Lesson 23: More Verses Supporting the Core of the Gospel
The core of the gospel of the Old Testament was that the Messiah would come to redeem His people. The core of the New Testament is that Christ paid for the sins of His Elect at the cross.
21For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. 22Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead [this proves Christ did not rise from the dead before the foundation of the world because Moses was looking forward to the cross], and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Yet another verse that plainly states that Christ had to become human and that’s when He paid for sins and at no other time!
9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
“Made a little lower than the angels” means he became human so “…that he… should taste death for every man” refers to his payment for the sins of every man which occurred on the cross.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Further proof that the elders, which is a reference to the Old Testament Elect, “obtained a good report”, that is, were washed of their sins, by the promise of God, by their faith in the scriptures that promised that a Messiah was coming that would forgive their sins. They had faith in the promise and the promise saved them. See Lesson 18: The Promise Saved Them
4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Enoch believed in the promise, and God says so, because in verse 5, God points out that Enoch was translated because of his faith.
13These all died in faith [believing that the Messiah would come], not having received the promises [the Messiah didn’t arrive on earth within their lifetime], but having seen them afar off [they knew from the scriptures that Jesus was yet many generations before he would be born], and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
7Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.
Supports that all during the church age, true believers knew Christ died on the cross for sins. The cross as a demonstration doctrine is a diverse and strange doctrine that only popped up in the last few years. Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
1 Tim 1:3-7
3As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
1 Tim 1:12-14
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
It is not too late for those that were led to believe in the false doctrine that Christ died for sins before the foundation of the world. There is still time for correction, if it be God’s will, because he is a merciful God.
Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
The Old Testament prophets talked of the one to come (future tense) that would redeem them, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. They talked of Him because of what He would do: He would give his life as a ransom for many. Redemption did not occur before the foundation of the world.
Acts 13: 26-41
Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. 28And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30But God raised him from the dead: 31And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. [this verse shows that Jesus earned the title “begotten Son” when he was raised again after dying on the cross] 34And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 36For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: 37But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. 38Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: [Christ preached forgiveness after his resurrection when he was seen by many (verse 31) that His death had been accepted as payment for their sins] 39And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
41Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
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