MONDAY August 13, 2018
The Lord from Heaven
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
I Corinthians 15:46-47
Paul told the Corinthian believers that the natural body first dies and then afterwards comes the spiritual body. Adam was made of the earth; his physical body eventually died, whereas Jesus, though coming in the likeness of man, is fully God. He told the people:
“…I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (John 6:38). He came and died on the cross for our sins. What did He do after He died? He resurrected. Before His death Jesus declared:
“…I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:17-18).
Jesus is God. The Scriptures reveal the deity of Jesus Christ to us:
In the beginning was the Word, [Jesus Christ] and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:1-3).
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:9-10).
Only the Lord from heaven––Jesus Christ, God’s only Begotten Son–– could save us from our sins because He is sinless. His sacrificial death was accepted by God the Father.
And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
~1 John 3:5~
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