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The ascension of Jesus forty days after His resurrection.

(…continues from part three…)

4)            Who is the Testator of the Old Testamentary order? God? Yes, it is the LORD God. If a better covenant must be put in permanent place, by whose legality of power can it come into existence? Of course, the same LORD God. Who said to the disciples, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you?” It is the same Christ, who followed them in the wilderness and showed His glory to Moses in Exodus 33:18-23; 34:5-8 & 34:29-34. “Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20) By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Hebrews 10:18). The Greek word for ‘new’ appears nowhere else in the New Testament. The idea behind the Pauline use does not indicate a freshness as opposed to an old thing. It is a newness that had been long determined in the counsel of the Godhead, made available to anyone who decides to believe in the Word of God at any time of man’s existence.

Behold the Lamb of God (John 1:29)

                At any time of faith exercise, the Lamb that had been slain from the foundation of the world is newly slain. It is the only salvation methodology; there is, absolutely, no other. ‘New’ of Hebrews 10:18 is prosphatos (pros’-fat-os): ‘Lately slaughtered, freshly killed; recently made, previously (recently) slain (fresh), that is, (figuratively) lately made.’ Prosphatos comes from two words: pro (pro): ‘before; fore, that is, in front of, prior;’ and sphazō (sfad’-zo): ‘to butcher (especially an animal for food or in sacrifice) or (generally) to slaughter, or (specifically) to maim (violently).’ It is the only acceptable way to salvation. No religious order or belief renders this ‘newness’ because it is just not available to man-made religiosity. The ‘newness’ is ‘living Entity’ as well. Jesus is the “new and the living” Author of the soteriology.

                Muhammadan teaching says, “Allah made the young man look exactly like `Isa, while a hole opened in the roof of the house,” in An-Nisa i.e. the fourth chapter, verse 157, and I am wondering who that young man was. John seemed to be younger than the rest of the disciples; if John was the one Muhammad meant, he is very, very wrong. John did not die immediately after the Golgotha crucifixion, he outlived all the Apostolic Fathers. Who is this Allah that denies the sanguineous, substitutionary death of Jesus, on the Golgotha cross? Muhammadan denial can only be an evil concoction of Satanism. This is the honest confession of non-followers of Jesus Christ: “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). Amen.

“He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you…” (Luke 24:6)

                The next Sunday morning, lovers of Jesus went to visit Him at the sepulchre. They met angels who told them, 6) “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7) Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8) And they remembered his words” (Luke 24:6-8). Two of His disciples, deeply drowned in abject morosity and probably totally disappointed, discussed the Lord’s death, traveling to Emmaus; and joining them, the risen Christ would not allow them to recognize Him in Luke 24:15-35 “And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16) But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17) And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18) And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19) And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 25) Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26) Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28) And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29) But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30) And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31) And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32) And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

                Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. You were born in sin. Say this sinner’s prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(…to be continued…)

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My name is H.O. Ojewale. I was born in 17th March, 1955, in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana, Greater Accra. My parents are Nigerians. I am married with three wonderful children.


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