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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bible Teachings 410 - Jesus Saves (Pt.2)

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and the special edition of my mini Bible series "Bible Teachings". This is a rerun of Episode 10 that I've condensed into shorter versions to facilitate reading and comprehension...with a few surprise additions!

Let's recap: In Pt.1, you learned the promised seed of Genesis 3:15* is none other than Jesus Christ himself and that during his ministry, he preached to, taught and healed all sorts of people. Today, we'll continue with what happened on the night of his death.

On the night before he died, Nisan 14, 33 C.E., Jesus held a special gathering known as the Lord's Evening Meal in which he instructed his disciples to remember the sacrifice [ransom] he was about to make. He didn't say to commemorate his resurrection [doctrine taught by most religions today], but to remember his death (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:17-20; 22:19*). Sadly, a lot of the people Jesus preached to didn't want to hear the truth or believe in him (Matthew 15:3, 8-9; John 8:40, 45-46; 2 Timothy 4:3, 4*). As a result, he was persecuted, betrayed and ultimately killed. In spite of the harsh treatment Jesus received though, he never once sinned (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22, 23*). He was faithful to God right to the end of his earthly life.
  Jesus was resurrected on the third day, not as a human again (blood and flesh cannot enter heaven), but as a spirit (John 3:5-7; 1 Corinthians 15:5*). Once there, he presented the value of his ransom sacrifice to God. Bear in mind, Adam was perfect, but sold himself and his descendants [that's you and me] into slavery of imperfection, sin and death. As imperfect humans then, we could in no way provide the ransom. Jesus on the other hand was perfect just like Adam (1 Peter 2:22*), but unlike Adam, he committed no wrongdoing whatsoever and therefore didn't come under the penalty of death. As a result, his death was the exact price required to pay the ransom - one perfect life for another perfect life - nothing more, nothing less - reflecting Jehovah's perfect wisdom and justice (Job 34:12; Romans 5:6-8*). Jehovah God accepted Jesus' sacrifice making it possible for all humanity to have what Adam lost - perfection and everlasting life (1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 1 Peter 3:18*). No other human alive or dead can deliver such a guarantee! (Psalms 49:6-9*) Pt.3 will have some "extras". Don't forget to tune in!

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
**Image from "Live Forever" p.63 [Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of PA]

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