Christian Churches of God
Ways People attempt to do away with or Limit the Sacrifice of Messiah
(Edition 1.0 20080212-20080212)
In the series on the Temple, Offerings and Sacrifices, Priesthood of Eloah, and Perfect Sacrifice of Messiah we have looked at Eloahís Laws and Commandments and how to worship Him correctly. In this paper we look at ways that people through the ages have attempted to do away with the sacrifices of Messiah and the Plan of God.
†Ways People attempt to do away with or Limit the Sacrifice Messiah
We know from our studies we must have the sacrifice of Messiah or we canít be reconciled or reunited to the Father. We would remain dead in our sins and our life would end when we die. What God the Father gave us through His Plan is the greatest gift ever given to anyone. Christ, in his willingness to lay down his life for the fallen Host and mankind, is also a gift beyond belief.
The demons or fallen Host or angels are doing everything they can to stop or interfere with the Plan of Eloah. We know that will not happen. Only what God allows or wills will happen. Yet as we get closer and closer to the time of the Witnesses and Messiahís return many will arise and attempt to deceive even the elect if it were possible (Mat. 24:24).
As long as we obey God and keep all of His Laws we will not be deceived or tricked. In this paper we will look at the many ways people attempt to invalidate or make Christís sacrifice of no effect and change the Plan of Eloah.
If we are ever asked, it is our responsibility to be able to give an answer of the hope that lies within us (1Pet. 3:15).† We need to be able to explain the reasons we believe what we do. From the lesson on the Amour of God we know we are to use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6:17).
Let us start looking at the various ways people have attempted to invalidate the sacrifice of Messiah and the Plan of Eloah. We know that those who teach against the Law and the Testimony have no light in them (cf. Isa. 8:20). Matthew 24:15-29 tells us many false Christs will arrive and even deceive or trick the very elect if it were possible.
These errors are allowed to demonstrate or show who has the approval of God and who does not have approval.
But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you assemble as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it, 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized (RSV).
Some people say that Messiah and Satan were different substances from their creation.
Some people say Christ was not human or did not come in the human flesh.
o 1John 4 clearly states in verse 3: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (CEV)
Some people say Messiah could not sin.
o Yet we know God does not play favourites He is not a respecter of persons (Deut. 10:17; 2 Chr. 19:7; Rom. 2:11; Gal. 2:6; Eph. 6:9; 1Pet. 1:17; Acts 10:34). Both he and Satan had the same expectations.
Some people say Messiah was touched before he ascended to the Father on Wave Sheaf.
o John 20:17 clearly shows Messiah instructing Mary Magdalene not to touch him; yet after his ascension and acceptance by the Father he was touched (Mat. 28:9). Had he been touched prior to ascension to the Father, Messiah would no longer be a perfect untouched/unblemished offering.
Some people say we will be flesh and blood or flesh and bone in the resurrection.
o 1Corinthians 15:50 tells us flesh and blood can not inherit the Kingdom of God. The text goes on to say that ďthis mortal must put on immortalityĒ. Some religions attempt to replace ďblood with boneĒ and believe those in the Great Multitude will be flesh and bone yet never die.
A serious error is the claim that the Godhead is Ditheist or Trinitarian. Over the course of history various groups have attempted to say non-biblical things about Christ and God the Father. The first step was typically to say that Christ was co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. Then the next step was to introduce the Trinity, stating that the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead with the Father and the Son.
Some people say that the day of worship was changed to Sunday.
o Christ said not one jot or tittle shall change (Mat. 5:18); Messiah came to keep the Law not change or break the Law (Mat. 5:17). The Sabbath was protected by the closing of the gates of the city from evening to evening (Neh. 13:19). There is no buying and selling on Sabbaths or New Moons (Amos 8:5); this includes no shopping, no going to restaurants or amusement parks etc. on the Sabbath. Christ did not move the day set aside from creation as the Sabbath to Sunday† (Gen. 1:2-3).
o We are not to work on the Sabbath (Ex. 20:8; Deut. 5:13-14), nor are we to encourage or make our servants to labour, or strangers in our towns, or our animals, or our family (Ex. 20:10; Deut. 5:14-15).
Some people say that Christ rose from the dead on Sunday.
o The Sign of Jonah is the most significant aspect of Messiahís ministry (cf. Mat. 12:39-40; Lk. 11:29-32). The Sign of Jonah was not only that he was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, but he also entered Nineveh, which was three days journey across. After one day's journey into the city, he prophesied to Nineveh and they repented after being given 40 days to do so (Jn. 3:3-10). The Sign of Jonah shows us Christ had to be in the grave three days and three nights or we do not have a saviour. We know Godís word can not be broken (Jn. 10:35), and Messiah is our saviour. For more details on the day and time of Christís death and resurrection see Summary of the Sign of Jonah and the Reconstruction of the Temple (No. 13z).
Some people say that Christ did away with the Law, calendar, etc.
Some people say we are to celebrate Christís birthday, which falls on December 25.
Others argue that Christ lives in our hearts and therefore he is not coming back as King and High Priest to rule in the period of Just Rule.
Some advocate Antinomianism, being Antinomians, which means anti-law and attempt to do away with the Law. Can Eloahís Law ever be done away with?
o Matthew 5:17 clearly tells us Christ came to keep and fulfil the Law and not do away with the Law. God and His Law are holy, righteous, goodness, perfect and truth and always existed and will exist until Heaven and Earth are done away (see the paper Who is God? (No. CB1)).
He is all-powerful and nothing is impossible for God (Lk. 1:37).
In summary Ö
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2Tim. 3:16). Here a little there a little through which we are able to gain understanding of Godís word (Isa. 28:10,13). As we can understand, we are expected to obey God and His Law. As we are obedient to God He is able to direct our thoughts (Prov. 16:3). There is no reason to be afraid or scared of the future as long as we obey God and keep His word and Law. Psalm 62 is one of the many places in scripture that gives us comfort and direction of where our protection comes from
Psalm 62:5-8 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Let us all be about our Fatherís business getting the Gospel out to the world, teaching, explaining, keeping, judging and living by Godís Laws so none can be led astray by false teachings. Also let us study to show ourselves approved of God (2Tim. 2:15).