Could Christ have come as The King that He is?
Jesus was sent as Man to save Man. There is so much to share on this. THE same temptations we all undergo, Jesus faced them and more. He had chances to step aside… Knowing what was to come Jesus wept… Jesus Christ experienced hematohidrosis while praying in the garden of Gethsemane before his crucification as mentioned in the Defenders Bible by Physician Luke as “and being in anguish he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
As the ‘time’ of His sacrifice drew nigh… The Creator did not ‘Watch’. From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. Matthew 27:45
There was Reason for Christ’ being sent…
Why Did Jesus, as God, Become a Human Being? “A little lower than the angels” is a phrase from Epistle to the Hebrews Chapter 2. It is a citation of Psalm 8:5 and a frequent locus of Christological controversy throughout the history of Christianity and theology.
An angel is a supernatural being in various religions and mythologies. Abrahamic religions often depict them as benevolent celestial intermediaries between God and humanity. Other roles include protectors and guides for humans, and servants of God. We can peek into The Word:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12-13
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created by Him and for Him.
But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:13-14
Why was Jesus sent?
We tend to overlook The Period after the crucifixion, the ‘days’ here on Earth. After ‘life’, time ceases to exist. Remember ‘time’ is based on the rotation of the Earth on its Axis and around the Sun. When we do not experience ‘time’ as we understand it, what is?
What will it be like? What is the soul’s destiny? Chuck Swindoll addresses that last question in Growing Deep in the Christian Life:
When the believer dies, the body goes into the grave; the soul and spirit go immediately to be with the Lord Jesus awaiting the body’s resurrection, when they’re joined together to be forever with the Lord in eternal bliss.1
Sadly, many fear their souls will have to wait indefinitely for heaven. “Soul sleep”—the belief that the soul rests after death in an unconscious state, or ceases to exist, until the final resurrection—finds its roots in the common “sleeping” metaphor for bodily death. Although this metaphor appears in Scripture, a thorough study shows that the metaphor of sleep refers only to the earthly body’s inanimate state after death, not to the soul.
Scripture assures believers of their souls’ destiny at death:
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight—we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:6–8, emphasis added)
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. (Philippians 1:21–24)
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
Jesus, as God’s Son, knew He would be spiritually present in the Father’s “hands” at the very moment of His death, not asleep in the grave.
Other biblical events make clear there is no soul sleep for believers but rather a conscious, immediate presence with God after death:
- The stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:54–59)
- The transfiguration (Matthew 17:1–8; Mark 9:1–8; Luke 9:28–36)
- Rachel’s soul departing when she died (Genesis 35:18)
Two more passages bear further discussion. First, John 11:23–27:
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”
Notice Jesus corrected Martha’s belief that her brother would only “live” in the resurrection. In contrast, Jesus revealed that believers will live even if they die, and in fact, they will never die in the way that our bodies do.
The second passage comes from Peter’s pen:
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)
Believers, at the moment of salvation, are “crucified with Christ,” and yet they live (Galatians 2:20). When the earthly body of the believer dies, he or she lives on spiritually. Through faith in Christ, believers have been made alive in the spirit just as Jesus lives in the spirit. We who profess Christ are not destined for soul sleep or the grave!
We see when Saul sought ‘supernatural‘ assistance, he ‘fooled’ in the natural to be someone else.
“That night, Saul put on different clothing so nobody would recognize him. Then he and two of his men went to the woman, and asked, “Will you bring up the ghost of someone for us?”
The woman said, “Why are you trying to trick me and get me killed? You know King Saul has gotten rid of everyone who talks to the spirits of the dead!”
Saul replied, “I swear by the living Lord that nothing will happen to you because of this.”
“Who do you want me to bring up?” she asked.
“Bring up the ghost of Samuel,” he answered.
When the woman saw Samuel, she screamed. Then she turned to Saul and said, “You’ve tricked me! You’re the king!”
“Don’t be afraid,” Saul replied. “Just tell me what you see.”
She answered, “I see a spirit rising up out of the ground.”
“What does it look like?”
“It looks like an old man wearing a robe.”
Saul knew it was Samuel, so he bowed down low.
“Why are you bothering me by bringing me up like this?” Samuel asked.
“I’m terribly worried,” Saul answered. “The Philistines are about to attack me. God has turned his back on me and won’t answer any more by prophets or by dreams. What should I do?”
If the Lord has turned away from you and is now your enemy, don’t ask me what to do. I’ve already told you: The Lord has sworn to take the kingdom from you and give it to David. And that’s just what he’s doing! When the Lord was angry with the Amalekites, he told you to destroy them, but you didn’t do it. That’s why the Lord is doing this to you. Tomorrow the Lord will let the Philistines defeat Israel’s army, then you and your sons will join me down here in the world of the dead.
1 Samuel 28
Things are known in the spiritual before they are seen in the physical… The spiritual side of life is referred to the supreme soul, soul, spirit, sensation, breath, heaven, hell, higher world, and the spiritual world, while the physical side of life refers to the body, brain, heart, and physical world.
Christian teaching traditionally interprets Paul as comparing the resurrection body with the mortal body, saying that it will be a different kind of body; a “spiritual body“, meaning an immortal body, or incorruptible body.
The Bible identifies humanity’s three basic elements: spirit, soul and body. They emphasise that the human spirit is the ‘real person’, the very core of a person’s being, the essential seat of their existence.
Understanding difference between spirit and soul: While the two words are often used interchangeably, the primary distinction between soul and spirit in man is that the soul is the animate life, or the seat of the senses, desires, affections, and appetites. The spirit is that part of us that connects, or refuses to connect, to God.
What then are you focused on?
And we pray: