(01/27/2016) The Bridge To Heaven

Posted: January 27, 2016 in Death, Eternal Life, Grace, Heaven, Incarnation, Language, Reconciliation, Salvation, Sin, The Godhead
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Today, focus is upon the eternal purpose seen in the death of Jesus upon the cross, salvation, and sin.  The enormity of the need, and the multiple divine operations that would have to be carried out, required that the “bridge” to heaven, and eternity upon the earth would have to be a divine person from the full GODhead.  See the following Bible verses, and the presentation below: 

Psalms 68:  17-20, King James Version (KJV):  17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels:  the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.  18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive:  thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.  19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.  20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death

Isaiah 65:  17-21, KJV:  17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:  and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.  18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:  for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.  19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people:  and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.  20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days:  for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.  21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

Revelation 21:  1-4, KJV:  1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.

A writer using the ID “Nicola” (Level 1 with 62 points, a member since January 26, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why The Cross Of Jesus is The Bridge To Heaven?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  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:  (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:  for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 12:  10-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); Repentance and New Life? (12/30/2015); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015); Life Is In Blood (12/08/2015); Awe? (08/09/2015)

 

“Nicola”, many Christian believers would agree that the crucifixion of a man as the figure representing all Creation has been a singular sacred event to re-establish the possibility for a personal and intimate relationship between divinity and all created beings and living creatures.  Where we acknowledge the operations of human error and sin among us, the language describing a “great gulf” between mankind and GOD is neither exaggerated, nor inappropriate.  Strong terms must be used to indicate the many extremes that come into view.

Sin has not been created by GOD; and is no material or tangible thing that exists.  Sin has no fixed form having  measurable dimensions (e.g., breadth, depth, height, length, weight, width), yet, sin has direction, effect, and “presence”; and may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the ordered universe established through sacred law.

Sin can not be eliminated or removed using the finite tools of mankind such as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science; and, while divine law makes sin known and visible, law alone does not terminate sin.  This being said, death as a penalty through the law may terminate a sinner; however, the consequences and outcomes of their sin will continue indefinitely.  Consider again the Scriptures that serve as a connecting span to mature spiritual understanding:

(1.)  Ephesians 6:  12-13, King James Version (KJV):  12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-24, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

There are many other points that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  20-23, KJV:  20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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