Wednesday, December 8 2010
What Made Jesus Christ Sinless?
"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)
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven"
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, December 8
1587: Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded for her plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth I.
1854: Pope Pius IX proclaimed the anti-Biblical heresy of the "immaculate conception" of Mary (see also What Would Mary Really Say About Idolatry?).
1869: The Vatican I Council began in Rome.
1914: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig were sunk by Britain's Royal Navy at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
1915: The poem In Flanders Fields first appeared in print, in Punch magazine. It was written by Canadian medical officer Lt. Col. John McCrae at Ypres, Belgium.
1940: During the Second World War, a heavy overnight raid by German bombers on London caused the first serious damage to the House of Commons and the Tower of London.
1941: The first large Nazi death camp, Chelmno, started functioning. There were to be 6 such death camps: Chelmno and Auschwitz in the Polish territories incorporated into Germany, and Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek and Belzec in the Polish "General Government" area. Besides these 6 "death camps", there were to be 1,634 "concentration" camps and their satellites, and over 900 "labor" camps. Of the over 8,860,000 Jews in countries of Europe directly or indirectly under German control, over 5,930,000 were murdered during the war (see Hate Jews? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1948: South Korea was recognized by the United Nations.
1965: The Vatican II Council officially closed after over 3 years.
1978: Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80.
1980: John Lennon was shot to death at age 40 while entering his apartment building in New York City by Mark Chapman, 25.
1991: Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine formed the Commonwealth of Independent States.