Thursday, February 26, 2015

JEWELS from the GOSPEL of JOHN - JOHN 1:40-42 - SAND and STONE

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

JOHN 1:40-42


40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.


Previously we had seen John the Baptist proclaim this One, Jesus of Nazareth - a cousin of His as the MESSIAH of ISRAEL: The "Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world".

This prompted two of the Baptist's disciples to follow Jesus - one of which was Andrew of Bethsaida, the brother of Simon Peter. After spending an entire day with Jesus, Andrew realized that John the Baptist was absolutely correct.

Andrew went and found his brother Peter (Simon) and told him so, and he brought his brother to see Jesus! We see Andrew doing this all the time, bringing people to Jesus and this is the best and most necessary act that any Christian can do for the lost: to bring people to Jesus Who alone can save and transform their lives.


We may pray for our lost loves ones - and these are effective! See JAMES 5:16b. We may present the biblical Gospel to them, and this is an imperative mandate given to us by our LORD (MARK 16:15). We can employ apologetics and prove the veracity of Scripture as the very Word of God and the great hope of the precious truth we carry in our leather cases as well as in our hearts (1 PETER 3:15) - but ultimately, only the LORD Jesus Christ can give a new heart to those whose hearts are corrupted by the ravages of sin (EZ. 11:19; 36:26; ROM. 10:13; JER. 17:9; ROM. 3:10, 23).


Simon Peter came along with his brother to see this One, no doubt with no small amount of curiosity, perhaps even a bit of skepticism regarding this supposed Messiah; after all, Messiahs didn't appear on the scene on a daily basis. Yet the fisherman came nonetheless which displays an open-mindedness and a seeking heart that would find the truth, residing in this Man from Galilee.


Upon seeing Peter, the LORD declared: "You are Simon, the son of Jonas - but you shall be called Cephas, meaning 'a stone'."


Peter was already known for his tumultuous, impetuous nature - almost as stormy as the sea of Galilee whenever those waters grew angry with monstrous waves, and with dark brooding clouds above. He seemed to be a man given to moods, as changeable and shifting as the desert sands.


Yet the LORD declared him to be Cephas - a stone: something solid and sure.


All of us are unstable in our ways: given to what we deems as truth and righteousness one moment, only to stumble and fall in a moment of weakness, spreading deceit and self-interest. Paul knew of this instability in the human nature as well:


ROMANS 7:14-20

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Yet in the marvelous transformation of the Spirit's work in every born again believer, who has repented of their sin and received Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, we are brought from a place of spiritual instability and flaws aplenty in our character to that state of being where the LORD is our Rock, and we are those "living stones" (1 PET. 2:5) built solidly, securely upon Him, and find that place of rest and security in the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.


We saw such miraculous transformation in the very life of Peter himself; the sort of man he was before and after Pentecost, when the Spirit indwelled and empowered him as a vessel of Christ and His glory! So may we expect such transformation as we yield to the LORD.


The place of the heart goes from tumult to tranquility, from strife to serenity, from perdition to peace where we worship the LORD in His glory and grace as the Living Temple of the Spirit. Compare this condition with what we all knew once to reside in ourselves before Christ! The uncertainty of the winds and hardships of life, blowing us about hither and thither to where, we knew not, left us groping for answers, for peace, for solutions to our dilemmas.


We left behind us the purposeless existence of blowing sand, to those plans that God has ordained for us (EPH. 2:10) and He places us intently in that position He has reserved for us in His kingdom, just as any mason sets a brick in the wall. There is fulfillment in knowing the will of God, and by His Spirit of grace, following His will. There is no other peace like "the peace of God". 


PHILIPPIANS 4:6-8

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


May we as the saints of God yield to His craftsmanship as He carves His likeness into us, His living stones, so that we resemble all the more our LORD Jesus Christ, and know the certainty of His truth in a world full of lies, and the ever present Spirit Who will flow magnificently, powerfully through us as we surrender ourselves moment by moment - not to do our will, but His, for His glorious purpose He intends for us, His church! 


ROMANS 8:28 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

EPHESIANS 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:


EPHESIANS 1:11 

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

PSALM 18:2 

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

ROMANS 9:33 

As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The NEW WORLD ORDER As Found In REVELATION 13

The very term, 'New World Order' has been thrown around so much the past couple of decades that it's beginning to lose its meaning. Most will associate this phrase with 'conspiracy theorists' - a rather misleading term because its suggestive of the idea that any conspiracy remains at best theoretical, therefore unproven, and thus presumably untrue.

This phrase was introduced mainly by Alice A. Bailey of the Theosophical Society:

"Bailey taught a form of universal spirituality that transcended denominational identification, believing that, "Every class of human beings is a group of brothers. Catholics, Jews, Gentiles, occidentals and orientals are all the sons of God." She stated that all religions originate from the same spiritual source, and that humanity will eventually come to realize this, and as they do so, the result will be the emergence of a universal world religion and a 'new world order'." 

We have watched Rick Warren team up with Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of England in promoting and engaging in what's known as The THREE LEGGED STOOL PLAN - which involves government, economics and religion as a cohesive force for the betterment of our global village:

"It seems apparent that neither Rick Warren nor Tony Blair understand that their Peace Plan goals are fulfilling Bible prophecy, which speaks of a peace that is not from God but will deceive many. By appearances, the majority of the people who were attending the forum last week appeared mesmerized and awe-struck by what was being said. Do they not realize that a three legged stool (the joining together of government, business (or economy), and religion) plan will be a plan by man and not by God (see Roger Oakland's book FAITH UNDONE)?"

Essentially what Mr. Warren and Mr. Blair are promoting is the same sort of thing that Alice Bailey (and others) envisioned: A New World Order that would unite the world's religions, governments and economies. And are we actually seeing this?

Obviously! One need not do a lot of research to find all sorts of para-national organizations that deal with money: everything from the World Bank to the World Trade Organization as well as economic entities that span multi-national interests like NAFTA and The Trilateral Commission, not to mention the few dozens of international central banks that control the world's money supply. One can instantly convert one currency to another by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) and deal with commerce on a global level.

Global government (or governance) is spoken about commonly today; one can even find curricula at universities that examine the concepts and constructs that would involve such an enterprise. Then of course we have such political bodies like the European Union as well as other Unions that are either already formed or forming up. Then we have the formidable G20 and other types of organizations of substantial power.

Then we have a call for globalized religion where various religious authorities are seeking common ground, common cause, if not common beliefs that will unify all of the major faiths - Christianity (primarily the Roman Catholic Church in combination with Protestant churches that are migrating back to Rome) moderate Islam, Hinduism, and liberal Judaism. The Emerging Church is bringing under the umbrella of Christendom the various evangelical, once biblical independent churches and denominations and even dialoguing with leaders of other religions, 'seeking common ground' upon which to work together and "bring heaven to earth". Add to that an inclusivism into the kingdom of God of people who are welcomed "without explicit faith in Jesus".

I believe an integral part of this unified relious order will be mysticism based upon meditative disciplines and practices - yoga, T.M. as well as centering and contemplative prayer that will achieve altered states of consciousness - the very condition that will allow demonic influence and possession; indeed, this will be the global glue of the one world religious order where all religions will find common ground and gravitate towards pantheism and occult convictions.

Far from being 'a conspiracy theory' this one world order, new world order, global governance, Three Legged Stool Plan, what have you - is part and parcel of what the Bible foretold in prophecy for thousands of years! Let's have a look at what the Bible states; we won't read anything into the text, we'll just examine what it clearly indicates and compare it with the above mentioned observations and assertions.

We will start off by looking at passages found in Revelation and the book of Daniel . . .

REVELATION 13:1-2
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.


2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

John the apostle was given a vision by God and he saw a beast rise up out of the sea. The description of this beast strongly resembles the beast that was seen previously by the prophet Daniel hundreds of years earlier in his book, in Chapter 7:

DANIEL 7:7-8
7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.


8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

And a bit later in this chapter we read these verses:

17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.


21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Prophecy in Scripture are often given in visions; these are bizarre, seemingly inexplicable sights. It's what has exasperated readers of the Bible and given cause for critics to scoff at the Word of God, claiming that these visions are nonsensical images that could be interpreted to mean anything, to which people could attribute subjective significances.

However it's important to realize that any vision given in Scripture, any image seen by prophet or apostle is either explained later by the recipient of the vision, or elsewhere in the Bible. Most of the visions in Revelation for example are explained predominantly by passages found in the Old Testament.


According to vs. 17 in the passage from Daniel, these "beasts" are kings or 'melek' in Hebrew; this word can also mean 'kingdom' depending on the context and thus 'king' and 'kingdom' are virtually interchangeable. In referring to the one, the other can be strongly implicated.
Note that in vs.19 this fourth beast had aspects of iron and brass (which correlates to the vision given to Nebuchadnezzar in ch. 2 of Daniel, where he received a vision from God in a dream regarding a statue consisting of different metals. Two of those metals were brass (the nails of the fourth beast) and iron (the teeth of the fourth beast), which in the statue were the thighs of brass and legs (and feet, which were also mixed with clay) of iron.

In the vision of Daniel 9, the four beasts consisted of a lion, a leopard and a bear - and then the fourth "great and terrible beast". It's interesting to note that even in the fourth beast (according to the passage of Revelation 13) it had aspects of the leopard (in resemblance) and the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion, suggesting that this fourth beast is in some way an amalgam of the previous beasts/kingdoms.

Also note the use of 'horns' in these passages; in Scripture, horns are symbolic of power and, or authority (PS. 75:10; 92:10), as well as the denotative meaning of a leader, typically a king (DAN. 7:24; 8:20). Further, we understand that these horns are actually men who themselves are kings - these are not merely political entities such as kingdoms, but living breathing people. The "little horn" is indeed a man, specifically one that arises in the midst of ten other kings. This man is one who wars against the saints and prevails against them. We understand from Revelation 13 that this king is the Beast, the anti-Christ to whom the Dragon (Satan) gives great authority and power (REV. 13:7).

When Daniel granted (by God's enabling grace bestowed to the prophet) King Nebuchadnezzar understanding of his dream, he explained that the vision of the statue consisting of four different metals (gold, silver, brass and iron) were four kingdoms. Here is the entire passage of DANIEL 2:31-45 that explains that King Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold. It then stands to reason that if the head is representative of a king and his kingdom, then the other metals of silver, brass and iron represented other kings and their kingdoms. Note that each metal decreases in its value the further down the statue we see, but is also stronger and denser than the previous metals further up. 
While the previous kingdoms were more opulent and glorious, possessing greater financial power, the latter kingdoms were more resilient and stronger. We see that this bears out in history. For a brief summary of these metals and the kingdoms that they represent watch this brief video
For a more detailed examination of these prophecies, watch this presentation by Chuck Missler (Koinonia House) who exposites Chapter Two of Daniel (note: this author does not necessarily endorse everything that Dr. Missler teaches).

In REV 13:2 we read that the Dragon (a.k.a. Satan who is the "god [ruler] of this world (system)"; see REV. 12:9; 2 COR. 4:4) gives his power, and his seat and great authority to the Beast. Since Satan is in fact the world ruler, the Beast will inherit this authority and rule not merely part of this world but the entirety of this globe. A global government under the authority of the Beast.

We understand from REV. 13:4-6,12,15 that the One World Religious system will be realized:

REV. 13:4-6
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Since the ruling power will be the Beast, and he is worshipped, we may rightly conclude that everyone on the planet (with the exception of those whose loyalty will be to Jesus Christ, who will be beheaded for their allegiance) will be a part of this global, one world religion.

Scripture speaks elsewhere of this grand deception based upon the doctrines of Satan's domain in such passages as 1 TIM. 4:1-2; 2 TIM. 3:5 and will specifically focus on the Beast himself, the son of perdition: 2 THESS. 2:3-4. This world religion is Babylon reborn, and explicitly detailed in REVELATION 17 and REVELATION 18..

The world of economics and finance will also be under the total control of the Beast, thus the one world economy is represented in REV. 13:16-18:

REVELATION 13:16-18
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.


18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Note that this mark is received IN (not on) the right hand or forehead; there has been a lot of documentation of bio-chips and similar kinds of RFID tech, as well as some genetic level markers that have been suggested as a means of identification, personal history, commerce, etc. What will actually be employed by the Beast and his world system yet remains to be seen, but such an idea is entirely plausible and completely attainable with today's technology what with our super-computers that operate around the globe and micro-miniaturization of bio-tech. It's important to realize that any who receives this "mark of the beast" is pledging their allegiance to the virtual 'son of Satan' as this mark is directly related to his name or the numerical equivalent of his name which adds up to 666:

REVELATION 14:9-10
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,


10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.

So from the pages of Scripture, we can see that what is described there is just what we are seeing in today's world, under the heading of a 'new world order' or 'global governance'. The stage is being set for the Beast, the one who will claim to lead us to the Luminous One, in whose light the world will find a (satanic) salvation, but in reality, it will seal the fate of billions who will follow Satan and his kingdom of darkness into the holy judgment of God and eternal perdition.

POST NOTE

It's morbidly fascinating to note that the Plan of those working behind the scenes in the (formerly) secret society of the ILLUMINATI are coming to the fore in this day, in which the common man is being welcomed to engage in building this one world order.




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

JEWELS from the GOSPEL of JOHN - JN. 1:35-39 - The LEADER That Is The LAMB

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

JOHN 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

John the Baptist identifies Jesus for the second time (the first in vs. 29, the day before) as the LAMB of GOD, presenting the very familiar idea of the sacrificial lamb upon the altar of sacrifice, yet this was a man, the God-Man and no mere Levitically approved animal to be slaughtered in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Scripture speaks abundantly of the Messiah of Israel Who would die for the sins of the people. Jesus proclaimed Himself as the Messiah (JOHN 4:25) and if one does a careful study of the Messianic Scriptures in the Old Testament, they clearly present the Messiah as both man and God. 

The disciples at this point are unaware of course, that this Man that John points out to them is God Incarnate, walking in their midst; but they know that this is the One that John has been preaching about, the One that the Baptist anticipated would come, the One that he was preparing the way for (ISAIAH 40:3). So these two follow Jesus and that is the wisest course of action that any human being can take - to follow Him. Yet are we not, as sinners, powerless to walk as He walked (1 JOHN 2:6)? These would soon learn that to follow Jesus in Truth, in the Spirit of Truth, would require the Spirit of grace - One and the same Spirit (JOHN 1:17) - indwelling them and empowering them to truly walk after Jesus in the spiritual sense of the word.

They merely ask Him where He is dwelling, perhaps at a loss of words for what to say. The LORD of Glory, whose glory they beheld as He lived His holy life before them (JOHN 1:14) responded with an invitation "Come and see" and yet as the LORD God, YHWH He could have easily declared:

Isaiah 57:15 
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

At this time of year we ponder the glory and wonder of the blessed event of the First Advent of the MESSIAH, the CHRIST, the LORD Jesus; what a mystery it is, beyond the human mind's capacity to comprehend that He Who inhabits eternity - that realm of reality that exists outside of the created continuum of space/time - stepped into this capsule of temporal existence and took on flesh and blood. Fully God and fully man - the GOD Man, the blessed bridge that would span the gap between the HOLY God and sinful man.
He took on this body, born of a virgin and thus without the taint of sin attributed to mankind, for He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, and showed us the Father (by presenting Himself Who is One with the Father), and the way to Him (JOHN 14:6,9). 

That way would be known to the contrite and humble spirit, and such would be revived by the indwelling Spirit of Christ, Who would not only dwell in the high and holy place of eternity but also in the hearts of His disciples: temples all, of the Holy Spirit (1 COR. 6:19).

We as saints no longer have to go and find where Jesus dwells and fellowship with Him there; we have His Spirit dwelling within us and so fellowship is just a whispered prayer of worship away, and to partake of the Bread of Life, we break such together with our LORD as we commune in the Scripture, both corporately in the church and singly in our devotional times. 

We follow Him, our LEADER, our LORD, the LAMB of GOD in the way that He leads us - in knowing our nature that in its sinful state still requires mortification (putting to death); and in knowing Him, the Author of Life and partaking of His life in renewing our minds (ROM. 12:1-2) to become more like our LORD Jesus and walk with Him - in the way everlasting!

Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:


24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The next installment in this series will examine JOHN 1:41-42, entitled The SAND and STONE.

Friday, November 14, 2014

I.I.C. - IDENTITY INDELIBLY in CHRIST

The definition of "identity" is as follows from Your Dictionary:

"The definition of identity is who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you."

Here is another one from the same source:

"The condition or fact of being a specific person or thing; individuality; the characteristics and qualities of a person, considered collectively and regarded as essential to that person's self-awareness; the condition of being the same as a person or thing described or claimed."

We become self-aware at a very early age, even before we learn to talk. From those tender and few years of life the image of ourselves begins to develop. What molds that image are many varied factors such as those listed above.

Along with talents, abilities, and other things, is our personality which determines how we respond to those factors as they impact our lives will form our identity. We view ourselves as successful, capable, and winners or failures, incapable, and losers depending on all of these variables.

I have met people who in my own estimation have a competent level of intelligence, and yet they consider themselves to be stupid or morons - only because they've had such assertions drilled into them by their parent(s) or teachers or other persons of authority for years. The same goes for looks; I've seen attractive (even extraordinarily attractive) people who believe themselves ugly only because that's what they've been told since they were knee high. People often have a very low (and inaccurate) estimation of their abilities and strengths just because they heard mean-spirited and repetitious words spoken to them - like, "you're no good" and "you'll never amount to anything."

Or even if such words aren't ever spoken, some children simply never excel and are either content or not motivated enough as were their parents or siblings who have 'made something of themselves' and are living 'the American dream' of prosperity and live a life style of the upper class. As a result, the low acheiver may feel themselves to be worthless, inept, or that somehow something is wrong with them.

On the flip side of this, there are those who esteem themselves far too highly (self-esteem) and as far as our general feeling about ourselves go, we all more or less think too highly of ourselves. I love how Dave Hunt illustrated this:

He was having a discussion with someone who claimed that they hated themselves. Dave tried to assure them that they really didn't, quoting from EPH. 5:29. Yet they insisted that they really did hate themselves. "OK," said Dave, "why do you hate yourself?"
"Because I'm fat and clumsy and I never have anything intelligent to say, all sorts of reasons!"
"Well, that proves that you don't hate yourself," replied Dave.
"What?!" the person exclaimed.
"Did you ever feel bad because an enemy of yours, someone that you hate, was fat or clumsy or never have anything intelligent to say?" 
The person just stood there, non-plussed and thought deeply on the question.
"We really love ourselves so much, that we hate the fact that we are fat and clumsy or whatever, because we think it's unfair, that we deserve better!"

That's the truth! It's true that we believe things about ourselves that are untrue, such as the things we will go over today . . .

What helps us identify and discover ourselves for what we are, are those we can relate to and find that we have things in common; we also understand ourselves by those who are different in the way they think, act, and achieve goals by their abilities, talents and knowledge. We often group together with those of common interests and find a sense of belonging by such socialization.But there are those who never seem to fit in anywhere . . . they are loners or even outcasts.

When a person discovers the truth of the Bible and learns who they are through God's perspective, this may lead the person to salvation because they recognize that they are a sinner, unable to achieve God's standard of holiness, but that they are also someone that God loves, and desires to spare them from judgment for their sin, and further, to develop a relationship with them as a Father to a son (or daughter). Once such a person receives salvation through Christ by faith in the Gospel they are born again; they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. In a very real sense, they acquire a new identity. The personality remains intact, but in some ways is enhanced and 'enlivened' but the thinking begins to change as do motivations, goals and desires.

They no longer desire to live the sinful life styel that they previously enjoyed; they are hungry for God's Word the Holy Bible, they desire fellowship with the LORD and His people (the church); they want to please their heavenly Father and follow the LORD Jesus Christ by example. Such a person lives a life of fulfillment in that they are living in accord with the will of God Who created them according to His purpose - that is, to worship Him and experience fellowship with the Living Creator (What an astounding statement, isn't it?).

Still, there is a lot of 'baggage' that we carry into our new life from the old; many of the same ideas, attitudes and beliefs about self are still with us and impede us from becoming all that the LORD desires for us. We may still think of ourselves as unlovely in looks, or lacking in proper intelligence, or incapable in acheiving worthy goals.

Every Christian should be growing in their relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ, increasing in the knowledge and grace of He Who is our LORD and Savior (2 PET. 3:18); part of that growing is becoming more Christ-like in character. Just as He loves the unloveable, defends the weak and disadvantaged, encourages the disheartened, strengthens the weak, provides for the poor, the widows and the orphans so we who follow Him. The LORD always speaks the truth but with the motive of love and so too does the mature Christian. 

Yet we too often find ourselves struggling with the ingrained and established habit patterns and beliefs that defined the 'old man' (ROM. 6:6) - that which we were before we became children of God (JN. 1:12-13). How do we break such behavioral bondage and established habits?

We must learn from the truth found in Scripture that tells us who we are in Christ and by faith believe them, act on the truth expressed in those verses and submit ourselves to the LORD to conform us to the image of Christ (ROM. 8:29; 12:2).

Do you have some of that old baggage from your 'B.C. Days' that you find is hindering you in your walk with the LORD? Do you believe that you're a loser? That you will never amount to anything? Then let us go over some Scripture and by God's grace my prayer for you is that you will be greatly encouraged, gain a better and truer perspective and rise in the joy of the LORD with hope in your heart.

The LORD God has amazing and wonderful plans for you, which will be fully revealed in eternity, but the training for such begins now, in these every-day-life experiences and by which through His Spirit will bring us further along in this adventure of LIFE with CHRIST!

Each of us, I believe are granted by God our individual looks, personality, talents, emotional make up and so much more. While Adam was directly created by God, I believe He in His sovereignty selects the genetic information that builds each of us as human beings, as well as fashions our souls and minds.

ISAIAH 49:16
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

What the LORD God told Jeremiah (with the exception of course being a prophet of Israel) could well be said of all of us:

JEREMIAH 1:5
 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

God created us as individuals, and as such we are unique. Certainly others may mirror our own personality and, or looks, but there really is only one of 'me' in all the wide world. The value of things is based largely on scarcity; this is why gold is so expensive - there really isn't a lot of it, compared to wood, or sand.
You are even scarcer than gold however - you are the only one like you, and God fashioned you so! He is the One who gave you your eye and hair color; your personality, your talents. He lovingly formed you as His own handiwork and admires the work of His own hands. Every awesome parent loves their child, but in reality they are only stewards of the precious souls that God has given them charge over. As much as our parents may love us, God our Creator loves us more! Let that sink in!

God is broken hearted over the curse of sin that lies upon all of us, members of the (fallen) human race. He desires to liberate us from the death-saturated curse of sin and free us from its bondage (if you don't think "sin" is bondage, wait a while, you'll find out. The alcoholic and drug addict knows this; so do those who are addicted to porn or those who are enslaved in their hatred towards another, as well as those who are under the burden of bitterness, etc.).

Here is a verse that we all know - even those who watch football games:

JOHN 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

GOD loves you! Even if no one else in the whole wide world ever showed you any love at all, the very fact that the Eternal GOD, Creator of heaven and earth KNOWS and LOVES you is astoundingly good news! He has loved us so very much that He gave us the greatest, most supreme gift that He in all of His Almighty abilities could possibly give to us! Look at this!

ROMANS 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You and I might be content to know the love of God for the full duration of our lives, but God isn't! He wants to have fellowship with us both now AND forever and ever in eternity! He rejoices when His children pass from this world and enters into glory where He then fellowships with them face to Face and not in a 'dim mirror reflection' as it were (See PS. 116:15; 1 COR. 13:12-13).

As a child of God, the LORD delights in revealing Himself and His Word of truth to us! See MATT. 11:25-26; also the parallel passage in LUKE 10:21. God has always shared His secrets with His beloved friends! See this other FMF article - SECRETS AMONG FRIENDS.

GOD has so thoroughly washed us from our sin, that He has seen fit to dwell in us as His very own temple! He is no longer content to visit people once a year in a temple made of stone, but is overjoyed to have intimate fellowship with His beloved by dwelling in our newly fashioned hearts (EZEK. 36:26; JN. 3:3; 1 PET. 1:23; ACTS 17:24-25; 1 COR.3:16; 6:19-20).

When God the Father looks upon us, His children (JN. 1:12-13) He sees us in the Person of Christ, and as much as He approves of His Son (MATT. 3:17), He likewise approves of us who are in Christ (1 PET. 2:5; 2 THESS. 2:13).

You are the light of God in this darkened world of sin - MATT. 5:14; PHIL. 2:15.

You are His ambassadors officially sanctioned and authorized to bring His Gospel to the lost - 2 COR. 5:20-21.

You have the Spirit of Christ in you so that by His power, not your own, you are able to do all that the LORD intends for you regarding His glorious plans tailor made just for you - 1 COR. 15:10; 1 TIM. 1:11-13; 2 COR. 12:9-10.

You are a priest of God who has the spiritual authority to pray for sinners and saints alike; by the blood of Christ you are privileged to enter into the HOLY of HOLIES (the genuine one located at the very THRONE of GOD!) and there experience fellowship with the glorious and awesome GOD of all creation! 

(On a side note (but not really 'on the side') I am blown away at the fact that I, a redeemed sinner am able to visit the throne of God and as His child in a sense, push passed powerful angelic beings who must cover themselves in their wings for all of the glories of God's majestic light and approach Him Who I call Abba - HEB. 4:16; ROM. 8:15.)

You are chosen of God as part of the generation of the righteous!
You are a member of God's Holy nation!
You are peculiar! - uh, well that's not what you think it means. Today, 'peculiar' means strange or weird. In the old English it means something highly valued and prized and therefore purchased (Although I do use this verse out of context sometimes with tongue in cheek as an excuse for my own peculiar weirdness, ha ha!)

1 PETER 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

You are a heavenly ruler in the making! The LORD God intends for us to rule and reign along with our LORD Jesus Christ, Who humbled Himself as the Supreme Servant, even providing the holy service as a sacrifice Lamb Who took away the sin of the world and because of this extreme humbling and servanthood, GOD highly exalted Him above all others! See PHIL. 2:5-11; REV. 1:6; 5:10.

NOTE: Being humble is not being self-denigrating ("I'm just the dirt under the toe nail of Christ" sort of thing); it is complete and transparent honesty before God and others. On the one hand we can humbly admit that we are sinners who in our own right are worthy of hellfire and damnation. Yet with equal humbleness we can say that we are children of God, beloved of the LORD, heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ (ROM. 8:17) by the grace of God.

If you have expressed faith in Christ and have witnessed a holy change in your life then by biblical definition you are an overcomer! - 1 JN. 5:4.

If we are considered losers as children of God, from the world's perspective; if we are rendered as worthless and such that will never amount to anything by family or (so-called) friends; if we find that we cannot do anything right, are always bungling things and see ourselves as inept - then so be it!

~ We have indeed LOST the death-saturated sins that once kept us in bondage by the grace of God!

~ We are in fact worthless to the kingdom of darkness and this fallen world of sin, both of which are on a collision course with GOD's HOLY JUDGMENT and will one day know destruction - by the way, you're in good company: this world looks at the prophets of God, the apostles of the LORD, and even JESUS Himself as worthless too!

~ If we find that we are weak, inept and never succeeding at anything we attempt, then praise GOD! We are only proving the Scripture true that in us, there indeed dwells no good thing (ROM. 7:18); may we therefore be encouraged to let the grace of GOD work through us instead of our own efforts and will power. His grace will do His work in us and HIS will be the glory as accomplished in our lives!

When it comes to godly ventures and missions of mercy and assigments of grace, PHIL. 4:13 holds true! 

PHIL. 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

So then, child of God, overcomer, prince or princess of the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords; you citizen of heaven, you royal member of GOD's exclusive priesthood - the next time you fall under your previous identity, reinforced by the estimation of this world or those around you, shake that off and put back on those robes of righteousness and consider the truth of God's Word that you have read today! Regard what GOD sees you as, and no one else, according to the Truth of Scripture and your identity in CHRIST!

For more on who you are in CHRIST, please read the following from The TRUTH Under FIRESHOW ME


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

JEWELS from the GOSPEL of JOHN - The LAMB and the DOVE

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

JOHN 1:29-34

29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

The Baptist saw Jesus coming unto him - 
Many times when the LORD comes to us, He comes to bring revelation of Himself. This happens when the Spirit of Christ visits us as we traverse the broad expanse of His Holy Word and discover in that Country of canon blessed knowledge of the Christ. May we pray this day as we open the pages of Scripture, that JESUS comes to us and reveals Himself in greater, deeper and more glorious ways by which our love for Him grows accordingly.

The Baptist had revelation of Jesus and proclaimed Him as the Lamb. This is vernacular familiar to the Jewish people. They understood what a lamb was for - sacrifice. Yet this was no ordinary lamb, but THE Lamb - of GOD!! See GEN. 3:15; HEB. 10:18; 1 COR. 5:7 and 1 PET. 1:18-19.
He Who would bear the sins of His people (ISAIAH 53:6, 8, 10) and also the sin of the entire world would He take away! GAL. 1:4; EPH. 5:2; TITUS 2:14; HEB. 9:26.
John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the eternal one, for He preceded Him, for "He was before me" that is, long before John was ever born, Jesus is the I AM. We all know that John and Jesus were cousins, and that John was the older of the two (by six months) and yet here he plainly states that Jesus was before him; thus we understand what the Baptist was saying - just as the LORD Himself simply declared to the Pharisees: 

JOHN 8:58
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John testified of the nature of the Christ in JOHN 3:31 as well. Paul speaks of Him in COL. 1:17-18 as being the One Who is "before all things" and is Himself "the beginning" (He Who had no beginning, but is eternal). The author of Hebrews addresses the truth that the Son is not some high ranking cherub (a super-angel), but God Himself* (HEB. 1:8) Who dwells in eternity (ISAIAH 57:15).

* - For an in depth study on the Deity of Christ see the following TTUF article (part 1 of 5) here.

The Messiah was indeed manifested to Israel, just as prophecy indicated, as in the book of Malachi:

MALACHI 3:1
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

And based on this Scripture, John found authorization as the LORD's "...messenger [who would] prepare the way before Me..."
The Baptist recognized his cousin as the genuine, authentic Messiah of Israel when he saw the Spirit descend as a dove (note: the text doesn't say that the Spirit came down in the form of a dove, but as a dove) and in vs. 32 and 33 the writer of the Gospel of John (the apostle himself) states that the Spirit "abode upon Him" and "remaining" - this is wholly different than any other prophet in the OT, for they had the Spirit come upon them during separate occasions of anointed ministry, but then He would depart (and return again at other times). Not so with the Prophet of prophets and the Apostle of apostles:

JOHN 3:34
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. (See also ISAIAH 61:1).

To examine someone who has the most powerful anointing, we need look no further than the LORD Jesus Christ Himself, and He must be the measure by which all other so-called ministers are compared. Too, too many preachers and televangelists who claim to have powerful anointings conduct their ministry and personal behavior contrary to the example of Jesus! If any claim that their anointing is of God, then let their conduct emulate that of the LORD Himself (not in the same measure necessarily, but in kindred quality at the least) for He is the baptizer of the same Holy Spirit with which He Himself is anointed!

Such chapters as 1 COR. 13 and GALATIANS 5, among many others, reveals just how one's conduct will prove out whether or not they are truly anointed. The LAMB anointed of God the Father with the Spirit who is seen "as a dove" are interesting as metaphors, because both creatures are known for their gentleness and peace. May we follow our LORD's example in being "gentle unto all men" (2 TIM. 2:24) and being "peacemakers" with "the Gospel of peace" (MATT. 5:9; ROM. 10:15) by which repentant sinners may find "peace with God" (ROM. 5:1) via Jesus Christ, the LAMB Who takes away the sin of the world!

This concludes this exhortation; the next JEWEL from the GOSPEL of JOHN will address JOHN 1:35-39, and is entitled: The LEADER that is the LAMB.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

JEWELS from the GOSPEL of JOHN - FIRE and WATER: JOHN 1:23-27


The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

The prophets of old, born of the nation of Israel, and sent to the people were shown glorious things in visions of prophecy; many of which they didn't understand, and most especially in regards to the Messiah. Some of the visions and knowledge sent to them by God revealed the Messiah as a powerful, conquering King Who would lead His people Israel into victory and rule over the nations. Other visions showed the Messiah as meek, humble and suffering.

Such seeming contradictions were resolved in the Person of Jesus Christ Who fulfilled every prophecy made of Him as far as His First Advent is concerned; there are yet more prophecies to be fulfilled regarding His Second Advent, and so they shall be.

John the Baptist was honored above all prophets and seers of the Old Testament, in that he was the one chosen of God who would introduce the Messiah to Israel. The LORD Himself declared that of all the prophets (ALL! Including Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel), there were none as great as John the Baptist! WOW, huh?

Recall his words concerning himself:

JOHN 1:23
23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Just a voice, unseen and only truly heard by those who had an "ear to hear" - a humble prophet who was content to 'take the back seat' as it were, once the Messiah appeared and began His ministry (JN. 3:30). The Pharisees sent inquirers to this strange, camel-coated prophet who spent his time in the Judean deserts, and when John declared who he was, and dutifully baptized Jews who came to him in repentance, they asked him:

JOHN 1:24-27
24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

If only Christian leaders of today's world would follow John the Baptist's example of humility and his tender willingness to yield the center stage to the LORD Jesus! Televison abounds with programs where we see various so called ministers of Christ, with THEIR names emblazoned on the screen declaring THEIR ministry! They don't wear camel hair, they wear Armani suits. There hands are decked with costly gold and jewels, rather than rough hewn and calloused like those no doubt, of the Baptists. Their feet are covered with expensive, fine leather shoes while the Baptists feet were probably covered in mud.

Televangelists boast and brag about their bank accounts, of their wealth and prosperity, of their status as 'a god' and empowered by - not the Force, but by the power of Faith (as if faith in itself is a power!?) - not so with the Baptist, though he exhibited far greater and deeper faith than all those ego-driven celebrities put together!  The Baptist tells it true with no regard to his own station or promotion: "There is One here that you do not know, that I am not even worthy to be His slave who is bound to the most menial of tasks!"

How intent John was in exalting the LORD, debasing himself before others when he could have made a name for himself. He declares instead that He is "preferred before me..." 

As Christians we should follow the Baptist's example, whose method of ministry mirrors that of the Holy Spirit Himself: He never speaks of, nor draws attention to Himself, but resolutely and always points to Jesus! The Holy Spirit is invisible, unseen and is content to be so. Likewise this Voice that is the Baptist - willing to be 'unseen' as any voice is, and rather let people see CHRIST instead! Let us be "all about Jesus" and point others to Him and if we boast of anything at all - let our boasts be limited to these two things: How great is our God and how weak we are without Him!

Before we end this exhortation, lets turn to a parallel passage in Luke Ch. 3 . . . 

LUKE 3:16-17
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

The Baptist used water to baptize; yet the LORD Jesus baptized His followers with the Holy Spirit and fire! And the Baptist declared that when He came, He would purge His floor - that floor being the land of Israel no doubt, and those purged would be His people dwelling on the land. Yet "not all are Israel that are of Israel" (ROM. 9:5-7) and those who are not Jews by spiritual faith are chaff, being merely physical descendents of Abraham, the father of the faithful. These will be purged and He will burn them with fire unquenchable! 
The same goes for the chaff that represents unbelieving Gentiles!
While humble and ever willing to take that place of humility, the Baptist didn't mince words, nor did he spare feelings, nor did he soft-soap his words! He declared the truth and warned people of the coming Judgment!

May we likewise not become slack and timid when it comes to such declarations and warnings towards those who are yet unbelieving and unrepentant! Even among our family members who might get upset with us for our boldness; even if we risk the anger of friends by telling them the Gospel truth

ALSO, something else to consider:

The ministry of WATER (The Word of GOD; EPH. 5:26) and that of FIRE (The Spirit of GOD; HEB. 12:29) are both to be employed by the child of GOD in reaching the lost! I recall these words from a teacher I had early on in my Christian walk:

"The Word without the Spirit - you dry up; the Spirit without the Word - you blow up; the Spirit with the Word - you grow up!"
Let us therefore "grow in the grace and the knowledge of our LORD Jesus Christ" (2 PET. 3:18) and meet the challenge of reaching this, our generation, with the Gospel of Salvation, with the FIRE and WATER! 

AMEN!!

Next time we shall behold more JEWELS from the GOSPEL of JOHN, from the text of JOHN 1:29-34, entitled: The LAMB and the DOVE!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

THE 'SUPEREST' OF ALL HEROS, EVER!

Heroes. They are people we look up to, respect, admire, emulate and see as worthy role models. They are both real and contrived; we read about them in newspapers and watch them on television as well as follow their exploits in biographies and documentaries.
Then there is the notion of 'super-heroes' - those who stand above and beyond the normal, every day human being, endowed by one means or another with superhuman and or supernatural powers. However, whether one is talking about real life flesh and blood heroes or those of the graphic novel (comic book) super-heroes, they all share certain traits: bravery, strength, integrity, compassion, a strong sense of morality, courage, determination, fortitude and other traits besides.

We have witnessed a surge in the cinematic sensations of super-heroes in films for the past twenty years, plus; beginning with the film Superman starring Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman in 1978 and then eleven years later Batman with Michael Keaton and Jack Nickolson. Eleven years later the first X-Men film came out and then just two years later the first Spider-man premiered. 

Since then (and before) a vast score of super-hero films have been produced, some live-action and others animated. They all possess to one degree or another, the same traits as mentioned above. 

Yet how does one measure heroism? What sort of elements must a super-hero contain in order to rank one above another?

One might logically suppose that the bravest would rank highest. The most powerful could also be considered as the greatest. The one who took the greatest risk of self-sacrifice or actually committed the greatest act of self-sacrifice would seem worthy of the title of the greatest. Of course, in this criteria we can't forget to add: the one who saved the most number of lives would be rightfully thought of as the greatest.

One could consider Batman or Iron Man and their endeavors to save their respective cities (Gotham and New York) or Aquaman or Superman in saving the planet from certain doom. They could even risk much, even their lives to save the population of an entire city, nation or even the entire globe.

Among the strongest of these demi-god-like beings (Have you ever considered that the realm of super-hero legend and fandom can be likened to the Greek and Roman pantheon of the gods? Indeed, today's Super Hero films can be viewed as a kind of Americanized version of the pantheon) Superman would probably rank the highest; the only one with strength enough to actually move the planet Earth out of its established orbit. The Hulk would rank a close number 2, followed by the likes of Captain Marvel, Thor, and so on.

The likes of these fictitious characters would seem to vastly outshine any heroic exploits committed by their real life counterparts of mere flesh and blood humanity . . . with one certain and notable exception.

Someone who is most definitely human, through and through; Someone Who was born into this world, lived His life, and died . . . but didn't stay dead! Obviously from the picture in today's article and this last bit about coming back from the dead (Ever you noticed how many times characters in films these days actually come back from the dead? As if to minimize the extraordinaries of such a thing) you already know Whom I'm referring to.

Yet as we examine the very real Person of Jesus Christ, Who is fully 100% man and yet also fully 100% God, we can perceive all of these heroic traits but maximized to their fullest extent.

Here we have in One Person all of the traits mentioned before, and more besides! Considering intelligence and knowledge: He is omniscient - He possesses all knowledge and all awareness of everything that transpires in every domain in existence (whether heaven or earth or hell, or any regions in the midst of these).

He is omnipresent - other Super Heroes have to show up first in order to save the day; not so with Jesus, God the Son: since He has assumed His physically immortal state in a glorified body (one that we saints will also possess when once we inherit the fullness of the kingdom!) He is immediate in His locality where ever He may be needed. Long before dire need arises, He stands ready to lend aid and rescue the soul that cries out for help!

He is omnipotent - Superman, as has been said once by Russell Crowe who portrayed Jor-El, Superman's (Kal-El) Kryptonian father, is "at the top of the food-chain of all super heroes". And yet the Man of Steel cannot hold a candle to this Man from Nazareth; for all his super powers, Jesus exceeds him in every capacity to the same extreme as the heavens are above the earth! Superman might be able to budge the Earth a bit, but Jesus is the Creator of the entire universe, Creator of Heaven and Earth! THAT's power!

Those are just the considerations of His abilities, what about His nature and character?

His integrity was such that even His enemies, after scrutinizing Him for over three years couldn't find any fault with Him (JOHN 8:46)! Even Satan, for all his wiles and subtlety couldn't seduce Him into any sinful action (MATT. 4:1-11)!

His compassion was unequalled and indefatigable, bringing healing and relief to the sick, maimed, oppressed and all others that suffered in some way (MATT. 20:34; LUKE 7:13).

Considering His bravery, no one comes close to what Jesus displayed for all the rank and file of Satan's armies that stood against the Holy Son of God and for the sum total of sin of all humanity that would ravage His righteous soul while on the cross, that would shred His resolute bond of communion with the Father that existed since all eternity past and leave Him abjectly and forlornly alone during His greatest and deepest agony on Golgotha hill (MATT. 27:46)!

No one had a greater sense of justice than Jesus, for His standard was nothing like any such standard in all the world - it was the very Law of God, which He fulfilled entirely (MATT. 5:17). This reflects back on His flawless integrity as well.

When it comes to defending the victim, the underdog, the oppressed, no one excels like Jesus! He declared His meritorious mandate as the Messiah of Israel after reading a prophetic passage from Isaiah:

LUKE 4:17-19

17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

He is the absolute and incontestable title holder of the essence of "Savior" in that He not only saved His people (Israel) from their sins (MATT. 1:21), but also innumerable souls among the Gentiles (REV. 5:9); yet not only did He save people out of the time of His holy visitation on this Earth, but He also saved, and still is saving souls out of every generation from then until now! The resulting salvation of souls will enumerate vast incalculable billions of redeemed (REV. 7:9)!

And as far as self-sacrifice, any and every super-hero pales before the monumental and supreme sacrifice that Jesus made! Consider PSALM 22 and ISAIAH 53 and that just for starters; read through the following passages as well:

2 CORINTHIANS 5:18-21; esp. vs. 21

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.


21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

PHIL. 2:6-8

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Then consider what exactly Jesus saved people from: the eternal punishment and unimaginable destructive agony and torment of hell - there IS no greater peril that people potentially suffered in all the adventures of any super-hero any where in film or page that compares to this! 

ISAIAH 5:14 

Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

COL. 1:12-14

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

REV. 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Scripture clearly states that those who are classified as "overcomers" will not suffer the ravages of hell, but whose redemption from there is absolute and certain, as their names are recorded in the Book of Life (REV. 3:5). And who are the "overcomers"? Those who are "born of God" as spoken of in JOHN 1:12-13 and JOHN 3:3, 5:

1 JOHN 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Such faith as expressed towards Jesus Christ and His glorious Gospel is required for this spiritual rebirth, and once such faith has been committed to the Person of Jesus, believing on His Name, is drawn into the ranks of the overcomers!

So much more could be said in extolling and exalting the blessed and worthy Name of Jesus (ACTS 4:12; EPH. 1:20-21; PHIL 2:9-10), the Holy Son of God (LUKE 1:35), the Word made flesh (JOHN 1:14), LORD of heaven and earth, the Savior of the world - but for more on this, I refer you to the Holy Scriptures themselves for the sum total of these pages are written about Him (PS. 40:7).

Needless to say, JESUS CHRIST is most glorious and without equal in all the realms of reality or fantasy! This same JESUS is returning one day to save those whose hearts express life-changing faith in Him, even such salvation as rescuing this fallen world itself from the vile and devious plans that Satan has for this final age to come. 
I am referring to the time when the anti-Christ, the Beast of Revelation will reign over humanity for a short seven years, but whose reign will be cast down, destroyed and replaced with the Holy and Righteous reign of the LORD Jesus Christ where peace and life shall be prominent the globe over! Our Holy Hero will prevail!!