THE THREE SEMINAL EVENTS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

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The Lion of the Tribe of Judah: His Sacrifice, My Freedom

1. THE CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

  

1. THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

This single, selfless, agape act of supreme love would terminate the endless cycle of animal sacrifice for sin necessary to pay for man’s transgressions under Old Testament law.[1] The proof of this was revealed from the cross in Jesus’ words, “It is finished,” John 20:30

    

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Hebrews 10:4—For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Hebrew 9:11, 12—But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

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"Descent of the Spirit," by Gustave Dore

2. THE SENDING OF JESUS CHRIST'S HOLY SPIRIT

   

     When this once-in-a-lifetime event occurred in Acts 2:1-4, the Holy Ghost would forever change his relationship between the elect. 

     For you see, prior to this time, during Jesus’ earthly ministry, the Holy Spirit was given to them from the Father when the individual petitioned the Father for the Holy Spirit as evidenced in Luke 11:13. In addition to this, Jesus tells his followers, in John 7:39, the Holy Spirit would not be given, “poured out” as we later understand, until he was glorified and ascended.  

     In John 20:22 Jesus breathes on his apostles telling them to receive the Holy Ghost in order that they might receive the power to forgive sins. This power was witnessed when the apostles, in Acts 8:14-17; 19:6, laid their hands-on individuals and those individuals received the Holy Spirit. 

     After Pentecost, from Acts 2:1-4 and onward, we see the Holy Spirit was poured out fulfilling the prophecy of Joel. The phrase poured out indicated God would no longer extend his promises to just one race and one people—the Jews. God would now extend his promises to all, namely the Gentiles. The phrase poured out is used in the conversion of the Roman Gentile Cornelius and his family in Acts 10:45 

     In the Old Testament Jesus’ Holy Spirit is not specifically mentioned, however; he is inferred in several passages to be found. A study of the phrase holy spirit from Psalm 51:11 reveals David pleading with the Father that God not remove his holy spirit from David. This is the same spirit, “the spirit of man is the candle of the LORD,” we read of in Proverbs 20:27. In Ecclesiastes 12:7, it is this same spirit that returns “unto God who gave it” when physical death happens to the living.  

     This “spirit of man” is his moral conscience, or his awareness of right and wrong. Man’s history is littered with many who have ignored this still small voice of God.

     In Isaiah 63:10, 11 the holy Spirit mentioned is God’s, the Father’s, holy Spirit. These scriptures are the only one’s mentioning God’s holy Spirit in the Old Testament. This truth is confirmed in the New Testament passages of Ephesians 1:13 and 4:30, as well as I Thessalonians 4:8 where we encounter the phrase “holy Spirit.” This again, is a reference to God’s, the Father’s, holy Spirit.

     When the Holy Spirit baptizes the individual, what results is the death of man’s will, with its cumulative denial of self. This event is known as REDEMPTION OR SALVATION![1] It is invisible, supernatural, and once-and-for-all.[2]

As far as Old Testament law was concerned, the giving of Christ’s Holy Spirit assured the transference (imputation) of Christ’s righteousness which ushered in the true age of liberty—freedom from keeping the law:  not by blood,[3] nor of the will of the flesh,[4] nor of the will of man,[5]  but of God. John 1:12, 13 


FOOTNOTES:

    

[1] The issue is not whether one believes in Jesus Christ. That will not save you. Is he Lord in your life? Have you been crucified? Are you dead to self and the world? 


[2] Many within the Charismatic community would have you believe there are multiple baptisms by the Spirit. This is false. It is a ploy by religion, same as water baptism, to control people and elevate church leadership.


[3] The fact is an individual cannot be physically born into the kingdom of Christ. Jewishness is no guarantee of God’s blessings or his promises . . . For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel . . . Romans 9:6


[4] The calculated inward determination of man’s will, with its outward conduct


[5] Sainthood conferred upon an individual by a religious conclave (clandestine ecclesiastical assembly) 

     

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Gustave Dore (1832-1883), famous for his wood engravings, had 81 New Testament prints released in 1843, the same year the French Roman Catholic Bible, Bible de Tours, was published.  The Bible, largely the work of Jerome, also included 139 O.T. prints, as well as 21 apocryphal prints.

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Scripture's Completion

3. WITH THE CANON OF SCRIPTURE COMPLETED, THE BELIEVER’S AUTHORITY IS ASSURED

     Summed up and demonstrated for the Christian, this truth is evidenced in the chapter often called the love chapter, I Corinthians 13. More accurately termed “charity” in the King James Version, rather than “love” in your counterfeit versions, the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 13:9, 10 tells his Christian audience, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 

     The perfect that Paul refers to IS the completed word of God, or canon of scripture. Anyone, Christian included, who says the holy Bible is not perfect should be someone to avoid. Those professing Christianity are of a phenomenon known as the “falling away” from II Thessalonians 2:3.

     A constant source of frustration and bewilderment to the Jewish religious leadership of Jesus’ day, was the authority by which he healed, raised the dead, and preached. At one point, in their interaction with the Messiah, having an opportunity to answer this question once-and-for-all, the religious leaders declined to reply to Jesus’ rhetorical question regarding John the Baptist’s baptism. As the story is told from Mark 11:27-33, we see the chief priest’s, scribe’s, and elder’s refusal to answer Jesus’ question. Their refusal was one motivated by a fear of men rather than a fear of God. 

     The issue of the believer’s authority is clear from Jesus’ confrontation, as he was tempted in the wilderness by Satan. If Christ used his own words to rebuke the Devil, how much more should we. 

     If you want to know what is really at the heart of the translation debate, including denominationalism[1] and religion, look no further! It involves authority—the authority in the commandments and doctrines of men, or the words of Jesus Christ  

  

FOOTNOTES:  

[1] By the word denominationalism, I mean Protestantism. Protestantism is Rome’s Hegelian answer to primitive Christianity. True believers love the scriptures and see them as inerrant, or without error. True believers see their authority coming from the K.J.V. They also see the Holy Spirit as our teacher (I John 2:27). Finally, true believers understand that it is God that justifieth (Romans 8:33) the sinner’s lost, wretched, and terminal sin condition

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MEDITATE ON THIS 

     As a serious student of the scriptures, I discovered some typographical errors in my K.J.V. (as compared to the Cambridge edition of the K.J.V.) when studying the intimacy existing between Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  

     For example, in Jesus wilderness temptation, it was the Holy Spirit that led Jesus into the wilderness not the spirit.  In my 'regular' King James, I discovered the inconsistencies in Matthew 4:1 and Mark 1:12.  When compared to Luke 4:1 we discover the difference.  In Matthew and Mark it says the spirit led Jesus into the wilderness.  It should read as Luke 4:1 accurately says, "the Spirit."  

     The Cambridge edition also corrects some other typographical errors discovered in the King James version most believers are familiar with.