Home Free Grace Bible Institute Studies
Free Grace Bible Institute - Current Studies
"Our Eternal Significance" | Print |  E-mail

 

 

January 1, 2017

By: Dr. Roger Redmond

If our life is to have eternal meaning, if we are to impact the world around us, we must fully embrace Christ.   The weight of our life will be determined by the degree in which Christ is believed.   Faith comes by hearing God's Word, Rom. 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." It is through the Word of God, that the Spirit of God enlightens our mind.   Understanding is the gift of God's grace.  Therefore, the depth in which you esteem Christ will be determined, by the biblical understanding you have of God reason for giving Christ.  Many people live as if they do not need a Savior.

Example:  Why was there no room in the inn in Luke 2:7 "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."

God could have provided a room in the Inn.   He made no reservation for a room!  Luke 2:11-14. The word "guest chamber" and the word "inn" is the same word in the Greek.    The Lord prepared a room for the pass over and He had prepared a place for the incarnation to take place.  And that place was the "Tower of the Flock".  He is telling us Christ came to die as the Lamb of God, as our sacrifice.  He was born where the sacrificial lambs were born.  Until this time, the fullest of time,  animal sacrifices were used , Heb 9:19  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, But Christ is the end of all such sacrifices,  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26

Gal 4:4 but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

God's Reason for Sending Christ

He came to restore our glory.  Sin took our greatness and it is the Father's will that we obtain Eternal Significance Hebrews 2:1-8.

We need to remember:  Sin robbed us but it was through our rebellion.  We live in a world of "The devil made me do it", "or it is their fault".  Or as Adam said, "The woman you gave me..."

Genesis  3:1-6. Eve made her choice before she had the sin nature.  She rebelled against God's word and His order of submission(order of creation).  And Adam sinned by harkening unto the voice of his wife, Genesis 3:7-17 i.e. And unto Adam he said,  Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Gen. 3:17. It is our rebellion against  God.

Because of sin man lost the dominion given him,     Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  Hebrews 2:7

Because of sin man must be born again,    Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans  5:12  "......Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5

Because of sin what is said of the dominion of man can only be true in the person of Christ,  Heb 2:7  "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:"   ".........But now we see not yet all things put under him." Hebrews 2:8

He came to restore our honour and glory,  Heb 2:9,10  "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."

We live in a fallen world, a sin cursed world, and the judgment of death is upon all, "For as in Adam all die...." 1 Cor. 15:22. There is only one way to escape the pollution and waiting judgment on this world and that is to be in Christ.  "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3:3-6.

As in Adam all die but in Christ all shall live, " For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."  1 Cor. 15:22.  1Co. 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. The last Adam is Christ.  He was made to be born of woman, the virgin birth (the conception).  The sin nature of the first Adam is by - passed.   The sin nature of the first Adam is that which brought death to mankind.  It is now left in the first Adam and we have life in the Last Adam , Christ.  "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Romans 6:23. Col. 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

You can believe the record of God concerning His Son.  And that established truth is written for you  in  1 John 5:11, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son".  As being a member of the human race you can accept/believe God's offer of Eternal Life, "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." 1 John 5:12. He is asking you to have confidence/believe in what He did for you in Christ

Our eternal significance should be of great concern to us.  It is of great concern to our Heavenly Father.  It is His desire  that you be saved and live a fruitful life in following Him.

He came that we might gain eternal significance, Rev 22:12 " And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Someone said life is the opportunity to prepare for eternity.  After salvation, we are given the opportunity to serve Him.  This is where rewards enter in.....  to our life.  He said "I sought for a man.......  Eze_22:30  "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."

To be a disciple, a follower of Christ, is a choice  we make.  Luk.  9:23  "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

Consider Moses

" Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them."

The Choice must be made by faith:  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Heb.11:24-27

Faith is being convinced of the truthfulness of God.  A reliance upon what God has said as being true to the point it will come to pass as He hath said!

In making the choice you must always count the cost,  "Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season."

Luk. 14:28-33, i.e.28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

If you lose your salt you are worthless , Luke 14:34-35.

Salvation is not of works but discipleship is works.  There is a cost!

  • · Presenting your body a living sacrifice....... Romans 12:1-2
  • · You must go to the other side, Mark 6:45-56.

"I like the way Juan Carlos Ortiz tells the story of the pearl of great price. A man sees this pearl and says to the merchant, “I want this pearl. How much is it?”

The seller says, “It’s very expensive.” “How much?” “A lot!” “Well, do you think I could buy it?” the man asks.

“Oh, yes,” says the merchant, “everyone can buy it.”

“But I thought you said it was very expensive.” “I did.” “Well, how much?” “Everything you have,” says the seller.

“All right, I’ll buy it.” “Okay, what do you have?”

“Well, I have $10,000 in the bank.” “Good, $10,000. What else?” “That’s all I have.” “Nothing more?” “Well, I have a few dollars more in my pocket.” “How much?” “Let’s see … $100.” “That’s mine, too,” says the seller.

“What else do you have?” “That’s all, nothing else.” “Where do you live?” the seller asks. “In my house. Yes, I own a home.” The seller writes down, “house.” “It’s mine.”

“Where do you expect me to sleep—in my camper?” “Oh, you have a camper, do you? That, too. What else” “Am I supposed to sleep in my car?” “Oh, you have a car?” “Yes, I own two of them.” “They’re mine now.”

“Look, you’ve taken my money, my house, my camper, and my cars. Where is my family going to live?” “So, you have a family?” “Yes, I have a wife and three kids.” “They’re mine now.”

Suddenly the seller exclaims, “Oh, I almost forgot! You yourself, too! Everything becomes mine—wife, children, house, money, cars, and you, too.” Then he goes on, “Now, listen, I will allow you to use all these things for the time being. But don’t forget that they’re all mine, just as you are. And whenever I need any of them, you must give them up, because I am now the owner.” (Adapted from The Disciple [Creation House], pp. 34-35.)

That’s what Jesus means when He says that we must give up all our possessions in order to be His disciple. He isn’t just Lord of a tenth; He is Lord of all. We are just managers of it for Him. Of course, in return we gain all the riches of heaven for all eternity. But, still, we need to sit down and determine if we’re willing to follow Jesus as Lord of everything from our families, to our possessions, to our very lives." Copied   bible.org

If after trusting Christ as your Saviour you do not live as you ought unto Him: you are useless to Him, Luke 14:33-35.  "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Consider the cost of discipleship verse the cost of not following Him!  What will it be like when you stand before Him?

Selfishness will take away your saltiness

 
The Promise of Christ | Print |  E-mail

 

December 25, 2017

Luke 2:1-14

As in all the Word of God, there is so much that precedes this account from where we start our reading.  It is most difficult to grasp the whole of the story unless all the foundation has been laid.  But it is impossible to give the full account/meaning/doctrine of the Birth of Christ in a lifetime let alone one service.  So may I encourage you to read the full account of the "Promise of Christ" in your Bible Study.

Advent itself means ''arrival'' or ''an appearing or coming into place.'' Christians often speaks of Christ's ''first advent'' and '' the second advent;'' that is, His first and second comings to earth. His first advent would be the Incarnation-Christmastime.

The Advent celebration is both a commemoration of Christ's first coming and an anticipation of His second coming. As Israel longed for their Messiah to come; so Christians long for their Savior to come again.

Advent is seen as a time to prepare one's heart for Christmas and for the eventual return of Christ (and the judgment He will bring to the world).

We take up the story here in Luke 2:1 and reading through verse fourteen.

The Long awaited Promise was full filled

God embraced all of humanity with the gift of eternal life. Jesus is God in the human body prepared for Him by The Father, Hebrews 10:5".... but a body hast thou prepared me:" Luk_1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. God embraced all of mankind with the gift of eternal life. "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:23

He came down to us that all would have a way to the Father, "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11.

He came that both Jew and Gentile would have a Saviour.   The coming of the Wise Men to worship Him who was born King of the Jew embraces the truth that all people have a Saviour and all are to worship Him.

The Eternal subjected Himself to the Temporal. With the creation of man came time, and time is for man.  Time is man's opportunity to prepare for eternity by first believing on Him for eternal life. And second, by taking up your cross and following Him. Someone said, "Procrastination is the graveyard of opportunity". If you are to enjoy the Blessing of Christ you will need to use your time wisely. , Php. 2:6-9 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Royalty reached down to the lowly, 2Co 8:9 "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

He came in fulfillment of His Promise made in eternity past, Titus 1:2

"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"

He was made in the likeness of man to bare our sins. "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed". 1 Peter 2:24. The Bible tells us that God the Father laid on Him the iniquity of us all, Isa 53:6  "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

He was made in our likeness to be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, Heb 2:18  "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."

It is so important that you learn to trust Him, "without faith it is impossible to please him". Here is the lie that satan, the world and the flesh (your nature) will give you: If you trust the Lord you will not have any problems, trials, difficulties, disappointments!  That is not true!  Look at the promise, " he is able to succour them that are tempted."

The temptation is common to all mankind and that is to respond to your trial in every way except by faith in God.  It is in the trial you need to believe Him.  A real part of the Christmas Story is where we celebrate the birth of Christ.  Jesus is God with us.  He came down to us that He could help us in our time of need.  Trust Him in the midst of your troubles.

"He is the man Christ Jesus, who lay on the bosom of the Virgin Mary, as a little infant, and knows the heart of a man. He can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities. He has Himself experienced Satan’s temptations. He has endured hunger. He has shed tears. He has felt pain. Trust Him at all times with all your sorrows."

—J. C. Ryle (1816–1900)

Trust Him for Eternal Life - Know He is with you for strength in your daily life.

Poem: "One Solitary Life"

He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter's shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he became a wandering preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn't go to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness.

He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through a mockery of a trial. He was executed by the state. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that One Solitary Life. Copied

"You have only to read the Gospels, and to look with willing eyes, and you shall behold in Christ all that can possibly be seen of God. It is veiled in human flesh, as it must be; for the glory of God is not to be seen by us absolutely. It is toned down to these dim eyes of ours; but the Godhead is there, the perfect Godhead in union with the perfect manhood of Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory forever and ever."

—Charles Spurgeon

Pastor / Teacher Roger Redmond

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

423 488 7700

 
But For Sinners He Came | Print |  E-mail

"From the Promise to the Incarnation"

 

December 11, 2016

Sunday A.M.

Matthew 1:23

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

Isaiah 7:14  "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

His name is called Emmanuel but He never bore the name as an actual name. It is giving meaning to verse 21, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." It is sin which separates us from God’s presence.  Emmanuel refers to Jesus' person as well as His work:  Jesus is Himself God with us!

Life is not about the perfection that we bring to it but life is about believing God in the midst of the imperfections that life brings to us.  We live in a sin-cursed world, a fallen world.  As a result of sin, life is full of deficiencies, blemishes, shortcoming.  Every life is touched by the stain of sin and that is why God in the person of Jesus came into our world and redeemed us.  John 3:18. It is important to note the word, believed.  Paul said, "......I know  whom I have believed....." Paul was saying my faith is in Christ. "...... for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.   2 Tim 1:12

What does it mean to be fully persuaded? "...... for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

You will never need to make haste, Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Isaiah 28:16. The specific thought here is that of a man on whose house the storms hit, and who takes in the notion that the foundation is insecure, and leaves it to seek a more safe position. In other words, there is no need to be afraid.  There is no need to run to every wind of doctrine. Make haste is to be afraid.  Isa. 32:17 "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever." Here is what JESUS (Who is Emmanuel, "God with us) said  "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

You will never be ashamed that you trusted Him" Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded."1 Peter 2:6. " Confounded" carries the meaning of made to blush.  You will never be sorry you trusted Him.  Humans can betray you but HE will never deceive you.  That why Paul could say, "...... for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

Matthew's record of the Genealogy of Christ is a record of the Grace of God for sinners.  The story of salvation is woven in this pedigree of Christ from the promise to His birth.  It was unheard of for a woman to be in a Jewish Genealogy but for two of them to be gentile women by birth cannot be explained, other than God's Grace.  Then when you consider that three (3) of these women had a blot on their life and one was excluded by the law you see the unsearchable riches of Christ. Luk_5:32  "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Tamar (same as Thamar).  Her story is found in Genesis 39:21-30.  You could say she got in because she was a sinner. She committed Adultery with her father-in-law

Rachab, (same as Rahab). Her story is found in Joshua Chapter two (2).  You could say she got in by faithJoshua 2:9. And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

Jos 2:10  For we have heard how the LORD..."

"We have also explained to us the nature of faith. Rahab did not know what the word "faith" meant, but the thing itself was in her heart, and it found expression..."  copied from e-sword from sbc.

She received the message.  This is a most remarkable story of one who heard and believed. She took the place of a sinner.  The scarlet thread represents her faith and that she was a sinner.

Ruth, Mat 1:5  "And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;" Her story is found in the Book of Ruth.  You could say, she got in because of grace.  There was a law that shut her out.  Deu_23:3  "An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:"

Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon, was the woman whom David took from Uriah, her husband, You could say she got in because of the certainty of God's Word. He kept His promise to David.  God's Word is Sure.  The Lineage had to go through David and Abraham for Christ to sit throne as the KING.  Rev. 22:16.    I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. God's promise to David,  2 Samuel 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

You are included in this story of salvation.  Christ is the foundation laid by God, ".....Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;" The way of Salvation was chosen by God,  ".... disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Mankind does not allow for Christ in their thinking or decisions but He is chosen by God.  For God so loved that He gave... " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Emmanuel refers to Jesus' person as well as His work:  Jesus is Himself God with us!  God offers you Eternal life in the person of Jesus Christ!  Paul said, "...... for I know whom I have believed....." Will you believe Him?

Isa 26:3  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

 
"Looking For The King" | Print |  E-mail

"From the Promise to the Incarnation"

"Looking For The King"

Matthew 2:1-11

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Many questions about this part of the Christmas Story: Who were the Wise Men? Where there just three (3)? What is the place of their origin? Why did they go to Jerusalem?  What about the Star? As to their identity, there is much speculation.  And some interesting ideas but for sure I don't know their identity as to their names.

How many wise men? I don't think you should limit their number to three (3) because of three types of gifts.  2:3 says, "When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him." Most likely there was an entourage of Wise Men looking for He who was born King of the Jews and that was of great concern to Herod the King.  Isaiah 60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All they from Sheba shall come: They shall bring gold and incense; And they shall shew forth praises of the Lord.

Gold a gift for a king. "Seneca, the Roman philosopher, tells us that in Parthia (An empire in Northeast Iran in 247BC to 224 AD) it was the custom that no one could ever approach the king without a gift. And gold, the king of metals, is the gift fit for a king."

You Must Meet Him as a Sinner

Jesus was born King of the Jews. But he was to reign not by force but by love; and he was to rule over human hearts, not from a throne, but as The One to die on a cross.  That is why the leaders of the nation missed Him.  They did not understand they had to meet Him as a sinner.  That is why people miss Him today.  They want a king to rule their life by force to give them their wants and desires.  But they don't see their need of Him as their Saviour.  Paul covered it in Romans 10:1-4.

You meet him on terms of surrender.  The keeper of the prison said, "What must I do to be saved." "Nelson, the great British admiral, always treated his vanquished opponents with the greatest kindness and courtesy. After one of his naval victories, the defeated admiral was brought aboard Nelson’s flagship and on to Nelson’s quarterdeck. Knowing Nelson’s reputation for courtesy, and thinking to trade upon it, he advanced across the quarterdeck with hand outstretched as if he was advancing to shake hands with an equal. Nelson’s hand remained by his side. ‘Your sword first,’ he said, ‘and then your hand.’" Before we can know Him as our friend, we must know Him as our Saviour . Php. 2:5-11  "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Frankincense is the gift for a priest.  Myrrh is the gift for one who is to die. "Gold for a king, frankincense for a priest, myrrh for one who was to die—these were the gifts of the wise men, and, even at the cradle of Christ, they foretold that he was to be the true king, the perfect high priest, and in the end the Surpreme Saviour of the world."

Barclay, W. (2001). The Gospel of Matthew (Third Ed., p. 38 . Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press.

"Wise men from the east" "The phrase "wise men," in Matthew 2:1,7, is Magi (or Magoi) in the Greek original, and applies to members of a special group of men. A class of scholars called the Magi (from which our modern word "magic" is derived) may originally have come from a certain tribe in Media, and may even have later become a part of the governing body of Persia. This is uncertain, but what does appear to be well established is the fact that they were especially interested in astronomy and the prophetic "wisdom" that this talent seemed to give them."

How did they know of the gospel story and promise of Christ?

"And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country,..." 1 Kings 4:30.

1.  This story of the Birth of Christ was not done in a corner but was known to the world, ".....for God hath shown unto them....... Romans 1:19-20

2.  Abraham sent all his sons of the concubines into the east country away from Isaac. Genesis 25:6.

3.  The story of Esther takes place in the land of Persia and Media.  "Shushan, also known as Susa (i.e. various Bible translations render the city name as either Shushan or Susa) was a capital of Elam, in what is today western Iran, about 150 miles north of the Persian Gulf. The city of Shushan / Susa, or more specifically, the royal palace there, is known to Bible History (see also Bible Places) as the location where Nehemiah, Esther, and Daniel were all situated."

4.  King Herod is a descendant of Haman who tried to have Mordecai killed and to have all Jew killed, Esther 2:8-9. Many people in the land of King Ahasuerus became Jews who were not of their ethnicity but by their religion 8: 13-17, i.e. 17 " And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them."

5.  The Wise Men knew the prophecy, Matthew 2:5, Numbers 24:17. ".... there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, ...."

6.  King Herod knew the Messiah was to come, Matthew 2:4. "And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born."

Why did they see His Star and come to worship Him?

The Answer is simple:  they were looking for Him!  There is a difference in knowing a truth and believing on the person.

The woman in John 4 said, "I know that Messiah cometh which is called Christ...." Jesus said, I that speak unto thee am he." Christ came in fulfillment of God Promise before the World began, Titus 1:2  "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"

Why did they go to Jerusalem: There is the throne of David the King.  There is the throne from which Christ shall rule.  Jerusalem was built on several hills Mount Zion on the south, Mount Moriah on the east.  On the east was the valley or the brook Kedron, dividing the city from the Mount of Olives.  At the foot of the Mount of Olives,  a garden called Gethsemane.

Christ was crucified outside the City of Jerusalem.  In the same area where Abraham offered Issac,

The disciples waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Jerusalem, Acts 1:4

The wise men came to worship the Christ Child, to see the Incarnation of God. Jesus is God with us who was to die as our Redeemer and will one day come again Acts 1:9-12.

May I ask you these two questions:  Have you worshiped Him as your Saviour.  He who was born as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the World?  Are you looking for Him to come again to full fill His Promise I will come again to receive you John 14:1-3

 

Pastor / Teacher Roger Redmond

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

423 488 7700

 
«StartPrev12345678910NextEnd»

Page 7 of 33
Copyright © 2017 North Red Bank Baptist Church. All Rights Reserved.
Contact the webmaster at mty@nrbbc.com.