MY RESPONSE TO THE “GOD’S NOT MAD AT YOU” TEACHINGS

It is scripturally in error to tell everyone – across the board – God is not mad at you. This ideology is easily disqualified when the whole counsel of scripture is considered.

Certainly, God is not angry with his people who love him, nor is God angry with those who are in bondage to sin, but desire freedom from their sins. However, God does get angry with the ungodly who despise him and who love wickedness.

If no one is under the wrath of God, the words of John the Baptist would be untrue: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. ~ John 3:16

The words of John the Baptist belong to the same context in which we find the words of Jesus: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

When we consider the words of Jesus within of context of John 3, we learn that God’s love in the giving of his Son is his provision to save people from his judgment against ungodliness, which does indeed provoke his wrath.

Consider with me the following from verses 14-15:

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Now consider the old testament account from which Jesus references:

5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

8 And the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. ~ Numbers 21:5-9

The serpent of brass which God commanded Moses to make was the atoning provision to save the people from the judgment which God had sent. Notice that the text says: And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. ~ v.6

According to Jesus, this was a type of how God would deliver us from our sins, and it was an Old Testament foreshadowing of how God would display his love for us in Jesus Christ.

Sinful man is under the judgment of God, but God sent his son to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all who will repent and turn to him, and this is how God so loved the world: He gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

Remember, Jesus likened believing on him to the children of Israel who were saved from death by looking at the serpent of brass:  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: at whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Now consider verses 17 – 21:

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ~ John 3:16 – 21

This is the context to which the words of John the Baptist in verse 36 belong: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

God gave his Son to bestow his love on all who would humbly turn from their sins, with the condition, that the recipients of his love turn from their sins.

Those who refuse to turn from their sins by rejecting the precious gift of God, given through the offering of his Son, have consequently rejected the love of God. Therefore, they are condemned, and are under God’s wrath.

This will become clearer as we continue.

Whether we like it or not, there are people throughout the world who hate God because they love their sins. God’s love is extended to them, calling them to repentance. If they persist in their rebellion against God, refusing to humble themselves, they will be judged and damned in their sins. In this way, they are under the wrath of God.

The New Testament teaches that God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man he has appointed: Jesus Christ. ~ Acts 17:31

God has given his Son as the witness of himself, and in the Son, God offers forgiveness, grace, and mercy, to all people. Those who believe God’s witness, in his Son, receive life everlasting.

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. ~ 1 John 5:9-13

He who rejects the Son of God, rejects the love, mercy, and grace God has offered him, and as the apostle John says above, God hath made him a liar.

God is holy and just to be displeased and even angry with those who refuse to humble themselves before him so that they may receive mercy and grace.

On the day of judgement, those who reject God’s love will have no intercessor or advocate to defend them. They will stand before a holy and righteous God with all their sins exposed before him. They will be judged for their sins because of their defiance of his goodness, and their rejection of the love he offered them in Jesus.

For them, there will no forgiveness when they stand before God. They will be judged, not by God’s compassion, but by God’s wrath. Therefore Paul tells the Corinthians, Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:11

If no one were under the wrath of God, as some teach, Paul would have never told the Thessalonians that the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus, and who were hindering his ministry to the Gentiles, were under God’s wrath. ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

Think about it. Paul believed the hostile Jews who put Jesus to death and who continued in their hostility by opposing the gospel, were under the wrath of God. Paul says this in his first letter to the Thessalonians, in the New Testament, after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Yet there are modern day teachers who claim that no one is under God’s wrath because of their “theological” claims that God poured out his wrath on Jesus.

One well know minister has said the following: Jesus forever changed the way God relates to mankind. Sure, there are scriptural examples of God’s catastrophic judgment on sin. But God’s greatest act of judgment was when He placed all of His wrath for our sins upon Jesus. This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins.

If no one is under the wrath of God, Paul would have never said this, nor would he have instructed believers not to take vengeance because God says he will repay and vengeance belongs to the Lord. ~ Romans 12:19

If no one is under the wrath of God, as these teachers claim, Paul would not have taught that we who follow Jesus are not appointed to wrath at the coming of the Lord, but those who refuse to obey the gospel are under the wrath of God when Christ comes. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:8 and 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

If no one is under the wrath of God, the author of Hebrews would never have said that those who turn away from the Lord have nothing to look forward to except for a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. ~ Hebrews 10:27

The author of Hebrews tells us: For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. ~ Hebrews 10:30-31

When ministers teach, as a sweeping statement, God is not mad or angry with you, they are not handling the word of God correctly. The ideology that God is not angry with anyone is predicated on the belief that God poured out all his wrath on Jesus, and therefore he will no longer be angry with anyone, nor judge sin

One well know minister has said the following: Jesus forever changed the way God relates to mankind. Sure, there are scriptural examples of God’s catastrophic judgment on sin. But God’s greatest act of judgment was when He placed all of His wrath for our sins upon Jesus. This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins. 

Contrary to this teacher’s conclusion, the apostle Peter tells us God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes and condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished,  ~ 2 Peter 2:6-9

The apostle Peter also declared: For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? ~ 1 Peter 4:17

The teacher whose comment is referenced above has made a bold statement based on his theological assessment that God placed all his wrath on Jesus. The ideology that God placed all his wrath on Jesus is not Biblical doctrine.

According to the Bible, Jesus suffered under the wrath of men, who opposed God and Jesus. ~ Acts 4:25-27.

In Acts 7, Stephen asserted that Jesus had been murdered. Stephen declared this to those who were about to stone him, saying to them that they had been “the betrayers and murderers of Jesus.” ~ Acts 7:52

According to the prophet Isaiah, and Philip preaching to the Eunuch, Jesus was deprived of justice from the time of his arrest until his death on the cross. ~ Isaiah 53:8, Acts 8:33

In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. ~ Acts 8:33

Other translations say the following:

  • He was humiliated and received no justice …(NLT)
  • In his humiliation he was taken away by distressing and oppressive judgment and justice was denied him …(Amplified Bible)
  • In his humiliation justice was denied him …(Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Acts 8:33 is a quote from Isaiah 53:8: He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Other translations say the following:

  • Unjustly condemned, he was led away… (New Living Translation).
  • By oppression and judgment he was taken away… (Amplified Bible).
  • He was condemned to death without a fair trial… (Contemporary English Version).

As Jesus prepared his disciples for the things he was to suffer in his death, he told his disciples that he would suffer at the hands of men. ~ Matthew 16:21; 17:9, 22-23; 20:17-19; 26:1-2, 24, 31, 45; 26:51-56; Mark 8:31; 9:9-11, 31-32, 10:32-34; 14:27, 43-50; 15:27-28; Luke 9:21-22, 44-45; 17:24-25; 18:31-34; 22:37; 24:1-8, 13-27, 44-48; John 18:31-32; 19:24, 28

In the book of Acts, the declaration of the gospel by the apostles and men like Stephen, was that Jesus had suffered an unjust death at the hands of sinful men. ~ Acts 2:22-24, 36; 3:13-18; 4:10-11, 20, 23- 28; 5:30-32; 7:52; 10:36-43

Neither Jesus, nor any of his followers in scripture ever preached that Jesus died under the wrath of God. They always attributed the death of Christ to the hands of sinful men, and they preached the resurrection as God’s righteous vindication of His Son, Jesus.

According to the apostle Peter, the sufferings Jesus endured serves as our example of how we are to respond when we suffer wrongfully.

19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps:  

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. ~ 1 Peter 2:19-25

Notice that in view of Jesus suffering for us, Peter says that Jesus committed himself to God who judges righteously, setting an example that we should follow when we suffer wrongfully. Peter would not have said this if Jesus had suffered under God’s righteous wrath.

According to the author of Hebrews, Jesus endured hostility from sinners when he died on the cross (Hebrews 12:2-3) and he endured such hostility by the grace of God. ~ Hebrews 2:9

Paul tells us in Romans, the reproaches of those who reproached (defamed) God fell upon Jesus. ~ Romans 15:3

Jesus was crucified by those who were in opposition to God. The condemnation Jesus endured from sinful men, was sinful man’s opposition against God. This is exactly why the disciples prayed in Acts 4 saying: The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and his Christ. ~ Acts 4:26

Within the context of Acts 4:26 (mentioned above) the disciples of the Lord made appeal to Psalm 2, which clearly reveals that Jesus was condemned, not by the wrath of God, but by the wrath of sinful men: why do THE HEATHEN RAGE and the people imagine vain thing.

Heathen raging, is an expression of the heathen’s wrath. Jesus died under the wrath of heathen, and not the wrath of a holy God. The hatred and opposition from sinful men, who condemned Jesus to death, was hatred and opposition against God who sent Jesus. This is what the four gospels and the book of Acts repeatedly give testimony concerning.

According to Jesus, God was with him when he gave his life (John 8:29; 16:28-32) and this is exactly what the prophet Isaiah said. ~ Isaiah 50:5-9

Jesus endure such opposition from sinful men in order that he might give his life as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is the gift of God to us, but he is also the gift to God on our behalf, for he gave himself to God as a holy sacrifice, as a sweet -savor offering (Ephesians 5:2), when he offered his holy life on the altar of the cross for us.

The one who desires to obey God is NOT under God’s wrath. The one who despises God and rejects his goodness is. Those who abduct children, rape children, murder innocent people, live in adultery, mock Jesus, etc., are  absolutely under God’s wrath. Only by repeating and being saved through the cross, is the wrath of God turned away from such people.

God patiently gives them space to repent, but God is not “not angry” with them. He is angry with the wicked every day. ~ Psalm 7:11

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh THE WRATH OF GOD upon the children of disobedience. ~ Ephesians 5:3-6

 

JESUS IS THE GIFT OF GOD

Jesus is the gift of God to us, but he is also the gift to God on our behalf, for he gave himself to God as a holy sacrifice when he offered his holy life on the altar of the cross as the offering for our sins.

Under the Old Testament, the sacrifices which were offered upon the altar were called “offerings” and “oblations” and they are so called some 40 times in the book of Leviticus alone.

These two words come from the same Hebrew word, kor-bawn, meaning a sacrificial present brought near to the altar. The sacrifices which were brought to the altar, were to be presented as “sacrificial presents” or “gifts.”

In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews uses the word gift on multiple occasions to refer to these.

For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both GIFTS and sacrifices for sins… ~ Hebrews 5:1

For every high priest is ordained to offer GIFTS and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. ~ Hebrews 8:3

In Hebrews 11:4, the author of Hebrews refers to the more excellent sacrifice offered by Abel as a “gift.”

After God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, he commanded Moses to build a tabernacle so that he could live among his people. ~ Exodus 25:8

Upon the completion of the building of the tabernacle, both the priests and the tabernacle, were consecrated to the Lord for service.

At the inauguration of the service of the tabernacle, God demonstrated his acceptance of the offerings (the gifts) which foreshadowed Christ by consuming the sacrifices by fire from his holy presence.

And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings. And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and THE GLORY OF THE LORD APPEARED unto all the people. AND THERE CAME A FIRE OUT FROM BEFORE THE LORD, and CONSUMED upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. ~ Leviticus 9:22-24

This fire which consumed the sacrifices came from the presence of God from within the inner most section of the tabernacle: the holiest of all.

This demonstration of God’s glory was repeated at the dedication of the temple which Solomon built, except this time the fire came down from Heaven.

Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, THE FIRE CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, and CONSUMED the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE. And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAD FILLED THE LORD’S HOUSE. And when all the children of Israel saw how THE FIRE came down, and THE GLORY of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:1-3

In both cases, in the tabernacle of Moses and in the temple of Solomon, God’s glory was manifested as he accepted the sacrifices which foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus.

Throughout the Old Testament, the sacrifices which were types of Christ were offered (presented as presents) to God as a sweet fragrance and were accepted by God. They were never rejected by God.

These sacrifices were holy and they were accepted on the behalf of the people (Lev 22:20, 21, 25, 27). By virtue of these offerings, the people were sanctified and made holy in the sight of the Lord.

Ephesians 1:6 tells us, “we have been accepted in the beloved.” We are accepted in the beloved because of Jesus who gave himself for us as a sweet saver offering when he died for our sins.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God FOR CHRIST’S SAKE HATH FORGIVEN YOU. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath GIVEN HIMSELF FOR US AN OFFERING AND A SACRIFICE TO GOD FOR A SWEET-SMELLING SAVOR. ~ Ephesians 4:32-5:2

God accepts us because he accepted (not rejected) Jesus, when he died for our sins. Someone may ask, doesn’t the Bible teach that Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness and thereby rejected by God in our place?

Not exactly.

Paul’s reference to Christ being made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), is derived from the Old Testament concept of the sin offerings. The sin offerings were offered to make atonement for sin.

Throughout the Old Testament the word atonement was used to convey the idea of reconciliation, sanctification, consecration, and forgiveness. This is the context which surrounds Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 5.

Literally, Paul is telling us that Christ was made to be the offering for our sins, and that is how we are reconciled to God. Christ was made to be our sin offering not our literal sin.

Throughout the Old Testament the words sin and sin offering are translated from the same Hebrew word chattath, which is translated as sin offering 118 times, and as sin 168 times.

In Hebrews 10:6, the writer of Hebrews speaks of sacrifices for sin. The words “sacrifices for” were added by the translators of the KJV for clarity. Literally, Hebrews 10:6 says: In burnt offerings and sin thou hast had no pleasure.

However, we know that the author is not referring to sin but to the sin offerings instead. We know this because of the context and we know this because Hebrews 10:6 is a quote from Psalm 40:6 which says the following:

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

The same Greek word “hamartia” used throughout the New Testament for sins is used in Hebrews 10:6 to reference the sin offerings, and this is exactly how Paul employs the same word in 2 Corinthians 5:21.

It should also be of importance to us that the apostle Paul was a Jew who had come to know Christ. The things which Paul taught about Jesus were rooted in his scholarly understanding of scripture. Paul most assuredly would have thought through the scriptures as a Jewish scholar and would have understood Christ’s death and resurrection in view of the scriptures.

Consider Paul’s words to the Corinthians:

3 I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES…~ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Paul certainly understood Christ’s death in view of the Old Testament scriptures and did not teach contrary to the Old Testament’s motif when he speaks of Christ dying for our sins. Paul spoke of Christ’s death in view of the precedent set forth within the sacrificial system because those sacrifices foreshadowed Christ. Jesus is our Redeemer, and he died for our sins as one who was pure and holy.

There is no precedent in scripture which would indicate that the offerings for sin were made sinful with the sins of the people and consequently rejected by God. Instead they were to be offered as unblemished sacrifices which were holy gifts to the Lord and accepted by God as a sweet fragrance.

Leviticus 6:25 says, Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, this is THE LAW OF THE SIN OFFERING: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the LORD: IT IS MOST HOLY.

Leviticus 22:21 tells us that the sacrifice had to be perfect in order to be accepted.

Christ was perfect. He was without sin. He knew no sin. He was without spot or blemish, and as a perfect and holy sacrifice offered for our sins, Jesus was accepted by God on our behalf, to reconcile us to God. He was made to be a “sin offering” for us, not our literal sin.

The teaching of the Bible is that we were redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus as of a lamb without spot or blemish. ~ 1 Peter 1:18-19

Jesus is, was, and always will be holy, pure, and just. The apostle Peter declared that he is the holy and just One which the people rejected (Acts 3:14). Peter also declared that he is the prince of life and that the grave could not hold him because God would not allow his HOLY ONE to see corruption. ~ Acts 2:24, 27; 3:15

Jesus redeemed us to God by his own blood when he gave himself (his holy life) as a gift to God to make atonement or reconciliation for our sins.

THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. ~ Revelation 21:1

The word earth in the text above comes from the Greek word “ghay.” It is used to reference both the new earth and the first earth.

This Greek word “ghay” is contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application): – country, earth (-ly), ground, land, world. (Source, Strong’s Concordance)

It is used a total of 252 times, and is found in 226 verses in the New Testament.

It is translated as: land, earth, country, and ground; it is always used in reference to the actual physical planet, earth. Never once is it used in a spiritual or mystical fashion.

In Hebrews 1, the writer of Hebrews tells us the following:

10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. ~ Hebrews 1:10-12

Notice that the author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens are the works of his hand. He goes on to describes how these are going to be changed as well:

They (the heavens and the earth) shall perish; but thou remainest; and they (the heavens and the earth) all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them (the heavens and the earth) up, and they (the heavens and the earth) shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

The author of Hebrews is speaking of the exact same thing that John saw, when John says, I saw a new heaven and a new earth. ~ Revelation 21:1

In chapter 2, the writer of Hebrews tells us about the coming world of the new heaven and new earth:

5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection THE WORLD TO COME, whereof we speak.

6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?

7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, AND DIDST SET HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS:

8 THOU HAST PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. BUT NOW WE SEE NOT YET ALL THINGS PUT UNDER HIM.

9 BUT WE SEE JESUS, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ~ Hebrews 2:5-9

Notice that the writer tells us that we do not now see all thing that were put under man’s dominion, but we do see Jesus.

In chapter one, where the writer says the heavens and the earth will be folded up like a vesture (an old garment). He goes on to say, But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, UNTIL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES THY FOOTSTOOL? ~ Hebrews 1:13

God has exalted Jesus as both Lord and King, and by His Holy Spirit, God is going to subdue all of Christ’s enemies under his feet. Christ is the last Adam, and he is the one who has been given “all authority” in heaven and earth.

His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom with no end. According to scripture, the last enemy that will be put under foot is death.

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. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:25-28

Man was created to have dominion over the works of God’s hands, but sin caused an interruption.

In Romans 8, the apostle Paul tells us the following:

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. ~ Romans 8:19-21

According to Paul, God has subjected creation to vanity in hope of full redemption. Creation is groaning in earnest expectation for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Paul then goes on to say the following:

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY. ~ Romans 8:22-23

The redemption of our bodies is a specific reference to the coming resurrection in which the people of God will experience the resurrection and their mortal bodies. Though our bodies are now subject to death, they will put on life and immortality: death will be swallowed up in victory.

Jesus is the redeemer, not only of mankind, but of the whole creation

19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled… ~ Colossians 1:19-21

Jesus is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and he is the one who is going to fold them like an old garment and bring into being the new by his own power.

This will happen when the last enemy, death, is put under foot, and God’s people are clothed in with their resurrected bodies!

ONE DAY AS A THOUSAND YEARS

In 2 Peter 1:13-15, the apostle Peter tells his audience that the Lord had shown him the time of his death was near. Depending on the source, Peter died somewhere between 64 and 68 A.D.

The destruction of the temple which occurred in 70 A.D., was very close to the time of Peter’s death. Peter certainly would have known that the coming judgment on the temple and Jerusalem was very close.

According to the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24,) Jesus gave his disciples an estimated time frame as when the destruction of the temple would occur. The aged apostle knew the destruction of the Temple was very soon to happen. Yet in contrast, Peter tells his audience the following regarding the Day of the Lord.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that ONE DAY is with the Lord AS A THOUSAND YEARS, and a thousand years as one day. ~ 2 Peter 3:8

Why would Peter say such a thing if he believed the coming destruction of the temple (which was very near) was emphatically the Day of the Lord he is describing in his epistle?

Conversely, Peter appeals to his audience to remain steadfast in the Lord knowing that God is not slack concerning his promise, but is patient towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

A careful reading of Matthew 24:1-35 shows a stark contrast from that of 2 Peter 3. The message of the destruction of the temple was to “get -out” and flee from Jerusalem. The message in 2 Peter is that God waits patiently from men to come to repentance and we should live holy and godly lives because the Day of the Lord will catch the whole world by surprise.

The down fall of Jerusalem happened over the course of weeks, months, and years. The coming of the Day of God, to which Peter is referring, is going to come suddenly as a thief in the night.

PHARAOH, THE VESSEL OF WRATH IN THE HAND OF THE POTTER

When God appeared to Moses at the burning bush, and told Moses that he was sending him to deliver the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, God said to Moses that he and the elders of Israel were to come before Pharaoh and say the following to him:

The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. ~ Exodus 3:18

God then tells Moses the following:

AND I AM SURE that the king of Egypt WILL NOT LET YOU GO, no, not by a mighty hand. And I WILL STRETCH OUT MY HAND, AND SMITE EGYPT WITH MY WONDERS which I will do in the midst thereof: and AFTER THAT HE SHALL LET YOU GO. ~ Exodus 3:18-20

Notice that God says to Moses: “I am sure that the King of Egypt will not let you go.”

These words suggest that Pharaoh had a free will, and his will was to keep the children of Israel as slaves in Egypt. God knew exactly what was in Pharaoh’s heart, for God knows the hearts of all men. God knew that Pharaoh would not be compliant and therefore, God chose to deliver the children of Israel by hardening Pharaoh’s heart.

If Pharaoh did not have a free will, there would have been no resisting of God’s will by Pharaoh. The narrative of the confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh reveals God hardening Pharaoh, by his miracles, and breaking the power of Pharaoh’s pride to accomplish his purpose.

God hardened Pharaoh by confrontation: by Pharaoh’s refusal to submit to God. This speaks strongly to the truth of free will.

And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I WILL HARDEN HIS HEART, THAT HE SHALL NOT LET THE PEOPLE GO. And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and IF THOU REFUSE to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn. ~ Exodus 4:21:22

Notice that at the outset of God’s confrontation with Pharaoh, God warns Pharaoh of what will happen if he refuses to let the people of Israel go. God says the very same thing to Pharaoh again just prior to the second plague.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. And IF THOU THOU REFUSE to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs… ~  Exodus 8:1-2

In verse 8, Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and asked them to pray to the Lord to take away the frogs, and made the following promise: Entreat the Lord, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; AND I WILL LET THE PEOPLE GO, that they may do sacrifice unto the Lord. ~ Exodus 8:8b

Pharaoh did not keep his word.
And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields. And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank. But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, HE HARDENED HIS HEART, and hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said. Exodus 8:13-15

Notice that God answered Moses’ prayer on the behalf of Pharaoh, and Pharaoh reneged on his promise to let the people go. The text above says: Pharaoh hardened his heart.

Throughout the Exodus account we see God hardening Pharaoh’s heart, as well as Pharaoh himself hardening his heart. With each plague, Pharaoh’s heart continued to harden. During the 3rd plague, we read the following:

Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: AND PHARAOH”S HEART WAS HARDENED, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said. And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. ELSE, IF THOU WILL NOT LET MY PEOPLE GO, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. ~ Exodus 8:19-21

How did God hardened Pharaoh’s heart? It was by the plagues he set on the land of Egypt. God confronted Pharaoh, and Pharaoh resisted.

During the 4th plague Pharaoh again promised he would let the people go (Exodus 8:25-28) but after God causes this plague to cease, Pharaoh again hardened his heart.

And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will entreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow: BUT LET NOT PHARAOH DEAL DECEITFULLY ANY MORE IN NOT LETTING THE PEOPLE GO TO SACRIFICE TO THE LORD. And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the Lord. And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one. AND PHARAOH HARDENED HIS HEART AT THIS TIME ALSO, neither would he let the people go. ~ Exodus 8:29-32

Notice that the scriptures above say PHARAOH hardened HIS HEART at this time ALSO. There was a repeated hardening of Pharaoh’s heart by Pharaoh himself.

Exodus 9:1-7 covers the 5th plague. Notice verses 1-3 carefully:

Then the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For IF THOU REFUSE to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain (an infectious disease). ~ Exodus 9:1-3

Notice that God again appeals to Pharaoh’s stubbornness: “if thou refuse.”

Pharaoh had a hard heart and in his stubbornness, he continued to refuse to obey God. The more Pharaoh resisted, the harder his heart became, and this is exactly how God hardened him. With every plague, we see Pharaoh hardening his heart, which, again, is how God hardened him.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; THAT THOU MAYEST KNOW THAT THERE IS NONE LIKE ME IN ALL THE EARTH. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. AS YET EXALTEST THYSELF against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. ~ Exodus 9:12- 18

Pharaoh was raised up by God without even knowing it, and God used him as vessel of wrath to demonstrate his glorious power when he delivered the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage.

This does not suggest that God made Pharaoh an evil person before the foundation of the world, but rather that Pharaoh (being an evil person) was sovereignty used by God as a vessel of wrath for his own purposes.

In Romans 9, Paul makes appeal to the God’s word to Pharaoh and says: For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. ~ Romans 9:17-18

A few verses later Paul says: What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, ENDURED WITH MUCH LONG SUFFERING the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: ~ Romans 9:22

If God created people to be evil and they had absolutely no choice in the matter, why would God “endure them with much long suffering?”

The answer to this question can be found in the 3 previous verses:

19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? ~ Romans 9:19-21

What does this mean?

Does it mean that God arbitrarily decides who will follow truth and who will rebel, and therefore, he makes some people good and some people evil?

No! Not at all.

If we desire to rightly interpret Paul’s words regarding the potter and the clay, we need to allow scripture to interpret it for us.

Consider God’s words to the prophet Jeremiah:

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

2 Arise, and go down to THE POTTER’S HOUSE, AND THERE WILL I CAUSE THEE TO HEAR MY WORDS.

3 Then I went down to THE POTTER’S HOUSE, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, AS IT SEEMED GOOD TO THE POTTER to make it.

5 Then THE WORD OF THE LORD came to me, saying,

6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, SO ARE YE IN MY HAND, O house of Israel.

7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;

8 IF THAT NATION, AGAINST WHOM I HAVE PRONOUNCED, TURN FROM THEIR EVIL, I WILL REPENT OF THE EVIL THAT I THOUGHT TO DO UNTO THEM.

9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

10 IF IT DO EVIL IN MY SIGHT, THAT IT OBEY NOT MT VOICE, THEN I WILL REPENT OF THE GOOD, WHEREWITH I SAID I WOULD BENEFIT THEM. ~ Jeremiah 18:1-10

In the context the potter that God used to speak to Jeremiah, the vessel was “marred” in the potters hand. One translation says: the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.

Another translation says: But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter’s hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do.

The Potter was the one in control and when the vessel did not turn out as the Potter would have desired, he used it by reshaping it as he desired.

According to God’s words to Jeremiah, this is how God as “the Potter” had dealt with Israel. Though he had called them to be a holy nation, they were marred in his hand and now had become a vessel of his wrath. In Jeremiah 7:29, God refers to Judah as “the generation of his wrath.”

Yet they were originally chosen by God to be a holy people – that is what God told them he had called to be after he delivered them from Pharaoh.

3 And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

5 Now therefore, IF YE WILL OBEY MY VOICE INDEED, AND KEEP MY COVENANT, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him. ~ Exodus 19:3-7

Even though the descendants of Jacob were called to be holy, they had now become a generation of wrath. Yet God endured their rebellion, with much long suffering, calling them to repentance.

Israel was called to be a holy people, and they were called to make the name of the Lord glorious throughout all the earth. Yet the went backward and failed to become who God called them to be.

Even though Israel failed to become the holy nation God had called them to be, God accomplished his purpose of having a people according to his grace, and he did this through Israel in the person of Jesus Christ, the Messiah!

30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

32 Wherefore? BECAUSE THEY SOUGHT IT NOT BY FAITH, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. ~ Romans 9:30-33

Romans 9 isn’t about predestination. It is about Israel and how God fulfilled his purpose even though Israel (at large) did not cooperate. The reference to Pharaoh is a part of this much larger context.

WHY I REJECT OPEN THEISM

9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure… Isaiah 46:9-10

Open theism is the belief that God does not know the future because he has given man the freedom to choose. One web site gave the following definition: Though omniscient, God does not know what we will freely do in the future.

This is not true, for the Bible is full of references of God declaring future events long before they happened and the outcome of the choices made by individuals long before those individuals were born.

Consider for a moment the Biblical record of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, which was foretold hundreds of years before Judas was born.

Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. ~ Psalm 41:9

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. ~ John 13:16-18

In John 17, Jesus praying regarding his disciples says the following:

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. ~ John 17:12

The son of perdition is a reference to Judas, and Jesus says he was lost so that the scripture might be fulfilled. This speaks clearly of God’s foreknowledge regarding Judas before he was born.

In John 6:64 we are told that Jesus knew from the beginning who it was who would betray him.

In Acts 1:16, the apostle Peter says, Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

Peter goes on to cite a text from Psalms in verse 20.

The apostle Peter wasn’t an open theists, because he believed the Holy Spirit had spoken through David, hundreds of years prior, regarding Judas.

There are many examples all throughout scripture where God foreknew people and what choices they would make before they were born. John the Baptist is another example. Both Isaiah and Malachi foretold of John the Baptist.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. ~ Isaiah 40:3

Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias (Isaiah). ~ John 1:22-23

In Matthew 11, Jesus declared that John the Baptist was the coming of Elijah referred to by the prophet Malachi.

7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. ~ John 11:7-10

All throughout the Bible we see over and over again, that God knows the future and he knows what people are going to do.

The very fact that God told us in advance about John the Baptist, Judas, those who would put Jesus to death, the beast, and false prophet along with many others testifies to the truth that God is all knowing.

God knew that many innocent children would be slaughtered by Herod when Jesus was a young child (Matthew 2:16-18), and God knew the disciples would be scattered when Jesus was arrested for it was prophesied in the Old Testament (Matthew 26:31-32).

The list goes on and on of things which the Bible testifies that God knew, in his foreknowledge, regarding people, choices, and events.

When God appeared to Abraham, he knew that Abraham’s descendants would be slaves in the land of Egypt (Genesis 15:13) even though Abraham was childless at the time.

God knew that Israel would choose to go after other gods and be exiled from the land of Israel, yet he still gave them the opportunities to repent by sending them the prophets.

Before Judah was taken captive by the Babylonians, God sent the prophet Jeremiah to call them to repentance. However, God knew they would not listen to Jeremiah.

Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. ~ Jeremiah 7:27

How would God know that Judah would not listen to Jeremiah if he did not know what choices people would make?

Also in Acts 22:18-21, Jesus appeared to the apostle Paul and told him to get out of Jerusalem because the Jews there would not receive his testimony concerning Jesus.

How would Jesus know this if he didn’t know what choices people would make?

In much the same way as Calvinism asserts that God makes the choices for us, taking the truth of the foreknowledge of God beyond the boundaries of scripture. Open theism makes a similar error at the other end of the spectrum.

This is precisely why it is so important not to label people. Someone reading one of my teachings refuting Calvinism could easily make the assumption that I am an open theists, which I am not. And someone reading my refutation of Open Theism could conclude I am a Calvinist. I am not.

If we’d simply read the Bible and allow it to speak for itself, we would see that God does not force anyone to choose or reject him, nor is God’s foreknowledge limited by man’s freedom of choice.

SIN NATURE

Most of us have things we believe, but have never taken the time to tease out exactly what we mean by those things.

Allow me to give you an example.

Many Christians hold to the belief that humanity has a sinful nature. However not everyone means the same thing when they say “sin nature.”

Years ago, when I was learning from Word of Faith ministers, I was taught that sin nature means “the nature of the devil” and was taught that unregenerate man has the nature of the devil. It was taught that a person was either a child of God or a child of the devil.

One of the main texts for this ideology was the verse found in John 8 where Jesus told the religious Jews, “you are of your father the devil.”

It was taught that only those who are born again are the children of God and everyone else is a child of the devil, with a sinful nature. And since no one was born again until after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the natural conclusion was that all of humanity had the nature of the devil.

What came to my mind was things like this: What about Abraham? What about Moses? What about Daniel? What about John the Baptist? These men walked with God. They were holy men, and they lived before Jesus died and rose again.

So based on the testimony of scripture regarding all the old testament saints, it was COMPLETELY UNTRUE to say that all humanity had the nature of the devil.

Furthermore, I would ask myself the question, “Why did Jesus say ‘your Father in Heaven’ to the people to whom he ministered, if the devil was the father of everyone who wasn’t yet born again?”

The problem with terms like “sin nature” is that we all have ideas as to what is meant by them, and sometimes when people attempt to teach things like “sin nature” through the leans of a particular theological view, they violate the overall teachings of scripture.

One of the things I attempt to do as a Bible teacher is “work out” what we mean by certain words and phases.

At this point, there probably will be someone reading this who will peg me with pelagianism rather than processing what I am saying rather than what I am not saying.

Let’s continue.

Another definition of “sin nature” is that Adam’s sin was imputed to all humanity, but what does that specifically mean? Does the whole counsel of scripture support what we mean by it?

Now, we all know that the Bible teaches that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” We all know that we all need a Savior. Sin is why we are estranged to God, but what exactly do we mean when we say Adam’s sin was imputed?

Was Adam’s personal act of disobedience imputed to every other human as their own personal sin? Well, there is not a single text in all of scripture that makes this claim.

According to the Bible, it was death that came on all through Adam’s transgression.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so DEATH PASSED UPON ALL MEN, for that all have sinned… ~ Romans 5:12

The words “for that all have sinned” at the end of verse 12, is literally, “in whom all have sinned.” In Adam (that is, in our fleshly carnal humanity) we have all sinned.

Because of the restraints of posting on social media, there is not room to tease this out here. However, I have covered it in one of my blog teachings.

For now, however, I’d like to ask the question: How is sin imputed to us, according to the Bible?

HERE IS THE ANSWER: Sin is imputed by THE LAW.

The apostle Paul makes this very clear in the book of Romans.

For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. ~ Romans 5:13-14

God gave the Law to Israel to impute sin. Through his covenant with Israel, God deliberately gave the Torah as the means of imputing sin, and concentrating the sins of all humanity, so that he might bring an end to sin’s power through the cross. The Law, as the Light of God, reveals what sin is, and its effects on us all.

In Adam (though our union with him as his physical offspring) we all are sinners, not guilty of Adam’s transgression, but guilty of each of our own transgressions.

The Law reveals to each of us, our own sins. The Law does not reveal that we are all guilty of Adam’s personal act of disobedience.

When those who die without Christ stand before God in the Day of Judgment, God is not going to judge them according to what Adam did. God is going to judge them according to what they did. Every man will give an account for his own deeds.

It is the Law which imputes sin because the Law brings to light man’s frailty, man’s carnal desires, and man’s evil deeds which result from death which came on all through our union with Adam.

THE BODY OF THE LORD

Romans 8:3 says Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh, not in sinful flesh. Jesus is the Son of God. He took on flesh and blood. He did not have sinful flesh, just as Adam did not have sinful flesh before he sinned.

According to the new testament, the body of Jesus is the offering for our sins (Hebrews 10:10). Jesus said he would give his flesh for the life of the world. ~ John 6:51-57

Under the old testament the sacrifices which foreshadowed Jesus had to be unblemished and holy.

Jesus redeemed us with his precious blood as of a lamb without spot or blemish (1 Peter 1:18-20). If Jesus’ body had not been holy and without sin, his blood could not have been holy. The blood of Jesus is holy because Jesus’ body was holy and because he was and is holy.

This is precisely why Jesus’ body did not decay in the tomb. The apostle Peter, referring to the body of Jesus in the tomb, said death could not hold Jesus because God would not allow his holy one to see corruption (Acts 2:27). Again, this is a reference to the body of Jesus in the tomb.

Jesus’ body was the fulfillment of the unleavened bread eaten by the people of Israel as they were delivered by the blood of the lamb. ~ Exodus 12

At the last supper, Jesus said to his disciples: “this is my body broken for you, and this is my blood shed for you.” ~ Luke 22:19-20

This memorial known as holy communion was given to us as an ordinance to observe until the coming of the Lord. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul told the Corinthians that some of them were sick and some of them had died because they did not discern the body of the Lord. They were approaching the Lord’s table with irreverence.

Just as Jesus’ spiritual body (the church) is called to be holy, so his physical body was and is holy. Jesus was without sin in every respect.

Any concept that claims Jesus had sin in his body goes against the whole counsel of scripture and is based on a very flawed understanding the scriptures. Jesus is, was, and always will be holy.

THE KING BECAME THE SERVANT

Jesus performed miracles and healings while on earth in the role of “servant” anointed by God, but this in no way suggests that his nature changed.

The King and creator of the creation, humbled himself and ministered to his subjects as a servant, even though he was King. Those who came to him, having their eyes opened to his true identity, would often worship him.

Only God can be worshipped.

Jesus ministered to people, taking the role of servant of God, even though he was God’s own Son in essence (his nature never changed). His “role” (for a lack of better words) did.

While on earth, he ministered in the role of servant, he now ministers in the glory of his Kingship.

1. Jesus is, was, and always will be divine.

2. Jesus came into this world to serve, not to rule.

3. During his earthly ministry, he ministered as a servant.

4. His true divine identity was veiled in his human flesh.

5. When the spiritual eyes of those who sought God were opened, they understood that he was more than an ordinary man, and they often worshiped him, and reverenced him.

Jesus is the King who laid aside his kingship authority in Heaven, and he came to minister to humanity. He submitted to the authority of his Father, who anointed him to do his will.

Jesus obeyed the Father completely, giving his life as a ransom for our sins. When he had fulfilled all the will of God, by his redemptive work, the Father restored to him the glory which he had with the Father before the world was.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:11-14

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. ~ 2 Corinthians 8:9

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. ~ Matthew 20:27-28

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have CRUCIFIED THE LORD OF GLORY. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:7-8

JESUS IS THE “DIVINE” SON OF GOD

Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, of a truth thou art the Son of God. ~ Matthew 14:33

Have you ever consider that the disciples worshipped Jesus as the Son of God?

If Jesus had been an ordinary man, it would have been idolatry to worship him, but if it was acceptable with God that Jesus was worshipped, then he was more than a mere man when he walked this earth.

The disciples would not have worshipped Jesus as the Son of God if being the Son of God were a common thing as with others. Unlike others, Jesus is God’s own unique Son – the only begotten Son of God.

The apostle John says, the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus was God with us ~ Matthew 1:23, and God manifested in the flesh ~ 1 Timothy 3:16. Yet his divinity was concealed by his humanity. Yet for those who came to him searching for truth, it was revealed to them that he is the Son of God!

The name Son of God, when applied to Jesus speaks of his divinity.

In his second epistle, the apostle Peter tells us the following:

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. ~ 2 Peter 1:16-18

Peter, and the other disciples were eyewitnesses of his glory, and they testified that this man Jesus was more than an ordinary man: he is the Son of God.

As the Son, he his divine, and worthy of worship, for being the Son of God is a revelation of his majesty!

John the Baptist proclaimed: “I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God.” ~ John 1:34

If Jesus being the Son of God were not unique, there would be no need for John the Baptist to bear record of Jesus as such. When we examine the testimony of John about Jesus, we see that John declared that Jesus was more than an ordinary man.

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, this was he of whom I spake, he that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. ~ John 1:15

John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus was before him, even though Jesus came after him: this is a reference to the deity of Jesus Christ. John calls him Lord, saying, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of THE LORD, as said the prophet Esaias.” ~ John 1:23

The title Son of God carries a weight when applied to Jesus that it does not when applied to any other man. Jesus is not an ordinary man privileged to be called God’s child. Jesus is the Lord who came down for Heaven, and eternal life comes through believing he is the Son of God, i.e., believing he is divine!

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. ~ 1 John 4:15

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? ~ 1 John 5:4-5

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. ~ 1 John 5:9-13

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. ~ 1 John 5:20