The Law And The Gospel 

 The Law And The Gospel

 

James 2;10a

Romans 7; 7-12

Deut. 27:26.

Exodus 20;1-17

Deuteronomy 5; 5-21

Deuteronomy 6;1

 

When God spoke the Ten Commencement from Mount Sini to the Jewish people in Exodus 20;1-17 and also in Deuteronomy 5; 5-21 

Deuteronomy 6;1  This is the command–the statutes and ordinances–the LORD your God has instructed me to teach you, so that you may follow them in the land you are about to enter and possess. Essentially Moses  telling Jewish people  that  God is holy, and all the moral law is to be obey and to violate one part of the law you’re violating all of the laws. In James 2; 10 it states  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. Jesus states,” For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. Deut. 27:26. ‘Anyone who does not put the words of this law into practice is cursed.’

Believer Bible Commentary,”It is not enough to keep the law for a day, or a month, or a year. One must continue to keep it. Obedience must be complete. It is not enough to keep just the Ten Commandments. All six hundred and some laws in the five books of Moses must be obeyed! It impossible obey the moral law and please God.”

So why is the  moral law important? Why is moral law important to the gospel?  

Romans 7; 7-12 Apostle Paul asks question What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example he wrote,”I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.  And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. 

Furthermore he wrote, “Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life  and I died. The commandment that was meant for life resulted in death for me.” 

 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.  So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.

For example Apostle John wrote But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he’s going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

For instance, if walking across the street, and its states do not walk  you’re violating law. If travel at 51 kilometre and signs states 50 kilometre you’re breached the law. If the sign says to stop, and if come a rolling stop you’re breaking the law. In short, mankind violator of the moral law.

Galatians 2:16 That no one is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. And we have believed in Christ Jesus so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified. 

Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

 

 Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”Jews who had been saved knew that there was no salvation in the law. The law condemned to death those who failed to obey it perfectly. This brought the curse on all, because all have broken its sacred precepts. The Savior is here presented as the only true object of faith. Paul reminds Peter that “even we Jews” came to the conclusion that salvation is by faith in Christ and not by law-keeping. What was the sense now of Peter’s putting Gentiles under the law? The law told people what to do but gave them no power to do it. It was given to reveal sin, not to be a savior. God’s Law was tool that was design to reveal mankind sin and lead us to Christ 

 

 Jesus uttered these words in Matthew 5;17  Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the. Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Believer Bible wrote, He Jesus clearly insisted that not one jot or one tittle would pass from the law until it was completely fulfilled.Jesus believed in the literal inspiration of the Bible, even in what might seem small unimportant details. Nothing in Scripture, even the smallest stroke, is without significance. 

John MacArthur wrote, Christ was indicating that He is the fulfillment of the law in all its aspects. He fulfilled the moral law by keeping it perfectly. He fulfilled the ceremonial law by being the embodiment of everything the law’s types and symbols pointed to. And He fulfilled the judicial law by personifying God’s perfect justice.   

 

To be prophet from God, you need to be 100% accurate or  you declared a false prophet and are put to death. As scriptures state, “ but the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. 

In Galatians 3;19  it states,” Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.”

John MacArthur, wrote,”Christ’s death, because it was a death of substitution for sin, satisfied God’s justice and exhausted His wrath toward His elect, so that Christ actually purchased believers from slavery to sin and from the sentence of eternal death 

Believer Bible Commentary,”To redeem is to buy back, or to deliver by paying the price. The curse of the law is death—the penalty for breaking its commandments. Christ has delivered those under law from paying the penalty of death demanded by the law  to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

 Galatian 4:5 it states,”Christ redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

 

John MacArthur wrote “Guilty sinners who are under the law’s demands and its curses  and in need of a savior. the adoption as sons. “Adoption” is the act of bringing someone who is the offspring of another into one’s own family. Since unregenerate people are by nature children of the devil, the only way they can become God’s children is by spiritual adoption (Rom. 8:15, 23; Eph. 1:5).”Romans 5:9,”Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. Johm MacArthur,Christ bore the full fury of God’s wrath in the believing sinner’s place, and there is none left for him (see 8:1; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9).     

Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”The law demanded a price from those who failed to keep it—the price of death. Before God could bring men into the wonderful position of sonship, this price had to be paid. So the Lord Jesus, coming into the world as a member of the human race and of the Jewish nation, and paid the price that the law.s long as men were slaves, they could not be sons. Christ delivered them from the bondage of the law in order that they might be adopted as sons

 

Romans 5:9,”Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.

 

  Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”We are no longer reckoned as guilty sinners. At the enormous cost of the Savior’s blood, shed for us at Calvary, we have been counted righteous by God. Since He went to such tremendous cost to justify us when we were sinners,  Christ willy went to the Cross  sacrifice    Himself  on it   took mankind sins and His Father wrath to bridge the gap between His Father and mankind     

John MacArthur wrote,” What Paul is about to say is even more amazing and wonderful. justified by His blood. Through His violent, substitutionary death. References to the blood of the Savior include the reality that He bled in His death (a necessity to fulfill the OT imagery of sacrifice), 

Galatians 2:20  sunup well I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “Not only was He crucified on Calvary, I was crucified there as well—in Him. This means the end of me as a sinner in God’s sight.

The Late Dr Lewis Johnson wrote, “If a man could be justified by doing good works, what’s the point of the cross of Christ? If a man could be justified by joining the church, by being religious, by being a philanthropist in the community, by being a highly regarded citizen, what is the point of the cross of Jesus Christ? “

 

 

 

  

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The Heart Of The Heart Of The Gospel

 

                                                                    

  Romans1;16 17

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,

 Because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible wrote Ancient works sometimes included A thesis statement, which is how A majority of scholars view these two verses. The theme of the entire book. Or the main idea, opinion, or theory of A person, group, piece of writing, or speech: Her main thesis is that children need A lot of verbal stimulation.  

 John MacArthur wrote, “These two verses crystallize the thesis of the entire book—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which Paul will unfold and explain in the following chapters. For example,” A theme for A school exercise another word could uses A theme or premise

 Thesis is defined as A subject for A composition or essay or A proposition laid down or stated, esp. one maintained, or put forward as A premiss in an argument. A document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings.

 As you read in the rest of the letter, you will see how many of its ideas and concerns are anticipated in this thesis sentence (together with vv. 2–4): the gospel is about God’s Son; it is God’s power bringing salvation to Jew and Gentile alike; it is the revelation of God’s righteousness, available to all on the same basis; namely, faith in Christ Jesus. 

Holdman Commentary wrote,” The theme of Romans is the power of the gospel. By that, we mean that it is the controlling idea in Paul’s approach to the grand scheme of salvation. Without the gospel, and without the power that the gospel is (not the power that the gospel has), there can be no salvation, no deliverance, no life. Everything that God wants for us is to be found in the gospel, and Paul is going to spend the rest of his letter explaining every facet of it.”

 Thesis is defined as A subject for A composition or essay. 

The Heidelberg Catechism stated in question and answered 60. “God grants and credits to us, the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor were A sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me.

As John Calvin penned, “Justification is the main hinge on which salvation turns. Balthasar Meisner stated,” Justification is the article where the church stand or falls A “proverb of Luther”

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Any church that puts in the place of justification by faith in Christ another method of salvation is A harlot.”  

 John Mcauthor wrote, “Justification is… A completed fact for the believer; it is not an ongoing process. 

Luther used to hate Romans 1:17. He struggled with this verse particularly, and the phrase ‘God’s righteousness’ particularly, because he always read it in the sense which it was preached by the Catholic theologians at the time. At that time this verse was understood as the “formal or active righteousness” which “God is righteous and punishes the unrighteous sinner.  Luther knew himself to be A sinner under the judgment of A righteous God. While he had been studying in the Tower of the Black Cloister, an Augustinian Monastery in Wittenberg his eyes was opened, or he had  a Holy Spirit moment where the Holy Spirit revealed the  meaning  “the righteousness of God.” God’s righteousness had always brought terror to his heart. Luther knew himself to be A sinner under the judgment of a righteous God. Then, he read Romans 1:17 along with Romans 3:21-24: “But now A righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness  came through faith in Jesus Christ   It was Christ atoning work on the cross that saved not mankind works. All mankind had to offer was their sins. As scripture declares, There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”  These words leaped off the pages. The power brought the collapse of A mental stronghold–salvation by works—and replaced it with the truth of salvation by faith. Luther came to understand that salvation by the works of the law brings bondage. But, salvation by grace through the finished work of Christ leads to freedom.

 

Martian Luther wrote, Lord Jesus You are my righteousness; I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was  yours. You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not.  

The late Dr R C Sproul wrote  Luther was looking now at the Greek word that was in The New Testament, not the Latin word. The word dikaios, dikaiosune, which didn’t mean to make righteous, but rather to regard as righteous, to count as righteous, to declare as righteous? And this was the moment of awakening for Luther. He said, “You mean, here Paul is not talking about the righteousness by which God Himself is righteous, but A righteousness that God gives freely by His grace to people who don’t have righteousness of their own.”

And so Luther said, “Woa, you mean the righteousness by which I will be saved, is not mine?” It’s what he called A justitia alienum, an alien righteousness; A righteousness that belongs properly to somebody else. It’s A righteousness that is extra nos, outside of us. Namely, the righteousness of Christ. And Luther said, “When I discovered that, I was born again of the Holy Ghost. And the doors of paradise swung open, and I walked through.”

Martin Luther’s Latin phrase, “Simul Justus et Peccator.”  Simul is the word from which we get the English word simultaneously. Or, it means ‘at the same time.’ Justus is the Latin word for just or righteous. And you all know what et is. Et the past tense of the verb ‘to eat.’ Have you et your dinner? No, you know that’s not what that means. You remember in the death scene of Caesar after he’s been stabbed by Brutus he says, “Et tu, Brute?” Then fall Caesar. And you too Brutus? It simply means and. Peccator means sinner. He was saying from one perspective, in one sense, we are just. In another sense, from A different perspective, we are sinners; and how he defines that is simple. In and of ourselves, under the analysis of God’s scrutiny, we still have sin; we’re still sinners.

 

 

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  Romans1;16 17

Zondervan Bible Commentary wrote,  “Paul must have paused here and pondered. Rome— what thoughts of grandeur, power and even pride the word must have evoked in Paul the Roman citizen! But, the gospel of Christ not only equalled but eclipsed the achievements of Rome. It too was something to be proud of, for it was God’s own means— as dynamic as the resurrection (cf. v. 4)— of saving anyone in the world whom entrusts himself to Him Romans 3:22) for all who believe. An offer made first in time to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Throughout  the epistle of Romans the Apostle Paul spell out the just or  righteous  shall  live by faith, and  it was Jesus Christ who is the righteous one  who, was without sin   sacrifice Himself on the cross as a sin offering, and became the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! For example in Romans 3; 21-24, God’s righteousness has been revealed  by the Law and the Prophets God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ. 

Romans 4; 5 and if believe in His atoning work then you will be redeemed from the curse of sin. Romans 5; 1-2,9  believes in Jesus Christ then you will be declared righteous by His blood than you will have peace with God instead of His Father wrath. , Philippians 3:9, Trusting and having faith in Jesus Christ instead trusting in the moral law which condemns only us. Finally, in Romans 8; 1 Therefore, no there is condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

One central theme that no matter what Satan does, saving faith cannot be destroyed Romans 8:31–39  Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

The Heidelberg Catechism question asks one What is thy only comfort in life and death? That I with body and soul, both in life, and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins  and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me  that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life  and makes me sincerely willing and ready; henceforth, to live unto him. 

1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel;  Reformed Bible Study wrote, “Although the gospel is folly to the cultured, Paul sees his message as divine wisdom (1 Cor. 1:22–25, 30), and is not embarrassed by God’s way of salvation.” He was willing to endure suffering, 2 Corinthians 11; 23-27, I’m talking like a madman—I’m a better one: with far more labors, many more imprisonments, far worse beatings, near death many times. Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans. Once I was stoned by my enemies. In 2 Corinthians 4; 16-18  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. But, Paul remained eager to preach the gospel in Rome. emissing a comma» In short the apostle Paul was willing endure hardship and suffering for sake of the gospel

1:16  Because it is God’s power for salvation; The King James Study Bible Notes wrote,” The power of God: The English words dynamite and dynamo are derived from the word “power.” If Paul were writing today, he would probably speak of atomic power. The gospel is so powerful that it takes people all the way into heaven. John MacArthur wrote,” ” The power of the gospel delivers people from lostness (Matt. 18:11), from the wrath of God (Rom. 5:9. ). Only God’s power is able to overcome man’s sinful nature and give him new life. As scripture declares,” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

 Reformed Bible Study wrote, Is essential because of humanity’s bondage to sin and Satan, and weakness and spiritual inability on account of sin  Believer Commentary wrote,” Paul was not ashamed to take God’s good news to sophisticated Rome, even though the message had proved to be a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks, for he knew that it is the power of God to salvation.” 

1:16 to everyone who believes, Believer Bible Commentary wrote That it is the power of God to salvation—that is, it tells how God by His power saves everyone who believes on His Son. Romans10;11-14, Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame  12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all  is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Galatians 3;28-29 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free  male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heir

1:16 first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; In Acts 1; 8  you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Sameria Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “The order for the Jew first and also for the Greek was fulfilled historically during the Acts period.” Reformed Bible Study wrote,” it  the pattern of Paul’s missionary outreach. Hence, in visiting the cities of the Roman world he began by expounding Scripture in the synagogues where possible, and he preached Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises (Acts 9:20; 13:5, 14; 14:1; 17:1, 17; 18:4, 19, 26; 19:8). Throughout Romans, Paul is careful not to deny the validity of the God-given privileges of His own people.” 

”NIV Study Bible Notes wrote,These privileges, however, were not extended to the Jews because of their superior merit or because of God’s partiality toward them (cf. Dt 7:7–11 and note on Dt 4:37).  It was necessary that the invasion of this world by the gospel began at a particular point with a particular people who in turn were responsible to carry that gospel to the other nations   This power is extended equally to Jews and Greeks.

Romans 1; 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.  John MacArthur wrote,” ” The power of the gospel delivers people from lostness (Matt. 18:11), from the wrath of God (Rom. 5:9. ). Only God’s power is able to overcome man’s sinful nature and give. Him new life

 Reformed Bible Study wrote, Is essential because of humanity’s bondage to sin and Satan, and weakness and spiritual inability on account of sin Believer Bible Commentary wrote That it is the power of God to salvation—that is, it tells how God by His power saves everyone who believes on His Son. This power is extended equally to Jews and Greeks.

Romans 1; 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, This is a key phrase in Romans (3:21; 5:19; 10:3), regularly explained in the letter as “righteousness… Through (or of) faith” (3:22; cf. 9:30; 10:6). 

Romans 1; 17   Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “ Since the word righteousness occurs here for the first time in the Letter, we will pause to consider its meaning. The word is used in several different ways in the NT, but we shall consider only three uses.

 John MacArthur wrote,” righteousness of God. Better translated, “righteousness from God.” A major theme of the book, appearing over 30 times in one form or another righteousness is the state or condition of perfectly conforming to God’s perfect law and holy character. Other terms from the same Gr. Root also occurs some 30 times and is usually translated “justified,” “justification” or similarly. Only God is inherently righteous (Deut. 32:4; Pss. 11:7; 116:5; John 17:25; 1 John 2:1; Rev. 16:5), and man falls woefully short of the divine standard of moral perfection (3:10, 23; Job 9:2; Matt. 5:48). 

Believer Bible Commentary wrote,” the righteousness of God can refer to His method of justifying ungodly sinners. He can do this and still be righteous because Jesus as the sinless Substitute has satisfied all the claims of divine justice. Finally, the righteousness of God refers to the perfect standing which God provides for those who believe on His Son (2 Cor. 5:21). Those who are not in themselves righteous are treated as if they were righteous because God sees them in all the perfection of Christ. Righteousness is imputed to their account.

Furthermore, they wrote,” The righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel. First, the gospel tells us that God’s righteousness demands that sins be punished, and the penalty is eternal death. But, then we hear that God’s love provided what His righteousness demanded. He sent His Son to die as a Substitute for sinners, paying the penalty in full. Now because His righteous claims have been fully satisfied, God can righteously save all those who avail themselves of the work of Christ. 

Matthew Henry wrote,” Paul so much triumphs in, is the righteousness of God revealed. Our misery and ruin being the product and consequent of our iniquity that which will show us the way of salvation must needs show us the way of justification, and this the gospel does. The gospel makes known a righteousness. While God is a just and holy God, and we are guilty sinners, it is necessary we should have a righteousness wherein to appear before him; and, blessed be God, there is such a righteousness brought in by Messiah the prince (Dan. 9:24) and revealed in the gospel; a righteousness that is, a gracious method of reconciliation and acceptance, notwithstanding the guilt of our sins.”

Dr Ken Boa wrote, “God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel! The pagan power of Rome (like the pagan nation of Babylon in Habakkuk’s day) is no match for the power of God which is the gospel, Paul says. Do not think that God’s power is absent—it is here in the gospel! And God’s righteousness will be revealed against all manner of sin everywhere. Rather than thinking you are powerless to change Rome, the gospel gives you the power of God to change lives.” Without Christ mankind would be help less and without hope. Justification by faith give us hope

 

 

 

 

The Essential of Believing

The Essential of Believing

 

The word believes appears seven times in 11th chapter Gospel of John verses 11:15, 11:25, 11:26, 11:27, 11:40, 11:41, 42, 11:45, and 11:48. Nelison New Illustrated Bible Dictionary define believe ,” to place one’s trust in God’s truth; one who takes God at His word and trusts in Him for salvation. A belief that saves is one that rests in the finished work of Christ; it trusts God alone for salvation. Believers are those who have trusted God with their will as well as their mind. “ The Greek word I pisteuo (πιστεύωis a verb the  noun is peitho the Adjective is pistos meaning  “to be persuaded of,” and hence, “to place confidence in, or trust in,  or having faith. In short, Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be, and that He will do what He has promised to do, and then to expect this of Him.

11:15 I’m glad for you that I wasn’t there so that you may believe the Greek word is πιστεύσητε found three times It means Strengthen  their faith in Jesus  three times in New Testament  Since the disciple already believe Jesus able performed miracles where Jesus turned water into wine at the Cana wedding found 2:11 John MacArthur wrote  The resurrection of Lazarus was designed to strengthen His disciples’ faith in Him as the Messiah and Son of God in the face of the strong Jewish rejection of Him. They were able to endure sever persecution because they witness resurrection of Lazarus who dead for four days who was buried in a grave. 

11:25 Everyone who lives and believes the Greek word is pisteuōn is mentioned 24 times in New Testament in John 3;;15-18 the pisteuon is four times 3:15 that whoever believes will in Him have eternal; 3:16 that whoever believes {pisteuei} in Him shall not perish, 3:18 He who believes {piteuon} in Him is not judged; and he who does not believe {piteuon} has been judged. John MacArthur wrote This phrase (lit. “To believe into the name”) means more than mere intellectual assent to the claims of the gospel. It includes to trust and commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior which result in receiving a new nature. In short, if than If you trust His name, you trust Him. 11:26 Do you believe {pisteuei} this?”

11:27 “I believe {pepisteuka} Convince or persuaded without doubt You are the Messiah, the Son of God, refers to something that began in the past and has continuing results further believing, It only mention twice in  2 Timothy 1:12  John 11:27  John Calvin wrote.” Now when Martha confesses that it was he who was to come into the world, she strengthens her faith by the predictions of the prophets. Hence it follows, that we ought to expect from him the full restoration of all things and perfect happiness; and, in short, that he was sent to erect and prepare the true and perfect state of the kingdom of God. In  Timothy, 1:12 the Apostle Paul was persuaded that willing to suffer and sever persecution and beheaded for the sake gospel notice that Martha made this confession before Jesus had raised her brother from the dead and not afterwards!

11:40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed {pisteusēs} you would see the glory of God? The Greek is pisteusēs means to have faith; i.e., Credit; by implication, to entrust and it found  two times in The New Testament 

In John 11:27  Martha declared that Jesus was Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world. Christ reminded her of His previous statements (11:25–27) she also stated in 

John 11;21-22 “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Yet, even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.” She also stated in  11:24 that brother would arise in the last days   Warren Wiersbe wrote, “He urged her to continue believe. True faith relies on God’s promises and thereby releases God’s power.                                                          Martha had tremendous faith in Jesus and witness and can testify in how Jesus performed many miracles such as casting out demons, healing the sick, and raising widow son Nain found I

 Luke 7:11–17 and Jairus’ daughter found in Luke 8:52–56.  Any normal person would have remind of the stench due to rotting decay of the corpse.  As Matthew Hendy wrote, ”Dead bodies (saith Dr. Hammond) after a revolution of the humours, which is completed in seventy-two hours, naturally and to putrefaction; and the Jews say that by the fourth day after death the body is so altered that one cannot be sure it is such a person.                                                                                     However, there are times where all believes has moment  of doubt, unbelief, and distrust in Martha mind his brother was truly dead or pastor once stated he really was dead due to the decay and stench. However, this is the evident and prove beyond a shadow doubt   he was dead due to the decaying of the corpse bad odour Exhibited A. Matthew Henry wrote,” Yet this distrustful word of hers served to make the miracle both the more evident and the more illustrious; by this it appeared that he w as truly dead, and not in a trance; for, though the posture of a dead body might be counterfeited, the smell could not.”  Remember Martha remove the stone and trusted Jesus

11:41, 42  because of the crowd standing here I said this, so they may believe you (pisteusōsin} is mention four times meaning is self-serving (without sacred meaning), or the believing that leads to/proceeds from God’s in birthing of faith. Believer Bible Commentary wrote Jesus prayed audibly so that the people might believe that the Father had sent Jesus.  Holdman Bible Commentary wrote The purpose of the prayer was to create faith in the hearts of those standing around the tomb of Lazarus wondering what would happen next. Matthew Henry Commentary wrote,  “But why should Christ give this public intimation of his obtaining this miracle by prayer? He adds, It is because of the people who stand by, that they may believe that thou hast sent me; for prayer may preach.”                                 

And how can they believe (pisteusōsin}  without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? 

Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what,  He did believed{episteusan} in Him  22 times episteusan is mention in the New Testament

John 11;25- 27.45 : 25 Jesus said to her, “I am( the resurrection and the life. The one who believes {pisteuwn}  in Me, even if he dies, will live. 26 Everyone who lives and believes {pisteuwn} in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe{pisteuei} this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe {pepisteuka} You are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.”

45 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed{episteusan} in Him

The words believe appears seven times in 11th chapter Gospel of John in verse in verse 25 the Greek. The word is pisteuwn to  meaning; to entrust a thing to one, or to have confidence in. To trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing 

In Verse, 27 the Greek word is   pepisteuka meaning I am convinced or to persuade or having the power of persuading, skilful in producing belief.  Trusty, faithful that can be relied on. The word only appears twice in The New Testament John 11:27 “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe {pepisteuka} You are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.and 2 Timothy 1:12 and who is why I suffer these things. But, I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed {pepisteuka} in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Verse 45 the Greek words is episteusan 22 times New Testament episteusan it uses for example, Matthew 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe {episteusan} him. Tax collectors and prostitutes did believe {episteusan} him, but you, when you saw it, didn’t even change your minds then and believe him. John 11;22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed {episteusan} the Scripture, and the statement Jesus had made. Mark 16; 11; 13-14 1 Yet, when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe {episteusan} it And they went and reported it to the rest, which did not believe {episteusan} them either.  Later, He appeared to the Eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table. He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe {episteusan} those who saw Him after He had been resurrected

 11:45,  Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed {episteusan} in Him; episteusan is mentioned 22 times in The New Testament. Remember Lazarus was dead four days and buried in tomb  and decay was setting.  When stone had been roll back the stench would have been unbearable and he wearing was  linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth looking like mummy he came tomb. Believer Bible Commentary wrote,” To many of the onlookers, this miracle unmistakably proclaimed the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they believed in Him. Who else but God could call forth a body from the grave after it had been dead for four days?  

Note the phase; saw what He did believed {episteusan} in Him {Jesus}  another example would found in John 2:23  23 While He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many trusted or believed {episteusan} in His name when they saw the signs He was doing. Or 2:22 they believed {episteusan}  the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made. For example, if someone confess his sins to Jesus and lift the burden from them than they would believe {episteusan} Jesus is the Son Of God man of His word you can trust him

11:48 If we let Him continue in this way, everyone will believe {pisteusousin} in Him! Then, the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation.” 

The pisteusousin appear only once in The New Testament found in 11:48. Even thou Lazarus had been raised from the grave. The Sanhedrin and the Pharisee still refuse believe in Jesus. Even thou they admitted that He performed many signs and miracles.  They were more concern that Roman would come destroyed take away there right and freedom they more concern about their  status. In John, 12:10 The chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death. Because of Lazarus, many of the Jews … believed {episteuon} in Jesus.  F B wrote  Meyer wrote,” The leaders felt they could no longer remain inactive. If they did not intervene, the mass of the people would be persuaded by the miracles of Jesus. If the people thus acknowledged Jesus to be their King, it would mean trouble with Rome. The Romans would think that Jesus had come to overthrow their empire; they would then move in and punish the Jews. The expression “take away both our place and nation” means that the Romans would destroy the temple and scatter the Jewish people. These very things took place in A.D. 70—not, however, because the Jews accepted the Lord, but rather because they rejected Him.”

 Warren Wierebe wrote, “While we thank God for what the Bible teaches (and all Martha had was the Old Testament), we realize that we are saved by the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and not by a doctrine wrote in a book. When we know Him by faith, we need not fear the shadow of  death.  When you are sick, you want a doctor and not a medical book or a formula. When you are being sued, you want a lawyer and not a law book. Likewise, when you face your last enemy, death, you want the Savior, and not a doctrine has written in a book. In Jesus Christ, every doctrine is made personal (1 Cor. 1:30). When you belong to Him, you have all that you will ever need in life, death, time, or eternity!”

The three key words in turning. Your life to Christ is; Confess {to admitted you’re wrong and God is right}. To Repent {to change one mind or do a 180} Believe {to trust or have faith} in Jesus who came into the world to redeemed mankind from the Adam and Eve curse. Would leads To Forgiveness to be release from  burdensome a tasks  

As scripture declares, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe {(pisteuein} in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Note you believe {(pisteuein} in Him or  in Christ meaning a union or connection between Christ and the believer.  

 

 

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Lent

Lent

Got a Question define lent  a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday In which they give up their favourite items; for example, your favourite beverage, or food Its six weeks of self-discipline. Lent began as a way for Catholics to remind themselves of the value of repentance. The austerity of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Esther 4:1-3; Jeremiah 6:26; Daniel 9:3).

While there is value in repenting and fasting, and pleases God when we repent of sinful habits. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting aside some time to focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection. However, repenting of sin is something we should be doing every day of the year, not just for the 46 days of Lent.

To me, we should be spent more on time focusing on Jesus death on the cross and His resurrection from the grave.

George Macleod wrote these words, “I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek … at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died for. And that is what He died about. That is where churchmen ought to be and what churchmen ought to be about.”

 Stuart my brother told me this story about Jesus carrying the cross-prior to his execution. He kept falling down, however, He kept getting back up because He had a mission to accomplish to be obedient His Father will and this work had to be accomplished. While this narrative is not found in the Bible. Yet, His  mission was to take mankind place because of the curse of sins. On the account of Adam and Eve disobeying  God’s ordinance by eating the forbidden fruits. 

 

1 Timothy 1;15-17  This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience for instance to those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen

1:15 This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. Trustworthy is adjective meaning worthy of confidence or able to be relied on as honest or truthful. The Greek word is pistikos original is word πιστικός meaning: genuine, pure, or trustworthy. Amplified Bible wrote, The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, 

NIV Study Bible Notes wrote A clause found nowhere else in the NT but used five times in the Pastorals (here; 3:1; 4:9; 2Ti 2:11; Titus 3:8) to identify a key teaching. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “Men can afford to believe this statement with implicit trust. Indeed, to disbelieve it is unreasonable and unwise. It is worthy of all acceptance because it applies to all, tells what, God has done for all and extended the gift of salvation to all.”

1:15 “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”    In Jesus said Matt. 9:13; For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners and furthermore he states Luke 19:10.  For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost and, lastly he utter these words to  Nicodemus in John 3:17  For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Sum up why Jesus came to save sinner

 KJV Commentary wrote, “The prime purpose of Christ’s coming was not to teach nor to heal nor to be an example, but to save sinners !

Believer Bible Commentary, “That he can somehow contribute to his own salvation. But, the gospel insists that all the glory for the work of salvation must go to Christ alone, that man does nothing but the sinning, and that the Lord Jesus does all the saving. Why did He come? To save sinners. It was not to save good people (there were none!). Neither was it to save those who kept the law perfectly (none had done this either.

 Matthew Henry sum it up well,” Here we have the sum of the whole gospel that Jesus Christ came into the world. The Son of God took upon him our nature, was made flesh, and dwelt among us, John 1:14. He came into the world, not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, Matt. 9:13. His errand into the world was to seek and find, and so save, those that were lost, Luke 19:10.” As scripture declares, ”you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins!!!!

 

1:15 I am the worst of them or chief of sinner Remember the apostle Paul was Saul Tarsus who witness and approve the stoning of Stephen. The first martyr and proceed  to eradicate the church in infancy stage Where he went to the high priest and requested letters from them,  so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way. If He not encounter Jesus on Damascus Road, he would likely eliminate the Church. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, Reverting to the story of his life, Paul recounted the savage, and unremitting campaign he waged against the followers of the Christian faith. With all his strength, he opposed the name of Jesus of Nazareth. With authority from the chief priests, he imprisoned many of the Christians in Jerusalem. When they stood trial before the Sanhedrin, he cast his vote against them consistently. Over and over again he arranged punishment for those whom he found in every synagogue, and he did all he could to force them to deny their Lord.

In 1Timothy 1:13 In  one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man Believer Bible Commentary wrote That Paul had broken the Ten Commandments before his conversion is abundantly evident from this verse. He speaks of himself as formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man. As a blasphemer, he spoke evil concerning the Christians and their Leader, Jesus. As a persecutor, he sought to put Christians to death because he felt that this new sect posed a threat to Judaism. In carrying out his evil plan, he took delight in committing insolent, violent, and outrageous acts against the believers. Where in Acts 22:4; 26:10, 11. Describes his intention  

Where Jesus forgave  him and commission him to preach the gospel among the Gentiles. Where Jesus stated these words, “I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them  to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.” In Paul own words he wrote,” For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” And This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah

Believe Bible Commentary wrote n 1 Corinthians 15:9 (written about A.D. 57), Paul called himself “the least of the apostles.” Then in Ephesians 3:8 (written about A.D. 60), he called himself “less than the least of all saints.” Now in 1 Timothy 1:15, written some years later, he calls himself the chief of sinners. Here, we have an outline of Paul’s progress in Christian humility. 

NIV Study Bible Notes wrote The closer one gets to a holy God, the more the magnitude of one’s sin becomes evident (cf. Isa 6:5; see 1Co 15:9; Eph 3:8

The closer the believer walks with God. The more wretched they feel. They come realize that God is holy. As Isaiah declares, Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King,  the Lord of Hosts. 

1:16   But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them. The Orthodox Study Bible wrote, “ Paul, as a former rebel toward God and persecutor of the Church (Acts 9:1–3), gives glory to God for his calling as an apostle. Throughout the OT and NT and church history, the greatest sinners have often become most notable saints (Moses, Rahab, David, Photini—the woman at the well, Matthew, Paul, St. Mary of Egypt). Believer Bible Commentary wrote This explains why Paul obtained mercy. It was so that he might be an exhibit of the longsuffering of Jesus Christ. Just as he had been the chief of sinners, so now he would be the chief display of the untiring grace of the Lord. He would be “Exhibit A,” a living example, as William Kelly said, of “divine love rising above the most active hostility, of divine longsuffering exhausting the most varied and persistent antagonism. 

 

The Apostle Paul was a Hebrew of Hebrews from the tribe of Benjamin, and a member of the Pharisees who demanded the strictest obedience to the Jewish law and enforced  it. When he encounter Jesus on the Damascus Road, He changed thinking and saw himself as good for nothing miserable wretched man, Jesus forgave him and declared Paul righteous   Paul never forgot the Damascus Road experience found in Acts 9:1–9; Acts 22:6–11; and  Acts 26:9–20. Where Jesus forgave him, and chose mercy instead justice  and was commission by Christ to preach the gospel among the Gentiles Galatians 1:11-16

1:16 Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience. Pass failure does not mean God will nullify any future blessing. Usually, a ministry starts in the individual life and men and women know that they have been forgiven, and no longer bear the guilt of sin. Orthodox Study Bible, Throughout the OT and NT and church history, the greatest sinners have often become most notable saints (Moses, Rahab, David, Photini—the woman at the well, Matthew, Paul, St. Mary of Egypt)

For example, Moses committed murder 2:12  by killing Egyptian because he was beating a Hebrew slave, one of his people, and buried his body in the sand, He wrote first five of the Tora and Jewish into promise land. He wrote first five of the Tora and Jewish into promise land. He also predicted a prophet Deuteronomy 18:18 that prophet was Jesus Christ is our Mediator.   

King David committed adultery, murder, and covered it up. He composes 75 psalms Psalm 51, and Psalms 32, and 40:12  my sins have overtaken me; I am unable to see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my courage leaves me Known by God as a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. Jesus Christ our Savour was a descendant of David who redeemed mankind from the curse of sin. 

Manasseh son of  king Hezekiah was most wicked more wicked than Amorites. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritualists. So God sent the Assyrians that captured Manasseh and took him away to exile (2 Chronicles 33:11). While in exile, “In his distress he had sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. And when he had prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then, Manasseh knew that the Lord is God” (2 Chronicles 33:12–13

Apostle Peter denied Jesus Christ three times, preached the first gospel Acts 2;22-38 was leader in Christian movement boldly proclaim the gospel through out Acts and wrote two epistles in The New Testament  and lifted and encourages the persecuted saints throughout Asia

John Mark  Acts 13:13  on first missionary trip pack he’s and went home. The apostle Paul didn’t accept it (15:38) create dissension between Paul and Barnabas (15:36–40 He  trained under Apostle Peter and Paul known as second greatest missionary and wrote the gospel of Mark

Susan Atkins was charged for committing seven murder and found guilty  While Susan Aiken holding Sharon Tate she pleaded with Tex and Susan to spare her, and her eight-month baby, she uttered these words, ”Look bitch, I don’t care about you. I don’t care if you’re going to have a baby or not. You’re going to die, and I don’t feel anything about it.” She felt no guilt in her mind Sharon look like store mannequin.

In September of 1974, Jesus knocked  her hardened heart, and she accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord went was her bitter heart, and replace with a soft heart. According to Susan Christ, she was assured  that  from the depths of her soul that  she was forgiven and “Old things had passed away and behold all things have became new,”  II Corinthians 5:17   Her favourite verse is  Matthew 3;8   Therefore produce fruit  consistent with repentance. On her death, she uttered Psalm 23; Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me. When she encounter Jesus He utter  these words, For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” On the  account His sacrifice on the cross where her terrible deed she committed on August ninth and tenth will remember their sins no more

Tex Watson committed seven murders On November 30th, 1969 he was arrested charge seven count murder was  found guilty. One day He was attending chapel service, and  he heard a message on one 1Timothy1; 15-16; “ This is a trustworthy and deserved full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners “–and I am the worst of them. But, I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience for instance to those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Tex than confess repent, and believed in Christ.  There was a peace and ecstatic joy that he never felt before in his life. When he had gone back to his  cell, he looked into the mirror, and he saw a smile on his face that brightened up his cell.

 Both Tex and Susan learned over  time that bitterness is an awful weed that consumed your heart, soul, and mind As scripture states,  has changed and became a new creature In Christ he learned to forgive himself as Christ did.

Susan Labianca daughter of Rosemary Labianca forgave Tex for killing her parents view as a brother in Christ.

According to  since Susan became a follower of Christ as a Christian she felt an obligation to forgive Tex for killing his mother and step dad, because Tex was a bro preserved her in the Lord, and has committed his life to Christ. 

  Never mind David Berowitz known as son of Sam who six people and wounded seven others Ted Bundy admitted to killing 36 young women Jeffery Duhmar murder dismembered eat them and preserved the body 17 young boys All these people found Christ and took ownership of their crimes. 

NKJV Study Bible wrote’” All those who place their trust in Jesus for salvation will be saved from the coming judgment.”

 

1:16 Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience. The prophet Jeremiah was chosen by God before he formed in the womb to be a prophet. The Apostle Paul set aside at birth by God, Jesus declare to Ananias “Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles

 

1:16 for instance to those who would believe {pisteuein}  in Him for eternal life; believe on Him: is found over 185 times in the NT.  

In  John 3;14-16   Jesus predicted these words to Nicodemus,  “so the Son of Man must be lifted up, {crucifixion}15 so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.  So that, everyone who believes in Him will not perish but has eternal life.” 

Note; for eternal life. Jesus promise those who believe in His atoning on the cross. They would inherit eternal life  

NKJV Study Bible wrote, “The sole condition given for salvation is belief, having faith or trust in Jesus Christ. The gospel is that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose on the third day. All those who place their trust in Jesus for salvation will be saved from the coming judgment.” 

1:17  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.    

John MacArthur wrote,” God receives all the praise for sovereignly saving Paul. This is one of the many doxologies Paul wrote (cf. Rom. 11:33–36)

Orthodox Study Bible, “Paul, as a former rebel toward God and persecutor of the Church (Acts 9:1–3), gives glory to God for his calling as an apostle.” 

Holman New Testament wrote,” the foundation of Christian belief that God is—to this trustworthy, incomparable, self-existent God of is rich in mercy and love be honor and glory for ever and ever.

The women who led to the Lord gave me some advise simply just say thank you for forgiving me for all my sins.  

 

 

 

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Seven Last Words Of Jesus Christ

Seven Last Words Of Jesus Christ

 

According to Walter M. Chandler was a lawyer and elected to Congress. AlsoHe served as member of the faculty and lecturer at the American Expeditionary Force University at Beaune, France, during World War I. Wrote the following What happened to Jesus is the greatest travesty of justice the world will ever see.  “The pages of human history present no stronger case of judicial murder than the trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, for the simple reason that all forms of law were outraged and trampled under foot in the proceedings instituted against Him. 

No legal basis existed for Jesus’ arrest. There were no formal charges registered against him. The trial was held at night instead during the day.  

The High Priest’s charge of blasphemy (cursing God or assuming to oneself the rights and qualities of God), which was used to justify sentencing Jesus to death, found in    Mark14:60-63 .They all condemned him as worthy of death  Mark 14:64 . Jewish law forbid the sentencing of death in any location. Also Jewish law expressly forbids a person from judging a case if they are already negatively biased either against the accused or the accuser                                     

  • The final sentence was pronounced in the High Priest’s palace (house) see Mark 14:53. It was illegal to sentence someone to die in any location other than the court’s Great Sanhedrin’s appointed place, which was a chamber in Jerusalem’s temple known as the chamber of hewn stones. 

The Jewish method executing the  guilty party is stoning found in Exodus 21:28. Only the Romans had authority to execute criminals; however, they could not use blasphemy. Under Roman law, the Jewish leaders could not put anyone to death.Since Pilate alone had the power to enforce the death penalty, The Roman method of execution is crucifixion.  Jesus predicted what kind of death he would die. As “Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.”

Jesus uttered these words to the Sanhedrin , the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the Power of God. And  also said “You say that I am.

According to Jewish Law, however, it deserved death Lv 24:16, this also included false claims to be the Messiah. To the Jews, this was blasphemy and should be punished by death.

Accordingly Roman laws punishment by death included extreme criminals, political or religious agitators, pirates, or those who had no civil  rights. Only the Goverment the district had the authority executed 

 

 

Crucifixion was for slaves and extreme criminals, political or religious agitators, pirates, or those who had no civil  rights. The condemned wore a stone tablet around the their neck, and was nail to the top cross. Declaring the nature of the crime they have committed a warning to onlooking not to defy the Roman government.

So the chief priests and the Pharisees brought Jesus to Pilate who was the Government of Judah . Pilate said, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” They responded, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” So Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death. 

The chief priests and the Pharisees said to Pilate  If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.  So Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death. The Jews admitted rhe real reason, why they brought Jesus to Pilate   according Lv 24:16  He  must die, because He made Himself the Son of God or the Messiah

They later accused Jesus of subverting the nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caesar ,to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is the Messiah, a King.

Remember Pilate heard about Jesus, and  knew about large crowds to see Jesus and  report written about Him   and saw that it was quite clear that He wasn’t leading a military revolution or revolt. There was simply no evidence to support the Jewish leaders charges.

 In Luke 23:13 “You have brought me this man as one who subverts the people. But in fact, after examining Him in your presence, I have found no grounds( to charge this man with those things you accuse Him of.  Neither has Herod, because he sent Him back to us. Clearly, He has done nothing to deserve death. 

In Mark 15:6 At the festival it was Pilate’s custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested. There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder. So Pilate ask them, “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews or Barabbas,

But, the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to asked to release Barabbas, and crucify Jesus. 

“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But, they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting; he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our  children!  Then, he released Barabbas even thou he was  guilty of rebellion and murder,and Pilate found Jesus not guilty and sent Him to be still executed.   Jesus took Barabbas placed and mankind as well. NKJV Study Bible wrote Jesus never did anything wrong. Yet He died for our sins, so that we could be declared righteous before a His Father    

Even thou Jesus committed no sin but He was treated as if He was worst of sinner John MacArthur wrote God treated Him as if He committed believers’ sins, and treats believers as if they did only the righteous deeds of the sinless Son of God. As scripture declares,” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

A case for Christ wrote, “A summary of the gospel. Christ, the only entirely righteous one, at Calvary took our sin upon himself and endured the punishment we deserved , namely, death and separation from God.”  As scriptures declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

 

  • Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing. Luke 23:34 :  Between the crowds .Jewish leader and the two thieves mocking Him.  Instead cursing themJesus pray for them. Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”Who knows what a Niagara of divine wrath was averted by this prayer! Morgan comments on the Savior’s loveIn the soul of Jesus there was no resentment; no anger, no lurking desire for punishment upon the men who were maltreating Him. Men have spoken in admiration of the mailed fist. When I hear Jesus thus pray, I know that the only place for the mailed fist is in hell                     Since they were unaware  of the full scope of their wickedness. They did not recognize Him as the true Messiah. Orthodox Study Bible wrote,”This intercession is not only for those who sentenced and crucified Jesus, but for all of humanity—a people who have no insight into the profound                                              mystery of God’s salvation. As scripture declares,Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Jesus declared furthermore scribe declares,”7Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice. Jesus did not sin during time

 

  • “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:43 The thief who asked Christ for salvation received it The thief and who mock  Christ will be with Jesus in paradise. He asked Christ for salvation received it

Charles R. Erdman writes:”This story reveals the truth to us that salvation is conditioned upon repentance and faith. However, it contains other important messages also. It declares that salvtion is independent of sacraments. The thief had never been baptized, nor had he partaken of the Lord’s Supper…. He did in fact boldly profess his faith in the presence of a hostile crowd and amid the taunts and jeers of rulers and soldiers, yet he was saved without any formal rites. It is further evident that salvation is independent of good works…. It is also seen that there is no “sleep of the soul.” The body may sleep, but consciousness exists after death. Again it is evident that there is no “purgatory.” Out of a life of sin and shame, the penitent robber passed immediately into a state of blessedness. Again it may be remarked that salvation is not universal. There were two robbers; only one was saved. Last of all it may be noted that the very essence of the joy which lies beyond death consists in personal communion with Christ. The heart of the promise to the dying thief was this: “Thou shalt be with me.” This is our blessed assurance, that to depart is “to be with Christ” which is “very far better.”“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? 

 

  • “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15;3Matt. 27:46) .;  Mark D Roberson wrote, “This side of heaven, we will never fully know what Jesus was experiencing in this moment. I can write these words. I can say, truly, that the Father abandoned the Son for our sake, for the salvation of the world. But can I really grasp the mystery and the majesty of this truth? Hardly. As Martin Luther once said, “God forsaking God. Who can understand it?” Yet even my minuscule grasp of this reality calls me to confession, to humility, to worship, to adoration.

Believer Bible Commentary wrote God had forsaken Him because in His holiness He must dissociate Himself from sin. The Lord Jesus had identified Himself with our sins and was paying the penalty in full. Resulting from God’s wrath being poured out on Him as the substitute for sinners.

Case for Christ Study Bible wrote A summary of the gospel. Christ, the only entirely righteous one, at Calvary took our sin upon himself and endured the punishment we deserved (see NIV text note), namely, death and separation from God. Thus, by a marvelous exchange, he made it possible for us to receive his righteousness and thereby be reconciled to God 

Christ love mankind where He willingly went to the cross and sacrifice Himself on it and took our sins and His Father wrath to bridge the gap between His Father and mankind

Holman Commentary wrote  God’s holiness and justice made the cross an absolute necessity. Events at the crucifixion happened as they did so “the scripture might be fulfilled”

 

  • “I am thirsty.” John 19:28 After that, when Jesus perceived that all things were performed, so that the scripture would be fulfilled in Ps 69:21  They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Also Ps 22.15 My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth    Reformation Study Bible wrote The worst ordeal, that of bearing in the place of His people the wrath of God against sin (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34), appears to be over. Believer Commentary wrote“I thirst!” indicated real, physical thirst, which was intensified by crucifixion. But it also reminds us that, greater than His physical thirst was His spiritual thirst for the salvation of the souls of men.

 

  • “It is finished! “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” John 19;30   Jesus died as a victor and had “finished and possible the redeemed enter heaven gate. John 17:4 Jesus stated,”I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.                       Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”He had glorified the Father by His sinless life, by His miracles, by His suffering and death, and by His resurrection. He had finished the work of salvation the Father had given Him to do”. 

JC Rdyle wrote,”The crucifixion brought glory to the Father. It glorified His wisdom, faithfulness, holiness, and love. It showed Him wise, in providing a plan whereby He could be just, and yet the justifier of the ungodly.—It showed Him faithful in keeping His promise, that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head.—It showed Him holy, in requiring His law’s demands to be satisfied by our great Substitute.—It showed Him loving, in providing such a Mediator, such a Redeemer, and such a Friend for sinful man as His co-eternal Son. 

NKJV Study Bible wrote “Having fulfilled every command of the Father and every prophecy of Scripture, Jesus voluntarily died. This was not a cry of exhaustion, but of completion. Jesus had done what He had agreed to do.” Than He gave up His spirit

 In Luke 23.38, Matthew 27:37  John 19:19  Mark 15:26 it stated,  “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” The inscription was written in three languages, Greek and Latin and Hebrew. Indeed a fitting title for Jesus our Messiah. As scripture declares, “ His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns, and he had a name written that no one knew but he himself. 

 

  • “Dear woman, here is your son   John  19; 26 Since Jesus as the eldest son was responsible for his mother’s care, entrusting this responsibility to another before he died was important.

 

Jesus here instructed John to care for Mary as if she were his own mother. John obeyed and took Mary to his own home.

Boice wrote The real meaning of this episode is that Jesus was caring for his mother and thus fulfilling the Old Testament commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother”   Exodus 20:12 

  Peter John and James were predominate disciple in Jesus circle on personal note would I being honour if Jesus chose me tend Jesus mother needs  As John was honour as well. As scripture declares, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. 

The first three chapter of Luke was likely told by Mary  as Luke stated  just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. On personal I would love to be fly on the wall while Mary was relating the account about Jesus to  John Luke and others.  

Mary was there when Jesus was crucify on the account her sins and all of mankind as well. As scripture declares “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 

http://www.jesuschristsavior.net/Words.html 

http://www.graspinggod.com/seven-last-words-of-christ.html

 

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/series/the-seven-last-words-of-christ-reflections-for-holy-week/

Jesus Birth Part Five

Luke 2; 21-40 

Mary The Mother Of Our Lord

 

Mary the mother Of Our Lord was a young maiden who found favour with the Lord found in Luke1:31. Who gave birth to a son name Jesus or Yeshua or Joshua meaning the Lord is our salvation. Mary was righteous in God the sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. She knew her Old Testament reciting it 12 times in the magnificat found Luke1; 46-55   and, was aware of the convent between God and her ancestor’s Abraham. God chose wisely when He picked Mary to be the mother of our Lord In Luke 2:22  when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses. 

NIV Studies Bible Notes wrote concerning purification. Following the birth of a son, the mother had to wait 40 days before going to the temple to offer a sacrifice for her purification. If she could not afford a lamb and a pigeon (or dove), then two pigeons (or doves) would be acceptable (see Lev 12:2–8 and notes; cf. Lev 5:11). NKJV Study Bible wrote,” Her purification refers to a ceremony in which a new mother of a son was declared ceremonially clean again (see Lev. 12:6). Reformation Study Bible wrote The need for purification arose from the mother’s being ceremonially unclean for seven days after the birth of a son. For another thirty-three days she was to keep away from holy things (these times were doubled for a daughter, Lev. 12:1–5).

Luke 2:23 Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord Believer Commentary wrote,” God had decreed that the firstborn sons belonged to Him; they were to form the priestly class (Ex. 13:2). 

John Calvin wrote,” This was another exercise of piety which was discharged by Joseph and Mary. The Lord commanded, that all the males should be dedicated to him, in remembrance of their deliverance; because, when the angel slew all the first-born of Egypt, Exodus. 12:29, he had spared the first-born of Israel. “On the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, I hallowed unto me all the first-born in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the Lord,” (Num. 3:13.), That Luke so frequently repeats the statement, that Joseph and Mary did what was written in the law of the Lord. For these words teach us, that we must not, at our own suggestion, attempt anything in the worship of God, but must obediently follow what he requires in his Word.

Luke 2:24 stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. MacArthur Study Bible wrote Mary’s offering indicates that she and Joseph were poor (v. 24). To Jerusalem. A journey of about 6 mi. from Bethlehem. To present Him to the Lord. The dedication of the firstborn son was also required by Moses’ law (v. 23, cf. Ex. 13:2, 12–15). Like Zechariah and Elizabeth both, Mary and Joseph observed and kept the moral and ceremonial laws, and was declared righteous in God’s sight

 

 Simeon’s Prophetic Praise And Anna’s Testimony

 

Simeon was righteous and devout and was filled with the Holy Spirit found Luke 2:25; In Luke 2:26 the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. In Luke 2:27 ;Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. Where Joseph and Mary brought in the child named Jesus , where he blessed and praising God saying, Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation. 

 

2:25  Israel’s consolation meaning; a name for the Messiah in common use among the Jews, probably suggested by Isaiah 12:1; 49:13. The Greek word thus rendered (Luke 2:25, paraklesis) is kindred to that translated “Comforter” in John 14:16, etc., parakletos. 

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/consolation-of-israel/ 

 

Luke 2:28–32  Nunc Dimittis is Latin Vulgate translation, meaning “You may now dismiss or Now you are letting depart.” , Also called the Song of Simeon, in The New Testament, a brief hymn of praise sung by the aged Simeon who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. Vulgate Bible: Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum, in pace, “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised.” 

 

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Nunc-Dimittis 

  

2:34  Indeed, this child; destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel  Believer Commentary wrote, “Those who were arrogant, unrepentant, and unbelieving would fall and be punished. Those who humbled themselves, repented of their sins, and received the Lord Jesus would rise and be blessed. 

Reformed Bible Study wrote,” If the “fall and rising” applies to one group, then it means they must be humbled in repentance before they can rise into salvation. If it describes two groups, then it indicates that those who reject Jesus will fall eternally, but those who accept Him will rise to be with God.”

King James Studies Bible Notes wrote,” Jesus’ coming will bring deliverance, but also division, and anguish. Both redemption and judgment are bound up in His advent.

In Acts, 2:37 they came under deep conviction and repented, confess and believed found in Acts 2:38  Where the Jewish leaders were enraged and wanted to kill them found in Acts 5; 33. One believed in Christ atoning worked and will inherit eternal life with Christ and those who reject Him will enter into a Christ less eternal  Believer Commentary wrote,” There was a special significance connected with the Person of Christ. His very presence on earth proved a tremendous rebuke to sin and unholiness, and thus brought out the bitter animosity of the human heart. There will be day Jesus will remove His Savour clothes and will be a judge or a warrior. There will be two types of people those who believe in Jesus inherit everlasting life in glory, and those who do not believe will be tossed into the lake of fire living in excruciating agony. 

My prayer that those who do not believe will accept the message of  the cross, and repent and seek forgiveness right now  on this side of glory. After they die, it would be too late !

 

2:35   a sword will pierce your own soul; many hearts may be revealed; NIV Studies Bible Notes; wrote; The word “too” indicates that Mary, as well as Jesus, would suffer deep anguish—the first reference in this Gospel to Christ’s suffering and death. John 19:25 the first reference in this Gospel to Christ’s suffering and death. Believer Commentary wrote,” Simeon was here predicting the grief which would flood Mary’s heart when she would witness the crucifixion of her Son (John 19:25) Since Mary Jesus mother she would feel the anguish when she witness Her Son dying on the cross and being rejected by His own people

Holdman Bible Commentary “Such response to a Son is difficult for a mother. Her heart would be pierced as if by a sword, broken apart because of the treatment her Son must suffer. God has provided a Savior, but salvation is not automatic. People must believe, trust, and embrace God’s Savior and his salvation. Gentiles will; many in Israel will not.”

 

 

Anna

Luke 2;36-38

 Anna was a devout and saintly woman, she spent all her time in fasting and prayer. She spent all her time there in the worship of God. At Christ’s presentation, she joined her praises with those of the aged Simeon to thank God for the long-awaited redemption through Messiah.

Anna or Hanna G483, the equivalent of Heb. Annâ , “Ògrace”Ó). Daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. Widowed after seven years of marriage, she became a prophetess. At the age of eighty-four, when the infant Jesus was brought into the temple to be dedicated, she recognized and proclaimed him as the Messiah Lk. 2:36-38 records that Anna was at the Temple during the presentation of the child Jesus: the long awaited Messiah. Anna publicly gave thanks to God and proclaimed good news about her Redeemer. 

The account of Anna and of Simeon in the same passage reveals the existence of people who were truly faithful to God’s covenant and were trusting him to fulfil his promises of sending a Saviour King.

Matthew Henry wrote,”Ó He is taken notice of by one Anna, or Ann, a prophetess, that one of each sex might bear witness to him in whom both men and women are invited to believe, that they may be saved.”Ó In Galatians 3:283:29   There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you is all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.

Orthodox Study Bible wrote, Both men and women are called to proclaim Christ’s redemption, and women are the first to proclaim His Resurrection (24:9). Where Mary mother of Jesus in 1:47 proclaim Jesus her Savior. Along with Elizabeth in  1:43  the  proclaim Mary child the mother of my Lord. All these women Proclaimed  Jesus as their Messiah or Christ who redeemed from theirs sins 

 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Studied Bible wrote,”Ó redemption of Jerusalem. God had promised to bring redemption for his people (Isa 52:3; 62:12; Jer 31:11; Hos 13:14; Zec 10:8

 

Jesus Birth Part Three Declaring Jesus As Savour Messiah And Lord

 Luke2;15-20

 

 Luke 2:18  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. John MacArthur, wrote all those who heard it marveled. Wonderment at the mysteries of Christ’s words and works is one of the threads that runs through Luke’s gospel. Cf. vv. 19, 33, 47, 48; 1:21, 63; 4:22, 36; 5:9; 8:25; 9:43–45; 11:14; 20:26; 24:12, 41. Where Dr Luke  would often report this response when someone encounter Jesus. Throughout Luke and Acts accounts. Where the shepherd reported what the angel declared in Luke 2:11

Holman commentary wrote ,”  The function of the child was the gospel. Shepherds found in a manger the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord himself. They let everyone in hearing distance know Everyone in Bethlehem began talking about God’s mysterious surprise—a surprise made known firsthand only to a couple from Nazareth and unappreciated shepherds carrying out their lonely nighttime tasks.

 They proclaimed their findings to all who would listen. They turned back toward their jobs; a new song of praise in their hearts

 

Calvin wrote, “ They honestly delivered to others what they had received from the Lord; and it was advantageous to all of us that they should attest this, and should be a sort of secondary angels in confirming our faith.  They proclaimed their findings to all who would listen.”   

The best way to proclaim the gospel and Christ atoning work on the cross. You no longer bear the burden of sins. As scripture declares,” Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said,“ I  will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You took away the guilt of my sin. Furthermore it states,” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

For example,” In 1987, David Berkowitz known as Son of Sam repented of sins and became a born Christian. According to his personal testimony, his moment of conversion occurred after reading Psalm 34:6; “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.” He said this prayer; I told Him that I was sick and tired of doing evil. I asked for Jesus to forgive me for all my sins.” In his own words, he stated, “ I spent a good while on my knees praying to Him. When I got up it felt as if a very heavy burden  an invisible chain that had been around me for so many years was suddenly broken. A peace flooded over him. He did not understand what was happening. But in his heart He just knew that my life, somehow, would be different.  He slept like a baby. Another favourite text is Romans 10:13. It says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Here, it is clear that God has no favourites. He rejects no one, but welcomes all who will call upon Him.

Regretting being called the Son Of Son.  He changed his name to the Son Of Hope. Taking full ownership for the crime that he committed in the past, and he never applied for parole for sake of the victim. He felt they suffered enough and believed the punishment  was just and fair, and believe his mission field was in prison where he serving as a chaplain. 

Or Tex Watson On October 21, 1971, Watson was found guilty, and sentenced to death. He escaped execution when the California Supreme Court’s overturned the death penalty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

While in prison he was extremely restless, and his mother encouraged him trust in Christ and prayed for him as well; however, there was still no peace in his life. One day He was attending chapel service, and  he heard a message on one 1 Timothy 1; 15-16; “ This is a trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners “–and I am the worst of them. But, I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience for instance to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” According to pastor preached this message the  Apostle Paul was a head strong man and intended to destroyed the church until Christ met him on the road to Damascus, and changed Paul life. Tex than confess repent, and believed in Christ.  There was a peace and ecstatic joy that he never felt before in his life. When he went back to his  cell , he looked into the mirror, and he saw a smile on his face that brightened up his cell. According to Tex, he never experience this while on drugs or alcohol. The only experience he felt  was unending sadness, no rest, and no pleasure in his life only misery. Where he spent all kinds of money on drugs and alcohol and in which brought him no joy. Yet, the free gift from God Jesus brought him endless delight. 

Tex Watson, “In the world  when something is broken, it is set aside. But in the Kingdom of God, He sets aside the unbroken thing.  It is the precious, broken thing that He uses to confound the wise and show the world His glory through vessels of clay.”

As scripture declares,” How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How joyful is the man the Lord does not charge with sin and in whose spirit is no deceit! In short, the best way to declare the gospel is to tell your story

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+32&version=HCSB