Friday, June 20, 2014

Review (Part 7 of 8)

Isaiah 44
24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
25 who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish...

As I wrap up the review, I appeal to The Word...

F.  Conclusions.

Finally, let us look again as we always should to our Savior Christ Jesus - "For from him and through him and to him are all things" (Rom. 11:36). 

1 Corinthians 15
39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45 Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the manof heaven.

This analogy the Apostle Paul makes, also in Romans 5, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, completely breaks down if what Walton says is true; so it cannot be. God cannot lie. This is the order that God has established. This is what God has done. It is what it is, and no other ancient texts can change it. It is truth, it is for our good, and God would have us accept it by faith. Adam was the representative of and for all his posterity. Jesus was the representative of and for all the elect. These are appointments of God. This is the economy of God. What God has joined together let no man put asunder. One was tempted in the garden, and succumbed. The Other was tempted in the wilderness, and succeeded. This is all about the glory of Christ, and our understanding of Him, His work, and all His facets! The sheep do not listen to the robbers of His glory. 

One of the wonders of it all is that Christ Jesus, the King of kings, would become flesh, become the last Adam, and dwell among us - among sinners like me - to deliver, to save, to redeem, to become sin for us, "...that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor. 5:21). Adam was our head, our representative. We were condemned and by nature children of wrath, dead in our sin, cursed by the law, and bruised by the fall. But now, we who have been born again have Christ Jesus our Lord in our stead! So let us then be steadfast! We have a new representative in the courts of God! To Him be glory forever and ever!!! Hallelujah!!!

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