Come Let us Grow Together: Who is Jesus Christ

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Mt 16:13-16)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was 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.  (Jn 1:1,14)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Word of God.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (Jn 14:16-18)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Comforter.

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:  And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. (Jn 15:26-27)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Truth.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Rm 8:8-10)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the indwelling Spirit of God.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the indwelling Spirit of God.

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: (Col 1:26-28)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the hope of glory.

Ok, let us see According to Scripture who Jesus Christ is.

1. Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God!
2. Jesus Christ is the Word of God!
3. Jesus Christ is the Comforter!
4. Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Truth!
5. Jesus Christ is the indwelling Spirit of God! (the Holy Spirit)
6. Jesus Christ is the hope of glory!

Let us go on in the Word of God to see who Jesus Christ really is.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Mt 1:23)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is God with us.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, {i.e. in this manner} that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:17-19)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is God with us.

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: (Rev 1:10-11a)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Rev 1:18)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is He that liveth and was dead.

Who is the image of the invisible God, (Col 1:15a)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Heb 1:3)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. (Col 2:9)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

The prophet Isaiah prophesied of the birth of Christ.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6)

Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Let us sum up who Jesus Christ really is according to the Word of God.

1.    Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God!
2.    Jesus Christ is the Word of God!
3.    Jesus Christ is the Comforter!
4.    Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Truth!
5.    Jesus Christ is the indwelling Spirit of God! (the Holy Spirit)!
6.    Jesus Christ is the hope of glory!
7.    Jesus Christ is God with us!
8.    Jesus Christ is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last!
9.    Jesus Christ is He that liveth and was dead!
10.  Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God!
11.  Jesus Christ is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person (singular)!
12.  Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead bodily!
13.  Jesus Christ is Wonderful!
14.  Jesus Christ is the Counsellor!
15.  Jesus Christ is the Mighty God!
16.  Jesus Christ is the Everlasting Father!
17.  Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace!

Now let’s talk about who Jesus Christ IS NOT according to scripture.

Jesus Christ IS NOT God the Son as this denotes the recognition of a plurality in the Godhead and is not supported scripturally.

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (Deut 6:4) Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)

The Hebrew word here translated for LORD is the same in all four instances here meaning, according to the -Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.  Thus Jesus Christ is the revealed name of the Father in the New Testament.

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:17) This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. (Acts 2:32-33) Thus Jesus Christ is the revealed name of the Father in the New Testament.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (John 10:17-18) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36) Thus Jesus Christ is the revealed name of the Father in the New Testament.

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C & C: The Word of God is like an Anointing Salve that Heals our Wounds

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed.  The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

1 John 4:18-21
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment.  How many of you can relate to what this scripture is speaking about?  How many of you are plagued with fear that is tormenting your mind?  What was the answer?  He that fears is not made perfect in love.  So how do you perfect your love in God?

1 John 2:3-6
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

So to perfect your love of God and also see your fears, worries, and anxieties cease you must keep God’s word.  He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.  If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  We are commanded that he who loves God love his brother also!

Matthew 22:36-40
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

If you love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, you will love your neighbor as yourself.  And if you don’t then you will not be saved from your sins!  So if you hate your brother or your neighbor then you will not be saved!

Romans 13:10
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

So if you have any ill intent toward your neighbor then you do not love God with all your heart, your mind, and soul.  So then you will not love your neighbor nor your brother as yourself!  And you will not be saved from your sins either!

Who is my neighbor?

Luke 10:30-37
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Your neighbor is every one!  And we are commanded to love every one!  Or the love of God is not in you!

Matthew 7:12-14
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

So how do you get rid of hatred and bitterness out of your heart so that you do love your neighbor and your brother?  Again, whoso keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Luke 6:31-38
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

To overcome hatred and bitterness you must forgive those who have trespassed against you!  It is not an option if you want to be saved from your own sins!  “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”

Colossians 3:12-14
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Again, we see the bond of perfectness is love!  Love is the fulfilling of the law!  Whoso keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected!

John 14:15
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Hebrews 12:6-17
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

If you do not chasten your children then you hate their souls!!!  “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” (Pro 19:18)  “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Pro 13:24) betimes – Early; quickly.  “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” (Pro 23:13-14)

8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Spiritually speaking “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons” “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”  Whereof all are partakers meaning before you came to God.  “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Eph 2:3)

9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Chastisement is necessary for the saving of your souls!!  For your children after the flesh and all of us who are the children of God all need chastisement that we might be partakers of his holiness!!

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Without this chastisement and your correct response to this chastisement from your Heavenly Father who loves you, then you are bastards and not the children of God!!

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

The Word of God is like an Anointing Salve that Heals our Wounds!!  “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”

14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (Jn 14:15) “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.” (1 Thess 4:3-8)

15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

“And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.”  (Mk 4:16-17)

16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Look diligently unless any man fail of the grace of God; unless any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled, but rather receive chastisement of the Father of spirits and live!!  Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven!!

Hebrews 4:12-16
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

1 John 5:1-4
1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

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The Sabbath Rest

The establishing of the Sabbath day rest…..

Exodus 20:8-11
8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Who the Sabbath day rest was for and why…………

Exodus 31:13-17
13  Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
14  Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
16  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17  It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

Therefore…..

Deuteronomy 5:12-15
12  Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
13  Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
14  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
15  And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

As you can see the Sabbath Day was made for man.  It was a covenant between the children of Israel and God.  The purposes in the keeping of the Sabbath day of rest was to remind the children of Israel: 1) That in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed, 2) For the children of Israel to keep it holy or sanctified by observing the Sabbath day of rest by not doing any work, 3) That the children of Israel would remember that it was the Lord God who did sanctify them and brought them out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded them to keep the Sabbath day of rest.

The Lord speaks through the Prophet Ezekiel…..

Ezekiel 20:12; 19-20
12  Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
19  I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;
20  And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

The penalty of not keeping the Sabbath Day of rest was DEATH!!!!!!

Numbers 15:32-36
32  And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
33  And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
34  And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
35  And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
36  And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.

It is of the utmost importance to recognize why the Sabbath day rest was established and what the penalty of breaking the Sabbath day was…. which was death!!!!

So then came along Jesus, who was God with us!!!!!!

Matthew 12:1-13
1  At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

God is the same today, yesterday, and forever!!!!  So why was His disciples plucking the ears of corn on the Sabbath day as they walked along with Jesus, who was God with us???

2  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

Hear the Word of the Lord!!!  Hear the Word of Jesus Christ!!!

3  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4  How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

The Lord is teaching us knowledge here.  The Lord is bringing forth understanding……

5  Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

Now Hear the Answer!!  Now Hear Jesus who is the Answer!!

6  But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Hear the Word of the Lord, who has just said that his disciples are guiltless!!!!!
Why?  For a New Covenant is about to become instituted after the Lord Jesus Christ is put to death.  (Hebrews 9:16-17)  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.  For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

We are witnessing the transferring from the Old Testament Covenant of the Mosaic Law to the New Testament Covenant of Grace and Truth.

The New Testament Covenant will come into effect after the death of Jesus Christ.  It can not come into effect until the death of the testator, which in this case is Jesus Christ!  This is what the Lord is referring to when He answered the Pharisees, when He said, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.

Remember: (Hebrews 10:4)  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Hebrews 8:10, 12
10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

The Lord continues His answer to the Pharisees with a strong statement!!!

Remember:  Jesus Christ was God with us and the penalty of breaking the Sabbath day was DEATH!!!!

(Cont.) From Matthew 12
8  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

There is another portion of the answer!!!  The Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day rest.  And what the Pharisees were witnessing was the transition of the Old Testament Covenant of the Mosaic Law of works to the New Testament Covenant of Grace and Truth without the works of the Mosaic Law.

Remember why the Sabbath day was instituted???

Ezekiel 20:12; 19-20
12  Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
19  I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;
20  And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

(Cont.) From Matthew 12
9  And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10  And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
11  And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12  How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
13  Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Now Hear again the Lord Jesus give the answer!!!!!

Mark 2:27-28
27  And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Do we really believe that Jesus who was without sin and was also God with us, would break the Sabbath day of which He commanded the children of Israel to keep, of which He was a part of?????

Of course not.  So what is the understanding that is lacking?  1) The Sabbath day rest was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.  2) We are witnessing the transition of the Old Testament Covenant of the Mosaic Law of works to the New Testament Covenant of Grace and Truth without the works of the Mosaic Law.  3) The Sabbath day rest was only a type and a shadow of the spiritual rest that was to be found in Christ.  For the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Remember:  (John 21:25) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Yet with all these things that Jesus done, we continuously see written in the Bible what Jesus was doing on the Sabbath day!!!!  This is because Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath, and the Sabbath day was made for man, and because Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Sabbath rest.

For the receiving of the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Ghost, is the fulfillment of the shadow of which the Sabbath day rest represented!!

Again, on the Sabbath day…..

Luke 13:10-17
10  And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12  And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13  And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14  And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15  The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16  And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
17  And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

Again, on the Sabbath day…..

John 5:2-12
2  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Notice the command that Jesus gives to this man.  Remember the man gathering sticks in the Old Testament on the Sabbath day was stoned to death for his action.  Yet Jesus Christ, God with us, tells this man to……

8  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

The Lord Jesus is trying to get us to see something!!!!!!!  That something is this…..

Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath, and the Sabbath day was made for man, and because Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Sabbath rest.

10  The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

Did the Lord Jesus Christ, He who was without sin, the Lord of Glory, instruct this man to sin by taking up his bed on the Sabbath?????

11  He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12  Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

Again, of all the miracles that Jesus Christ did, so much so, that the Apostle John said, (John 21:25) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written; then it is of the utmost importance that we recognize that the Lord made sure that we saw that He was healing people on the Sabbath, His disciples were plucking corn on the Sabbath, He told this man to take up his bed and walk on the Sabbath; and yet this is God with us, who declared the man be stoned to death who gathered sticks on the Sabbath day under the Mosaic Law.

The Lord Jesus was giving us the instructions that:  Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath, and the Sabbath day was made for man, and because Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Sabbath rest, of which would be fully recognized after the death of the testator, which in this case was Jesus Christ; that we who have the Spirit of Christ are partaking of the Sabbath rest everyday!

It is of the utmost importance that you recognize:

Hebrews 9:16-17
16  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17  For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

So the thief on the cross that Jesus said this day you will be with me in paradise, was not under the New Testament Covenant.  For Jesus Christ had not yet died, therefore the New Testament Covenant was not in effect.

The answer is this:

Matthew 9:6
4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
5  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Jesus Christ had the power to forgive man of his sins.  So this thief on the cross, who was not under the New Testament Covenant since Jesus Christ had not yet died, was forgiven by Jesus who had the power on Earth to forgive man of their sins.

After Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and the giving of the Holy Ghost; the New Testament Covenant was fulfilled.  This took place when the day of Pentecost was fully come.

Listen to what the Apostle Paul tells us concerning the Sabbath….

Colossians 2:16-17
16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Galatians 4:9-11
9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

The Apostle Paul has made it clear that we do not have to observe days, months, times, and years for we are not under the Mosaic Law.  He even asked, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Listen to the Apostle Paul again…….

Romans 14:5-6
5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

Again the Apostle Paul has made it clear that One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

This is because we are not under the Mosaic Law but we are under the Perfect Law of Liberty which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  For the receiving of the Spirit of Christ and the baptism into Christ has fulfilled the Sabbath Rest which is in Christ.

Galatians 3:23-25
23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

We are no longer under the Mosaic Law including the observing of days, months, times, and years; for all of this was fulfilled in Jesus Christ!!

2 Corinthians 3:3
3  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.

Romans 7:5-6
5  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Again the Apostle Paul has made it very clear that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  For Christ fulfilled the Mosaic Law.

Remember:  The Sabbath day of rest was established as a covenant between the children of Israel and God to remind the children of Israel:  1) That in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed, 2) For the children of Israel to keep it holy or sanctified by observing the Sabbath day of rest by not doing any work, 3) That the children of Israel would remember that it was the Lord God who did sanctify them and brought them out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded them to keep the Sabbath day of rest.

Now Continue to Hear the fulfillment of the Sabbath day rest in Christ and see how the children of Israel failed to enter into the rest of which they were promised…

Hebrews 3:14-19
14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15  While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16  For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17  But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18  And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:1-6, 9-11
1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Here it was identified that we (the Church) that believe, do enter into rest.

4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Notice this is fulfilling the elements spoken of the rest of the Sabbath and their promise of rest in the land that was flowing with milk and honey.  It was first preached to Israel who entered not in because of unbelief!

But we are told that there remains a rest to the people of God and this rest is compared to the rest of God resting the seventh day from all of his works, just as God had told Israel.

9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Again we are told that this rest is a ceasing from our own works as God did from His, just as was first preached to the children of Israel who did not enter into that rest because of unbelief.  But we are told to labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Here the Lord tells us that in Him lies this rest!!

Matthew 11:28-30
28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The Prophet Isaiah tells us that this rest is the receiving of the Holy Ghost!!

Isaiah 28:9-13
9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13  But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Romans 11:25-29
25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Praise God for that!!  This means that what you receive of God will not be taken away from you.  For it is written, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

We partake of the Rest of which was spoken of as well as the New Testament Covenant when we fulfill what the Apostle Peter spoke in the book of Acts:
Acts 2:38
38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 8:3-4
3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For we are sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:16
16  That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

So we see that through the New Testament Covenant that God has sanctified us, we have ceased from our own works as God did from His, and we too have been set free from the bondage of Sin.  Which is a type of the bondage of Egypt.

The Sabbath rest of the Lord fulfilled!!!

Compare to the Sabbath observance God spoke to the children of Israel…

It was a covenant between the children of Israel and God.  Just as this New Testament Covenant is between the children of Israel and God.

It is important to realize that we are the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.  For we have partook of that seed Christ, of which was the promise.

Galatians 3:13-14, 16
13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

The purposes in the keeping of the Sabbath day of rest was to remind the children of Israel: 1) That in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed,

Just as we were told in Hebrews chapter 4:

Hebrews 4:3-6, 8-9
3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
8  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

This rest is found in the receiving of the Spirit of Christ!!

The second purpose in the keeping of the Sabbath day of rest was to remind the children of Israel:

2) To keep the Sabbath day of Rest holy or sanctified by not doing any work.

Just as we were told in Hebrews chapter 4:

Hebrews 4:9-12
9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

It is important to realize that when we allow God to move upon us and speak in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance that we have ceased from our own works as God did from His.  For the tongue can no man tame!!

James 3:5-8
5  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Again, this Rest is found in the receiving of the Spirit of Christ where God then tames the untamable tongue and we cease from our own works as God did from His.

The third purpose in the keeping of the Sabbath day of rest was to remind the children of Israel:

3) That the children of Israel would remember that it was the Lord God who did sanctify them and brought them out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded them to keep the Sabbath day of rest.

Just as we were told in Romans:

We are sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:16
16  That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Romans 8:3-4
3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Just as the children of Israel were sanctified and brought out of the land of Egypt we too are sanctified by the Holy Ghost and set free from the bondage of sin which is a type of Egypt.

Romans 8:2
2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Galatians 4:4-7
4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Hebrews 2:14
14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Set free from Egypt…  Set free from Sin…

The Sabbath rest of the Lord fulfilled!!!

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