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August 2, 2016

THE FATHER AND THE SON

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

The writer of Hebrews quotes in part the prophecy of David as reiterated by Peter in Acts 2nd Chapter. The Father said to the Son that His throne is everlasting and a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of His kingdom. He said to the Son “Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool”

Angels are ministering spirits that are sent forth to minister them that are heirs of salvation, and such salvation is by Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, alone. God spoke to the Children of Israel, as also to us by His Son, in the last days before latter’s crucifixion that Jesus, His only begotten Son, was appointed heir of all things. The LORD spoke with the same power and authority that created the worlds.

Lord Jesus loved righteousness and hated iniquity, and therefore the Father, who is even His God, anointed Him with the oil of gladness above His fellows. The Lord laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens, and they are the works of His hands. The worlds perish like garment, and the Lord will fold them up, and they shall change, but Jesus is same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Apostle Paul writes about the relationship between the Father and the Son and our position. We give thanks to the Father, who gave us the privilege to be partakers of the inheritance of the same light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. We have redemption from our sin and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” 

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence”  (Colossians 1:16-18)

Jehovah exalted Him by His right hand and ordered the angels of God to worship Him. Peter says that the disciples are witnesses that God raised His Son, Jesus from the dead. Jesus appeared to them and many others, for forty days, after His resurrection. Lord Jesus received the promise, the Holy Spirit, from the Father, and sent Him into this world, and by His power they were able to witness the miraculous speaking in various languages that was understandable to every man who spoke a different language.  The communication was made easy and they all could understand what Peter spoke of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They all could speak to one another so easily that even if they did not know any other man’s language everyone understood any other man’s language.

David spoke prophecy of Lord Jesus Christ, who was going to be seated at the right hand of the Father. The prophecy of David was fulfilled when crucified Jesus, was buried, and rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and was seated at the right hand of the Father, as the writer of Hebrews reiterated about this fact.

Peter spoke to the house of Israel to be sure in their understanding that God made the Same Jesus, whom they crucified, both Lord and Christ. When the people heard the Gospel message from Peter, they were pricked in their hearts, and inquired him, and the rest of the apostles as to what they should do next.

Peter said to them to

“…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” Acts 2:38

In the same tone Peter continued saying the Promise is given to the children of Israel and to all that are far away as well, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. His message inferred that salvation is available not only Jews, but also to Gentiles. Peter gave testimony of Jesus with many other words and exhorted them to save themselves from the untoward and obstinate generation.

It was the first salvation message ever delivered on the face of the earth, after Lord Jesus ascended into heaven.  Many believed Gospel message from Peter, and as many as believed in Lord Jesus Christ were baptized.  The message had so great impact on the hearers that on the same day there were three thousand souls were added to them.

And then…

Peter and other disciples and all those who believed in Jesus “continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (cf. Acts 2:42)

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.  Acts 2:46-47)

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