The great prophecies of Isaiah which formed the background of the apostle’s thought here, and which he would immediately quote, foretold, the formation of the Christian church, for the spiritual worship of God, under the image of a temple, which God would build on Messiah as a foundation-stone thereof.
The analogy becomes a contrast in the matter of how many may win. In the earthly contest, only one receives the prize; but in the heavenly contest, every man may do so, since his victory does not depend upon any relationship between his achievement and the achievement of his fellow contestant.
Heaven is Real!
Don’t let anyone persuade you with the Satanic Propaganda that HEAVEN and HELL are not real, but only biblical metaphors!
Anyone pushing this false teaching, this new age, feel good, so-called religious garbage will have to answer to God in person on Judgment Day, before His throne in HEAVEN!
The apostle Matthew applied Isaiah 42 directly to Jesus Christ.
This passage can not be applied to any other person or character whatsoever.
“I am the bread of life” is one of the SEVEN great “I AM’S” of John.
Attempting to hide from God has been the chief business of the human family ever since Adam and Eve hid themselves in the Garden of Eden! Think of the myriads of ways in which men try to hide from God.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
One of these little ones … is a characteristic reference of Jesus to those who are “babes in Christ,” whose faith is young and weak.
Our study of this amazingly powerful chapter of God’s Word would not be complete without a summary of the great doctrines of Christianity that are either expressly declared, necessarily implied, or both, in these verses. The Existence and Power of God
God is the Creator
God is the creator of Man
Immortality of the Soul
The Resurrection of the Dead
God is the Shepherd of Israel
The Existence of Moses’ Law
God’s Commands Available in that Law
That Law a Divine Revelation
Man’s Accountability to God
The Eternal Judgment (Heaven and Hell)
Rewards and Punishments
There are actually seven Calvary miracles, the greatest and most wonderful, of course, being the resurrection of Christ. The rending of the veil, occurring simultaneously with the death of Christ, must be associated with that death; and, looking more closely, it is plain that the veil, in practically all of its functions and even in its colors, was a most instructive type of Christ.
That this parable is an unqualified tragedy, first to last, may not be doubted, despite the rejoicing over the return of the prodigal; and, as is the case in many of Jesus’ teachings, the total unworthiness of the human race in the sight of God is plainly taught.
The great apostasy foretold in the New Testament must be viewed as a significant manifestation of the entity symbolized by the second beast, the beast from the Earth, an apostasy by no means limited to the papacy, but certainly inclusive of it.
Pretending to serve Christ, they serve themselves alone, “belly” as used here being a reference to all of the carnal and fleshly desires.
This Great Commission, as the saints of all ages have consented to call it, constitutes the marching orders of his church for a day and to all eternity. It is a whole galaxy studded with many of the biggest stars in the firmament of Christian doctrine.
Regarding the subject of when the names of the saved are inscribed in the book of life, it would appear to be at the time of their entry into the kingdom of God, that is, when they confess Christ and are baptized into him.
The naming of any individual was for the special purpose of establishing the line of Noah back to Adam.
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When a person is truly baptized (and only believing, penitent, confessing persons can be TRULY baptized), as Christ commanded, God sends the Holy Spirit into his heart (the second element of the new birth); and, when viewed in connection with this divine fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, baptism is the new birth; but it is not a birth of water only, but a birth of “water and of the Spirit” as Jesus said.
Christ bore our sins in his own body on the tree, thus accomplishing what no typical lamb ever achieved.