First the Question: The Apostle Paul was imprisoned for proclaiming Divine Truth, which he called The Mystery, or my Gospel. True or False?
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Today let us consider, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN....THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, pt. 15 of 24
FULFILLING THE LAW, AND, RIGHTEOUSNESS
As we, in this message, seriously consider Him Who suffered such contradiction of sinners, bleeding in Gethsemane and on the cross ( Hebrews 12:1-5), we should KNOW the truth of Romans 3:19, and Galatians 2:21, “what things soever the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law: THAT EVERY MOUTH MAY BE STOPPED, and all the world become GUILTY before God”. “I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ has died in vain (for nothing).” With these statements we should read Romans 4:15 and Colossians 1:20; that the law worketh wrath, but that Christ made peace through the BLOOD of His cross.
So we read in Romans 8:3, “what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” The result: believing sinners freed from the law of sin and death; then the righteousness of the law could be fulfilled in believers who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4).
THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST
When Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John forbade. “And Jesus answering said unto him (John): suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matthew 3:13-15). In Matthew 5:17 these words were spoken by the Lord Jesus, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”
In Luke 12:50 we learn that when the LORD Jesus was thinking of the agony of Calvary He said, “I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished.” This ‘death’ baptism of God’s Son was part of the work which He had to finish. It was the principal part; for in the shadow of the cross He said, “For this cause came I unto this hour.” (John 12:27). Christ testified that He must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (John 3:14), “signifying what death He should die.” (John 12:33).
Christ’s death on the cross was His ‘baptism’. (Luke 12:50). Think on this.
Christ called the death of James, the brother of John, by Herod’s sword, James’ ‘baptism’. (Matthew 20:20-24, Acts 12:1-2). Later on Peter received his ‘martyr’ baptism. (John 21:18, and, 2 Peter 1:14). John was told that he would receive his ‘martyr’ baptism. (Matthew 20:23). However, James and Peter and John did not fulfill all righteousness when they received their ‘death’ baptism. They did become righteous when they were baptized BY the Holy Spirit INTO the death of Christ.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)