Saturday, July 24 2010
"12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak." (John 12:49 KJV)
The Messiah did not live a righteous life for us; by His sacrifice, He provided the means of salvation to those who choose to obey God, as best that they humanly can, as Christ set the example (Christ did it perfectly; Christian Perfection is a process of being perfected - see The Process Of Conversion). Christ didn't die for sinners; He died for repentant sinners:
"15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." (John 15:9-10 KJV)
"This commandment have I received of my Father"
The obedient Lamb of God, upon His appearing before God after His Sacrifice, was given the power and authority to rule, something that He did not have when He came the first time (see Why Two Comings Of The Christ?). Christ will always be obedient to The Father; God then gave Christ His next set of instructions, written on a scroll ("book") sealed with seven seals.
"5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven [see How High Is Heaven?], nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David [see The Root and The Offspring and Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah; also Israelite Dynasties], hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Fact Finder: (a) How does the Word of God describe someone who self-righteously claims to be a Christian, but who refuses to strive to obey God's Commandments? (b) What does the Word of God say to those who wickedly claim that they don't have to obey God's Law?
This Day In History, July 24
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier, on the first of his three voyages to North America, erected a cross at Gaspe, claiming the land for France.
1550: French-born Swiss reformer John Calvin wrote in a letter: "If you make a constant study of the word of The Lord, you will be quite able to guide your life to the highest excellence."
1567: Mary Queen of Scots abdicated and James VI became King of Scotland at the age of 1.
1701: Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded a trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later became the city of Detroit.
1704: Britain captured Gibraltar from Spain.
1791: Robespierre expelled all Jacobins that were opposed to the principles of the French Revolution.
1799: Napoleon gained his last victory during his occupation of Egypt, defeating the Turks at the Battle of Aboukir.
1918: On Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, the cornerstone for Hebrew University was laid by Dr. Chaim Weizmann. (Dr. Weizmann was later elected as the first president of the modern state of Israel.)
1922: The British mandate over Palestine was approved by the League of Nations.
1946: The U.S. conducted the first underwater test of an atomic bomb, off Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1967: French President Charles de Gaulle, while visiting Montreal, Canada, made a speech which ended "Vive le Quebec libre" ("Long live free Quebec" - an encouragement for the province of Quebec to leave Canada) for which he was promptly rebuked by Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson and cut short his visit.
1969: Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins in Apollo 11 returned to earth with splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.