The Exchange that Happens at Calvary

The Atonement-

Here are four questions for consideration.

Where is all our faith directed? Is it directed towards how much we can accomplish? Is it directed towards how much we can order our thoughts? Is it directed towards how much Scripture we can memorize?

Or is it directed towards Jesus?

Jesus paid it all. Jesus provided for it all. Jesus fulfilled all.

The Bible says in Matthew chapter seven and verse 14,

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  (Matt. 7:14)

We can compare our faith to an automobile.

Faith is the car. The key to start that car is belief in Jesus Christ. The battery to turn the engine over is the Holy Ghost. The fuel to keep the car going is the word of God.

The Bible says “straight is the gate” and “narrow is the way”. It’s a narrow road. As long as we have our car of faith pointed straight towards Jesus Christ we are not going to go off the road.

But the moment we direct our faith in some direction other than Jesus, we are going to run off the road and it is going to be disastrous. Our direction for faith has to be towards Jesus Christ.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Heb. 12:2)

The Bible tells us that God has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Eph. 1:3)

God wants to manifest the spiritual into the natural for our benefit.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”  (1Cor. 12:7)

This verse in First Corinthians is talking about spiritual gifts, but in the same manner God wants to manifest spiritual blessings into the natural for our benefit.

It’s going to take two conditions for this manifestation to take effect. They are proper faith direction towards Jesus and our humbleness, submission, and love for God and others.

The Bible says in James chapter four verses six through eight that God resists the proud,

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”  (James 4:6-8)

We cannot be high-minded and prideful and expect to receive anything from God. The first and foremost prerequisite for receiving from God is humility and absence of pride. “God resisteth (he pushes against) the proud but giveth grace unto the humble.”

What does it mean when the Bible says God has given us spiritual blessings but they have not yet been manifested? One example of this would be salvation.

In John chapter one and verse 29, John the Baptist beheld Jesus and said,

“…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  (John 1:29)

John the Baptist didn’t lie. Jesus took away the sin of the world but before we can be sinless in the eyes of God we have to receive it by faith.

If we had died before we were born again and saved, although Jesus provided for the sin of the world to be taken away, we would have died in our sins, missed heaven, and gone to hell. Before we can experience the reality of the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins, we have to believe it and receive it by faith.

In the same fashion, God has already provided every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus but is up to us to receive them by faith before they can be manifested and enjoyed in our life.

God wants the manifestation of the spirit in our life so that every man can profit withal. Jesus fulfilled the Law but He rejected the blessings of the Law so that He might freely give them unto us in exchange for our sins through the cross of Calvary.

If we must believe before we can receive, then what are these blessings contained in the Law that Jesus earned by His obedience but are now held in reserve for us in Heavenly places? And how can we believe in them so that they can be manifested in our lives?

We can believe in them when we see them contained in the Law, and we can receive their manifestation when we see in the Scriptures how Jesus rejected them and took upon Himself the curses instead.

Tomorrow- Curses into Blessings

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A Priest after the Order of Melchisedek

The Righteousness of the Law-

I feel that there are many Christians who don’t understand the need for Christ to have fulfilled the Law of Moses.

In Numbers chapter four and verse three we read of the age of assumption of priestly duties,

“From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.”  (Num. 4:3)

Have you ever wondered why Jesus waited until He was 30 years old before He was baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist and revealed unto Israel as the Messiah? He had to be 30 years old in order to fulfill the Law of Moses concerning the assumption of priestly duties before He could establish a new priesthood after the order of Melchisedek.

We read of Christ’s fulfillment in Luke chapter three verses 21 through 23,

Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,” (Luke 3:21-23)

In Exodus chapter 29 verse four we read where the Law gives instructions for the washing of the Levitical priest,

And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.”  (Exodus 29:4)

Before a priest could assume his priestly duties he had to be washed with water by another Levitical priest. We read this fulfillment in Matthew chapter three verses 14 and 15,

“But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”  (Matt. 3:14-15)

John the Baptist realized that Jesus was the Messiah; the One prophesied Who would deliver Israel. This is why he told Jesus, “I have need to be baptized of thee.” However, Jesus told John that He needed to be baptized of him in order to “fulfill all righteousness.”

In order to fulfill the Law, before He could assume any priestly duties such as offering a sacrifice for forgiveness of sin, Jesus had to be washed by another priest. Since the priesthood was inherited and John the Baptist’s father was a priest, then that made John a priest also.

The Bible says that Jesus was made a priest after another priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek. We first read of Melchizedek in the Book of Genesis.

“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.”  (Gen 14:18-20)

Abraham had gone to the battle of the Kings and was returning home after his victory when he encountered this man called the king of Salem, the priest of the most high God named Melchizedek.

We read more of Melchizedek in the seventh chapter of Hebrews,

“For this Melchisedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.”  (Heb. 7:1-4)

According to the Law of Moses, a man could not be a priest unless he was the son of a priest. This was the reason that Samuel could be a prophet but never inherit the priesthood from Eli, no matter how godly Samuel was.

Jesus said that He came to fulfill the Law of Moses. We know that Jesus is the Son of God but He walked as the Son of Man anointed with the Holy Ghost.

In order for Him to become a priest Jesus had to be the son of a priest, so in order to satisfy the Law, God manifested Himself upon the earth as Melchizedek thousands of years before the birth of Christ.

In Hebrews chapter seven, Melchizedek was called King of Peace. In Isaiah chapter nine verse six, Jesus is called the Prince of Peace.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isa. 9:6)

A prince is the son of a king.

The Bible says in Hebrews that Melchizedek was “made like unto the Son of God.” How was the Son of God made? He was God manifest in the flesh.

Melchizedek was made in the same fashion, made “like unto the Son of God.” He was God manifest in the flesh.

God the Father spoke into existence a body so that he could appear as Melchizedek, the King of Peace, the King of Salem, the Priest of the Most High God. This was done so that thousands of years later Jesus Christ could be born of a virgin, grow up, and become a priest after His order.

This fulfilled the Law saying that a priest had to be the son of a priest.

Thereby, Jesus Christ was able to be baptized in the River Jordan, washed by a Levitical priest, ordained as the Son of a Priest in another priesthood, and could go about forgiving men of their trespasses and performing priestly duties.

The Bible says in Acts ten and verse 38,

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”  (Acts 10:38)

Why did God go through such intricate detail over an expanse of thousands of years just so Jesus could fulfill the law in all points?

First, the Bible teaches in the Book of Hebrews that before the old covenant (the Law) could be done away with and a new and better covenant could take its place, it had to be satisfied, or fulfilled.

Secondly, Jesus had to obtain the righteousness and the blessings that were contained in fulfilling the Law in order that He could transfer them unto us through our faith in His atoning work at Calvary.

God ordained from the beginning of time that it would be so.

The problem is not whether we have enough faith. The answer is to direct our faith towards the righteousness obtained by Jesus Christ through His fulfillment of the Law but yet rejected when He took our sins at Calvary.

The Bible calls it the “atonement” which means the “exchange.”

“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”  (Rom. 5:11)

It’s not whether you think that you are knowledgeable enough, or strong enough, or in the word enough.

It is totally by your faith in Jesus Christ that you have the righteousness that Jesus Christ obtained.

When God looks at you he sees the same righteousness that Jesus had. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ.

Tomorrow- The Atonement

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Christ and the Law of Moses

The Fulfillment of the Law-

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”  (Matt. 5:17)

When we are looking at Christ fulfilling the Law, then we are looking into something that is most instrumental in our faith walk and our faith relationship with God.

Jesus fulfilled the Law in all points and it means something very, very important to us. It has to do with our direction of faith in order that our faith may grow.

There was a blessedness and a righteousness in the law if it could be fulfilled, and Jesus Christ was the only one to fulfill it.

The Bible says that sin is the transgression of the law,

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”  (1John 3:4)

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ never committed sin and therefore never transgressed the law.

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  (Heb. 4:15)

Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses in order to pass the righteousness found in His fulfillment unto us.

Since the Bible tells us that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17), we are going to look at some examples in the Word of God in which Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses.

As with the prophecies that we have looked at concerning their fulfillment in Christ, we will look at some examples in Scripture of Christ’s fulfillment of the Law. These will be examples in which Jesus had no hand or “say so” in their fulfillment.

This is to silence the scoffers that claim Jesus set out to accomplish certain things in His life in order to make a false claim that He was the Messiah.

We read in the Law of Moses concerning the circumcision of a male child in Leviticus chapter 12 verses two and three,

“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.”  (Lev. 12:2-3)

We see the fulfillment in Luke chapter two and verse 21,

“And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”  (Luke 2:21)

Now the days in which Jesus lived upon the earth were very ungodly days as far as obedience to the Law of Moses was concerned. The Israelites observed a type of religion based upon tradition. Although they might not have been openly worshiping vain idols, they literally had departed in their heart from the Law of God.

One example of this is when Jesus cast the demons called Legion out of the man into the herd of swine in the Gospel of Mark chapter five. What in the world was a herd of swine doing in Israel? Swine were unclean and the children of Israel were forbidden to eat pork.

Yet here we read of a time when there was a herd of swine in the land of Israel.

The average Israelite of the day had basically given up trying to obey the heavy burdens and requirements of the religious leaders, and the religious leaders falsely believed their righteousness was fulfilled in keeping the vain traditions of their religious orders.

In the midst of this very religious yet unrighteous culture and environment, God chose a very godly set of parents in Mary and Joseph. Because of their godliness and dedication to the Lord, Mary and Joseph made sure that their son Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the law while as yet He was still just a child.

We see this as they took Him to the temple and offered a sacrifice to the priest for the first born child according to the Law as described in Leviticus chapter 12 and verse six.

“And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:”  (Lev. 12:6)

We see the fulfillment of this Scripture in Luke chapter two verses 22 through 24,

“And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord; ) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”  (Luke 2:22-24)

In another portion of Scripture it says that if anyone were too poor to offer a lamb for a burnt offering, then they could substitute a pair of turtledoves. So we see here by the offering presented by Mary and Joseph that they were very poor people and could not afford a lamb for an offering.

In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 16 verses one and 16 we read of the times and feasts in which the males were commanded to appear before God,

“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.”  (Deut. 16:1)

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:”  (Deut. 16:16)

We can see an example of Jesus when He was still a child fulfilling this commandment in the Gospel of Luke chapter two verses 41 and 42,

“Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.”  (Luke 2:41-42)

Here the Bible shows us that even as a young boy Jesus and His parents were diligent to observe and keep the Law of Moses.

Tomorrow- The Righteousness of the Law

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A More Sure Word of Prophecy

The Fulfillment of the Prophets-

In Isaiah chapter 53 and verse one Isaiah says, Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”  (Isaiah 53:1)

The Bible says “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”. (Rom. 10:7)

The word of God which increases faith includes the Law of Moses and the prophecies of old that Jesus Christ fulfilled.

Many scoffers and agnostics who don’t believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah would tell you that Jesus purposely fulfilled these prophecies in order to make that claim.

However, we’re going to go through many of these prophecies that were fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus which neither He nor His disciples had any say so as to their fulfillment.

All the holy prophets prophesied of the coming Messiah, God manifest in the flesh.

Even in the Garden of Eden in Genesis the third chapter verse 15, Satan was told by God that the seed of woman would bruise his head.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”  (Gen. 3:15)

Now, woman does not have seed but man has seed. However, there was a time in history (the only time) when a woman conceived seed without the aid of man because God put the seed in her.

“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”  (Luke 1:34-35)

In Deuteronomy chapter 18 and verse 15, Moses promised that a prophet like unto himself would God raise up among them and all who would not hear him would be cut off.

“The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;”  (Deut. 18:15)

So God and all His prophets prophesied of the coming Messiah, God manifest in the flesh. To obtain faith, which is part of the fruit of the spirit, to obtain salvation, before we can receive the Holy Ghost, we must receive a heart belief that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is that Messiah.

Before the Lord carried me through this I believed that Jesus was the son of God. I believed that Jesus was the Messiah.

I had been saved for quite some time, but once I saw the Scriptures containing the prophecies in the Old Testament and their exact fulfillment in Jesus Christ in the New Testament, it seemed like something dropped from my head into my heart and I began to have a greater faith in what Jesus is able to do.

We read the Scriptures in Hebrews chapter 11 and verse six that “he who cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him.”

So in order to help us believe that “He is”, we are going look at a few of the many Scriptures in the Old Testament which prophesy of the Messiah and were fulfilled in the New Testament by Jesus Christ.

In Isaiah chapter nine and verse six we read,

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6)

Here is the prophecy of the coming of the Son of God. Not just a prophet, not just a teacher, not just a good man, but the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace.

We can read the fulfillment almost 732 years later in Matthew chapter one and verse 21,

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”  (Matt. 1:21)

America has been a nation for over 200 years and for many of us, when we look at her accomplishments, growth, population, and advancements, it seems like a very long time. However, compared to the 732 years between the prophecy of Isaiah and the birth of Christ it is only a drop in the bucket.

So we can imagine that the expanse of time between this prophecy and the fulfillment must have seemed like an eternity to the children of Israel. However, God’s timing is perfect.

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,” (Gal. 4:4)

God spoke it, God declared it, and it came to pass.

In Isaiah chapter seven and verse 14 we read of the prophecy of the virgin birth,

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  (Isaiah 7:14)

The prophet said a virgin would conceive. Some scoffers and agnostics say that the word translated “virgin” in the prophecy really just means “young woman”, but God said it was going to be a sign. A young woman having a child is not a sign, but in this verse it says there’s going to be a sign.

A virgin would conceive and bear a child calling his name Immanuel, which means “God with us”. The Messiah was to be born of a virgin.

We see the fulfillment in Matthew chapter one and verse 18,

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”  (Matt. 1:18)

Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. The Bible says, “before they came together.” Jesus had nothing to do with it. God’s prophecy was fulfilled.

The exact place of His birth was prophesied. In Micah chapter five and verse two the Bible says,

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  (Micah 5:2)

Here the prophet speaking of the Messiah says that His goings have been “from everlasting”, in other words with “no beginning and no ending.”

If Joseph Smith had known this portion of Scripture, it’s possible that he never would have been deceived by an angel of light. Joseph Smith wrote in the book of Mormon that Jesus was born in Jerusalem, the city of David, which contradicts the Old Testament prophecy. God never contradicts Himself.

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”  (Mal. 3:6)

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”  (Gal. 1:8)

If Joseph Smith had known the Word of God, he would have known that not any angel, no matter how holy he appeared to be, would contradict the word of God. Here it is specifically prophesied that in Bethlehem Ephratah Christ would be born.

We read the fulfillment in Luke chapter two verses 11 and 15,

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:11)

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  (Luke 2:15)

Jesus, if He were only a man, would have no control as to the place of His birth.

Even the traitor’s price that was paid for Him just before His betrayal and crucifixion was prophesied of almost 485 years before Christ. In Zechariah chapter 11 and verse 12,

“And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.”  (Zech. 11:12)

We read the fulfillment in Matthew chapter 26 and verse 15,

“And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.”  (Matt. 26:15)

Not 29 and not 31, but 30 pieces of silver. This is the exact fulfillment of God’s word. God knows the ending from the beginning. When God says it’s going to happen, then it is going to happen.

Jesus was the only one to fulfill these Scriptures; therefore Jesus Christ alone is the only begotten Son of God.

The manner of His death and the way in which he was killed by crucifixion was prophesied of approximately 1800 years before Christ in Psalms chapter 22 and verse 16,

“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.”  (Psalm 22:16)

There is something very remarkable about this prophecy. At the time of this prophecy, the manner of execution among Jews was stoning to death, not piercing the hands and feet. This came almost 1800 years later when the Roman Empire began the crucifixions in which the hands and feet of those executed were impaled upon a cross.

God knew exactly how it was going to happen.

We see the fulfillment of this prophecy in John chapter 20 and verse 25,

“The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  (John 20:25)

Here we read of Thomas referring to the “print of the nails” made when they pierced His hands and feet in order to nail Jesus to the cross.

One particular fact of the shameful treatment that Jesus Christ received during His crucifixion was prophesied nearly 1000 years earlier in Psalm 22 and verse 18,

“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”  (Psalm 22:18)

Again we see that this was a prophecy that Jesus had no control over because He was hanging on the cross at the time it happened. We read the fulfillment in Mark chapter 15 and verse 24,

“And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.”  (Mark 15:24)

This New Testament Scripture is almost verbatim word for word the fulfillment of that Old Testament prophecy. These are details concerning His death prophesied of over 1000 years before His birth.

These things have never happened to any other individual in History except for Jesus of Nazareth. He is the Messiah. He is the Christ. He is the Son of God.

In the Book of Psalms we read of one very unusual fact concerning the Messiah that was to come,

“He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”  (Psalm 34:20)

In John chapter 19 and verse 33 we read something very remarkable happening to fulfill this prophecy,

“But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”  (John 19:33-34)

When an individual was crucified, it wasn’t the nailing of his hands and feet that caused death. As long as the individual could pull up with his arms and push up with his feet in order to take a breath, he would remain alive.

It was only when that individual was no longer able to raise themselves up in order to breathe due to exhaustion and pain that they then suffocated to death. Crucifixion was a slow and torturous death.

Since Jesus and the two thieves with Him were crucified on the eve of a Sabbath and Holy Day, the Romans were willing to show the Jews a favor and end the crucifixion before sundown.

They came to the thief that was crucified to the right of Jesus and they broke his legs. They came to the one crucified to the left of Jesus and they broke his legs. The Roman soldiers saw that Jesus was dead already, but instead of breaking His legs they thrust a spear into His side to make sure that He was dead.

It wasn’t a matter of the soldier trying to fulfill a prophecy. He didn’t even realize what he was doing. It was God’s sovereign hand moving at that time in order that His word would be fulfilled in Christ.

God was determined to fulfill His prophecies concerning the Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth and nothing was going to hinder it. There would be no gainsayer that could say Jesus didn’t fulfill this little prophecy or that little prophecy. Jesus fulfilled them all.

Every single prophecy prophesied of concerning the first coming of Christ was fulfilled by Jesus Christ alone. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the Son of God.

Tomorrow- He is: The Fulfillment of the Law

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Producing Faith that “Turns the World Upside Down”

The “More Sure Word of Prophecy”-

What is the key to mountain moving faith? What was it that produced such a faith in the first disciples they were known as men who “had turned the world upside down”?

The word of God is Holy. Scripture cannot be broken. All Scripture is literal and God inspired.

Second Timothy chapter three verses 16 and 17 declares,

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  (2Tim. 3:16-17)

Jesus came off a mountain and found that the disciples were unable to cast the devil out of a young man. After Jesus had cast the devil out and healed the boy, the disciples took Jesus aside and asked why they could not cast him out. Jesus said, “because of your unbelief.”

So we see the key to the failure of the disciples was unbelief.

Mark chapter 9 verses 20 through 24 adds this to the story,

“And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”  (Mar 9:20-24)

Here in Scripture we have the first time that Jesus didn’t immediately stretch forth His hand to heal or deliver someone. He didn’t command the devil to come out of the boy right away but He began to talk to the boy’s father and ask him when this problem had begun.

There was a discernment that Jesus wanted revealed before He cast the devil out, so He asked the father, “how long is it ago since this came unto him?” The boy’s father said “of a child”. Then the boy’s father went on to say, “But if thou canst do anything”.

This man was not like the woman with the issue of blood. She had said, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment I will be made whole.”

He was not like blind Bartimaeus who would not be silenced, but said “Jesus thou son of David, have mercy upon me.”

This man said, “If thou canst do anything.” He was hoping this might be a great prophet. He was hoping this might be the Son of God, but he wasn’t sure.

Jesus went on to say, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Believe what? Believe that He could do it? Believe that He was able to do it? No!

Believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the veritable Messiah, God manifest in the flesh, the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Jesus was saying, “If thou canst believe in me all things are possible to him that believeth.” And straightway the child’s father cried out with a loud voice and said with tears, Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.”

He called Jesus Lord!

And Jesus cast the devil out.

There was a discernment that had to take place before the devil could come out. More than the boy’s deliverance, Jesus wanted this boy’s father to have faith in Him and believe that He was the Messiah. Once this happened, then the family could be made whole.

The boy’s father needed to believe the revelation of Jesus Christ, who Jesus is and what He has done. This was the key to miracle working faith.

Why do you believe Jesus is the son of God?

Many people would say, “Because the Bible says so.”

Well, why do you believe the Bible?

Many will answer “I just do. I’m really not sure.”

Why did the nation of Israel believe in the Old Testament? They believed because of the prophecies that had been fulfilled.

Why did the first church believe in Jesus when they as yet did not have the written New Testament? They believed because of the prophecies concerning the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Peter had heard the voice of God declare from heaven that “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”  (Matt. 17:5)

Hearing the Voice of God made such an impression on Peter that he carried this memory with him his whole life. Even as an old man, he wrote about it in his epistle.

“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  (2Peter 1:17)

However, as wonderful and miraculous as it was, that is not what Peter based his faith on. As he says in Second Peter chapter one and verse 19,

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”  (2Peter 1:19)

Tomorrow- The Fulfillment of the Prophets

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Abraham’s Mustard Seed Faith

The Growth of Faith-

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  (Rom. 12:3)

God has given believers His faith but many believers have misdirected that faith. There is only one direction for faith and that is in Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh.

The subject of faith has been dealt with extensively in the Body of Christ. I’m sure many of you have read books on faith, gone to seminars on faith, and heard many great sermons on faith.

One well-known evangelist said he could announce that he was having a seminar on faith and people would fly in from all over the world just to sit down and learn about how to have faith.

Christians want to know how to have more faith; however Christians do not need more faith. Christians need to know how to properly direct the faith that God has already given them so that it may grow.

Jesus compared faith to a mustard seed. In Matthew chapter 17 and verse 20 we read,

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”  (Matt. 17:20)

Now a mustard seed is extremely small, but a mustard seed can grow. Jesus gave the parable in Matthew chapter 13 verses 31 and 32,

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”  (Matt. 13:31-32)

Jesus compared the kingdom of God to the mustard seed which is the smallest of all herbs, but once it is planted it grows into one of the largest of the trees and the birds come and lodge in its branches.

In other words, if we want our faith to be the “mountain moving faith” that Jesus talked about, we don’t need more faith. We just need for our faith to grow and it is going to grow when it is properly directed and fed.

A beautiful example of this in the Bible is the Old Testament story of Abraham and Sarah. The Bible teaches us the things that happened in the Old Testament are examples and shadows of things that were to come in the New Testament.

“Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”  (Heb. 8:5)

The best example and shadow for the growth of New Testament faith is Abraham.

How many times have you heard someone preach about Abraham fathering Isaac when he was about 100 years old?

“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”  (Rom 4:19-21)

God had promised Abraham that his seed through his wife Sarah would become as the stars in the sky for multitude, but yet Sarah had been unable to conceive. Now to show His power, God had waited until Abraham was at the age of 100 and Sarah at the age of 90 to declare that this was the time for it to happen.

We marvel at the faith of Abraham in that he believed God even though his body was now almost dead due to his age and Sarah was beyond the age of childbearing. He staggered not at Sarah’s body but he was strong in faith believing that what God had promised him he was able to perform.

He was strong in faith and at the age of 100 he was able to father a son, but did you know that his faith grew?

At the age of 137, Abraham took another wife named Keturah after Sarah’s death and she bore him six more children.

“Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.”  (Gen 25:1-2)

So we see that Abraham had great faith at 100, but his faith grew. It didn’t just stay there. It grew. Abraham realized that through faith, what he was able to do at 100 years old, he could also do at 137 years old.

God wants our faith to grow.

In Romans chapter 12 verse three, the Bible says,

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  (Rom. 12:3)

The Apostle Paul says, “To every man who is among you.” This is the faith given to believers. There is not a single person here today who having been born again does not have the measure of faith.

The Bible says in Second Thessalonians chapter three and verse two,

“And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”  (2Thess. 3:2)

The “measure of faith” is given to believers only.

We are not talking about the faith that someone needs to have to get saved, but we are talking about the faith that God gives to every believer once they are saved.

Faith is also a part of the fruit of the Spirit. The Bible tells us in Galatians chapter five and verses 22 and 23,

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  (Gal 5:22-23)

Fruit is a result or product of an effort. An apple tree produces apples. An orange tree produces oranges. Faith is the fruit or result of the Spirit.

It is impossible for us to create faith by works or efforts. It is produced by the Spirit of God. It is the faith of the Son of God. Second Corinthians chapter three and verse five tells us,

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” (2Cor. 3:5)

However, James chapter two and verse 20 tells us that “faith without works is dead”. Faith has to have active works or it is going to die. Works will not create faith, but active faith will produce works.

Tomorrow- The Fulfillment of the Prophets

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The Foundation for Faith

Faith’s Proper Direction-

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Heb. 11:6)

In our previous posts we have looked into many Scriptures as to “Who God is.”

“He that cometh to God must believe that He is.”

We found out that God deals with mankind through Jesus Christ the Son. In First Corinthians chapter three and verse 11 we read,

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  (1Cor. 3:11)

When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness by the devil, the Bible says in Matthew chapter four and verse four,

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  (Matt. 4:4)

The Bible tells us that Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses in all points. We are not under the Law of Moses but many of us do not know what the Law is that He fulfilled, when the fulfilling of that Law is instrumental to you and I as a Christian in understanding our position in Christ.

Jesus fulfilled the prophets but the problem is many Christians do not know what the prophecies are that He fulfilled, when the fulfillment of those prophecies is what gives us the basis for believing that Jesus is the son of God.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  (2Tim. 3:16-17)

Jesus quoted the Old Testament. The apostles quoted the Old Testament.

In Luke chapter 24 verses 13 through 27, we read the story of Jesus appearing to two disciples on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. The Bible tells us in the 27th verse,

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”  (Luke 24:27)

Jesus taught from the Old Testament.

“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.  (Psalm 40:7-8)

Paul also would enter into houses and synagogues and teach from the Old Testament, persuading them out of the Law and the Prophets that Jesus was the Son of God.

“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”  (Acts 28:23)

This was the basis for the faith they had that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied of old. This was the basis for their extraordinary faith which the Bible says in the Book of Acts “turned the world upside down.”

A person cannot have full working faith without knowing and believing in exactly who Jesus is, what He has done, and what He will do.

Notice I said full working faith.

A person can believe in Christ, but to have full working faith we really need to know exactly who Jesus is, what He has done, and what He will do for us.

This is found not only in knowing what the New Testament has to say about Christ, but also in knowing and understanding the Scriptures that Jesus fulfilled contained in the Old Testament.

The English word for “faith” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word pronounced “pis’-tis”, which has a threefold definition.

The first definition is “conviction”. The second definition is “especially reliance upon Christ for salvation”, and the third definition is “constancy in such profession or confession”.

In this threefold definition we actually have the three types of faith the Bible talks about.

Number one is “conviction”. This is a worldly kind of faith. A person can have a conviction that their doctor is the best doctor there is. A person can be convicted that they have the best lawyer. A person can have convictions concerning any number of worldly things.

It doesn’t take faith in Christ to have these kinds of convictions. This is the worldly type of faith.

The second type of faith is “reliance upon Christ for salvation”. This is the ability given by God unto every individual to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he or she so chooses.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”  (Rev. 22:17)

This is faith unto God for your salvation.

The third definition for the Greek word “pis’-tis” (faith) is “constancy in such confession or profession”. This is the faith of God. This is the ability to stay constant and unwavering in your confession or your profession of faith no matter what.

This is the type of faith that God used to frame the worlds.

This is the type of faith that “turns the world upside down”.

This is the faith the Bible talks about in Hebrews the 11th chapter beginning with verse one,

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Heb. 11:1)

This is the faith of the Son of God.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  (Gal. 2:20)

If you have been born again then God has given you the ability to have this type of faith. This is the measure of faith that the Bible talks about in the Book of Romans,

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  (Rom. 12:3)

God has given believers His faith but many believers have misdirected that faith. There is only one direction for faith and that is in Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh.

Tomorrow- The Growth of Faith

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All twelve books in the “How to Walk Christian Series” by Raymond Candy are available now in one collection of two volumes for $6.99 each at bn.com for the NOOK, amazon.com for the KINDLE, on iTunes at the iBookstore for the iPad and iPhone, and at Lulu.com for the PC and all e-reading devices