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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 39

A blessing was a public declaration of a favored status with God. Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God (meaning who hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and repent and are saved) and keep it (who pursue a course of life within the blessing of their salvation)!

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The Reminders That Shape Our Reform

Reminders: 1) We were hopelessly lost. 2) The Law can't save us and our works can't save us either. 3) Jesus redeemed and rescued us.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 38

If we listen to those who disagree with us and if they are mistaken or attempting to deceive us the same wisdom or logic that Jesus drew upon is available to us. For those of us who believe the Bible is absolute truth we can be assured that truth always wins. As long as we are speaking truth our words will prevail. Finally, those who have received Christ as their redeemer have the assurance that we will be protected and victorious. We will be protected and victorious not only in this world but for all eternity. Why? Because Jesus is our champion and he has already won the victory for us.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 36

Christ’s fulfillment of the law did not take effect until after his resurrection. Therefore, all of those who encountered Jesus encountered him while living under the authority of the Old Testament. Jesus was still in the process of fulfilling those laws when Jesus encountered Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. The presence of Jesus always changed the “room” so to speak when Jesus showed up (unless he chose not to). I find this still to be true today. When truth enters the room, lies and deception are exposed and the folly of the wisdom of man falls short. Jesus not only speaks truth, He IS truth. Jesus not only lived a holy life, He IS holy. Jesus is not only the son of God, He IS God.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 35

1) The Moral Laws relate to justice and judgment, includes the Ten Commandments, and they illuminate the fallen state of mankind. 2) The Ceremonial Laws seem to focus on the Jews regaining right standing with God through old testament “rituals” and thus separating them from pagan nations. These laws do not include the ten commandments. 3) The Judicial/Civil Laws focused upon the culture and location of the Jewish people and provided guidance concerning relations within the Jewish community. These laws governed everything from murder to minor disputes and set forth penalties. They did not include the Ten Commandments

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