WHY DID JESUS CHRIST DIE ON THE CROSS? WHAT IS THAT TO ME?

Cross!

Posted by Elfriede Copple

These questions are being asked over and over again. How do we answer them? Is there a short answer to the first question? Like:

He died in our place, paying the price for our sins, to save us from eternal suffering in hell!

Is that the short answer?

It’s a true statement but most people would argue that they aren’t sinners, so it wouldn’t be of any help to them as an explanation. We need to cut to their heart, meaning they need to understand what a “sin/sinner” is! If they don’t understand that they have sinned than they don’t need the Savior either!

The Apostle Paul said: I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7 NKJV)

The law made the Apostle Paul aware of the fact that he was a sinner and needed a Savior!

Let’s use the law in answering the question why Jesus died on the cross!

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7 NIV)

How many people use the Lord’s name in vain daily? They don’t even know what they are doing because everyone seems to be doing it! So what? – If they only knew!

“You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15 NIV)

Who hasn’t taken something that doesn’t belong to them? Even taking a paperclip from your office, or picking an apple from a tree that is hanging over the fence is “stealing”. Narrow minded? NO!

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16 NIV)

Lying has been made so acceptable in our society. It’s just a little white lie! Integrity is a rare find nowadays.

We are all guilty of breaking God’s commandments! No exceptions! And since we are all guilty we need a Savior because we cannot pay the price required to achieve “righteousness in the eyes of the Lord”.

So, the BAD NEWS is that we are all guilty and should be condemned to hell for eternity!

The GOOD NEWS is that if you seriously repent of your sins, turn away from them, ask God the Father for forgiveness for your wrong doings, and invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart, He will save you and give you the gift of eternal life!

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV)

David Dunlap, president of Cornerstone Magazine, wrote: “There are no special works required for God’s salvation. Faith in Christ is a response of the heart, not a work.”

However, YOU have to accept the free gift.

It will change your life!


TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

What is your answer to the question “Why did Jesus die on the Cross?” Is there a short answer? Looking forward to your comment!

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER 6:15-17

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Front Cover of DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST Study Guide

The Book of Revelation teaches us so very much. Once we get to the end we are able to understand prophecies which have already been fulfilled and the ones which are still due to be fulfilled. Armed with this knowledge we are prepared for the day of the rapture, and I believe that we will have the driving desire to reach out to family and friends and maybe even strangers who are not yet prepared and tell them the truth about the future as well as eternity!

Below is another excerpt from the Study Guide: DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST which is still in the design stage but might be going to the printer by the end of next week:

REVELATION 6:15-17
15And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Commentary on verses 15-17:
See Ezekiel 32:6-8; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31.
People will want to die but can’t. The great day of His wrath begins Christ’s judgment—a “Day of the Lord.”

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Ezekiel 32:6-8   6“I will also water the land with the flow of your blood, even to the mountains, and the riverbeds will be full of you. 7When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. 8All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you, and bring darkness upon your land,” says the Lord GOD.

Commentary:
Ezekiel 32:6-8 concerns the sun, moon and stars, and Ezekiel’s prophecy lines up with the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Joel 1:15   Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty.

Commentary:
In Joel 1:15 again the prophecies relating to the beginning of the Great Tribulation are all in miraculous agreement. 

Joel 2:1   1Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the LORD is coming, for it is at hand: …
Joel 2:11   11The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?
Joel 2:31   31“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” …

Commentary:
In Joel 2:1, 11, 31 **the trumpet is used to alarm the people to the seriousness of the crisis that is upon them. A double figure of locusts and a future invading army may be intended in verses 1-11. Nature has not gone awry; the locusts are not beyond God’s control. They move at His specific command.** We read of this also in Exodus when Pharaoh’s heart was hardened: Exodus 10:4: “Or else, if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.” The great and awesome day of the LORD spoken of in verse 31 *will be preceded by wonders in the heavens. Some of these predicted signs are blood, fire, pillars of smoke, the sun turning into darkness and the moon into blood. All who turn to Jesus as Messiah (Christ, Savior), calling on His name, will be saved to enter the Millennium with Him.* Joel informs us of the breathtaking might before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.


*…* – quoted from The Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald Copyright © 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995 by William MacDonald

**…** – quoted from The King James Study Bible. Copyright © 1988 by Thomas Nelson commentary


We always enjoy any commentaries from our readers. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Have a blessed day!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST – Bible Study Guide

Posted by Elfriede Copple

We have submitted the manuscript to the publisher for design and received the first proof which needs a few more corrections.

Here is the Bible Prophecy Timeline after the cross which we added to the Study Guide.

Bible Prophecy Timeline after the Cross

We will keep you updated on when the Study Guide will be published and available.

PRAISE BE TO GOD!

Bible Study Notes on the Book of Revelation Chapter 5:1, 2-4

Posted by Elfriede Copple from the Study Guide: DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST



Revelation 5:1
1And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

Commentary on verse 1:   John sees in God the Father’s right hand the scroll sealed with seven seals. All the messages have been sealed by the authority of God. We know the Father is the One seated on the throne, because we learn in verse 6 that the Lord Jesus is standing in the midst of the throne, and He is in the midst of the elders. The breaking of the seals will reveal the message inside each part of the **scroll which contains the Tribulation judgments of God** (Ezekiel 2:9-10; Daniel 12:4; Revelation 6).

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Ezekiel 2:9-10   9Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10Then He spread it before me; inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.

In Ezekiel 2:9-10 the prophet *was forewarned that his ministry would be unpopular. We too are forewarned that a true presentation of the Gospel will be offensive to the unsaved. It is commonly known as “the offenses of the cross.” To some people we are the aroma of death* (2 Corinthians 2:15).

Daniel 12:4   “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Daniel 12:4 teaches us that *(quoting Tregelles) “many shall scrutinize the book from end to end.” Many will study the prophetic Word and knowledge of it shall surely increase during the Great Tribulation.*

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Revelation 5:2-4
2Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

Commentary on verses 2-4:   **No one among mankind or angels could be found to remove the seals and read the scroll.** Only Christ can do so. (Isaiah 29:11)

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Isaiah 29:11   The whole vision [of the false seers—false prophets] has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.” And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

People’s willful blindness brings judicial blindness upon themselves. God’s Word is unintelligible—indiscernible—to them (1 Corinthians 2:14). To some it is a sealedbook, to others it is illegible. Everyone who does not accept it has an excuse. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is hereby opened.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*Quotations and paraphrased quotations marked *.. quoted text * taken from The Believer’s Bible Comentary by William MacDonald Copyright © 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995 by William MacDonald. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

**Quotations and paraphrased quotations marked **.. quoted text ** taken from The King James Study Bible. Copyright © 1988 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST – Bible Study Guide

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Getting close. We are doing the last review of the manuscript. It will be so much easier to navigate. We will add a Timeline graph to chapter 4.

Here is the Timeline before the cross. Will post the Timeline after the cross next week.

We are planning to submit the manuscript to the publisher on Monday and will keep you updated on when it will be available.

PRAISE BE TO GOD!

UPDATE ON OUR PROGRESS TO IMPROVE THE REVELATION STUDY GUIDE

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Mike and I are very excited that we are almost finished reformatting the “DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST” Study Guide. It is going to be more user friendly in its entirety.

Below is a screenshot of what it will look like:

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON COLOSSIANS 2:1-23

Posted by Elfriede Copple

We have been studying the Book of Revelation but the other day while reading Colossians 2:1-23 I realized that this relates to Revelation 3:14-22.

Colossians 2:1 – Paul writes:
“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea,…”

Laodicea is the seventh of the Seven Churches Jesus speaks to in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea is the “lukewarm/complacent” church! They considered themselves “rich, wealthy and have need of nothing” as Laodicea was the centre for three major industries which were banking, textiles and medicines in those days.

Paul tells them in Colossians 2:2-3 that he desires, “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”.

Life in Laodicea was very difficult for the Christians. For example, in order to get into the “Market Place” where all the trade happened they had to burn incense at the gate in honor and to worship the god of gods—who was “Caesar”! This was a requirement put in place by “man”! God commands that believers have no other gods beside Him though!

Further, in order to belong to the guild—a circle business people were to join—you had to worship other gods (for trade and blessings with finances), and attend the annual celebrations which would end up being festivals of drinking, eating food sacrificed to idols, and sexual immorality that took place in temples of the various gods! A place in complete violation of God’s commands!

To drive home the point, Paul warns them in verses 4-5 not to be deceived with persuasive words but to be steadfast in their faith in Christ. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!

In Colossians 2:8, 16-18 and 20-23 Paul gives us a preview of what the Christians in Laodicea will have to deal with, and how they will have to stand fast in their faith in order to not fall for the temptation to comply with men’s traditions just so that they can do business.

Colossians 2:8: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ”.

Colossians 2:16-18: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

Colossians 2:20-23: “Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.”

Are we complying with some of men’s traditions in order to fit in or to belong to the world?

May we stay firm in the Lord!


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.