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Saturday, August 22 2016
Ephesians 3: God, Who Created All Things By Jesus Christ
"I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ"
The LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), Who was born as the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, was given the task, by the Father, to create all things and all life (see Adam and Adamah; also What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation?).
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-4,14 KJV)
The LORD God, Who was born as the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, delivered the Israelites at the time of their Exodus, and then He wrote the Ten Commandments (see What Does God's Law Prohibit? and Faith Is The Law). Jesus Christ identifies Himself in the First Commandment: "20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:2-3 KJV)
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
"Israel" itself was created, by the LORD God, Who was born as the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, for the dual purpose of providing the ancestral line, from righteous Abraham ("1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations" Matthew 1:17 KJV; see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq and A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram), a "gentile" who lived before any Israelites or Jews existed (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews), from which the Messiah would be born.
"Israel" was also created, by the LORD God, Who was born as the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, as a living prophecy of how the Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The Patriotism Prophecy) will be composed of repentant people of all nations - the source of both physical and spiritual "Israel" (see Israel's Physical And Spiritual Ancestors In Iraq).
"Gentile" simply means nation. Israel was as much a "gentile" as the other nations from which Israel was created (see What Are Gentiles Doing In Israel?).
The apostle Paul was given to preach the Gospel to the "world" where it began (see Paul, The Apostle To The World).
"3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Fact Finder: What happened when the LORD God returned to the Throne of the Father after His Sacrifice as the Lamb of God?
This Day In History, August 22
392: Flavius Arbogastes (popularly known as Arbogast), a Frankish general in the Roman Empire, had Eugenius elected Emperor of the Western Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
476: The barbarian Odoacer was proclaimed Rex Italiae ("the king of Italy") by his troops.
565: Columba, a prominent Irish monk of the Church of Rome, reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness - one of the earliest of such recorded sightings.
1138: The English battled the Scots at Cowton Moor. Banners of various supposed "saints" were carried into battle, which led to its being called the Battle of the Standard.
1350: John II, also known as John the Good, succeeded Philip VI as king of France.
1485: Richard III of England was defeated and killed at The Battle of Bosworth Field, the last of the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York.
1567: The Duke of Alba, sent to re-establish Spanish authority in the Netherlands, instituted the Council of Troubles at the start of his tyrannical rule. It was nicknamed the "Council of Blood."
1642: The Civil War in England began between the supporters of Charles I ("Royalists" or "Cavaliers") and of Parliament ("Roundheads").
1780: James Cook's ship HMS Resolution arrived back in England. Cook was killed at Hawaii during the voyage.
1846: The U.S. annexed (a political term meaning "take by conquest; as of territory") New Mexico from Mexico.
1864: The Geneva Convention for the protection of the wounded during times of active warfare was signed, leading to the formation of the Red Cross.
1910: Korea was annexed by Japan after five years as a protectorate.
1922: Irish politician and Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins was killed in an ambush. He was largely responsible for the 1921 Anglo-Irish treaty.
1939: Foreign ministers Molotov of Russia and Ribbentrop of Germany signed a non-aggression pact which paved the way for the German invasion of western Poland and for Russia to take eastern Poland and the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Germany and Russia soon thereafter declared war on each other.
1941: Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad. They eventually surrounded the city on September 8 at the start of the siege which lasted until January 1944.
1942: Brazil declared war on the Axis powers. It is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe during the Second World War.
1944: German officer Heinz Stahlschmidt deliberately blew up a bunker full of detonators, effectively preventing the planned destruction of Bordeaux by his own retreating German army.
1952: The French penal colony on Devil's Island (located approximately 14 kilometers off the coast of French Guiana in South America) was permanently closed.
1968: Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit Latin America, in Colombia.
1971: Bolivian President General Juan Jose Torres Gonzalez was deposed in a coup by Colonel Hugo Banzer Suarez.
2003: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building (see also Turning The Tables to understand what the Ten Commandments actually looked like - and why they would need to be displayed so both sides could be read i.e. people would need to be able to walk around them to view both sides).