Death [5]

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5)            “We shall not all sleep” simply means that not all Christians will taste of death. Paul included himself, not knowing when the end will come: for ‘no one knows when the actual day of the end is, save the Father’. “But we shall all be changed,” he concluded, in 1Corinthians 15:51,  meaning that when Jesus shows up to receive the Bride, even His Body, the Church, every Christian (born again) will be given a new body to befit his celestial citizenship. This is the secret even the philosophical minded Greek did not know. Concerning death, the true Christian remains much unperturbed. Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” As a living entity, the Christian lives to preach the Way, Truth and the Life –of Jesus, the Saviour. At his earthly cessation of life, he is never a loser; he is going to be with his Lord, Saviour and God who made the promise of John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”  Throw or toss the deciding coin of fate; and, head or tail, the true born again Christian will never lose! Amen.

                The worst that can happen to a careless Christian is found here in: 1Corinthians 3:14-15, If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. One begins to work for the Kingdom of God only after one is born again, and never before. The work of the Christian can be hay, wood or stubble, each of which is unacceptable in the heavenly assizes.

Those tried by fire of judgment burn up to ashes: of worthlessness. Good works acceptable are gold, silver and other precious stones, which when tried by the same fire, come forth most purified, handed back to the good worker, to determine his hierarchy among fellow children of God, before the Lord God. This is what really ensures one’s heavenly citizenship. A born-again person becomes four.

Four is the number of creation. As a tripartite being, at the spiritual regeneration, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell permanently with you: making four; and this can be said to be one of the reasons why a born again Christian is a new creature [2Corinthians 5:17]. The unregenerate remains three, believing the deceptive sermons of Satanism, telling you that you are god: your own god. Your tripartite nature makes you a trinity: a god as well. The irreconcilable predicament will come and stare guiltily at you when death comes calling. Your body must be dropped; it cannot accompany you to the afterlife. So, you are actually two, not three of the Divinity. You cannot be your own mediator; it is not allowed in the heavenly assizes. You cannot be your own witness. Empyreal impossibility. You will be guilty as divinely charged!

       Let us make an observation of the born again Christian. At the cessation of earthly life, he inevitably drops his cadaverous body, leaving the terra firma not two, but three. His soul and spirit plus the indwelling Holy Spirit of the Divinity make him three. He has a Witness, God the Holy Spirit, the Third Member of the Godhead is the Witness that the unregenerate cannot present before the thrice holy God. Jesus, seeing the Holy Spirit is very ready to be his Mediator: for Jesus is the only recognised Mediator between God and men. The Eternal Father beholds those coming before Him having His Spirit dwelling in them and immediately welcomes them, “Welcome, my heirs, into my Kingdom of your abode.” Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you are not truly born again.

Whether you own a reward of celestial elevation or not, as long as you did, truly receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, the Bible is quite unequivocal about your empyreal stance, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved! QED! “Ye must be born again,” Jesus made the asseveration.

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Death (4)

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4)            The parabolical mastery of the Lord Jesus made a conclusion regarding those who reject the gospel of the truth in Matthew 13:30, “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” The adjectival ‘both’ will always be an inference to only two things. Only two categories of people are seen in the life after death. Paradise people got born again, but candidates of hell rejected the Lordship of Jesus. There is no in-between, sitting on the fence. As a matter of scriptural fact, there is no absolute death, in the sense that immediately one breathes the very earthly breath –in the least of a fraction of a second— one is transported either to heaven –if born again— or to hades, where the rich man of Lazarus’ (Luke 16:19-31) story was led to.    

The parable of Matthew 18:8 would not have been told if there is no real hell of after-life torments, which reads, “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” What is ‘everlasting fire’ if not hell?

Jesus Christ taught what will happen in His Kingdom in Matthew 25:24-46. “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (Matthew 25:32). Only two categories of people: meaning that spiritual reality does not entertain neutrality. You are either for or against Jesus, the Author of creationism. For those wicked souls who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ones who accept Him, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal;” respectively. The choice of the two categories of Matthew 25:46 is yours to decide before death –the minute, hour or day you are absolutely oblivious of. Selah!

And God delivered just Lot

                2Peter 2:4-9,  4) “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5) And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6) And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7) And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  8) (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 9) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:” Strength of soteriological admonition, that is deduced from this apostolic words of Peterine couch!

Noah and his antediluvian family coming out of the ark

I remember a scriptural disquisition I got myself engaged in with a visiting Jehovah’s Witness people who asked, “How can a loving God throw people of His creation into hell.” I did not even know the above scripture then. And I remember asking them two scriptural phenomena. “If you think God wouldn’t do it,” I began, “what about the annihilation of the great Deluge of Noah’s days, which involved about two and a half million people? What about, in case you’ve forgotten, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Jehovah’s angst poured torrential conflagration upon the disobedient inhabitants of those geographical settlements?” was my conclusion. They had not a convincing flow of words of defence.

Those who will go through rapture will not taste of physical death

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,” [1Corinthians 15:51]. Mustērion (moos-tay’-ree-on) is the Greek for ‘mystery,’ meaning: ‘hidden thing, secret, generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals; a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding; a hidden purpose or counsel.’ ‘Sleep’ is koimaō (koy-mah’-o) to put to sleep, that is, (passively or reflexively) to slumber; figuratively to decease: – (be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead, to die.’ ‘Changed,’ allassō (al-las’-so), means: ‘to change, to exchange one thing for another, to transform.’ Paul reveals a future phenomenon of Divine working intended to glorify His holy nation, the Christians. This is a mystery known only to the regenerate souls of the body of Christ, which the Holy Spirit reveals to those who are endowed with His Spirit.  

Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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Death [3]

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3)            There is a certain judgment awaiting the soul that dies without the regeneration that comes from the finished work of the Christ at the Golgotha crucifixion.And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23) And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24) And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” [Luke 16:22-24]. This story is not of the parabolic ordonnance of the great Teacher’s didacticism of God’s Kingdom. Lazarus, the beggar, had a true existence. If not, the story would not be told of the historical Abraham, the father of Israel. From the region of the wicked dead ones, the rich man did not only see Abraham, he recognised him, and called out to him, “Father Abraham”, appropriately. He dwelt in the place of torment. Hellish death, ergo, is real!

Recognizing him, the dead rich man cried, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me” [Luke 16:23].

Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” this, will Jesus, the King, say in His judgment, in the heavenly assizes. And this sentence of the future underscores the hell reality. The adjective ‘everlasting’ is aiōnios (ahee-o’-nee-os): ‘without end, never to cease; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well);’ while ‘fire’, pur (poor) is: ‘1. the burning flame, πῦρ καίειν or δαίειν to kindle fire, 2. the funeral-fire 3. the fire of the hearth, 4. as a symbol of things irresistible or terrible, they were fighting like burning fire.’ This is a Divine deflagration of eternal duration. It may sound incredulous, but that is what the Word of God says. Incontrovertible.

Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  Empyreal citizenship is a life as unending as God’s own life of zoe. So that, absolutely nothing will tamper with our eternal life, God must destroy death and hell. What is ‘death’? It is thanatos (than’-at-os): ‘that which is antipodean to life; the death of the body; that separation (whether natural or violent) of the soul and the body by which the life on earth is ended.’ This is the Greek word for ‘hell’: hadēs (hah’-dace): ‘1. name Hades or Pluto, the god of the lower regions 2. Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead. 3. later use of this word: the grave, death, hell. 4. it comes from ‘a’ (as a negative particle) and eidō (i’-do) ‘to see’; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls.’ In His divine wisdom, what is God going to do? He will take hold of death and its gloomy abode, and sentence them to the eternity of hellfire, thereby effecting a relocation of them. The LORD God must do this to ensure our eternal undyingness.   

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Death [2]

Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting?” [1Corinthians 15:54-55]

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2)            Some still believe and asseverate that, “There’s no physical realm of hellish gaol.” A Davidic Psalm 16:10 is a Christological “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” The word ‘hell’ is the Hebrew she’ôl (sheh-ole’): ‘grave, hell, pit, the underworld Sheol – the OT designation for the abode of the dead; place of no return; without praise of God; wicked sent there for punishment; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat).’ Jesus did not receive any condemnation in the abode of the dead. Acts 2:31 “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” Pellucidity of Scripture teaches that Jesus descended, the proclaiming Visitant, to the invisible underworld.

Who says hell is not real? It is a reality.

It says in unequivocal terms in Ephesians 4:9-10, “(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? [10] He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”  He went to the same place where Lazarus found himself –Abraham’s bosom. God would not allow the argument of the wicked-dead ‘rich man’, borne out of Satanism, to thrive: by sending him back to earth –even if Abraham could.

“…and delivered them into chains of darkness…” [2Peter 2:4].

Jesus, the true Witness, had to manifest in the lower region of our world –the wicked-dead to expect judgment, while the righteous dead had the flame of their hopes burning brightest. 1Peter 3:18-20 18) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  19) By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” Jesus went yet to the lowest region of hell –Tartarus— to proclaim doom to the fallen angels who married the daughters of the antediluvian men, to engender the atrocious act of Satanism. The creation of Adam and a wife, perfectly established the Church.

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So many scriptures support hellish life after death. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire[Matthew3:12]. The understood goodness of the harvested wheat is the pointer to its usefulness. What accounts for its goodness is none other than the imbibed Word of truthfulness: Jesus. The worthlessness of the chaff (children of disobedience) makes them candidates of the unquenchable fire.

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                Proverbs 2:19, “None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.” The expression, ‘take hold of’ is the Hebrew nâśag (naw-sag’) meaning: ‘to overtake; ability; to reach, attain to, cause to reach; to be able to secure.’ Once in hell, the occupant has lost the ability to return to the life of celestial bliss. And this is what Pauline couch of Hebrews 9:27 is all about, which reads, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” where the word ‘appointed’ is apokeimai (ap-ok’-i-mahee): ‘to be laid away, laid by, reserved; reserved for one, awaiting him.’ The subject of this verse, ‘men’ is the Greek anthrōpos (anth’-ro-pos): ‘1. a human being, whether male or female or man-faced; 2. with the added notion of weakness, by which man is led into a mistake or prompted to sin 3. with the adjunct notion of contempt or disdainful pity.’ From these definitions, anthrōpos connotes degeneration of Adamic nature as opposed to the born again Christian.

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Death [1]

1)            Death is not an absolute cessation of life. It is simply the reality of being cut off from the presence of God. In the tiniest fraction of a second, one is out of one’s body when death sniffs out the earthly life. To physicality, breath cessation of a living intelligent being is his end. Not so, it is, at all. Death is actually the absence of the vitality marking the essentiality of the spirit, one of the known tripartite quiddity constituting the Adamic creation. Simply put, theologically, death is to be absent from the presence of life –Jesus.

At the cessation point of breath, the dual entity of spirit and soul is transported to the realm of the ‘unseen’, either to eternal bliss or anguish. Who is the entity, of whom a cut off from His presence is death absolutely? Is it Brahma, Krishna, Buddha or Allah? None of them. It is Yahweh, the I AM THAT I AM, who was, and who is, and who is to come. Amen.

Lucifer was piqued to see the first couple still alive

      Adam, when he committed the disobedient, original sin of the Eden Garden, he died, not physically but spiritually. His spirit realm, sin-stained, failed to enter into the erstwhile sacred fellowship with the Creator. This is the truth about death. It was when he saw the sacrificial animals, one for him and the other for his wife that the gravity of the mark he had missed struck him. Dead animal friends of the pristine family told him: death was imminent. Every birth of Adamic progeny, as a result, became the accouchement of a walking cadaver. Death!

Then came the death of Abel, probably the most favourite offspring, which, definitely, shook him terribly. Death! Pellucidity of death passing upon every mankind became unbearably a truism.

In the couching of God’s protocol -the Bible- the very first words are, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” [Genesis 1:1]; and the title ‘God’ is the Hebraic ‘Elôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’): ‘Plural of ‘ĕlôahh (el-o’-ah); gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.’ The One who spoke the first words of creationism is none other than the First Member of the Godhead, the Father. Verse 2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters:” is an introduction of the Third Member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. ‘Moved’ of verse 3 is râchaph (raw-khaf’): ‘to brood; by implication to be relaxed.’ It is the brooding likened to that of mother hen, creating the energizing spirit of hatching the egg into life. Like the eternal Father, the Holy Spirit is the life Giver.

There is life after death

 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” [Genesis 1:3]; bringing the Second Member of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, into creationism participation, ergo, Creator of life. Amen. Mosaic couch needed not say, “In the beginning God the Father …. ” simply because it was the Trinity –constituting one God—, working in consonance as co-Creators. Having established the concept of the Author of life, let us look at the users of it.

When one is pronounced clinically dead, a resuscitation of the essential vitality of life –the soul—, seen to be absent, is about to be scientifically carried out. Its failure renders the body, that did containerized the vital life, what my Yoruba people call, korofo –emptiness. Pinch, tickle and make verbal and physical advances at the cadaverous heap of remains, and there would not be the slightest response. Why? The soul [which is the realm of emotions, will and thoughts] is no longer present in the lifeless remains. After death is judgment. How do I know this fact? Lazarus died, the rich man died, each one to a separate region of the blissful Abraham’s Bosom and the fiery hell torment respectively.

It shall bruise thy head” [Gen. 3:15]

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

(…to be continued…)

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THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT (1st part)

eve-picked-the-forbidden-fruit-and-gives-the-apple-to-adam-cpadh4         God called, of the forbidden fruit, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They did not eat just a fruit. It was beyond the knowledge of an enjoyment of a juicy delicacy. What is evident in this scenario is that: An approach to the tree, the pluck, and the eating of the forbidden stuff, is a plunge into the characteristic putrefaction of the lake of disobedience. To disobey God is to throw a challenge of a long duel at Him. What makes the original sin more grievous is the fact that they had seen and known (at the closest range) the LORD God, who had walked into the Eden Garden every coolness of evening. He had warned them of the deadly consequence of disobeying His Word.

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A brew of good and evil can never be a child’s toy. Only God has the capability to control the intricacies involved in an amalgam of good and evil, simply because the personification of evil is His creation. Lucifer had had connection with the earth eons before the creation of our pristine parents. The true test of Adamic dominance capability of the once corrupted earth will, therefore, be a proof of his moral strength to maintain a deference to God’s word and a total disregard for a strange discourse. The occupation of the Garden of Eden was, as a result, a probationary abode.

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“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” [Gen 2:17]. The Hebrew has “in dying thou shalt die” (speaking of two deaths – spiritual and physical deaths). This is the probatory proof in scripture. The word ‘die’, in Hebrew, is mûth (mooth): ‘to die (literally or figuratively); causatively to kill’. It was, no doubt, a strange vocabulary to a newly created being, especially in the likeness and in the image of their Creator. None had died. The day Adam ate the forbidden fruit he died. He did not live to celebrate his thousand year’s birthday from the point of the view of 2Peter 3:8. They polluted their spiritual life with the sin of disobedience. And that was what they technically ate – disobedience – and not a fruit in the real spiritual sense.

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The woman was fed with a humanistic disobedience. She enjoyed the taste of it. Most definitely. The word of God said categorically, “thou shalt surely die“. The Bible’s account of the Devil’s words is, “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die” (emphasis mine) [Gen 3:4-7]. All he had to do to prove his deadly subtlety was just to add an innocuous looking ‘not’ to God’s own words, making it look the same as the statement of Divinity, which reminds me of the Pauline Galatians 1:6-7, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7) Which is not another;….” The first ‘another’ of the 6th verse is technically not the same as that of the 7th. For the ‘another’ in the 6th verse, it is heteros (het’-er-os): ‘(an-, the) other or different (i.e. one not of the same nature, form, class, kind – opposed to some former person or thing)’. ‘Another’ of the 7th verse is allos (al’-los): “else”, that is, different (in many applications) which speaks of (another of the same kind)’. The spirit behind the ophidian intrusion made sure that he screwed the lid of the coffin tightly with this Humanism philosophy of: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” Genesis 3:5. The satanic goal of secular humanism is to remove an individual’s eyes of deference to the celestial Deity, and placing it unto himself. The woman thought she had got a good thing.

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Genesis 3:6, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat”. Ask yourself this. Why did the first woman decide to eat it first before giving it to her husband? Humanists tend to see the individual as the centre of spiritual attraction. She warmed up to the enemy’s deception. The acceptance of the subtly deceit gave the enemy the victory over her organs of judgment. Her eyes believed because her heart said yes to Satan. (…to be continued…)

GOOD FRIDAY

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                                                                      Death is swallowed

 

Good Friday is not a day of mourning, that is, to see the Saviour, still wriggling in the excruciating pang, on the gory cross of the Calvary event. Is He still on the punitive cross? Will Jesus reminisce on this hour of a seemingly Satanic hour of triumph and feel the pain again spiritually, mentally, psychologically or physically? He is no more on the sanguinary cross meant for a criminal.

The same rationale that prompted the angel to say, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay [Mat 28:6], should be the reason why you should take your eyes off the cross of Jesus and onto the One of Revelation 1:17-18, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: (18) I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death’. Even the tomb is too ineffectual in keeping Him detained in the bowels of the earth.

Acts 2:24 says, “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it”. The truth is that He is never a candidate of death. He has, from eternity, been too much for any hellish incarceration. He is the One who was, is, and is to come; of whom in Isaiah 63:1, the prophet enquired, “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength?” And the Great One answered, “I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save”. How can anyone be mourning over the crucifixion of Him who declared in the fifth verse, “And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me”.

 

 

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OUR GLADIATOR

 

Can any other person perform this work of salvation save Him, who alone is God over all (Romans 9:5). I do not see Him on the cross any more, where He put on display the weakness of the first Adam, whose sin ushered in death. Can someone who took the penalty of your sin, and dying in the process, came back to life by His own power, still cause you to continue to mourn his death? Would you not in honour, not of your saved neck, but, of the salvaging one throw the biggest party? Good Friday, definitely, calls for a huge celebration of life (saved from destruction). Most definitely, it must not call for a somber, but rather sober reflections leading towards a fruitful Christian walk with, as 1Corinthians 2:8 calls Him, the Lord of glory.

Adam Clarke, in his commentary explained: “The Lord of glory.] Or the glorious Lord, infinitely transcending all the rulers of the universe whose is eternal glory;” while that of Poole runs thus: “the Lord of glory; both with respect to his Divine nature, as to which he was God blessed for ever, and also as Mediator, being the Author of glory to those who believe. And from Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary, we have: “Lord of glory — implying the inseparable connection of Christ’s humanity and His divinity. The Lord of glory (which He had in His own right before the world was, John 17:4; John 17:24) was crucified”. He travelled to Bozrah to stain His divinity with the blood of the enemy, for me.

Bozrah, (which comes from batsar (baw-tsar’)BDB Definition: ‘to gather, restrain, fence, fortify, make inaccessible)’ means: ‘sheepfold, fortress or distress’. Eight times it appears in the Bible, in Genesis 36:33; 1Chronicles 1:44; Isaiah 34:6; Isaiah 63:1; Jeremiah 48:24; Jeremiah 49:13; Jeremiah 49:22 & Amos 1:12. Eight represents new beginning, in scripture. Bozrah in this context is of the fortress man is so powerless against. Adam’s original sin commenced a new beginning: death, a fortress man could not break through to his freedom. They were very comfortable in Abraham’s bosom, deep down the earth, but had no accessibility out of this land even as the righteous dead. Satan had the keys then.

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                                            1Corinthians 15:55, “…where is thy sting?

 

The LORD of glory took the war into their enclave, pulverized their fortified stronghold, giving easy access into life eternal. Amen. It is no longer a morose laden Good Friday! Roll out the drums of sweet victory! Give thanks to Jesus! Satan, on Easter Fridays, remembers when he thought he had got God conquered and wish had not entered Judas to do that unholy job. He is licking his wounds, delivered on his person at the interment of the Holy One of Israel. One day in hell his entire being will be nothing but bruises, leaving him no tongue to do no licking. Satan understands 1Corinthians 15:55, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” which fills him with great discomfort. Satan’s loss is our victory.

Only born again people can celebrate this victory. You can get the spiritual, new birth by praying this simple prayer which you must believe with all your heart before it will work. Say, “Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I believe that Jesus is LORD and I receive Him as my LORD and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen.

menorah-Jesus in Isle of Patmos  REJOICE!!!