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Who Is Jesus?

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God changed her life

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Forward… Isaiah known as the Prince of Prophets, Isaiah wrote about the “LAMB OF GOD” written around 740 years before Jesus was born of a Virgin, and Crucified 33 Years after, which is 1,979 years ago according to our calendar based on the Birth of Christ. We read of the prophecy of Jesus being crucified and how Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Paragraphs 10, 11 & 12 speak about Jesus… para 10: Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 

The ending statement of ‘and the will of the LORD will prosper in his offspring (Jesus) who ascended to heaven after He rose Triumphantly to the Throne of Righteousness where He (Jesus) intercedes on our behalf to the Father and Creator, see paragraph 12... For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors, conclusion: we see the prophecy of the Crucifixion of Jesus foretelling the event of EASTER that brought Salvation of mankind… What a Gift from our almighty Eternal God who loves us so much that He gave us His Son Jesus, and Jesus loves us and knows each of us by name, and as we accept Him and in Faith acknowledge His gift of Salvation we are Redeemed by His Blood. This is why on the Friday when Jesus was crucified it is known as “Good-Friday” because of Jesus’ dying for our Sins, as the Lamb of God. We also acknowledge that Jesus was there from the beginning of it all, read Genesis 26, as God spoke of the presence of Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Jesus is the incarnate Godhead as affirmed in John 1, Hebrews 1 and Colossians 1 as HE said ‘Before Abraham I was”  

Full Chapter: Isaiah 53

 1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, 
and like a root out of dry ground. 
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, 
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 

3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, 
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. 
Like one from whom people hide their faces 
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, 
yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, 
each of us has turned to our own way; 
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. 
Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 

11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, 
and he will divide the spoils with the strong, 
because he poured out his life unto death, 
and was numbered with the transgressors. 
For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

We need to be on the watch that we avoid the following, and confess our sin, as He said:

 1 John 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

· Dishonor, dishonoring our Lord is an abomination in His sight, many times we incur in our lives things that we regret doing that were detestful is the presence of our Lord. Yet Jesus our High Priest intervened and interceded to His Father (our Creator) on our behalf. As a Believer and a Child of the Most High, we were Redeemed by his Blood, and by His Blood, we were ‘Bought at a Price’ we are HIS and HE forgives our Sins when we come to Him, as said in

          

Romans 8:9 New International Version (NIV)

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

 

· Mock our Lord, Mocking our Lord is defined by an action when we deliberately sin against our Lord, knowing that we ponder the temptation before taking the plunge to participate in what is a mockery of our Lord’s Crucifixion that HE shed His Blood of Atonement for us.   This is not just an action of Mocking our Lord, it is like Crucifying our Lord ‘Again’ remember HE Died Once, in the rule of (Man’s judicial system) Laws there is a rule of “Double-Jeopardy” our Lord Jesus died and Rose triumphantly so that we may have life everlasting, HE also will not let us suffer the ‘Double-Jeopardy’ as He Paid it All in Full… but we cannot ‘Fall-Way’ and return to the old covenant, as HE is the new Covenant and by His Righteousness HE Redeemed us. Therefore, we through HIS Resurrection to Life that HE made us without Sin, though His Atonement, when we come to HIM, we become Children of our Lord, and HE gave us a Privilege that no one else can give us, HE made us Joint-Heirs, as said in

Romans 8:17 New International Version (NIV)

17. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 

Our Father knew that we were helpless against the power of darkness without HIS Holy Spirit, so He said in

Hebrews 9: 15     For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

           Hebrews 9: 28     so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

 For Jesus Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

 Reproach, Reproach is defined as  a cause or occasion of blame, discredit, or disgrace,

When we commit an act of reproach, such as blaming or not giving credit to our Lord (When we do not give Credit where credit is due, we are in fact discrediting the Source of the Favor) Therefore in all things give Thanks… Philippians 4: 6 says; Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  • Deny, When do we deny our Lord?  We deny Him when we do not give Him the Glory, we deny Him when we should use the moment of opportunity to Proclaim the Gospel and to Lift HIM up before all…
  • Disgrace, As humans we all tend to have moments when we act in some inappropriate ways, such as a flare up, a moment of discord and dispute among friends, families of business associates.  Disgrace is defined in the Merriam-Webster…

Synonyms: abase, chasten, cheapen, debase, degrade, demean,  discredit,  humble,  dishonor, foul,  humiliate, lower, shame, sink, smirch, take down

Let’s choose the word ‘debase’ we do this when we call the Lord’s name in vain… another is to discredit. We do this when we do not give Thanks to our Lord,

On the other hand the Antonyms: aggrandize, canonize, deify, elevate, exalt, so when we apply the antonym ‘Exalt’ by Exalting our Sovereign Eternal God, our Lord Jesus our Redeemer whom I Exalt and give Him my praise.

We must guard our prayer times so that the pressures of daily living don't crowd them out. 

Gain His Word as the Two-Edged Sword to battle the foe that is real, the evil one that works in a subtle way to trap our souls and to lead us astray.

Rather than living the list of detestful actions above that place us against our Lord and Savior, let us look to Jesus our Eternal God with:

· Praises

· Adoration

· Be Still and know He is God

· Pray to our Redeemer

· Know that He intercedes for us, as no one comes to the Father (our Creator) unless through HIM

· Acknowledge that by His Blood we are cleansed and…By His Grace we are Saved, as…He Redeemed us, by…Paying the Penalty of Sin that we have committed, and…We are Saved by HIS Grace and not by anything that we do, read Ephesians 2:8

· In all our ways acknowledge Him, and as He commanded, go and spread the Good-NEWS

Keypoint: Jesus died for our Sins, and we who accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and in Faith acknowledge Him as our Great High Priest and as our Eternal God, are saved forever. See…

Hebrews 5: 16… Let us approach the Throne with Confidence so that we may receive Mercy & Find Grace

A Short overview of the City of Corinth

We read about the city of Corinth, where Paul made it his headquarters as his mission base, and as we look at the troubled background of this large commercial city, which is just like many of our major cities, Corinth in it's heydays, we could say it is like a combination of New York and Las Vegas….

A quick overview of Corinth and it’s Society

   The city of Corinth straddles the narrow isthmus connection to the Greek mainland with the Peloponnese. Corinth was a bustling city as a major commercial center of the Mediterranean regions dating back as early as the eight century b.c.

As Paul arrived at Corinth in 49 or 50 C.E., he would have seen lots of rock piles, ruins of ancient city walls. Rome had destroyed the old Corinth in 146 B.C.E. The city Paul entered was therefore young-- not even a century old. In 44 B.C.E. a decree of Julius Caesar had re-founded Corinth as a Roman colony.

   Corinth, the capital of the province of Achaia, was a city of social, cultural, and religious diversity, including Jews. The Jews living there were more cosmopolitan and multicultural than those in Palestine. Paul's visit came at a significant time for mission work. In 49 C.E., the Jews were expelled from Rome. A good number migrated to Corinth.

Corinth was a strategically located city as a crossroads for travelers and trading. Businesses were conducted between Italy and Span and to Asia Minor and to Egypt.

The Religious environment of Corinth and the region was known for the temple dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. this was a city with unbridled immorality.

   While Paul stayed in Corinth, he met with Jewish refugees from Rome. Paul sought out two of them, Aquila and Prisca, because they were tentmakers like him. He asked if they could work together as business associates. Aquila and Prisca also became key leaders of the young Christian church, Acts 19: 1-12 and 1 Cor 16: 19

We see why Paul focused on Christ Crucified and God’s Power and Wisdom

1 Corinthians

 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; 
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 

HIS COMMISSION AND OUR MISSION TO SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS

Romans 1:15-27 New International Version (NIV)

15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation 

to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 

17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—

a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:

  “The righteous will live by faith.”

 

   Galatians 2:20

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20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 

The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, 

who loved me and gave himself for me.







Posted October 25, 2011:

Paul’s Anguish Over Israel, The scripture today is taken from Romans 9

Written by Saul that was later known as Paul a Pharisees, chosen by God to be His Vessel to bring the Good News of Salvation to the Jews and to the Gentile. The life of Saul in his early day was spent persecuting Christians.  In fact Saul was guarding the clothes of those that were stoning Stephen to death, shortly after Saul was travelling to Damascus to arrest more Christian, but he was stuck down as recorded in:

SAUL'S CONVERSION:
 Acts 9  Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.    “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”   7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

 10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision,“Ananias!”    “Yes, Lord,” he answered.  11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.

 13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

    Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

Romans 9 - Paul's  anguish over Israel...

 1 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race,4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!  Amen.