August 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm #49984
To answer this question, we need to start before the world was ever created:
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
We are told that the Lamb of God, Jesus, was slain from (or before) the foundation of the world. Thus, it was always in the mind of the Father that Christ would come into the world and die to redeem it. This was not something which was added later, and all creation was designed around this. God would not have created the world without this foreknowledge that when Man sinned, a Savior would be ready to enter the picture in due time.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
This is the first prophecy of our redemption ever given, and in only a few words tells the course of human history. The serpent, or Satan, would be at war with the woman, and her offspring. Ultimately, that would be Jesus Christ, who is the offspring of the woman (many generations later, through the Virgin Mary). Note that it is her seed and not Adam’s, since the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and caused her to conceive. This “seed” would crush the head of the serpent, meaning He would destroy Satan, but the serpent would bruise His heel in the process. I take this to be a reference to Christ being nailed to the cross through His heels.
The story of the cross is all through the Old Testament. Isaiah 53 describes it; so does Psalm 22. Many other passages depict it in imagery. Moreover, we are told the life of flesh is in the blood and without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22). It was never an option for Jesus NOT to die, nor could He lay down His life in any manner other than by the cross.
He tells us that it was for this reason He came into the world:
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
If for any reason that had not happened, the result would have been perfectly clear–every human being from the beginning of the world to the end would have been lost for eternity and under the wrath of God. We are not saved by His teachings, wonderful as they may be. We are only saved by a simple exchange: His righteousness for all of our sin. The penalty for sin is death. We are accounted as having died through His death, and we shall be released from death by His resurrection. The debt is paid forever.
We also know that when He comes, we will be changed into His likeness.
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Because of this hope, we look every day for the completion of our salvation, which is the transformation of this body into a glorious eternal body, fit to dwell with Him forever.
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2
August 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm #50324
our faith is in vein if we believe that nothing has to be done in us that we cannot do for ourselves.
The death of the Son of God, and His resurrection is the rightful glory of God, ~~ He chose to display the greatest Love ever so that we cannot expect to rejoice in ourselves, but unto our Creator Who saved us from our iniquity and sins ~~ being born again totally of God’s Spirit changes us wholly ~~~ saved in Christ Jesus from the old nature, we MUST BE CHANGED to enter into God’s Glorious Kingdom ~~ Christ’s death and resurrection must be known, understood and received as God’s free gift to set us free IN HIM . . oh, Jesus, You are Supremely and altogether relevant, admonishing us to not marvel that a radical change of our nature must happen ~~ oh, God is Holy, and the depravity of our nature requires a change in us TODAY (as in every generation) only by the Power of the Living Eternal God Who desires to save His humanity, not destroy it . . our Lord makes it plain He desires none to perish, so much that it cost the LORD GOD all He could give ~~
August 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm #50365
Great word, indeed. Certainly we must acknowledge the sovereign will of the Lord, from the beginning of His heart, even before time began! Truly sin must be judged, either now or later. I think that it safely can be said that the reason why the Lord was so severe in His redemption plan is because He invested his heart into us, unlike the angels!
And though His redemption plan is severe in nature, it is completely thorough. And in this thoroughness it acknowledges the seriousness of the matter of sin, and the resoluteness of the Lord’s heart towards sin, and us! Surely the Lord could have done things much differently, yet this is the way He has chosen. Even in acknowledging this truth, I still often emotionally struggle with aspects of His plans, but then again I’m not God, now am I. His divine perrogatives shall ultimately be accomplished.
In the sense that we are not like God, neither being holy, perfect, or righteous, God Almighty must assert His distinctiveness in demonstrating that we are not God. But only those that reject a salvation so great and so gracious are those who shall be doomed to eternal hell fire and judgements.
With regards to the curse’s severity and it’s universal applications, I believe in part that it operates to continually emphasize and reinforce that we are sinners, and there is but one Holy God. Given that God’s creation with every living creature is immediately and automatically cursed, that generational curses up to tenth generation are applied, and the Lord has always required the blood of the saints, is given to show that none can escape His hand. I don’t believe that the Lord has set all things against us simply because we are not God, but rather declares steadfastness of His love for us. And when we reject Him in every way, it is His heart that we are rejecting.
It is with great heartache and many tears that have given way to these conclusions. Remembering well that the lesson of the book of Job was primarily to discount the doctrine of personal righteousness. It’s all about the heart! His heart towards us, and our hearts being entwined with His.
Love & blessings…Tender Reed
August 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm #50896
— ‘True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. . . C.S. Lewis
how much did our very Creator give up to reveal what IS the greatest Love ever? . . all the Almighty God could give, He gave ~~ From Heaven’s Throne, to the Cross ~~ What perfect Humility and Authority breathtakingly epic ~~ Sacrificial is God’s Love necessary in His plan for His children to know HIM in His joy and His sorrow ~~~
August 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm #51686
Indeed the Lord desires for us to ask. As it is written you have not, cause you ask not. So even though we can ask some of these hard questions, it is a learning opportunity.
In conclusion: The Lord is firstly Sovereign in all things! Secondly, He is Serious about sin. Thirdly, He is Smitten, He is just as serious in His love for us!
Job was also a lesson in God’s sovereignty and patience. The book of Job was given as an indictment against our self-righteousness, to acknowledge fully His sovereignty. And then the Lord proposed 77 questions to Job showing His patience with mankind.
Love & blessings…Tender Reed
July 15, 2015 at 10:41 am #79617
still, why was Christ’s crucifixion so violent? ~~ how God hates sin and the magnitude of evil ~~ The very Son of God suffered the most, unimaginably ~~~
. . . “The punches, the beating, the thorns in the head, the mocking, the spitting upon, the whipping and scourging, the rejection, the cries for His death and all the horror of His final hours were necessary to lay upon Him all our sins. We see in this the violence of our own sins upon the life of one who was innocent.
Amazingly, not only do we see the true, violent nature of our sins through the torturing of Jesus, we see the amazing love of God in His willingness to bear our sins. Though He was completely innocent and faithful to God and though He deserved no punishment, Jesus took the violence of our own sins upon Himself. As the Apostle Paul writes, “Scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8).
. . . Jesus was beaten to take our sins upon Himself. With every stroke of violence that was laid upon Him there is a reminder to us of the violent nature of our sin. And with every stroke of violence there remains a constant reminder of His unfailing love for us. By bearing our sins, He made it possible for us to be free from sin, guilt, shame and fear. By taking upon Himself the violence of our sins, He freed us from the effects of sin which ultimately result in death (Romans 6:23). . “
October 6, 2015 at 10:17 am #89495
oh, to neglect so great a Salvation is unfathomably serious ~~
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