Hearing and Seeing Is Important
The bible is a very unique and, divinely inspired book. It is distinctly designed to prick the heart and conscience of God's people. It is the preeminent plumbline to His Kingdom.
The apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, wanted him to remember this: "Keep and follow the pattern of sound teaching (doctrine) which you heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard [with greatest care] and keep unchanged, the treasure [that precious truth] which has been entrusted to you [that is, the good news about salvation through personal faith in Christ Jesus], through [the help of] the Holy Spirit who dwells in us." 2 Timothy 1:13, 14 AMP
Today there is much division among those who call themselves Christians. There are approximately 1,200 denominations (in the United States alone), all claiming to be followers of Christ. How is that possible? What does that mean? Who do we listen to? How can we be sure what to believe?
Well, I would like you to walk with me for just a few minutes. We're going to first look at the central figure of the entire Bible, Jesus the Messiah, also known as, the Christ. Once you know what the bible says about him everything else will begin to make more sense.
The bible speaks of the Messiah from Genesis to Revelations and, as we move from one type (of Christ) to another, we will begin to see how it all fits together.
The first place to look is Genesis 3:15: The Seed of the Woman.
"And I will put enmity (open hostility) between you and the woman, and between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, and you shall [only] bruise His heel." Genesis 3:15 AMP
Wait! Before we get too far into this we need to understand why needing a savior is necessary in the first place, right? Good. Let's back up just a little. In Genesis chapter 2:16, 17 the Lord said this: "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, you may freely (unconditionally) eat [the fruit] from every tree of the garden; but [only] from the tree of the knowledge (recognition) of good and evil you shall not eat, otherwise on the day that you eat from it, you shall most certainly die [because of your disobedience]."
We know the man and his wife didn't immediately die physically, but they did die spiritually. This death separated them from God (source of life) permanently. And we know dead people can do nothing for themselves.
The verse in the New Testament that speaks to this spiritual death is this:
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2:13 AMP
So they, and by extension, us, needed someone to save us.
Adults and, I dare say teenagers, in the twenty-first century, know how babies are made. The man contributes the seed and the woman contributes the ovum (egg). Once the ovum (egg) is fertilized by the seed the reproductive process can begin.
So, back to where we talked about the Seed of the woman. This verse is clearly talking of an unusual, or, supernatural birth.
The prophet Isaiah gives us a few more details about this seed of the woman:
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us)." Isaiah 7:14 AMP
Now we know who was coming, how he was coming and, why he was coming.
Here, we are clearly talking about the first prophesy in the Bible concerning Jesus the Christ. This leads us to the first type of Christ in the Bible, Abel.
Abel offered up a more perfect sacrifice than Cain. The Bible doesn't tell us a lot about Abel. But what we do know is that he offered God the right kind of sacrifice that was acceptable to Him.
If you want the audio of this information you can tune in to my podcast: 'Tell It Like It Is':
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Listen to this episode from Tell It Like It Is on Spotify. I would like to reassure my brothers and sisters in Christ that what you see playing out across the United States of America and, indeed the world, is not surprising, nor should you be discou
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Nathaniel Stalling Jr (author) from Detroit, MI on June 09, 2021:
Thank you so much KC McGee.
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Thank you, looking forward to it.
Nathaniel Stalling Jr (author) from Detroit, MI on May 25, 2021:
Thank you, KC McGee, for visiting my hub. There will be a follow-up to this one soon.
KC McGee from Where I belong on May 24, 2021:
Nathaniel Stalling Jr., truely an interesting article you have here. I am hopeful there will be a follow up article to tthis one. If so, looking forward to it. I've been blessed by reading this one.
Many blessings to you