s$ea4able %ift!" (hy was this ecessaryF 2od u$holds the truth of 9is (ord! #he eter al truth is that disobedie ce *3
to the will of 2od shall always $roduce death . separation from the ife of the Creator/! Ma clearly disobeyed 2od a d ow must die that the truth of 2od6s (ord be u$held .Rm 6:23/! 2od6s (ord is fore'er settled i hea'e a d a d the truth ca ot be altered .#s 11+:8+/! Asalms **9:*60, “#hy word is true from the be%i i %: a d e'ery o e of thy ri%hteous Eud%me ts e dureth for e'er .a so $n 1':1'/!" 9owe'er, 2od could $ardo .forgi%e/ ma if it was/is do e i a way the u$holds 9is ri%hteous character a d truth! 9ow was this do eF!!!
&esus .1ho is the >or*?truth of Go*/ came to this earth as a ma ! &oh *:*5, “7 d the
(ord was made flesh, a d dwelt amo % us, .a d we beheld his %lory, the %lory as of the o ly be%otte of the -ather,/ full of %race a d truth!" &esus was/is the 'ery embodime t of 2od6s truth ./ pha an* 2mega/! 9e was bor as a ma after the seed of 7braham! 9ebrews 2:*63*7, “-or 'erily he too4 ot o him the ature of a %els= but he too4 o him the seed of 7braham! (herefore i all thi %s it beho'ed him to be made li4e u to his brethre , that he mi%ht be a merciful a d faithful hi%h $riest i thi %s $ertai i % to 2od, to ma4e reco ciliatio for the si s of the $eo$le!" 7braham $leased 2od throu%h his faith .Ga 3:6, $s 2:23/! 7braham obeyed the )ord6s 'oice, a d 4e$t 9is char%e, 9is comma dme ts, 9is statutes, a d 9is laws .Gen 26:!, a so Heb 11:1'/! ?i ce &esus was bor of 7braham6s seed, bei % “bor a%ai " of 1hrist also ma4es you of 7braham6s seed .Ga 3:2+/! 2alatia s 3:7, 9, “I ow ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the childre of 7braham! ?o the they which be of faith are blessed with faithful 7braham!"
Ma was made a little lower tha the a %els .Heb 2:'/ a d &esus also was made a little
lower tha the a %els .Heb 2:+/ 0 &esus came as a ma ! 7ll the thi %s &esus did . >or*s an* mirac es/ came throu%h the 9oly ?$irit withi 9im, yet 9e was as a ma a d did othi % of 9imself .$n !:1+, 3-/! #he )ord is a ?$irit .$n 4:24(2!, 2 Cor 3:1'/!
, describi % or relati % &esus6 comi % to earth i the flesh, we are further told: ;oma s
*:335, “1o cer i % his ?o &esus 1hrist our )ord, which was made of the seed of <a'id accordi % to the flesh= 7 d declared to be the ?o of 2od with $ower, accordi % to the s$irit of holi ess, by the resurrectio from the dead .a so $n ':42, 2 7im 2:8/!" <a'id was a desce da t of 7braham a d also lo'ed of the )ord! 7cts *3:22323, “H, ha'e fou d <a'id the so of &esse, a ma after mi e ow heart, which shall fulfil all my will! :f this ma 6s seed hath 2od accordi % to his $romise raised u to ,srael a ?a'iour, &esus . a so 1 4gs 14:8, 1!:!/!"
7s a ma , 1hrist had o ad'a ta%e o'er us . ho1e%er, He 1as fi e* 1ith the Ho y Ghost/!
Ahili$$ia s 2:73+, “But made himself of o re$utatio , a d too4 u$o him the form of a ser'a t, a d was made i the li4e ess of me : 7 d bei % fou d i fashio as a ma , he humbled himself, a d became obedie t u to death, e'e the death of the cross!" &esus was a oi ted with the 9oly 2host a d 2od was with 9im . /cts 1-:38/! (e will discuss later i this writi % why it is crucial that 1hrist6s followers be the same! &esus, as a ma , absolutely obeyed the -ather .$n 1!:1-/! 1hrist set the e8am$le a d we must ow obey 9im .$n 14:1!/!
(hy is &esus comi % to the earth as a ma im$orta tF &esus esse tially had to u do what
the first ma 7dam had do e! 7dam disobeyed 2od a d tra s%ressed 9is will i see4i % self a d thus brou%ht death i to the world! &esus would ha'e to de y self to $erfectly obey 2od i doi % the )ord6s will i order to bri % life! * 1ori thia s *5:57, “#he first ma is of the earth, earthy: the seco d ma is the )ord from hea'e !" : ly o e i di'idual ./*am/ was res$o sible for corru$ti % all of ma ! #hus o ly o e i di'idual .$esus/ is ecessary to correct a d re'erse the situatio for those who will “follow!" #herefore: * 1ori thia s *5:2*322, “-or si ce by ma came death, by ma came also the resurrectio of the dead! -or as i 7dam all die, e'e so i 1hrist shall all be made ali'e!" 7>< ;oma s 5:*9, “-or as by o e ma 6s disobedie ce ma y were made si ers, so by the obedie ce of o e shall ma y be made ri%hteous!"
&esus came to the earth as a ma a d $erfectly obeyed the -ather6s will! 1hrist wal4ed i
faith . o%e, surren*er, obe*ience, *e%otion, an* trust / to the -ather 0 as led of the ?$irit .&t 4:1, ., 4:1, 14, $n 3:34 /! &esus clearly stated: “, see4 ot mi e ow will, but the will of the -ather which hath se t me .$n !:3-, a so Heb 1-:+/!" 7>< &oh 6:3+, “-or , came dow from hea'e , ot to do mi e ow will, but the will of him that se t me" . a so $n 4:34/! 9ebrews *0:7, “#he said ,, )o, , come .i the 'olume of the boo4 it is writte of me,/ to do thy will, : 2od!" , doi % so, &esus obeyed the -ather i all thi %s i cludi % what 9e said a d the wor4s 9e did .$n !:1+(2-, 3-, 36, ':16(18, 8:1!, 26, 28(2+, 38, +:4, 1-:2!, 3'(38, 12:4+(!-, 14:1-, 1!:1-, 24/! , $erfectly followi % 2od6s will .as e* by the Ho y Spirit/, &esus was without si .2 Cor !:21, Heb 4:1!, 1 $n 3:!/! 1hrist did ot tra s%ress the -ather6s will! (hat has Eust bee related is that &esus wal4ed a $erfect e8am$le of 2od6s will for ma to follow .Heb 2:16, &t 1:1, $n ':42, Rm 1:3, 2 7im 2:8, Go* 1ith us ( &t 1:23/!
&esus too4 9is $erfect life of obedie ce to the will of 2od a d e8cha %ed it for our si s
a d the suffered our co dem atio ! 2od laid the si of ma u$o 1hrist a d made 9im to be si for us who 9is ow self bare our si s i 9is ow body . )s !3:3(!, 6, 1-, 2 Cor !:21, Ga 3:13(14, 1 #t 2:24/! ,saiah 53:6, “7ll we li4e shee$ ha'e %o e astray= we ha'e tur ed e'ery o e to his ow way= a d the ):;< hath laid o him the i iBuity of us all!" 9e hath $oured out his soul u to death: a d he was umbered with the tra s%ressors= a d he bare the si of ma y, a d made i tercessio for the tra s%ressors .)s !3:12/! &esus was a sacrifice .1i ing y aying *o1n His perfect ife, $n 1-:1!(183/ u to 2od for our be efit 0 $erfect lo'e! * &oh 3:*6, “9ereby $ercei'e we the lo'e of 2od, because he laid dow his life for usH" “Det it $leased the ):;< to bruise him= he hath $ut him to %rief: whe thou shalt ma4e his soul a offeri % for si H" .)s !3:1-/! -or the tra s%ressio of my $eo$le was he stric4e .)s !3:8/! Asalms 69:7, “Because for thy sa4e , ha'e bor e re$roach= shame hath co'ered my face!" 3 #he re$roaches of them that re$roached thee fell o me .Rm 1!:3/! &esus $ro'ided the ato eme t for ma 6s tra s%ressio s a%ai st 2od! 7to eme t is reco ciliatio after e mity whereby re$aratio is made by %i'i % a eBui'ale t for a wro % committed!
1hrist was the $ro$itiatio for ma 6s si s .Rm 3:2!, 1 $n 2:2/! Aro$itiatio is the act of
a$$easi % wrath a d co ciliati % the fa'or of o e who is offe ded . )s !4:'(8/! ,saiah 53:**, “9e shall see of the tra'ail of his soul, a d shall be satisfied: by his 4 owled%e shall my ri%hteous ser'a t Eustify ma y= for he shall bear their i iBuities!" 7%ai , *5
co sider 2od6s lo'e: * &oh 5:*0, “9erei is lo'e, ot that we lo'ed 2od, but that he lo'ed us, a d se t his ?o to be the $ro$itiatio for our si s!" &esus6 sacrifice of self would ma4e ame ds for ma 6s tra s%ressio s a d bri % about re$aratio . satisfaction, recompense/ thereby allowi % the obli%atio of 2od to $u ish the crime to be ca celed 0 resulti % i satisfactio for the offe se! &esus restored that which 9e too4 ot away . #s 6+:4/! #herefore: &esus deli'ered us from so %reat a death, a d doth deli'er: i whom we trust that he will yet deli'er us .2 Cor 1:1-/!
&esus “restores" ma so that he ca wal4 as u to 2od! Asalms 23:3, “9e restoreth my
soul: he leadeth me i the $aths of ri%hteous ess for his ame6s sa4e!" #he $aths of ri%hteous ess are the facets of 2od6s ature that ma4e u$ the arrow way! , this writi %, we are co cer ed s$ecifically about mercy a d for%i'e ess as Eust o e as$ect of “#he (ay!" (hy does 1hrist do thisF -or 9is %lory, for 9is $leasure, to realiJe what 9e ori%i ally i te ted to recei'e from ma ! Man #udged and Condemned God
&esus did ot come to Eud%e a d co dem ma to 2od6s se te ce of death, howe'er ma
did Eud%e a d co dem &esus to death! C'e so 1hrist was deli'ered by the determi ate cou sel a d fore4 owled%e of 2od to com$lete the )ord6s $ur$oses ./cts 2:23(24, Ga 1:4/! 2od allowed ma to e act his e'il will so that the )ord6s $ur$oses could be accom$lished! Ma co dem ed &esus ."mmanue , Go* 1ith us, &t 1:23/ a d carried out the se te ce of death .@ut Go* raise* Him from the *ea*, /cts 13:3- /! 7cts *3:2732+, “-or they that dwell at &erusalem, a d their rulers, because they 4 ew him ot, or yet the 'oices of the $ro$hets which are read e'ery sabbath day, they ha'e fulfilled them i co dem i % him! 7 d thou%h they fou d o cause of death i him, yet desired they Ailate that he should be slai !" ;eli%ious ma co dem ed 2od to the se te ce of death@ ;eli%ious ma carried out the se te ce i 4illi % 1hrist@
&esus said: &oh +:*5, “De Eud%e after the flesh= , Eud%e o ma !" 7>< &oh +:*6, “7 d
yet if , Eud%e, my Eud%me t is true: for , am ot alo e, but , a d the -ather that se t me!" 1hrist $erfectly wal4ed 2od6s will doi % all thi %s well a d was $ro ou ced as “well3 $leasi %" by the -ather .&t 3:1', 12:18, 1':!, &, 1:11, ':3', ., 3:22, 2 #t 1:1' /! &esus showed othi % but lo'e a d com$assio for 9is fellow ma ! , other words, &esus $erfectly wal4ed i 2od6s two %reat comma dme ts .&t 22:3'(3+, &, 12:2+(31, ., 1-:2'/ 0 a%ai , this is our e8am$le! 9owe'er, ma fou d 2od6s ow ?o to be %uilty of death .&t 26:66, 2':1, 3, $n 11:48(!2/ 3 7 d they all co dem ed him to be %uilty of death .&, 14:64/! Ma is ot Bualified to Eud%e ri%hteously a$art from 2od!
&esus o ce told the reli%ious leaders: &oh 7:25, “&ud%e ot accordi % to the a$$eara ce,
but Eud%e ri%hteous Eud%me t!" 1hrist o ce healed a ma of bli d ess! #he reli%ious leaders said: “#his ma is ot of 2od, because he 4ee$eth ot the sabbath day . $n +:16/!" 7>< “we 4 ow that this ma is a si er .$n +:24/!" &esus said: Matthew *2:+, “-or the ?o of ma is )ord e'e of the sabbath day .a so &, 2:28, ., 6:!/" 3 a d $oi ted out how they o the sabbath loose their o8e or their asses from the stalls, a d lead them away to wateri % .hypocrites, ., 13:1!/!" &esus further re'ealed their hy$ocrisy by as4i %: “(hich of you shall ha'e a ass or a o8 falle i to a $it, a d will ot strai%htway $ull him out o the sabbath day . ., 14:!/F" ?o, what is more im$orta t, *6
ma 6s $ercei'ed reli%ious $rotocol or lo'i % o e6s ei%hborF 1hrist sim$ly held them to their ow sta dard a d they were %uilty i the same se se that they accused 9im . &t ':2, &, 4:24/!
1hrist did ot come to co dem ma , but to sa'e him by leadi % ma bac4 to 2od! #he
)ord 2od 9imself came to the earth i the form of ma . f esh an* b oo*, $n 1:14, 3:1'/ a d wal4ed a $erfect e8am$le for ma to follow! 9owe'er, reli%ious ma accused &esus of misleadi % the $eo$le! )u4e 23:2, “7 d they be%a to accuse him, sayi %, (e fou d this fellow $er'erti % the atio H" #o $er'ert is to tur from the truth or misa$$ly it= to tur from that which is ri%ht 0 to corru$t! ;ecall that &esus is “#he #ruth" a d as such is “#he (ord" of 2od .$n 14:6, $n 1:1(14, Re% 1+:13 / 0 a 2od of truth a d without i iBuity, Eust a d ri%ht is 9e .9eut 32:4/! #here was also murmuri % amo % the $eo$le i which it was said: “he decei'eth the $eo$le .$n ':12/!" :thers said: “9e stirreth u$ .agitate*, troub e*/ the $eo$le, teachi % throu%hout all &ewry .., 23:!/!" Aerha$s you ow realiJe that rebellious ma .an* re igious man ) might a**/ assi% ed to 2od the ature of the de'ilF ?ata is the decei'er= the de'il $er'erts 2od6s truth= the de'il is ot of 2od a d corru$ts .$n 8:44, Re% 12:+/! <id ma Eud%e ri%hteouslyF
2od says that Eud%es are to Eustify the ri%hteous a d co dem the wic4ed . 9eut 2!:1,
a so #s 4!:'/! Ma u Eustly accused &esus with false accusatio s a d set false wit esses a%ai st 9im .&t 26:!+(62, 2':12(14, &, 14:!!(61, 2':12(14, $n 1+:'/! Asalms 35:**, “-alse wit esses did rise u$= they laid to my char%e thi %s that , 4 ew ot!" &eremiah **:*9, “But , was li4e a lamb or a o8 that is brou%ht to the slau%hter= a d , 4 ew ot that they had de'ised de'ices a%ai st me, sayi %, )et us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, a d let us cut him off from the la d of the li'i %, that his ame may be o more remembered!" Ma y $ut o a reli%ious or %odly faLade .pretense, out1ar* sho1/, but wal4 i their ow will!
(he as4ed what to do about &esus, the $eo$le cried, “crucify 9im" .&, 1!:12(13/ 0 but
what e'il hath 9e do eF 0 “crucify 9im" . &, 1!:14, ., 2':2-(23/= ?hall , release &esusF 3 “7way with this ma " .., 23:18/! #o say, “away with this ma " was a total reEectio of the ma , 9is messa%e a d all he stood for! Asalm 69:20, “;e$roach hath bro4e my heart= a d , am full of hea'i ess: a d , loo4ed for some to ta4e $ity, but there was o e= a d for comforters, but , fou d o e!" :h what the de'il6s lie has wrou%ht i ma ! Asalm 35:*2, “#hey rewarded me e'il for %ood to the s$oili % of my soul!" &esus had do e all thi %s well! &oh *5:25, “But this cometh to $ass, that the word mi%ht be fulfilled that is writte i their law, #hey hated me without a cause . a so /cts 13:28/!" Asalms 69:5, “#hey that hate me without a cause are more tha the hairs of mi e head: they that would destroy me, bei % mi e e emies wro %fully, are mi%hty: the , restored that which , too4 ot away!" #his is rebellious ma 6s Eustice a d Eud%me t 0 ma 6s mercy@ #his is the heart a d ature of corru$t ma !
(he a ma was hu % o a tree, he was co sidered accursed of 2od 3 for he that is
ha %ed is accursed of 2od .9eut 21:23/! &esus had show othi % but lo'e a d com$assio , always $oi ti % the way to 2od, but ma hu % 9im o a tree as accursed! C'e so, &esus too4 u$o 9imself our si s a d what this re$rese ted was accursed of 2od! 2alatia s 3:*33*5, “1hrist hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, bei % made
a curse for us: for it is writte , 1ursed is e'ery o e that ha %eth o a tree: #hat the blessi % of 7braham mi%ht come o the 2e tiles throu%h &esus 1hrist= that we mi%ht recei'e the $romise of the ?$irit throu%h faith!" The %ay
1hrist6s death o the cross ato ed for ma 6s si s a d allowed for 2od6s mercy a d
for%i'e ess of $ast si s .Rm 3:2!/! #his is the starti % $oi t or the e teri % i at the strait %ate! &esus is the strait %ate 0 the door . $n 1-:', +/! #his is o ly the be%i i % of a wal4 of faith a d ot the e d! -or%i'e ess of si s does ot com$lete 2od6s $ur$oses! Dou must ow co form to the ature of the )ord 0 what 9e ori%i ally i te ded 0 to be i 9is ima%e .Gen 1:26(2'/! Dou must freely lo'e, surre der to, obey, trust a d be de'oted to the )ord your 2od a d you must ta4e o 9is ature . the many facets of righteousness an* ho iness/! 2 Aeter *:5, “(hereby are %i'e u to us e&ceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye mi%ht be $arta4ers of the di'i e ature, ha'i % esca$ed the corru$tio that is i the world throu%h lust!" ,t is at the e d of such faith that we recei'e the sal'atio of our souls .1 #t 1:+/! #he $romise of life is throu%h the ri%hteous ess of faith .Rm 4:13, 16/!
&esus was ba$tiJed for our e8am$le .first 1ith 1ater an* then 1ith the Spirit, 1ho
*escen*e* as a *o%e, &t 3:16, &, 1:1-, ., 3:22, $n 1:32 / 0 ot that 9e eeded ba$tism, but that all ri%hteous ess mi%ht be fulfilled i 9im . &t 3:1!, Re% 1:8, 11, 1', 2:8, 1+, 21:6, 22:13/! &esus also bei % ba$tiJed, a d $rayi %, the hea'e was o$e ed, 7 d the 9oly 2host desce ded i a bodily sha$e li4e a do'e u$o him, a d a 'oice came from hea'e , which said, #hou art my belo'ed ?o = i thee , am well $leased .., 3:21(22/! >otice that &esus was water ba$tiJed, the $rayed a d the recei'ed the 9oly 2host! #he hea'e ly -ather %i'es the 9oly ?$irit to them that as4 him . ., 11:13/! 1hrist6s ba$tism was the start .beginning/ of 9is earthly wor4/mi istry! &ust after 9is Ba$tism, &esus was led of the ?$irit i to the wilder ess . *enia of se f/ to be tem$ted .trie* an* teste* in the f esh/ of the de'il .&t 4:1, ., 4:1(2/! &esus the wal4ed a life of doi % the will of the -ather .surren*er, obe*ience/! ,t was o ly at the e d of 9is life .*eath/ that 1hrist was raised i %lory ./cts 13:3-(3', Rm 6:4, +, ':4, 8:11, 1 #t 1:+, 21/ 3 %lorify thy ?o , that thy ?o also may %lorify thee .$n 1':1/! #his same $recede t .gui*e, mo*e , 1ay, path, stan*ar*/ will hold true for all those who follow &esus! ?o, * 1ori thia s 6:*5, “7 d 2od hath both raised u$ the )ord, a d will also raise u$ us by his ow $ower!" -irst there is ew birth .first 1ater, then Spirit/, the a wal4 of ew life as led by the ?$irit . surren*er an* obe*ience to Christ, *ying to se f ( faith/, com$lete with trials a d testi %s .aime* at the f esh/, a d the %lory .eterna ife/!
(hat the last se te ce of the $re'ious $ara%ra$h was re'eali % is: * Aeter *:339,
“Blessed be the 2od a d -ather of our )ord &esus 1hrist, which accordi % to his abu da t mercy hath be%otte us a%ai u to a li'ely ho$e by the resurrectio of &esus 1hrist from the dead, #o a i herita ce i corru$tible, a d u defiled, a d that fadeth ot away, reser'ed i hea'e for you, (ho are 4e$t by the $ower of 2od throu%h faith u to sal'atio ready to be re'ealed i the last time! (herei ye %reatly reEoice, thou%h ow for a seaso , if eed be, ye are i hea'i ess throu%h ma ifold tem$tatio s: #hat the trial of your faith, bei % much more $recious tha of %old that $erisheth, thou%h it be tried with
fire, mi%ht be fou d u to $raise a d ho our a d %lory at the a$$eari % of &esus 1hrist: (hom ha'i % ot see , ye lo'e= i whom, thou%h ow ye see him ot, yet belie'i %, ye reEoice with Eoy u s$ea4able a d full of %lory: ;ecei'i % the e d of your faith, e'e the sal'atio of your souls!"
9ow is this do e a d what are 2od6s e8$ectatio sF #he )ord 2od has abu da tly
$ro'ided the a swers a d the mea s i this re%ard! #he )ord 2od came dow to the earth as a ma .as pre%ious y *iscusse*/ a d actually wal4ed the e8am$le that 9e would ha'e us follow! * Aeter 2:2*, “-or e'e hereu to were ye called: because 1hrist also suffered for us, lea'i % us a e8am$le, that ye should follow his ste$s!" 3 that we, bei % dead to si s, should li'e u to ri%hteous ess .1 #t 2:24/! 7>< Asalms 25:+, “2ood a d u$ri%ht is the ):;<: therefore will he teach si ers i the way!" #he )ord 2od fulfilled the followi % 'erse as a ma i the flesh: &eremiah 52:3, “#hat the ):;< thy 2od may shew us the way wherei we may wal4, a d the thi % that we may do!" ?o, 2od 9imself shows us what we are to do! * &oh 2:27, “But the a oi ti % which ye ha'e recei'ed of him abideth i you, a d ye eed ot that a y ma teach you: but as the same a oi ti % teacheth you of all thi %s, a d is truth, a d is o lie, a d e'e as it hath tau%ht you, ye shall abide i him!"
&esus is “#he (ay" .$n 14:6/! #his $ath or way must be wal4ed by 1hrist6s e8am$le a d
by the leadi % a d $ower of the 9oly ?$irit! 2od6s e8$ectatio s are fou d i the e8am$le that &esus set a d by co formi % to 1hrist6s “well3$leasi %" ima%e as by the ?$irit .2 Cor 3:18/! 1olossia s *:*5, “(ho is the ima%e of the i 'isible 2od, the firstbor of e'ery creature .a so Heb 1:3/!" 7>< ;oma s +:29, “-or whom he did fore4 ow, he also did $redesti ate .Go*3s pre*etermine* p an for man/ to be co formed to the ima%e of his ?o , that he mi%ht be the firstbor amo % ma y brethre !" Ma is to co form to the ima%e of 2od, Eust as he was created to be ' re ewed i 4 owled%e after the ima%e of 9im that created him .Co 3:1-/! ;ecall: &esus created ma !
Asalms 23:3, “9e restoreth my soul: he leadeth me i the $aths of ri%hteous ess for his
ame6s sa4e!" &esus restores by leadi % i the $ath/way of ri%hteous ess . the many facets, #s 86:11/! &oh *0:5, “7 d whe he $utteth forth his ow shee$, he %oeth before them, a d the shee$ follow him: for they 4 ow his 'oice!" >otice that &esus %oes before a d the shee$ follow 0 this is how it must be!
&esus always said: “follow Me" .&t 4:1+, 8:22, +:+, 1+:21, &, 2:14, 8:34, 1-:21, .,
!:2', +:23, !+, 61, 18:22, $n 1:43, 21:1+ /! &esus further stated: &oh *0:27, “My shee$ hear my 'oice, a d , 4 ow them, a d they follow me!" 1hrist also said: &oh *2:26, “,f a y ma ser'e me, let him follow me= a d where , am, there shall also my ser'a t be: if a y ma ser'e me, him will my -ather ho our!" ;ecall from the o$e i % $ara%ra$h: &oh *6:2+, “, came forth from the -ather, a d am come i to the world: a%ai , , lea'e the world, a d %o to the -ather!" &esus leads us bac4 to the -ather alo % a arrow way!
9ow do , followF -irst you si cerely re$e t a d the : )u4e 9:23, “7 d he said to them
all, ,f a y ma will come after me, let him de y himself, a d ta4e u$ his cross daily, a d follow me!" Dou must die to self .1hich is see,ing the usts an* *esires of the f esh, the *e%i 3s ie, the *ar,ness/ a d wal4 as &esus wal4ed .Co 2:6, 1 $n 2:6/! #his is ot a
o$tio or Eust for some belie'ers! &esus said: Matthew *0:3+, “7 d he that ta4eth ot his cross, a d followeth after me, is ot worthy of me!" 7>< )u4e *5:27, “7 d whosoe'er doth ot bear his cross, a d come after me, ca ot be my disci$le!" #herefore, &esus6 true shee$ or disci$les will be 4 ow by “followi %" 9im a d becomi % li4e 9im!
-or e8am$le: ,f you wa t to be Eust li4e a e8$ert fishma that you 4 ow, the you must
lear to fish .., 6:4-/! Dou must de'elo$ a lo'e for fishi % .&t !:6, 1 7im 6:11/! Dou must obser'e the thi %s he does a d do the same thi %s .&t 16:24, &, 8:34, ., +:23/! Dou must fish all the time a d a$$ly what you ha'e lear ed of the master fisherma a d be co sta tly im$ro'i % .1 Cor 1!:!8, Heb 3:14/! Dou must e8$erie ce the same thi %s i order to relate to what the e8$ert is showi % you . #hp 3:1-, 1 #t 4:13/! , structio is %ood, but $ractice ma4es $erfect .$s 1:22(2!/! Matthew 5:5+, “Be ye therefore $erfect, e'e as your -ather which is i hea'e is $erfect . a so 1 #t 1:1!(16/!" 3 $ro'e what is that %ood, a d acce$table, a d $erfect, will of 2od .Rm 12:2/! 7>< &ames *:22, “But be ye doers of the word, a d ot hearers o ly, decei'i % your ow sel'es!" !orsa(ing the )ld and *m racing the +ew
#here are two ba$tisms@ #he ba$tism of re$e ta ce a d the ba$tism of the 9oly 2host!
&esus said: &oh 3:5, “&esus a swered, Kerily, 'erily, , say u to thee, C8ce$t a ma be bor of water a d of the ?$irit, he ca ot e ter i to the 4i %dom of 2od!" #he word “'erily" mea s i truth, i fact, a certai ty a d with absolute co fide ce! Ba$tism i water .repentance/ is for the for%i'e ess of si s .remission of sins/ a d the ba$tism of the ?$irit is for followi % 1hrist6s e8am$le a d bei % co formed to 9is ima%e 0 wal4i % as 9e wal4ed! Dou must ha'e the ba$tism of re$e ta ce .in heart if not *ee*/ before you recei'e the ba$tism of the 9oly ?$irit ./cts 2:38/! #he esse ce of water ba$tism .repentance/ is whereby o e si cerely declares a d commits that he is dyi % to the old life of tra s%ressi % 2od6s will .see,ing se f an* its usts/ a d is ow embraci % the ew life of obedie ce to 2od6s will .1a ,ing in faith/! #he esse ce of bei % ba$tiJed by the 9oly ?$irit is where o e de ies self, ta4es u$ their cross a d “follows" &esus . &t 16:24, &, 8:34, 1-:21, ., +:23/! ?o, we are buried by ba$tism u to death .our o * ife of see,ing se f/ a d raised to wal4 i ew ess of life .1a ,ing as $esus 1a ,e*, fo o1ing, conforming to Christ3s image, Rm 6:4 /! <eath to the old a d life to the ew 0 the old is death a d the ew is life!
&oh the Ba$tist said: Mar4 *:+, “, i deed ha'e ba$tiJed you with water: but he shall
ba$tiJe you with the 9oly 2host!" 7>< Matthew 3:**, “, i deed ba$tiJe you with water u to re$e ta ce: but he that cometh after me is mi%htier tha ,, whose shoes , am ot worthy to bear: he shall ba$tiJe you with the 9oly 2host, a d with fire!" ;e$e ta ce is for clea si % a d for%i'e ess, a d the 9oly 2host is for “followi %!" Dou must first die to the si .unrighteousness/ before you ca follow i ri%hteous ess! #he 9oly ?$irit is the $ower from o hi%h that is absolutely ecessary to com$lete the course . narro1 1ay, &t ':13(14, Rm !:!/! #he two are esse tial for bei % “bor a%ai " a d e teri % i to the 4i %dom of 2od .$n 3:3/!
(he &esus was o the earth as a ma a d wal4ed amo % 9is disci$les, 9e did ot
ba$tiJe a yo e with the 9oly 2host, but rather 9e said: )u4e 25:59, “7 d, behold, , se d the $romise of my -ather u$o you: but tarry ye i the city of &erusalem, u til ye be 20
e dued with $ower from o hi%h!" 7>< 7cts *:5, “7 d, bei % assembled to%ether with them, comma ded them that they should ot de$art from &erusalem, but wait for the $romise of the -ather, which, saith he, ye ha'e heard of me!" 7>< 7cts *:+, “But ye shall recei'e $ower, after that the 9oly 2host is come u$o you: a d ye shall be wit esses u to me both i &erusalem, a d i all &udaea, a d i ?amaria, a d u to the uttermost $art of the earth!"
(hy did 6t &esus ba$tiJe with the 9oly ?$irit whe he wal4ed amo % me F #he reaso
is because the redem$ti'e wor4 of the cross had ot yet beed com$leted! -or the 9oly 2host was ot yet %i'e = because that &esus was ot yet %lorified . $n 3':3+, Ga 3:13( 14/! &esus had ot yet sacrificed 9imself to ato e for ma 6s si s! M til there is for%i'e ess of si s, there ca be o wal4i % i the ?$irit 0 o e must $receed the other ./cts 2:38/! ,t was o ly after 1hrist6s death o the cross that the 9oly ?$irit was %i'e at Ae tecost ./cts 2:1(4/! 7cts 2:33, “#herefore bei % by the ri%ht ha d of 2od e8alted, a d ha'i % recei'ed of the -ather the $romise of the 9oly 2host, he hath shed forth this, which ye ow see a d hear!" -irst re$e ta ce a d the the ?$irit! -irst a si cere commitme t to forsa4e the dar4 ess a d tur to 2od . repentance/ a d the wal4i % as &esus wal4ed by the ?$irit of 2od 0 Eust as &esus did! 7ll thi %s i ecessary order!
:ur si s se$arate us from 2od, a d u til there was a ato eme t, 2od could ot dwell
withi us! ,saiah 59:2, “But your i iBuities ha'e se$arated betwee you a d your 2od, a d your si s ha'e hid his face from you, that he will ot hear!" #his issue had to be settled before there could be reco ciliatio ! 7fter &esus was offered as a $ro$itiatio , the 2od could se d 9is ?$irit to dwell withi re$e ta t ma . those foun* in Christ/! #herefore: re$e ta ce a d the for%i'e ess of si s allows for the 9oly ?$irit to dwell withi the belie'er, but o ly due to 1hrist6s ato i % sacrifice 0 o ma cometh u to the -ather, but by &esus .$n 14:6/!
7%ai , the 9oly ?$irit could ot be %i'e u til &esus became the $ro$itiatio for ma 6s
si s! &esus said: &oh *6:7, “>e'ertheless , tell you the truth= ,t is e8$edie t for you that , %o away: for if , %o ot away, the 1omforter will ot come u to you= but if , de$art, , will se d him u to you!" M til &esus com$leted the course a d we t bac4 to the -ather, the ?$irit could ot come .$n 14:16/! ,t is e8$edie t .for a gi%en purpose/ that ma has the ?$irit so as to wal4 the course that 1hrist tread! (hat this is telli % us is that 2od e8$ects you to wal4 i faith as by the ?$irit! 1hrist had to die to ma4e this ha$$e !
>ow we must co sider the declaratio : “1hrist i you, the ho$e of %lory" .Co 1:2'/ 0
this is the mystery which hath bee hid from a%es a d from %e eratio s . Co 1:26(2'/! #he ho$e is “2od i you" wor4i % to restore you by co formi % you to the ima%e of 1hrist .Go*, your Creator/! ?o, sal'atio is fou d i */ for%i'e ess of si s a d 2/ 2od wor4i % 9is $ur$oses i you .#hp 2:13/! #hese two are i se$arable! , other words, “C8ce$t a ma be bor of water .repentance/ a d of the ?$irit .Go* in you/, he ca ot e ter i to the 4i %dom of 2od .$n 3:!/!" The ,oly $pirit
&esus was filled a d led of the 9oly ?$irit to do the -ather6s will! #hose who follow &esus
must also be filled a d led of the ?$irit to “follow" i 1hrist6s $ath or way! 2od is ot 2*
o ly with us ."mmanue , &t 1:23/, but ow i us! 1a you com$rehe d how awesome this is .e;cee*ing y great an* precious/F ?olomo o ce as4ed the Buestio : * Ii %s +:27, “But will 2od i deed dwell o the earthF behold, the hea'e a d hea'e of hea'e s ca ot co tai thee= how much less this house that , ha'e buildedF" (e are tal4i % about 2od dwelli % withi you .$n 14:1'/@@@ 2lory halleluiah@ ,f we wal4 i 2od6s truth . tie* to obe*ience/, the the ?$irit of truth shall be i us always a d will ot forsa4e us . Rm 8:3+, Heb 13:!, 2 $n 1:2, 1 4gs 8:!'(61/! #he o ly thi % that ca se$arate you from 2od is you 0 o e always has a choice, o this earth, of whom they will ser'e!
&esus said that if we 4ee$ 9is comma dme ts .an* thus o%e Him, $n 14:1!/ that 2od
would dwell i us 0 'ia the ?$irit! ,f a ma lo'e me, he will 4ee$ my words: a d my -ather will lo'e him, a d we will come u to him, a d ma4e our abode with him .$n 14:23, a so $n 14:21/! 7 “abode" is a dwelli % $lace! &esus 4e$t 9is -ather6s comma dme ts, a d ow we, i followi %, 4ee$ 1hrist6s comma dme ts . 1hich 1ere from the Aather, $n 3:34, ':16(1', 8:28, 38, 12:4+(!-, 14:1-(11/! &oh *5:*0, “,f ye 4ee$ my comma dme ts, ye shall abide i my lo'e= e'e as , ha'e 4e$t my -atherGs comma dme ts, a d abide i his lo'e!" 1a the e8am$le be a y more clearF &esus further related this relatio shi$ that is %i'e to those who obey ./cts !:32/: &oh *5:20, “7t that day ye shall 4 ow that , am i my -ather, a d ye i me, a d , i you!" (ow@
(e are told: ;oma s +:9, “But ye are ot i the flesh, but i the ?$irit, if so be that the
?$irit of 2od dwell i you! >ow if a y ma ha'e ot the ?$irit of 1hrist, he is o e of his!" #he 9oly 2host is 2od6s seali % that we are 9is . "ph 1:13(14, 4:3-/! 2 1ori thia s *:22, “(ho hath also sealed us, a d %i'e the ear est of the ?$irit i our hearts!" 7>< 7fter that ye heard the word of truth, the %os$el of your sal'atio : i whom also after that ye belie'ed, ye were sealed with that holy ?$irit of $romise ."ph 1:13/! #herefore: * 1ori thia s 3:*6, “I ow ye ot that ye are the tem$le of 2od, a d that the ?$irit of 2od dwelleth i you .a so Ga 4:6/F" 7>< * 1ori thia s 6:*9, “(hatF 4 ow ye ot that your body is the tem$le of the 9oly 2host which is i you, which ye ha'e of 2od, a d ye are ot your ow .a so 1 Cor 3:1'/F" 7>< -or ye are the tem$le of the li'i % 2od= as 2od hath said, , will dwell i them, a d wal4 i them= a d , will be their 2od, a d they shall be my $eo$le .2 Cor 6:16/! ?o, &esus was filled a d led of the ?$irit a d those who “follow" &esus must also be filled a d led of the ?$irit! ;oma s +:*5, “-or as ma y as are led by the ?$irit of 2od, they are the so s of 2od!"
#he 9oly ?$irit dwells withi the belie'er for the $ur$ose of leadi %, teachi %,
co 'icti %, Buic4e i % .to ma,e a i%e/ a d em$oweri %! #he ?$irit is the $ower that wor4eth withi us ."ph 3:2-/! &oh *5:26, “But the 1omforter, which is the 9oly 2host, whom the -ather will se d i my ame, he shall teach you all thi %s, a d bri % all thi %s to your remembra ce, whatsoe'er , ha'e said u to you!" #herefore, the ?$irit a d the (ord .$esus/ will always be i a%reeme t@ &esus a d the 9oly ?$irit are o e@ #he ?$irit leads us to “do" what 1hrist i structed a d wal4ed! &oh *5:26, “But whe the 1omforter is come, whom , will se d u to you from the -ather, e'e the ?$irit of truth, which $roceedeth from the -ather, he shall testify of me!" ?o, the ?$irit N truth N the (ord! &esus a d the ?$irit %i'e life . Rm 8:1-(11, 2 Cor 3:6/@ ,f you ha'e ot the ?$irit, you ha'e ot life, for you are o e of 9is .Ga 6:8, Re% 22:1'/!
#hrou%h the ?$irit we ha'e the mi d of 1hrist . "ph 2:18/! * 1ori thia s 2:*03*3, *6,
“But 2od hath re'ealed them u to us by his ?$irit: for the ?$irit searcheth all thi %s, yea, the dee$ thi %s of 2od! -or what ma 4 oweth the thi %s of a ma , sa'e the s$irit of ma which is i himF e'e so the thi %s of 2od 4 oweth o ma , but the ?$irit of 2od! >ow we ha'e recei'ed, ot the s$irit of the world, but the s$irit which is of 2od= that we mi%ht 4 ow the thi %s that are freely %i'e to us of 2od! (hich thi %s also we s$ea4, ot i the words which ma Gs wisdom teacheth, but which the 9oly 2host teacheth= com$ari % s$iritual thi %s with s$iritual! -or who hath 4 ow the mi d of the )ord, that he may i struct himF But we ha'e the mi d of 1hrist!" ;ecall from abo'e 0 “1hrist i you!"
(hat all this is sayi % a d the $ur$ose therei is that the ?$irit leads us i the $ath of
ri%hteous ess so that we may be co formed to the “well3$leasi %" ima%e of 1hrist which is 2od6s e8am$le a d ideal for us! #he ?$irit ca o ly wor4 throu%h your free3will surre der a d obedie ce, 4 ow as faith 3 that we mi%ht recei'e the $romise of the ?$irit throu%h faith .Ga 3:14/! #his is obedie ce u to ri%hteous ess .Rm 6:16/! #he ?$irit labors to tear dow all the dis$leasi % thi %s i your life a d to i still 2od6s ature i their $lace .Rm 8:11/! ;oma s +:*3, “-or if ye li'e after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye throu%h the ?$irit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall li'e!" -ollowi % the ?$irit is our life i 1hrist: ;oma s +:2, “-or the law of the ?$irit of life i 1hrist &esus hath made me free from the law of si a d death!" -or we wal4 by faith, ot by si%ht . 2 Cor !:'/! , other words, we do ot wal4 by the flesh! #he ?$irit6s wor4 reBuires your coo$eratio so do ot %rie'e or Bue ch the ?$irit .2 Cor ':1/! C$hesia s 5:30, “7 d %rie'e ot the holy ?$irit of 2od, whereby ye are sealed u to the day of redem$tio !" 7>< * #hessalo ia s 5:*9, “Oue ch ot the ?$irit!"
Dou o ce ser'ed the lusts a d desires of the flesh i see4i % your ow will/way! >ow
you must do the o$$osite a d the )ord6s ?$irit leads you a d hel$s you . 2 Sam 22:33/! Dou o ce followed the de'il a d ow you must follow 1hrist! ;oma s 6:*9, “, s$ea4 after the ma er of me because of the i firmity of your flesh: for as ye ha'e yielded your members ser'a ts to u clea ess a d to i iBuity u to i iBuity= e'e so ow yield your members ser'a ts to ri%hteous ess u to holi ess!" #herefore: 2alatia s 5:25, “,f we li'e i the ?$irit, let us also wal4 i the ?$irit .Rm 8:14/!"
#o %rie'e a d Bue ch the ?$irit is to ot surre der a d obey or coo$erate i what the
?$irit is tryi % to do! #his mea s that you are ot “cha %i %" or co formi % to 2od6s $ur$oses .Christ3s image/! -or the life of 2od to ma ifest i you, self must be decreasi % a d dyi %! 2 1ori thia s 5:*03**, “7lways beari % about i the body the dyi % of the )ord &esus, that the life also of &esus mi%ht be made ma ifest i our body! -or we which li'e are alway deli'ered u to death for &esus6 sa4e, that the life also of &esus mi%ht be made ma ifest i our mortal flesh! 7>< &oh 3:30, “9e must i crease, but , must decrease!" 7>< 1olossia s 3:3, “-or ye are dead, a d your life is hid with 1hrist i 2od!" 7)?: 2alatia s 2:20, “, am crucified with 1hrist . *ea* to se f an* f esh y usts/: e'ertheless , li'e= yet ot ,, but 1hrist li'eth i me: a d the life which , ow li'e i the flesh , li'e by the faith of the ?o of 2od, who lo'ed me, a d %a'e himself for me!" 0 , die daily .1 Cor 1!:31/@ 7>< ,f o e died for all, the were all dead: 7 d that he died for all, that they which li'e should ot he ceforth li'e u to themsel'es, but u to him which
died for them .2 Cor !:14(1!/! #herefore: ;oma s *3:*5, “But $ut ye o the )ord &esus 1hrist, a d ma4e ot $ro'isio for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof!"
#his is why &esus said: “9e that fi deth/sa'eth/lo'eth his life shall lose it: a d he that
loseth/hateth his life .in this 1or */ for my sa4e .an* the gospe 3s/ shall fi d it .&t 1-:3+, 16:2!, &, 8:3!, ., +:24, 1':33, $n 12:2!/!" ?ome see4 $lace i this world a d some see4 $lace i 1hrist .His ,ing*om/! #o %ai o e, you lose the other 0 you ca ot ha'e both .&t 6:24, ., 16:13/! #hese are two o$$osite $aths, each with its ow desti atio . *eath or ife, &t ':13(14/! Cach of these ways $roduces its ow disti ct fruits .of the f esh or of the Spirit/! , Cde , the forbidde tree $roduced o e ty$e of fruit a d the tree of life $roduced a other ty$e of fruit 3 o e resulted i death a d the other life! Cach of these ways has its ow master .the *e%i , $n 8:44 or Christ, Rm 8:14 /! (hat we are tal4i % about here is what ma has always bee %i'e . a free 1i / 0 “7 19:,1C!" 1hoose whom ye will ser'e .$osh 24:1!/F
Dou must be dyi % daily which mea s you must be “cha %i %" a d “co formi %" to
2od6s e8$ectatio s or you are ot bei % led by the 9oly ?$irit! 2 1ori thia s 5:*6, “-or which cause we fai t ot= but thou%h our outward ma $erish, yet the i ward ma is re ewed day by day!" 2 1ori thia s 3:*+, “But we all, with o$e face beholdi % as i a %lass the %lory of the )ord, are cha %ed i to the same ima%e from %lory to %lory, e'e as by the ?$irit of the )ord!" <ay by day, situatio by situatio , circumsta ce by circumsta ce, little by little, bit by bit, ste$ by ste$, you must be cha %i % a d co formi % to 1hrist6s e8am$le a d ature! ,f ot, the you must e8ami e the true i te t of your heart .2 Cor 13:!/ a d whom you are bei % led by! ,f you fi d yourself falli % short, the you must fi d your way to the strait %ate .through sincere repentance/!
:ur sufficie cy .means, abi ity, ha%ing 1hat is necessary/ is of 2od .2 Cor 3:!, "ph
1:1+, "ph 3:16/! #his sufficie cy is fou d i the 9oly 2host who dwells i the si cere belie'er .2 Cor +:8/! #he )ord does ot desire your ow s4ill, tale t or ability, 9e desires your surre der a d obedie ce! #he )ord raises u$ whom 9e desires to do what 9e desires .the poor, the mourning an* the mee,, &t !:3(!/! #he )ord $ulls dow those who do what they desire .&t 23:12, ., 14:11, 18:14/! 9e doeth accordi % to his will i the army of hea'e , a d amo % the i habita ts of the earth: a d o e ca stay his ha d, or say u to him, (hat doest thou .9an 4:3!/F" 9ath ot the $otter $ower o'er the clay .Rm +:21/F
#he o$$osite to co formi % to the ima%e of 1hrist would be to co form to the ima%e of
the world, mea i % that you lo'e the thi %s that are i the world 3 the lust of the flesh, a d the lust of the eyes, a d the $ride of life . 1 $n 2:1!(1'/! #he )ord cautio s us: ;oma s *2:2, “7 d be ot co formed to this world: but be ye tra sformed by the re ewi % of your mi d, that ye may $ro'e what is that %ood, a d acce$table, a d $erfect, will of 2od!" #he two thi %s are Buite o$$osite! Dou follow the flesh or you follow the ?$irit 0 there are o ly two ways .&t ':13(14/! ;oma s +:5, “-or they that are after the flesh do mi d the thi %s of the flesh= but they that are after the ?$irit the thi %s of the ?$irit!" #o see4 your fleshly lusts co forms you to the world a d to de y a d die to your fleshly lusts co forms you to 1hrist6s ima%e throu%h the ?$irit!
?o it ca be said .after aying the necessary foun*ation in the te;t of this artic e /:
;oma s +:*, “#here is therefore ow o co dem atio to them which are i 1hrist &esus, who wal4 ot after the flesh, but after the ?$irit!" #o be i 1hrist &esus is to be filled with a d followi % after the ?$irit, which is to be de yi % the lusts a d desires of the flesh . $n 8:12, 44, Rm 6:12, 13:14, Ga !:24, "p 2:3, 4:22, !:8, 7i 2:12, 1 #t 2:11, 4:2 /! #here is a $ardo from 2od6s ori%i al co dem atio of “thou shalt surely die" for those who are i 1hrist &esus a d wal4i % by 9is ?$irit i 9is e8am$le! This is the way to God and eternal life 3 the author merely $oi ts you to it a d e coura%es you to wal4 this arrow way! !oreshadowing *"ents
#he )ord deli'ered the childre of ,srael from the bo da%e of Aharaoh i C%y$t! #his
was a foreshadowi % of 1hrist deli'eri % ma from the dar4 ess of the world a d the dece$tio /bo da%e of ?ata ! Moses, who was 2od6s i strume t of deli'era ce, was 'ery re$rese tati'e of 1hrist! Moses was faithful to 2od who se t him . Heb 3:2/! 9ebrews 3:5, “7 d Moses 'erily was faithful i all his house, as a ser'a t, for a testimo y of those thi %s which were to be s$o4e after!" #he testimo y co cer ed &esus 1hrist who/is was %reater: 9ebrews 3:335, “-or this ma was cou ted worthy of more %lory tha Moses, i asmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more ho our tha the house! -or e'ery house is builded by some ma = but he that built all thi %s is 2od!" Moses was a shadow of 1hrist who was %reater! )i4e Moses, &esus was faithful to the )ord 2od who a$$oi ted 9im .Heb 3:1(2/! &esus leads ma out of the dar4 ess a d thus builds a house of $eculiar $eo$le u to 2od .2 Cor 6:1'(18, "ph 2:2-(22, 7i 2:14, 1 #t 2:+ /! 9ebrews 3:6, “But 1hrist as a so o'er his ow house= whose house are we, if we hold fast the co fide ce a d the reEoici % of the ho$e firm u to the e d!"
C%y$t re$rese ts the dar4 ess, which is the falle a d corru$t world that abides i
?ata 6s dece$tio a d %reat lie! #he whole world lieth i wic4ed ess .1 $n !:1+/! &oh +:*2, “#he s$a4e &esus a%ai u to them, sayi %, , am the li%ht of the world: he that followeth me shall ot wal4 i dar4 ess, but shall ha'e the li%ht of life!" 7>< &oh *2:56, “, am come a li%ht i to the world, that whosoe'er belie'eth o me should ot abide i dar4 ess!" &ust as Moses led the childre of ,srael out of C%y$t, &esus leads re$e ta t ma out of the dar4 ess! &esus is the li%ht, which is the truth a d the dar4 ess is the de'il6s lust sustai ed lie! 7s was $re'iously me tio ed, 1hrist6s $ur$oses with re%ards to ma are: 7cts 26:*+, “#o o$e their eyes, a d to tur them from dar4 ess to li%ht, a d from the $ower of ?ata u to 2od, that they may recei'e for%i'e ess of si s, a d i herita ce amo % them which are sa ctified by faith that is i me!" , other words &esus leads us bac4 to 2od!
2od made the childre of ,srael a holy $eo$le u to the ):;< thy 2od, a s$ecial a d
$eculiar $eo$le u to 9imself i all the world 3 who were ot a $eo$le .9eut ':6(8, 26:18, 28:+/! &esus says of those who follow 9im: * Aeter 2:93*0, “But ye are a chose %e eratio , a royal $riesthood, a holy atio , a $eculiar $eo$le= that ye should shew forth the $raises of him who hath called you out of dar4 ess i to his mar'ellous li%ht: (hich i time $ast were ot a $eo$le, but are ow the $eo$le of 2od: which had ot obtai ed mercy, but ow ha'e obtai ed mercy!" 7>< #itus 2:*5, “(ho %a'e himself for
us, that he mi%ht redeem us from all i iBuity, a d $urify u to himself a $eculiar $eo$le, Jealous of %ood wor4s!" #hose who “follow" &esus ha'e obtai ed 2od6s mercy@
2od redeemed the childre of ,srael out of the house of bo dme , from the ha d of
Aharaoh 4i % of C%y$t .9eut ':8/! &esus redeems 9is $eo$le from the world 5, from the ha d of the de'il .., 1:68, Ga 3:13, 4:!, 7i 2:4, Re% !:+/! Asalms *03:235, “Bless the ):;<, : my soul, a d for%et ot all his be efits: (ho for%i'eth all thi e i iBuities= who healeth all thy diseases= (ho redeemeth thy life from destructio = who crow eth thee with lo'i %4i d ess a d te der mercies!"
Aharaoh is re$rese tati'e of ?ata ! C8odus 5:2, “7 d Aharaoh said, (ho is the ):;<,
that , should obey his 'oice to let ,srael %oF , 4 ow ot the ):;<, either will , let ,srael %o!" Aharaoh, li4e ?ata , resists the $ur$oses of 2od! #he )ord 2od, throu%h Moses, destroyed the wor4s of Aharaoh= &esus destroys the wor4s of the de'il . $n 8:33(36, 1 $n 3:8/! 1hrist is our co Bueri % Ii % a d is worthy to recei'e all %lory . Re% 4:11, !:12, 1+:6/!
Moses brou%ht the childre of ,srael out of the bo da%e of Aharaoh a d &esus bri %s us
out of the s are a d bo da%e of the de'il . 2 7im 2:26/! #he ):;< brou%ht you out with a mi%hty ha d, a d redeemed you out of the house of bo dme , from the ha d of Aharaoh 4i % of C%y$t .9eut ':8/! 2alatia s 5:335, “C'e so we, whe we were childre , were i bo da%e u der the eleme ts of the world: But whe the ful ess of the time was come, 2od se t forth his ?o , made of a woma , made u der the law, #o redeem them that were u der the law, that we mi%ht recei'e the ado$tio of so s!" 2alatia s 5:*, “?ta d fast therefore i the liberty wherewith 1hrist hath made us free, a d be ot e ta %led a%ai with the yo4e of bo da%e!" 7>< 9ebrews 2:*53*5, “-orasmuch the as the childre are $arta4ers of flesh a d blood, he also himself li4ewise too4 $art of the same= that throu%h death he mi%ht destroy him that had the $ower of death, that is, the de'il= 7 d deli'er them who throu%h fear of death were all their lifetime subEect to bo da%e!"
,t was said of Aharaoh: ;oma s 9:*7, “-or the scri$ture saith u to Aharaoh, C'e for this
same $ur$ose ha'e , raised thee u$, that , mi%ht shew my $ower i thee, a d that my ame mi%ht be declared throu%hout all the earth!" 9ow much more could this be said about ?ata F ,saiah *5:*23*7, “9ow art thou falle from hea'e , : )ucifer, so of the mor i %@ how art thou cut dow to the %rou d, which didst wea4e the atio s@ -or thou hast said i thi e heart, , will asce d i to hea'e , , will e8alt my thro e abo'e the stars of 2od: , will sit also u$o the mou t of the co %re%atio , i the sides of the orth: , will asce d abo'e the hei%hts of the clouds= , will be li4e the most 9i%h! Det thou shalt be brou%ht dow to hell, to the sides of the $it! #hey that see thee shall arrowly loo4 u$o thee, a d co sider thee, sayi %, ,s this the ma that made the earth to tremble, that did sha4e 4i %doms= #hat made the world as a wilder ess, a d destroyed the cities thereof= that o$e ed ot the house of his $riso ersF"
Moses brou%ht ,srael out of the bo da%e of C%y$t to ta4e them u to 2od! #he way to
2od reBuired a Eour ey throu%h the wilder ess! #he )ord tried a d tested ,srael alo % the way! &esus also leads to 2od alo % a arrow way whereby we are tried a d tested! #he wilder ess tau%ht obedie ce, trust a d relia ce u$o 2od! #he arrow way teaches
obedie ce, trust a d relia ce u$o &esus! Ma y of the childre of ,srael loo4ed bac4 . to "gypt/ i see4i % their fleshly desires a d des$isi % 2od6s $ro'isio ! >umbers **:536, “(e remember the fish, which we did eat i C%y$t freely= the cucumbers, a d the melo s, a d the lee4s, a d the o io s, a d the %arlic4: But ow our soul is dried away: there is othi % at all, beside this ma a, before our eyes!" &esus tells us: “>o ma , ha'i % $ut his ha d to the $lou%h, a d loo4i % bac4, is fit for the 4i %dom of 2od . ., +:62/!" 7>< 9ebrews *0:3+, “>ow the Eust shall li'e by faith: but if a y ma draw bac4, my soul shall ha'e o $leasure i him!" 7>< )u4e *7:32, “;emember )otGs wife!"
2od 9imself led ,srael as a $illar of cloud a d a $illar of fire . 9eut 1:33, 13:21/!
>ehemiah 9:*9, “Det thou i thy ma ifold mercies forsoo4est them ot i the wilder ess: the $illar of the cloud de$arted ot from them by day, to lead them i the way= either the $illar of fire by i%ht, to shew them li%ht, a d the way wherei they should %o!" >ow co sider what &esus did: )u4e *:79, “#o %i'e li%ht .Go*3s truth/ to them that sit i dar4 ess a d i the shadow of death . the *e%i 3s ie/, to %uide . ea*, *irect/ our feet i to the way of $eace .a so $n 1:4, +, +:!, 12:3!, 46/!" 7>< &oh +:*2, “#he s$a4e &esus a%ai u to them, sayi %, , am the li%ht of the world: he that followeth me shall ot wal4 i dar4 ess, but shall ha'e the li%ht of life .a so 2 Sam 22:3-/!"
Aharaoh a d his army $ursued after ,srael to bri % them bac4 i to bo da%e a d thus
hi der 2od6s $ur$oses! C8odus *5:*9320, “7 d the a %el of 2od, which we t before the cam$ of ,srael, remo'ed a d we t behi d them= a d the $illar of the cloud we t from before their face, a d stood behi d them: 7 d it came betwee the cam$ of the C%y$tia s a d the cam$ of ,srael= a d it was a cloud a d dar4 ess to them, but it %a'e li%ht by i%ht to these: so that the o e came ot ear the other all the i%ht!" #he de'il . #haraoh/ a d those who follow him are %i'e o'er to dar4 ess .$ob 24:13/! Aro'erbs 5:*9, “#he way of the wic4ed is as dar4 ess: they 4 ow ot at what they stumble!" 7>< &ob *2:25, “#hey %ro$e i the dar4 without li%ht, a d he ma4eth them to sta%%er li4e a dru 4e ma !" 7>< &oh **:*0, “But if a ma wal4 i the i%ht, he stumbleth, because there is o li%ht i him!" #he )ord6s $eo$le are %i'e li%ht 0 they wal4 i 2od6s truth! 7>< &oh *:5, “, him was life= a d the life was the li%ht of me !" 7>< Asalms 36:9, “-or with thee is the fou tai of life: i thy li%ht shall we see li%ht!" 3 the 4 owled%e of the %lory of 2od i the face of &esus 1hrist . 2 Cor 4:6/! 7>< &oh +:*2, “#he s$a4e &esus a%ai u to them, sayi %, , am the li%ht of the world: he that followeth me shall ot wal4 i dar4 ess, but shall ha'e the li%ht of life . a so $n +:!, 12:36, 46, #% 4:18(2-/!" Aharaoh a d his followers were destroyed ."; 12:26(3-/! ,srael followed 2od a d had life ."; 12:3-/! #herefore: )u4e **:35, “#a4e heed therefore that the li%ht which is i thee be ot dar4 ess!"
1o sider 2od6s leadi % of the childre of ,srael i the wilder ess: >umbers 9:*632*, “?o
it was alway: the cloud co'ered it by day, a d the a$$eara ce of fire by i%ht! 7 d whe the cloud was ta4e u$ from the taber acle, the after that the childre of ,srael Eour eyed: a d i the $lace where the cloud abode, there the childre of ,srael $itched their te ts! 7t the comma dme t of the ):;< the childre of ,srael Eour eyed, a d at the comma dme t of the ):;< they $itched: as lo % as the cloud abode u$o the taber acle they rested i their te ts! 7 d whe the cloud tarried lo % u$o the taber acle ma y days, the the childre of ,srael 4e$t the char%e of the ):;<, a d Eour eyed ot! 7 d so it
was, whe the cloud was a few days u$o the taber acle= accordi % to the comma dme t of the ):;< they abode i their te ts, a d accordi % to the comma dme t of the ):;< they Eour eyed! 7 d so it was, whe the cloud abode from e'e u to the mor i %, a d that the cloud was ta4e u$ i the mor i %, the they Eour eyed: whether it was by day or by i%ht that the cloud was ta4e u$, they Eour eyed!" Asalms 77:20, “#hou leddest thy $eo$le li4e a floc4 by the ha d of Moses a d 7aro !" 7>< Asalms 7+:52, “But made his ow $eo$le to %o forth li4e shee$, a d %uided them i the wilder ess li4e a floc4!"
&esus is our susta a ce .pro%ision to ,eep a i%e/ 0 the bread a d the water! 1o cer i %
bread: &oh 6:3*333, “:ur fathers did eat ma a i the desert= as it is writte , 9e %a'e them bread from hea'e to eat! #he &esus said u to them, Kerily, 'erily, , say u to you, Moses %a'e you ot that bread from hea'e = but my -ather %i'eth you the true bread from hea'e ! -or the bread of 2od is he which cometh dow from hea'e , a d %i'eth life u to the world!" #he &esus said blu tly: &oh 6:5+, “, am that bread of life!" -urthermore: &oh 6:59350, “Dour fathers did eat ma a i the wilder ess, a d are dead! #his is the bread which cometh dow from hea'e , that a ma may eat thereof, a d ot die!"
1o cer i % water: #he childre of ,srael dra 4 from a roc4 i the wilder ess . #s '8:16/!
* 1ori thia s *0:5, “7 d did all dri 4 the same s$iritual dri 4: for they dra 4 of that s$iritual ;oc4 that followed them: a d that ;oc4 was 1hrist!" &esus said: &oh 7:37339, “, the last day, that %reat day of the feast, &esus stood a d cried, sayi %, ,f a y ma thirst, let him come u to me, a d dri 4! 9e that belie'eth o me, as the scri$ture hath said, out of his belly shall flow ri'ers of li'i % water! .But this s$a4e he of the ?$irit, which they that belie'e o him should recei'e: for the 9oly 2host was ot yet %i'e = because that &esus was ot yet %lorified!/" 7>< &oh 5:*0, *5, “&esus a swered a d said u to her, ,f thou 4 ewest the %ift of 2od, a d who it is that saith to thee, 2i'e me to dri 4= thou wouldest ha'e as4ed of him, a d he would ha'e %i'e thee li'i % water! But whosoe'er dri 4eth of the water that , shall %i'e him shall e'er thirst= but the water that , shall %i'e him shall be i him a well of water s$ri %i % u$ i to e'erlasti % life!"
#herefore, we ca co clude that the bread a d water that sustai ed the childre of ,srael
i the wilder ess was a foreshadowi % of &esus 1hrist! #here was o ho$e of food a d water i the wilder ess e8ce$t what 2od $ro'ided! , li4e ma er, there is o ho$e of e'erlasti % life i this falle world e8ce$t what 2od has $ro'ided! &esus is the ho$e@ Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hu %er a d thirst after ri%hteous ess: for they shall be filled!" 2alatia s 5:5, “-or we throu%h the ?$irit wait for the ho$e of ri%hteous ess by faith!"
2od said, throu%h Moses, that 9e would raise u$ a $ro$het! <eutero omy *+:*+, “, will
raise them u$ a Aro$het from amo % their brethre , li4e u to thee, a d will $ut my words i his mouth= a d he shall s$ea4 u to them all that , shall comma d him!" 7>< 7cts 3:22323, “-or Moses truly said u to the fathers, 7 $ro$het shall the )ord your 2od raise u$ u to you of your brethre , li4e u to me= him shall ye hear i all thi %s whatsoe'er he shall say u to you! 7 d it shall come to $ass, that e'ery soul, which will ot hear that $ro$het, shall be destroyed from amo % the $eo$le!" &esus was that $ro$het . an* priest
an* 4ing/! 2od 9imself came dow to the earth as a ma to lead 9is $eo$le! (ill we hearF (ill we followF The !inal Victory
#he fi al 'ictory: * 1ori thia s *5:26, “#he last e emy that shall be destroyed is death!"
(e wait for the day whe the co dem atio of “thou shalt surely die" shall o lo %er loom as a $ossiblity! (he eter al life is achie'ed, the si a d tra s%ressio a%ai st the will of 2od shall be o more .1 Cor 1!:!6/! #he )ord will dwell amo % 9is $eo$le a d all thi %s will be restored! ;e'elatio 2*:335, “7 d , heard a %reat 'oice out of hea'e sayi %, Behold, the taber acle of 2od is with me , a d he will dwell with them, a d they shall be his $eo$le, a d 2od himself shall be with them, a d be their 2od . Re% 22:3/! 7 d 2od shall wi$e away all tears from their eyes= a d there shall be o more death, either sorrow, or cryi %, either shall there be a y more $ai : for the former thi %s are $assed away!" * 1ori thia s *5:55, 57, “: death, where is thy sti %F : %ra'e, where is thy 'ictoryF 3 that mortality .the nature of man as ha%ing to e%entua y *ie / mi%ht be swallowed u$ of life .2 Cor !:4/! But tha 4s be to 2od, which %i'eth us the 'ictory throu%h our )ord &esus 1hrist!"
Ma was de ied access to the tree of life after the fall i Cde ! 2e esis 3:22, 25, “7 d
the ):;< 2od said, Behold, the ma is become as o e of us, to 4 ow %ood a d e'il: a d ow, lest he $ut forth his ha d, a d ta4e also of the tree of life, a d eat, a d li'e for e'er: ?o he dro'e out the ma = a d he $laced at the east of the %arde of Cde 1herubims, a d a flami % sword which tur ed e'ery way, to 4ee$ the way of the tree of life!" #ha 4s be to &esus 1hrist, the )ord a d Ii % of all, that throu%h 9im, re$e ta t ma shall be restored to the tree of life .Re% 22:', 14/! #hose who follow 1hrist come full circle i be restored a d reco ciled u to 2od! ;e'elatio 22:*5, “Blessed are they that do his comma dme ts, that they may ha'e ri%ht to the tree of life, a d may e ter i throu%h the %ates i to the city .:e1 $erusa em, Re% 3:12, 21:2, 22:1(4/!" Conclusions
)et us briefly co sider sowi % a d rea$i % 0 what you %i'e is what you %et! 9e that is
merciful obtai s mercy .&t !:!/! )u4e 6:3733+, “&ud%e ot, a d ye shall ot be Eud%ed: co dem ot, a d ye shall ot be co dem ed: for%i'e, a d ye shall be for%i'e : 2i'e, a d it shall be %i'e u to you= %ood measure, $ressed dow , a d sha4e to%ether, a d ru i % o'er, shall me %i'e i to your bosom! -or with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you a%ai .a so &t 6:14(1!, &, 11:2!(26/!" >otice that for e'ery actio there is a li4e reactio ! #his is a eter al $ri ci$le@ 3 for whatsoe'er a ma soweth, that shall he also rea$ .Ga 6:'/! >ow, stro %ly co sider: 2alatia s 6:+, “-or he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh rea$ corru$tio = but he that soweth to the ?$irit shall of the ?$irit rea$ life e'erlasti % .a so $ob 4:8, Hos 1-:12/!" 7>< 2 1ori thia s 9:6, “But this , say, 9e which soweth s$ari %ly shall rea$ also s$ari %ly= a d he which soweth bou tifully shall rea$ also bou tifully!" 2od will o e day rea$ of 9is labors 0 those me that 9is 9oly ?$irit has wor4ed withi to accom$lish the )ord6s $ur$oses .restoration, #hp 2:13/!
&esus did ot come Eud%i % a d co dem i % ma ! 9e came with mercy, %race a d
for%i'e ess a d led the way to 2od .$n 3:1', 12:4'(48/! #hose who follow 1hrist must wal4 as 9e wal4ed a d are also ot to Eud%e or co dem their fellow ma . 2 Cor ':3/! (e are to be merciful a d for%i'i % a d always $oi ti % others to 2od! &esus said: &oh *2:5735+, “7 d if a y ma hear my words, a d belie'e ot, , Eud%e him ot: for , came ot to Eud%e the world, but to sa'e the world!" , wal4i % as &esus wal4ed, we are to s$ea4 1hrist6s (ords to others .re igious or not/ a d if they do ot belie'e them the we are ot to Eud%e them 0 there is a day a$$oi ted . /cts 1':31/! &esus said: Mar4 *6:*53*6, “7 d he said u to them, 2o ye i to all the world, a d $reach the %os$el to e'ery creature! 9e that belie'eth a d is ba$tiJed shall be sa'ed= but he that belie'eth ot shall be dam ed!" >otice that we Eust $reach the %os$el, but e'ery ma has a choice whether or ot to belie'e it! 9owe'er, each actio has a $redetermi ed co seBue ce! (e ca ot force a y ma 6s will 0 e'e ?ata is ot allowed of 2od to force a ma 6s will! #he de'il allures, tem$ts a d decei'es, but ma ultimately chooses! Alease realiJe that the doctri e/%os$el is ot yours, but 2od6s! &oh 7:*6, “&esus a swered them, a d said, My doctri e is ot mi e, but his that se t me!"
(e are to wal4 i the )ord6s truth . ight/ a d $oi t others to 2od, but are ot to Eud%e
a d co dem them! C'e so, we ca war our fellow ma of the im$e di % co seBue ces of li'i % u %odly! “>ot Eud%i %" does ot mea that we ca ot decide a circumsta ce or discer betwee %ood a d e'il .,no1ing an* articu ating the truth/ or co te d for the truth! (hat we are tal4i % about is assumi % res$o sibilities that 2od has ot %i'e to ma ! (e do ot ha'e the ri%ht to determi e o e6s heart before 2od a d the co dem o e based u$o that determi atio ! (e also do ot 4 ow what 2od ca wor4 withi the heart of a i di'idual withi the bou ds of their $hysical life! Ma is Buic4 to co dem , but 2od is lo %sufferi %! ,f othi % else, we $la t seeds 3 2od that %i'eth the i crease .1 Cor 3:'/!
: ly 2od ca Eud%e at 9is discretio 0 for 9e is so'erei% o'er 9is creatio . /cts !:1(
11, 12:2-(2!/! * ?amuel 2:6, “#he ):;< 4illeth, a d ma4eth ali'e: he bri %eth dow to the %ra'e, a d bri %eth u$!" 3 the ):;< shall Eud%e the e ds of the earth . 1 Sam 2:1-/= whether atio s, cities or i di'iduals 0 immediately or i the future!
&esus said that the sta dard of Eud%me t that you use will also be the sta dard a$$lied to
you .&t ':1(2/! #his $uts thi %s i to clearer $ers$ecti'e! : ly 2od ca sta d to a d u$hold 9is ow sta dard! (e must $reach the %os$el, but ca ot force o e to recei'e the %os$el .&t 28:1+, &, 16:1!(16, ., 24:4'/ 0 &esus did 6t force the will of ma .$n 12:4'( 48/! 2od has always %i'e ma a choice to ser'e 9im! (e must be a i flue ce for %ood a d ot e'il 0 $erha$s more i s$iratio o some tha others! Matthew 5:*6, “)et your li%ht so shi e before me , that they may see your %ood wor4s, a d %lorify your -ather which is i hea'e !" #he o ly thi % that you ca ta4e to hea'e is a other . through your o%e an* e;amp e/!
#o “ ot Eud%e" does ot mea that we are ha'e fellowshi$ with u ri%hteous ess or
commu io with dar4 ess= o ly that we wal4 i truth by e8am$le! 2 1ori thia s 6:*5, “Be ye ot u eBually yo4ed to%ether with u belie'ers: for what fellowshi$ hath ri%hteous ess with u ri%hteous essF a d what commu io hath li%ht with dar4 essF"
7>< C$hesia s 5:**, “7 d ha'e o fellowshi$ with the u fruitful wor4s of dar4 ess, but rather re$ro'e them!" &esus said: Matthew *0:*5, “7 d whosoe'er shall ot recei'e you, or hear your words, whe ye de$art out of that house or city, sha4e off the dust of your feet!" (e Eust $rese t the truth a d show the way to 2od . through Christ/! C'eryo e ultimately sta ds or falls before 2od based u$o their ow merits! ;oma s *5:*2, “?o the e'ery o e of us shall %i'e accou t of himself to 2od!" #his is i 2od6s ha ds!
(e must loo4 to 1hrist6s e8am$le i all thi %s! &esus $rimarily s$o4e the %os$el of the
4i %dom of 2od a d wal4ed it by e8am$le! , so doi %, &esus de ied self a d lo'ed 9is fellow ma with %reat care, mercy a d com$assio ! 1hrist also re'ealed %reat errors a d hy$ocrisies i reli%ious ma a d war ed of future Eud%me t, but co dem ed o o e i di'idually! &esus also co te ded for the truth a d o occasio was 'ery Jealous for it! &esus e'er harmed a yo e or forced the will of ma ! , all thi %s 1hrist came to call si ers to re$e ta ce a d lead them to 2od a d this was the moti'atio for 9is actio s! , doi % so, reli%ious ma .the pri*efu / always co fro ted a d attem$ted to sto$ or hi der &esus co ti ually! #hese co sidered themsel'es ri%hteous, but 1hrist did ot see their actio s as such .&t !:2-, 12:34(3!, 1!:14, 16:6, 12, 23:24, 2', 33, ., 16:1!, $n !:38, 42, 8:44/! #herefore: 1hrist6s followers must reach out to the lost, the hurti %, the lowly, a d the humble/mee4 of this world, but be $re$ared to be co fro ted by the “reli%ious!" #he reli%ious o es will attem$t to discoura%e, $er'ert, sto$ or hi der the truth Eust as they did to 1hrist!
#he Jeal that 1hrist dis$layed whe casti % out all them that sold a d bou%ht i the
tem$le, a d whe o'erthrowi % the tables of the mo eycha %ers, a d the seats of them that sold do'es .&t 21:12, ., 1+:4!(46, &, 11:1!, $n 2:13(1' / was Eust a mere foreshadowi % of 2od6s wrath that will be i curred by rebellious ma at the a$$oi ted day, i the which he will Eud%e the world i ri%hteous ess ./cts 1':31, secon* coming, the *ay of the .or*/! #his was a stro % war i % of 2od6s dis$leasure with see4i % the thi %s of the world i associatio with %odli ess . o%e of money, profiting?se fish gain off of Go*, ta,ing a*%antage of those 1ho o%e the .or*/!
#he )ord .the Hea*, Co 1:18, "ph 1:22, !:23/ does ot direct 9is church .the bo*y, 1
Cor 12:2'/ to im$riso , $ersecute, torture or 4ill other belie'ers or e'e u belie'ers! 9owe'er, si ce the time of 1hrist, reli%ious me . 1ho profess Christ/ ha'e bee Eud%i % a d co dem i % their fellow ma .., 21:12, $n 1!:2-/! ;eli%ious ma has always dema ded that their fellow ma belie'e a d obser'e the same thi %s that they do .re igious cree*s, statements of faith, tra*itions, sacraments, authorities, etcB /, or belo % to the %rou$ that they belo % to .re igious *enominations/! Dou must belie'e what we belie'e@ 0 a d do this, that or the other thi %! #hose who did ot com$ly were ofte labeled “heretics" a d were cast i to $riso s, tortured, $ersecuted, moc4ed, dri'e from homes, sla dered, a d 4illed .martyre*/! #here has e'er bee such a 'ast %rou$ of &esus $rofessi % Aharisees a d ?adducees as the / ow!
#he o ce $ersecuted church became the $ersecuti % churchHor was it really the true
church at allF ;eli%ious ma has show little lo'e, mercy a d for%i'e ess to their fellow ma re%ardi % issues of faith! ;eli%ious ma has ot bee much of a $eacema4er withi the church or the world! #hey $ersecuted &esus a d they will $ersecute you . $n 1!:2-,
/cts 14:22, &, 13:+, 13, &t 1-:22, 24:+/! &esus said, “be ot decei'ed" .&t 24:4, &, 13:!, ., 21:8/!
Ma y a reli%ious ma has $ersecuted a d 4illed his fellow ma thi 4i % that he has do e
2od a fa'or! &oh *6:2, “#hey shall $ut you out of the sy a%o%ues .churches, re igious institutions/: yea, the time cometh, that whosoe'er 4illeth you will thi 4 that he doeth 2od ser'ice!" Aerha$s ha'i % read thus far i this article you ca see how com$letely such o es ha'e utterly missed 2od6s $ur$oses or 1hrist6s e8am$leF #hey e8ceedi %ly err, because they 4 ow ot the scri$tures, either the $ower of 2od .&, 12:24/!
#hose who are truly wal4i % i faith a d 1hrist6s (ords will e'er $ersecute or harm
a other! #hese are “followi %" their )ord as led by the 9oly ?$irit . #s 23:3, Rm 8:14/! #hese wal4 i the two %reat comma dme ts of lo'e .&t 22:3'(3+, &, 12:28(31, ., 1-:2'/ 0 i cludi % the lo'e of their e emies .those oppose* to the 1ay they 1a ,, ., 6:2', 3!/! Matthew 5:53355, “De ha'e heard that it hath bee said, #hou shalt lo'e thy ei%hbour, a d hate thi e e emy! But , say u to you, )o'e your e emies, bless them that curse you, do %ood to them that hate you, a d $ray for them which des$itefully use you, a d $ersecute you= #hat ye may be the childre of your -ather which is i hea'e : for he ma4eth his su to rise o the e'il a d o the %ood, a d se deth rai o the Eust a d o the u Eust!" ;oma s *2:*5, “Bless them which $ersecute you: bless, a d curse ot .a so Rm 12:1'/!" -i ally: ;oma s *3:*0, “)o'e wor4eth o ill to his ei%hbour: therefore lo'e is the fulfilli % of the law!"
&esus meticulously laid out the arrow way i the “blessed" stateme ts of Matthew
1ha$ter -i'e .many cite* 1ithin this 1riting/! #wo of these must do stateme ts are: Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtai mercy!" 7>< Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the $eacema4ers: for they shall be called the childre of 2od!" &ust li4e the Aharisees a d ?adducees, reli%ious ma throu%hout history has ot demo strated these characteristics 'ery well! &esus was merciful a d a $eacema4er! 1hrist said: &oh *3:35, “By this shall all me 4 ow that ye are my disci$les, if ye ha'e lo'e o e to a other!" &esus always says, “follow Me!" #hose who “follow" &esus will also be merciful a d $eacema4ers 0 you must ha'e lo'e .sacrifice of se f for the benefit of another/!
1ome to &esus Eust as you areHbut do ot e8$ect to remai as you are! , a ho est self
e'aluatio , do you fi d that you are bei % led daily by the 9oly ?$irit a d that your ature is cha %i % to co form to the ima%e of 1hrist . 2 Cor 3:18, 13:!/F Aerha$s this $rocess has bee e8tremely slow if e'e e8iste t at allF #hose who are truly “bor a%ai " will be “cha %i %" a d thus co formi % to 1hrist6s ima%e all the time! #he 9oly ?$irit leads you to wal4 as &esus wal4ed i e'ery way that &esus did 0 e'e to lo'e ot your life .being faithfu / u to death .Re% 2:1-, 12:11/! #he 9oly 2host led &esus= the 9oly 2host leads the followers of &esus! Asalms 73:25, “#hou shalt %uide me with thy cou sel, a d afterward recei'e me to %lory!" ,f you are lac4i %, the %e ui e re$e ta ce is the start 0 followed by fruits meet for re$e ta ce .e%i*ence of your commitment/!
#he co cludi % matter of this writi % has bee to be merciful a d for%i'i % as &esus was
merciful a d for%i'i % 0 to wal4 as &esus wal4ed, thus followi % the )ord, thus bei % led by the 9oly ?$irit .Co 2:6, 1 $n 2:6/! #he a tithesis would be to Eud%e ot or co dem
ot your fellow ma 0 rather $oi t them to 2od! <o ot $ass rash Eud%me t u$o a other or force the will of a other or harm a other!
,f you are si cerely see4i % 2od6s truth a d obedie tly a$$lyi % it to your life, the you
are bei % led of the 9oly ?$irit! #his is the o ly way you will 4 ow 2od6s truth, by actually wal4i % it! #hese are the o e6s that the )ord will se d to tell others! &esus said: &oh *3:20, “Kerily, 'erily, , say u to you, 9e that recei'eth whomsoe'er , se d recei'eth me= a d he that recei'eth me recei'eth him that se t me!" ;emember, &esus said: “if a y ma hear my words, a d belie'e ot, , Eud%e him ot .$n 12:4'/!" #herefore, if a y ma hear a d recei'e ot .be ie%e not/ the (ords of &esus .Christ3s gospe / that you bri %, the you must ot Eud%e him either . in the sense of con*emning/ 0 you Eust $oi t the way to 2od!
#he author has attem$ted to $oi t the way to 2od i this writi %! 7s me tio ed, the
doctri e is ot mi e, but 9is that se t me . $n ':16/! #he reader will ha'e to discer if the )ord se t the author with this messa%e a d if you will recei'e it! 9old fast to all that is %ood! 1ertai ly mercy a d for%i'e ess .not <u*ging or con*emning/ is Eust o e facet of the ima%e of 1hrist! #he author6s ho$e is that 2od6s teachi % . a*monishing, chastening, correction/ i my life will also hel$ you .the rea*er/ i your wal4 with the )ord! #he author ho$es to e coura%e a d $oi t you to 2od! Additional Conclusions
(e must follow 1hrist6s e8am$le: )u4e 6:37, “&ud%e ot, a d ye shall ot be Eud%ed:
co dem ot, a d ye shall ot be co dem ed: for%i'e, a d ye shall be for%i'e .also Mt 7:*32/! &ames 2:*3, “-or he shall ha'e Eud%me t without mercy, that hath shewed o mercy= a d mercy reEoiceth a%ai st Eud%me t!" )et us show mercy u to our fellow ma as 2od has show mercy u to us! ;emember, 2od reached out to ma first while ma was at e mity with 9im a d com$letely u deser'i %!
>ow we must stro %ly co sider that ma tra s%ressed 2od6s will a d the )ord6s
Eud%me t was death! Ma was Eustly co dem ed due to his actio s! 9owe'er, the )ord 2od lo'ed ma a d offered mercy! <oes ot such mercy reEoice a%ai st Eud%me tF #he )ord 2od sacrificed much for ma to ma4e this ha$$e ! >ow ma must sacrifice much to obtai ! Ma must sacrifice self a d lo'e the )ord with all his heart, mi d, soul a d stre %th!
2od has for%i'e us a d we must also for%i'e others! Matthew 6:*53*5, “-or if ye
for%i'e me their tres$asses, your hea'e ly -ather will also for%i'e you! But if ye for%i'e ot me their tres$asses, either will your -ather for%i'e your tres$asses!" &esus said: )u4e *7:5, “7 d if he tres$ass a%ai st thee se'e times i a day, a d se'e times i a day tur a%ai to thee, sayi %, , re$e t= thou shalt for%i'e him!" 1o sider the $arable &esus told i Matthew *+:23335!
#he )ord 2od 7lmi%hty is merciful, %racious, for%i'i % a d lo %sufferi % toward ma
."; 34:6, :um 14:18, #s 86:1!, Rm 2:4 /! )et us be li4ewise: 1olossia s 3:*23*5, “Aut o therefore, as the elect of 2od, holy a d belo'ed, bowels of mercies, 4i d ess, humble ess of mi d, mee4 ess, lo %sufferi %= -orbeari % o e a other, a d for%i'i % o e a other, if
a y ma ha'e a Buarrel a%ai st a y: e'e as 1hrist for%a'e you, so also do ye! 7 d abo'e all these thi %s $ut o charity, which is the bo d of $erfect ess . a so "ph 4:1(3, $s 3:1', 1 Cor 13:4('/!"
)et us ta4e u$ our crosses a d follow &esus i e'ery way that 9e wal4ed a d emulate
with a si cere heart e'erythi % that 9e did! )et us co form to the )ord6s blessed ima%e .nature/ i all thi %s! Aro'erbs 5:*+, “But the $ath of the Eust is as the shi i % li%ht, that shi eth more a d more u to the $erfect day!" #he )ord has always led a d %uided 9is $eo$le 0 are you bei % )edF References
?omeo e o ce told the author that ma does 6t really ha'e a choice 0 he ca either obey 2od or suffer i describably 0 where is the choice i thatF #he author mai tai ed that the ma had actually made a choice i his 'ery reaso i %! 9e was choosi % to obey “self" rather tha 2od! ,f the o$tio of ser'i % a d obeyi % 2od was so u a$$eali % to him, the he had actually a d already chose the o$$osite of obeyi % 2od, but Eust did ot wa t to suffer the $e alty! 9e did ot freely desire to lo'e a d obey his 1reator! , do ot Eud%e or co dem this ma , a d si cerely desire a cha %e of heart i him, ho$i % to $oi t him to “#he (ay!" 2 #he author u dersta ds “%race!" #he 9oly ?$irit is the ?$irit of %race wor4i % the )ord6s will i us .Heb 1-:2+/! C$hesia s 2:+39, “-or by %race .Go*3s Spirit effecting the .or*3s purposes in you/ are ye sa'ed throu%h faith .your surren*er, obe*ience an* trust/= a d that ot of yoursel'es .f esh y abi ity/: it is the %ift of 2od: >ot of wor4s . *oing it on your o1n, in*epen*ent of Go*3s inter%ention /, lest a y ma should boast .pri*e/!" #his is to be u derstood as follows: #itus 2:**3*5, “-or the %race of 2od that bri %eth sal'atio hath a$$eared to all me , #eachi % us that, de yi % u %odli ess a d worldly lusts, we should li'e soberly, ri%hteously, a d %odly, i this $rese t world= )oo4i % for that blessed ho$e, a d the %lorious a$$eari % of the %reat 2od a d our ?a'iour &esus 1hrist= (ho %a'e himself for us, that he mi%ht redeem us from all i iBuity, a d $urify u to himself a $eculiar $eo$le, Jealous of %ood wor4s!" 7>< ;oma s 5:2*, “#hat as si hath rei% ed u to death, e'e so mi%ht %race rei% throu%h ri%hteous ess u to eter al life by &esus 1hrist our )ord!" 3 &esus willi %ly laid dow 9is life for ma 6s be efit: Mt 20:2+, M4 *0:55, & 6:5*, *0:**, *5, *73*+, *5:*3, 2al *:5, 2:20, * #im 2:6, #i 2:*5, * & 3:*6, 5:*0 5 (e are redeemed or bou%ht/$urchased by 1hrist with 9is 'ery blood .* 1or 6:20, 1ol 3:3, 7cts 20:2+, * At *:*+3*9/! (e are o lo %er our ow but must “follow" 9im i all thi %s .* 1or 6:*9/! ;edem$tio is to liberate or rescue from ca$ti'ity or bo da%e= the act of $rocuri % the deli'era ce .repurchase/ of $erso s .prisoners/ from the $ossessio a d $ower of ca$tors by the $ayme t of a eBui'ale t!
#he author has writte fi'e boo4s a d $eriodically writes other articles, tracts a d boo4s as the )ord $uts them o his heart! #hese are offered free of char%e a d may be obtai ed by writi %: 209 1edar Ao d <r!, Madiso , 7l! 35757 ?e d for the boo4, “, to the (ilder ess," for a i de$th study of the similarities betwee Moses a d &esus a d the similarities betwee the )ord6s deali %s with the childre of ,srael a d the church .&ews/2e tiles/!
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