ONE GOD ONE PEOPLE - AN INVALUABLE COMPENDIUM OF GOD'S SECRETS

Dedication

Preface

Introduction:"ONE GOD!! ONE PEOPLE!! "

  1. GOD, MAN, SPIRIT

  2. SIN, SALVATION AND PRAYER

  3. GOD'S PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE

  4. THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD

  5. WHY SHOULD THE LORD JESUS SUFFER AND DIE FOR SINNERS ?

  6. CHRISTIANS, END-TIME, MILLENNIUM, JUDGMENT, HELL AND KINGDOM OF GOD

  7. THE HOLY BIBLE AND TRUE WORSHIP

  8. REVELATION ABOUT ETERNAL LIGHT AND ETERNAL KINGDOM

  9. BESTOWAL OF DIVINE EXPERIENCE

  10. GOD'S MINISTERS OR SERVANTS

  11. FOODS, GREETINGS AND FESTIVALS

  12. BAPTISM AND LORD'S SUPPER OR HOLY COMMUNION

  13. THE LORD'S CHURCH

  14. CHRISTIANITY

  15. THE LAST DAY

  16. GOD IS WONDERFUL ! GOD IS TERRIBLE ! GOD'S FINAL CALL TO BE THE ONE PEOPLE !

A Prayer of Adoration

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THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD


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1. ATTRIBUTES

the LORD JESUS CHRIST alone is the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD who came into this world with divine qualities. HE is the peerless GOD.
Never before in the history of mankind and never since the advent of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, has there been such a manifestation and demonstration of divine attributes in any person as in our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Creator and Saviour and Redeemer of humanity.  The divine qualities present in HIM are in perfect measure and in contrast to the imperfect nature of human race as a whole.

Before we set our affection on being transformed into HIS likeness, let us meditate on some of these divine attributes so that we may realize how important it is to get a share of these qualities. If we request HIM earnestly and sincerely in prayer, HE will certainly grant us this blessing for HE has promised to "do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Ephesians 3:20.
The divine attributes (inherent characteristics) of the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD include holiness, truth, righteousness, mercy, patience, affection, love, humility, kindness, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness, reproof and justice. HE is also eternal, omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (All-powerful), and omnipresent (ever-present).

Holiness: Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the "HOLY ONE". Psalm 16:10. HE is the fountain of absolute holiness.

“...These things saith HE that is holy, HE that is true, HE that hath the key of David, HE that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” 
Revelation 3:7
HE wants us to be holy:

“But as HE which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct).”
I Peter 1:15

“...Without which (holiness) no man shall see the LORD.” 
Hebrews 12:14

Truth: Absolute truth shines gloriously only in and around our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

JESUS saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: ...”
St. John 14:6

HE was born to bring truth to the world. All who love truth are HIS followers.

“...To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth MY voice.”
St. John 18:37

HE is the ONLY ONE GOD, who is eternally truthful; HIS truthfulness is completely trustworthy. HIS truthfulness leads to freedom and justice. We are also commanded to be truthful.

“Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” 
Ephesians 4:25

Righteousness: This means uprightness before GOD. Totally righteous is our LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE is radiating absolute uprightness.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the FATHER,JESUS CHRIST the righteous.” 
I John 2:1

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore GOD, even thy GOD, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
  Hebrews 1:9

HE fulfilled all righteousness.

“And JESUS answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. ...”
St. Matthew 3:15

“But with righteousness shall HE judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and HE shall smite the earth with the rod of HIS mouth, and with the breath of HIS lips shall HE slay the wicked.”
Isaiah 11:4

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has covered us with the robe of righteousness.
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my GOD; for HE hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, HE hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, ...”
Isaiah 61:10

Mercy:  The Greek word ELEOS translated mercy in English means special and immediate regard to the misery, which is the consequence of sins. GOD's mercy is extended in full for the complete alleviation of the consequences of sin. Mercy is HIS benevolent pity for the misery brought about by our sin. HIS pitying love precedes HIS saving grace. Our LORD JESUS said:

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
St. Matthew 9:13

HE exhorts us to be merciful.

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”   
 St. Matthew 5:7

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against (triumphs over) judgment.”
James 2:13

Patience:  Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the LORD of patience and consolation. HE is infinitely patient; human patience pales into insignificance when compared with HIS longsuffering patience. HE was able to bear trials and tribulations without grumbling. GOD the FATHER is the author of patience and GOD the SON is the example of patience and GOD the Holy Spirit is the source of patience. How great is the quality of patience!

HE was oppressed, and HE was afflicted, yet HE opened not HIS mouth: HE is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so HE openeth not HIS mouth.”
Isaiah 53:7

Affection:  We find in the Holy Bible at least five kinds of affection, natural, paternal, maternal, fraternal and filial. The Holy Bible says,

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
Romans 12:10

This is the affection of CHRIST. The Holy Bible says,

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Colossians 3:2

To understand CHRIST-CENTERED affection we must meditate on St. Matthew 10:36-42.
Love:  Love in its purest form emanates only from our LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is the sacrificial love, which is inimitable and unimitated. It is beyond human reach and human understanding. This love is expressed in Galatians 2:20.

I am crucified with CHRIST: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but CHRIST liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of GOD, who loved me, and gave HIMSELF for me.”
Galatians 2:20

Love is an attribute of GOD and love is a description of HIS being. The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is the only epitome of divine love and the source of all true love. HIS love is unconditional; HIS love consistently seeks the highest good of all. GOD's love was clearly revealed at Calvary when our LORD JESUS CHRIST died for our sins. HE is the propitiation for our sins.

“...GOD is love.”
I John 4:8

“Hereby perceive we the love of GOD, because HE laid down HIS life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
I John 3:16

“Behold, what manner of love the FATHER hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of GOD: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew HIM not.”
I John 3:1
Because GOD loved us, we ought to love one another.

“Beloved, if GOD so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
I John 4:11

Because GOD laid down HIS most precious life for us, we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Humility:  Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the source of abject humility.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of ME; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” 
St. Matthew 11:29

“...GOD resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
James 4:6
We must be clothed with humility.

“...Be clothed with humility: for GOD resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of GOD, that HE may exalt you in due time.”
I Peter 5:5-6

We should walk with humility.

“I therefore, the prisoner of the LORD, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation (divine call) wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.”
Ephesians 4:1-2

We are warned against false humility in Colossians 2:18.

Kindness:  Kindness is mildness combined with tenderness. The kindness of our LORD JESUS CHRIST is total, absolute, abundant, extraordinary and never-failing.

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in CHRIST JESUS: That in the ages to come HE might shew the exceeding riches of HIS grace in HIS kindness toward us through CHRIST JESUS.” 
Ephesians 2:6-7

Kindness combines meekness and gentleness. We have already quoted St. Matthew 11:29. We have to possess this quality. The Holy Bible says,

“...Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
I Timothy 6:11

Compassion:  Pity or sympathy for the sufferings of others with a great desire to give help or show mercy is called compassion. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is very gracious and HE is filled with heartfelt compassion.

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and HIS tender mercies are over all HIS works.” 
Psalm 145:8-9

The compassion of our LORD JESUS is very great.

“But when HE (JESUS) saw the multitudes, HE was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted (were weary), and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
St. Matthew 9:36

As the LORD GOD is gracious and compassionate, HIS people must also be gracious and compassionate.

Faithfulness:  Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST's faithfulness is very great. Everyone must speak of HIS faithfulness, righteousness, holiness, salvation, loving kindness and truth.

“...Great is THY faithfulness.”
Lamentation 3:23

“I have not hid THY righteousness within my heart; I have declared THY faithfulness and THY salvation: I have not concealed THY loving kindness and THY truth from the great congregation.”
Psalm 40:10

Forgiveness:  On top of all these divine qualities is the crowning glory of our LORD's forgiveness. Our LORD is the embodiment of forgiveness.

“For thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. But thou, O LORD, art a GOD full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”
Psalm 86:5, 15

Forgiveness separates the sinner from his sin. Forgiveness implies blotting out, remission, pardon, remembering no more and healing.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly FATHER will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your FATHER forgive your trespasses.”
St. Matthew 6:12, 14-15

The basis of forgiveness is faith in our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

No man can forgive another if the forgiving Spirit of our LORD JESUS CHRIST is not reflected in him. Forgiving confirms our love towards others.

Reproof: Our LORD JESUS CHRIST reproves the world of its sins through the Holy Spirit in order to uphold justice and pronounce judgment. Those who despise the reproof cannot escape the punishment of eternal suffering in hell.

“And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, HE will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
 St. John 16:8

Justice:   Right and fair behaviour or treatment is called justice. The justice of GOD is consistent. The justice of GOD is legislative. The justice of GOD is distributive. The ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST has the authority and ability to establish justice.

“Justice and judgment (righteousness and justice) are the habitation (foundation) of THY throne: mercy and truth shall go before THY face.”
Psalm 89:14

The ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is faithful, upright and just and HIS judgment is just. Our LORD JESUS said,

MY judgment is just; ...”
St. John 5:30

Now, in our attempt to understand the greatness of the glory of this one and only true god, let us begin from the beginning from the birth of our lord and saviour. Incidentally, let us remember god the father himself addresses him as lord.  

 “And, Thou, LORD, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.”
Hebrews 1:10

HE was manifest in the flesh. HE came into this world, as the seed of the woman, by the word of HIS power.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD. And the Word was made flesh, ...”
St. John 1:1, 14

The birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST has been unique because of its perfect holiness. One can be born as a man, only from the womb of a woman. Therefore, the LORD JESUS CHRIST was born by HIMSELF (by the Holy Spirit) from the womb of Virgin Mary to save sinners. HE was born holy and sinless to save sinners. HIS name 'JESUS' means 'Saviour', who saves sinners from their sins. HIS name, 'CHRIST' means 'The Anointed ONE, Ordained by GOD'. The Hebrew word for 'CHRIST' is 'MESSIAS' or  'MESSIAH'. HIS name 'LORD' means  'Almighty, All-Powerful, The Most High, Creator of all things, Ruler of all things, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Infinitely Wise and Exceedingly Merciful GOD'. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the Only Saviour and the Only Redeemer of the world. 

“...And thou shalt call HIS name JESUS: for HE shall save HIS people from their sins.
St. Matthew 1:21

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that CHRIST JESUS came into the world to save sinners; ...”
I Timothy 1:15

“...For we have heard HIM ourselves, and know that this is indeed the CHRIST, the Saviour of the world.” 
St. John 4:42

“...GOD was their rock, and the high GOD their redeemer.” Psalm 78:35

 

2. PROPHETIC REVELATIONS

2.1 THE SEED OF THE WOMAN

GOD promised the Virgin birth of the SAVIOUR at the time of the fall of mankind. in the garden of Eden, soon after Adam and Eve were deceived by the crafty Satan (the serpent), our LORD GOD said to Satan,

“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.
Genesis 3:15

‘ It ’ means ‘the seed, the offspring’. It denotes the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST.

While HE was being nailed on the cross or while HIS heel was nailed on the cross, the head of Satan, the devil was crushed by HIM.  And while the cross of JESUS with HIM was forcefully planted into a pit, HE was poured out like water and all HIS bones were out of joint and HIS heart was like wax and it was melted in the midst of HIS bowels (Psalm 22:14). At that time, HE again crushed the head of Satan.

The miracle of the Virgin birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST was prophesied by Isaiah. HIS Virgin birth signifies HIS divine holiness. The following prophetic verses clearly reveal the Virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST.

“Therefore the LORD HIMSELF shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call HIS name Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14

‘IMMANUEL’ or ‘EMMANUEL’ means ‘GOD with us’. Emmanuel implies GOD in the person of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was born with a sinless nature, so that we might have a SAVIOUR who could truly save and redeem us from sin on the cross of Calvary.
Thus our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came into this world as the seed of the woman to save and redeem the whole world. He came into this world to dwell among HIS own people. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!

“...I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, ...” 
Isaiah 49:26

Salvation or redemption of one's soul would be impossible without a virgin born SAVIOUR or REDEEMER. The Virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST explains the divine and human natures, present in HIM.

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a SON is given: and the government shall be upon HIS shoulder: and HIS name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty GOD, The everlasting FATHER, The Prince of Peace.”  
Isaiah 9:6

This prophecy clearly reveals that our LORD JESUS CHRIST was fully man and fully GOD, when HE was on the earth. Here this prophecy is about these two natures of JESUS CHRIST-the human one to be 'born' and the Divinity to be 'given', because JESUS CHRIST as GOD was eternal and could not be 'born'.

The miracle of the Virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST was proclaimed directly in St. Matthew 1:18-25 and in St. Luke 2:4-7. Mary and Joseph were betrothed and she was found to be conceived by the HOLY SPIRIT. The LORD encouraged Joseph to marry Mary, to protect her from the law relating to adultery (Leviticus 20:10). The Holy Bible says that Joseph did not know her till she had brought forth her first-born (St. Matthew 1:25).

The miracle of the Virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST was professed by St. Paul. While describing the Virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST, St. Paul wrote,

“But when the fulness of the time was come, GOD sent forth HIS SON, made of a woman, …” 
Galatians 4:4

In this verse St. Paul used the Greek word GENOMENON to denote JESUS CHRIST coming from a woman. He used the same Greek verb in Romans 1:3 and Philippians 2:7 to denote the acceptance of the Virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST. In contrast, St. Paul used the Greek word GEGENNETAL in Galatians 4:23 to denote the birth of Ishmael, associating his birth with the husband. The interpretation of I Corinthians 15:45-48 also shows that Adam and CHRIST came miraculously by the work of GOD. Adam was of the earth, earthy. CHRIST was the LORD from heaven, heavenly. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!

The Virgin birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST is recorded as a historical fact in the Holy Bible. The Virgin birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST is GOD taking on HIMSELF manhood. Mary and Joseph accepted the offer to bring forth the sinless and holy baby, namely EMMANUEL-GOD with us (St. Luke 1:26-35; St. Matthew 1:18-25).

Our LORD JESUS always claimed that GOD was HIS FATHER. JESUS CHRIST accepted the fact that HE was 'CHRIST the SON of the Blessed' (St. Mark 14:61-62). HE also accepted the fact that HE was the SON OF GOD or GOD the SON (St. Luke 22:70). HE never claimed Joseph as HIS FATHER (St. Luke 2:48-49; St. John 2:16; 5:17- 47; 6:32-40; 8:42).

Our LORD JESUS fully knew the fact that since HIS mother Virgin Mary was from David's family, HE became David's son as a MAN and HE was David's LORD as GOD (St. Matthew 22:42-46). JESUS never gave a special place for HIS mother and brothers but contrasted them with HIS disciples who did HIS will (St. Matthew 12:46-50). JESUS talked directly to HIS mother on two occasions (St. John 2:3-4; 19:26). On both occasions JESUS did not assign a special position for Mary but called her as 'woman'.

Our LORD JESUS also claimed that HE was the SON OF MAN and HE had the power to forgive sins (St. Mark 2:10).

Our LORD JESUS taught that HE came from GOD (St. John 8:42; 16:27).

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST expressed HIS self-identification with GOD the FATHER by HIS 'I AM' statements (Exodus 3:14; St. John 4:26; 6:35; 8:12; 10:7; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1).

GOD's proclamation: GOD the FATHER attested GOD the SON, the LORD JESUS CHRIST thrice (St. Matthew 3:16-17; 17:1-5; St. John 12:27-29).

St. John wrote that the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us (St. John 1:1-3, 14, 18).
“In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. The same (HE) was in the beginning with GOD. All things were made by HIM; and without HIM was not any thing made that was made. And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the FATHER, full of grace and truth. No man hath seen GOD at any time; the only begotten SON, which is in the bosom of the FATHER, HE hath declared HIM.” 
St. John 1:1-3, 14, 18

Again he wrote that GOD has sent HIS only begotten SON into the world that we might live through HIM (I John 4:9; St. John 3:16). While writing about false prophets, he wrote that they deny, "JESUS CHRIST has come in the flesh" (I John 4:1-3). Again, while writing about the deceivers, he wrote that they would not confess that JESUS CHRIST is come in the flesh (II John 7-10).

St. Peter confessed that CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD (St. Matthew 16:16). He wrote, "JESUS CHRIST verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times" (I Peter 1:20). Again, he wrote that JESUS CHRIST was put to death in the flesh for our sin (I Peter 3:18). Also he wrote that JESUS CHRIST suffered for us in the flesh (I Peter 4:1). 

St. Paul wrote that: The mystery of godliness is "GOD was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16). GOD sent HIS own SON in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin and HE condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is in the form of GOD. But HE took the form of a servant and came in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:6-8). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the MAN is the Mediator between GOD and man (I Timothy 2:5). In our LORD JESUS CHRIST dwells all the fullness of the GODHEAD bodily (Colossians 1:19; 2:9). GOD sent forth HIS SON, born of a woman (Galatians 4:4) to redeem us. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST came "according to the flesh, who is over all, the eternally blessed GOD. Amen" (Romans 9:5). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST had reconciled us in the body of HIS flesh through death (Ephesians 2:15-16). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the image of the invisible GOD (Colossians 1:15; II Corinthians 4:4).

In the Holy Bible we see, GOD had prepared a body (a most holy body) for our LORD JESUS CHRIST (Hebrews 10:5). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST partook 'the flesh and blood' to destroy Satan, the devil (Hebrews 2:14). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is 'the brightness of HIS (GOD's) glory and the express image of HIS person' (Hebrews 1:3).

In HIS deity, our LORD JESUS CHRIST was GOD. In HIS humanity, our LORD JESUS CHRIST became MAN. In HIS humility, our LORD JESUS CHRIST humbled HIMSELF even to the death on the cross and now exalted (Philippians 2:5-9).

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was 'in the form of GOD' and was 'equal with GOD' and was 'GOD'. But HE emptied HIMSELF and came into this world in the likeness of men and HE even humbled HIMSELF to take up the death on the cross. This is the supreme sacrifice of our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

When our LORD JESUS CHRIST lived on this earth as a MAN, HIS deity was not reduced or abandoned but present fully in HIM. HE exercised the divine functions. But to save mankind, HE emptied HIMSELF of HIS glory (Philippians 2:7; St. John 17:5) and became poor (II Corinthians 8:9).

When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in this world as a MAN, HE acquired Manhood without losing HIS deity. HE began to live a fully human life. HE took on HIMSELF the human body, the holy human body. HIS Manhood was complete (I timothy 2:5; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 2:14, 17). HIS divine nature also was complete (Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 45:6). Hence HE is called as GOD-MAN.

By HIS Virgin birth, our LORD JESUS CHRIST slaughtered Satan, the devil (Hebrews 2:14). Hence, Satan, the devil is the defeated foe and so there is no need for believers to be afraid of him. He only needs to be resisted (James 4:7). By HIS Virgin birth, our LORD JESUS CHRIST gives salvation from the fear of death. So, there is no need for believers to be afraid of death (I Corinthians 15:54-55). By HIS virgin birth, our LORD JESUS CHRIST gives solution to the problem of sin. The Holy Bible says that JESUS CHRIST is the propitiation for our sin by HIS blood (Romans 3:25). By HIS Virgin birth, our LORD JESUS CHRIST is our source of help in temptation. Hence let us not get discouraged when we are tempted. HE is faithful to help us in our temptations (Hebrews 2:18). Praise The LORD! Alleluia! 

2.2 THE FIRST COMING

the First Coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD had been foretold by HIS prophets many centuries in advance, the events about HIS sacred birth, about HIS mighty works and wondrous works HE would perform in this world, about HIS sufferings and death, about how HE would be laid in the grave and also about how HE would resurrect HIMSELF on the third day and many other things. Some important prophetic verses about HIM are given below:

“...There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre (Scepter) shall rise out of Israel, ...” Numbers 24:17

“...Thy throne, O GOD, is for ever and ever: a sceptre (scepter) of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore GOD, even thy GOD, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, LORD, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”
Hebrews 1:8-12

“And leaving Nazareth, HE came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”

St. Matthew 4:13-16

“But though HE had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on HIM: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, LORD, who hath believed

our report? and to whom hath the arm of the
LORD been revealed?”
St. John 12:37-38

HE was oppressed, and HE was afflicted, yet HE opened not HIS mouth: HE is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so HE openeth not HIS mouth.”
Isaiah 53:7

“And with HIM they crucify two thieves; the one on HIS right hand, and the other on HIS left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And HE was numbered with the transgressors.”
St. Mark 15:27-28

“All they that see ME laugh ME to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, HE trusted on the LORD that HE would deliver HIM: let HIM deliver HIM, seeing HE delighted in HIM.”
Psalm 22:7-8

“For even CHRIST pleased not HIMSELF; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on ME.”
Romans 15:3

“And he (they) made HIS grave with the wicked, and with the rich in HIS death; because HE had done no violence, neither was any deceit in HIS mouth.”
Isaiah 53:9

“...That CHRIST died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that HE was buried, and that HE rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
I Corinthians 15:3-4

The fall and sinfulness of mankind and the faithfulness, grace, righteousness, and love of GOD necessitated the First Coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 
Due to the fall and sinfulness of mankind, they cannot save or redeem themselves. One sinful man could not save or redeem the other from his/her sinfulness.

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to GOD a ransom for him.”  
Psalm 49:7

Hence, there arose a need for GOD to save or redeem mankind. Man needs an external and internal and supernatural help for his redemption or salvation. Now, GOD could not redeem man if HE is GOD. But HE can redeem man only when HE becomes man. So, GOD became a sinless Man by clothing HIMSELF with human flesh. HE did not inherit the fallen sinful nature because of HIS Virgin birth.
Thus, GOD became a sinless GOD-MAN (JESUS CHRIST) to take away our sin. GOD's faithfulness and love is manifested when HE made sinless JESUS CHRIST to be sin for us.

“…HE was manifested to take away our sins; and in HIM is no sin.”   
I John 3:5

“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.”   
II Corinthians 5:21

JESUS CHRIST is GOD-MAN: 100% divine and 100% human.

“For there is one GOD, ... the Man CHRIST JESUS.”  
I Timothy 2:5
 
JESUS CHRIST came according to the flesh who is over all, the eternally blessed GOD (Romans 9:5; St. John 1:14).

“...GOD was manifest in the flesh, ...”  
I Timothy 3:16
 
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST appeared only in the human form and not in various forms to save us from sin. The birth of JESUS CHRIST took place only once in the history. HE came into this world in 4 B.C. in Bethlehem. HE has appeared once for all. HE came to this world to save the wicked and not to destroy them; HE did not come to destroy the wicked but to preserve the righteous.

“For the SON OF MAN (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. …” 
St. Luke 9:56

Now, we think about the Virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST and thank HIM for the salvation that is made available to us freely, due to HIS birth. The reason behind the First Coming of JESUS CHRIST is the faithfulness and love of GOD. The result of the First Coming of JESUS CHRIST is the availability of eternal life as a gift for the mortal man. The requirement to appropriate the First Coming of JESUS CHRIST is the belief that JESUS saves sinners. St. John 3:16 deals with these facts about the First Coming of JESUS CHRIST.

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF had come as a man to rescue and redeem not only the Jews or the Israelites or the Hebrews but the entire mankind. The main emphasis should be on, whoever believes in HIM is delivered from the clutches of sin. HIS terrible death on the cross wipes away completely all the guilt feelings; HIS resurrection

offers us strength and eternal life. Thus HIS First Coming becomes the most important event in the history of the world. 

2.3 CHRISTMAS

Christmas brings out the eternal significance of the 'GOD-become-MAN' or the 'sinless
GOD-MAN', the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

but thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall HE come forth unto ME that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” 
Micah 5:2

According to the prophecy of Micah, our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST would be born in Bethlehem. The Birthday of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD is Christmas. The Christmas or the Christmas Day is celebrated throughout

the world as a very great and special event. It is a festival of great happiness. No other event in this world is celebrated so sincerely, so specially and so merrily as Christmas is. There is no celebration like this for anyone else. This has been universally accepted.

The true spirit of Christmas is one of great joy and happiness. For Christians it is a special time of worship in the church. Many non-Christians also celebrate Christmas.

Christmas is celebrated on 25 December, the date of CHRIST’s birth. Christmas season is the period that includes Christmas Day and several days before and after it. Christmassy means Christmas with a lot of Christmas decorations, etc. Christmas box is a small gift given at Christmas. Christmas cake is a richly decorated fruit cake eaten at Christmas. Christmas card is a greeting card sent to friends and relatives at Christmas. Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas, 24 December, the evening of this day. Christmas pudding is a rich sweet pudding made with dried fruit and eaten at Christmas. Christmas Carol means Christian religious songs sung at Christmas in a very cheerful way in houses, churches and public places. Christmas tree is an evergreen or artificial tree decorated with lights, colour paper, etc., in peoples' home or in churches or in public places at Christmas. But placing a baby doll or mother and child dolls or pictures as part of the decoration is prohibited, as this amounts to idol worship. Christmas is a very happy occasion to all. Christmas is a time for merriment and rejoicing to all. The season from Christmas Eve (December 24) until Epiphany (January 6) is called  'Christmastide' or 'Yuletide'.

It has now been about 2009 years since our LORD JESUS CHRIST came into this world of ours. The different periods of the history of the world are based on the date of HIS holy birth. The history of the world is divided into two as B.C. and A.D. based only on the year of the birth of our  LORD JESUS CHRIST. This fact confirms the birth of JESUS CHRIST in this world. The present year is 2007 A.D.  B.C. means Before CHRIST. A.D. means Anno Domini. It means in the year of our LORD.

The Virgin birth of JESUS gives great joy to all people of the world. HIS Virgin birth creates great praise among the angels. HIS Virgin birth gives great glory to GOD in the highest. GOD in the highest is the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. Due to HIS Virgin birth, GOD's peace and good will are extended to all people of the world. HIS human life that began in a manger signifies HIS despised state and lowest estate and smallness in lowliness and poverty. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!

“And the angel said unto them (the shepherds), Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David (Bethlehem) a Saviour, which is CHRIST the LORD. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising GOD, and saying, Glory to GOD in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
St. Luke 2:10-14

Historically, Christmas (December 25) is considered to be the day of the Feast of the Dedication during winter (St. John 10:22), known as Hanukkah or Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights-the day on which the altar and the temple at Jerusalem were cleansed and restored by Judas Maccabeus, a strong man of Judah in 165 B.C., after their desecration and defilement by Antiochus Epiphanes, the king of Syria, three years earlier. This sacred feast began on December 25 and lasted eight consecutive days of rejoicing to celebrate the great achievement of the cleansing and restoration of the altar and the temple. Jewish tradition records that the oil lamps that were lit as part of this celebration had only one day's supply of oil, but miraculously burned for eight days. This annual feast was marked by the lighting of candles and the waving of the palm branches and the chanting of the Hallel (Psalms 113-118). Since this feast was intended as a time of great rejoicing, all fasting and public mourning were prohibited. Now, Christmas is also intended as a time of great rejoicing to all people (St. Luke 2:10-14).    
                  
On the Festival of Lights, the FATHER of lights (James 1:17)-our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, the Light of the World and our Light of Life (St. John 8:12) was born. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!

2.4 WHAT THE LORD JESUS GAVE UP

the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up the following things for the benefit of mankind and come into the world to save mankind.

1.       The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own kingdom, the kingdom of GOD or  the kingdom of heaven.
HE that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: ...”
Psalm 2:4

2.        The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own throne.
“...The LORD’s throne is in heaven: ...”
Psalm 11:4
   
3.       The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own crowns.
HIS eyes were as a flame of fire, and on HIS head were many crowns; and HE had a name written, that no man knew, but HE HIMSELF.”
Revelation 19:12

4.       The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own dominion over HIS own kingdom.

“The LORD is King for ever and ever: ...”
Psalm 10:16

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.”
Psalm 145:13

5.         The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own powers and authorities.
“And JESUS came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto ME in heaven and in earth.”
St. Matthew 28:18

6.       The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own majesty on the most high.
“Who being the brightness of HIS glory, and the express image of HIS person, and upholding all things by the word of HIS power, when HE had by HIMSELF purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” 
Hebrews 1:3

7.         The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own reputation.
“Who, being in the form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be equal with GOD: But made HIMSELF of no reputation, and took upon HIM the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” 
Philippians 2:6-8
    
8.       The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own greatness and honour.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my GOD, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.” 
Psalm 104:1
    
9.      The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own riches and HE was born in a cowshed.
“For ye know the grace of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that, though HE was rich, yet for your sakes HE became poor, that ye through HIS poverty might be rich.”                             
II Corinthians 8:9
  
10.   The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own eternal house, not built by hands but by GOD.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of GOD, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
II Corinthians 5:1
  
11.     The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own glorious garment.
“Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: ...”
Psalm 104:2

12.     The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own beauty and comeliness.
Thou art fairer than the children of men: ...” 
Psalm 45:2
“For how great is HIS goodness, and how great is HIS beauty! ...”
Zechariah 9:17
“...HE hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see HIM, there is no beauty that we should desire HIM.”
Isaiah 53:2
               
13.     The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own comfort and ease.
“But HE was wounded for our transgressions, HE was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon HIM; and with HIS stripes we are healed.” 
Isaiah 53:5
  
14.                       The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own delight and joy.
“Then I was by HIM, as one brought up with HIM: and I was daily HIS delight, rejoicing always before HIM.” 
Proverbs 8:30
HE is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from HIM; HE was despised, and we esteemed HIM not. Surely HE hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem HIM stricken, smitten of GOD, and afflicted.”
Isaiah 53:3-4
  
15.      The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has given up HIS own glorious heavenly body and come with a fleshly body.
“...GOD was manifest in the flesh, ...”
I Timothy 3:16 

HE came into the world with the name 'EMMANUEL'. ‘EMMANUEL’ means 'GOD with us'. Thus the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came into the world to be with HIS people.

2.5 REASONS FOR COMING INTO THE WORLD

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST gave up the above things and came into the world to destroy sin and the sinful works initiated by Satan, the devil (I John 3:8). Through HIS divine birth, we receive the divine life in CHRIST (I John 5:11-12), the divine fellowship in CHRIST (I John 1:3-7), the divine light of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (I John 1:5-7), the anointing of the divine HOLY SPIRIT (I John 2:20), the divine abiding in CHRIST (I John 3:24), the divine will of GOD (I John 2:17), the divine righteousness and the divine holiness (Ephesians 4:24), the divine love of GOD (I John 4:8; St. John 3:1617), the divine living according to the divine truth (I John 1:6) and the divine glory of GOD (Romans 3:23). Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came into the world to give the following blessings also to mankind.

  1. To give to mankind the kingdom of GOD, prepared for them (St. Matthew 25:34).

  2. To give to mankind a share in HIS throne.

    " To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with ME in MY throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with MY FATHER in HIS throne." Revelation 3:21

  3. To give the crown of eternal life to mankind, in the kingdom of GOD. This crown of glory will never fade away; it is the crown of life; it is the crown of righteousness. See I Peter 5:4; James 1:12; II Timothy 4:8.

  4. To give the reign and authority to mankind, in the kingdom of GOD.

    " If we suffer, we shall also reign with HIM: if we deny HIM, HE also will deny us." II Timothy 2:12

  5. To give the dominion over the rest of creation to mankind, that had lost it.
    " THOU madest him to have dominion over the works of THY hands; THOU hast put all things under his feet." Psalm 8:6

  6. To give the glory to mankind, that had lost it.
    " And the glory which THOU gavest ME I have given them; ..." St. John 17:22

  7. To give back the richness of GOD to mankind, that had lost it. (II Corinthians 8:9).

  8. To give the comeliness and beauty of GOD's image to mankind who had lost their comeliness and beauty (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 45:2; Isaiah 53:2).

  9. To give back the honour to mankind, that was lost.
    " For THOU hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour." Psalm 8:5

  10. To give abundant joy to all people of the world (St. Luke 2:1011).

  11. To give comfort, health and peace to mankind, that had lost their comfort, health and peace (Isaiah 53:5;St. John 14:27). God the FATHER is the GOD of All Comfort (II Corinthians 1:3). Our Comfort (consolation) also abounds by CHRIST, GOD the SON (II Corinthians 1:5). GOD the HOLY SPIRIT is also our Comforter (St.John 14:26). So, the Holy Triune GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST always gives us HIS comfort.

  12. To give the highest position and authority to mankind, that lost their high position and became wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
    " I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High." Psalm 82:6

    " Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Revelation 3:17

  13. To give a complete revelation of GOD the FATHER (St. John 1:14-18; 10:30; 14:9).

  14. To fulfil the Law and prophecies (St. Matthew 5:17; St. Luke 24:44; I Peter 1:10-12).

  15. To die for our sins and bring us back to GOD (I Peter 3:18).

  16. To reconcile and make peace with GOD (II Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 2:15-16; Colossians 1:19-20).

  17. To become our High Priest (Hebrews 7:24-28).

  18. To become our example (Philippians 2:4-8; I Peter 2:21-23).

  19. To do GOD's will (Hebrews 10:5-9).

  20. To redeem us and adopt as sons (Galatians 4:4-5).

  21. To make us complete (Colossians 1:9-11).

  22. To give HIMSELF as ransom for all (I Timothy 2:5-6).

  23. To redeem us from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15).

  24. To deliver us from the power of the flesh (Romans 8:1-4).

  25. To believe that JESUS is the CHRIST, the SON OF GOD and by believing we may have eternal life through HIS name (I John 5:20; St. John 3:16; 20:31).

  26. To show GOD's love for mankind (St. John 3:16; I John 3:16).

  27. To demonstrate GOD's righteousness, holiness and grace (Romans 3:21; Hebrews 7:26; Psalm 86:5).

  28. To destroy Satan, the devil (Hebrews 2:14-15).

  29. To make propitiation for our sins (Hebrews 2:14, 17; 9:26; Romans 3:25; I John 2:2; 3:5; 4:10).

  30. To help us when we are tempted (Hebrews 2:14, 18).

  31. To bring into effect the new covenant (St. Matthew 26:26-28; Hebrews 13:20).

  32. To enable us to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy (Hebrews 4:15-16).
  33. To become our Mediator (I Timothy 2:5).

  34. To become our Advocate (I John 2:1).

  35. To die as a substitute for us, the sinners (Romans 5:8; I Peter 3:18).

  36. To bring us to, or give us access to GOD, by opening the new and living way to GOD through the veil, that is, HIS flesh (I Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10:19-20).

  37. To show GOD's faithfulness for mankind (Lamentations 3:23; I John 1:9; I Peter 4:19; II Timothy 2:13).

  38. To be with us to reveal HIS divinity (Isaiah 7:14; St. Matthew 1:23; 3:16-17; 17:1-8; St. John 8:46).

  39. To be a GOD-MAN to save us (Isaiah 9:6; St. Matthew 1:21).

  40. To reveal HIS ministry (St. Matthew 20:28).

  41. To be an example to GOD's ministers (St. Matthew 19:10-12; St. Mark 10:28-30; St. Luke 14:26-27, 33).

  42. To preach the gospel of the kingdom, the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of GOD. That is, to preach the gospel of GOD's salvation (St. Matthew 4:23; Psalm 96:2).

  43. To heal the sick by taking up our infirmities and bearing our sicknesses (St. Matthew 8:1-17).

  44. To reveal the terrible dangers of sin (St. Matthew 12:36-37; St. Mark 7:20-23; St. John 5:14; 8:11).

  45. To reveal the preciousness of our soul (St. Mark 8:36-37).

  46. To reveal the importance of repentance from sins (St. Matthew 4:17; St. Luke 15:7, 10).

  47. To reveal the importance of forgiveness of sins and salvation from sins (St. Luke 7:47-50).

  48. To teach us to ask for the HOLY SPIRIT and to receive the HOLY SPIRIT (St. Luke 11:9-13).

  49. To call us to HIS kingdom, the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven (St. Matthew 6:33; St. Mark 1:15).

  50. To teach us to do the will of GOD and to teach us to be born-again (converted) as a newborn child, characterized by all spiritual fruits to enter into HIS kingdom, the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven (St. Matthew 7:21; 18:3; St. John 3:3, 5).

  51. To depict HIS kingdom, the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven (St. Matthew 13:43-50; St. Luke 13:28-29).

  52. To depict HIS Secret Coming to catch up with HIM, HIS glorious church of the saints (St. Matthew 25:1-13; St. Luke 17:3436).

  53. To depict HIS terrible Second Coming (St. Matthew 16:27; 24:30-31; 25:31).

  54. To depict HIS terrible judgment to sinners (St. Matthew 25:3146).

  55. To bring a division between GOD's people and Satan's people. The saved (GOD's people) will be separated from the unsaved (Satan's people) and the unsaved will be separated from the saved (St. Luke 12:51-53).

  56. To depict the most horrible hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur to sinners (St. Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:41, 46; St. Mark 9:43-48; St. Luke 16:23-24).
The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to seek and to save what was lost.

" For the SON OF MAN (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) is come to seek and to save that which was lost." St. Luke 19:10

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to call sinners to repentance.

" I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." St. Luke 5:32

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to save sinners. HE came to the world to redeem sinners. HE has power (authority) to forgive sins.

" ...CHRIST JESUS came into the world to save sinners; ..." I Timothy 1:15

" ...I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, ..." Isaiah 49:26

" But that ye may know that the SON OF MAN (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) hath power on earth to forgive sins," St. Mark 2:10

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to give full life (eternal life) to all people of the world.

" ...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." St. John 10:10

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears HIS voice (St. John 18:37).

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to sanctify us through HIS truth. HE came to the world to make us holy through HIS truth. HE came to the world to set us apart for HIS sacred purposes through HIS truth.

" Sanctify them through THY truth: THY Word is truth." St. John 17:17

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST did not come to the world to be served, but to serve, and to give HIS life a ransom for sinners of the world. HE came to the world to set an example for the servants of GOD in word, in conduct, in love, in Spirit, in faith, in purity, in righteousness, in decency, in orderliness, in good works, in truthfulness, in faithfulness, in reproof, etc.

" Even as the SON OF MAN (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give HIS life a ransom for many." St. Matthew 20:28

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to cleanse and wash us from all sin.

" ...The blood of JESUS CHRIST HIS SON cleanseth us from all sin." I John 1:7

" ...Ye are washed, ... in the name of the LORD JESUS, and by the Spirit of our GOD." I Corinthians 6:11

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to purchase (acquire) HIS holy church. This church is the congregation of the saved.

" ...The church of GOD, which HE hath purchased with HIS own blood." Acts 20:28

" ...And the LORD added to the church daily such as should be saved (those who were being saved)." Acts 2:47

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to baptize HIS people with the HOLY SPIRIT or the Spirit of Fire. HE came to the world to anoint HIS people with the HOLY SPIRIT or the Spirit of Fire.

" ...HE shall baptize you with the HOLY GHOST (the HOLY SPIRIT) and with fire." St. Luke 3:16

" But the anointing which ye have received of HIM abideth in you, ..." I John 2:27

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to the world to send the HOLY SPIRIT or the Spirit of Fire. HE came to the world for the great and wonderful works of the HOLY SPIRIT throughout the world, like a fire burning with great and high flames.

" I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened (distressed) till it be accomplished!" St. Luke 12:49-50

By saying What will I? Our LORD JESUS is exclaiming, 'How I wish it were already kindled!' 'A baptism to be baptized with' refers to HIS horrible death on the cross at Calvary.

Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came to bring peace upon the whole world. HE came to give HIS peace.

" Peace I leave with you, MY peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." St. John 14:27

3. SELF REVELATIONS
3.1 JESUS IS GOD, THE FATHER

jesus opened HIS most holy mouth and said to the Jews,   

“...Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM HE, ye shall die in your sins.”
St. John 8:23-24

Then the Jews asked JESUS,

 “...Who art thou? (Who are you?)”
St. John 8:25

And JESUS said to the Jews,

“...Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.”
St. John 8:25

But, the Jews could not understand HIS reply.

“They understood not that HE spake (spoke) to them of the FATHER.”
St. John 8:27

The LORD JESUS CHRIST is GOD the FATHER. But the Jews did not understand that HE is GOD the FATHER; and they did not believe in JESUS, since they were of this world and their spiritual preparation was inadequate.

3.2 GOOD SHEPHERD

jesus opened HIS most holy mouth and said to the Jews,
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the FATHER knoweth ME, even so know I the FATHER: and I lay down MY life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear MY voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
St. John 10:11-16

‘Hireling’ means ‘hired man’. The other sheep are the Gentiles.

A hireling will flee in time of personal danger, since he is working for money. He is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. He loves not the sheep and he cares nothing for the sheep.
"The LORD is my shepherd; ..." Psalm 23:1 reveals that JESUS CHRIST, The Good Shepherd is the LORD GOD. HE laid down HIS most glorious life for us (for the sheep), on the cross at Calvary.

3.3 DOOR

jesus opened HIS most holy mouth and said to the Jews,

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by ME if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
St. John 10:7, 9-10

‘But’ means ‘except’.

Door is the one who stands in the opening of the fold (fenced-in area). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST stands always in the opening of the fold for the protection of HIS sheep.

3.4 BREAD OF LIFE

jesus opened HIS most holy mouth and said to the Jews,

“I am the bread of life: he that cometh to ME shall never hunger; and he that believeth on ME shall never thirst. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on ME hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is MY flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
St. John 6:35, 47-51

“I am the bread of life” means the bread that gives eternal life to HIS people.

3.5 TRUE VINE

jesus opened HIS most holy mouth and said to the Jews,

“I am the bread of life: he that cometh to ME shall never hunger; and he that believeth on ME shall never thirst. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on ME hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is MY flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
St. John 6:35, 47-51

“I am the bread of life” means the bread that gives eternal life to HIS people.

3.6 RESURRECTION AND LIFE

A man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany. Mary and Martha were his sisters. His sisters sent word to JESUS,

LORD, behold, he whom THOU lovest is sick.” 
St. John 11:3

when JESUS heard that Lazarus was sick, HE stayed where HE was two more days. Then HE went and performed one of HIS greatest miracles-resurrection. Lazarus was raised from the dead after four days of his death.

Before going to Bethany, JESUS said to HIS disciples plainly,

“Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.”
St. John 11:14-15 

When JESUS and HIS disciples came to Bethany, they found that Lazarus had already been dead and been in the tomb for four days.  Martha, the sister of Lazarus said to JESUS,

LORD, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not (would not have) died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of GOD, GOD will give it thee.”
St. John 11:21-22

Then JESUS said to Martha,

“Thy brother shall rise again.”
St. John 11:23

Martha answered,

“I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  
St. John 11:24

JESUS said to Martha,

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in ME, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in ME shall never die. Believest thou this?”
St. John 11:25-26

JESUS is the resurrection and the life. HE conveys HIS eternal life to HIS believers so that death will never triumph over them (I Corinthians 15:54-57).
Martha told HIM,

“Yea, LORD: I believe that thou art the CHRIST, the Son of GOD, which should come into the world.”
St. John 11:27

Then Mary, another sister of Lazarus came to JESUS and fell down at HIS feet and said,
“LORD, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not (would not have) died.”
St. John 11:32

Many Jews who had come to comfort Mary and Martha were there. JESUS groaned in the spirit and was troubled and asked,

“Where have ye laid him?”
St. John 11:34

They replied,

LORD, come and see.”
St. John 11:34

JESUS wept and HE again groaned in HIMSELF and came to the grave (tomb). It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.

JESUS said,

“Take ye away the stone.”
St. John 11:39

Martha said to JESUS,
LORD, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”
St. John 11:39

‘Stink’ means ‘have a very unpleasant and offensive smell (very bad odour)’.

Then JESUS said to Martha,

“Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of GOD?” St. John 11:40

Then they took away the stone. Then JESUS lifted up HIS eyes and said,
FATHER, I thank thee that thou hast heard ME. And I knew that thou hearest ME always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent ME.”
St. John 11:41-42

And when HE said this, JESUS cried with a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come forth (come out).”
St. John 11:43

The dead man came out; his hands and feet were wrapped with grave-clothes and his face was wrapped with a napkin.
JESUS said to them,

“Loose him, and let him go.”
St. John 11:44

They loosed him and he went with HIM. Then many of the Jews who had seen what JESUS did, put their faith in HIM. See St. John 11:1-45.

3.7 THE WAY AND THE TRUTH

When HE was in this world, our LORD JESUS CHRIST said,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: ...”
St. John 14:6

HE clearly reveals HIMSELF as the sinless holy GOD who alone can forgive sins; the holy GOD and Saviour who alone can save people from sins; and that no one can go to heaven without HIM. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the only way to go to heaven; HE is the truth to go to heaven; HE is the life to go to heaven. Christianity is also called "the Way" or "the Way of CHRIST" and "the Truth" or "the Truth of CHRIST" and "the Life" or "the eternal Life of CHRIST".

When HE was in the world HE asked with a perfectly pure conscience,
“Which of you convinceth (convicts) ME of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe ME?”
St. John 8:46

 
3.8 LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the light of the world. he is the ever-bright and ever-glowing light, shining in the darkness (St. John 1:4-5). HE offers the gift of life.

Then spake JESUS again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth ME shall not walk in darkness (sin), but shall have the light of life.”
St. John 8:12

3.9 MASTER FROM HEAVEN

Our LORD Jesus CHRIST is the only Master. HE is the Master from heaven. HE is our heavenly Master.

“Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even CHRIST.”
St. Matthew 23:10

“The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord (master).”
St. Matthew 10:24

3.10 MODEL OF GOD'S SERVANTS

When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in this world, HE also revealed that HE was the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD and HE was the omnipotent and omnipresent and omniscient GOD and the all wise and the most high GOD. 

HE suffered hunger and thirst for humanity. HE bore great sufferings in HIS own body for humanity. HE was a GOD of great sacrifice. HE observed fastings and suffered difficulties and afflictions. HE adopted a strict celibate lifestyle. He lived as a divine sage and hermit. HE grew beard as the symbol of a hermit. HE had twelve disciples. They also were hermits and sages and served the LORD. HE came into this world as the Saviour of sinners and as a model for GOD's servants. HE worked also as a model of GOD's servants. Following HIS model, HIS servants too serve GOD as dedicated hermits.

“Even as the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give HIS life a ransom for many.”
St. Matthew 20:28

 “I gave MY back to the smiters, and MY cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not MY face from shame and spitting.”
Isaiah 50:6

4.GLORIOUS LIFE IN THIS WORLD
4.1 DIVINE HUMILITY AT BIRTH

the Jews or the Israelites expected the LORD to be born in their community, in the palace of kings. They expected HIM to be their worldly king. Therefore, many Jews had not understood the words of the LORD, spoken many centuries in advance, through HIS prophets that the LORD would be born in Bethlehem. See Micah 5:2.
The LORD JESUS CHRIST was born in acute poverty in a cowshed and without a place to lay HIS head. HE was wrapped in rags and laid in the manger.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped HIM in swaddling clothes, and laid HIM in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” 
St. Luke 2:7

HIS birth reveals HIS great and divine humility. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST was born in such a great humility to lift up the people who were vulgarly lowered by their sins and to give them the most supreme life in heaven.
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in this world, HE said,

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) hath not where (nowhere) to lay HIS head.”
St. Luke 9:58

When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in this world, HE had nothing of HIS own and HE had nowhere to lay HIS head. HE had no land of HIS own; HE had no house or shelter; HE had no dress of HIS own (St. Luke 2:7); HE had no food or water of HIS own (St. John 4:7-8). HE was in acute poverty. For our sake, HE became poor so that we through HIS poverty might become eternally rich (II Corinthians 8:9).

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