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What is the relevance of Jesus’ resurrection to ‘the man in the street’?

First, who is the ‘man in the street’? This writing judges according to ‘what is Written’ [in the Bible]. The Bible makes a distinction between ‘Jews’ [those of the circumcision] and Gentiles. A further setting apart is made between those who have never heard concerning Jesus and his ‘resurrection’, those who have heard yet disbelieved, those who heard, believed and marvelled; and those who believed and did what the Ethiopian did, Act 8:35, “…And Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached the good news about Jesus to him. Now as they were going down the road, they came upon some water. And the eunuch said, ‘Behold, here is water: what prevents me from being baptized?’ And Philip said, ‘If you believe from all the heart, it is lawful.’ And answering he said, ‘I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God.’ And he ordered the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, both Phillip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.”

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Moreover, I must come by blood also for it is written, Isa 53:10-: The LORD decided his Servant would suffer as a sacrifice to take away the sin and guilt of others. Now the Servant will live to see his own descendants. He did everything the LORD had planned. By suffering, the Servant will learn the true meaning of obeying the LORD. Although He is innocent, He will take the punishment for the sins of others, so that many of them will no longer be guilty.

Jesus encourages his disciples, Mat 28:16, “But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mount where Jesus appointed them. And seeing Him, they worshiped Him. Nevertheless, they doubted. And coming up Jesus talked with them, saying, ‘All authority in Heaven and on earth was given to Me. You then, having gone, disciple all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the completion of the age.’ Amen.”

 

Luke, on the other hand, tells of Jesus’ parting words [as told], Act 1:1-, “Indeed, O Theophilus, I made the first report concerning all things which Jesus began both to do and to teach, until the day He was taken up, having given directions to the apostles whom He elected, through a Holy Spirit, to whom also He presented Himself living after His suffering, by many infallible proofs, being seen by them through forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of the God.

 

“And having met with them, He charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, which you heard of Me, ‘For, John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in a Holy Spirit not many days after.’

 

“Then, indeed, coming together they questioned Him, saying, ‘Lord, do You restore the kingdom to Israel at this time?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not yours to know times or seasons which the Father placed in His own authority; but you will receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you, and you will be witnesses of Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ And saying these things, as they looked on, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him from their sight.

 

“And as they were intently looking into the heaven, He having gone, even behold, two men in white clothing stood by them, who also said, ‘Men, Galileans, why do you stand looking up to the heaven? This Jesus, the One being taken from you into the heaven, will come in the way you saw Him going into the heaven.”

 

To find out concerning the relevance Jesus’ resurrection has to ‘the Gentile in the street’ one would have to start at an event prior to that of Philip’s [Isa 53:7-, “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, thus He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation, His justice was taken away, and who will recount His generation? For His life is taken away from the earth.”

 

Paul writes even of an ‘event’ prior to Isa 53, Eph 1:3-, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ, just as He chose us in Him [Jesus Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love. Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will; to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He bestowed favour upon us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and insight.” Think deeply over this because it stands written, “YOU ARE TO BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY,” 1Pet 1:16/Lev 19:2.

 

John expands, 1Jn 3:2-, “Dear friends, we are now God’s children, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been fully revealed. We know that if Christ reappears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And every man who has this hope fixed on Him, purifies himself so as to be as pure as He is. Every one who is guilty of sin is also guilty of violating Law; for sin is the violation of Law. And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

 

“No one who continues in union with Him lives in sin: no one who lives in sin has seen Him or knows Him. Dear children, let no one lead you astray. The man who acts righteously is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who is habitually guilty of sin is a child of the Devil, because the Devil has been a sinner from the very beginning. The Son of God appeared for the purpose of undoing the work of the Devil. No one who is a child of God is habitually guilty of sin. A God-given germ of life remains in him, and he cannot habitually sin–because he is a child of God.

 

“By this we can distinguish God’s children and the Devil’s children: no one who fails to act righteously is a child of God, nor he who does not love his brother man. For this is the Message you have heard from the beginning–that we are to love one another. We are not to resemble Cain, who was a child of the Evil one and killed his own brother. And why did he kill him? because his own actions were wicked and his brother’s actions righteous.

 

“Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. As for us, we know that we have already passed out of death into Life–because we love our brother men. He who is destitute of love continues dead. Every one who hates his brother man is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has the Life of the Ages continuing in him. We know what love is–through Christ’s having laid down His life on our behalf; and in the same way we ought to lay down our lives for our brother men.

 

“But if any one has this world’s wealth and sees that his brother man is in need, and yet hardens his heart against him–how can such a one continue to love God? Dear children, let us not love in words only nor with the lips, but in deed and in truth. And in this way we shall come to know that we are loyal to the truth, and shall satisfy our consciences in His presence in whatever matters our hearts condemn us–because God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.

 

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have perfect confidence towards God; and whatever we ask for we obtain from Him, because we obey His commands and do the things which are pleasing in His sight. And this is His command–that we are to believe in His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us to do. The man who obeys His commands continues in union with God, and God continues in union with him; and through His Spirit whom He has given us we can know that He continues in union with us.”

 

Peter, too, confirms this prior ‘event’, 1Pe 1:15-, “But be holy in every detail of your lives, as He, whose servants you are, is holy. Because it has been said in the Writings, ‘You are to be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you give the name of Father to Him who, judging every man by his acts, has no respect for a man’s position, then go in fear while you are on this earth.

 

“Being conscious that you have been made free from that foolish way of life which was your heritage from your fathers, not through a payment of things like silver or gold which come to destruction, But through holy blood, like that of a clean and unmarked lamb, even the blood of Christ. Who was marked out by God before the making of the world, but was caused to be seen in these last times for you.

 

“Who through Him have faith in a God who took Him up again from death into glory; so that your faith and hope might be in a God. And as you have made your souls clean, being ruled by what is true, and loving one another without deceit, see that your love is warm and from the heart. For, you have had a new birth not from a seed of man, but from eternal seed, through a statement of a living and unchanging God. For, it is said, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass becomes dry and the flower dead. But, the word of a Lord is eternal. And this is the word of the good news, which was given to you.” At times, it’s nigh impossible to find a translation that does justice to the ‘original’.

 

Therefore, the reason for ‘creation’ is, God, the Father, wanted children and Jesus said He would ‘go’, Heb 10:7-, “Then I said, ‘See, I have come to do Your will, O God’ In the volume of the scroll this is written about Me. In this passage He says, ‘You never wanted or took delight in sacrifices, offerings, burnt offerings, and sin offerings,’ which are offered according to the Law.

 

“Then He says, ‘See, I have come to do Your will.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By God’s will we have been sanctified once and for all through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, the Messiah.” The only way a God could have children, having a ‘free will’, would be by adoption.

 

For the full story of creation, click. Adoption allows one to choose. God is love. Where God is, love rules, Joh 14:23-, “Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love Me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and live with them. Those who do not love Me do not obey my teaching. And the teaching you have heard is not mine, but comes from the Father, who sent Me.” Hence, 1Sa 15:22-, “Samuel said, ‘Which does the LORD prefer: obedience or offerings and sacrifices? It is better to obey Him than to sacrifice the best sheep to Him. Rebellion against Him is as bad as witchcraft, and arrogance is as sinful as idolatry. Because you rejected the LORD’s command, He has rejected you as king.”

 

One can assume that Lucifer ‘fell’ during the Genesis 1 creation narrative. He had a free will as is written, Isa 14:12-, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.’ Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, ‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms.’”  

 

The scene was set. In the Genesis 2 narrative, the sequence of events was different. Gen 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil…

 

“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it. For, in the day that thou eatest thereof—thou shalt die the death.”

 

Later the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.” And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them; and whatsoever the man would call every living creature, that was to be the name thereof. And the man gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him.

 

During this time, Adam never ate of that tree. Then the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the place with flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from the man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And the man said, “At last! This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh [this mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church].” And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

 

However, Satan ‘disguised’ as a snake deceived Eve. Not only did she eat but also, horror upon horror, she got Adam to eat of the fruit. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden toward the cool of the day; and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto the man, and said unto him: “Where art thou?”

 

And he said: “I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” And the man said, “The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” It was God’s fault him eating of the fruit. He did not ask for a wife.

 

Eve blamed the ‘Snake’ and the ‘Snake’ thought he had won the first round. He had no knowledge of 1Pe 1:18-, “Being conscious that you have been made free from that foolish way of life which was your heritage from fathers, not through a payment of things like silver or gold which come to destruction, But through holy blood, like that of a clean and unmarked lamb, even the blood of Christ. Who was marked out by God before the making of the world, but was caused to be seen in these last times for you. Who through Him have faith in God who took Him up again from the dead into glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God.”

 

That day, before God sent them out of the garden where they then ate ‘the plants of the field’, there were three remarkable events. One must bear in mind that Eve did not sin; she was not commanded to eat of that fruit. The sin of this world, the reason a person is born a sinner, is because we were in Adam when he ate. Adam’s sin was imputed his posterity, Rom 5:18, “So then, as the effect of one act of wrongdoing was that punishment came on all men, even so the effect of one act of righteousness was righteousness of life for all men.”

 

This may seem strange but for, Heb 7:9-, “And, so to speak, when Abraham paid the tenth, Levi (whose descendants collect the tenth) also paid it. For Levi had not yet been born, but was, so to speak, in the body of his ancestor Abraham when Melchizedek met him.” Furthermore, it may seem unfair that you and I should suffer for Adam’s wrongdoing were it not for the, “…even so the effect of one act of righteousness was righteousness of life for all men.” The mystery, of the ages, was how was God to bring about what is written, Rev 10:7, “But when the seventh angel blows his trumpet, then God will accomplish his secret plan [welcoming his ‘adopted’ children even his Son’s bride] as He announced to his servants, the prophets.”

 

Paul writes, Rom 11:25-, “There is a secret truth, my friends, which I want you to know, for it will keep you from thinking how wise you are. It is that the stubbornness of the people of Israel is not permanent, but will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to God. And, this is how all Israel will be saved, as the scripture says, ‘The Saviour will come from Zion and remove all wickedness from the descendants of Jacob.’

 

“I will make this covenant with them when I take away their sins. Because they reject the Good News, the Jews are God’s enemies for the sake of you Gentiles. But because of God’s choice, they are his friends because of their ancestors. For God does not change his mind about whom He chooses and whom He blesses.”

 

       First, God spoke to the ‘Snake’, “Because you have done this, you are more cursed than all the livestock, and more than all the earth’s animals. You’ll crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. I’ll place hostility between you and the woman, between your offspring and her Offspring. He’ll strike you on the head, and you’ll strike Him on the heel [1Pe 2:24-, “Who Himself carried up in His body our sins onto the tree; that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness, of whom for that  wound you were made whole. For, you were as sheep going astray, but now you turned back to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls].” Satan is doomed a loser; he will ‘eat dust’ until he is cast into the ‘lake of fire’.

 

       Second, God spoke to the woman, “I will greatly increase your sorrow and your conception; you shall bear sons in sorrow, and your desire shall be toward your husband; and he shall rule over you.”

 

       Third, God spoke to the man, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it,’ the ground shall be cursed because of you; you shall eat of it in sorrow all the days of your life. And it shall bring forth thorns and thistles for you and you shall eat the plant of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until your return to the ground. For, you have been taken out of it; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

 

The Jews ‘rejected’ their Messiah to the advantage of the Gentiles. Worse still, women have rejected the patriarchal system, introduced by God, and so, rejected the leniency granted her, 1Ti 2:8-, “So then I would have the men everywhere pray [1Co 11:4-, “Every man who prays or who prophesies with his head covered, dishonours his Head. But every woman who prays or who prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.

 

“For if a woman is not covered, let her also have her hair cut. But if it is a shameful thing for a woman to have her hair cut, or to be shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.

 

“For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. Because of this, the woman ought to have a symbol of authority upon her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, neither is the man apart from the woman, nor the woman apart from the man, in the Lord], lifting to God holy hands which are unstained with anger or strife; and I would have the women dress becomingly, with modesty and self-control, not with plaited hair or gold or pearls or costly clothes, but–as befits women making a claim to godliness–with the ornament of good works.

 

“A woman should quietly learn from others with entire submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach, nor have authority over a man, but she must remain silent. For Adam was formed first, and then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but his wife was thoroughly deceived, and so became involved in transgression. Yet a woman will be brought safely through childbirth if she and her husband continue to live in faith and love and growing holiness, with habitual self-restraint.”

 

Paul explains, 1Co 14:32-, “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, let your women be silent in the churches, for it has not been permitted for them to speak, but to be in subjection, just as the law also says. And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

 

“Or did the word of God go forth from you? Or did it come to you only? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or is spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I am writing to you are the commandments of a Lord. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.”

 

We know there are false prophets, unbecoming prayers and false teachings, 2Ti -4:1-, “…I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is going to judge the living and the dead in accordance with His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all patience and teaching.

 

“For there will be a time when they will not put up with sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, they will heap up for themselves teachers, tickling their ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths. You however be watchful in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.”

 

Women’s insistence on equal rights and freedom from the yoke of male dominance reminds one of, Mar 14:21, “The Son of Man indeed is going away just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man not to have been born.” Similarly, the woman of Revelation 17 will appear centre-stage before Antichrist hits the limelight just as it is written of her, [Rev 17:16-, “And the ten horns which you saw, and the Beast, these will hate the harlot, and will make her desolated and naked, and will eat her flesh, and will burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfil His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the Beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.” andMat 13:30-, “…Leave both to grow together until the harvest; and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares, and bind them into bundles to burn them, but gather together the wheat into my barn’”] it would have been better for that woman not to have been born rather, that she had been born again for it is written, Mat 7:21-, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

 

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name we cast out demons, and in Your name we did many mighty works?’ And then I will confess to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you who work iniquity!’” No, God is not angry neither is He discriminating rather, He is protecting women of ever being ‘blamed’ again, “It’s the women You gave, to be with me, whom you ‘called into the ministry; she ‘taught me the ‘this way of salvation’”.

 

Before Jesus’ return, the rapture, Paul writes, 2Th 2:3, “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son of perdition. ‘Christian’ men are accountable for what their wives pray [Jas 4:1-, “Where do all the fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your desires for pleasure, which are constantly fighting within you. ‘You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it. And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures. Unfaithful people! Don’t you know that to be the world’s friend means to be God’s enemy? If you want to be the world’s friend, you make yourself God’s enemy] or, prophesy, [1Co 14:29-, “And prophets–let two or three speak, and let the others discern, and if to another sitting anything may be revealed, let the first be silent; for ye are able, one by one, all to prophesy, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted, and the spiritual gift of prophets to prophets are subject, for God is not a God of tumult, but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints.

 

“Your women in the assemblies let them be silent, for it hath not been permitted to them to speak, but to be subject, as also the law saith], Num 30:-16, “…These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between a father and his daughter, being in her youth, in her father’s house.”

 

What is the ‘way of salvation’? Firstly, Salvation is by grace, Eph 2:4-, “But, the God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love wherewith He loved us, even us being dead to the trespasses, made us alive together with the Christ (being saved is by grace), and has raised us up together, and has made us sit down together in the heavenlies by the Christ Jesus [from the heavenlies point of view, ‘we’ are as good as raised from death and seated with Christ Jesus], that He might display, in the coming ages, the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.

 

“For, thanks to the grace, ye are being saved, through faith; and this not of yourselves; of a God this gift: not of works, lest no one might boast. For of Him we are a workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which the God did before prepare, that in them we may walk.”

 

Jesus’ resurrection can only have any bearing on those who have died to Sin and are a ‘new creation’ in Christ Jesus unto good works… Good works are no guarantee to enter the God’s kingdom, Joh 3:3, “In most solemn truth I tell you,” answered Jesus, “that unless a man is born anew he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” One need not know the sciences concerning rebirth; it’s a matter of ‘do and die’ as is written, Mar 16:1-, “When the Sabbath was over [the Saturday Sabbath; Jesus was crucified the Wednesday, the day before the Passover Sabbath, Joh 19:31, ‘The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away,’], Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, in order to come and anoint His body.

 

“So, very soon after sunrise on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb; and they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But then, looking up, they saw that the stone was already rolled back: for it was of immense size [John writes that Mary Magdalene went running to Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!’ Joh 20:2-, “Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in.

 

“Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed {that someone had taken Jesus’ body}.  (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.) Then the disciples went back home.

 

“But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping aloud. While she was still weeping, she bent over and looked in the tomb and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ they asked her. She answered, ‘They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!’ Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus.

 

“’Woman, why are you weeping?’ Jesus asked her. ‘Who is it that you are looking for? She thought He was the gardener, so she said to Him, ‘If you took Him away, Sir, tell me where you have put Him, and I will go and get Him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned toward Him and said in Hebrew, ‘Rabboni!’ (This means ‘Teacher.’) ‘Do not hold on to Me,’ Jesus told her, ‘because I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to Him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God.’

 

“So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what He had told her. It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you,’ He said. After saying this, He showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.’ Then He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive a holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven’].

 

“Upon entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at their right hand, clothed in a long white robe. They were astonished and terrified. But he said to them, ‘Do not be terrified. It is Jesus you are looking for–the Nazarene who has been crucified. He has come back to life: He is not here: this is the place where they laid Him. But go and tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you into Galilee: and that there you will see Him, as He told you.’ So they came out, and fled from the tomb, for they were greatly agitated and surprised; and they said not a word to any one, for they were afraid.

 

“But He rose to life early on the first day of the week, and appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom He had expelled seven demons. She went and brought the tidings to those who had been with Him, as they were mourning and weeping. But they, when they were told that He was alive and that she had seen Him, could not believe it. Afterwards He showed Himself in another form to two of them as they were walking, on their way into the country. These, again, went and told the news to the rest; but not even them did they believe.

 

“Later still He showed Himself to the Eleven themselves whilst they were at table, and He upbraided them with their unbelief and obstinacy in not having believed those who had seen Him alive. Then He said to them, ‘Go the whole world over, and proclaim the Good News [the Good News of my resurrection] to all mankind. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who disbelieves will be condemned. And signs shall attend those who believe, even such as these. By making use of my name they shall expel demons. They shall speak new languages. They shall take up venomous snakes, and if they drink any deadly poison it shall do them no harm whatever. They shall lay their hands on the sick, and the sick shall recover.

 

“So the Lord Jesus after having thus spoken to them was taken up into Heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. But they went out and made proclamation everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming their Message by the signs which accompanied it.”

 

The ‘heart of the Gospel’ rests on the above two sayings, “Then He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive a holy Spirit [see the original Script],” and, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.” One cannot be ‘born again’ unless one first dies. Paul writes, Gal 2:20-, ”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. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness is attainable by the law, then Christ hath died in vain.”

 

Who is this Jesus by whose faith one can now ‘live’? Few translations tells it as to the original; a Scripture medley, Joh 1:1-, “Before the world began, the Word was there. The Word was with the God, and the Word was a God [Php 2:5-, “For, let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of a God, thought it not robbery to be equal to the God, but did empty Himself, the form of a servant having taken, in the likeness of men having been made [Heb 10:5, ‘Wherefore, coming into the world, He saith, “Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not will, and a body Thou didst prepare for Me” and Luk 1:34-, ‘Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, ‘A holy Spirit shall come upon you, and a power beyond compare shall overshadow you; therefore, also, the One being born shall be called ‘Son of God’ ], and in fashion having been found as a man, He humbled Himself, having become obedient unto death–death even of a cross, wherefore, also, the God did highly exalt Him, and gave to Him a name that is above every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee may bow–of heavenlies, and earthlies, and what are under the earth–and every tongue may confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father]. He was there with the God in the beginning. Everything was made through Him, and nothing was made without Him. In Him there was life, and that life was a light [the world’s craving for everlasting life] for the people of the world.

 

“And the light appears in darkness, and the darkness has not defeated it. There was a man named John, who was sent from a God. He came to tell people about the Light. Through him all people could hear about the Light and believe… He [the Light] came to the world that was his own. And his own people did not accept Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become children of a God, to the ones believing into the name of Him, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but were born of a God.

 

“And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten from a father, full of grace and of truth. 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. And of the fullness of Him have all we received, even grace instead of, of grace. For, the Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ…

 

“Jews were sent from the Pharisees; they said to John, ‘You say you are not the Messiah. You say you are not Elijah or the Prophet. Then why do you baptize people?’ John answered, them, saying, ‘I baptize in water, but One stands in your midst whom you do not know…’ And John witnessed, saying, ‘I have seen the Spirit coming down as a dove out of Heaven, and He abode on Him. And I did not know Him, but the One sending me to baptize in water, that One said to me, On whomever you see the Spirit coming down and abiding on Him, this is the One baptizing in a holy Spirit. And I have seen and have witnessed that this One is the Son of the God.”

 

Jesus is the One who will ‘baptize in a holy Spirit’? Because of John 7:37-’s mistranslation, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified,)” the ‘baptizing in a holy Spirit’, too, had to be ‘conformed’ and, many other.

 

The ‘original’ would read, Joh 7:37-, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, “From within Him shall flow rivers of living water.” But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believed on Him were to receive: for a Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

 

After speaking to Mary Magdalene, Jesus ‘returned to his Father’. John, whilst on the Isle of Patmos, was shown a ‘playback’ of Jesus’ glorification, Rev 5:11-, “Then I looked, and I heard as it were the voice of many angels around the throne, and the living beings, and the elders. And the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and a thousand thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive the power and the wealth and wisdom and strength, and honour and glory and blessing!”

 

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them for the second time, Joh 20:21, “Peace to you. As the Father has sent Me, I also send you. And saying this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive a holy Spirit.” It was only after his glorification that they could share his resurrection.

 

Jesus died the death for Adam’s trespass. God introduced a ‘sacrificial system’ to cover that sin, Gen 3:21, “And the LORD God made clothes out of animal skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them.” Jesus paid a debt He did not owe; He was made sin on our behalf, 1Jn 5:5-, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth testimony, because the Spirit is truth.” ‘We’, come by water only, Gal 3:25-, “But, faith having come, the Law is no longer in charge of us; for ye are all God’s sons by faith in Christ Jesus. For ye, as many as have been baptised unto Christ, have put on Christ.”

 

One cannot ‘fall in love‘ with Jesus and be his ‘bride’ whilst still in ‘union’ with ‘Adam’/Sin, Rom 7:-4-, “Therefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the marriage law, by the body of Christ: that you may belong to another, who is risen again from the dead that we may bring forth fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members, to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are loosed from the law of death wherein we were detained; so that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”

 

In baptism one dies—puts off ‘the old man’, Rom 6:1-, “What shall we say, then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid! For we that are dead to sin, how shall we live any longer therein? Know you not that all we who are baptized in Christ Jesus are baptized in his death? For we are buried together with Him by baptism into death: that, as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. For, if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

 

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin may be destroyed, to the end that we may serve sin no longer. For he that is dead is justified from sin. Now, if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall live also together with Christ.”

 

Abraham believed when God promised that he would be ‘the father of many nations’ him being the ‘father of the faith’ [Gal 3:29, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise],Rom 4:16  “Therefore it is of faith that it may be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those of the law, but also to those of the faith of Abraham [Gal 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified], who is the father of us all, Rom 4:17, “Just as it is written, ‘I have appointed you a father of many nations’, before God, whom he believed, the One who gives life to the dead and calls those things which are not as though they were…

 

“Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was accounted to him, but for us also, to whom it was going to be imputed, those believing on Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up for our transgressions, and was raised for our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with the God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have had access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of the God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces endurance; and endurance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by a holy Spirit that was given to us.”

 

By faith, one receives ‘a holy Spirit’ when coming up out of the water of baptism, as is written, Joh 3:5-, “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless someone is born out of water and of Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of the God. That which is born out of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The Spirit blows where it wills, and you hear its sound, but you do not know from where it comes and where it goes. So is everyone who has been born of the Spirit.”

 

Being now ‘clothed in Christ Jesus’ one becomes a ‘member of his Body’, Him being one’s life, shearing his breath/Spirit, 1Co 12:12-, “A person has only one body, but it has many parts. Yes, there are many parts, but all those parts are still just one body. Christ is like that too. Some of us are Jews and some of us are not; some of us are slaves and some of us are free. But we were all baptized to become one body through one Spirit. And we were all given the one Spirit.”

 

What then is the relevance of Jesus’ resurrection to ‘the man in the street’; be he a man, a woman, a Jew, a Gentile, a slave or a freeman? Paul, a Jew, explains, Gal 3:19-, “So what was the law for? The law was given to show the wrong things people do. The law would continue until the special Descendant of Abraham came. This is the Descendant mentioned in the promise, which came directly from God. But the law was given through angels, and the angels used Moses as a mediator to give the law to the people.

 

“But when God gave the promise, there was no mediator, because a mediator is not needed when there is only one side, and God is that one side. Does this mean that the law works against God’s promises? Of course, the law was never God’s way of giving new life to people. If it were, then we could be made right with God by following the law.

 

“But this is not possible. The Scriptures put the whole world in prison under the control of sin, so that the only way for people to get what God promised would be through faith in Jesus Christ. It is given to those who believe in Him. Before this faith came, the law held us [Jews] as prisoners. We had no freedom until God showed us the way of faith that was coming. I mean the law was the guardian in charge of us until Christ came. After He came, we could be made right with the God through faith.

 

“Now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law to be our guardian. You were all baptized into Christ, and so you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

“Now, in Christ, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or free, male or female. You are all someone in Christ Jesus. You belong to Christ, so you are Abraham’s descendants. You get all of God’s blessings because of the promise that God made to Abraham.”

 

A ‘child of God’ has hope, the hope on glory, 1Jn 3:1-, “Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! On account of this the world does not know you, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

 

There is a ‘terms and condition clause’, Mat 24:4-, “And Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumours of was. See that you are not disturbed; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are the beginning of sorrows.

 

“Then they will hand you over to tribulation and they will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations, on account of My name. And then many will fall away, and they will betray one another, and they will hate one another. Then many false prophets will be raised up, and they will deceive many. And because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

 

Be encouraged by Paul’s farewell greeting, 2Ti 4:7-, “I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for Him to come again.”

 

John, after witnessing the opening of the seven seals the day Jesus was glorified; the resurrection morning, testifies, Rev 22:8-, “I, John, heard and saw these things. When I had heard and seen them, I bowed to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing me these things. He told me, ‘Don’t do that! I am your co-worker. I work with other Christians, the prophets, and those who follow the words in this book. Worship God!’

 

Next, all of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the sky. From that time on we will all be with the Lord forever. Encourage each other with these words.

“Then the angel said to me, ‘Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy in this book because the time is near [Rev 10:7, “In the days when the seventh angel is ready to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God will be completed, as He had made this Good News known to his servants, the prophets”]. Let those who don’t have God’s approval go without it, and let filthy people continue to be filthy. Let those who have God’s approval continue to have it, and let holy people continue to be holy.’

 

“’Listen!” says Jesus. “I am coming soon! [Rev 14:14] I will bring my rewards with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done. I am the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ Happy are those who wash their robes clean and so, have the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life and to go through the gates into the city.

 

“But outside the city are the perverts and those who practice magic, the immoral and the murderers, those who worship idols and those who are liars both in words and deeds. ‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to announce these things to you in the churches. I am descended from the family of David; I am the bright morning star.’

 

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Everyone who hears this must also say, ‘Come!’ Come, whoever is thirsty; accept the water of life as a gift, whoever wants it. I, John, solemnly warn everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: if any add anything to them, God will add to their punishment the plagues described in this book. And if any take anything away from the prophetic words of this book, God will take away from them their share of the fruit of the tree of life and of the Holy City, which are described in this book. He who gives his testimony to all this says, ‘Yes indeed! I am coming soon!’ So be it. Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with everyone.”

 

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