Our Natural/Supernatural world, Part 2

We write to explain to ourselves and to others how wonderful the precious Word of God is. 

The Gospel in three words, 

‘Jesus saves sinners.’  

Paul stated it in more words, 

‘Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.  This is my Gospel.’  2 Timothy 2:8

Now for the miracle:  God uses 66 books in total to explain this short Gospel.  Why?  Because the end is so magnificent.  Revelation 21,22 reveals it,  ΩA new heaven and earth, with no seas, no deserts, no uninhabitable mountains or forests.  Al global Garden of Eden. 

A city of the size that has never been seen – the New Jerusalem, a cube of 2,200 kilometers or 1,400 miles.  

The throne of God and the Lamb in the City.  

The river of life and the tree of life in the City.  

Billions upon billions of saints filled with the Holy Spirit, in the city.   

Only peace, harmony, love, joy, fellowship, et cetera.  

Another miracle: this will last eternally.  That means it will never end.  

The other side of the coin?  

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur.  This is the second death.’ Revelation 21:8 

The Key to all this is the 66 books.  No wonder it is such a miraculous Book.  Can we be blamed that we continue to write about the miracle and the majesty of God’s plan as explained in the Precious Word of God, the Bible?  Who wants to see anybody in the wrong place?  Not us.  So, please bear with us as we incessantly glorify our wonderful God and His gracious acts to reconcile us to Him. 

Jesus, the beginning and the end

The Bible covers Jesus’ life from before the beginning of creation, right into eternity.  As God the Father talked to Jesus and told Him what to say,1 so the Old Testament ‘talked’ to Jesus and told Him what would happen to Him.

#  The Old Testament Scriptures reveal the life of Jesus.      

  • Sometimes we might be inclined to neglect the Old Testament.  Yet Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, never doubted the truth and accuracy of the Old Testament that predicted His suffering and Resurrection.  Think about Isaiah 52:13-15; 53.  The last verse of Isaiah 53 sums it up, ‘For He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.’   
  • When Judas Iscariot led the crowd, sent from the chief priests and the elders, to arrest Him, Jesus said, ’But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’ 2  

#  The New Testament Scriptures reveal Jesus as,   

The Word of God  

  • John 1:1-2 explains that Jesus was around before Creation, ‘In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.’   Notice the emphasis that He was with God in the beginning.  
  • 2 Timothy 1:9 repeats it, ‘This grace [from God] was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.’  Time began with creation.  
  • Revelation 19:13 again reveals Jesus as the ‘Word of God.’  

The Lamb of God  

The Living Word of God is also called the ‘Lamb of God.’  1 Peter 1:18-19 says, ‘For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ a Lamb without blemish or defect.’  He was our Passover Lamb.  

Eternally on His Throne  

In the final scene before the ‘billions of years’ commence (not that there will be time then), we see God on His throne with His beloved Son at His right hand also on His throne, ‘…the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.’ 3

Conclusion

Jesus is the Beginning and the End.  Truly miraculous!

References

  1. John 12:49  
  2. Matthew 26:54  
  3. Revelation 22:1
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