Friday, July 31, 2015

Man is at Fault

Jesus, Our Man in Glory
Chapter 1
Part 5
Man is at Fault
Alienation was not God's fault.  It was man who alienated himself.  Man is away from God, like a little island that has pulled away from the mainland.  Drifting out to sea, it has lost the attraction of its original position.  So man has morally pulled away from God and from the attraction of God's fellowship.  Man is alienated, without hope and without God in this world.
The important element in God's concept of the priesthood is mediatorship.  The Old Testament priest provided a means of reconciliation between God and man.  But he had to be ordained of God.  Otherwise, he was a false priest.  In order to help man, he had to be appointed by God.
God, for His part, needs no help.  There never was an Old Testament priest who could help God.  The work of the priest was to offer a sacrifice, an atonement, so that alienated man could be forgiven and cleansed.  In the Levitical order, an offering had to be made to God by the priest on behalf of the sinner.  The priest was appointed to plead the case of man before a righteous God.
That ancient priestly system was not perfect.  It was only the shadow of a perfect, eternal priesthood to be brought about by the Savior-Priest, Jesus Christ,the eternal Son.  Every priest in the order of Levi knew only too well his own sin.  This was the point of the breakdown.  When that priest stood before God in the holiest place to present an atonement for the sins of the people, he was face-to-face as well with the reality of his own failures and shortcomings.
In our own day, we recognize what this means to us as liberated and forgiven believers.  Singing the hymnody of Isaac Watts, we revel in Christ's atonement and God's forgiveness.
Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain,
Could give the guilty conscience peace,
Or wash away the stain.
But Christ, the heavenly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler name,
And richer blood than they.
The Old Testament priest knew that the ritual of sacrifice could not completely atone for sins or change man's sinful nature.  In that priestly system, God "covered" the sin until the time when Christ would come.  Christ, the Lamb of God, would completely bear away the sin of the world. 
Jesus our Lord qualified completely to be our great High Priest. He was ordained and appointed by God.  He was the eternal Son of whom the Father said, "Thou art a priest for ever" (Psalm 110:4).  He made reconciliation for the people.  He showed the only genuine compassion for lost mankind.  The Scriptures affirm that in these qualifications as priest, Jesus our Lord became the Author, the Source, the Giver of eternal salvation.

Next time we'll cover Part 6 - What Jesus' Manhood Means to Us.
Hope y'all are enjoying this read.  I love reading about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Love to all


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chapter 1 Part 4

Jesus, Our Man in Glory
Chapter 1
Priesthood in the Old Testament
Part 4
The true idea of the priesthood, as it was developed in the Old Testament and fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ, was ordained by God. It came from His mind and heart.  It was dimly foreshadowed in the lives of praying fathers, heads of their households, who assumed responsibility and concern for their families.
Job was a good example of this kind of Old Testament family priest.  Afraid his children might have sinned, he prayed to God, asking Him to forgive and cleanse them.  But the concept is much more clearly embodied in the Levitical priesthood, ordained by God for Israel's forgiveness and cleansing.  In its final perfection, the priesthood is portrayed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We must acknowledge that God's concept of the priesthood arose from man's alienation from God.  It is based on the fact that man has strayed from God and is lost.  This is a fundamental part of truth, just as surely as hydrogen is a part of water.  You cannot have water without hydrogen.  Just as surely, you cannot have Bible truth without the teaching that mankind has broken with God and fallen from his first created estate, where he was made in God's image.
God's concept and instructions are very plain.  There has been a moral breach  Sinning man has violated the laws of God.  In other words, man is a moral criminal before the bar of God.  It is clear from the Bible that a sinful man or woman cannot return to God's favor and fellowship until justice is satisfied, until the breach is healed.
In an effort to heal the breach, man has used many subtleties and rationalizations.  But if he rejects the cross of Chriest, if he rejects God's plan of salvation, if he rejects Christ's death and resurrection as the basis for atonement, there is no remaining ground for redemption.  Reconciliation is an impossibility.
It is a part of my calling and responsibility in the ministry to warn men and women that rejection of the atoning work of Jesus Christ is fatal to the soul.  With such rejection, the efforts of the Savior and His intercession as great High Priest have no meaning.

In my last post I said today's post would cover part 4 and 5.  Part 4 was a little longer than I first though so I'm passing on Part 5 today.  Man is at Fault, will be the next post.
((hugs)) and Blessings


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Everything About Jesus is Glorious

I told y'all I'd be back on Saturday so here I am....

Jesus, Our Man in Glory
Chapter 1~Part 2
Everything About Jesus is Glorious
It is well for us to confess often that everything the Father has revealed concerning Jesus Christ is glorious.  His past~ as we would humanly look on the past ~ is glorious, for He made all things that were made.  His work on earth as the Son of Man was glorious, for He effected the plan of salvation through His death and resurrection.  Then He ascended into the heavenlies for His mediatorial ministries throughout this present age.
In view of what the Scriptures tell us of Jesus, it should be our primary concern to show forth the eternal glories of this One who is our divine Savior and Lord.
In our world are dozens of different kinds of Christianities.  Certainly many of them do not seem to be busy and joyful in proclaiming the unique glories of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God.  Some brands of Christianity will tell you very quickly that they are just trying to do a little bit of good on behalf of neglected people and neglected causes.  Others will affirm that we can do more good by joining in the "contemporary dialogue" than by continuing to proclaim the "old, old story of the cross."
(I bet that made you think of the great old hymn, Tell Me the Old, Old Story.)
But we stand with the early Christian apostles.  We believe that every Christian proclamation should be to the glory and the praise of the One whom God raised up after He had loosed the pains of death.  I am happy to be identified with Peter and his message at Pentecost:
Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands, have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.  (Acts 2:22-24)
Peter considered it important to affirm that the risen Christ is now exalted at the right hand of God.  He said that fact was the reason for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Frankly, I am too busy serving Jesus to spend my time and energy engaging in contemporary dialogue.
We Have a Commission From Heaven
Chapter 1~Part 3
I think I know what "contemporary dialogue" means.  It means that all of those intellectual preachers are busy reading the news magazines so they will be able to comment on the world situation from their pulpits on Sunday mornings.  But that is not what God called me to do.  He called me to preach the glories of Christ.  He commissioned me to tell my people there is a kingdom of God and a throne in the heavens.  And that we have One of our own representing us there.
(I love that! One of our own.  Praise God) 
That is what the early Church was excited about.  And I think our Lord may have reason to ask why we are no longer very excited about it.  The Christian Church in the first century was ablaze with this concept of the risen and victorious Christ exalted at the right hand of the Father.  Although it worshipped no other man, it urged the worship of this glorified and exalted Man as God, because He had always been the eternal Son, the second Person of the Godhead.  Paul wrote to Timothy:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (I Timothy 2:5-6)
Condider with me some of the things we know about the priesthood for which God anointed our Lord Jesus.  Not only was He the eternal Son, but He was also the glorified Man.  Why should we ignore the reality of such a priesthood and treat it as if it was some appendage to religious forms and traditions?

I've got this song on my mind now, it won't go away!  Alan Jackson sure does sing it purty.

I'll be back Monday or Tuesday with:
Priesthood in the Old Testament
Man is at Fault


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello GLOW Sisters!

Hello I am playing on the computer again!  I just got this idea and thought I'd run with it and see where it goes.  We seem to be having a very difficult time getting our Bible study done.  Life/satan just has a way of taking the best of plans and making a mess out of them. 

My intention was to make this a private blog, but it's complicated and I'm into easy peazy these days.  I'm not going to advertise to the general public but that doesn't mean someone won't stumble upon it and leave a comment.  That's okay...just letting you know how this works.
Now I don't expect this blog to take the place of us continuing our Three Heaven study or any other study we might do in the future.  And I don't really want to call this a 'study' because I'm not a teacher, not even going to try.  I would like for it to be more of an open forum ~ a place for comments, opinions, thoughts, questions and answers from each of us. 
I've chosen Jesus, Our Man in Glory by A.W. Tozer.  No particular reason, it's just a small book I already have on my bookshelf.  It's a 12 message series from the Book of Hebrews.  It's only a 138 pages but I'm going to space it out so there's not too much to read per blog post.  I'm thinking I will post 2 or 3 times a week making any needed adjustments along the way.  It will take a while to get thru the entire book.  But that's okay.

The next thing.....are you interested in this?  Would you participate? 
The next hurdle...where to make your comments.  To use the comments at the bottom of the blog you have to sign into Google and I know that could be a problem for some of you.  So let's just use the GLOW facebook page for comments.

Let's get started and see what happens!

Chapter 1
Jesus, Our Man in Glory

Have you heard any sermons lately on the Bible truth that our risen Savior and Lord is now our glorified Man and Mediator?  That He is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavenlies? 

Few Christians are fully aware of Christ's high-priestly office at the throne. I suspect this is a neglected subject in evangelical preaching and teaching.  It is a major theme in the letter to the Hebrews.  The teaching is plain: Jesus is there, risen and glorified, at the right hand of the Majesty on high, representing the believing children of God, His Church on earth.

Here is one of the great biblical encouragements to acknowledge Jesus and to trust Him in His priestly ministry for us:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

The Scriptures assure us that there is a true tabernacle ~ a true sanctuary in heaven.  Jesus our great High Priest is busy there.  In that heavenly sanctuary is a continuing and effective altar.  There is a mercy seat.  Best of all, our Mediator and Advocate is there on our behalf.  What a amazing truth!

Amazing ~ and yet how difficult it seems for us to comprehend it and to count on it.  In the light of God's gracious revelation, I can only ask in humility and chagrin, "Why are we so ineffective in representing Him?  Why are we so apathetic in living for Him and glorifying Him?"

 Okay....what say you?  Yay or nay?

The next posting, Everything About Jesus is Glorious, will be Saturday.

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Memo:  I know the print is a little big, but I can't see it if it's too little!  ))smiles))

Ladies, doesn't it just make your heart flutter knowing Jesus is pleading our case before God?
Thank You Jesus