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I Corinthians 15

How Messiah MUST be crucified, buried and risen again according to the scriptures.

We heard a gentleman expressing his thoughts this week and he asked, ‘why would Jesus go to Jerusalem knowing he was going to be betrayed, delivered up to the Gentiles, scourged, crucified and then rise again? What could make Him proceed with this knowing what would happen? Sadly the gentleman thought it was because Jesus was a student of the ‘old testament’ (as he put it) and therefore he knew what the prophets wrote. This then prompted him to be obedient to the will of the father.

Brethren those taught of the Spirit have no so learned Jesus!!! Jesus the son of man had the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him bodily and since He is God He not only knew the scriptures, He spoke them to those Holy men of old whom He had ordained should write them. He came forth into this world because of the eternal covenant of love of the Father for His children (Jer. 31:3). This everlasting love is centered and established on the immutability of and Almighty God and therefore, since He could swear by no greater, He confirmed the oath in Himself and finished it before the foundation of the world (Heb.4:3). John saw this in the standing Lamb who had been slain from the foundation of the world. Being slain He would have shed His blood and thereby caused the remission of sin for His people before the act was committed by Adam and sin ushered into the world. He came forth having the Spirit of the Most High upon Him to preach the gospel to His people because He is and was Messiah. He could no more alter the events as set forth in the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God then He could deny Himself and He completely finished that work in Himself because He is Faithful and True. These things MUST have come to pass for there was no other way and NO MAN could be a part of it save the Son of Man.

This Son of Man is the express image of God being the second Adam. God created man in the garden in His image, male and female created He them. Adam had his bride in him and all that the creator gave unto Adam He also gave unto his wife. All that Adam did, his wife did also being in him. So also is it with the second Adam. A body was prepared in like manner being completely man and having His Bride in Him. His faithfulness is Hers and His obedience is likewise. He came forth to be the perfect sacrifice for His brethren who became partakers of flesh and blood and the imputed sin of Adam with it’s curse. He bought back that which was His from the beginning and as He came forth to be crucified, His people were one with Him.

He stood as the High Priest making all the sacrifices that the Law required and the sacrifice of the Lamb. His filthy blood soaked garments appeased the law of God but it was not enough. When He imputed the sin of His people unto Himself and delivered them into the uninhabited land, it was still not enough. When He took the hide, the inner organs and the dung outside the camp and burnt them completely it was insufficient for all three ended in death and have no hope.

When all these works had been completed (Lev. 16) Aaron had to remove the blood soaked garments and leave them in the Holy place. Then he had to wash himself, put on his own clothes and return unto the people as a sign that all had been accomplished and accepted of God. He had laid aside his clothes when he entered into the sanctuary to perform the work and now he took them up again when he showed himself to the congregation. So Christ laid aside the glory He had with the Father from before time and making Himself of no reputation He took on Himself the form of a servant and was made like unto sinful man but without sin. Being humbled like this He fulfilled the Law in righteousness (the fine linen garments of the High Priest) and when all was completed He stood having filthy garments (Zech. 3:3). The Father, being well pleased by the travail of His soul and seeing the shed blood, removed the iniquity from Him and restored unto Him the glory He had with Him before the world was (John 17:5). He was washed in the regeneration as He declared His generation and His Bride was with Him. All of His people being joined unto Him (Levites) followed Him in the regeneration, being cleansed (Num. 8:6ff) that they may execute the service of Jehovah.

While they are dwelling in the tabernacle of this dwelling, these earthen vessels, they have been sealed with their Father’s name in their foreheads (Rev. 7). This is the covering that identifies them as belonging to the King. The tabernacles or ‘booths’ wherein they dwell are marked with the atonement and the judgment of God, which is as continuous upon the wicked as His mercy is upon the just, shall pass over them, for “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (I Cor. 5:7). But until such time as the habitat of this dwelling be dissolved, this New Creature in Christ, groans and travails with the earnest expectation of the manifestation of the Sons of God. The time when we shall be adopted (made like the son) and shall be delivered from the bondage of this corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Roms. 8:21).

Herein is the hope of the resurrection. This is what all who have ‘Christ in you the hope of glory’ are looking for; not with the eyes of Adam for he can only see the things of this world, but with the eyes of faith, for the just shall live by His faith.

If there is not resurrection then we have all been deceived to believe a lie, we are dead and lost in our sin and we are of all mankind most miserable. BUT thanks be unto our God that Christ is risen from the dead and His bride with Him. They are both seated together in the heavenlies at the right hand of the Father although at this time it does not appear that way to those still inhabiting the body of this death.

Brethren comfort one another with such truth as may be seen in these words as the Spirit teaches and gives understanding.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 24, 2011