origins, Jesus, Moses, Paul, and the Gospel

The debate over our origins, primarily evolution vs. creation, can unwittingly have a serious impact upon what we believe about Jesus. Consider the following words spoken by Jesus …

I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.  How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. (a) There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.  (b) For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”  John 5:43-47 (ESV)

There is no doubt that the first century Jew had their hope firmly planted in Moses … but how was Moses accusing them?

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John 1:16-17 (ESV)

The law was given through Moses by God …

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.  Romans 3:20 (ESV)

So by the law God gave Moses comes the knowledge of sin and if by the works of the law no man can be justified in God’s sight … what comes instead through that law? The accusation of guilt of which Jesus spoke.

Regarding the writings of Moses, everyone would quickly name Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy.  But many fail to remember that he also wrote the book of beginnings … Genesis.  Keep that in mind as we continue.

If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.   “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  John 3:12-17 (ESV)

Remember Jesus said ‘I will not accuse you to the Father’.  Why?  Because He was sent into the world NOT to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him … aka through the Good News … the Gospel.

Remember the following words were written by Moses with the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit … with the triune God being the only eye-witness to all six days of Creation …

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'”  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.   For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.  Genesis 3:1-6 (ESV)

So sin and death entered into the world through this act of disobedience and prideful desire of Adam and Eve … Paul explains …

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.  Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.  Romans 5:12-14 (ESV)

Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin.  And that is a huge huge problem for someone who believes in evolution or who tries to marry up evolution with the creation account …

Why?  Because evolution teaches that death and suffering occurred for hundreds of millions of years before man appeared on the scene … and if death existed before that first sin then the Bible and the Gospel is based on a lie … and evolution has succeeded at its mission … undermine Christianity and make men the gods …

Note these words of the risen Christ to His disciples …

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,  and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  Luke 24:44-47 (ESV)

Everything written about Jesus must be fulfilled … I wonder if He opened their minds to this passage of Himself as the enmity …

The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.   I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  Genesis 314-15(ESV)

Remember the footstool of your enemies passage (Hebrews 1:13) and what is traditionally believed to be the location of the crucifixion nails?

Thanks for opening the eyes of my heart to see Lord!

Bernie

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A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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3 Responses to origins, Jesus, Moses, Paul, and the Gospel

  1. Peter says:

    Just a thought to add to the conversation, brother. There is some evidence to show that something happened between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. It seems that God created the heavens and the earth in Genesis 1:1 and in Genesis 1:2 it had become fallen.

    A better translation of Genesis 1:2 is that the earth “became” a waste and a void.

    Jeremiah 4:23 describes the earth as a waste and a void under God’s judgement.

    Isaiah 45:18 says that God didn’t create the earth a waste.

    Also, in Genesis we see that the earth is under water, which is reminiscent of the earth being judged in the flood.

    I imagine that the earth was under judgment from the rebellion of the angels with Lucifer.

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