Shalom! My name is Adam Pastor

Welcome to ADONI MESSIAH which means
"My Lord Messiah" -
a fitting epithet to who Jesus (or Yeshua) is!

Here, I attempt to present the Apostolic Truths according to the Scriptures, that there is
One GOD, the Father, namely, YAHWEH,
and One Lord, GOD's only begotten Son,
Yeshua the Messiah.

And that one day YAHWEH will send His Son back to Earth to inaugurate the Everlasting Kingdom of GOD


Sunday, March 02, 2008

The man Christ Jesus, GOD's perfect sacrifice

This blog is based on a couple of posts from another forum whereby I answered the following questions:

If Jesus is not God then who is he? another god?
a man?
(All other questions asked are showed in red.)

My response:

A man! Now, a glorified immortalized man!
The Firstfruits!

(John 1:30) This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
(John 4:29) Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
(John 8:40) But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
(John 9:11) He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
(John 10:33) The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
[Our Master Rabbi Jesus the Messiah explains in verses 34-35 using Psalms 82; in what sense he can indeed be called 'god']
(Acts 2:22) Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
(Acts 17:31) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
(Rom 5:15) But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
(1 Cor 15:21-22) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
[HINT: Adam was the man via which death came;
Christ was the man via which resurrection came!]
(1 Tim 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

So if Jesus is simply a Man, as you have pointed out, then he was born with Sin in him...therefore he was not a perfect sacrifice?

My response:

You appear to have a low view of what being 'a Man' is!
I have already shown verses which state that Jesus is 'a man'.
Therefore, let me start of by saying, that the first man God created was 'Adam'. Agreed!
He was 'a man'! Agreed!

Now ... when God made Adam was he made with Sin? NO!
Adam was a man made without sin! Agreed!!

However, when Adam was tempted, he succumbed, and committed sin (i.e. transgressed GOD's commandment) and because of this, death came into the world. [Rom 5:12].

GOD, therefore promised a solution:
(Gen 3:15) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
(Rom 5:15) But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
(Rom 5:17) For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
(Rom 5:19) For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
(1 Cor 15:21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

One "man's" disobedience caused the mess that we are in.
GOD's promised another 'man' whereby through this "man's" obedience many will be made righteous.

Jesus was and is THAT MAN!!
Hence Paul calls him the second man [1 Cor 15:47] and the last Adam [1 Cor 15:45];
and Paul compares and juxtaposes the two men [Rom Ch. 5; 1 Cor 15:21; Phil. Ch. 2]

Now we know that Jesus is GOD's only-begotten son; generated & begotten by the power of the Spirit of GOD; and to whom the Spirit of GOD was given without measure [Luke 1:35, John 3:34]

So let not even bother with the "just a man or mere man" argument
Although Jesus is indeed a man; he isn't just a man!

He is the Son of GOD; GOD's only-begotten; GOD's chosen one;
GOD's Anointed one (hence His Messiah); he is GOD's Lamb ...
GOD's perfect sacrifice for all sinners.

(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(John 1:29) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
(John 1:36) And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
(John 4:42) And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Now in the OT, we can see what the qualifications for a sacrificial lamb are.
(Exo 12:5) Your lamb shall be without blemish ... (Passover Lamb; cp. 1 Cor 5:7)
(Lev 1:10) And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep ... he shall bring it a male without blemish.
(Lev 22:19-21) Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats. 20 But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you. 21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto YAHWEH to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.
(Num 28:3) And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto YAHWEH; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering.
(Deu 17:1) Thou shalt not sacrifice unto YAHWEH thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto YAHWEH thy God.

As you can see, the general consensus is that the sacrifice had to be 'perfect'; i.e. without spot or blemish!

Remember, the first Adam ... (Gen 1:27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Gen 1:31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Well, here comes the Last Adam, Jesus!
Like, the first Adam, he was tempted ... therefore does 'this man' qualify as a 'perfect sacrifice'?

  • (2 Cor 4:4) ... Christ, who is the image of God ...
  • (1 Pet 1:19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
  • (1 Pet 2:22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (cp. Isa 53:9)
  • (1 John 3:5) And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
  • (Heb 4:15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
  • (2 Cor 5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
  • (Heb 9:14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
  • (Heb 10:12) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
  • (Eph 5:2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
    (1 Cor 5:7) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
  • See also Luke 1:35 & Heb 7:26

It appears so!
The man Christ Jesus was tempted in all points. The man Christ Jesus triumphed accordingly. The man Christ Jesus succeeded where Adam failed. The man Christ Jesus was without spot and blemish throughout his ministry. No guile/deceit was found in him [Isa 53:9; 1 Pet 2:22]. Although he was tempted, he committed no sin. He never disobeyed GOD.

He indeed does qualify as the Lamb of GOD, the perfect sacrifice for man's sins.

Hence (John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son ...

GOD gave His Lamb, His perfect sacrifice, the man Christ Jesus.
If GOD could make a sinless man and woman out of the dust of the earth and a rib of a man; the same GOD is more than capable to make a sinless man 'of a woman' [Gal 4:4]; the same Spirit that moved in Gen. 1; is the selfsame Spirit that generated & begat Jesus the Messiah in the womb of Mary.

Therefore Jesus was begotten, conceived, born without sin.

It is down to us ... the onus is on us ... to accept GOD's perfect sacrifice, THE MAN Christ Jesus!

But you said he was a man, you have contradicted yourself. If he is not just a man then what is he?

My response:

I am simply pointing out that Jesus is not just a mere man!
He is a special man. The head of the new human race, so to speak.
As Adam is the head of all those that die; Jesus is the head of all those that live. [1 Cor 15:22]
He is the New Adam.
Additionally, he is NOW an immortal glorified man
Therefore, he is the only 'such man' of his kind (until the First Resurrection).
So in my wording "he is not just a man"; I am simply trying to highlight his pre-eminence, his uniqueness, his greatness.
Jesus is GOD's ultimate representative ... He is truly the archetypical man.
The true 'image of GOD'. [2 Cor 4:4; Col 1:15; Heb 1:3]

You say he is God's only begotten well then he must have some kind of supernatural parts to him right?

My response:

The scriptures say that he is GOD's only begotten [John 1:14]

Jesus is a new 'man'! He is (or I should say 'was') as human as Adam (and Eve) was before the Fall;
flesh and blood [Heb 2:14].
A man who was given (or anointed with) the spirit of GOD without measure. [John 3:34]
He was definitely supernaturally conceived;
for that very reason (dio kai), the angel Gabriel said he would be called the Son of GOD.
[Luke 1:35]
But having supernatural parts???  NO! Jesus is no hybrid or demigod. That sort of thinking comes from pagan Greek philosophy!!

Jesus, rather, is NOW glorified and immortalized, the firstfruits of the dead [1 Cor 15:20, 23].
So he is the first glorified, immortalized man.

In that sense, he is now supernatural because he is the first man to have a spiritual body that comes via Resurrection
[1 Cor 15:42-44]
Natural first, then the Spiritual [1 Cor 15:46]
In the Resurrection, so will all the dead in Christ be in like-manner glorified. Yet all NT saints have been born again of GOD without supernatural parts!! So neither did Jesus, GOD's only-begotten, have any supernatural parts via his birth.

Who raised Jesus from the dead?

(Acts 3:15) And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
(Acts 4:10) ... Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead ...
(Acts 13:29-30) And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30 But God raised him from the dead:
(Rom 6:4) ... Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father ...
(Rom 10:9) ... believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead ...
(1 Cor 15:15) Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
(Gal 1:1) ... Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead ...
(Col 2:12) ... the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
(1 Pet 1:3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(1 Pet 1:21) ... do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Who did the Apostles mean by God?
(1 Cor 8:4) ... that there is none other God but one. (6) But to us there is but one God, the Father ...
(1 Tim 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
(Eph 4:6) One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Nuff said!!