“Before He Came To Earth”

Posted: December 3, 2014 in Christian Life, Christmas, Resurrection, Salvation, Security

Many people erroneously think that Jesus’ beginning was in Bethlehem. Some are willing to admire a harmless, cute little baby in a manger but they don’t want to acknowledge Him as the true and living God (1 Thessalonians 1:9; John 5:18; 10:30, 31) in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9). Some people think that Jesus is inferior to God the Father.  Furthermore, they don’t want God or anyone else telling them how to live their lives. Are you trying to live independently of God just as Lucifer did (Isaiah 14:13, 14)? Jesus said, “…without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Relationship. Prior to “The Decree” before time began (Ephesians 1:11) all three Persons in the Godhead shared a horizontal relationship with each other. But when time began their relationships became vertical. One of the Persons in the Godhead (God the Son) volunteered (Luke 22:42) to become the Word/Communicator (John 1:1, 14, 18) on behalf of the Godhead to convey to mankind the character and nature of God (John 17:4). The Apostle John said “That [One] which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handles, concerning the Word of life-the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us…” (1 John 1:1, 2).

Subordination. To carry out “The Decree” that they had planned, God the Son subordinated Himself to God the Father and to God the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:7, 9; Matthew 4:1). After He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave, Jesus made numerous appearances to over 500 eye witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Then He ascended back to heaven from where He had come (John 3:13; 6:41, 42, 51; 20:17; Acts 1:9-11). At that time Jesus Christ (God the Son) and God the Father sent God the Holy Spirit down to this earth to reside in the bodies of true believers (John 14:17). He makes their bodies His Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19). This is why Christians should not misuse their bodies to serve the sinful desires that come from their sin nature (Romans 6:11-23) and indulge in the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21).  Do you know how to overcome your sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11ff)?  If not, ask for help if you’re teachable and willing to change.  

Restoration. Once everything that the Godhead planned to do has been carried out, and the last enemy (death) has been destroyed, when everyone who has ever been conceived and who died has been raised from the dead (Revelation 20:11-15), Jesus (God the Son) will turn everything over to God the Father. Then He will restore the horizontal relationship in the Godhead that will go on forever into the ages of the ages (1 Corinthians 15:26-28).

Boring? Some people have the idea that heaven will get boring after awhile. Perhaps they think that they will sit on a cloud and strum a harp forever (Revelation 5:8). What do you think people will do in heaven? Have you thought about those who suffer in hell forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8)? We don’t want anyone to go there.  Apparently one of the things that will keep heaven from being boring is the idea that God will keep on manifesting various aspects of Himself to us (Ephesians 2:7). We will be so caught up in His glory and majesty and we will eagerly serve Him and others (Revelation 22:3; Galatians 5:13). Will we travel with our Bride-groom to far away places in the new heavens and earth (Revelation 2:1)?  Who knows?

Benefits. To enjoy a future with Christ in heaven, rather than in the lake of fire, the Lord Jesus Christ must be our personal Savior. For this to take place, we must acknowledge that we are sinners (Romans 3:10-23) who can’t save ourselves by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We all deserve to be separated from God forever in hell (Romans 6:23). It’s true. None of us has been as bad as we could be but we’re still sinners and God is holy and righteous and must judge sin (Hebrews 9:22). Someone has to pay the penalty for our sins. It was God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who came down to this earth to take your place and mine.  He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The moment we place our faith in Him alone to save us, we are saved (Acts 16:31) and become children of God (John 1:12). Is He your Savior? If not, why not place your faith in Him right now and receive the gift of eternal life (John 3:16, 5:24)? You can have assurance that you will spend eternity with God in heaven (1 John 5:13).

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