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By Xiang Yang, United States
Luke 24:1-9 say, “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why seek you the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.”
This Bible passage clearly tells us that three days after Jesus was nailed to the cross, He was resurrected. All our brothers and sisters who trulybelieve this fact and praise God’s almightiness in their hearts. However, what else can you see in regard to the fact of Jesus’ resurrection?
Fromwe can see that after Jesus was nailed to the cross, the Lord’s body was wrapped in fine linen and His grave was sealed with a big boulder. However, when some women came to apply spices to Jesus’ body, the boulder that sealed off His tomb was rolled off to one side and Jesus’ body was no longer inside. An angel said to them, “Why seek you the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” (Luke 24:5-7). From the angel’s words we can see that it was God that said, “The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” In the end, this is what God accomplished. This completely indicates that God’s words have authority and power. Whatever God says, it will be so. This is similar to when God created the heavens, the earth and all living things in the beginning. “God said, “Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Every living thing was created by God’s word. When Jesus was preaching, a single word from Jesus allowed the blind to see and the crippled to walk. One word and the winds calm down and the waves subside. One word and Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, resurrected. All these truths allow us to see that the authority of God’s word is incalculable and that God’s word represents God’s authority and power.
We all know that Jesus came to earth in order to complete the work of redemption. In the later stages of the Age of Law, because man’s corruption was becoming deeper and deeper, because he was unable to adhere to the laws and because man’s sins were becoming more and more numerous, there was no sacrifice for one own’s sins. If this continued, man would face the life threatening danger of breaking the laws. Since the entire human race had been corrupted by Satan and fallen short of God’s glory, who would atone for man’s sins? Only God was able to save us humans. However, we were unable to ascend to heaven to take the sin offering. As a result, God incarnated and took on the likeness of sinful flesh and used the name “Jesus” to do His work. At that time, the Pharisees, in order to protect their own status, did all that they could to resist and convict Jesus. In the end, they nailed Jesus to the cross. Externally, it seemed that the Pharisees and the Roman government had nailed the Lord to the cross. However, in reality, it was God accomplishing His work. From man’s perspective, it seemed as if the nailing of Jesus to the cross was equivalent to the suppression of God’s work. Actually, God used the sinning hands of man to nail Himself to the cross in order to complete the work of redeeming mankind. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). This indicates that God’s redemption work had been completed and that the work that God wanted to do was done. Jesus was then resurrected! Doesn’t this show God’s wisdom? This allows us to plainly see that God’s wisdom is built above Satan’s schemes and that God’s wisdom is fantastic and unfathomable!
When Jesus rose from the dead, in the beginning, I only recognized that God had the power of resurrection. Afterward, I discovered that this recognition was very superficial and one-sided. Actually, the truth of Jesus’ resurrection indicates that Jesus is in fact God Himself. It is recorded in Genesis, “And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). God is of the Spirit. From ancient times until eternity, God will exist. During the Age of Law, Jehovah God did His work through the Spirit. When Jesus came to do His work, since He had to do the work of redemption and there was no way that a spirit could be nailed to the cross, God was incarnated to do His work. In the New Testament of the Bible, the Lord Jesus said, “Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?” (John 14:10). Jesus’ words clearly indicate that Jesus is Christ, God in heaven, the Son and the Father. In the past, even though we would call out “Jesus Christ” daily, we did not know what Christ meant. We would shout that Jesus is the incarnate God yet all along we did not understand what incarnation means. Even though Jesus said that He is God Himself, we did not understand. Recently, I read a book online that said, “The meaning of incarnation is that God appears in the flesh, and He comes to work among man of His creation in the image of a flesh. So, for God to be incarnated, He must first be flesh, flesh with normal humanity; this, at the very least, must be true. In fact, the implication of God’s incarnation is that God lives and works in the flesh, God in His very essence becomes flesh, becomes a man.”
“The Spirit within Jesus, the Spirit in heaven, and the Spirit of Jehovah are all one. It can be called the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the sevenfold intensified Spirit, and the all-inclusive Spirit. The Spirit of God alone can carry out much work. He is able to create the world and destroy it by flooding the earth; He can redeem all mankind, and moreover, conquer and destroy all mankind. This work is all carried out by God Himself and cannot have been done by any other of the persons of God in His stead. His Spirit can be called by the name of Jehovah and Jesus, as well as the Almighty. He is the Lord, and Christ. He can also become the Son of man. He is in the heavens and also on the earth; He is on high above the universes and among the multitude. He is the only Master of the heavens and earth!”
These words open up the secret of incarnation to us. Externally, Jesus looks like an ordinary person. However, spiritually, He is the God of heaven and the Creator of all things. God’s incarnation is essentially God embodying flesh and coming to earth to do His work. Therefore, the truth of Jesus being nailed to the cross and resurrecting is the revealing of the Lord’s spirit to man and not what we imagine as the death of Jesus on the cross.
Some people perhaps say that it is recorded in the Bible that after Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river, there was a voice from heaven that said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (2 Peter 1:17). Moreover, Jesus called the God in heaven Father. Doesn’t this indicate that Jesus is the son of God? If He is God Himself, how can He called the God in heaven Father? Don’t be worried, the following words explain this conundrum, “There are still those who say, ‘Did not God expressly state that Jesus was His beloved Son?’ ‘Jesus is the beloved Son of God, in whom He is well pleased’ was certainly spoken by God Himself. That was God bearing witness to Himself, but merely from a different perspective, that of the Spirit in heaven bearing witness to His own incarnation. Jesus is His incarnation, not His Son in heaven. Do you understand? Do not the words of Jesus, ‘The Father is in Me and I am in the Father,’ indicate that They are one Spirit? And is it not because of the incarnation that They were separated between heaven and earth? In reality, They are still one; no matter what, it is simply God bearing witness to Himself.” These words indicate to us that Jesus is the heavenly God. Since none of us recognized God when He became flesh, God spoke from the perspective of the spirit and bore witness to His own incarnation. When Jesus called the God in heaven Father, He was saying this from the perspective of the Son of man as well as the perspective of a creation addressing the heavenly God. In fact, Jesus is God Himself! Just as the Bible says, “but the gift of God isthrough Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Now is the crucial moment to welcome the Lord’s return in the last days. It is prophesied in Revelation, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). It can be seen that the Lord will speak His words and knock at our door when He returns. How should we learn to listen to How to Hear God’s Voice and Welcome Second Coming of Jesus Christ, will show you the way to welcome the Lord’s return. Please click to read this article.like the wise virgins, so that we can welcome the Lord and feast with Him? Our article,
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One may ask: The Bible says, “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation” (Romans 10:9-10). It says that the one who confesses with the mouth and believes in the heart that Jesus is the Lord is saved. In fact, we do have believed in the Lord; however, does it mean that we have been saved thoroughly? Speaking of the topic of being saved, it is familiar to brothers and sisters. They are all firmly convinced that they have been saved thoroughly since they have believed in the Lord Jesus, and that they will be taken to the kingdom of heaven when the Lord comes again. But is it really the case? What on earth is the true meaning of being saved? Is it true, as we think, that we are saved thoroughly as long as we believe in the Lord Jesus? We all know the Israelites had ever been enslaved by the Egyptian Pharaoh, undergoing all kinds of hardships. Jehovah God could not stand them being maltreated; therefore, He called Moses to lead them out of Egypt and then into the good land of Canaan. As for the Israelites of that time, they were saved. But it cannot be said that they no longer need the salvation of Jehovah God. Before they entered Canaan, Jehovah God set forth the law through Moses, causing them to know how to revere Him, how to serve Him, as well as how to live on earth, how to get along with others, etc. Henceforth, the work of God in the Age of Law made the Israelites know how to live, and to them, this means that they were saved again. However, at the end of the Age of Law, people were unable to keep the law, lost their reverence for God, and even offered blind and lame livestock on the altar. As a result, they all faced the danger of being condemned to death by the law. In order to rescue them from death, God incarnate came to earth and did a stage of work of redeeming mankind. The Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross as the sin offering for mankind, and bore the sins of man. For those accepting the salvation of the Lord Jesus, this means that they were saved again. As the Bible says, “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). Actually here it means that after accepting the Lord Jesus’ salvation of the cross, people will no longer be condemned by the law for failing to keep it. Nevertheless, although our human sins have been forgiven, it doesn’t mean that we have no sins, for all believers still live in the vicious cycle of committing sins only to confess them and then to continue on to sin again, and no one can break free from it. The Bible says, “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). “Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). We can see from these verses that although we have got the redemption of the Lord Jesus, we are not completely saved by God because our corrupt dispositions haven’t been purified yet. Therefore, God returns to flesh in the last days to do the work of thoroughly saving and purifying man. God says, “it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as a sinner because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus—you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: You have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance” (“Concerning Appellations and Identity”). “The sins of man were forgiven because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live in the old, corrupt satanic disposition. As such, man must be completely saved from the corrupt satanic disposition so that the sinful nature of man is completely cast away and never again develops, thus allowing the disposition of man to be changed. This requires man to understand the path of growth in life, the way of life, and the way to change his disposition. It also needs man to act in accordance with this path so that the disposition of man can gradually be changed and he can live under the shining of the light, and that he can do all things in accord with the will of God, cast away the corrupt satanic disposition, and break free from Satan’s influence of darkness, thereby emerging fully from sin. Only then will man receive complete salvation” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)”). From God’s words we can see that we Christians are only forgiven of our sins by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus. However, because the Lord Jesus didn’t do the work of thoroughly purifying our corrupt dispositions, thus if we want to utterly cast away the corruption to be cleansed and completely saved, we need to accept not only the Lord Jesus’ redemption, but also God’s work of judging and purifying man in the last days. Only when we, in the course of experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, gradually gain a true knowledge of our own corrupt substance, are able to break free of Satan’s influence of darkness and live by God’s words, can we be called the ones who are purified and saved thoroughly, that is, the ones who have received complete salvation and are truly saved. So, today when the Lord Jesus has returned, only if we walk out of the Age of Grace, follow the steps of God’s work, and accept the judgment of God’s words to have our corrupt disposition cleansed, can we be saved thoroughly by God, and ultimately be taken to a wonderful destination. 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