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September 6, 2012
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Most of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation is speaking of Jesus. It's All About Jesus!
Peter, "speaking by the anointing of the Holy Spirit" on Pentecost day said to the Jews, and those gathered together in Acts 2:36, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Notice, it mentions "LORD first, and Christ last." God had made Jesus "LORD" right from the beginning of Genesis 1:2.
(1) The word "LORD" in the Hebrew is "Jehovah," meaning "self-Existent or Eternal." In the case of Jesus, who was called "the LORD God" in the Old Testament, the meaning is, "Eternal." Jesus always had eternal life, meaning "a life that will never end." The word "LORD" in the Greek is "kurios." meaning, "supreme in authority."
(2) The name "Jesus" pertains to His humanity. Jesus was a man, born in the flesh of man. Jesus was born of Mary, a virgin woman, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). As a man in the flesh, Jesus defeated the Devil (Heb. 2:6-14). Jesus took the keys of death and hell from the Devil (Rev. 1:17,18).
In Philippians 2:9-11 it says, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name...That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth...And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
In English, His name is "Jesus." In Greek, His name is "Iesous." In Hebrew, His name is "Joshua." The true meaning of His name is "Jehovah is salvation." In Luke 1:30,31 it says, "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God...And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." In Matthew 1:21, the angel said to Joseph, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
(3) The name "Christ" pertains to His deity. In the Greek, the word Christ is "Christos." meaning "anointed." In Acts 10:38, it says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Jesus was born into this world of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman, making Him "humanity." At about the age of thirty, God "anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit," giving Jesus power over all the works of the Devil.
This anointing of the Holy Spirit made Jesus "Christ." Jesus was not Christ until He received the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Because that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit, He had power over the works of the Devil.
When Jesus arose again from the dead as "Christ," He became the firstborn from the dead. Christ is the head (beginning) of the body of Christ. Christ will reign forever and ever. Those who are "in Christ" when they leave this earth, will reign with Christ for all eternity.
There will be "a new heavens and a new earth, wherein righteousness dwells" (Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:1,27). From LORD to Jesus, to Christ, to eternity. It's All About Jesus!
Why did God create man? It came to me one day that "God wants fellowship." In the beginning was "God the Father." The word "Father" does not always mean a male person. The word "Father" also means, "the originator; or the source from which something develops." In the spiritual realm there is no marriage or giving in marriage. Jesus said to the Sadducees in Matthew 22:29.30, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God...For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." In the spiritual realm there is no male or female. In Galatians. 3:27,28, it says, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ...There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
In 1 John 5:7 it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." God the Father is "the originator" of all things. Jesus said in John 14:28, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." In John 8:42, it says, "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me." The Son of God, who is also the Word of God, was with the Father from the beginning. Jesus came out from the Father.
Speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in John 15:26, "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me." The Holy Spirit also came out from the Father.
In Genesis 1:1 it says, "In the beginning God created the heaven (heavens) and the earth." This was in the beginning, before Adam was created.
God also created wisdom, knowledge and understanding. In Proverbs 2:6, it says, "For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." In James 1:5, it says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." It is the will of God that we should also have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
After God created the heavens, the angels, and the earth, there wasn't any among all of the creatures that He had created, that God could have "perfect fellowship" with.
God the Father had perfect fellowship with the Son and the Holy Spirit. But, God could not have perfect fellowship with the angels, or any other living creature. God wanted someone in whom He could have perfect fellowship with for all eternity.
It's All About JESUS
In John 1:1,2, it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...The same was in the beginning with God." This is speaking of Jesus, who was "the Word of God" in the beginning (John 1:14).
From Genesis 1:2, through Revelation, it is all about Jesus. In Genesis 2:7, it says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
Who is "the LORD God," in Genesis 2:7? According to John 1:3, talking about Jesus, it says, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." In John 1:10 it says, "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not." In Colossians 1:16, it says, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him."
In Genesis 2:4, it says, "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens." In Genesis 2:7, it tells us, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Therefore, it was "Jesus," "the LORD God," who created this earth and the heavens. It was also, Jesus, who created man in the beginning. If it were not true, then John 1:1-4,10, and Colossians 1:16,17, would not be true. It's All About Jesus!
In John 1:4, it says, "In him was life (zoe); and the life (zoe) was the light of men." The Greek word "zoe," is always speaking of the spiritual life of God. In John 5:26, Jesus said, "For as the Father hath life (zoe) in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life (zoe) in himself" This same "zoe" is in the Father, and the Holy Spirit. The natural man does not have "zoe."
The natural man only has "psuche," which is the life of "the living soul" of man. In 1 Corinthians 15:45, it says, "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul (psuche); the last Adam was made a quickening spirit."
When Jesus paid the price for the redemption of man, He said, "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life (psuche) for the sheep." Jesus gave His soul life (psuche) for the redemption of man.
When Jesus, who was "the Word of God" in the beginning, was conceived in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit, the Word became flesh (John 1:14). The angel told Mary to call His name JESUS, meaning, "Jehovah is salvation." In Matthew 1:21, the angel said to Joseph, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." It's All About Jesus!
It's All About JESUS
In John 8:56, Jesus said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." In John 8:58, Jesus said, "...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." It was Jesus, who appeared to Abraham a number of times.
In Acts 7:2, Stephen said, "...Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran."
In Genesis 12:7, it says, "And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him." In Genesis 17:1, it says, "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." In Genesis 18:1 it says, "And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day."
Jesus also appeared to Isaac, and Jacob. In Genesis 26:1,2, it says, "And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar...And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of."
In Genesis 35:9-12 it says, "And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him...And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel...And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins..And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land." In Genesis 35:11 it says, "And God said unto him, I am God Almighty..."
In Exodus 6:1-3, it says, "Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land...And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD...And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them."
It was "Jesus" that appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For the LORD said in Exodus 6:3, "And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty..." Therefore, it was Jesus that appeared to Moses in Exodus 3:1-8. The name LORD and Jehovah is the same name. The LORD in the Old Testament was Jehovah. The name "Jehovah" in the Old Testament is translated to "LORD" over 6,500 times in the King James Version of the Bible.
In Isaiah 44:6, it says, "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God." Again in Isaiah 48:12, it says, "Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last."
In Revelation 1:8, it says, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Again in Revelation 1:17,18, it says, "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...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."
Then in Revelation 22:12-14, it says, "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be...I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last...Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."
It's All About JESUS
In John 10:1, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." In John 10:7, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep." In John 10:8, Jesus said, "All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them."
To enter the sheepfold through Jesus, we must be born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit (John 3:6,7,1 Peter 1:23). Therefore, in John 6:44, Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." In this, Jesus said, "No man can enter the sheepfold unless the Father draws him." Many have tried to enter into the sheepfold another way.
Jesus said in John 3:5-7, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God...That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit...Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." How many understand what it means to be truly born again?
What does it mean by "...born of water and of the Spirit..."? The Apostle John used the word "water," symbolically for the Word of God many times.
In 1 Peter 1:23, it says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." Jesus is "the Word of God" (John 1:1) To become born again we must be born again "in Christ Jesus." In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." In "Christ Jesus," we became a new creature in the Spirit of Christ.
In the flesh we were in Adam. Therefore, Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit...Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" (John 3:6.7). It's All About Jesus!
In 1 Corinthians 15:21,22, it says, "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead...For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." How do we become alive in Christ? Speaking of Jesus, in John 1:10, it says, "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not."
Jesus was a Jew, of the tribe of Judah. Jesus' mother was Mary, a virgin woman of the tribe of Judah. It was the Holy Spirit that caused the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary.
The birth of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 7:14, saying, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." In Luke 1:34,35 it says, "Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?...And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Therefore, Jesus became "as a man in the flesh," by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary.
In John 10:35, Jesus made a clear statement, saying, "The Scriptures cannot be broken." When Jesus said in John 3:7, "Ye must be born again," it cannot be changed, for "The Scriptures cannot be broken."
To become born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, John 1:11-14 says, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not...But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name...Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
The new birth into the body of Christ is a work of God, not of man. It is "...not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man..." It is a work of God.
Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him..." (John 5:44). When the Father draws us to Jesus, we must receive Jesus as LORD and Savior. God does not force anyone to do anything. Therefore, we must receive Jesus as LORD and Savior. No one else can do it for us. When we receive Jesus as LORD and Savior, we become born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. We become a new creature in Christ Jesus. It is not a work of man, but of God, who draws us to Jesus, that we might have eternal life in Christ.
When a person becomes born again they are related to God by a new birth in the Spirit. They receive "a new heart and a new spirit" (Ezek. 36:26). They are translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9). They become "a new creature" in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). God is their true Father, and they are God's true children. That is Relationship.
Relationship to God is not a work of man, it is a work of God. In Ephesians 1:4,5, it says, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love...Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will." Relationship to God came, because God had chosen us in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world.
It was all a work of God, not of man. When God chose us before the foundation of the world, it was before Adam was created. Therefore, Adam was not even created yet at the time God chose us in Christ Jesus.
Adam was not created because Adam wanted to become the first man. Adam had no knowledge of what it meant to be a man before the LORD God created mankind. Eve had no idea that she would become Adam's helper before the LORD God took a rib from Adam and formed Eve. It was all a work of God, not of man.
When we were born into this world, "we didn't have anything to do with who our parents would be." We didn't have anything to do with "if we would be a male or a female." We didn't have anything to do with where we would be born, or what nationality, or race.
God made all the decisions that brought us into this world? It was God's idea that we would become a living creature in God's great creation? It wasn't what we decided of our own will. It happened the way it happened because God had great plans for us. God's plans for us continue on for all of eternity.
We are not our own. We are God's creation. We were created by God for His purpose, according to His will. God knew us before we were conceived in our mothers womb (Gen. 18:10; Jer. 1:5, Luke 1:13,31; Gal. 1:15).
We are not our own, we belong to God. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10). This is all talking about Relationship. We became related to God according to God's plans and purposes. "Not according to our plans and purposes." God created us and adopted us in Christ Jesus according to His good pleasure (Eph. 1:4-6; Phil. 2:13).
Our relationship to God is not of our doing, it was the will of God that we would become His very own, in Christ Jesus. Just as it was God's will that Adam and Eve would become the beginning of the human race upon this earth. It was God's will that Christians would become born again in Christ Jesus. It was all a work of God. It's All About Jesus!
It's All About JESUS
The whole Bible is all about Jesus. When we get to know (ginosko) Jesus, we will know why we were born into this world. The Greek word "ginosko," means, "to know by experience." It is not intellectual head knowledge. It is not something we know in our mind or intellect. It is not something we learn by the teachings of man. It is what we learn as we are taught by God.
In John 6:45, Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."
We did not come into this world because we wanted to. We came into this world because God wanted us to. Now that we are in this world, we need to understand why God wanted us in this world? It was God's idea that we should become a part of His creation. Now it is up to us to find out why God wanted us to become a part of His great creation?
The most important thing we can do is get to know (ginosko) Jesus from the Gospels. Jesus reveals things to us in the Gospels, that can help us in our new life in the Spirit. Christians are no longer in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9). Living in the flesh and living in the spirit are not the same. They are actually opposite of each other.
In Galatians 6:7,8, it says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." If sowing to the flesh reaps corruption, and sowing to the Spirit reaps everlasting life, we need to make sure we are sowing to the Spirit, and not to the flesh.
It is our choice as to which one we will sow to, "the flesh, or the Spirit?" Adam and Eve had the same choice in the garden of Eden. They could have eaten the fruit of all the trees in the garden. But, if they ate of "the tree of knowledge of good and evil" they would reap death. If they would have eaten of "the tree of life," they would have reaped eternal life (Gen. 3:22). We know that Adam and Eve made a wrong choice. Which one will we sow to, the flesh or the Spirit?
If we will pay attention to all that Jesus taught and did, we will learn how to sow to the Spirit, and not to the flesh. We will learn how to "do the will of God the Father," and not the will of our flesh. It is all about learning from Jesus, all that He taught and did.
Jesus told us how He succeeded in doing the will of God the Father, and not doing His own will of the flesh. In John 5:30, Jesus said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
Just think how much better it would be for us if we did as Jesus said He did? In Matthew 7:21, Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." There is not a single promise in the Scriptures greater than what is promised to those who do the will of God the Father.
By "not doing His own will of the flesh," and "doing only the will of God the Father," Jesus set the greatest example of anyone who ever walked upon this earth. There is not a single person in the whole Bible that did the will of God the Father like Jesus did the will of God the Father.
Through the Word of God and through Jesus Christ, God has made it possible for us to do the will of God the Father also. It is all up to us. God is doing His part. We must do our part.
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