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September 24, 2008

Behold the Lamb of God – Jesus

(Rev 19:10 KJV)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 
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(Rev 19:11 KJV)  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
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(Rev 19:12 KJV)  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
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(Rev 19:13 KJV)  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
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 Jesus Christ alone firstly is the sole, central theme of the Bible, not rather man, religion, sins, elders, the church, or what ever..
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(John 1:29 KJV)  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

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(John 1:36 KJV)  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
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So what was the sin of the World?  Rebellion, Disobeying God, Unbelief, Eating the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden that next permeated everyone, every persons, for all now have sinned and all die now too.. died spirtually and physically as well.
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(Acts 4:10 KJV)  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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(Phil 2:3 KJV)  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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 2 Corinthians 11:2-4: I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
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(Mat 24:24 KJV)  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
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(Mark 13:22 KJV)  For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
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(Heb 9:27 KJV)  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ( and there is no second chance, no reincarnation too)
 28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21  And having an high priest over the house of God;
22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30  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.
31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32  But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33  Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
34  For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
36  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37  For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
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Jesus Christ alone saves you, delivers you from Hell and death, and not your Church, your church attendnce, your Denomination , your cult, your good works, water baptism, your burnt candles, or your donations or what ever.. 
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Rather than read the Bible straightforwardly and letting the Holy Sprit himself, guide and lead us into all truths… some persons under guise of Rightly Dividing the Word  these people advocate that we must first  develop a uniform way of understanding the Bible. What we must have is the right method of interpreting inspired writings–and if we will carefully derive our methods of interpretation from those same materials–then we can know what God is saying to us through them. So if that was the essential  case why did not God starting forward indicate this rather US ALL NOW TOO OFTEN OFTEN HAVING TO RELY ON THE VIEWS, OPINION OF THE FALSE MEN AND WOMEN ?
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“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the  doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus  Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the  simple.” -Romans 16:17-18 KJV  
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“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it  necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all  delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out  for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the  only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Jude 1:3-4
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The false Brethren wresting of Holy Scriptures to support a line of dispensational reaching contrary to the actual written word of God is still also unacceptable
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“I have learned decades and decades ago that the Brethren are deceitful.. ” they always have their own comments, THEIR OWN reinterpretation of the Bible.. their own false context and many of them are rightfully now going to hell… they like to tell people what to do, but do not like others to tell them the truth about themselves. And by the way most of my family on my wife’s side are Plymouth brethren, still they cheat, lies, steal slander, commit adultery too and they now are all undeniably going to hell, with their bad pastors, deacons, elders too..
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The Brethren  oft repeated assertion that the present voice of the Holy Spirit is located in the utterance of men is an affront to the Holy Spirit.
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“But in vain do they worship me, teaching as their teachings commandments of men. For, leaving the commandment of God, ye hold what is delivered by men to keep”, Mark 7: 7-8.
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“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, that the day of Christ is at hand.” — 2 Thess. 2:1,2.Apostle Peter tells us in his second letter (1.16,19-2.3):  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 …. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place …. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you ….(1 Tim 1:7 KJV)  Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.(Heb 5:12 KJV)  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
 
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  1. Why is Jesus called the Lamb?”

    The curtain splitting down the middle marked the departure of the presence of God from the most holy place. When Jesus died, the whole purpose of the object lesson of the Hebrew Sanctuary ended. It ceased to have a purpose. The type had met the anti-type. The real replaced the imaginary. The rituals of the priests were no longer necessary because the true Lamb of God had been slain. Recalling the words of John the Baptist we read, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29.

    As early as the book of Genesis, lambs were offered in sacrifice to God. In Exodus 12, when the last plague came and the angel of death went through Egypt killing the firstborn, the Hebrews had been instructed by God to kill a lamb in sacrifice and put its blood on the doorposts of their dwellings. God’s wrath would pass over the people inside who had partaken of it and were thus under the blood. The Bible teaches that blood represents life. Genesis 9:4-6; Leviticus 17:11.

    “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4, 20). Death is the penalty for sinning. To sin is to break God’s law. “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). His law is capsulized in the Ten Commandments, from the first commandment “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me,” to the last commandment, “Thou shalt not covet” (Exodus 20:3; 20:17).

    Sin is an intruder in the earth. It is not natural. It is not necessary. In fact, the human race is 6000 years behind what it could be exactly because of sin. The devil is the initiator of sin. The Bible calls him the “father of lies” (John 8:44). We know that he is in direct opposition to God. His very name, “Satan,” means, “the adversary.” You can be sure that if God has a law–Ten Commandments, defining what sin is–Satan is ready to oppose that law. He knows the Scriptures better than we do. He knows that in James 2:8 God’s law is called “the royal law,” and that in James 2:12 it is called the “law of liberty.” And he understands James 2:10 between those verses, that says, “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” He knows that all he has to do to cause a person to be lost, is to lead them to break one part of God’s law–just one!–and then keep them distracted or confused long enough that they don’t seek the true change of heart that our Father offers through authentic forgiveness.

    Jesus is the Lamb because without a sufficient sacrifice to pay the penalty of our sin, we would be doomed to death, for “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23). The penalty for sin must be paid or we will receive our just wages. And that means we would die. Only a life equal in value to the broken law could be offered to pay the penalty of that law. And no one’s character is equal to God’s character except God’s own. Only the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit could pay the penalty.

    But God alone has immortality (1 Timothy 6:16). God cannot die. A Being who cannot die, cannot offer His life in payment. Jesus, therefore, came to the earth to become human. He took upon Himself our broken humanity. He crossed the incredible line between Creator and creation, and became as human as we are. So that He could be offered for us. So that He could die in our place. So that “whosoever would” could accept that sacrifice and live.

    Just as a real lamb offered in sacrifice is innocent, Jesus was innocent. He was sinless. Like a real lamb offered in sacrifice, Jesus’ life was represented by His blood. While the lambs were symbolic of the ultimate arrival of the true sacrifice, still the true Sacrifice must finally come. And Jesus was the true sacrifice. He was the Lamb of God.

    The book of Revelation calls Him “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). God didn’t want man to sin, but He gave him a free choice. Had more time passed—had Adam and Eve trusted God and matured a bit more—humankind never would have fallen. But they didn’t trust and wait, and thus they did fall. We may thank heaven though, that as soon as there was sin, there was a Savior. Jesus promised to come to earth as a man to die for man in the fullness of the time. Through that promise He was already as good as crucified–as good as murdered–in that dark moment right after their sin, as Adam and Eve stood in the garden, looking at each other in ripening fear and apprehension, a realization of what they had done starting to sink in.

    A sacrificial lamb must be without fault. It couldn’t have visible defects or be suffering from sickness or disease. But even lambs are born into a fallen world impacted by the curse of sin; in this sense, none can truly be said to be born whole. Some are born more visibly impacted by sin, some less; some through mistreatment become maimed. The Bible tells us that while Jesus came–and came to us as human as we are, bearing the fallen flesh of fallen humanity–He was sinless and undefiled (Hebrews 7:26). He was separate from sinners in that He never sinned, but He was one with sinful men in that He took their very nature. A hand isn’t guilty for stealing, but the mind that controls the hand. And human flesh isn’t guilty for being sinful flesh, but a person is guilty when they follow the pull of that fallen flesh to fulfill its lusts.

    Jesus never did that. He is our sinless Savior.

    He Jesus, God, he now fully upheld His law. It is still here. It is still in effect. It is still binding. God still stands ready to forgive the sinner. He grants the gift of repentance. But not as you and I have heard of it. How does God take away the sin of the world? Jesus comes to the earth as one of us. He lives a perfect life without sinning. He dies in our place. He goes to heaven to serve as our High Priest, to be our Mediator. He offers His life for ours, and in response to our prayers the life-changing presence of the Holy Spirit is sent into our hearts and minds. He doesn’t stop short of saving us fully. He doesn’t throw a white covering over a sin-blackened reality—He removes our sin and puts His power inside of us so that we can obey. He puts His righteousness upon clean vessels.

    Comment by thenonconformer — September 24, 2008 @ 11:04 pm


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