LUKE 9:28-36

Verses 28-36 “28And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
29And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
30And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
31Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
32But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
33And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
34While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
35And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
36And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.”The Transfiguration of Jesus represents His earthly kingdom in miniature.  Jesus will be in His kingdom in His glorified, resurrection body.  The Church will be there.  The Church is represented at the Transfiguration by Peter, James, and John.  The resurrected Old Testament saints will also be in the kingdom, represented at the Transfiguration by Moses and Elijah.  Moses died and was buried by God in a place not known by man, but he has been resurrected and is now in heaven in a glorified body.  Elijah was translated and did not die; so he is in heaven today in a glorified body.  Mortals who have never died will also be living in the kingdom; they will be those saved people who have lived through the Great Tribulation (and their descendants, for those mortals will continue to procreate during the kingdom age).  What a wonderful experience it will be when Jesus is our earthly King!  We will live on an earth that has been cleansed and purified, where sin is not tolerated, where there will be no war, no poverty, no injustice, and no curse upon creation.  In that day we will have a perfect government, with a perfect King.  Glory!

 

MATTHEW 28:19-20

Verses 19-20 “19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The Great Commission is given to the Church, not to Jesus’ disciples only. We are commanded to still be doing these three things with great dedication: (1) Teaching the gospel to lost people that they might be saved; (2) Baptizing those who believe the gospel and are born-again; (3) Teaching all of the Word of God to our converts.

This is the main work of the Church, and we should not let anything come in to replace the mandate of the Great Commission. Schools, hospitals, and even the feeding of the poor can augment and supplement the work of the great commission, but these important works should not replace the all important work that Jesus commanded in these verses. We will not be alone when we obey this Great commission, for God will be with us leading us, empowering us, and cheering us.

 

MATTHEW 25:31-46

Verses 31-46 “31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Jesus is still speaking about His coming to earth to establish His kingdom, and here He speaks specifically about the judgment of the Gentile nations which will take place immediately upon His coming. The Jewish People are judged at a separate judgment as represented in this chapter in the Parable of the Ten Virgins.

Various Tribulation Gentiles will ask, “When did I (or when did I not) minister unto Jesus?” Jesus will answer, “Inasmuch as ye did it unto the least of these my brethren (the Jews), ye did it unto me.” These words show how dear to the heart of Jesus are the Jewish people. The Jews have a wonderful future in God’s plan for this earth. The kingdom of Christ will be a Jewish kingdom. It is important that the Bible reader not confuse Israel for the Church. It is not the Church that Jesus speaks of here as “My brethren.”

The words of Jesus here also tell us that truly born again people have a love for the Jews. Jesus, of course, is not saying that some Gentiles are saved by their good works toward the Jewish people. He is not teaching a different plan of salvation for the Tribulation Period. He is saying rather that Gentile people will treat the Jews either well or ill according to whether or not those Gentiles are born again. The Jews will be widely hated during the Tribulation, and the Gentile world generally will be against Israel and will make war with her during those awful days of persecution (Zec.14:2). Only born again Gentiles will have the motive to defend and bless Israel. Tribulation Gentiles will be judged according to how they treat Israel and no unsaved person, either Jew or Gentile, will enter the kingdom.

MARK 2:18-22

Verses 18-22 “18And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
19And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
20But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
21No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.
22And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

When Jesus died on the cross, it was a turning point in the way that God deals with the human race. Jesus points out the stark contrast between the Old Testament and the New Testament ages. During this New Testament age God is doing a completely new thing. The atonement, the Church, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and Holy Spirit baptism are all new to this dispensation. The dispensation of the Law could not accommodate the change from a chosen nation (Israel) to a new body for our Lord (the Church). Every born-again person is now in the body of Christ, baptized (buried) into that body by the Holy Spirit.

EXODUS 23:10-12

Verses 10-12 “10And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:
11But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.
12Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.”

The annual Sabbaths and Sabbaths of New Moons, etc. were as holy and as important as weekly Sabbaths to Israel and to God. The obvious question then is, why do not today’s “Sabbath keepers” (both those who believe in a Saturday Sabbath and those who believe in a Sunday Sabbath) keep ALL of the Sabbaths? The truth of the matter is that God did not give the Sabbaths to the Church, and never wanted the church to observe any Sabbath. God warns the believer, in the New Testament, about allowing anyone to put that New Testament believer under this part of the Law (Col.2:14-17). Jesus is our only Sabbath.

MATTHEW 3:11

Verse 11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”

John prophesied the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a baptism that Jesus would accomplish for the first time ever, on the day of Pentecost. Jesus would accomplish this baptism in the sense that He sent the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit proceeds from Him, also in the sense that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit should not be confused with the fullness of the Spirit; these are two entirely different operations of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit places (buries) the believer, at the moment of his regeneration, into the body of Christ, which is the Church (see I Cor 12:13). The baptism of the Holy Spirit, a new thing at the beginning of the Church, proves that God has a special position for us in Christ.

THE ASCENSION

“The Ascension” Luke 24:49-53: The Ascension is related to many Bible doctrines and therefore it is extremely important. Here the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Church are explained. Some witnesses rejected the verse here that reports the Ascension, but that view is based upon inferior Greek manuscripts. (881016)

The Ascension