Sermon given 16 November 2013

Why Christ Came - Part 3

by Jon Bowles

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For the past few weeks, I have been going through the passage in 'Mystery of the Ages', page 216. It is a small section which is entitled; 'Why Jesus Came.' It is talking about why Jesus Christ came two thousand years ago specifically, and there are five points that Mr Armstrong brings out:

"... He had come 1) to qualify, where the first Adam failed, to replace the former archangel Lucifer on the THRONE OF THE EARTH, ruling with the GOVERNMENT OF GOD. He had come 2) to announce the future establishment of the KINGDOM OF GOD and teach that prophetic good news (gospel) to his chosen future apostles. He had come 3) to take on himself, as our direct Creator, the penalty for our sins by his death on the cross - that we might share in that world. And he had come 4) to be resurrected from the dead by God, making possible ETERNAL GOD-LIFE for the people of God and after his Second Coming for all who are willing, of all humanity, who have ever lived on this earth. And he had come 5) to establish GOD'S CHURCH, to be trained to rule under him." 'Mystery of the Ages', page 216.

He mentions in this particular passage:

"Jesus did not come to save Satan's world while Satan sits on the throne deceiving them. Jesus will save the world at his Second Coming, when Satan shall be put away. Why, then, did Jesus come more than 1,900 years ago? Not to rule, not to reign over all nations, not to save the world while Satan still rules over them." 'Mystery of the Ages', page 216.

So that is the way that he introduces the section that he gives. I have been covering the section on qualifying. How in fact, He qualified as the Second Adam to replace Lucifer. And last time I spoke about the two groups of people that He was dealing with, Matthew 13 talks about that. The fact is that He deals with both groups differently, He deals with them very differently. One group would be His disciples, His apostles-to-be, and the other group would be the general population which in fact He hid the truth from. We looked at that.

We now come to the fact of paying the penalty of sin. What he had said was; "He had come 3) to take on himself, as our direct Creator, the penalty for our sins by his death on the cross - that we might share in that world." And then he goes on into point four. What I would like to do today is take the two sections, points three and four; where He came to pay the penalty of sin. He mentions here: "...to take on Himself, as our direct Creator, the penalty for our sins by his death on the cross - that we might share in that world." 'Mystery of the Ages', page 216.

1.Sharing in that world, to enable us to share in the Kingdom of God in the world to come - that is the first point I want to deal with, because that is the goal, the aim, in that sense in the entire exercise.

2. I would like to discuss Christ taking the penalty of sin.

3. I want to talk about how He died as our Creator. If you think about it, Jesus Christ was the direct Creator of mankind, yet He rolled up His sleeves and got His hands dirty in that sense, and died for sin. There were other things as well He did.

4. To be resurrected from the dead by God, making possible eternal God-life for the people of God, and after His Second Coming for all who are willing, of all humanity, who have ever lived on this earth. So the point I want to deal with is certainly to be resurrected as an example as far as we are concerned, because we are to be resurrected.

5. But also to make Eternal God-life possible for all.

Enabling Us to Share in the Kingdom of God (PLAY FROM 03:19)

Turn over to John 3:2 because we left it last time over here and I think it's worthwhile picking it up again in that particular section. Remember, Nicodemus came to Him by night, and it mentions:

"The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." (John 3:2)

So he could recognize that He was actually somebody sent by God. Whether in fact it was the Messiah or not, they couldn't be a hundred percent sure, but it looked as if He was the Messiah, because to do these kind of things, He had to have God's Spirit. Remember the word 'Messiah', means Anointed One. So He had to have God's Spirit anointing Him to do the miracles that He did, so he was acknowledging that. John 3:3:

"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." (John 3:3)

They understood the Kingdom of God in a very physical way. But Christ had to put him right, Christ had to point out, that; no, you needed a divine family administering this for eternity. Because it mentions in Daniel about an everlasting Kingdom. So Christ had to immediately put him right and point out that this was something that was needed. John 3:5:

"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 [he is not going to be there unless he goes through the process that is necessary for conversion]. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:5-8)

So everyone that is born of the Spirit is a spirit being, he is composed of spirit, and has got this spirit power that defines him. John 3:11:

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? [Then He goes into this section and says] And no man hath ascended up to heaven [it flows straight into the fact that Christ was about to die, and was going to die for sin], even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:11-13)

This is almost like an insert verse, it is the fact that Christ came down from heaven and then He returned back to heaven again;. "...even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13). So when John was writing He was there in heaven. John 3:14:

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:14-15)

What happened in the wilderness - let's go and read that section over in Numbers 21:4. We will flip back over to John, but lets just remind ourselves of what in fact took place here:

"And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way [it was obviously a difficult journey for some reason]. And the people spake against God, and against Moses [they weren't just bellyaching, they were actually cursing God in that sense], Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread [manna]. And the [Eternal] sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the [Eternal], and against thee; pray unto the [Eternal], that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people." (Numbers 21:4-7)

You think, why did Christ have Moses do what he did? Because Jesus Christ said to Moses Numbers 21:8:

"And the [Eternal] said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live [remember Satan is described as the serpent, you get bitten by Satan and then you look upon this pole and you live]. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." (Numbers 21:8-9)

So God preformed a miracle and He allowed this symbolism to be in there. These things happened to them for an example for what in fact was to come. So if we go back to John 3:14:

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up [Christ knew what was going to happen, you have a serpent bite somebody, and to get rid of the poison, you look upon the sacrifice of Christ]: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:14-17)

The entire thing was part of the plan of God. It ties in with this incident in the wilderness. The interesting thing is, if you go back to II KIngs 18:1, you find what happened to this serpent that was erected in the wilderness:

"Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah...king of Judah began to reign. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem...And he did that which was right in the sight of the [Eternal], according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places [this is Hezekiah], and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made [it had fulfilled it's function in the wilderness of pointing us as we go back and look at it, to Christ; you get bitten by a serpent, you've got to rely on the sacrifice of Christ, and the shed blood of Jesus Christ and look upon that to be able to be healed of that]: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan." (II Kings 18:1-4)

So they in fact, were starting to worship the serpent. That was crazy, and Hezekiah could see that and Hezekiah removed it from them at that particular time. It is interesting there are other things that have taken place. There is even an understanding that E W Bullinger points out, that the zodiac that we have today originally if you go through it, it goes through the plan of God. It was taken over by the Babylonians, taken over by the pagans, and the zodiac today is obviously paganism; but originally it probably wasn't. Again, that is slightly speculative, but that is what happens; human beings will go ahead and worship things that are not the true God. But the point was, it was a type of Jesus Christ.

Now when you think about it, this situation, that Christ was going to be sacrificed goes right the way back the very beginning of human experience. If we turn over to Revelation 13:8:

"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:8)

We find here, talking right within the center of the passage about the beast, the false system, this false governmental system; right in the middle of this, this is mentioned in Revelation 13:4:

"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." (Revelation 13:4-5)

Right in the middle of this section we find the fact that Jesus Christ, the Lamb, was slain from the foundation of the world. The word 'foundation', literally means to throw down, Strong's G2602. Because what they used to do in making a house or a building, they would go ahead and take huge stones at the beginning point of the building and they would dig down to a certain solid foundation, be that rock, or be that clay, or organic matter. The Ready-Mix lorries were not available at that time, so they couldn't pour the concrete. So what they did, was take huge stones and throw them down into the foundation. That is the reason why the word foundation and throwing down is the same.

The Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world, from the throwing down of the world. When Satan deceived Eve, but also when Adam chose to follow Satan, and chose the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. From that point forward, it was decided that Christ would have to come. If we go back to Genesis 1:26, be aware that right in the very beginning, before that throwing down took place, notice:

"And God said, Let us make man in our image [so God the Father and Jesus Christ, forming the God Head, speaking together, they had made all the animals and the plants and all the various life forms in the image of whatever life form it was supposed to be, but man was made in the very image of God], after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air..." (Genesis 1:26)

I mean why would He make man in His own image? Why would He make him like the Creator? Why would He give him the powers He did? The angelic created sons of God were already there; but here right from the very beginning, the purpose was to make man a son of the Living God. Genesis 1:26:

"...and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply..." (Genesis 1:26-28)

So the entire purpose was in fact to share the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God being the Family of God. Here we see man being created in His image. From the throwing down of the world, the fact is that Christ would have to be sacrificed. Christ's blood would have to therefore, cover the sin to allow this to be possible, to allow us to share in the Kingdom of God from the very word go, this was the case. This was in fact what God foresaw. We read last time, Daniel 7:18:

"But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever." (Daniel 7:18)

In other words, there is no doubt about it. The word saint there is 'qaddish', Strong's H6922 and it literally means Holy Ones. It literally means Holy Ones, the Ones that are Holy. Now turn over to Matthew 5:43, because Christ points something out as far as we are concerned. To share in that Kingdom of God, you have got to be a saint, you have got to be a holy one. You have got to have the same kind of mindset that God Himself has, you have got to be a God being. It is not a case of waving a magic wand. It is a case that we are going to have to become converted to be able to be there. Here it says:

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy [that is coming from the oral law, it is not coming from the Tenach, it is not coming from the Hebrew scriptures]. But I say unto you, Love your enemies [here is a different frame of mind, here is God's frame of mind, a degree of love that is way beyond human capability], bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" (Matthew 5:43-44)

That's not human. That's not the natural human reaction at all. The idea that you love your neighbour and hate your enemy, that's human. That's coming from a human mind, and a human outlook on life. But this isn't, Matthew 5:45:

"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)

We see Christ, when He is actually being crucified, saying repeatedly, saying over and over again; "...Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do..." (Luke 23:34). That's loving His enemies. That again is a God love, agape, which is totally different from human. That is not the human form at all. Matthew 5:46:

"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same [every human loves those that love them, they all pull together, it's a very human thing to do]? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so [don't even other humans do that? Of course they do] Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:46-48)

We have got to become converted. Converted from clay to God. There are the Two Trees. Mr Armstrong goes over, and over, and over, this point. The Two Trees are there. One is the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that they were able to take for themselves, and show what their mindset was like; that they would follow Satan. The other was the Tree of Life. That Tree of Life was, in fact, God's Spirit, God's Mind, God's Power, God's Life-Source. It is only through that Power and Life-Source that we would be able to become God Beings. That is the entire purpose of it.

So why did Christ come and therefore die? To enable us to share in the Kingdom of God, in the Kingdom of our Father. To be like our Father. Now we can't do that if we are blocked from having access to God. Look in Genesis 3:24, the angels protected the entrance to the Tree of Life to stop anybody from getting of the Tree of Life. Whether that was purely symbolic or literal angels that were there - probably literal angels that were there until the flood came along. It was the case that mankind was cut off from that.

Without access to that, you cannot become God. There is no way. You and I cannot be good enough to become God. I know I point this out over and over again, but it is such a vital point and I think that many people who hold to the Law of God, hold to the Law of God in a carnal way, which will do no good whatsoever. It simply is not good enough. You keep the commandments - I remember one individual, I mentioned to you before; he mentioned to me; that since their baptism they had never sinned. I thought, you what??? They had no clue. They thought if they just kept the commandments - the Ten Commandments -that was it. As long as they rested on the Sabbath Day, as long as they didn't kill somebody literally, didn't hate somebody and run off with somebody else's wife, that they were righteous.

That is not the standard, the standard is they have to become God, literally. Become God, perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. If you fall short of that, you won't be in the Kingdom of God, because the Kingdom of God is the Family of God. You have got to be God to be there and it was the fact that Christ died to enable us to share in that Kingdom. That carries a huge, huge amount of information with it. Here in Matthew 19:16, as I brought out before, this individual came and said:

"And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Matthew 19:16)

We always tend to zero in on; "...if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17). . That is absolutely true, absolutely true, but Christ didn't answer him just like that. Matthew 19:17:

"And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one [not two, not three, not four - one], that is, God..." (Matthew 19:17)

Remember what God is, a family of beings, of which Christ and the Father are the constituents as far as we understand at the moment. If there is any other member of the God family, we do not know anything about any other members of the God family. Two individuals, bound together by a common spirit, a common mind, a common purpose. That forms the God family. It is a family that is open to those that also become God. That are converted into a God Being from clay into a God Being. We can't do that.

This individual who asked the question "...what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? (Matthew 19:16) was answered in Matthew 19:17:

"And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? [Then He dropped His bombshell - okay fine] Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." (Matthew 19:17-21)

In other words, he hadn't even gotten over the first one in a spiritual sense. The first one, love God, with heart, soul and might as far as the first Commandment, the first real Commandment, and you love your neighbour as yourself as the second real Commandment. But he hadn't even done that.

So this individual who is good is going to have to become God. Has to become converted to become God. Christ didn't have to be converted. He was God in the flesh. He didn't have to be converted, but we do. Every single one of us has got to become converted. The only way we can do that is to be plugged into the Vine. The only way we can do that is to go to the Father and pray to the Father and have the Spirit of God empower us and enable us and work with us.

The sins that we have committed, which are past, must be covered. Having those sins covered when we get on our knees each day and we can approach God the Father; "...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (Matthew 6:9). The first thing you say is hallowed be your name. Hallowed is the same thing as Saint, Holy One. If your name is hallowed, and we've just call him Father, we have got to be hallowed and there is only one way we can do that. That is from this point backwards, the sins are covered. There is the sacrifice of Christ. There is the blood of Jesus Christ.

The Penalty of Sin (PLAY FROM 25:30)

Therefore why did Christ come? He came to die for sin. To pay the penalty for sins to enable us to share in the Kingdom of God. To enable us to address the Father as a Father, and really mean it. Without that sacrifice we wouldn't be able to do so. Then, obtaining the Holy Spirit we are able to then grow thereby. So many other scriptures deal with this fact that there is none good, but One, that is God. Turn over to I John 1:1, again, dealing with Jesus Christ it says:

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life [the very Logos Himself, the member of the God Family, the One that came from on high]; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us [He was another member of the God Family];) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." (I John 1:1-4)

So we have that fellowship with one another because we are all plugged into the same Vine. We are all heading in the same direction. We are all aiming for the same thing. We are not doing it perfectly. We are always falling flat on our face, but the aim is the same and our minds are open and we understand these things. I John 1:5:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (I John 1:5)

Nothing; "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48). That is what it is saying. Here is this individual; God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. A God being is perfect, a God being is righteous, he is good, he is the way he needs to be to be part of that Family. That doesn't come from a human source, a human source doesn't cut it, it doesn't do enough.

Turn over to Isaiah 64:4 The only way we can do this, the only way that this can be accomplished is that our past sins are covered by the blood of Christ, we cannot do it ourselves. We cannot make ourselves righteous:

"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him [the Plan of God from the beginning of the world, they just have not seen, it has been opened to us today, as Paul quotes in I Corinthians 2:7-11 {1}]. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those [ways] is continuance, and we shall be saved. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags..." (Isaiah 64:4-6)

In other words, if you are keeping the Commandments like this man was, as he said; "...All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?" (Matthew 19:20). If that is all you are doing is keeping the Commandments as we are human, we will not be in the Kingdom of God. That is not good enough. It has got to go beyond that. The only way it can go beyond that, the righteousness, the level of righteousness has got to come from God. We have got to become converted. Romans 3:31:

"Do we then [nullify] the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." (Romans 3:31)

It is the only way to establish the Law. It is the only way to keep God's Law. The Holy Spirit will always run down the riverbed of God's Law. That is the riverbed it runs down, so that whatever comes out of our mouth will reflect God's Mind. How do you look after your tongue? How do you stop things coming out of your mouth that shouldn't? Humanly, you can't. Humanly; "...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34). So what do you change? You change the heart. Humanly, we can't do that, but God can. Without that sacrifice we can't even begin. The very first stage isn't there. Isaiah 64:6:

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64:6)

Left to ourselves, we would die, and that would be it. It's not just that we would die and that would be it, but we couldn't ever, ever achieve the righteousness. Again, how is Christ able to remain sinless? Because He was God. His entire direction and modus operandi in life itself was led by the Spirit of God. Therefore, He was the Son of God. Isaiah 64:7:

"And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee [we can't take hold of a God Being ourselves, that's not possible]: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O [Eternal], thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." (Isaiah 64:7-8)

That is basically the way it is done. In order to do that, we have got to let the past go, and remain as the past. It is interesting; "...when I awake, with thy likeness." (Psalm 17:15). That is what David says, that is the aim. Turn over to Hebrews 2:6 and it says:

"But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest 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: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him." (Hebrews 2:6-8)

The entirety of creation will be put under our feet, will be put into our hands. That is an astounding understanding! When you really stop and think about it, it is absolutely utterly astounding! Christ came to die for our sins, yes to pay the penalty of sins. But why? To enable us to share in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God being the Family of God grown large, administering the Government of God, which is the Way of God administered to every single living thing. Hebrews 2:9:

"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 [that allows us not to have to die]. 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. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one [one family]: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren," (Hebrews 2:9-11)

We are to become literal brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. His death and His sacrifice allows that to be the case. Hebrews 2:12:

"Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might [annul] him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:12-15)

So He is able to nullify that. Allow us to have access to the Father, through that access to be receiving the Holy Spirit and to grow in grace and knowledge. Be molded by the Father, the Creator and also by the Word of God as well as the Living Creator, and to take our place in this part of the Kingdom of God. To enable us to share in the Kingdom of God is the aim, the goal, the reason why He paid the penalty of sins; and He did pay the penalty of sin. If we turn back to I John 3:1 we see:

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is [we can be 'born again' as a spirit being, this was the message to Nicodemus, he didn't understand because it is an everlasting kingdom]. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he [Jesus Christ] is pure [so that we can all be one Family, of the same mindset and the same Father, being a part of the God Family in the Kingdom of God; then He defines what you purify yourself of]. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (I John 3:1-4)

That is what sin is. So what do they purify themselves of? They purify themselves of sin. He therefore takes the penalty of our sins. Let's just go back and really understand this. In Romans 7:8 it says:

"But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of [lust]. For without the law sin was dead." (Romans 7:8)

Remember, he was a Pharisee. He kept the Law meticulously, in a way that you and I have no real understanding of it. I always remember watching something on television. It was a Jewish family, a Jewish Orthodox family. Getting the children up out of bed in the morning, and the ritual is; before they actually get out of bed, they wash their hands, just in case they touch any unclean thing. Therefore, they go through this ritual in the morning. The father will then take a bowl of water and have the children wash their hands and then they start the day. The ritualized keeping of God's Law is unbelievable in a Orthodox Jewish family. Romans 7:9:

"For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died." (Romans 7:9)

Now he was a Pharisee, so how could sin revive? Because sin is not just a physical action of keeping God's Law, it's not just keeping God's physical rules and regulations, there is much more to it than that. Romans 7:10:

"And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death." (Romans 7:10)

He said; I know the law, the law that says; "Thou shalt not covet..." (Exodus 20:17). But when he really started to understand; "Thou shalt not covet..." (Exodus 20:17) then the Law revived and I died. Romans 7:11:

"For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful [it's all part of God's Plan, for us to get our belly full of sin, our belly full of going the wrong way]. For we know that the law [this is the true Law now, the true Law that defines sin] is spiritual..." (Romans 7:11-14)

It doesn't mean to say it's nebulous, it's spiritual. It is having the mind of God. It is looking at things God's way in everything, every single aspect of life, you look at it God's Way; because you become converted. You become God. You are a son of God, and becoming ready to be 'born again' into the Kingdom of God. So the penalty of our sins is to be taken. In defining sin, it is not just the case that it is physical rules and regulations, because that was what Paul was understanding at this time as a Pharisee. But when he really understood the spiritual dimension of it, then he realized that; no, the law is spiritual. Romans 7:14:

"...but I am carnal, sold under sin [I approach things in a carnal way, then he goes into the list of things]. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I." (Romans 7:14-15)

In other words, he is acting in a carnal way. He doesn't always have the spiritual dimension there but that is what is needed. And without taking the penalty of our sins, you can't go ahead and proceed to keep God's Spiritual Law; because it takes God's Spirit to keep God's Spiritual Law. As it says in Romans 8:7:

"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans 8:7)

So it is not subject to the Spiritual Law of God. It is impossible, physically impossible, or spiritually impossible for a carnal human being to keep God's Law. That is why what happens in churches outside, they say; "The Law has been done away. It's been nailed to the cross." No it hasn't. It is a full binding force, reinforced with a Spiritual dimension to it.

It talks about the broadcast; "...according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" (Ephesians 2:2). And that broadcast is coming from Satan. Turn over to I John 3:7, where we were before. After it talks about; "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law..." (I John 3:4). It says here:

"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous [do righteousness as Christ did righteousness]. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this [reason] the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." (I John 3:7)

So this is the purpose of Christ coming. Taking the penalty of our sins destroys the works of the devil. Again, what happened? The serpent was placed onto a pole, erected where they were being bitten by serpents. Looking upon that serpent, upon that sin offering, they were able to go ahead and have their sins wiped out. That is exactly what took place. So go back to Romans 3:23 we find that it is not the penalty of our sins for ever and ever; it is only the sins of the past:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23)

Every single one of us have got to become converted. We have all sinned and all come short of the glory of God. The glory of God is the righteousness of God, it's not our own righteousness. Romans 3:24:

"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [or a Mercy Seat] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past [notice, the sins that are past, it covers the sins that are past], through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time [this point in time, any time whenever you are repentant] his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (Romans 3:24-26)

So we see the sins that are past. Again, from any point in time; "To declare, I say, at this time..." (Romans 3:26), at this point in time. When we go before God the Father on our knees, we can come before Him and we can be guaranteed that our past sins will be wiped out, providing we are repentant. That therefore, reconciles us to God. Romans 5:8 says:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him [we are justified by His blood, made righteous by His blood, but we are saved through Him]. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son [so He pays the penalty for our sins, reconciling us to the Father], much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." (Romans 5:8-10)

That is what the key point is. God is not going to live with sin. People say; "They nailed the Commandments to the cross." What nonsense! Christ was nailed to the cross. Christ was nailed to the cross because of the Commandments, because of the inviability of His Law.

His Law, the Torah, the Way, that is literally what it means. The word 'Law' comes from the Hebrew word Torah, Strong's H8451 from H3384 which means pointing, what is aimed for, the way of life that is aimed for. The Way of Life that is aimed for is the mind and the thinking of God Himself. It is reflected in everything. Reflected in every aspect.

God will not live with sin. Why? Because He is a Creator. What does sin do? Sin destroys. Sin is a destroyer. It destroys what God creates. So if we are part of the Kingdom of God, we are part of a creating Kingdom. We cannot have sin. Sin just has no part in such a Kingdom at all. Nothing, it cannot be, because it destroys. This is what happened with Satan. Satan's attitude of mind caused destruction. We find that destruction in Genesis 1:2, where it says the earth became tohu and bohu. And where you find those words mentioned subsequently you find a case of war, you find a case of sin being in every quarter. But here in Romans 5:1, notice it says:

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" (Romans 5:1)

Faith in the sacrifice of Christ, faith in that sacrifice to cover the sins that are past, faith in the life of Christ, because we can therefore have faith to get plugged into the Father and faith that our Father will in fact work with us, and make us sinless, make us a brother or sister of Jesus Christ. Do we have anything to do? Of course we do. Absolutely, we have got to get on our knees every day. We have got to get plugged into the Vine every day. We have got to allow the trials, and work with God to work through trials and difficulties and have that relationship with Him. It goes on and says in Romans 5:2:

"By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand [the power comes from God, it is not ours], and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in [trials] also: knowing that [trials] worketh patience [He allows trials to take their course]; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us." (Romans 5:2-5)

Why is that? Because, again we are reconciled to God by the death of His Son, and then saved by His life. His life was Spirit led; it was led by the Spirit of God because He was God. And we should be led by the Spirit of God, because we are now sons of God as it says in I John 3:1-2. So taking the penalty of our sins allows us to go ahead and share in that Kingdom of God. Allows us to go ahead and have the past wiped clean.

Christ - Our Direct Creator (PLAY FROM 48:13)

If we go back to John 1:1; remember, why did Christ come? He came to die for sin. Let's just remind ourselves of what Mr Armstrong actually said:

"...to take on Himself, as our direct Creator, the penalty for our sins by his death on the cross - that we might share in that world..." 'Mystery of the Ages'

That is the essence of the point that as our direct Creator He died. Here in John 1:1, we need to understand what it says here:

"In the beginning was the [Logos, this is the individual who died; He was the Logos], and the Word [the Logos] was with God [God the Father], and the Word was God [He was part of the Godhead, a part of the Family of God]. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3)

So this individual made everything. His Word formed all the matter that I see out of my eyes at the moment. The fire in the corner, as I look out the window, the stream going by, the stone walls, the woods, everything was made by this Living Logos. This is the individual who came down in human form. I John 1:4:

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness [simply did not grasp it]." (I John 1:4-5)

Over in John1:18 notice:

"No man hath seen God [the Father] at any time [go back into the Old Testament and you find many cases where they talked with God, many cases], the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18)

So who were they talking to? They were talking to this individual, who became Jesus Christ. Another one in John 5:37 says:

"And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape." (John 5:37)

You, plural; it wasn't just the Jews at that time, it was human beings, reinforcing that passage over in John 1:18. So when we go back to Genesis 2:1, we find Adam and Eve talking with God. They were talking with Jesus Christ. They were talking with the direct Creator. As Mr Armstrong says; "To take on himself as direct Creator, the penalty of our sins by his death." This individual who made all things is also the one that died for us. He gets His hands dirty and this is the point, He gets His hands dirty:

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God [that is Jesus Christ] ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3)

So in creating, He even created the Sabbath. He was the One that rested. He stopped. He more than just rested. The inference is when you read round the subject, He was teaching, He was preaching to Adam and Eve initially, to the first humans. He was giving them Spiritual understanding. Genesis 2:7:

"And the [Eternal] God [again Jesus Christ] formed man of the dust of the ground..." (Genesis 2:7)

He wanted to get something across to this individual - that he was dirt. He was dust, he was clay. So He got in there and rolled up His sleeves and formed him out of clay. He didn't have to do that. He could have probably instantly commanded, and he would have instantly appeared, but He didn't. He got in there and made him out of clay. Did He make a clay model first, and then command the clay model to change? It doesn't say. But He got His hands dirty in doing so. Genesis 2:7:

"...and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7)

That man, formed of the dirt of the ground, formed of the dust of the ground. Genesis 2:21:

"And the [Eternal] God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the [Eternal] God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man [He didn't have to do it that way, but He did it as an illustration of something, that illustration was to carry right the way down through history]. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." (Genesis 2:21-23)

So we see this is the same individual who died. The same individual is rolling up His sleeves and getting His hands dirty in the clay, He was prepared to roll up His sleeves and come down. Turn over to Genesis 32:24:

"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day [this individual was to all intents and purposes another human being, that is what He looked like, He had the same flesh and bone as you see me have, as Christ was on the resurrection]. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched..." (Genesis 32:24-25)

It says 'touched' in the King James, He didn't touch, He karate chopped is what He basically did, Strong's H5060. He smacked him one good and hard. Genesis 32:25:

"...the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me." (Genesis 32:25-26)

Reading between the lines, it appears that Christ said, "Okay, I'll deal with this Jacob fellow and what I'll do is make myself of equal strength to him physically." Just like another human being but equal to him physically, and then He wrestled with him. He presumably knew that he could wrestle. He simply found that this individual had a certain mental outlook. A mental 'hang-to-itiveness', if we can put It that way, which He respected in that sense. Genesis 32:27:

"And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (Genesis 32:27-30)

So this individual was the one that became Jesus Christ. He was talking to Him. He wasn't the Father. But he had seen God face to face. He actually wrestled. Again, what happened? He rolled up His sleeves and got in the dirt and wrestled with Jacob.

So He died not just in some kind of detached way. He died as a direct Creator. He did the same kind of thing when He made the Sabbath. He rested on it. When He made Adam, He got in the clay. When He made Eve, He went ahead and fashioned her out of the rib, and He was hands-on, very much hands-on. That is again, one of the reasons why Christ came, was to be a hands-on Saviour, a hands-on Rescuer.

To Be Resurrected (PLAY FROM 56:43)

He also came to be resurrected. Turn over to Romans 1:1, and we will go into the fourth point now:

"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" (Romans 1:1-4)

It was the resurrection of Christ that made Him the Son of God. Now was He the Son of God before that? Yes, He was the Son of God before that certainly. He was the Son of God before that through the birth by Mary, begotten by the Father. He was declared the Son of God as it says here, by the resurrection from the dead because He was the precursor. He was the One that went ahead of us. He is the One that illustrates the Way in which to become sons of God for you and me. It is how we are to become sons of God by the resurrection. So He is made a Son of God by that resurrection.

If we notice in Hebrews 11:17, it is interesting. There must have been some knowledge of a resurrection when you look back into history. The understanding of the resurrection. Certainly, Abraham had a faith in God that He was able to resurrect Isaac:

"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac [in his mind he offered him up]: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called [so He knew the promises were there]: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." (Hebrews 11:17-19)

So Abraham trusted God, trusted this individual who became Jesus Christ, who was resurrected. Trusted Him to actually raise Isaac up; because he knew it would be through that individual. He knew that it was impossible for him to have conceived through normal means.

Go back to Job 14:7. As far as the resurrection is concerned - we don't know exactly the date of the Book of Job, but it is an ancient Book, probably precedes Abraham. But here Job brings out the fact of the resurrection, because he says:

"For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;" (Job 14:7-8)

I have mentioned before that we have got a hedge that was taken down going. That was done in the Spring and over the course of the Summer, some of the shoots on there must have been three or four foot long. The rate of growth was considerable because of a huge root stock. There were trees which were about a foot across that they chopped down. Job 14:8:

"Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the spirit, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep." (Job 14:9-12)

Naturally speaking, that's all there is, a man dies, there is nothing more. He physically dies, and that's it. He would remain dead; 'Rover, that's dead all over'. Job 14:13:

"O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret [notice, as far as Job is concerned with God, he looks to God, the resurrection is not something we can have control of; therefore, Jesus Christ, already took on the sins of all mankind, He also came to be resurrected from the dead, making possible eternal God-Life], until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come [he recognized that there is a resurrection]. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands." (Job 14:13-15)

So even Job all those years ago, every indication is that Job will be part of the very Kingdom of God. "Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands." (Job 14:15).

So if we go to I Corinthians 15:12, we see as far as the resurrection is concerned, Jesus Christ, when He is made a Son of God by the resurrection from the dead, He did it as an example for us, that we too, might be resurrected:

"Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?" (I Corinthians 15:12)

Now there was a controversy within Jewish circles where you have the Pharisees who would believe in the resurrection of the dead, and the Sadducees didn't, they didn't believe in that, they thought things were just physical. Any kind of spirit life, was an airy fairy misty kind of thing that nobody knew anything about, but the Pharisees had a firm belief in the resurrection based on passages such as the one in Job 14. I Corinthians 15:13:

"But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not [lets get the idea straight in our minds]. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins." (I Corinthians 15:13-17)

The resurrection is part of the fact that He died for sin. It wasn't just that He died for sin, it was the fact that He was resurrected as well. The fact is that He died for sin, the sins of the past are covered. We are plugged into the Vine and are able to have contact with God, so that then we can live in newness of life, looking forward into the resurrection. Looking forward to the resurrection for Spirit born life. Growing in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The same kind of grace and knowledge that Christ had. I Corinthians 15:18:

"Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable [it's just simply not the case]. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept [it is singular there, become the Firstfruit of them that slept; the example for all of us]. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead." (I Corinthians 15:18-21)

It's the fact that Christ came. Why did Jesus come? He came to take on Himself - as the direct Creator - the penalty of our sins, but He also came to be resurrected from the dead by God, making possible God-Life for the people of God. And after that, His Second Coming, that all who are willing of all humanity who have ever lived on this earth. So every single human being can be resurrected, and will be resurrected; and Christ made it possible. He was the First One, He was the precursor. I Corinthians 15:21:

"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all [the same 'all'] die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the [Firstfruit, singular, He was the First One, He was the precursor, He was the One that showed the Way]; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming [the Church; "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44), these are the Church members]. Then cometh [one, Strong's G3588] end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." (I Corinthians 15:22-24)

That includes the Day of the Lord, it includes Millennium, it includes the Great White Throne Judgment period, and it goes all the way into the Kingdom of God, then lasts for Eternity. I Corinthians 15:25:

"For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (I Corinthians 15:25-26)

So we see that Christ was the One who was resurrected, and this is one of the purposes that He came - to be resurrected. He wasn't just to be resurrected for Himself. He was to be resurrected for all of us, as an example to all of us, and give us all hope of the resurrection. The fact is that we will inherit the Kingdom of God.

To Make Eternal Life Possible for all Mankind (PLAY FROM 1:07:10)

Mr Armstrong goes on to say:

"...to be resurrected from the dead by God, making possible ETERNAL GOD-LIFE for the people of God and after his Second Coming for all who are willing, of all humanity, who have ever lived on this earth..." 'Mystery of the Ages', page 216.

So if we look at that fact; turn over to II Corinthians 4:18, right at the end, it says:

"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (II Corinthians 4:18)

II Corinthians 5:1 continues:

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon [further clothed, is better translated] with our house which is from heaven [we don't go to heaven to get it, it comes back to us, and we are resurrected on the earth]: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked [we are not going to be a spook when we are resurrected, we are going to have a body, and the body is going to be given to us]. For we that are in this tabernacle [physical tent] do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but [further clothed], that mortality might be swallowed up of life." (II Corinthians 5:1-4)

It is God Life that is what we need, a God body; "...fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." (Philippians 3:21). II Corinthians 5:5:

"Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also [notice] hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit." (II Corinthians 5:5)

So the earnest of the Spirit is given. It is given in this present time, and we have got to keep that earnest flowing. Not that we've given an earnest of the Spirit and that's it. 'We've bottled it up and we've got the Spirit of God.' It doesn't work like that. It is that we go on our knees every day before God the Father. We pray to God the Father, claiming that sacrifice of Christ that blots out our past sins. We then ask for the Spirit of God. We then ask for the daily bread in that sense. The Spiritual bread that we need. The Spirit then flows into us at that point of prayer. It doesn't just bottle up inside of us. It then flows out of us in the way we live. How we live is to reflect the mind of Jesus Christ. It is the same as a brother or sister of Jesus Christ. We live in that way. It is flowing. When it flows out of us, it flows out of us down the riverbed of God's Law, and it produces twelve manner of fruits. Look in the Revelation 22 for the symbolism there. But we have this earnest of the Spirit.

Eventually we will be Spirit born. The energy will flow through us presumably. I would imagine it would be similar - it flows into us, it flows out of us. In the same way it will flow into us and flow out of us, but we will be energized by that. It will flow through us. Turn over to Revelation 11:10, where it talks about the two witnesses. I want you to notice something about the two witnesses:

"And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them [here they were resurrected, is it just a physical resurrection? No it's not]. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them." (Revelation 11:10-12)

So it was a Spirit resurrection, and it is the Spirit of life that causes them to be resurrected. You get the earnest of the Spirit, but then you go further than that. You then have the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Life actually enters in us, and it the purpose of why Jesus Christ came. One of the purposes is to be resurrected and make Eternal God-Life possible for all mankind. Turn over to Romans 8:13 it says:

"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do [put to death] the deeds of the body, ye shall live." (Romans 8:13)

How can you do that? As I say, the Spirit is not bottled up. It has got to flow. The only way that we can do that is that we are plugged into the Vine. Without being plugged in, we cannot do it. We have got to go there on a daily basis, and receive the Spirit of God. So, if you live after the flesh, you will die: but if you through the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body, you will live because that Spirit will be flowing through us. Romans 8:14:

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God [to have the Spirit of God to lead us, we've got to be walking in the Way of God, the riverbed of God's Law is how the Spirit flows down]. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of [sonship], whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" (Romans 8:14-16)

So we see in fact the Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, and that is what makes us the children of God. It will carry us right the way into the future. Why? Because it's God-Life. The Spirit of God is the earnest of the Spirit. It is that God-Life. The impregnation initially, that gives us the access to God's Nature. II Peter 1:4 it says:

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature [the God-like nature, to have that God-like nature we need the Spirit of God], having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith [the faith to have that God-like nature] virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance [self control] patience; and to patience godliness [good worship]; And to godliness [good worship] brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness [Agape, which is the character of God]. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (II Peter 1:4-8)

So it is the divine nature that is the aim here for all of us. It is not just for us. Christ came to make the Eternal God-Life possible for all mankind. Turn over to Ezekiel 37:11, all these bones suddenly came together and they stood as a huge army:

"Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost [they are incredibly old, they have been dead a long time; as Job said, "You cut a tree down and it grows again but you cut a man down he doesn't grow again, not naturally speaking, he's dead all over and he wouldn't rise again]: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord [Eternal, the one who became Jesus Christ]; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." (Ezekiel 37:11-12)

So He died and He was resurrected from the dead by God, making possible the Eternal God-Life for the people of God, after His Second Coming all that are willing of all humanity that ever lived on the earth. Ezekiel 37:13:

"And ye shall know that I am the [Eternal], when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the [Eternal] have spoken it, and performed it, saith the [Eternal]." (Ezekiel 37:13-14)

So His Spirit will be in them. The earnest of the Spirit initially, and to those that overcome and keep growing right the way through, and die or are changed at the end of the hundred year period, they will go ahead and become born sons of God. They will have that Spirit life and this God-Life possible for all mankind. We find it mentioned as far as Israel is concerned over in Romans 11:25:

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob [all the way through the millennia of time, all Israel will have their chance]: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." (Romans 11:25-27)

Eventually that will be the case. Again, is the indication of a resurrection. He was resurrected and one of the reasons was to make Eternal God-Life possible for ALL mankind in that resurrection. Romans 11:28:

"As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy [eventually they will be trained and encouraged by those which are in the Church, in the Great White Throne Judgment]. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all." (Romans 11:28-32)

So the entirety of mankind eventually will have this possibility to have Eternal God-Life given to them, and that is because of the resurrection. Christ didn't just die and pay the penalty of past sins. He also was resurrected allowing us all to obtain that Holy Spirit by which this is going to be made possible. As Paul says in looking at this, and looking at the Plan of God in Romans 11:33:

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out [these different judgments, different times of judging which will take place as the very Plan of God is put into perspective]! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." (Romans 11:33-36)

Remember, there is no chapter break, even though there is an Amen there, it still goes on in Romans 12:1:

"I beseech you therefore [notice, it says therefore I beseech you, because of this incredible plan, this incredible sacrifice that was made; yes, but the fact that all Israel will be saved eventually, that all mankind will have the access to this Eternal God-Life], brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1)

Why? Because they are part of the Church. They are part of the called out ones now, and so are you and so am I. That is what we will be covering as a final point next time.


Footnote:

{1} Mr Bowles probably meant Paul's quote from I Corinthians 2:7-11 rather than Hebrews.