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Who is Jesus?

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Some say Jesus was  only a good man. Others say He is God. Still others say He was but a prophet. I ask then, who did Jesus claim to be? What say the Scriptures? What says the Torah? The claims of who Jesus is are absolutely vital! Let us make a careful search as to the things respecting Jesus Christ.

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Substitution Under Fire!

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From the book of beginnings, Genesis, to the very end of the Canon of Scripture, the book of Revelation, we have the crimson ribbon of substitution! Yet, it is this very core, this very foundation of Christianity, that is directly under assault today! It is the very core of the gospel, of salvation, that is being challenged today! I wonder, just where do you stand in this most absolutely fundamental teaching of Christendom? For there is no more vital truth than this. So, no wonder the enemy of souls would put it in his cross-hairs!

 

Blood Offerings

 

Little makes sense, when we cut into the middle of a narrative! So then, in the very beginning, Adam was warned, “In the day you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) And, immediately upon Adam & Eve eating of the tree – BOOM! There was a drastic change! Guilt and shame swept over the pair that had lived, till now, in perfect peace! What happened?! They became sinners, and of Christ we read that He is, “Separated from sinners.” (Hebrews 7:26) Yes, at the very core of the meaning of death, is separation!

What then would God do? Would He be heartless and let them stay in this predicament? After all, He had warned them! Didn’t they now deserve this separation, this death? Indeed. In fact, their bodies were now on the way to dying as well. “Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.” (Genesis 5: 5) Indeed, death would bring separation from those on Earth too! Not only this, but God speaks of a “second death,” that would be an eternal separation from  abundant life in Heaven as well!

 

Punishment

 

No question, sin has terrifying consequences! God was unequivocal, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) And, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22)

 

Yes, Adam & Eve thought garments made of plant material would work to bring them back into a right relationship with God, but no! No, God had to bring death to innocent animal(s), in order to provide a way for Adam & Eve to be brought back into a right relationship with Himself! So with Abel. He too, had to bring an animal that would die in his place. So with Isaac, an animal died in his place! So at the Passover, where many lambs died in the place of the Israelites! In fact, throughout the history of the Old Testament Israelite people, there were innocent animals dying in the place of guilty sinners! Every time a person sinned, they were to bring an animal to die in their place! They were called “sin offerings.”

 

Lamb of God

 

Upon reaching the New Testament, we read, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Immediately comes to mind all the lambs that were laid upon altars, dying in place of the guilty persons! With clear and resounding words we read:

1Who has believed what he has heard from us?

And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

and no beauty that we should desire him.

 

3He was despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 

4Surely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

smitten by God, and afflicted.

5But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.

6All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned—every one—to his own way;

and the LORD has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

 

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth;

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

so he opened not his mouth.

8By oppression and judgment he was taken away;

and as for his generation, who considered

that he was cut off out of the land of the living,

stricken for the transgression of my people?

9And they made his grave with the wicked

and with a rich man in his death,

although he had done no violence,

and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;

he has put him to grief;

when his soul makes an offering for guilt,

he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;

the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

make many to be accounted righteous,

and he shall bear their iniquities.

12Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,

because he poured out his soul to death

and was numbered with the transgressors;

yet he bore the sin of many,

and makes intercession for the transgressors.”

Isaiah 53

 

Nothing could be more plain! We were all like criminals in a country! And just like criminals, we deserved to meet head on with the justice of God! We deserved His righteous wrath! For we had rebelled against Him and gone our own way! We were not obedient to Him! We were condemned! Yet, God in His mercy, sent His only begotten Son to be your and my Saviour! This is grace! The undeserved, unmerited favour of God Almighty! That He would provide a way of pardon for us! A way of escape! This is simply incredible!

 

My Cry to God!

 

“For God so loved the world [you too!], that he gave his only [begotten] Son, that whoever [even you!] believes in him, should not perish but have everlasting life”! (John 3:16) Yes, it is true! Do you believe in the Saviour? Do you believe that He alone is able to save you and bring you into God’s glorious Heaven? That it is apart from any effort or doing on your part? That the moment you place your faith in Christ alone, that He saves you for time and eternity?

“The gospel…that Christ died for us in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1Corinthians 15:1-4) If then, Christ as the Lamb of God, already took the punishment for your sin. Then how could one ever be condemned again? For you have been purchased by the precious blood of the Lamb once for all! Therefore, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”! (Romans 10:13) What a glorious, undeserved promise from God!

 

 

The Imperative of Substitution

 

Clearly, without penal substitution, we have no gospel. Without it, there was no need for animal sacrifices. Without it, there is no justice. Without out it, God’s holy character is called into question! Without it, we have no hope at all – no Saviour! Without it, we would have to face the punishment of God in the lake of fire for eternity! Thankfully, Christ is our substitute! He did die in our place! He did take the wrath of God for you! This, that the righteousness of Christ could be given you in exchange! Let us not allow the serpent to rob us of our hope in Christ, the Saviour – our Saviour!

 

Paul the apostle said, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Christ and him crucified.” (1Corinthians 2:2)

 

Let us then not diminish the tremendous cost to God the Father of sending His only begotten Son to die on that cruel cross to pay the penalty of our sin, in our place! This that we could be placed into a right standing with God Almighty!

 

Therefore, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) For it is not our righteousness we can depend on, but Christ’s righteousness given us freely who believe!

 

Victor J. Reimer

 

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Whose Regulating Your Life?

Christian Life

 

 

This is an area that many professing believers struggle with! They know that sin is not right. They don’t want it in their lives any more. Y26962168122_ec126be131_ket, it seems they can’t get the upper hand on it! You may say, “But I should love more. I should show more kindness. I should be more self-controlled.” So what happens? Do you grit your teeth harder and make a determination to do better? Do you pray to the Lord to give you the ability to live like you should? Then, after all of this, do you only find yourself frustrated because of ongoing failure to perform as you feel you ought to? Then please keep reading, for there is hope!

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The Able Shepherd

Christian LifeThe Gospel

 

 

Not all of us have had the opportunity to watch how a shepherd watches over their sheep. Think of it, though. Whose job is it to keep the sheep safe? Is it up to the sheep1788574346_0a546b257e_bto steer clear of crags, thorn bushes, fierce animals, to find green pastures, and quiet waters to drink from, or is it up to the shepherd? Well, it is the shepherd who is responsible to watch over the sheep. It is the shepherd that is to care for them and provide what is needed. Let us then think about another, the greatest Shepherd. A Shepherd who watches over His own sheep.

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A Shocking Test!

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Abraham, a name that to many immediately brings respect. Known in the Bible as a man of faith. Abraham, a person called away from his country’s pagan ties, and called to a land he knew not, but by faith he went. As the years went by, he and his wife remained childless. At long last, God told Abraham, you will have a son and one from your descendants will be the one through whom all the nations will be blessed. Once again time elapsed, and finally, running out of patience, takes6345201880_4e3a8bd1de_z matters into his own hands and his wife gives the servant woman to Abraham to have a child through her. However, God said, no, but through your wife Sarah, you will have a son! Now keep in mind that this couple had gotten really old in the meantime! Yet, God’s promise did come true, and Sarah did have a son in her old age! But…God told Abraham, go and offer him as a burnt offering on an altar on Mount Moriah. “What?! I am to go kill my only son?!” We can just imagine Abraham’s reaction! Yet, we are told, that Abraham reasoned that God would be able to raise the d
ead. So Abraham proceeded to make preparations. Now, you can just imagine the thinking in his mind, should I tell my wife what God said? Should I inform my son, Isaac? As Abraham was deep in thought, he was gathering all that he needed for the journey. Looking in the tent he will have found the knife he needed for the task. Looking the blade over, well, he just couldn’t imagine…his son, his son…perhaps tears trickled down the gentleman’s now wrinkled face, we don’t know, but no doubt, the test before him was staggering!

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World’s Biggest Scam

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Billions Affected by Scam

 

Imagine – the most enormous, well orchestrated scam in the universe…No, it is not a financial scam. Neither is it a political scam. Yet, it is a scam that has affected humanity250233963_ba146d059c_b from its outset and still does today! It involves in particular, one lie. This lie has been the respecter of no border, no people group, or culture. It has pervaded every corner of our planet! Billions upon billions of people have bought into this mega scam! So, what is this scam, you wonder?  Well, let’s take a look…

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How to Become a Christian

The Gospel

First of all, I 4575621564_7323ab5037_zwould like to personally ask you this question: How do you think, one would become a Christian?

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The above is a most vital question. It is your own eternity that is at stake here! Where will you spend it? Are you absolutely convinced that you are indeed secure for your eternity? What gives you that assurance? How holy do you think you would have to be for God to accept you into His holy presence? What does God say about your sin? What does God say the penalty for your sin is? How does God say you are able to become a Christian? Are you ready to stand before Jesus Christ the Judge of the living and the dead? Let us now examine these things and make certain that you are indeed a Christian, someone fit for eternity in God’s glorious Heaven!

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Who Is Able to Save Me? I Need Help!

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A PURPOSE

First, we must ask ourselves, why are people attracted to religion in the first place? Why not just ignore it all and have a good time as best we know how? Yet, we find that nearly all of mankind has some kind of belief – even if it is evolution. These, having faith in the evolutionary process. Even this portion of civilization is searching for answers, looking for life some8612921803_109fc896f6_zwhere out there! They’re trying to find a reason for our existence! However, the greatest portion of Earth’s humanity, is seeking out some kind of god. Some kind of reason or purpose in it all. Something beyond the here and now. For we all know that we won’t be here forever! Just look around and see how rapidly we all are ageing! We are reminded too frequently of the harsh reality, regarding the brevity of life. It seems then, that most of us want some kind of hope beyond our existence down here. Something beyond this life of heartache and disappointments. We want some kind of “happy place” to go to after our life down here is over.

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One Question; God’s Heaven

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Eternity – when is the last time you took the time to stop and think about it? I know people don’t want to think about death, but it is inevitable. Are you ready to face God to whom you are accountable? I want to stop you and ask a very important question. If you were to stand before God this very minute, and He asked you, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?”, how would you respond? Now stop before reading on, and really give it some thought.

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