THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (two)

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  “…your life is hid with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3

(Continued from part one)

(2)          Not like the bulls, rams and lambs hitherto used in sacrificial exculpation, the expendability of which necessitated daily sanguinary butchered ritual for atonement, Jesus rose to live forever. That made the difference, soteriologically. At the pouring forth of the blood of the object of sacrifice in death, the sacrificant is absolved of the hanging judgment. The life of an innocent animal is exchanged for that of the sacrificing wrong doer. The dead animal is not recallable. When Jesus rose from the dead, the Eternal One, who is also the Holy One of Israel, came back from the dead to sniff out death from our essence. The Bible says, “we were quickened together with him:” for in so doing we rose never to die spiritually again, living as eternally as our Saviour, ‘who was, who is, and is to come. Amen!’ “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” How many sins were forgiven? The Book of Colossians’ answer is, “All!”

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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:6), “that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5:21).

            If the scriptural factuality is of 2Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new;” does it not follow that the regenerated soul of a Christian is a spiritually brand new man? This word ‘new’ is the Greek kainos (kahee-nos’): ‘new (especially in freshness).’ Paul did not use neos or neōteros (neh’-os): ‘new, recently born, young, youthful, properly so with respect to age.’ This freshness is located in the spiritual silo or refrigeration of the eternal Christ Jesus. The newness of this freshness, coming from the throne of the Eternal Father, is definitely eternal!

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 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…”

                “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” [Romans 10:10]. The noun ‘righteousness’ is the Greek dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay): ‘a feminine noun which speaks specifically of (Christian) justification.’ The feminity stance makes our justification a proper Bride of the Righteous Lamb, who has sworn the oath of “I will never leave nor forsake thee.” Most definitely, our life, as His mystical body on terra firma, has its locale majestically in Christ, the Second Member of the Godhead. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory,” so says the word of God in Colossians 3:4, where ‘life’ is zoe, ‘God’s kind of life.’ The life of this new species cannot be lost, having its location in Christ, who continually takes care of it: for it is His own life! Amen!

            What does it say in Colossians 3:3? It reveals what the spiritual baptism does. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “Why,” if any should ask, “will God hide us doubly in Him and in Christ?” Eternal security! That is the answer. God would not trust any other but Him -Jesus. He does not want another careless blunder from an egregious stupidity displayed by the first Adam. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” [John 1:4].

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“In him was life; and the life was the light of men”

                God made the absolutely best choice when He chose Jesus. He, most definitely, chose Himself when He chose to hide us in Jesus. Is Jesus not Emmanuel? “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.”  God did all of these marvellous deeds to ensure our eternal safety, knowing fully well that we, as free moral agents could disrupt His ineffable plan of salvation. We, as the new spiritual species, have, therefore, become too priceless; bought with the invaluable sinless blood of the Lamb of Jehovah.

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HIS ASCENSION ENGENDERED OUR FUTURE RAPTUROUS ASCENSION

          1Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Amen. What is ‘chosen’? It is eklektos (ek-lek-tos’): ‘select; by implication favorite.’ What one does with and for a favourite belonging is what God does for and with us. When you have to discipline your body do you destroy it for whatever reason? I believe not. ‘Generation’ is genos (ghen’-os) meaning: ‘kindred or offspring.’ Christians are not just another race of people, we are so close to Him, the Most High, as closer as His next of kin. ‘Nation’ is ethnos (eth’-nos): ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe.’

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart, meaning it:

“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 concluded…)

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Read the concluding 3rd part here.

Jehovah’s Witness Myopic View Of Jesus (II)

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The Trinity: God’s Divine essence.

 (…continued from part I)

It reads in John 1:3, one of my favourite scriptures, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” If this verse fails to settle the deity question of Christ what else can? The verbal ‘made’ is ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee) which means: ‘to cause to be (“gen”-erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).’ If He did ’cause to be’ then He created the first things out of nothing! Thereafter, He, the Christ, made others out of the existing materials. Only the LORD God could perform this preternatural feat.

Let us bring it to a logical conclusion by looking at this analogy. If there are a million objects in a receptacle and a particular one of the whole lot is said to have created everything, tell me, what did create the particular one, as far as the items of the container is concerned? Nothing, absolutely: you will agree with me. Christ Jesus, through whom all was created, is not in any way a product of the effort of creationism. God alone creates ex nihilo (out of nothing) as the Greek puts it.

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Ask yourself why Jesus must be a known entity to all and sundry? John 1:4 “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” The import of the fourth verse is strengthened by the 9th: “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Now you can understand why every religion must talk about Jesus. He has, providentially, been made available to all; and for a religion to escape being labelled a fake, Jesus must be involved. If Divine protocol must be observed then do not tread the way of the Lord à la Jehovah’s Witness induction.

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If this Light is the Author of life how different is He from the One of whom it is said in Acts 17:28 “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring?” There is no difference. The two are the one and the same Jehovah. The One, Father, sits eternally in heaven and the Other, His express image, is Jesus Christ. Amen. Cannot we just see that without God there is no life and that if it is lucidly understood that Jesus is the true Light then man’s search for the deity of Jesus is over. Amen.

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Shall we peruse the fourteenth verse? “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” [John 1:14]. Does the clause ‘made flesh’ support the indoctrination of Jehovah’s Witness prop? It certainly does not. The clue to my submission is in the main verb ‘made:’ for it speaks not of creation of Him, as the Christ. Ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee) is the Greek word for ‘made’ meaning: ‘to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being.’ Our observation, from scriptural standpoint, clearly apprises us of the fact that Christ exists before creation. If He became flesh it was simply because He was not flesh, in the true sense of it, before getting into the toga of this habiliment. This is the climax of the first chapter of the book of John. The unprecedented evolutionary Incarnation of God!

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This is the consummation of the prophetic Emmanuel. The word ‘dwelt’ is skēnoō (skay-no’-o) ‘to tent or encamp, that is, (figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion) or (specifically) to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion).’ He had come to perfect the scriptural, “I will never forsake nor leave thee.” Christians have become His Tabernacle. This is not an angel of Jehovah’s Witness teaching, an indoctrination which, undoubtedly, is reeling from an impairment engendered by a spiritual view of myopia.

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TRINITY

You can get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully, 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 in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.              (…to be continued…)

Read part I here

Read part III here