5-5: The Gospels and the Prophets
The method of God the Father to make His own Mind clear to the world would be complete if it could get to the democratic level of New Testament prophets, the level of associates of Apostles like Dr. Luke and John Mark. It is easy to see how Jesus Himself as the Son of God and the very incarnate expression of the Mind and Character of God would in life, teachings, death, and resurrection express that Will of God. It is also possible to see how the Apostles of Jesus would continue that expression of the Life and Teachings of Jesus, alias the Gospel, both in the preaching and teaching which they did and in the writing of New Testament books which were Word of God that became in the formulation of the Bible Canon what we call the Bible of 66 books. Yet the expression of God’s Character would not be complete until it got down to the very democratic level where the average citizen lives. A giant step was made in this direction when two associates of Paul, Dr. Luke and John Mark, wrote books of the New Testament!
Beyond that just one more step in New Testament democracy was needed, really a simultaneously great step, as the Character or Word of God became with the preaching and teachings of Jesus as well as the Apostles, “living epistles, known and read of all men”. This way the Word of God which is more than pages, print, and ideas was translated into fleshly and living epistles of human spirits and consciences.
“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men; Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” (II Cor. 3:2,3)
The Word of God moves forward not so much with the defense of the Bible as the Word of God, and as inerrantly given in the sense that the fundamentalists claim, as it does by the Word of God being incorporated as living epistles in the human heart of consciences! The best defense of the Bible is another living epistle.
” The fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is an extensive discussion about the resurrection. Paul starts by affirming the physical resurrection of Jesus. Once he has established that Christ has indeed been resurrected bodily, he goes on to discuss the resurrection of believers. In verse 35 he asks the question “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” In the verses that follow he answers by saying that our bodies will be different than they are now. What dies is a perishable, dishonorable, weak, and natural body. What is raised is an imperishable, glorious, powerful, and spiritual body.”
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’”
As believer’s we have a great hope. But that hope is not found in this life (1 Cor. 15:19). We look forward to Christ’s return for us and our becoming, in some way, like him (1 John 3:2-3). But most of us will experience physical death before Christ’s return. And just what will happen to us between then and Christ’s return is not well known. But the Scripture does affirm that we will be in a conscious state and that we will be with the Lord.
And, while we live in the body, we can take comfort in knowing that death has been conquered and is nothing we should fear. When we are away from the body, we are with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23).
The Easter season inspires more Christians to consider the Resurrection of Christ and for themselves at the Second Coming, along with Christian Faith, the Church of the firstborn written in heaven, and the perennial stumbling block to the Christian faith and Church on the part of Israel. You are welcome to free download the message on the SunGrist website for which the link is given below.
5-10: Isaiah in Paul, Mark’s Appendix
In the last section we saw Mark’s Appendix on Psalms, in Mark 12:10,11 and Mark 11:9 from Psalms 118:22-26. After a re-emphasis of this we will also determine Mark’s Appendix for Isaiah. In doing so we are looking at two of the largest books of the Old Testament: that is, we are looking at the New Testament quotes from two of the largest books of the Old Testament.
“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.” (Psalms 118:22-28)
Another way to say “this is the LORD’s doing” would be “this is the great Maker of History at work”; and it is marvelous indeed when we consider the extent to which God is in control of history! This is a period of history–the period of history during the life of Christ on earth–that the Great Maker has particularly shown His intervention. A time, and a place, of His own choosing! Although prophesied above in Psalms 118:22-28.
“And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” (Mark 11:9,10)
“And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: This was the Lords doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Mark 12:10,11 and Psalms 118:22-26 and Psalms 2:7)
In this chapter with Mark’s Appendix on Psalms, we will seek for a similar Appendix of Mark on Isaiah–back to Basics as a foundation for fundamentals and fundamentalism; but first we should again distinguish between LORD for God the Father and Lord for the Lord Jesus Christ, for by doing so we begin to see most clearly the matter of God’s Conscience, the Conscience of God the Father, on the Lord Jesus Christ, and how much greater than man’s esteem is the Lord Jesus Christ! This is the way the LORD wants it, for Jesus Christ to be the Lord. This is the way God’s Will and plan for the universe has ordained that it will inevitably be so at the end of time as the stone which the builders (builders today and builders of the Hebrews and Jews) have rejected but the LORD God through the Lord Jesus Christ has made the very cornerstone of all His plan for salvation and restoration!
LORD and Lord
“Then cometh the 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. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15:24-28)
- Until we see the LORD God as did the Hebrews, the Creator of all in the universe and therefore the ruler of all, we are not in a position to appreciate how that what He decrees is absolute authority; and that therefore when He states, and He does clearly many times in the Bible, that Jesus has been appointed the Lord over heaven and earth, it is also absolute and inevitable!
(1). Paul makes clear in the passage above–perhaps the single most important passage of all the Bible–that “all things” being put under the Lordship of Jesus Christ excludes God the Father. When the Old Testament uses and capitalizes “LORD”, it for God the Father. You see the distinction between LORD God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in Mark 12:35,36 as God the Father as LORD talks to God the Son as Lord.
“And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, how say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? For David himself said by the Holy (Spirit), The LORD said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.” (Mark 12:35,36)
While King James’ translators have like their confusion of “spirit” for human spirit and “Spirit” for Holy Spirit, and in the use of “Ghost” for Holy Spirit not always done a good job in translation, in this passage of Mark 12:35,36 since it is a direct quotation from Psalms 110:1 have been compelled to bring over the same LORD in capital letters for God the Father as was in the Old Testament.
(2). The translators did not do as well in Mark 10:11,12 as the passage, also a quote from Psalms and from Psalms 118:22-26, is translated “Lord” for LORD even though the content of the passage is clearly speaking of the same God the Father. It is the LORD God the Father Who has ordained the chief corner stone as the Lord Jesus Christ, even thought it has been and continual is rejected by religious builders.
(3). In Mark 11:9,10 the “Lord”, which is really the “LORD” in whose name Jesus comes is really the LORD God the Father. In the name of all intellectual honesty toward the Bible and those who translated the versions of the Bible, it should however be stated that God as Father, or LORD as Father, was one of the progressions in New Testament revelations. After in Ephesians 4:4-6, Paul with the other seven fundamentals or basics of the faith has enumerated the “One Lord” for the Lord Jesus Christ, then in the climax of the Seven ONEs he comes to God the Father–
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:6)
- “Then cometh the end” (I Cor. 15:24). This is the end of time, the end of the universe as we know it with a new earth and new heavens replacing the old earth and old heavens, with new citizenship based on faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as ordained by the LORD God the Father.
- The last enemy to be destroyed is death. It is not that death is our greatest enemy, it is only that death is the last enemy to be destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ as His and our victory is culminated as “all things” are put under His Lordship and destroyed. Our greatest enemies are Satan and “the spirit within us which lusteth to envy”.
- When after His Second Coming, the Lord Jesus Christ has destroyed this last enemy, then Jesus will turn ever thing over to the LORD God that God the Father might “be all in all.”
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