Saturday, December 20, 2014

Messiah, 183



~ Messiah Would Be God’s Chosen, 2 ~

“Search the Scriptures—they testify of Me.”
— Jesus Christ (John 5:39)

The Scripture
The Lord, the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel, says to the One who is despised and rejected by the nations, to the One who is the servant of rulers:kings will stand at attention when you pass by.  Princes will also bow low because of the Lord, the faithful One, the Holy One of Israel, Who has chosen You’” (Isaiah 49:7, NLT).

The Messiah  
“But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there.  And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.  Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:  ‘Behold!  My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!  I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles.  He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.  A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory; and in His name Gentiles will trust’” (Matthew 12:15-21). 
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons”(Galatians 4:4-5). 

The Future Complete Fulfillment
Part of this prophecy (Isaiah 49:7) is directed at a future time. 

~~~ EXPLANATORY “MESSIAH” NOTES ~~~   
(1)  Each Saturday ALN posts an example of a Hebrew Scriptures prophecy (or foreshadowing) related to the coming Messiah which was fulfilled in the birth, life, death, or resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(2)  While extensive it will not be a complete list—there are hundreds of prophecies of the coming Messiah which have been fulfilled by one man—Jesus Christ at His First Coming.
(3)  It is important that there are many more prophecies of the Messiah, yet unfulfilled, which Christians believe will be fulfilled at the time of His Second Coming.  A particularly relevant Scripture verse in this regard is: “Do not despise prophesies” (1 Thessalonians 5:20).
(4)  These posts will typically consist only of Scripture—which speaks for itself.  Sometimes italicized or bold font will be used by ALN for emphasis.
(5)  The numbering of these fulfilled prophecies of the Messiah is used to differentiate individual posts. It is not chronological (either by time of the prophecy or by sequence in the life of the Messiah).  The posting sequence will, for the most part, be in the order that the prophecies appear in Scripture.
(6)  Because of the chosen methodology (#5 above) we will find many specific prophecies repeated multiple times throughout the Scriptures.
(7)  These serial posts are in addition to our regular Tuesday ALN postings on random topics.
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~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Friday, December 19, 2014

4 “Alls”



~ 4 More Absolute Universals ~

All Humans Have Sinned (ruin of all)  ~  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6a). 

All Sin Was Paid For By Christ (ransom for all)  ~  “All 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” (Isaiah 53:6). 

All Can Chose To Accept The Free Gift (forgiveness available for all)  ~  “Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:18-19). 

All Believers Have A Clear Record (justified from all their sin)  ~  “Let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39). 

Summary  ~  Everyone begins in the first all (ruined), Jesus Christ made provision with the second all (payment for sin), believers accept the gracious gift of the second all thereby receiving the third all (forgiveness of their sin).  The end result is the fourth all (a complete clean slate with God). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

4 “Cannots”



~ Four Absolute Impossibilities ~

Natural Man Cannot Please God  ~  “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:6-8). 

Natural Man Cannot Bring Forth Good Fruit  ~  Jesus said, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 7:18-19). 

Unbelievers Cannot Go To Heaven  ~  “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’” (John 3:3). 

Unbelievers Cannot Escape Hell  ~  Jesus said, “Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.  And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us’” (Luke 16:25-26). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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