“Out Of The Ivory Palaces”

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Bible Study, Christmas, Gospel, Resurrection, Salvation

     Have you ever wondered why some reporters put themselves in such great danger to get a sensational story? Do you think that some of them embellish their accounts or leave out critical information in an attempt to deliberately deceive people and try to push their own agenda on others? Does the end justify the means (Romans 3:8)? Could they be motivated by fame, fortune, power or something else? What motivates you to do what you do? If you claim to be a Christian, does the love of Christ compel you to do the things that God planned for you to do (2 Corinthians 5:14; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Could you be deceiving yourself by thinking you’re right when you’re not (Proverbs 14:12)?

Motivation. What motivated one of the members in the Godhead to identify Himself with those who deliberately rebelled against Him? Why would He come down to this wicked world when He knew ahead of time (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24) that He wouldn’t be welcomed by us earthlings and that He would even be killed by wicked men (John 1:11; Isaiah 53:1-10). Whom does God hold accountable for the death of Christ (Acts 3:14, 15; 4:25-28)? Why did He come down from His ivory palaces (Psalm 45:8)? Among other reasons, He came to –

Reveal. God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) came to earth to glorify and reveal God the Father to mankind (John 1:1-18; 17:1-8). From nature a person can know that there is a creator God who is all powerful (Romans 1:20; Genesis 1:1; Revelation 1:8). He is the one who gives us the sunshine, rain, and fruitful seasons (Acts 14:17). From the God breathed Scriptures of the Old Testament people were able to learn many things about God and how He dealt with men and women (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). He caused men whom He selected to write down reliable information that He wanted us to know (2 Peter 1:21). But the greatest unveiling of the Godhead took place when God the Son added to His full deity (Colossians 2:9) a true human nature and a real body (1 John 1:1-4). To insure that a sin nature wouldn’t be passed on to God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). She is the mother of Jesus’ humanity, not His deity. She even acknowledged her own need for a Savior (Luke 1:47). Is Jesus your personal Savior? How well do you really know God? Would you like to know Him better?

Explain. God the Son also came to display His love for the Father by doing exactly what He wanted Jesus to do, no more, no less (John 14:31). Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily on the third day, Jesus said, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). He wasn’t forced to lay down His life for His sheep. He said, “I lay down My life for the sheep…that I may take it again” (John 10:15, 17). Since He was sinless Himself (Hebrews 4:15) He was qualified to offer Himself as our Substitute and pay the penalty that we all owed to God (Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18). True Christians are commanded to “love one another as [Christ] loved [us]” (John 13:34, 35). To demonstrate our self sacrificial love for God, Christians are supposed to lay down their lives for fellow believers (1 John 3:16, 17; 4:20, 21). In some ways, it would be easier for us to die once than to keep on living to serve others on a daily basis. The Apostle Paul wrote, “…through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Whom do you serve: yourself, the devil, or God and others?

Fulfill. The Mosaic Law (that included more than 10 commandments) often demanded the death penalty for those who violated it (Exodus 21:12-17; 29; Numbers 15:28, 32-36; Ezekiel 18:20). It was designed to declare all the people of the world to be guilty before God and worthy of physical, spiritual, and eternal death (Romans 3:19; 6:23). The prophet Jeremiah declared, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” (Jeremiah 17:9). The Apostle Paul wrote, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). The Mosaic Law was not given as a way for man to be saved by keeping it. No one could/can do this. It was given to the Jews for their daily living, and was done away with once Christ fulfilled it (Matthew 5:17). Christians today are to live by a higher and better standard of living. Do you know where to find these principles for living? Ask for our “Dispensational Chart” for helpful information that could change your life for the better.

Questions: Have you responded to God’s requirement for salvation – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31)? Why? He died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Luke 24:33-43). Are you absolutely sure that if you died today you’d go immediately to heaven? Would you have to go to a purging place first? Why should God let you get into heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that might cause you to lose your salvation once you get it? If so, what would it be? Are you living a defeated or victorious Christian life?

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