We ended Part 13 with these two NOTES:
NOTES: #1) Muhammad goes to great lengths throughout the Koran to say the trinity of God is a lie and those who believe such will go to hell! As pointed out in Part 13, according to Muhammad, Allah gave him the Koran and the Koran is Allah’s true word and that true word says liars will go to hell. (John 14:6 keyword: truth) Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me”.
#2) (Matt. 27:43 keywords: for he said, I am the Son of God, John 10:28-38 esp. V.36 keywords: I am the Son of God & John 14:23-26 esp. V.23 keywords: If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him and we will come unto him and make our abode with him) Jesus also said the trinity of God is real and declared Himself a third part of it (God’s Son). The Koran calls Jesus’ teaching a lie, that Jesus is a liar and all liars will go to hell BUT Mohammad said in the Koran that Jesus is going to paradise/heaven! SO:
WHO IS THE LIAR: Mohammad or Jesus? The Koran or the Holy Bible? The unholy spirit (Satan) or the angel Gabriel? END OF NOTES. You decide because your decision determines your eternal destination.
(Rev. 12:9) He is called great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan.
(John 8:1-12) Jesus was in the temple teaching and had forced the Pharisees to publicly admit they were sinners and could not judge the woman taken in adultery. The Pharisees said; (John 8:13 keywords: “Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.”) The Pharisees had called Jesus a liar! (John 8:14-38 esp. V.28 & 38 keywords: my Father and V35-36 keyword: Son) The contention between Jesus and the Pharisees continued in which Jesus said He is the Son of God and culminated (V.38) when Jesus said; “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father." Jesus had said they had different fathers!
(Jer. 3:14 keyword: married & 31:32 keywords: covenant, husband) Jesus had shown the Pharisees they did not believe their own prophets or that they were ignorant of God's word to them because in God's reasoning God had married Israel through covenant therefore if a man called Jesus the product of fornication (a bastard) that man was a liar because God was married to Israel (including Mary) as proven to them in God's Holy Word!
(John 8:39-44) (V.39) “They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father." Jesus saith unto them, "If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham"; which was (Gen. 15:6 & Gal. 3:6-9) (V.6) "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." (V.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.” Jesus was saying; nobody had tried to kill Abraham when Abraham had revealed God’s covenant to his people the Jews!
Jesus said; (V.41) “Ye do the deeds of your father.” “Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.” (Luke 1:19 keyword: Gabriel thru 2:14) The Pharisees were alluding to the fact (Luke 1:18-26) Mary was pregnant with Jesus before Joseph married her and they are saying Jesus was a product of fornication (a bastard). (V.42) “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”
In his (V.42) statement Jesus is saying; (Jer. 3: 12-14 esp. V. 12 keywords: Return thou backsliding Israel and V.14 keywords: Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord, for I am married unto you) "If they really were God's children they would understand their own God (Father) given words (God married Himself to the children of Israel in His covenant with them so no man could call Jesus a bastard) and they would love Jesus because God sent Jesus to them as their Messiah (the Anointed One) who would deliver them (John 8:34-37 esp. V.34 keyword: servant) from the bondage (servant) of their sins."
(V.43) “Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. (V.44) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father (a progenitor, bringing into being, to pass on the potential for likeness) of it.” SO: Satan, the devil, is a murderer, a liar and the father of liars.
Satan’s pattern of operation was set from the very beginning of man. (Gen. 2:16-17 & 3:4) You have already read how Satan was liar from the beginning because he lied to Eve about what God had said concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He was a murderer from the beginning because he murdered Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:22-24) when he caused them to disobey God (sin) and lose access to the tree of life when they were cast out of the Garden of Eden because of their sin and they eventually died.
(Gen. 3:1-24 & Eph. 6:11-12) It is obvious there is a spiritual warfare between God and Satan (the Devil) for the souls of mankind. (Ezek. 28:13-17 esp. V.13 keyword: created) It is also obvious God created Satan (Lucifer) and all the angels.
(Gen. 3:1-14 & Rev. 12:4-9 esp. V.9, keywords; great dragon, old serpent, Devil, Satan) Satan had a free will to choose and all the other angels had a free will to choose between God and Satan because (Rev. 12:4) one third of the angels chose to follow Satan (Rev. 20:9-15) but, just like mankind, Satan and his angels will be brought before God for a reckoning, a settling of old accounts, a retribution and an avenging.
Satan, (John 8:44) the Devil, seeks to murder you forever, (1Pet. 5:8) he seeks to devour you like a lion eats its prey so you will become part of his strength and thus work for him and be a liar and a murderer, (John 8:44) he will lie to you so you will destroy yourself and others, (2Cor. 4:4) he will blind your mind so you will not believe Jesus’ message of the gospel of Christ (good news) from God (2Cor. 11:13-15 esp. V.13 keywords: false apostles) and Satan can make you think your wrongness is righteousness. He is your greatest enemy. Here is how he does it.
(2Cor. 11:14-15) “And no marvel (to wonder at, to admire); for Satan himself is transformed (to disguise, transfer, transform self) into an angel (messenger) of light (an illuminator). Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers (to run errands, attendants, teachers) also be transformed (same definition as above) as the ministers of righteousness (justification, equity of character or act); whose end (the conclusion of an act or state, termination, result) shall be according (to give as is due or appropriate) to their works (acts, deeds, labor).”
(Matt. 4:3-5) The Devil is a tempter (tester). The word Devil defined is a slanderer, a false accuser, a traducer. A traducer speaks falsely, maliciously, he leads. Satan, the Devil, is mankind’s adversary, a tempter (tester), a false accuser, a slanderer, speaks maliciously and he leads devils (fallen angels) (Isa. 14:12, Luke 22:3, 2Cor. 11:14-15 & Rev. 12:9 keywords: deceiveth the whole world and 20:1-8 esp. V.3 keywords: deceive the nations & V.8 keywords: deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth) and he leads people!
(John 12:31 & 14:30) Jesus said Satan is the prince (first in power, chief, ruler) of this world (Eph. 6:12) which is his kingdom of darkness with an organized hierarchy of fallen, evil angels through which he exerts his power and purpose. (2Cor. 4:3-6) Satan is the god of this world who blinds the mind of people so they will not believe in the gospel (good news) of Jesus.
(Matt. 12:24-28) Satan's kingdom is a united kingdom of all devils over which he is the ruler. (Mark 5:7-9) Satan and his devils know people, they know you! (Luke 8:27-31) They recognized Jesus, (Mark 5:1-13) (V.2) have a self-will, (V.9) have self-awareness, (V.12) have knowledge, (V.2-5) have power over people, (V.7-9 & 12) speak through men's mouths, (Acts 19:15) recognized Paul (James 2:19 keyword: tremble) and have emotions.
(Rev. 12:9) Satan is identified as the great dragon (to fascinate, to capture, to grasp, to entrap, to take). Satan is also identified as that old serpent. Old serpent signifies he was in Eden. (Isa. 14:29 keyword: serpent's) Serpent's defined is to hiss like a snake, to whisper, #1) to prognosticate, #2) is an enchanter, #3) and uses incantation.
DEFINITIONS: #1) To prognosticate means to diligently observe and learn by experience and to predict by using present indications as a guide. #2) To enchant means to cast under a spell, bewitch, to attract and delight completely. #3) An incantation is verbal charms spoken, chanted or sung designed to produce a particular emotional effect.
***Satan fascinates, grasps, entraps, takes, whispers into man's thoughts, diligently observes, learns by experience, predicts by using present indicators such as a person’s thoughts, actions, reactions and emotions as a guide, casts under a spell, bewitches, attracts and delights completely, inspires people by verbal charms spoken, chanted or sung which is designed to produce a particular effect. From above: Satan is the god of this world who blinds the mind of people and can make wrongness seem righteousness. Satan, the Devil, is mankind’s adversary, a tempter (tester), a false accuser, a slanderer, speaks maliciously and he leads!***
EXAMINATION OF THE PRACTICALLY OF GOD’S CREATION
(Isa. 46:9-10, 1:9, 1Pet. 1:19-20 & Acts 15:18 keywords: Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.) GOD KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING AND HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THE RESULTS WOULD BE. (Gen. 1:2) God is a Spirit and He created everything. (Gen. 1:26) God said; “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” (Gen. 2:7) God formed man out of the dust of the earth (a body), breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (the spark, the essence of life itself that has nothing to do with breathing) and of course man began physical breathing and man became a living soul.
(1Thess. 5:23) The composition of individual man is spirit (the essence of life itself from God - Luke 16:19-31 after your physical breathing stops and your body dies you will still be alive forever because the essence of life goes with your soul to its destination), soul (mind, personality, heart, self, me) and body (the earthly body you are living in now).
(Gen. 1:26 keywords: Let us make man in our image after our likeness & then Gen.2:7) Man is made in God’s image. SO: (Rom. 1:20) The Godhead (Supreme Divinity) is one who is composed of three who are totally and completely one in identity, thought, power, purpose and will. God’s presentation of Himself to man is (Gen. 1:1-31) #1 God- spirit of life- the essence of life- life itself/Creator, (John 14:15-26 & Rom. 8:9) #2 Holy Spirit-God's soul/Comforter (John 14:6-9) #3 and Jesus-body/Saviour and man is made in God’s image just like God said.
(1John 4:8 & 16) God is love. (Rom. 5:8 & 1John 4:16-19) God loved man first from the beginning. Love is a basic personality characteristic that influences all the other personality characteristics. If there is no one to love then the ability to love is unexpressed. Love wants to be given to one who is like the giver of love; one who can think, one who can return love for the giver, by their own choice, decided by their own free will to choose according to the individual’s conscience regulated values based on their knowledge. That is why God made man in His own image.
EXAMPLE: (Gen. 2:16-17) God had programmed Adam’s conscience; “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Adam had intellect, imagination, God taught Adam a language and gave him the power to choose; (Gen. 2:19-20) which is proved by the fact God permitted Adam to name every living creature. (Gen. 3:8) God, Adam and Eve had a relationship because God walked in the garden with them (Gen. 2:9 & 16) and Adam and Eve could have eaten from the tree of life anytime they chose.
(Matt. 4:3, 1Cor. 10:13, 1Thess. 3:5, Heb. 3:8, James 1:2, 1Pet. 1:6 and 2Pet. 2:9 keyword in all: tempt/tempter/temptation) The definition of temptation is testing, tempter, is tester and tempt is a test. For love to be quantified it must be tested, for love to have meaning it must be tested and for love to be evaluated it must be tested.
(Isa. 14:12-15 esp. V.12 keyword: Lucifer- Gen. 3:1 & 14 keyword: serpent, Rev. 12:9- the old serpent) (Ezek. 28:13-17) (V.13-14 keywords: Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God) Writing about Satan; (V15) “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created, til iniquity was found in thee.” (V.17) Satan’s heart (soul, personality, mind, self) was lifted up (pride) because of his beauty. (Isa. 14:12-15 key: Satan's five I wills) And Satan decided he would be a god.
GOD KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SATAN WOULD DO. Satan (Lucifer) tempted Eve and Adam in Eden, they failed the test and lost their place with God. (Gen. 3:1-6) Satan #1) (V.1) perverted the word of God, #2) (V.4) called God a liar #3) (V.5) and promised Eve good things if she would eat the fruit (V.6) to which she was already attracted! THESE THREE STEPS WOULD BECOME SATAN’S TRIED AND TRUE METHOD IN HIS SEDUCTION OF MAN because from Eden onward mankind has had the exact opportunity of choice Adam and Eve had. Who are you going to listen to; the God of life or the god of death?
(Gen. 3:6-10) When Eve and Adam ate the fruit of the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden they gained the knowledge of good and evil. That knowledge corrupted their souls (mind, personality, heart, self, me) and they became carnal (human nature with its frailties and passions, unregenerate) and that carnality of soul has been handed down through all of mankind’s generations to you and to me. (Rom. 8:6-7) That carnal soul will lead to death “because the carnal mind (soul) is enmity (hostility, a reason for opposition, hatred) toward God”.
The only way fallen man could get back into a relationship with God was for his unregenerate soul to somehow be regenerated. No man-made list of rituals and list of behaviors could ever accomplish that.
No, man does not have the strengths of God, nor do we have the perfection of God, man cannot create life and our intellect and ability to reason is as nothing compared to God’s intellect and ability to reason. God is holy, pure and blameless. (Jer. 17:9) Man’s heart is deceitful (crooked) and desperately wicked (Rom. 3:23) and all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
EXAMINATION OF THE PRACTICALLY OF GOD’S METHOD TO REDEEM MANKIND
God barred the way back to the Garden of Eden, man could no longer have a personal relationship with God and no man can cross that boundary. It is hopeless for mankind to think that, by his own devises, he can renew the Eden relationship with God. God sent man out of the Garden of Eden and only God can make a way to bring man back into the Eden relationship with Him.
Mankind has nothing valuable enough to buy salvation/regeneration from God, nor can he do enough good works to erase his sins and deserve salvation/regeneration from God and he cannot generate enough faith within himself to have the power to simply take salvation/regeneration from God. (Gen. 4:5-16 & Ex. 20:13) And man cannot murder his way back into God's garden!
Mankind cannot change his fallen, sinful, carnal nature and be holy enough to approach and develop an Eden relationship with the holy, pure, perfect God of Eden. Mankind cannot devise a list of rituals and a list of behaviors to follow that would earn him salvation/regeneration.
When God gave mankind (the Jews) God’s own list of rituals and list of behaviors (Jewish Law- Torah) mankind could not follow them because of his fallen, sinful, carnal human nature (Matt. 15:1-9, Rom. 10:1-3 & 1Pet. 1:18-20) and they established their own traditions (Talmud: their own list of rituals and list of behaviors) and attempted to establish their own righteousness.
(Gal. 1:16 keyword: heathen- defined: pagan, a non-covenant person standing outside God’s covenant) There is no list of rituals or list of behaviors that will change the basic human nature of carnal man. It is not possible for fallen, sinful, carnal man to regenerate himself and make himself righteous enough, sanctified enough, and holy enough that God will accept him back into an Eden relationship with Him. Only God can provide the way for mankind to come to back to Him.
Then, of course, (2Cor. 4:4 keywords: the god of this world) there is Satan who became the god of this world when he was cast out of the Garden of Eden with mankind (2Cor. 11:14-15) and he has the ability to transform himself into an angel of light and his ministers are transformed into ministers (teachers) of righteousness.
(Eph. 6:11-12) (V.12) “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness (darkness of error, obscurity) of this world, against spiritual (supernatural) wickedness (evil in effect or influence, plots, degeneracy, vicious, the devil) in high places.” Satan, the Devil, is the Evil Spirit leader (Rev. 12:3-4 keywords: third part & 7-8) of the one third of the angels (evil spirits- demons) who followed his rebellion against God and were cast out of heaven with Satan.
Phony Messiah’s: (2Cor. 11:14-15) It is obvious Satan deceived mankind and inspired man to devise false religions. (Matt. 24:11 & 24) Jesus said; (V.11) “And many false (promoting false teaching) prophets (impostor) shall rise, and shall deceive (to cause to go astray from safety, a fraud) many.” AND: (V.24) “For there shall arise false Christs (spurious, counterfeit, phony messiahs), and false (promoting false teaching) prophets (impostor).” Jesus had given a prophesy. (1John 2:18 keyword: antichrists- defined: to substitute, an opponent, against Christ) The prophesy came true so Jesus’ prophesies are true.
(Luke 19:41-44) Jesus prophesied concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple. That prophesy came true in 73 AD (Anno Domini- the year of our Lord- the year Jesus was born) when Rome destroyed Jerusalem, killed one point one million Jews and Christians, tore down the temple, hauled the stones away, salted and plowed the ground and changed the name of Israel/Judaea to Palestine. Jesus had given a prophesy and it came true so Jesus’ prophesies are true.
(Luke 24:49) Jesus prophesied the Holy Spirit would come and through Him the disciples would receive power. Jesus’ prophesy came true when the Holy Ghost (Spirit) came and dwelt within the disciples. (Acts 2:1 thru 3:41 esp. V.2-8 then 9:32-43) They were given the power to preach about Jesus and thousands were saved, they healed the lame, healed the sick and raised the dead back to life just like Jesus had. It came true so Jesus’ prophesies are true. (Acts 9:10-16) Jesus prophesied what Saul (the apostle Paul) would do (Acts 9:19 thru Heb. 13:25) and Paul did exactly what Jesus prophesied he would do so Jesus’ prophesies are true.
(Matt. 7:13-14) Jesus also said; “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:” AND “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that findeth it.” Jesus had given a prophesy (Rev. 20:10-15) that will come true. So, where is your eternal destination?
In his Koran Mohammad claimed Jesus and many of the Old Testament prophets as the prophets of the Islamic religion Mohammad founded. So, let us examine the prophesies of those Jewish prophets. You can easily find the scriptural location of the following information on the internet if you so desire so I will not bore the rest of you to tears with an overload of the books, chapters and verses that are in the Bible. Just type in; What are the prophesies concerning the coming of Jesus. BUT You cannot find any prophesies in the Bible that said Mohammad was coming except for the antichrist prophesies.
In God’s Holy Bible there are more than three hundred prophesies concerning the coming of Jesus, when He would come, His purpose, what He would say and what He would do. Jesus came right on time, He fulfilled His purpose, what He said is in the Bible and He did exactly what the prophets had prophesied so their prophesies are true. Mohammad claims many of those same men as Islamic prophets, their prophesies came true concerning Jesus, SO, why didn’t Mohammad believe them? Where are Mohammad's miracles? Where are his prophesies?
There are at least ten major prophesies that Israel would be reborn as a nation. Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948 and Israel is there today. So, their prophesies are true. God’s prophesies through these prophets’ writings in the Holy Bible have proved to be true so the Holy Bible itself is true. WHY DON’T YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE?
REQUIREMENT OF BLOOD
Blood is life. (Gen.3:21) From the bloody skinning of animals in Eden, (Gen. 4:4) through Abel’s bloody offering of fat, (Gen. 8:20) through the bloody burnt offerings after the flood, (Gen. 15:9-10) through the bloody offering at God’s covenant with Abram, (Gen. 17:25) through the bloody act of circumcision that physically changed Abraham for the rest of his physical life, (Gen. 22:1-13 esp. V.13) through the bloody substitutionary offering that took the place of Isaac, (Ex. 10:25, Ex. 12:21-22 then Ex. 18:8-12) through the bloody burnt offerings of the Jew’s Egyptian delivery from bondage,
(Ex. 24:5-18) through God giving the Jewish law to Moses on Mount Sinai and thus to Israel who would shed the blood of millions of animals in their sacrifices, (Ex. 26:14-34) through the bloody skinning of the rams and badgers to provide the covering of the tent of the tabernacle (V.33) where the ark of testimony (covenant) was located (V.34) and the mercy seat was located on top of the ark of the testimony (covenant) in the most holy place (the holy of holies),
(Ex. 26:35 thru 27:21) where outside the veil that concealed the most holy place but still under the tent would be located the golden altar of incense, the table of shewbread, the sevenfold golden candlestick (Menorah), the vessels of the temple, the lamp that would always burn,
(Ex. 29:10-21) where once each year Aaron the first high priest with his sons all dressed in their special garments (V.21) would be hallowed with the blood of the sacrifice of sanctification, (Ex. 30:10) so Aaron the high priest could go alone behind the veil of the tabernacle into the most holy place once per year to offer the blood of the sacrifice on the horns of the altar before the ark of testimony (covenant) for the sins of Israel,
and outside the tent was the courtyard of the congregation and it contained the bronze basin and the brazen altar where individual Jews brought their ritual sacrifices and sacrifices for sin to the priest for bloody daily slaughter. Over the centuries multiplied millions of animals would be slaughtered and their blood would flow and flow and flow.
Blood flowed in Eden because of sin in Eden and on through the generations of man to when Israel became a physical nation then through the Jewish generations until Rome destroyed Judaea and the Jewish temple.
(Heb. 10:4) “But it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Heb. 10:3) “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. Their shedding of blood sacrifice brought GUILT! SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF SHEDDING ANIMAL BLOOD? WHAT IS GOD TELLING US? (Heb. 10:1-2) (V.1 keyword: perfect) The animal blood did not produce perfect innocence in man by cleansing him from his sins (V.2) “For then would they not have ceased to be offered?”
(Heb. 10:3-4 again) “But it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” WHY? (Eccl. 3:21) “the spirit (life) of the beast that goeth downward to the earth.” ANIMALS CANNOT SIN, they are not human, they have no soul, they have no power of choice, they have no carnal nature, they are simply what they are (Gen. 3:17-18 keywords: cursed is the ground) in this cursed world.
The cursed world: (Rom. 8:22 see below) “For we know that the whole creation groaneth (experience a common calamity) and travaileth (to have pangs simultaneously) in pain (anguish) together until now.” God is telling us the only innocence was in the blood that was shed. THE INNOCENT BLOOD WAS THE MESSAGE.
God Himself had prophesied it from the very beginning in Eden when He had cursed Lucifer who had become Satan, God’s enemy; (Gen. 3:15) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it (one) shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his (man) heel.” (Gen. 3:21) Then God had slain innocent animals (blood) to obtain coats of their skins (Gen. 3:7-11) to hide Adam and Eve’s nakedness and thus their sin. It was a prophesy of the coming of One man’s innocent blood!
God had prophesied ONE MAN, an INNOCENT man, a human being, a man with the power of choice, who would shed his INNOCENT blood that would cleanse people of their sins. (Rom. 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” BUT THERE WERE NO MAN WHO HAD NOT SINNED! (Rom. 8:22 from second paragraph above) “until now.”
GOD’S COMMON SENSE AND MAN’S LACK OF IT
To address man’s lack of common sense first. (Rom. 8:7-8) “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” In this article and many other parts of this commentary you have seen the absolute futility of man thinking he can purify himself and make himself holy enough to obtain, or return to, by his own devices, an Eden relationship with the sacred, pure, blameless, holy God. So, there is no point in going over all of that again. It will not be repeated.
(Rom. 8:22) “until now.” (Luke 1:26-38) (V.25-30) The angel Gabriel was sent from God to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin espoused (betrothed, engaged) to a man named Joseph. And Gabriel said; (V.30) “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor (grace) with God. (V.31) And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (V.32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (V.33) And he shall rule over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
See the fifteenth paragraph above this one. The heart of the message the angel Gabriel had brought was that “IT IS NOW (until now) TIME FOR THE MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED PROPHESIES CONCERNING JESUS TO COME TRUE!”
(V.34) “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man.” (V.35) “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost (Spirit, holy, blameless) shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest (Supreme God) shall overshadow (to envelope in a haze of brilliancy, to invest with preternatural influence) thee: therefore also that holy (sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated) thing (word, divine utterance, expressing the thoughts of the Father through the Spirit) which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God:”
Overshadow is defined: to envelope in a haze of brilliancy, to invest with preternatural influence: The words in the definition of Overshadow are defined: #1)Envelope- to cover: #2)Haze- mist, cloud: #3)Brilliancy- intense brightness of light, luminosity, radiance: #4)Invest- to endow someone with a particular quality or attribute: #5)Preternatural- abnormal, inexplicable, mysterious: #6)Influence- the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone.
NOTE: Webster defines preternatural as: existing outside of nature, exceeding what is natural or regular, inexplicable by ordinary means, lying outside the sphere of science or knowledge, spiritual in origin or force END OF NOTE. #5 again) Preternatural: Sometimes God does things that are simply none of our business.
On the internet you can find seemingly endless speculations concerning the so-called God Seed that was planted within the virgin Mary’s womb. We do know (Gen. 1:2 & John 4:24) God is a Spirit so God could not have had physical sexual intercourse with the virgin Mary as some blasphemers say. We do know (1Tim. 3:16) “And without controversy (dispute or question) great (large in the widest sense) is the mystery (secret) of godliness (gospel scheme, holiness):”
We do know (Rom. 16:25) God kept secret the mystery of Jesus Christ’s mission since the world began (gospel scheme). Second paragraph above: #5)Preternatural- abnormal, inexplicable, mysterious: God simply kept secret the origin of the seed that impregnated the virgin Mary. (Luke 1:37) We do know God can do anything. But why would God keep secret some of the things concerning the origin of Jesus? (Eph. 2:8-9) Because believing in Jesus' salvation is a matter of God given grace and faith.
You need to consider this; (1Cor. 2:7-8) “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
(Eph. 6:12 keywords: against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness) If Satan and his fallen angel princes had known the purpose Jesus would fulfill (Luke 22:3-6) Satan would have never inspired men to kill Jesus, he would have let Jesus die of old age and that particular gospel scheme would have failed! (Gen. 3:14, Job 1:12 & 2:6) God does show Satan that God is supreme (2Cor. 4:4 keywords: god of this world) and Satan is a limited, second class god. God does show Satan He is smarter than Satan. And God is always successful because Israel and the church right here in this world prove it.
If you desire more information concerning faith in Jesus please read the one article commentary, The Breath of Life, on this website. A single word from the fourth paragraph above this one is: godliness (gospel scheme, holiness): Perhaps the following five paragraphs will help you understand God’s gospel scheme.
Of course, Mary had the normal cursed human nature (carnality) with its frailties and passions because she was just like the rest of us. (Luke 1:35 holy thing- holy- is defined: pure, blameless, consecrated; thing- is defined: word, speech, expressing the thoughts of God through the Spirit) BUT: God supernaturally (spiritually) placed a specially prepared uncorrupted God Seed into her without physical contact (physical intercourse) to initiate the physical conception of a child within her womb and Mary was left a virgin.
We do know (1John 4:8 & 16) God is love itself. God’s love is Pure Love. God’s pure love is infinite because it cannot be measured. Pure Love is filled with tender pity, grace and kindness. Pure Love is gracious, generous and merciful and is a giver of gifts. Pure Love is useless unless it is expressed so Love wants what is best for another.
(1Tim. 3:16) In the great mystery of His existence God, Pure Love, manifested (revealed) Himself in the body of His Own Son, Jesus, (Col. 2:8-9 esp. V.9) in whom dwelt all the Godhead bodily. Why a Son? Because anyone can understand there is no greater price than a Son that a Father can give for something. AND: (Acts 4:10-12) Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Pure Love puts itself in the place of another, to walk in their shoes, to share their laughter, to share their company, to be with them, to feel their sinking inside in the face of danger and the threat of death. Love wants to share their burdens, feel their disappointment, (Luke 22:41-44) to feel their anxiety and uncertainty, and feel their tears on Love’s own face. Pure Love will share all their earthly life from beginning of it through the ending of it. Pure Love will even take their judgment and pay their penalty and Pure Love is willing to give His life for our life.
From conception: (Matt. 1:20-23 Esp. V.23 keywords: God with us and 1Tim. 3:16) God, Pure Love, Jesus, did come to share our life. (Luke 2:9-14) From a squalling baby, (Luke 2:41-46) to a curious, learning, questioning, understanding, answering child, (Luke 4:16-22) to a grown man, (Matt. 26:59 thru 27:66) to an agonizing death. That’s why the uncorrupted God Seed was supernaturally planted in Mary.
As said before Mary was born through the normal cursed (corrupted) human seed of her parents, and she had human nature (carnality) with its frailties and passions BUT the uncorrupted God Seed, the holy thing named JESUS, (Luke 1:35 holy thing- holy- is defined: pure, blameless, consecrated; thing- is defined: word, speech, expressing the thoughts of God through the Spirit) could not have the natural, carnal human nature that came out of Eden that corrupts man from birth.
(1Cor. 2:14) “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Jesus said; (Matt. 5:28) “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” and the thinking was the sin. YET (Heb. 4:15 & 1Pet. 2:22) Jesus did not sin even though He had the man nature from his Mother Mary. So, how could this be?
The uncorrupted God Seed (singular- male- determining the sex of the baby) planted in Mary’s womb was so powerful that the natural seed from Mary was so secondary that Jesus did not lust after sin. Through the seed of Mary (ovum- singular) Jesus had an awareness of and a recognition, of sin but through the supernaturally implanted God seed Jesus would not accept nor commit the emotional, intellectual, or physical acceptance of and desire to sin. (Matt. 4:3-11 esp. V.8-10, John 4:18 & Heb. 4:14-16 esp. V.15) The sin was right in front of Jesus but He would not let the thoughts of sin enter into His thought process.
Thus, He could truly be called (John 13:31 and more than eighty other scriptures) the Son of man (Mark 3:11 & Luke 1:26-35 and more than seventy-five other scriptures) and the Son of God. Jesus did not have two natures in one man. Jesus had a Jesus nature that was His identity, His soul! Jesus was unique! There had never before been one like Jesus and there will never be another one like Jesus!
Concerning Jesus: (2Cor. 5:19-21 esp. V.21 keywords: who knew no sin), (Heb. 4:14-16 esp. V.15 keywords: but in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin) and (1John 3:5 keywords: And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin) and (1Pet. 2:22 keywords: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:) (John 8:46) Jesus asked the Pharisees; “Which of you convinceth (evidence, proof, to show to be guilty) me of sin?” The Pharisees hated Jesus and wanted to destroy him but they could not show proof that He was guilty of sin. Jesus did not sin!
#1) (Luke 4:1-13) (V.1-4) Jesus had gone into the wilderness obviously to fast and pray for forty days where He was tempted (tested) by the devil (Satan). Satan knew Jesus was hungry and he challenged Jesus to turn a stone into bread. Jesus refused and said man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God. Jesus had said bread sustains temporary life and God’s word gives eternal life (which is Jesus' message to all men)!
#2) (V.5-8) Satan took Jesus up to a high mountain and showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, all the power and glory of them, that they had been delivered to him (2Cor. 4:4 keywords: the god of this world), that he could give to whoever he willed and that if Jesus worshipped him he would give it all to Jesus.
Can you even imagine the splendor Satan showed Jesus? Piles upon piles of gold, precious jewels and other riches, mighty kingdoms with their royal courts, vast armies, harems and dancing girls in sensual display, reclining people eating banquets and mountains of exotic food and drink, political and religious power unimaginable; all the world had to offer AND:
“Jesus answered and said unto him; Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Jesus’ message to man: (Mark 12:30) God intends for you to make him first! Satan will buy you, divert you, deceive you, depress you, delight you, distract you and eventually destroy your eternal relationship with God by leading and guiding you into accumulating wealth, adhering to world systems, starting self-made religions, political endeavors, societal functions, accumulating wealth and power by any means, entertainment, passions, people and prideful concentration on self’s wants)!
#3) (V.9-13) (V.9) “And he (Satan) brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence (here): (V.10) For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: (V.11) And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Satan had quoted (Psa. 91:11-12) wrong. It actually says to keep thee in all thy ways and Satan left that out. Then Satan added the words lest at any time. This is a very important message because Satan will always try to pervert God’s true words just like he did to Eve in the Garden of Eden, just like he did to illiterate Mohammad.
(V.12) “And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt (test) the Lord thy God.” (V.13) “And when the devil had ended all temptation (testing), he departed from him for a season (opportune time, convenient time, due time, short time).” Satan’s message to man is that he will return and try again and again to destroy you! Jesus’ message to man and to Satan, the devil, is (Rev. 20:10-15) there is coming a time of reckoning, a time of judgment and of retribution.
Satan had tempted (tested) Jesus’ #1) values, #2) resolve #3) if Jesus had pride and if Jesus had true knowledge of God’s word. And he will test yours.
(Mark 12:35 and more than ten other scriptures) Jesus is also called the Son of David. You can find a seemingly endless variety of opinions on the internet, some even by a stretch of scripture, concerning how David got into Jesus’ lineage; (Luke 1:32) “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.”
“the throne of his father David”: (Matt. 1:20) Joseph was called “thou son of David” by Gabriel. (Luke 4:22) Jesus is called Joseph’s son. (Matt. 1:18-25 esp. V.24-25) Joseph and Mary were wed before Jesus was born (Luke 1:68 thru 2:39) and (Deut. 25:5-6, Ruth 4:5 & Lev. 17:8-11 keyword: strangers- they shared) by Jewish law, Jesus was legally Joseph’s son and heir and was a member of the lineage and the house of David (Luke 3:23-31) and was in the lineage for David’s throne.
Remember the veiled (hidden) spiritual part of Abraham’s covenant that was separate from the physical land contract part of the covenant with Israel the nation but in the same covenant? Now think about this: read these scriptures in their entirety so you will understand> (Heb. 8:13 keywords: new covenant thru 9:28 esp. V.15 keywords: new testament then 12:24) Jesus (unveiled) is the mediator of a new covenant, (Eph. 2:4-8) a grace covenant, (Eph. 2:11-16 esp. V.14) which broke down the wall of separation between Jews and Gentiles SO:
(Rom. 8:10-17 esp. V.15 keywords: Spirit of adoption and V.16 keywords: children of God and V.17 keywords: heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ) in which both Jews (by grace salvation) and Gentiles (through adoption by grace salvation) (Eph. 2:1-22 esp. V.8 keyword: grace and V.12 keyword: commonwealth- defined: community) form a new community of blood washed Jews and Gentiles called the blood covenant, salvation grace established commonwealth (Matt. 16:18, Acts 2:10, Acts 2:47, Acts 10:45) named the church whose members would inherit God’s Kingdom as joint-heirs with Jesus. SO:
The adoption of Jesus through Joseph into the family of David to obtain David’s throne and kingdom is a subtle prophesy of how the Gentiles would be adopted into the family of God to obtain the Kingdom of God.
INNOCENT JESUS’ INNOCENT BLOOD, HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION WAS THE GOD PROVIDED SACRIFICE THAT BRINGS MAN BACK TO GOD.
You have seen several times throughout this commentary that sinless (innocent) Jesus, God’s Son, is the only way God provided for you to get back into a personal relationship with God because Jesus’ innocent blood was shed to cleanse sinful man of sin, Jesus' death on the cross took the place of sinful man’s death and Jesus' resurrection proved we can be resurrected and go to heaven.
When you accept Jesus as your Saviour you will instantly know you are saved (Eph. 1:4-14 esp. V.13-14 keyword: sealed) because His Holy Spirit (John 14:18-23 esp. V.23 keywords: we will come unto him and make our abode with him) will tell you that your sins are gone when He comes to live within you. AND: (Rom. 10:3-13 esp. V.9-10 righteousness &13) Christians receive righteousness through Jesus Christ. (Heb. 10:9-20 esp. V.10 sanctified) Christians are sanctified by Jesus Christ. (Rom. 3:23-24 justified) Christians are justified through Jesus Christ. Thus, Christians are worthy to have a personal relationship with God in this lifetime.