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AS HE IS continued …

STRONGHOLDS

Understanding strongholds is an important step in our quest for truth. The wrong con-cepts we have developed in our minds can block us from receiving more truth about a subject. The Bible describes these wrong concepts as wrong doctrine. Wrong thinking or wrong doctrines are strongholds that must be identified and then corrected. The scripture is clear on the “pulling down of strongholds.”

What is the casting down of imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God? It is throwing down or away anything that is contrary to “God-breathed scripture”. This includes what I or anyone else visualizes (imagines) or thinks (human logic) about what a certain scripture is (or scriptures are) revealing.

In order to receive the truth, we must be willing to let the authority of God’s Word speak to us because, as 2 Peter 1:20-21 states: “no prophecy of the scriptures is of any pri-vate interpretation.”

What are these strongholds the Bible speaks of? History provides an appropriate meta-phor. In Medieval times strongholds were nearly impenetrable defensive structures with thick walls made from mortar and stone. These were castles or fortresses designed to keep opposing forces out. Some strongholds were more elaborately constructed than others and were surrounded by deep moats and high towers from which the watchmen would keep vigilance against any threatening foes. In many instances access could only be gained through one entrance across a drawbridge. Once the drawbridge was raised, it blocked the only entrance and sealed off the fortress to the outside world.

While under siege, the inhabitants within the stronghold often became like prisoners trapped inside this massive structure. Many times a waiting game ensued to see who could persevere. If the opposing forces were able to outlast those locked inside the for-tress, they would eventually be able to penetrate the stronghold and take over. The only way to eliminate a stronghold like this was to penetrate the fortress through the force of a stronger army.

Biblical strongholds deal with man’s imaginations, ideas, concepts, and beliefs; and are similar to fortresses of mortar and stone in many ways. False teachings and non-biblical traditions in Christianity, when embraced as truth, are like strongholds. Many times these fortresses of the mind have served to imprison individuals and obstruct the clear understanding of the scriptures regarding Jesus Christ.

Equally detrimental are similar strongholds that have been developed in the minds of those who have been exposed to erroneous teachings that oppose and reject His Divine nature or His full humanity. Those who believe the latter only acknowledge and accept His humanity while denying His divine nature entirely. There have been books, teachings, and portrayals which individuals have been exposed to over the years that have clouded the truth of knowing Him AS HE IS. All these have served to blur the much-needed clarity concerning the only begotten Son of God.

Unless one has a clear view of both His divine nature and his human nature, an individual is most definitely limited in their true and vital relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and all that springs forth from that blessed relationship. It is interesting to note that not one of the four Gospels include a description of the physical attributes of Jesus of Nazareth.

2 Corinthians 4:5-7
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

What is this treasure that is contained in earthen vessels? It is the knowledge of the glory of God! How is this treasure of the knowledge of the glory of God given? It is given in the face of Jesus Christ, which is fellowship with Him AS HE IS! Where is the truth of AS HE IS found? The Truth of Jesus Christ as He is today is only revealed by Jesus Christ though the scriptures and through intimate fellowship with Him.

In order to discover the truth of AS HE IS we must be willing to pull down strongholds in our mind and seriously and aggressively investigate the scriptures. We must also be willing to practically apply the truth of AS HE IS in our everyday lives. Unless we are willing to commit ourselves to this quest, we most definitely will remain ignorant of Whom and What Jesus Christ truly is today.

Philippians 3:7-10, 14-15
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Let us be imitators of Paul in his zealous quest to know Jesus Christ in his daily life.
In dealing with the subject of Jesus Christ, (AS HE IS), one must go to the scriptures to discover proof texts regarding both His Divine nature and His complete humanity.

To Be continued . . .

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“As He Is” continued. . .

“AS HE IS”

A PURIFYING HOPE

The Word of God speaks of a transformation and purification that is to come upon every true follower of Jesus Christ when the reality of 1John 3:1-3 begins to live in their life. The Apostle John wrote these words by revelation. Thinking and meditating upon this section of scripture fills the heart with joy for the promise to the Christian believer is “we shall be like Him for we shall see Him AS HE IS.”

1John 3:1-3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

LORD! LORD!

Unfortunately, the stark reality is that a day will come when some that profess to know the Lord will confidently declare to Him how they had done many mighty works in His name. Sadly, He will say to them that He never knew them. This will be a terrible shock to these individuals who were so sure they knew the Lord! What a cold and rude awakening this will be to some that spent a lifetime thinking they were serving and worship-ping Him. How painful and terminal it will be to these when they discover in eternity that they never had a personal relationship with Him AS HE IS.

Matthew 7:21-23
21 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.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many won-derful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The more we discover about an individual the deeper our relationship may become. The same is true of Jesus Christ! Therefore let us explore His nature for if we only know Him as fully human we are most definitely limited in our relationship with Him. On the other hand, we are limited in our relationship with Him if we only see Him as fully divine.

The fact of Jesus being fully man and fully divine during the days of His flesh is a prominent Theology in most of the traditional Church today. To some the statement that Jesus Christ was fully man, and fully God may seem contradictory and may even find this confusing. Others may simply dismiss it all as foolishness. However the question remains. Is it possible for us to comprehend this seemingly difficult subject? Could a human being be fully divine? Could God be fully human? And, if this is true, then how, when, where, and why did all this take place? The scriptures in Matthew 7:21-23 tell us how imperative it is that we know Jesus intimately and that He knows us. However before we continue in this quest let us investigate the subject of what the scripture defines as strongholds.

To be continued…

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY By Frank J Manasseri

In our quest to learn more about the King of the Kingdom of God we must embark on a quest to discover the Lord Jesus Christ “As He Is Today.” Therefore I submit the following series for our prayerful and thoughtful consideration of the scriptures.

The following is submitted by the author not as a completed work but as a journey in progress. This quest to personally know Jesus Christ “As He Is” may take a lifetime, and one must be willing to be open to new information based upon truth of scripture alone and not speculation, feelings or experiences.

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY
By Frank J Manasseri

INTRODUCTION

This is a Biblical study of the plan of salvation, which after the counsel of His own Will, the Father God, along with His only begotten Son, set in motion before the foundations of this world.

The goal of this work is to present information that will be both challenging and enlightening concerning Jesus Christ (The Messiah). What is written in the following pages may challenge some traditional theology in such a way that it will encourage the reader to join the ranks of those noble Berean’s who after hearing the scriptures, “searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 (KJV)

THE REVEALING OF THE CHRIST

Today many are seeking to learn more about this Jesus of Nazareth who claimed to be the Son of the True God. During the days of His earthly ministry, Jesus presented a challenge to His disciples when He asked them, “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?”

There was a significant purpose for His inquiry. This one simple question provoked a response that unleashed a revelation from heaven concerning the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

The Lord desired to know what the people were saying about who He was, but of more importance to Him, He desired to know who the disciples believed He was. Why was this so imperative? Why didn’t the Lord just simply announce who He was to everyone? Jesus knew He was the Christ, the Son of the living God, and He certainly did not need any man to confirm or validate this truth. He knew that only the Father could truly reveal the Son and that only the Son could truly reveal the Father .

In this revelation from heaven one may begin to develop an intimacy with Him, for what one thinks of Jesus Christ is the most singularly important factor for those who deeply desire to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him and to know Him “AS HE IS” today.

In this record some thought He was John the Baptist, while some thought He was Elias, Jeremiah or some other prophet that had been reincarnated. Opinions have not changed much since the time when the Lord Jesus asked this question of His disciples. Even today, individuals still have a myriad of opinions as to who they think Jesus of Nazareth is.

Many so-called Biblical scholars hold symposiums designed to share information, in-sights and opinions hoping to find the answers to who Jesus really is. By the confession of their mouths they speak and declare who they think He is. Their conclusions are like the opinions recorded in this section of scripture – some are correct, and some are wrong.

Why is it so important to the Lord that people accurately know who He is? The proper answer to this question will determine the quality of an individual’s personal relationship with Him. If one thinks He is just one of the many prophets or just another holy man, then the relationship will not be based on truth. However if one accepts, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, then this relationship is built upon the solid rock of truth.

The Father God’s love for mankind was and is continually manifested through His only begotten Son. The selfless life of sacrifice and service of Jesus the Christ is plainly illustrated as we journey through the pages of the Bible. The Son of God declared the Father to His followers and to all those who would listen.

To be continued …

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART XIII of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART XIII of XIII
By Frank J Manasseri

Is Jesus Christ now and forever both fully man and fully God?

As our Great High Priest-King, Christ will forever make intercession for His saints. As a man who was tempted in all points as we are, Jesus of Nazareth can fully relate to our infirmities. As our high priest Christ is able to succor us in a kind and benevolent manner. As fully divine His grace and mercy allows us to approach the Throne of grace to find help in time of need. Christ is also the mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.8

Jesus Christ “AS HE IS” – Not As He Was

Our relationship with Christ must be “AS HE IS” today and not as He was during the days of His flesh! It is evident that Paul the Apostle received revelation from the resurrected, ascended, and glorified Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

When the Apostle Paul realized who it who was that he was persecuting, he immediately stopped maiming and killing followers of Christ and began following and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul never stopped following Him. Paul was faithful right up until the day in which he was beheaded. The Apostle Paul was pursuing the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Paul had received revelation of the third heaven of which he wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians.9

The windows of heaven were opened to Paul and he was allowed to see and hear something that he said was not lawful for a man to speak.

Could it be that what Paul saw in the third heaven was the same as what Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and the Apostle John was allowed to see? What these men all saw in a vision was the Lord Jesus Christ, fully man and fully divine, sitting on His throne, high and lifted up and His train filling the entire temple.

The Apostle Paul intimately knew Jesus the Messiah “As He Is,” and not as He was.10 Unlike the other twelve Apostles, Paul was the only Apostle called of the Lord who was not with Him during the days of His flesh. It was during the period of time when Saul persecuting the Lord’s people that he met the risen Christ on the road to Damascus. Paul had never known Jesus of Nazareth in the flesh. He only knew Christ “AS HE IS” in His risen, glorified, form and not as He was! Because of this relationship with the risen Christ, the Apostle Paul decided that nothing was going to hold him back. He was fully persuaded and determined to declare his cruel past over with, and become a new man in Christ. Paul changed and willing to suffer persecution for the sake of Christ, continued to press on toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

In his second epistle to Timothy Paul wrote: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” 11

Paul had no doubt who Jesus is and knew that by remaining faithful that one day he would be crowned with the crown of righteousness by Jesus the risen, glorifid Christ.

Paul who came from a background of Religious Jewish Traditions and keeping the Law had made a decision to count allof his family background and religious accomplishments but “dung.” He left it all behind once He saw Jesus for Who He Truly is today!

We too can know Him AS HE IS today and press in to develop an intimate relationship and fellowship with the Lord Jesus and with the Father.

Eternity Past and Eternity Future

In Eternity Past Christ in the form of spirit was divine and shared divine attributes with the Father? 12

During the days of His flesh Jesus of Nazareth chose to limit Himself by setting aside His Godly attributes and was born fully man (flesh) with perfect sinless blood. In eternity past, Christ states that He was with the Father and shared God’s glory.13

Now and in Eternity Future He is and will be forever remaining fully man and fully divine. The Father has highly exalted Christ as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. After the gathering together of the saints Christ as King will take His rightful place setting up His kingdom government on earth and sitting upon His throne as Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings of the entire Universe.

Lets us pray that God would assist us to see the Lord Jesus “AS HE IS” today, and that He will also allow us to move on to perfection, or spiritual maturity in order to obediently respond to our high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The End. . .

Scripture References

1. Acts 17:11(KJV)
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (KJV)

2. Matt 16:13-20(KJV)
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. (KJV)

3.John 8:17-19(KJV)
17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.(KJV)

4. Heb 1:3-9(KJV)

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
(KJV)

5.Acts 1:4-5(KJV)

4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (KJV)

6.I Corinthians 15:22-28(KJV)

22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

7.II Corinthians 5:16-21(KJV)

16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

8. I Timothy 2:5 (KJV)

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

9.II Corinthian 12:2-5 (KJV)
12 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities

10.II Corinthians 5:15-20 (KJV)

15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

11.II Timothy 4:7,8 (KJV)

7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing

12.John 3:13 (KJV)
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

13. John 17:5 (KJV)
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

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Discovering The Lord Jesus Christ As He Is Today PART XII of XIII

Discovering The Lord Jesus Christ As He Is Today PART XII of XIII

By Frank Manasseri

Eternity Past and Eternity Future

In eternity past Christ was the divine Sonof God, in the form of spirit with the Father.

During the days of His flesh the Messiah chose to limit Himself by setting aside His Godly attributes, and was born of a virgin, fully man (flesh) with perfect sinless blood.

Now and in eternity future Christ is and will be forever remain “As He Is” fully man and fully God. Christ has been highly exalted by the Father and serves in the Holy of Holies in heaven as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek making intercession for the saints. Then after the gathering together of the saints when His role as His Priest is completed, Christ will then take His rightful place setting up His government sitting upon His throne in the Kingdom of God as Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings of the Universe.

Lets us pray that God would assist us to see the Lord Jesus “AS HE IS” today and that He will also allow us to move on to perfection or spiritual maturity in order to obediently respond to our high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART XI of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART XI of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

Is Jesus Christ – Fully Man and Fully God?

Peter and the other Apostles whom the Lord had chosen had been with the Lord during the days of His flesh. They had traveled with Him, they ate meals together, and they prayed with Him and had been witness to the signs, miracles, wonders and the mighty works, which He always credited to the Father. “These are not my works but the Father that sent me.”

One time He was approached and addressed as “Good Master”. He quickly corrected the individual and said “why call me good? There is none good but One, which is, God. Mt 19:16; Mk 10:17; Lk 18:18

At the tomb of His good friend Lazarus He wept. Other times Christ displayed anger towards those who attempted to stop the work of God. Often Jesus was moved with great compassion especially when He saw Israel scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34

These and many other examples may be found showing the full humanity of Jesus of Nazareth and how He did not come to do His own will but His Father’s.

Like all men He experienced pain, sorrow, disappointment, loneliness, hunger, and the entire range of human emotions.

In the garden of Gethsemane, His agony and temptation to find another way was so intense the capillaries broke in His forehead causing Him to sweat blood. Nevertheless in spite of all the temptations He overcame and said, “Not my will but thy will be done” giving glory to the Father Who had sent Him.

Peter watched as The Lord was taken prisoner, and was present when He was being beaten and interrogated by the Roman soldiers. Peter watched as they stripped and whipped Him. The Centurions placed a bag over His head and repeatedly punched Him. They taunted Him to prophesy as to who was hitting Him, as His head was covered. They openly mocked Him, and spit on Him. Peter was there when they crowned Him with thorns, put a reed in His hand, and covered Him with a scarlet robe. Mt 27:28

Peter saw the pain in the Lord’s eyes when the Lord turned and looked after Peter denied Him for the third time. Lu 22:61

Peter knew that Jesus was fully human, and he knew that there was no other man he had ever known like this Jesus of Nazareth. No one else had the words of life and did such wonderful mighty works as Christ was able to do.

The Promise of the Father

Let’s return to Acts 2:33 and see what Peter learned while he was preaching on the day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:33 (KJV)
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

What a tremendous revelation and insight this is in observing how Jesus Christ became simultaneously both fully man and fully God!

The Greek word for the word received in this verse is lambano which means to take, take hold of, apprehend, to take or receive from another; to take what is given; hence, receive, pointing to an objective reception.

In Hebrews, the scripture declares that because the Son of God loved righteousness and hated iniquity that He would be anointed with the oil of joy or gladness above His fellows. When the Father anointed the resurrected and ascended Jesus of Nazareth with the oil of joy, it was without measure. At that precise moment, in the form of a resurrected glorified man, God the Father restored all of Christ’s divine attributes. All those attributes which the Son of God had willfully stripped Himself of were restored to Him.

Philippians 2:9-11(KJV)

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

“He is an anointed King. Therefore, because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God anointed Him. When He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the throne, he received from the Father anew and in its fullest measure, as the son of Man, the gift of the Holy Ghost to bestow on His people. That spirit was to Him the oil of joy, the joy that had been set before Him, the joy of His crowning day when He saw of the travail of His soul, an anointing above His fellows, for there is none like Him; God gave Him the spirit without measure. And yet for His fellows, His redeemed, whom, as Head, He had made members of His body. They become partakers of His anointing and His joy. As He said, “The Lord hath anointed Me to give the oil of joy.” Christ our King, our God, is anointed with the oil of joy, anointed too, to give the oil of joy; His Kingdom is one of everlasting gladness, of joy unspeakable and full of glory.”2

2. Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, page 77.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART X of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART X of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

Was Jesus Christ fully Human?

Chapter two of Hebrews deals with the humanity of Jesus Christ, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death to be crowned with glory and honor.

This chapter begins with the first and firm warning to take heed to the things which we have heard, because at anytime they may drift away from us. The warning continues to not neglect so great salvation, which began to be spoken by the Lord, when in the days of His flesh, He went about preaching and teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God. All the while, the Father also bearing witness with signs, and wonders, and with many miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will.

Did you know there was more than once ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven?

The First Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven

When we study the scriptures closely we learn that the Bible describes two ascensions of the Lord Jesus into heaven. The second and final ascension was from the Mount of Olives with the Apostles in attendance. The first was on the morning of His resurrection from the dead in the presence of Mary Magdalene.

On the morning when the Father raised Christ from the dead, Jesus as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, ascended into the third heaven, and entered into the Holiest of Holies (in heaven) to sprinkle His own sinless blood on the Mercy seat to cleansing those who believe in His name from all sin>

The scriptural evidence of this incredible truth is found in John 20:11-17:

John 20:11-16 (KJV)

John 20:17(KJV)
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Notice this scripture does not state, “I will ascend” at some future time, but is plainly states, “I ascend unto my Father. . .” Had Mary held on to Jesus at this time, He would have been unclean and would not be able to perform His High Priestly duty of the atonement.

In the Old Testament under the Aaronic priesthood, if the High Priest was touched within seven days of the Atonement, he would have been unclean and would not have been able to conduct the sacrifices. So Jesus said to Mary, “Touch me not” or “Do not cling to me for I have not yet ascended to my Father. . .”

At the moment of this encounter, Jesus was evidently on His way into heaven to perform His High priestlt duty of th Atonement.

Imagine what it must have been like the first time Jesus ascended into heaven? All attention was riveted on Him as He appeared as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek to fulfill His priestly duty of the atonement. What an awesome moment it must have been as the hosts of heaven watched as Christ approached the Holy of Holies in Heaven. Just as the earthly High Priest perform his duty of sprinkling the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the Mercy seat on earth, Jesus Christ in His role of High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, was carrying His own precious blood into the Temple of heaven. The blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world was sprinkled by Christ on the Mercy seat in heaven. At this most significant moment our redemption was complete.

All the eyes of heaven were watching as The Son of the Living God entered into the Holy place to cleanse the sins of His followers with His own precious blood. The plan of salvation was complete as His pure precious blood was sprinkled on the Mercy seat. Redemption was complete and sealed for eternity! What joy and rejoicing must have filled heaven!

After ascending into heaven and the sprinkling of His own blood on the Mercy seat was completed, He returned to Jerusalem and spent the next forty days with the disciples in His resurrected glorified body teaching them the things concerning the Kingdom of God.. During this time He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

The Second and Final Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven

When the forty days were completed, He was on the Mount of Olives with the Apostles whom He had chosen, and commanded that they should not depart from Jerusalem. There on that Mount, He instructed them for the final time to wait for the promise of the Father. 5

Christ told them that they would receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon them, and that they would be witnesses unto Him both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Then as the Apostles beheld Him, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. They obediently returned to Jerusalem and spent the next ten days with the other disciples with one accord, in prayer and supplication.

To be continued. . .

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