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By John W. White
1 Corinthians 15:17-20 "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept."
Isaiah 53:10-12 "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him (Christ); he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his (Christ) soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed (Heb. 2:16 he took on him the seed of Abraham), he shall prolong his (Christ) days (as High Priest), and the pleasure of the LORD (Luke 12:32 ... it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.) shall prosper in his (Christ) hand.
11. He shall see of the travail of his (Christ) soul, and shall be satisfied: by his (Christ) knowledge (Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son...) shall my righteous servant (Christ) justify many (called unto His Kingdom and glory); for he (Christ) shall bear their iniquities.
12. Therefore will I divide him (Christ) a portion with the great , and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he (Christ) hath poured out his soul (in the garden) unto death (to self, he cried in the garden, Abba, Father, not my will but thine): ... he (Christ) bare [forgive] the (confessed) sin of many (called unto His Kingdom and glory), and made intercession (as our advocate) for the transgressors."
HE... SHALL BE SATISFIED
Isaiah 53:10-12 "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, ... 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.... 12. because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors;"
CHRIST DIED FOR US: Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
ONCE: Hebrews 9:26 "For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
TAKETH AWAY THE SIN: 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."
SENT TO FINISH HIS WORK: John 4:34 "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."
THE FINISHED WORK: John 19:30 "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." When Jesus Christ died on the cross He made it possible for the whole world to be saved. All that one must do to be saved is found in Acts 16:31 "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." We become children of God when we believe that Jesus Christ died for us and that God was satisfied with His offering for sin.
Isaiah 53:10 "....He shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand."
HIS SEED: Hebrews 2:16 "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham." Galatians 3:7 "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham."
HIS SEED COULD NOT PLEASE HIM: 1 Corinthians 15:17 "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain...." If faith is vain, Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please him...." The prayer of faith would not be effective. James 5:15 "And the prayer of faith shall save [restore, NASB] the sick [weary, faint], and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." We could not resist the devil and thus be devoured by him. 1 Peter 5:8-9 "... your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9. Whom resist stedfast in the faith,...." There would be no victory over the world. 1 John 5:4 "...and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." The trial of our faith would be worthless if faith is vain. 1 Peter 1:7-8 "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8. Whom having not seen, ye love [present active]; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing [present active], ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:"
HIS SEED YET IN SIN: It would be impossible for us to do anything but sin. 1 Corinthians 15:17 "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins." Romans 14:23 "...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Sin would have dominion over us if grace did not reign in our lives. Romans 6:14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." It takes faith to access the grace to deliver us from the dominion of sin. Romans 5:2 "...we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
HIS SEED WOULD PERISH: 1 Corinthians 15:18 "Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished." Notice that those who have not physically died have not perished. It is those who have died or "Are fallen asleep" are the ones who have perished. A child of God is not dead in his trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:1 "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:" (See John 3:16 Check It Out) Only those who have life can perish. There are types or ensamples given in 1 Corinthians 10:9-11 "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed [ajpo>llumi, perish] of serpents. 10. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed [ajpo>llumi, perish] of the destroyer. 11. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world [age] are come." To perish as they perished in the wilderness is an admonition to us that we can fail to enter into our inheritance when Christ divides the spoil with the strong.
A HOPELESS SEED: If Christ be not raised, then we 1 Corinthians 15:19 "...are of all men most miserable." But 1 Peter 1:3-4 "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, 4. To an inheritance..." (See Inheritance Check It Out) There would be no hope of glory. There would be no hope of rewards. There would be no hope of standing in His presence approved.
Isaiah 53:10 ".... he shall prolong his days, ...." Because Jesus Christ is eternal God, the phrase "Prolong his days" is not the extension of eternity for him by days. 2 Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." For the past two days, 2,000 years, Jesus Christ has been our High Priest. Hebrews 5:5-6 "So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." When Jesus Christ was raised again for our justification He began a new ministry as our High Priest. Acts 13:33 "God ... hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." Hebrews 9:11 "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;"
Isaiah 53:12 "Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, ..."
THE SEED THAT WILL BE GREAT: Mark 10:43 - 44 "... whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44. And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all." Mark 9:35 "And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." Hebrews 6:10 "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."
Isaiah 53:12 "... he shall divide the spoil with the strong;..."
HIS SEED SHALL SHARE THE SPOIL: Hebrews 1:2 "... whom he hath appointed heir of all things ..." Ephesians 1:11 "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:" Jesus Christ will allow us to share in the spoil of His victory over our enemy, Satan. Romans 8:17 "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Jesus Christ is the testator of his own will. He will share his inheritance with those who suffer with him. Hebrews 9:16-17 "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth."
THE SEED THAT IS STRONG: Christ's strength is made perfect in our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Those who know that they are weak are those that can: "... be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." Ephesians 6:10. We need to believe that "...without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5. When we have this knowledge about our weakness and His power, then we should come boldly to the throne of Grace to find his power. Hebrews 4:14-16 "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God,... 15. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities... 16. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace [THE POWER OF CHRIST] to help in time of need." Paul wanted to know and have that kind of power in his life. Philippians 3:10 "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;"
Isaiah 53:12 "... made intercession ...."
MADE INTERCESSION: Romans 8:34 "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." When we are saved we will not be chargeable for past sins because it was "...Christ that died..." After Christ's death was His resurrection. "Yea rather, that is risen again..." to make intercession for us.
BARE THE SIN: 1 John 2:1 "... And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" Intercession is made when we obey 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." If we do not confess our sins then we will be chargeable and judged for them. If we do not forgive others their trespasses against us, then we are chargeable before our Heavenly Father. Matthew 6:15 "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." If we walk after the flesh NOW and do not repent we will be judged. Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Jesus Christ is not our judge NOW but our high priest. When He becomes our judge, then there may be condemnation for walking after the flesh. That is why we are warned in Hebrews 10:30 - 31 "..The Lord shall judge his people. 31. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
"Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." The death of Jesus Christ on the cross was a perfect and complete sacrifice that will provide new birth for all who would believe. His death on the cross is a finished work. Our belief is not vain, "It is finished" was His cry. The work of justification is not finished. Jesus Christ will continue to be our High Priest until He becomes the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 1 Corinthians 15:17 "If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain." and as children of God, will be guilty of living a defeated and vain life when we appear at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:20, 57-58 "But now is Christ risen from the dead,..." 57. "...thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58. Therefore .... be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
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