Daily Archives: June 25, 2018

As He Is continued . . .

GLIMPSES OF ETERNITY FUTURE

God opened the windows of heaven and allowed the prophet Isaiah to see the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1-8
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

This was a revealed glimpse given to Isaiah of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Jesus Christ AS HE IS now seated upon His throne, highly exalted.

Isaiah was allowed to see what was to him Eternity Future. Who he saw was the Lord Jesus Christ sitting on His throne, high and lifted up, His train filling the temple, fully divine and fully man!

The prophet Daniel was also given visions in the night of this holy place.

Daniel 7:13-14
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 8:15-17
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

Daniel 10:5-7
5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

In what was to him ETERNIY FUTURE, the prophet Ezekiel also was given a vision of the throne of the Christ:

Ezekiel 1:26-28
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

The Apostle John received similar revelations of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings AS HE IS:

Revelation 1:9-19
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 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.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

A quote from Seiss’ Commentary on the Apocalypse PP14 on “The Son of Man” is fitting.

The one like unto the Son of man” (Rev 1:13), is Christ himself. He is described in the same way in the Psalms, in the visions of Daniel, and in his own discourses concerning himself. It is a form of speech meant to set forth the essential importance and prominence of the human element of the Saviour’s character; for it is in his human nature that his redemption work is conducted, and his victories achieved. It is as the Son of man that he came, lived, suffered and died. It was as the Son of man that he rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again, judge the world, and set up his glorious everlasting rule. But he is not to be conceived of as nothing but a man. He is “one like unto the Son of man.” This word like sets us upon the scent of something higher than humanity, though conditioned as humanity, and having everything in common with it. Thus, we read of him as “made in the likeness of men,”– “in all respects made like unto his brethren.”

Throughout the scriptures may be found many other accounts which tell of the visions that were given of Jesus Christ AS HE IS after His Ascension into heaven which occurred 40 days after His resurrection from the dead.

These men who received revelations and visions were permitted to glimpse into Eternity Future and see the form of the Lord as He would appear forever upon His throne. These revelations served to instill in them and others, who would hear or read their words, a faith, hope and love which at times is beyond description.

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As He Is continued . . .

The Final Temptation of Christ

The following scriptures will reveal where, when and what the final temptation of Christ was.

Matthew 26:36-39, 42
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

We read in the Gospels that during His agony in the garden, the Lord went to the Father three times to ask if “this cup” could pass from Him. It was here that Satan came with his final temptation of Jesus Christ to not obey His Father. This particular temptation was so intense that the Lord actually agonized during the temptation and sweat droplets of blood.

Luke 22:42-44
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

The Greek word for “agony” here in Luke 22:44 is agonia, which is to be in bodily strife, struggle or contest, a violent struggle or agony both of body and mind.

His agony was so intense that the capillaries in His forehead ruptured, and He began to sweat blood. However, once again as a man under intense mental and physical an-guish, the Lord Jesus Christ did not give in to this final and ultimate temptation. He resisted and overcame the Devil’s temptation.

Jesus Christ was tempted in all points as we are, and yet He never succumbed to sin.

Jesus Christ A Great High Priest

Hebrews 3:1 declares that Jesus Christ is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. Since He was tempted in all points, He is able to empathize with all men in their lowest state of sin. At the same time, He is able to advance to the aid of anyone who cries out for help, for all who shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

Hebrews 4:14-15
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Under the Old Covenant (or Old Testament), the High Priest after the order of Aaron would enter into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for his sins and the sins of Israel. He would sprinkle the Mercy Seat with the blood of bulls and goats covering the sins of Israel for one year. This special day is called the Day of Atonement, and Jews continue to observe this holy day today without the sacrifices of bulls and goats.

Hebrews 9:12-14
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit of-fered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Hebrews 5:5-10
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suf-fered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:24-28
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for ever-more.

Is Jesus Christ fully Divine?

The epistle of Hebrews is one of “much more,” “better than,” “greater than.” In all things the epistle of Hebrews shows that Jesus was and is greater than all the prophets and angels, and is even greater than Moses. It also speaks of the New Covenant with its better promises than that of Abraham.
The New Covenant is shown as replacing the Old and truly being better (Heb 8:1-10). But within the New Covenant, these “better promises” of the Gospel are continually ex-pressed in terms of the fulfillment of the covenant made with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 22:1-18; Gal 3:7-29). In this sense, the promises we received are the promises made to Abraham in the unilateral covenant the Lord made with Himself – versus the Old Covenant which He made with the children of Israel through the ministry of Moses.

Chapter one of Hebrews deals with the Divine nature of Jesus Christ and begins with the word GOD! This should immediately capture the reader’s attention, in that it is lik-ened to Genesis which begins with, “In the beginning, GOD” or “GOD, in the beginning.” No other epistle begins in this manner, and as such, Hebrews should get our focused attention because this epistle declares that God is speaking to us from heaven in His dear Son!

God makes it known that in these last days He is speaking to us through His dear Son. God speaks to us not through the prophets or by way of angels, but in His dear Son.

The Fathers Son is greater than all the prophets or angels who in the Old Testament spoke at various times and places for God. Under the Old Covenant, the prophets and angels were limited to communicating to man’s intellect. Now, under the New Covenant, Jesus speaks by way of Holy Spirit directly into the spirit or heart of His people!

The Son of God is the brightness of His (the Father’s) glory and the express image of His (the Father’s) nature. The Fathers only begotten Son is the exact imprint of the Father, speaking into the heart or spirit of believers. The resurrected, glorified Christ is imparting the very life of God from the throne room of heaven itself into the spirit of believers.

The Son of God upholds all things by the word of His power, which has been bestowed upon Him by the Father. He has been appointed heir of all things, being made so much better than the angels. He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they have.

This Son of God, in whom God is speaking to us today, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down – or took His dignified and rightful place – at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, God anointed Him with the oil of joy above His fellows. Later on in this study, this anointing of joy, or Holy Spirit, occurred sometime after the resurrection between the Ascension from the Mount of Olives and Pentecost.

Today if we do not harden our hearts as Israel did in the wilderness, the Son of God communicates to us individually to speak to us from His throne in heaven. Christ reveals Himself to us thereby ever perfecting us in order that we may boldly enter into the Father’s presence to obtain mercy in time of need and to abide with Him and with the Father as overcomer’s of this present world.

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