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    Studies in John (Lesson 15: Jesus' Resurrection)

    I. Introduction

    When Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished,” he was making a definite assertion that no price remained to be paid for our redemption; he had suffered God's full wrath against our sins, and he had satisfied the law's fullest demands for justice. However, this did not mean that the story of redemption was complete: for even though Jesus had made satisfaction for sin, the final seal of the efficacy of that satisfaction and of his eternal victory over death and the grave (sin's bitter effects), was yet to come, three days later. The resurrection of Christ is the necessary conclusion to his sacrificial death. If his death really did overcome sin and its results; if it really did deal the death blow to the Serpent who had waged war against mankind by tempting them to sin; then it was impossible that death should hold him (see Acts 2:22-28). Jesus won the victory on the cross; but the victory that he won was displayed three days later in his resurrection from the dead. In his death, he won for all of his children an eternal, resurrection life. To borrow the title of John Owen's outstanding work, we have certainly encountered “the death of death in the death of Christ”.

    The resurrection of Jesus was, from eternity, the culmination and pinnacle of Jesus' work in the covenant of redemption. In the prophecy of Psalm 2, we read of God the Father promising to the Son an eternal people and universal dominion in exchange for his obedient work; and in that context, he says to him, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” Although theologians have long recognized the truth that Jesus, God's Son, is eternally begotten of the Father (and not made), this verse here is speaking of something different than that eternal relationship. It is speaking of a specific event, in which the economical outworking of the Trinity finds the perfect expression of its eternally unchanging, essential relationship. So what is that event? Paul tells us in Acts 13:33 that this prophecy in Psalm 2 was fulfilled when God raised Jesus from the dead. The resurrection, then, was the culminating moment of the divine plan of redemption. It was the moment of history when the eternal relationship between the Father and the Son came to its fullest expression in their working out of their eternal purpose. When God raised Jesus from the dead, he was then “declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness” (Romans 1:4). Now, he sits in everlasting victory upon the throne of David, never again to see corruption – for in his resurrection he has entered into the fruits of his hard-won victory on the cross (see Acts 2:29-36).

    Nor do the effects of Jesus' mighty victory stop with his own incorruptible life and eternal dominion; no, the blessed results of his resurrection flow down from himself to all of his children. He was not just begotten of God by his resurrection from the dead, but he was “the firstborn from the dead” (Revelation 1:5); and moreover, he was the firstborn, so that he might be “the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:29). Just as surely as Jesus is victorious over death for all eternity, so all who belong to him will share in his eternal life and victory. Oh, let us rejoice! If we have died with Christ, then we have been raised together with him; and if we have been raised together with him, then our true life is hidden with him in the heavens, and we will appear with him in glory, with the unstoppable power of his own resurrection life (Colossians 3:1-4). How precious is the crowning truth of all of history: Christ is risen! If he were not risen, we would be “of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). But oh, how things are changed since Christ has indeed risen! For in truth, “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them who have fallen asleep; for since death came through a man, so also has the resurrection from the dead come through a man. For even as in Adam all die, so also in Christ, all shall be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:20-22).

    II.The witnesses to Jesus' Resurrection (John 20:1-23)

    Throughout his gospel, John has been emphasizing two things, which come to the forefront again at the account of his resurrection: the first is the effect that Jesus' great miracles were designed to have on those who observed, namely, true faith. And the second is the abundance of reliable testimony to Jesus' mighty works on earth. Jesus was not just raised from the dead; he was also seen, after having been raised, by over five hundred eye-witnesses (I Corinthians 15:3-6). Certainly, this well-testified event should bring us to faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God who has power over death and the grave!

    Of course, all of Jesus' previous sign-miracles should have taught that much, and the fact that he would be raised from the dead should have been understood from the scriptures (see, for example, Psalm 16:8-11); but the truth is, even Jesus' disciples and followers were still blind to these things. Mary Magdalene thought that someone had stolen Jesus' body; and even John, the beloved disciple, confessed that he did not yet know the scriptures which proclaimed that Christ must rise from the dead. But he did rise indeed – and this resurrection was the last and greatest of all of his sign-miracles. It was a sign and more than a sign, for it did not just point to Jesus' ability to give eternal life, but it was the winning of that life itself; and so, it was greater than all the signs before it and the fullest display of his divine power. And finally, this last and greatest act was sufficient to bring Jesus' disciples to the full knowledge and faith that they had not had until this time. When John (who did not yet understand the scriptures) saw the empty tomb, “he believed”. This is still the case today: people will resist and doubt and misunderstand no matter how they are confronted with scriptures; but when the Spirit of God takes them by the hand and leads them to the empty tomb of Jesus, when they see the Savior risen from the dead and highly exalted, then the veil falls from their heart, and they see Christ in all his glory, and believe in God who raised him from the dead.

    So the empty tomb wrought faith in Jesus' disciples; but in order that we might have strong assurance, and the same faith in the risen Messiah, Jesus then showed himself to many witnesses, of whom the first was Mary Magdalene. She, when she had seen the Lord, hastened to tell the good news to those around her, who also believed; and now, nearly two thousand years later, the Church is following in Mary's footsteps, running to all the nations of the world, proclaiming the joyful news, “We have seen the Lord!” O Father, guide our steps, loosen our tongues, let the message of your risen Son flood the peoples of the earth! Of course, even when Mary saw the Lord she did not recognize him until he spoke to her. How consistent are his ways! When we are still in our sins, we may have Christ presented before our mind's eye never so often, and all to no avail; but when once the voice that thundered into existence the very worlds speaks into our hearts “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6), then we see him indeed, and our hearts are filled with a joy which all eternity cannot take away.

    Having thus been filled with joy at this recognition of Jesus, Mary wanted to cling to him, for she still did not recognize that Jesus' going to be with the Father was better for her than if he had remained on the earth in his physical body. It is great indeed to have Jesus at our side; but soon, we would have Jesus in our very hearts, through his Spirit which he was about to send. And this Jesus signified to his disciples as well, when he breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. Jesus, now risen, had fulfilled his promise to give the Spirit to his disciples; and how grateful we should be, for by the power of the Spirit who was now dwelling within them, and who would soon be poured out in even greater measure at Pentecost – by him, the apostles' witness would also be powerful, bringing men to true faith in Jesus. They had a message by which they could proclaim the forgiveness of sins, and they had the Spirit to enable them to join the power of God to the word of God, so that those whom they forgave would be forgiven indeed. Let us rejoice, for if Jesus had not given the disciples his Spirit, we would not belong to Jesus today. But now we belong to him, and we are indwelt by his Spirit, who reveals him to us more clearly every day, as we seek him in his word.

    III.Thomas' Confession and the Purpose of John's Gospel (John 20:24-31)

    The results of the resurrection, which we have encountered in the first part of their chapter, come to their greatest expression in the case of Thomas, the last of the disciples to see the resurrected Lord. In fact, the account of Thomas' first sight of Jesus, after he was raised from the dead, is in a sense the most perfect illustration of John's very purpose in writing his gospel, which he will remind us of immediately after he tells us of this event. In this account, we see Thomas confronted with the evidence of Jesus' greatest act of all – his resurrection from the dead. In response, Thomas is filled with a faith in the person of Jesus as the eternal Lord and God of all; and he is not just Lord and God, but to Thomas, “my Lord and my God”! The very essence of God's promise of salvation is that God would be our God (Genesis 17:7) – and so we see here that Thomas finally believes on Jesus as the Savior, the Christ, the eternal Son of God, the Lord of heaven and earth. This is what John's gospel was written for. And this is an effect which can only occur when one is confronted with the exalted person of Jesus, the Messiah and the Son of God, eternally victorious over death.

    In fact, this is the very reason that John is writing his gospel in the first place. There is no life and there is no salvation apart from faith in the name of Christ – but how wretched we are without eternal life, for our very reason for existence is bound up in the fabric of eternal life, which is, as we have noted before, the true knowledge of God. John has come to recognize this truth, and he has been filled with the love of Christ, a love which seeks to bring to others the great and lasting good of knowing God, even as Jesus died to bring to men that knowledge; therefore, he is writing these things, so that people might believe in Jesus, and so pass into the eternal life which is in God's presence and fellowship. In fact, this is the one purpose which governs what John has recorded. Jesus did many other signs and miracles that John did not choose to record. But he did choose those events which would the most clearly display the nature of Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God – events that would designate him the Water of everlasting life, the Bread which comes down from heaven, the Light of the world, the Good Shepherd and the Door, the Resurrection, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. These are the signs which hold forth to us, in a figure, the precious nature of Jesus, our Lord and our God. Let us look to Jesus, lifted up as the serpent in the wilderness, and believe on him, and so we will pass into eternal life!

    IV.Jesus Empowers a Great Catch of Fish (John 21:1-14)

    After chapter twenty the gospel of John is, in a sense, finished. John has brought everything to its proper conclusion, the sober wonder of Calvary bursting forth in the triumphant exultation of the empty tomb, the greatest of Jesus' works producing the greatest confession of faith, and the author's purpose statement bringing all to a close. But in another sense this is only the beginning: for just as Jesus prayed for his disciples ahead of time, he was about to send them into the world with a mission just like the mission he was completing. When he finished his work of accomplishing redemption, he then commissioned his disciples with a new work of taking the news of that redemption to the ends of the earth. And so John included chapter twenty-one as a sort of epilogue, in which he relates how the resurrected Jesus prepared the disciples for their new task, following in the footsteps of Christ.

    And it was certainly vital that Jesus should prepare these disciples. Peter, still bitter in heart over his great failure, was prepared to return to his former life as a fisherman; and some of the other disciples, confused and uncertain what to do now that Jesus was not with them, were ready to go with him. But Jesus had given his life to prepare these men, and he would not leave them now without any direction; so he appeared to them again, and worked for them one last miracle; but whereas all the other miracles in John's gospel symbolize Jesus' own redemptive work, now, after his resurrection, he is working a miracle which symbolizes the disciples' work which they were about to undertake. Remember when Jesus first called the disciples, and promised to make them “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19)? Well now, in this miracle, he is going to show them just what kind of men-fishers they would be. One who is fishing for men on the basis of his own strength and abilities will never be successful, no matter how knowledgeable he is; for a mere man can never open the heart of another man, no matter how he floods his ears with pleas and arguments. And so the disciples, experienced fishermen as they were, did not catch any fish all night, before Jesus came.

    However, this was not to be the end of the story; for Jesus did indeed come, and when he came, the miraculous results were astonishing indeed: at one cast of the net, the disciples caught such a number of fish that it should have been impossible to drag it to shore without its tearing apart from the weight – one-hundred and fifty-three large fish in one small net. In this sign, we can foresee the amazing results of the disciples' ministry, when with one sermon, filled with foolishness in the world's eyes, Peter caught three thousand souls in one day, because the Spirit of Christ was empowering him. And this was only the beginning – soon the foolishness of their message would turn the world upside-down, calling out from every kindred, tongue, people, and nation a multitude of souls redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and caught with the gospel-net of Christ's fishers of men. We have rejoiced in all of the signs which Jesus has done previously, to display who he is: let us now take comfort in this sign as well, for it whispers in our ear that, no matter how impossible the task before us may seem, no matter how the lies of the devil and the discords in our midst rage against us, we will not fail to snag every wayward soul for whom Christ died from the seas of his sin and despair, because the success of the fishing is not in our own strength: it is in the almighty power of Christ, who, with a word, can bring one-hundred fifty-three fish to the shore and with a word can draw three thousand souls into his kingdom. This is the Christ we serve! Ministers of the gospel, take heart: you will finally triumph in Christ.

    V.Jesus restores Peter (John 21:15-19)

    Even with this sign, Peter is still in need of assurance and comfort – and Jesus is never miserly in giving assurance and comfort to those who are his! So at the end of their supper together, Jesus comforts Peter's heart with the exact words that he needed to know that his shocking sin was forgiven, and that he would be used to minister the gospel to the hungry and wayward sheep for whom Christ died. Here, even as Peter had denied Jesus three times, so Jesus extracts from him a confession of love another three times (a confession which he knew to be sincere), as if to say, your bitter denial is over, and in its place is a true and loyal confession of me, which will never again be shaken. And then, Jesus gave to Peter a threefold commission to be his minister, feeding his flock as a loving and faithful shepherd under our Great Shepherd, Jesus himself. As great as his sin was, Peter was forgiven indeed, and restored to true and fruitful ministry in the service of the King! Truly, God's grace abounds to the chief of sinners, a fact for which we ought to be most grateful. Before we continue on, let us note in passing that the difference in the Greek verbs for “love” is perhaps not as significant as some would have it be. John often moves back and forth between synonyms for mere stylistic purposes – in fact, he moves back and forth between different words for “sheep” and “feed” in this same passage – and this is probably all that he is doing here.

    VI.The witness of John, the Beloved Disciple (John 21:20-25)

    Now, John's gospel closes out with an account of John himself, with the suggestion (although as John himself notes, it was not a promise or a prophecy) that he should outlive the other disciples – some thinking, mistakenly, that he would actually live until Jesus' return. Of course, as Jesus' response to Peter's question indicates, there is no more room to boast in a short and passionate life which ends in the glory of a martyr's death than there is in a long life lived in faithful service and unswerving testimony to the Savior. And the latter is what John's life would be. He would be the faithful eye-witness, testifying to the truth of what he had seen and heard and known of the Word of Life, Jesus Christ our Savior. How solemnly he undertook this responsibility, as we may learn from his three epistles to the Church – and how grateful ought we to be for his long and faithful testimony, for it has given us the great and precious wonders of a gospel which outshines all other literature in the history of mankind, three letters which address the most pressing needs of every generation, and tenderly apply the most precious wisdom ever vouchsafed to us by God, and an apocalyptic revelation which shows forth more clearly than any other writing the glory of Christ the eternal king, and the blessedness of our final destiny with him. What a rich legacy John, the faithful witness, has left us. But let us not praise him, but the One who shone through him, with all power and authority, with all meekness and humility, with all the inexhaustible wonder of the Word of God, who alone reveals the inexhaustibly glorious nature of the Almighty Deity, showering all who belong to him with these unfathomable riches of wisdom and knowledge that all eternity cannot begin to exhaust. This is Christ, our Lion and our Lamb, our Savior and our God, diverse in all his myriad excellencies!

    True Son of God, true Son of Man,
    Both terrible and fair,
    What various attributes you span!
    Perfections ah! how rare,
    How vast are in your person blent,
    And all diversely excellent.

    You only are the sovereign King,
    And you the Servant mild;
    Artificer of everything,
    And born a human child;
    You held the world up in your hand,
    Even while you walked its sinful land.

    You judge the world in holy fire,
    Avenge the merest vice:
    And you became what you require –
    The bloody sacrifice!
    O wonder! that you hate all sin,
    Yet spread your arms to take it in.

    And ah, the wonder does appear
    Most glorious on the cross:
    I see you, Savior, hanging there,
    And in your deepest loss,
    The greatest victory and gain
    That ever flowed from God to man.

    The mighty wrath of God there meets
    Redemptive love his own;
    There God the desperate sinner greets,
    Who there forsook his Son;
    Your God-like wrath, your mercy free
    Clasp hands, Redeemer, on that tree.

    My God! you are surpassing great:
    Trembling, I bow in fear;
    My Savior! you are wondrous sweet,
    And gently draw me near.
    I find no joy but in your name,
    Jesus! the Lion and the Lamb.

    Posted by Nathan on April 7, 2007 10:24 PM

    Comments

    Nathan

    again, daily something is received when coming to this blog site!

    There must be more going on behind the scenes because so much of the 'ETERNALNESS' of life gained here is missing in everyday discourses I am party too or listen too, evesdropping, hmmmm!

    I have a question. I have not studied this mind, our brother Horatius, except hereon.

    Does Horatius in other writings look at what is deeply implied in the following verses quoted, with the meaning and understanding here in light of all that he opens our minds to understand above?:::>

    Mat 3:15 But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented.
    Mat 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;
    Mat 3:17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

    I know this may be splitting hairs of a Lamb's wool here, but even still my take on WHERE THINGS WERE CONCLUDED regarding the Devil is found here.

    Am I far off or near or is my mainframe just blank?

    For instance, I am of the "belief" that here at this baptism by John "done" to Jesus, a baptism, which baptism was so most important to Our Heavenly Father that He "got" involved after it by His own utterance!

    Scriptures indicate utterances all over the place, by the Lord, by Angels of the Lord, by the Holy Ghost, but only three times do we see Our Heavenly Father utter, and here is one of those places, yes?

    Again, brother Horatius' quote quoted here:

    [[The resurrection of Jesus was, from eternity, the culmination and pinnacle of Jesus' work in the covenant of redemption. In the prophecy of Psalm 2, we read of God the Father promising to the Son an eternal people and universal dominion in exchange for his obedient work; and in that context, he says to him, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” ]]

    It seems to me his quote to have a part missing?

    For instance I come down on this point about these following verses and their deep meaning, the verses then the point:

    Luk 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
    Luk 11:14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled.
    Luk 11:15 But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,"
    Luk 11:16 while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven.
    Luk 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.
    Luk 11:18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.
    Luk 11:19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
    Luk 11:20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
    Luk 11:21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;
    Luk 11:22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.

    I would say that the strong man in this scenario of Jesus, is Satan himself, yes?

    I would further say that Jesus Christ is stronger than he and undoubtedly, to say it naturally, kicked him, [Satan] around like the good boy [hero] kicked around the school yard bully who was bullying all the boys and girls and it was found that the school yard bully was just bluff and fluff and hot air, especially after the good boy hero got done with him in front of all those the bully bullied!

    I also assert that the "ARMOR" is the Law of Righteousness.

    I would say that the only power Satan had and still uses deceitfully against Adam's fallen race is the LAW OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!

    To end this observation I make two points.

    One is found in those wonderful verses of Paul's:

    1Co 15:54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
    1Co 15:55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
    1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
    1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

    Now that Christ has, and this is my assertion, [with an open mind to be corrected in Righteousness] taken away Satan's "legal" use of the Law at the Baptism of John, Christ moves us from the power of sin to His power base, THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION, which we believe is the POWER OF GOD.

    Secondly, just consider this in light of the following verses above them and tell me if it appears to you like spoiling the strongman's possession to you too?

    Mat 4:11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
    Mat 4:12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.
    Mat 4:13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,
    Mat 4:14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
    Mat 4:15 "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles--
    Mat 4:16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned."
    Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
    Mat 4:18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
    Mat 4:19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
    Mat 4:20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
    Mat 4:21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.
    Mat 4:22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
    Mat 4:23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.
    Mat 4:24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.
    Mat 4:25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

    Here first Jesus comes to John for a FULFILLMENT BAPTISM, to fulfill ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS.

    Once that is completed, AN UTTERANCE, one of THREE from Our Heavenly Father, not the Holy Ghost seeing I believe it is recorded the "SPIRIT" comes upon Him, which John says in another place, WHEN HE SAW THAT HE KNEW THAT TO BE THE LAMB OF GOD SENT FROM THE FATHER.

    Where is the Holy Ghost? He is always here from the beginning, Genesis 1:2.

    Then the Holy Ghost now drives Jesus out to the a forty day weakening process so there is removed all doubt who is doing the beating and who is being beaten!

    Jesus, the good boy [hero] beating the life of the LAW out of Satan, the school yard bully, taking away the LAW, which is the power of sin and with this power causes Death to work on fallen mankind.

    Paul uses a most marvelous understanding with natural wisdom, the illustration of a married woman and adultery, Romans 7, TO SHOW CESSATION TO THE POWER OF THE LAW BECAUSE WE ARE JOINED TO ANOTHER THAT WE TOO MIGHT BEAR FRUIT TO GOD!

    There is separation here. Separation from what? The Law, perhaps?

    So, brother Horatius is opening up our minds to understand these mysteries.

    I am only adding that I take another view of his quote quoted again here:

    [[The resurrection of Jesus was, from eternity, the culmination and pinnacle of Jesus' work in the covenant of redemption. In the prophecy of Psalm 2, we read of God the Father promising to the Son an eternal people and universal dominion in exchange for his obedient work; and in that context, he says to him, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” ]]

    Am I missing something and sincerely I am open minded here seeing I believe there is something in the Heart of Our Heavenly Father that He wants to do and can only do it to the CHURCH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:

    Psa 2:6 "As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill."
    Psa 2:7 I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
    Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.


    Verse 6, AS FOR...
    Verse 8, ASK...

    Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."
    Psa 110:2 The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
    Psa 110:3 Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.
    Psa 110:4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."
    Psa 110:5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
    Psa 110:6 He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.
    Psa 110:7 He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.

    Verse 1, SIT
    Verse 6, He will JUDGE through:::>

    Psa 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands,
    Psa 149:7 to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples,
    Psa 149:8 to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron,
    Psa 149:9 to execute on them the judgment written! This is honor for all his godly ones. Praise the LORD!

    Verse 9, ALL HIS GODLY ONES!

    Yes?

    Nathan

    I do believe one of the things I missed here regarding my earlier post is that those remarks above are your remarks not Horatius Bonar's, yes?

    Michael,

    I certainly agree that Jesus' baptism and victory over Satan in the wilderness-temptation were crucial, water-shed moments in redemptive history. I am not trying to minimize their importance at all. And I also appreciate your point that all of Jesus' godly ones will reign over/judge the earth with him. But I also believe it's hard to over-emphasize the importance of the resurrection, the final stamp and seal of the eternal victory that he won in his battle with the Serpent, and a victory that he won for all of us who believe in him. May your heart be enriched as you meditate on Him throughout this Easter season!

    Nathan

    P.S., Yes, the quote you referenced was mine, not Horatio Bonar's.

    Again, Horatius/Nathan; hmmmmm!

    When it's God's Word coming through, it isn't as easy to see who it is it's coming through!!!

    Your point is a case in point!

    Nathan: "But I also believe it's hard to over-emphasize the importance of the resurrection, the final stamp and seal of the eternal victory that he won in his battle with the Serpent, and a victory that he won for all of us who believe in him. "

    Yes, it's true, human nature simply does not change with the passage of time nor the inculcation of wisdom and knowledge.

    This morning as the men of my church body, HIS GLORIOUS BODY, sat around lamenting at how dull and slow of heart we are even this morning, still, to believe that "HE IS THE, ""I am the Resurrection and the Life"" PRESENT TRUTH AND LIGHT AND SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANY MONDAY MORNING REVIEW OF EASTER SUNDAY! WE CONCLUDED THAT WE NEED TO JUST GET ON WITH MONDAY IN HIM ON EARTH AS HE IS GETTING ON WITH US MONDAY IN HEAVEN!

    Our focus was on the proceeding life of Lazarus, Mary, Martha and the gang of TWELVE, all obviously slow of heart to believe Him and His representation of God's Word:

    Joh 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
    Joh 11:26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
    Joh 11:27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world."

    Just like they didn't believe Him then, we don't believe Him now.

    That really is really really good news!

    The actions of these dear believing folks of GOD'S MIGHTY FAITH shows clearly that even the raising of Lazarus from the dead wasn't powerful enough to keep their human gifted mental powers focused on the WORD, "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE".

    Peter and his fishing buddies went fishing.

    Mary and her group took up a collection and bought some spices for His body.

    Hey, even the rich guy Joseph was bringing a hundred pounds of material to the tomb!

    Hmmmmm, these guys are us guys today without THOSE THREE and angels bringing us to the WORD OF HONOR.

    I realize that a dead man just has to let others do everything for him!

    Oh, how slow and dull I am to believe.

    OH YES, I will continue meditating on Him. He is the Resurrection and the Life.

    One final note, one of the brothers observed this saying to which my "mainframe" lit up because of it:

    Joh 11:4 But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."


    Joh 11:11 After saying these things, he said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him."
    Joh 11:12 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
    Joh 11:13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
    Joh 11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus has died,
    Joh 11:15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."


    As he made reference to those peculiar contradictions I was thinking on these Words of Scripture and rejoicing that when we sleep, we are not given over to Death!:::>

    Rev 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
    Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
    Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
    Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.
    Rev 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
    Rev 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

    Nathan and those of you contributors of this "REFORMATION THEOLOGY" blog,

    I pray this prayer of blessing upon you:

    "MAY THE WORD OF THE LORD BE FOUND IN YOU SPEAKING LIFE AND NOT DEATH!

    AS THE WORD OF THE LORD SAYS:

    Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

    AMEN "

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