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Category Archives: Christology (The study of Jesus Christ)

The word “Christology” comes from the two Greek words: Christos – meaning “anointed one,” and logos – meaning “study.” Christology is essentially the study of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.

CHART OF TITLES FOR JESUS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

TITLE REFERENCE SIGNIFICANCE
Alpha and Omega Revelation 21:6 The Beginning and Ending of all things
Bread of Life John 6:35 The one essential food
Chief Cornerstone Ephesians 2:20 A sure Foundation of life
Chief Shepherd 1 Peter 5:4 Gives guidance and protection
Christ Matthew 16:16 The Anointed One of God seen in the OT prophets
Firstborn from the Dead Colossians 1:18 Leads us into resurrection
Good Shepherd John 10:11 Gives guidance and protection
High Priest Hebrews 3:1 The Perfect Mediator
Holy One of God Mark 1:24 Perfect and Sinless
Immanuel Matthew 1:23 God with us
Jesus Matthew 1:21 His personal name meaning Yahweh saves
King of Kings, Lord of Lords Revelation 19:16 The Sovereign Almighty
Lamb of God John 1:29 Offered His life as a sacrifice for sins
Light of the World John 9:5 One who brings hope and gives guidance
Lord Romans 10:9 Sovereign Creator and Redeemer
Lord of Glory 1 Corinthians 2:8 The power of the living God
Mediator 1 Timothy 2:5 Redeemer who brings forgiven sinners into the presence of God
Prophet Luke 13:33 One who speaks for God
Rabbi/Teacher John 3:2 A title of respect for one who taught the Scriptures
Savior John 4:42 One who delivers from sin
Son of David Matthew 9:27 One who brings in the Kingdom
Son of God John 20:31 A title of Deity signifying Jesus’ unique and special intimacy with the Father
Son of Man Matthew 20:28 A divine title of suffering and exaltation
Word John 1:1 Eternal God who ultimately reveals God
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Book Review of Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson’s “Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection”

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Why the Death and Resurrection of Jesus is The Bull’s-Eye of The Gospel

By Dr. David P. Craig

Pastor’s Dodson and Watson write two chapters each in this short, yet powerful book, reflecting on what they call the “bull’s eye of the gospel.” They referring to Paul’s substantial treatment of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 15. A big part of the focus on this book is that it is much easier to embrace the reality of the death and burial of Jesus Christ than it is his resurrection from the dead. They demonstrate that believing in the resurrection was just as difficult 2,000 years ago as it is today.

The author’s deal cogently and honestly with how both Jews and Gentiles struggled with the idea of a bodily resurrection when Jesus lived. During the time of Christ there were many doubters–Jesus’ friends, contemporary Greeks and Romans, and countless Jews. They go on to show why they doubted the resurrection and demonstrate that “if you doubt the resurrection, you are in good company. Jesus understands your doubts, and he welcomes them. To those who are skeptical and struggling with belief, Jesus remains ready to receive your questions. He will listen to your doubts.”

This book wrestles with the historical evidence of the resurrection, addresses the doubts related to the supernatural event of Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead (both ancient and modern), and gives in clear and concise answers some of the best reasons to believe that the resurrection of Christ really happened historically. There are also some wonderful applications of this book about how to live the resurrected life in Christ. The resurrection changes everything and this book marvelously makes a case for the practical ramifications of the gospel.

I highly recommend this book to strengthen the faith of believers, and start the journey on the way to faith for non-believers and skeptics. This is a good introduction in answering why millions of people around the world continue to follow Jesus and are convinced in the historical realities and ramifications of his life, death, burial, and resurrection.

 

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Book Review of Erwin Lutzer’s “Cries From The Cross”

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“Going Deep With Jesus On The Cross”

By Dr. David P. Craig

In this short book by Dr. Erwin Lutzer he does a wonderful job of taking the reader deep into the significance of what Jesus said in his last seven sayings on the cross. The work of Christ on the cross magnifies the holiness and  justice of God and the ugliness and heinous nature of sin. As Lutzer says, “The cross properly understood exalts no one whom it first does not humble; it gives life only to those whom it first ‘puts to death.’ The cross exposes the futility of our self-righteousness; it reminds us we are sinners, incapable of bringing about our own reconciliation with God. Before the cross we can stand with bowed heads and a broken spirit.”

As I devoured this book on Good Friday I was filled with sorrow and grief over my own sins and the sins of humanity; and yet I was also filled with joy over the reminder that Jesus could pronounce “It is finished.” A pronouncement that His life and death accomplished everything He set out to achieve. As the author of Hebrews testified, “But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26). In the Old Testament, the priests offered sacrifices, but could never sit down. Their job was never finished. Jesus’ payment covered our indebtedness. He took our spiritual bankruptcy and covered it with the solvency of His perfect righteousness in exchange for our sin.

I love the way Lutzer expresses the truth of Christ as our substitutionary sacrifice: “This means that my sins are on Jesus, not on me. Yes, there is sin within me but not on me. My sinful nature keeps luring me toward sin, and even in my best moments my works are tainted with selfish motives. But legally, I am accepted on the basis of the merit of Jesus. Figuratively speaking, I have a new set of clothes and a clear record in heaven. The righteousness of Jesus has been successfully credited to my account. God’s justice has spent all its ammunition; there is nothing left to be hurled at us.”

Lutzer spends a chapter on each of the last sayings of Christ on the cross showing how they tie the Old Testament and New Testament together; fulfill prophecy; express the unity and purpose of the Trinity in accomplishing our redemption; and practical reflections and meditations that will help you understand and appreciate with greater depth the beauty of redemption. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand, and delight in the Savior who went to the cross in submission to the Father, to defeat Satan and death, and grant forgiveness of sins and eternal life to those who like the thief on the cross will repent of their sins and put their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

 

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354 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ

“Behold, I have come: in the volume of the scroll it is written of me” (Psalm 40:7).

“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).

“…all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me” (Jesus Christ, Luke 24:44).

“For if you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” (Jesus Christ, John 5:46).

“To Him give all the prophets witness” (Acts 10:43).

Scripture/ Prophecy/ Fulfillment

1. Gen. 3:15 – Seed of a woman (virgin birth)-  Gal. 4:4-5, Matt. 1:18

2. Gen. 3:15 – He will bruise Satan’s head – Heb. 2:14, 1 Jn 3:8

3. Gen. 3:15 – Christ’s heel would be bruised with nails on the cross – Matt. 27:35, Lk 24:39-40

4. Gen. 5:24 – The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated – Mark 16:19

5. Gen. 9:26, 27 – The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem – Luke 3:36

6. Gen. 12:3 – Seed of Abraham will bless all nations – Gal. 3:8, Acts 3:25, 26

7. Gen. 12:7 – The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed – Galatians 3:16

8. Gen. 14:18 – A priest after the order of Melchizedek – Hebrews 6:20

9. Gen. 14:18 – King of Peace and Righteousness – Hebrews 7:2

10. Gen. 14:18 – The Last Supper foreshadowed – Matthew 26:26-29

11. Gen. 17:19 – Seed of Isaac (Gen. 21:12) – Romans 9:7

12. Gen. 22:8 – The Lamb of God promised – John 1:29

13. Gen. 22:18 – As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations – Galatians 3:16

14. Gen. 26:2-5 – The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer – Hebrews 11:18

15. Gen. 28:12 –  The Bridge to heaven – John 1:51

16. Gen. 28:14 – The Seed of Jacob – Luke 3:34

17. Gen. 49:10 – The time of His coming – Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4

18. Gen. 49:10 – The Seed of Judah – Luke 3:33

19. Gen. 49:10 – Called Shiloh or One Sent – John 17:3

20. Gen. 49:10 – Messiah to come before Judah lost identity – John 11:47-52

21. Gen. 49:10 – Unto Him shall the obedience of the people be – John 10:16

22. Ex. 3:13-15 – The Great “I AM” – John 4:26, 8:58

23. Ex. 12:3-6 – The Lamb presented to Israel 4 days before Passover – Mark 11:7-11

24. Ex. 12:5 – A Lamb without blemish – Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19

25. Ex. 12:13 – The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath – Romans 5:8

26. Ex. 12:21-27 – Christ is our Passover – 1 Corinthians 5:7

27. Ex. 12:46 – Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken – John 19:31-36

28. Ex. 15:2 – His exaltation predicted as Yeshua – Acts 7:55, 56

29. Ex. 15:11 – His Character-Holiness – Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27

30. Ex. 17:6 – The Spiritual Rock of Israel – 1 Corinthians 10:4

31. Ex. 33:19 – His Character-Merciful – Luke 1:72

32. Lev. 1:2-9 – His sacrifice a sweet smelling savor unto God – Eph. 5:2

33. Lev. 14:11 – The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood – Luke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7

34. Lev. 16:15-17 – Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death – Hebrews 9:7-14

35. Lev. 16:27 – Suffering outside the Camp – Matthew 27:33; Heb. 13:11, 12

36. Lev. 17:11 – The Blood-the life of the flesh – Matthew 26:28; Mark 10:45

37. Lev. 17:11 – It is the blood that makes atonement – Rom. 3:23-24; 1John 1:7

38. Lev. 23:36-37 – The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst”-  John 7:37

39. Num. 9:12 – Not a bone of Him broken – John 19:31-36

40. Num. 21:9 – The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up – John 3:14-18, 12:32

41. Num. 24:17 –  Time: “I shall see him, but not now.”-  John 1:14; Galatians 4:4

42. Deut. 18:15 – “This is of a truth that prophet.” – John 6:14

43. Deut. 18:15-16 – “Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.” – John 5:45-47

44. Deut. 18:18 – Sent by the Father to speak His word – John 8:28, 29

45. Deut. 18:19 – Whoever will not hear must bear his sin – Acts 3:22-23

46. Deut. 21:23 – Cursed is he that hangs on a tree – Galatians 3:10-13

47. Joshua 5:14-15 – The Captain of our salvation – Hebrews 2:10

48. Ruth 4:4-10 – Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us – Ephesians 1:3-7

49. 1 Sam. 2:35 – A Faithful Priest – Heb. 2:17, 3:1-3, 6, 7:24-25

50. 1 Sam. 2:10 – Shall be an anointed King to the Lord – Mt. 28:18, John 12:15

51. 2 Sam. 7:12 – David’s Seed – Matthew 1:1

52. 2 Sam. 7:13 – His Kingdom is everlasting – 2 Peter 1:11

53. 2 Sam. 7:14a – The Son of God – Luke 1:32, Romans 1:3-4

54. 2 Sam. 7:16 –  David’s house established forever – Luke 3:31; Rev. 22:16

55. 2 Ki. 2:11 – The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated – Luke 24:51

56. 1 Chr. 17:11 – David’s Seed – Matthew 1:1, 9:27

57. 1 Chr. 17:12-13 – To reign on David’s throne forever – Luke 1:32, 33

58. 1 Chr. 17:13 – “I will be His Father, He…my Son.” – Hebrews 1:5

59. Job 9:32-33 – Mediator between man and God – 1 Timothy 2:5

60. Job 19:23-27 – The Resurrection predicted – John 5:24-29

61. Psa. 2:1-3 – The enmity of kings foreordained – Acts 4:25-28

62. Psa. 2:2 – To own the title, Anointed (Christ) – Jn. 1:41, Acts 2:36

63. Psa. 2:6 – His Character-Holiness – John 8:46; Revelation 3:7

64. Psa. 2:6 – To own the title King – Matthew 2:2

65. Psa. 2:7 – Declared the Beloved Son – Matthew 3:17, Romans 1:4

66. Psa. 2:7, 8 The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated Acts 13:29-33

67. Psa. 2:8, 9 – Rule the nations with a rod of iron – Rev. 2:27, 12:5, 19:15

68. Psa. 2:12 – Life comes through faith in Him – John 20:31

69. Psa. 8:2 – The mouths of babes perfect His praise – Matthew 21:16

70. Psa. 8:5, 6 – His humiliation and exaltation – Hebrews 2:5-9

71. Psa. 9:7-10 – Judge the world in righteousness – Acts 17:31

72. Psa. 16:10 – Was not to see corruption – Acts 2:31, 13:35

73. Psa. 16:9-11 – Was to arise from the dead – John 20:9

74. Psa. 17:15 – The resurrection predicted – Luke 24:6

75. Psa. 18:2-3 – The horn of salvation – Luke 1:69-71

76. Psa. 22:1 – Forsaken because of sins of others – 2 Corinthians 5:21

77. Psa. 22:1 – “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” – Matthew 27:46

78. Psa. 22:2 – Darkness upon Calvary for three hours – Matthew 27:45

79. Psa. 22:7 – They shoot out the lip and shake the head – Matthew 27:39-44

80. Psa. 22:8 – “He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him” – Matthew 27:43

81. Psa. 22:9-10 – Born the Savior – Luke 2:7

82. Psa. 22:12-13 – They seek His death – John 19:6

83. Psa. 22:14 – His blood poured out when they pierced His side – John 19:34

84. Psa. 22:14, 15 – Suffered agony on Calvary – Mark 15:34-37

85. Psa. 22:15 – He thirsted – John 19:28

86. Psa. 22:16 – They pierced His hands and His feet – John 19:34, 37; 20:27

87. Psa. 22:17, 18 – Stripped Him before the stares of men – Luke 23:34, 35

88. Psa. 22:18 – They parted His garments – John 19:23, 24

89. Psa. 22:20, 21 – He committed Himself to God – Luke 23:46

90. Psa. 22:20, 21 – Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel – Hebrews 2:14

91. Psa. 22:22 – His Resurrection declared – John 20:17

92. Psa. 22:27-28 – He shall be the governor of the nations – Col. 1:16

93. Psa. 22:31 – “It is finished” – John 19:30, Heb. 10:10, 12, 14, 18

94. Psa. 23:1 – “I am the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11, 1 Peter 2:25

95. Psa. 24:3 – His exaltation predicted – Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9

96. Psa. 30:3 – His resurrection predicted – Acts 2:32

97. Psa. 31:5 – “Into thy hands I commit my spirit” – Luke 23:46

98. Psa. 31:11 – His acquaintances fled from Him – Mark 14:50

99. Psa. 31:13 – They took counsel to put Him to death – Mt. 27:1, John 11:53

100. Psa. 31:14, 15 – “He trusted in God, let Him deliver him” – Matthew 27:43

101. Psa. 34:20 – Not a bone of Him broken – John 19:31-36

102. Psa. 35:11 – False witnesses rose up against Him – Matthew 26:59

103. Psa. 35:19 – He was hated without a cause – John 15:25

104. Psa. 38:11 – His friends stood afar off – Luke 23:49

105. Psa. 38:12 – Enemies try to entangle Him by craft – Mark 14:1, Mt. 22:15

106. Psa. 38:12-13 – Silent before His accusers – Matthew 27:12-14

107. Psa. 38:20 – He went about doing good – Acts 10:38

108. Psa. 40:2-5 – The joy of His resurrection predicted – John 20:20

109. Psa. 40:6-8 – His delight-the will of the Father – John 4:34, Heb. 10:5-10

110. Psa. 40:9 – He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel – Matt. 4:17

111. Psa. 40:14 – Confronted by adversaries in the Garden – John 18:4-6

112. Psa. 41:9 – Betrayed by a familiar friend – John 13:18

113. Psa. 45:2 – Words of Grace come from His lips – John 1:17, Luke 4:22

114. Psa. 45:6 – To own the title, God or Elohim – Hebrews 1:8

115. Psa. 45:7 – A special anointing by the Holy Spirit – Mt. 3:16; Heb. 1:9

116. Psa. 45:7, 8 – Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed) – Luke 2:11

117. Psa. 45:17 – His name remembered forever – Eph. 1:20-21, Heb. 1:8

118. Psa. 55:12-14 – Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy – John 13:18

119. Psa. 55:15 – Unrepentant death of the Betrayer – Matt. 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19

120. Psa. 68:18 – To give gifts to men – Ephesians 4:7-16

121. Psa. 68:18 – Ascended into Heaven – Luke 24:51

122. Psa. 69:4 – Hated without a cause – John 15:25

123. Psa. 69:8 – A stranger to own brethren – John 1:11, 7:5

124. Psa. 69:9 – Zealous for the Lord’s House – John 2:17

125. Psa. 69:14-20 – Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion -Matthew 26:36-45

126. Psa. 69:20 – “My soul is exceeding sorrowful.” – Matthew 26:38

127. Psa. 69:21 – Given vinegar in thirst – Matthew 27:34

128. Psa. 69:26 – The Savior given and smitten by God – John 17:4; 18:11

129. Psa. 72:10, 11 – Great persons were to visit Him – Matthew 2:1-11

130. Psa. 72:16 -The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground –  John 12:24-25

131. Psa. 72:17 – Belief on His name will produce offspring – John 1:12, 13

132. Psa. 72:17 – All nations shall be blessed by Him – Galatians 3:8

133. Psa. 72:17 – All nations shall call Him blessed – John 12:13, Rev. 5:8-12

134. Psa. 78:1-2 – He would teach in parables – Matthew 13:34-35

135. Psa. 78:2b – To speak the Wisdom of God with authority – Matt. 7:29

136. Psa. 80:17 – The Man of God’s right hand – Mark 14:61-62

137. Psa. 88 – The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary – Matthew 27:26-50

138. Psa. 88:8 – They stood afar off and watched – Luke 23:49

139. Psa. 89:27 – Firstborn – Colossians 1:15, 18

140. Psa. 89:27 – Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings – Luke 1:32, 33

141. Psa. 89:35-37 – David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever – Luke 1:32, 33

142. Psa. 89:36-37 – His character-Faithfulness – Revelation 1:5, 19:11

143. Psa. 90:2 – He is from everlasting – (Micah 5:2) John 1:1

144. Psa. 91:11, 12 – Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ – Luke 4:10, 11

145. Psa. 97:9 – His exaltation predicted – Acts 1:11; Ephesians 1:20

146. Psa. 100:5 – His character-Goodness – Matthew 19:16, 17

147. Psa. 102:1-11 – The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary – John 19:16-30

148. Psa. 102:25-27 – Messiah is the Preexistent Son – Hebrews 1:10-12

149. Psa. 109:25 – Ridiculed – Matthew 27:39

150. Psa. 110:1 – Son of David – Matthew 22:42-43

151. Psa. 110:1 – To ascend to the right-hand of the Father – Mark 16:19

152. Psa. 110:1 – David’s son called Lord – Matthew 22:44, 45

153. Psa. 110:4 – A priest after Melchizedek’s order – Hebrews 6:20

154. Psa. 112:4 – His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al – Matt. 9:36

155. Psa. 118:17, 18 – Messiah’s Resurrection assured – Luke 24:5-7; 1Cor. 15:20

156. Psa. 118:22, 23 – The rejected stone is Head of the corner – Matt. 21:42, 43

157. Psa. 118:26a – The Blessed One presented to Israel – Matthew 21:9

158. Psa. 118:26b – To come while Temple standing – Matthew 21:12-15

159. Psa. 132:11 – The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body) – Luke 1:32, Act 2:30

160. Psa. 129:3 – He was scourged – Matthew 27:26

161. Psa. 138:1-6 – The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings – Matt. 2:2-6

162. Psa. 147:3, 6 – The earthly ministry of Christ described – Luke 4:18

163. Prov. 1:23 – He will send the Spirit of God – John 16:7

164. Prov. 8:23 – Foreordained from everlasting – Rev. 13:8, 1Peter 1:19-20

165. Song. 5:16 – The altogether lovely One – John 1:17

166. Isa. 2:3 – He shall teach all nations – John 4:25

167. Isa. 2:4 – He shall judge among the nations – John 5:22

168. Isa. 6:1 – When Isaiah saw His glory – John 12:40-41

169. Isa. 6:8 – The One Sent by God – John 12:38-45

170. Isa. 6:9-10 – Parables fall on deaf ears – Matthew 13:13-15

171. Isa. 6:9-12 – Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words – Acts 28:23-29

172. Isa. 7:14 – To be born of a virgin – Luke 1:35

173. Isa. 7:14 – To be Emmanuel-God with us – Matthew 1:18-23, 1Tim. 3:16

174. Isa. 8:8 – Called Emmanuel – Matthew 28:20

175. Isa. 8:14 – A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense – 1 Peter 2:8

176. Isa. 9:1, 2 – His ministry to begin in Galilee – Matthew 4:12-17

177. Isa. 9:6 – A child born-Humanity – Luke 1:31

178. Isa. 9:6 – A Son given-Deity – Luke 1:32, John 1:14, 1Tim. 3:16

179. Isa. 9:6 – Declared to be the Son of God with power – Romans 1:3, 4

180. Isa. 9:6 – The Wonderful One, Peleh – Luke 4:22

181. Isa. 9:6 – The Counsellor, Yaatz – Matthew 13:54

182. Isa. 9:6 – The Mighty God, El Gibor – 1 Cor. 1:24, Titus 2:3

183. Isa. 9:6 – The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth – John 8:58, 10:30

184. Isa. 9:6 – The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom – John 16:33

185. Isa. 9:7 – To establish an everlasting kingdom – Luke 1:32-33

186. Isa. 9:7 – His Character-Just – John 5:30

187. Isa. 9:7 – No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace – Luke 1:32-33

188. Isa. 11:1 – Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer – Matthew 2:23

189. Isa. 11:1 – A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse – Luke 3:23, 32

190. Isa. 11:2 – Anointed One by the Spirit – Matthew 3:16, 17, Acts 10:38

191. Isa. 11:2 – His Character-Wisdom, Knowledge, et al – Colossians 2:3

192. Isa. 11:3 – He would know their thoughts – Luke 6:8, John 2:25

193. Isa. 11:4 – Judge in righteousness – Acts 17:31

194. Isa. 11:4 – Judges with the sword of His mouth – Rev. 2:16, 19:11, 15

195. Isa. 11:5 – Character: Righteous & Faithful – Rev. 19:11

196. Isa. 11:10 – The Gentiles seek Him – John 12:18-21

197. Isa. 12:2 – Called Jesus-Yeshua – Matthew 1:21

198. Isa. 22:22 – The One given all authority to govern – Revelation 3:7

199. Isa. 25:8 – The Resurrection predicted – 1 Corinthians 15:54

200. Isa. 26:19 – His power of Resurrection predicted – Matthew 27:50-54

201. Isa. 28:16 – The Messiah is the precious corner stone – Acts 4:11, 12

202. Isa. 28:16 – The Sure Foundation – 1 Corinthians 3:11, Mt. 16:18

203. Isa. 29:13 – He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word – Matt. 15:7-9

204. Isa. 29:14 – The wise are confounded by the Word – 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

205. Isa. 32:2 – A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place – Matthew 23:37

206. Isa. 35:4 – He will come and save you  -Matthew 1:21

207. Isa. 35:5-6 – To have a ministry of miracles – Matthew 11:2-6

208. Isa. 40:3, 4 – Preceded by forerunner – John 1:23

209. Isa. 40:9 – “Behold your God.” – John 1:36; 19:14

210. Isa. 40:10 – He will come to reward – Revelation 22:12

211. Isa. 40:11 – A shepherd-compassionate life-giver – John 10:10-18

212. Isa. 42:1-4 – The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer – Matthew 12:18-21

213. Isa. 42:2 – Meek and lowly – Matthew 11:28-30

214. Isa. 42:3 – He brings hope for the hopeless – John 4

215. Isa. 42:4 – The nations shall wait on His teachings – John 12:20-26

216. Isa. 42:6 – The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles -Luke 2:32

217. Isa. 42:1, 6 – His is a worldwide compassion – Matthew 28:19, 20

218. Isa. 42:7 – Blind eyes opened -John 9:25-38

219. Isa. 43:11 – He is the only Savior – Acts 4:12

220. Isa. 44:3 – He will send the Spirit of God – John 16:7, 13

221. Isa. 45:21-25 – He is Lord and Saviour – Philippians 3:20, Titus 2:13

222. Isa. 45:23 – He will be the Judge – John 5:22; Romans 14:11

223. Isa. 46:9, 10 – Declares things not yet done – John 13:19

224. Isa. 48:12 – The First and the Last John 1:30, – Revelation 1:8, 17

225. Isa. 48:16, 17 – He came as a Teacher – John 3:2

226. Isa. 49:1 – Called from the womb-His humanity – Matthew 1:18

227. Isa. 49:5 – A Servant from the womb – Luke 1:31, Philippians 2:7

228. Isa. 49:6 – He will restore Israel – Acts 3:19-21, 15:16-17

229. Isa. 49:6 – He is Salvation for Israel – Luke 2:29-32

230. Isa. 49:6 – He is the Light of the Gentiles – John 8:12, Acts 13:47

231. Isa. 49:6 – He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth – Acts 15:7-18

232. Isa. 49:7 – He is despised of the Nation – John 1:11, 8:48-49, 19:14-15

233. Isa. 50:3 – Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation – Luke 23:44, 45

234. Isa. 50:4 – He is a learned counselor for the weary – Matthew 7:29, 11:28, 29

235. Isa. 50:5 – The Servant bound willingly to obedience – Matthew 26:39

236. Isa. 50:6a – “I gave my back to the smiters.” – Matthew 27:26

237. Isa. 50:6b – He was smitten on the cheeks – Matthew 26:67

238. Isa. 50:6c – He was spat upon – Matthew 27:30

239. Isa. 52:7 – Published good tidings upon mountains  – Matt. 5:12,15:29, 28:16

240. Isa. 52:13 The Servant exalted Acts 1:8-11; Eph. 1:19-22, Php. 2:5-9

241. Isa. 52:14 The Servant shockingly abused Luke 18:31-34; Mt. 26:67, 68

242. Isa. 52:15n – Nations startled by message of the Servant – LK 18:31-34; Mt. 26:68

243. Isa. 52:15 – His blood shed sprinkles nations – Hebrews 9:13-14, Rev. 1:5

244. Isa. 53:1 – His people would not believe Him – John 12:37-38

245. Isa. 53:2 – Appearance of an ordinary man – Philippians 2:6-8

246. Isa. 53:3a – Despised – Luke 4:28-29

247. Isa. 53:3b – Rejected – Matthew 27:21-23

248. Isa. 53:3c – Great sorrow and grief – Matt. 26:37-38, Luke 19:41, Heb. 4:15

249. Isa. 53:3d – Men hide from being associated with Him – Mark 14:50-52

250. Isa. 53:4a – He would have a healing ministry – Matthew 8:16-17

251. Isa. 53:4b – Thought to be cursed by God – Matthew 26:66, 27:41-43

252. Isa. 53:5a – Bears penalty for mankind’s iniquities – 2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 2:9

253. Isa. 53:5b – His sacrifice provides peace between man and God – Col. 1:20

254. Isa. 53:5c – His sacrifice would heal man of sin – 1 Peter 2:24

255. Isa. 53:6a – He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind – 1 John 2:2, 4:10

256. Isa. 53:6b – God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind – Galatians 1:4

257. Isa. 53:7a – Oppressed and afflicted – Matthew 27:27-31

258. Isa. 53:7b – Silent before his accusers – Matthew 27:12-14

259. Isa. 53:7c – Sacrificial lamb – John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19

260. Isa. 53:8a – Confined and persecuted – Matthew 26:47-27:31

261. Isa. 53:8b – He would be judged – John 18:13-22

262. Isa. 53:8c – Killed – Matthew 27:35

263. Isa. 53:8d – Dies for the sins of the world – 1 John 2:2

264. Isa. 53:9a – Buried in a rich man’s grave – Matthew 27:57

265. Isa. 53:9b – Innocent and had done no violence – Luke 23:41, John 18:38

266. Isa. 53:9c – No deceit in his mouth – 1 Peter 2:22

267. Isa. 53:10a – God’s will that He die for mankind – John 18:11

268. Isa. 53:10b – An offering for sin – Matthew 20:28, Galatians 3:13

269. Isa. 53:10c – Resurrected and live forever – Romans 6:9

270. Isa. 53:10d – He would prosper – John 17:1-5

271. Isa. 53:11a – God fully satisfied with His suffering – John 12:27

272. Isa. 53:11b – God’s servant would justify man – Romans 5:8-9, 18-19

273. Isa. 53:11c – The sin-bearer for all mankind – Hebrews 9:28

274. Isa. 53:12a – Exalted by God because of his sacrifice – Matthew 28:18

275. Isa. 53:12b – He would give up his life to save mankind – Luke 23:46

276. Isa. 53:12c – Numbered with the transgressors – Mark 15:27-28

277. Isa. 53:12d – Sin-bearer for all mankind – 1 Peter 2:24

278. Isa. 53:12e – Intercede to God in behalf of mankind – Luke 23:34, Rom. 8:34

279. Isa. 55:3 – Resurrected by God – Acts 13:34

280. Isa. 55:4a – A witness – John 18:37

281. Isa. 55:4b – He is a leader and commander – Hebrews 2:10

282. Isa. 55:5 – God would glorify Him – Acts 3:13

283. Isa. 59:16a – Intercessor between man and God – Matthew 10:32

284. Isa. 59:16b – He would come to provide salvation – John 6:40

285. Isa. 59:20 – He would come to Zion as their Redeemer – Luke 2:38

286. Isa. 60:1-3 – He would be a light to the Gentiles – Acts 26:23

287. Isa. 61:1a – The Spirit of God upon him – Matthew 3:16-17

288. Isa. 61:1b – The Messiah would preach the good news – Luke 4:16-21

289. Isa. 61:1c – Provide freedom from the bondage of sin – John 8:31-36

290. Isa. 61:1-2a – Proclaim a period of grace – Galatians 4:4-5

291. Jer. 23:5-6 – Descendant of David – Luke 3:23-31

292. Jer. 23:5-6 – The Messiah would be both God and Man – Jn 13:13, 1 Ti 3:16

293. Jer. 31:22 – Born of a virgin – Matthew 1:18-20

294. Jer. 31:31 – The Messiah would be the new covenant – Matthew 26:28

295. Jer. 33:14-15 – Descendant of David – Luke 3:23-31

296. Eze.34:23-24 – Descendant of David – Matthew 1:1

297. Eze.37:24-25 – Descendant of David – Luke 1:31-33

298. Dan. 2:44-45 – The Stone that shall break the kingdoms – Matthew 21:44

299. Dan. 7:13-14a – He would ascend into heaven -Acts 1:9-11

300. Dan. 7:13-14b – Highly exalted – Ephesians 1:20-22

301. Dan. 7:13-14c – His dominion would be everlasting – Luke 1:31-33

302. Dan. 9:24a – To make an end to sins – Galatians 1:3-5

303. Dan. 9:24a – To make reconciliation for iniquity – Rom. 5:10, 2 Cor. 5:18-21

304. Dan. 9:24b – He would be holy – Luke 1:35

305. Dan. 9:25 – His announcement-  John 12:12-13

306. Dan. 9:26a – Cut off -Matthew 16:21, 21:38-39

307. Dan. 9:26b – Die for the sins of the world -Hebrews 2:9

308. Dan. 9:26c – Killed before the destruction of the temple – Matthew 27:50-51

309. Dan. 10:5-6 – Messiah in a glorified state – Revelation 1:13-16

310. Hos. 11:1 – He would be called out of Egypt – Matthew 2:15

311. Hos. 13:14 – He would defeat death – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

312. Joel 2:32 – Offer salvation to all mankind – Romans 10:9-13

313. Jonah 1:17 – Death and resurrection of Christ – Matthew 12:40, 16:4

314. Mic. 5:2a – Born in Bethlehem – Matthew 2:1-6

315. Mic. 5:2b – Ruler in Israel – Luke 1:33

316. Mic. 5:2c – From everlasting – John 8:58

317. Hag. 2:6-9 – He would visit the second Temple – Luke 2:27-32

318. Hag. 2:23 – Descendant of Zerubbabel – Luke 2:27-32

319. Zech. 3:8 – God’s servant – John 17:4

320. Zech. 6:12-13 – Priest and King – Hebrews 8:1

321. Zech. 9:9a – Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem – Matthew 21:8-10

322. Zech. 9:9b – Beheld as King – John 12:12-13

323. Zech. 9:9c -The Messiah would be just – John 5:30

324. Zech. 9:9d – The Messiah would bring salvation – Luke 19:10

325. Zech. 9:9e – The Messiah would be humble – Matthew 11:29

326. Zech. 9:9f – Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey – Matthew 21:6-9

327. Zech. 10:4 – The cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20

328. Zech. 11:4-6a – At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders – Matthew 23:1-4

329. Zech. 11:4-6b – Rejection causes God to remove His protection – Luke 19:41-44

330. Zech. 11:4-6c – Rejected in favor of another king – John 19:13-15

331. Zech. 11:7 – Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant – Matthew 9:35-36

332. Zech. 11:8a – Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them – Matthew 23:33

333. Zech. 11:8b – Despised – Matthew 27:20

334. Zech. 11:9 – Stops ministering to those who rejected Him – Matthew 13:10-11

335. Zech. 11:10-11a – Rejection causes God to remove protection – Luke 19:41-44

336. Zech. 11:10-11b – The Messiah would be God – John 14:7

337. Zech. 11:12-13a – Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver – Matthew 26:14-15

338. Zech. 11:12-13b – Rejected – Matthew 26:14-15

339. Zech. 11:12-13c – Thirty pieces of silver cast in the house of the Lord – Matt. 27:3-5

340. Zech. 11:12-13d – The Messiah would be God  – John 12:45

341. Zech. 12:10a – The Messiah’s body would be pierced – John 19:34-37

342. Zech. 12:10b – The Messiah would be both God and man – John 10:30

343. Zech. 12:10c – The Messiah would be rejected  – John 1:11

344. Zech. 13:7a  – God’s will He die for mankind – John 18:11

345. Zech. 13:7b – A violent death – Mark 14:27

346. Zech. 13:7c – Both God and man – John 14:9

347. Zech. 13:7d – Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him – Matthew 26:31-56

348. Zech. 14:4  – He would return to the Mt. of Olives  – Acts 1:11-12

349. Mal. 3:1a- Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah – Mark 1:1-8

350. Mal. 3:1b – Sudden appearance at the temple – Mark 11:15-16

351. Mal. 3:1c – Messenger of the new covenant – Luke 4:43

352. Mal. 3:6 – The God who changes not – Hebrews 13:8

353. Mal. 4:5 – Forerunner in spirit of Elijah – Mt. 3:1-3, 11:10-14, 17:11-13

354. Mal. 4:6 – Forerunner would turn many to righteousness – Luke 1:16-17

 

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Christianity is About a Relationship with Jesus

Receiving The Resurrected Redeemer

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Every single person who has ever lived on Planet Earth will be resurrected—some to eternal life and some to eternal torment. In the Lord’s own words, “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned” (John 5:28-29). Everyone reading these words is in one of these two categories.

Relationship

The distinction between religion and relationship makes all the difference in the world. Religion is merely man’s attempt to reach up and become acceptable to God through his own efforts—living a good life, attempting to obey the Ten Commandments, or following the golden rule. Some religions even teach that this cannot be accomplished in one lifetime. Thus, you are reincarnated over and over again until you become one with nirvana or one with the universe.

The problem with the answer provided by religion is that the Bible says that if we are ever to become acceptable to God, we must be absolutely perfect! As Jesus put it in His Sermon on the Mount—one of the most famous literary masterpieces in the history of humanity—“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Obviously no one is perfect; therefore, if we are ever going to know the resurrected Redeemer here and now, as well as rule and reign with Him throughout the eons of time, there has to be another way. And that way is found in a relationship.

Relationship is what the Christian faith is all about. It is not primarily a set of dos and don’ts. It’s a personal relationship with God. That relationship does not depend on our ability to reach up and touch God through our own good works, but rather on God’s willingness to reach down and touch us through His love.

By way of illustration, if I wanted to have a relationship with an ant, the only way I could do so is to become one. Obviously I can’t become an ant, but God did become a man. The Bible says that God in the person of Jesus Christ “became flesh” and lived for a while “among us” (John 1:14). He came into time and space to restore a relationship with man that was severed by sin.

It is crucial that you understand the problem of sin. If you do not recognize that you are a sinner, you will also not realize your need for a Savior.

Sin

Sin is not just murder, rape, or robbery. Sin is failing to do the things we should and doing those things we should not. In short, sin is a word that describes anything that fails to meet God’s standard of perfection.

Thus, sin is the barrier between you and a satisfying relationship with God. As Scripture puts it, “Your iniquities [sins] have separated you from your God” (Isaiah 59:2).

Just as light and dark cannot exist together, neither can God and sin. And each day we are further separated from God as we are further separated from God as we add to the account of our sin. But that’s not the only problem. Sin also separates us from others. You need only read the newspaper or listen to a news report to see how true this really is. Locally, we read of murder, robbery, and fraud. Nationally, we hear of corruption in politics, racial tension, and an escalating rate of suicide. Internationally, we constantly see wars and hear rumors of war. We live in a time when terrorism abounds and when the world as we know it can be instantly obliterated by nuclear aggression.

All of these things are symbolic of sin. The Bible says that we “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). There are no accept ions to the rule. The problem is further compounded when we begin to understand who God is. Virtually every heresy begins with a misconception of the nature of God.

God

On one hand, God is the perfect Father. We all have had earthly fathers, but no matter how good—or bad, as the case may be—none are perfect. God, however, is the perfect Father. And as the perfect Father, he desires an intimate relationship with us. In His Word, God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Yet the same Bible that tells us that God loves us and wants a relationship with us as our heavenly Father also tells us that He is the perfect Judge. As the perfect Judge, God is absolutely just, righteous, and holy. The Bible says of God, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; You cannot tolerate wrong” (Habakkuk 1:13).

Herein lies the dilemma. On the one hand, we see that God is the perfect Father. He loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us. On the other hand, He is the perfect Judge, whose very nature is too pure to tolerate our sin. The dilemma is brought into sharper focus by a story I heard many years ago.

A young man was caught driving under the influence of alcohol after having committed several crimes. He was brought before a judge nicknamed the “hanging judge.” Although the judge’s integrity was beyond question, he always handed out the stiffest penalty allowable by law (to wit the nickname, “hanging judge”). It turns out that the judge was the young man’s father. As you can imagine, everyone in there courthouse that day waited with bated breath to see how the judge would treat his own son. Would he show him favoritism as a father, or would he, as always, hand out the stiffest penalty allowable by law?

As the spellbound courtroom full of spectators looked on, the judge, without hesitation, issued the maximum financial penalty allowable by law. Then he took off his judicial robes, walked over to where his son stood, and paid the penalty his son could not pay. In that one act, he satisfied the justice of the law and yet demonstrated extraordinary love.

That, however, is but a faint glimpse of what God the Father did for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. You see, Jesus Christ—God Himself—came to earth to be our Savior and to be our Lord.

Through His resurrection, Jesus demonstrated that He does not stand in a line of peers with Buddha, Mohammed, or any other founders of world religions. They died and are still dead, but Christ had the power to lay down His life and take it up again.

Jesus Christ

As our Savior, Jesus lived the perfect life we cannot live. Earlier I pointed out that Scripture says in order to be acceptable to God we need to be perfect. Well, Jesus Christ came into time and space to be perfection for us. As the Bible puts it, “God made Him [Jesus Christ] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).

This is the great exchange over which all of the Bible was written. God took our sins and placed them on Jesus Christ, who suffered and died to pay the debt we could not pay. Then, wonder of wonders, He gave us the perfect life of Jesus Christ. He took our sins and gave us His perfection as an absolutely free gift. We cannot earn it or deserve it; we can only live a life of gratitude for this gift that God freely offers us. But that’s not all. Jesus not only died to be our Savior; He also lives to be our Lord.

As our Lord, Jesus Christ gives our lives meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. This is a particularly exciting thought when you stop to realize that the one who wants to be your Lord is the very one who spoke and the universe leaped into existence. He not only made this universe and everything in it, but He made you. He knows all about you, He loves you, and He wants you to have a satisfying life here and now and an eternity of joy with Him in heaven forever.

The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). The resurrection of Jesus is an undeniable fact of history. Through the immutable fact of the resurrection, God the Father vindicated Christ’s claims to deity, thus demonstrating that Jesus was God in human flesh. To receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, one need only take two steps. The one step is repent, the other is receive.

Two Steps

The first step involves repentance. Repentance is an old English word that describes a willingness to turn from sin toward Jesus Christ. It literally means a complete U-turn on the road of life—a change of heart and a change of mind. It means a willingness to follow Jesus Christ and receive Him as Savior and Lord. In the words of Christ, “The time has come…The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).

The second step is to receive. To demonstrate true belief means to be willing to receive God’s free gift. To truly receive God’s gift is to trust in and depend on Jesus Christ alone to be the Lord of our lives here and now and our Savior for all eternity.

Receiving God’s free gift takes more than knowledge. (The devil knows about Jesus and trembles.) It takes more than agreeing that the knowledge is accurate. (The devil knows that Jesus is Lord.) True saving faith entails not only knowledge and agreement, but trust. By way of illustration, when you are sick you can know a particular medicine can cure you. You can even agree that it’s cured thousands of others. But until you trust it enough to take it, it cannot cure you. It like manner, you can know about Jesus Christ, and you can agree that He has saved others, but until you personally place your trust in Him, you will not be saved.

The requirements for eternal life are nit based on what you can do but on what Jesus Christ has done. He stands ready to exchange His perfection for your imperfection.

To those who have never received Him as Savior and Lord, Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20). Jesus knocks on the door of the human heart, and the question He asks is, Are you ready now to receive me as Savior and Lord?

According to Jesus Christ, those who repent and receive Him as Savior and Lord are “born again” (John 3:3)—not physically, but spiritually. And with this birth must come spiritual growth.

Growth

First, no relationship can flourish without constant, heartfelt communication. This is true not only in human relationships, but also in our relationship with God. If we are to nurture a strong relationship with our Savior, we must be in constant communication with Him. The way to do that is through prayer.

Prayer is the way we talk to God. You do not need a special vocabulary to pray. You can simply speak to God as you would to your best friend. The more time you spend with God in prayer, the more intimate your relationship will be. And remember, there is no problem great or small that God cannot handle. If it’s important to you, it’s important to Him.

Furthermore, in addition to prayer, it is crucial that new believers spend time reading God’s written revelation of Himself—the Bible. The Bible not only forms the foundation of an effective prayer life, but it is foundational to every other aspect of Christian living. While prayer is our primary way of communicating with God, the Bible is God’s primary way of communicating with us. Nothing should take precedence over getting into the Word and getting the Word into us.

If we fail to eat well-balanced meals on a regular basis, we will eventually suffer the physical consequences. What is true of the outer man is also true of the inner man. If we do not regularly feed on the Word of God, we will starve spiritually.

I generally recommend that new believers by reading one chapter from the Gospel of John each day. As you do, you will experience the joy of having God speak to you directly through His Word. As Jesus put it, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).

Finally, it is crucial for new believers to become active participants in a healthy, weal-balanced church. In Scripture, the church is referred to as the body of Christ. Just as our body is one and yet has many parts, so the body of Christ is one but is composed of many members. Those who receive Christ as the Savior and Lord of their lives are already a part of the church universal. It is crucial, however, that all Christians become vital, reproducing members of a local body of believers as well.

Scripture exhorts us not to neglect the gathering of ourselves together, as is the custom of some (see Hebrews 10:25). It is is the local church where God is worshiped through prayer, praise, and proclamation; where believers experience fellowship with one another; and where they are equipped to reach others through the testimony of their love, their lips, and their lives.

Application

I began by pointing out that Christianity is not merely a religion; rather, it is a relationship with the resurrected Redeemer. You can know of Him through historical evidences, but you can know Him only by the Spirit of God. Even now, if God’s Spirit is moving upon your heart, you can receive the resurrected Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Simply pray thus prayer—and remember, there is no magic in the words; God is looking at the intent of your heart.

Prayer to Pray

Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have provided a way for me to have a relationship with You; I realize that I am a sinner; I thank You that You are my perfect Father; I thank You for sending Jesus to be my Savior and Lord; I repent and receive His perfection in exchange for my sin; In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Assurance

The assurance of eternal life is found in these words from the resurrected Redeemer: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

Adapted from Hank Hanegraaff (Appendix A) – Resurrection The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity. Thomas Nelson: Nashville, 2000.

 

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Preaching Christ From the Ten Commandments

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By Dr. John Frame

If all Scripture testifies of Christ, the law of God surely cannot be an exception. As we study the law in a seminary context, then, nothing can be more important than to study its witness to Christ. Ministers of the gospel need to learn how to preach Christ from the law.

In fact, the law bears witness to Christ in a number of ways, some of which I shall discuss in the following points.

1. The Decalogue presents the righteousness of Christ. When we say that Christ was the perfect lamb of God and the perfect example for the Christian life, we are saying that he perfectly obeyed God’s law. He never put any god before his Father. He never worshipped idols or took God’s name in vain. The Pharisees arguments to the contrary notwithstanding, he never violated the Sabbath command. So, the Decalogue tells us what Jesus was like. It shows us his perfect character.

2. The Decalogue shows our need of Christ. God’s law convicts us of sin and drives us to Jesus. It shows us who we are apart from Christ. We are idolaters, blasphemers, Sabbath-breakers, and so on.

3. The Decalogue shows the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. In him we are holy. God sees us, in Christ, as law-keepers.

4. The Decalogue shows us how God wants us to give thanks for Christ. In the Decalogue, obedience follows redemption. God tells his people that he has brought them out of Egypt. The law is not something they must keep to merit redemption. God has> redeemed them. Keeping the law is the way they thank God for salvation freely given. So the Heidelberg Confession expounds the law under the category of gratefulness.

5. Christ is the substance of the law. This point is related to the first, but it is not quite the same. Here I wish to say that Jesus is not only a perfect law-keeper (according to his humanity), but that according to his deity he is the one we honor and worship when we keep the law:

(a) The first commandment teaches us to worship Jesus as the one and only Lord, Savior, and mediator (Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5).

(b) In the second commandment, Jesus is the one perfect image of God (Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3). Our devotion to him precludes worship of any other image.

(c) In the third commandment, Jesus is the name of God, that name to which every knee shall bow (Phil. 2:10-11; cf. Is. 45:23).

(d) In the fourth commandment, Jesus is our Sabbath rest. In his presence, we cease our daily duties and hear his voice (Luke 10:38-42).

(e) In the fifth commandment, we honor Jesus who has brought us as his “sons” (Heb. 2:10) to glory.

(f) In the sixth commandment, we honor him as the life (John 10:10; 14:6; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:4), Lord of life (Acts 3:15), the one who gave his life that we might live (Mk. 10:45).

(g) In the seventh commandment, we honor him as our bridegroom who gave himself to cleanse us, to make us his pure, spotless bride (Eph. 5:22-33). We love him as no other.

(h) In the eighth commandment, we honor Jesus as our inheritance (Eph. 1:11) and as the one who provides all the needs for his people in this world and beyond.

(i) In the ninth commandment, we honor him as God’s truth (John 1:17; 14:6), in whom all the promises of God are Yea and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20).

(j) In the tenth commandment, we honor him as our complete sufficiency (2 Cor. 3:5; 12:9) to meet both our external needs and the renewed desires of our hearts.

 

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Practical Wisdom On Reading The Bible in 2015

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