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1, Sermon 15Isa
53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of
the LORD revealed?
Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report?
and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Isa 53:1 Who
hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD
What did Isaiah hear directly 'revealed' from the Lord?
Sermon deals with this question and how did it become reflected into
the New Testament?
53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to (i.e.
whom is the arm
of the LORD revealed?
The word 'Who'
actually means 'who',
and so does the word 'whom'.
The word 'to'
actually means 'above,
The word 'believed'
means 'to build
up or support it
so as to faithfully
(i.e. live it and recommend it) as truthful
The word 'report'
heard and thus officially announced to
whom the message is intended'.
The word 'revealed'
means 'strip off
or strip away'
(a verb), implying the idea
from above downward' clearly
downward toward anything trying to subtract from the message'.
Isaiah wants to know, "Who
believes and accepts what he and other of the prophets have been
announcing?"And he wants to know, "Who is gazing upward to
see the stripped (i.e. uncovered) Mighty Arm of the Lord that shows his
anger and pending
Please note that it was within grace
that the Arm had
been covered so as not to unduly terrify the people; yet now, the
cover has been stripped
to the people for their
doings against their
The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ
abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted
up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little
while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest
darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not
whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye
may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed,
and did hide himself from them.
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they
not on him: That
the saying of Esaias (Isaiah)
the prophet might
be fulfilled, which he spake, (in
frustration to the) Lord,
who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord
been revealed (...
does not anyone see it)?
This passage points to
Isaiah 53:1 where the prophet actually spoke to the Lord (not to his
readers) as he lamented in wondering 'who'
was really listening to the Lord's words and viewing the Lord's now
Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He
hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should
not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be
converted, and I (the
Lord) should heal
them. These things said Esaias, when
he saw his glory
Lord Christ's glory),
spake of him (Christ
am going through this one last time (9-10-15) before placing it on
the website. In America too many brethren are not gazing upward; because
in light of Daniel 11:5 and on through the chapter it may well be
that the prophecy is being set up in the Middle East. For nearly 40
years I have told anyone who would listen that everything of the End
Times has to do with The Bible Lands
... not elsewhere.]]
Isaiah heard. As a prophet,
Isaiah announced. As a prophet, Isaiah wondered in conversation with
the Lord about 'who'
actually heard him! In this
passage, then, it surely seems that the 'who'
is (are) those believers 'who might
actually be gazing upward'... did
they not see the momentous warning?
Isaiah (having seen the Lord's glory
and therefore spake of him) and the
Apostle John (having lived and walked
with the Lord) both were clearly
describing what Isaiah had seen and with whom John had lived and
walked. In other words, the Mighty Arm was continued 'stripped
bare'. The Lord Christ Jesus himself
was (and still is) making that claim by quoting Isiah, and we should
Ah, but only those gazing upward ... Jesus always pointed upward to
his Father ... could see the Bared Arm. Moreover, it was to such
folks that Jesus was identified as their Christ
Messiah. Furthermore, the Arm
emphasized the power
Jesus as it was threating God's people.
The passages following in
Isiah 53:1 and following in John 12:41give us a description
that points to
Christ, both as
to when he would
to Israel as a babe Jesus
and as to when
he would actually walk the earth among his people.
Let us therefore
consider the description.
Description by Isaiah
For he (whom the
prophecy is about) shall
grow up (i.e.
face' of the
Lord) as a tender
'a fallen tree
sprouting from its roots'),
and as a root out of a dry (i.e.
earth): he (of
the prophecy) hath
no form (i.e.
and when we shall see him,
there is no beauty (i.e.
that we should
desire (i.e. 'to
The first word 'he'
is not in the original text. Yet, it is implied and it refers to the
one in the prophecy. The second 'he'
is 'the Lord'
of verse 1. So
first let me rewrite this verse (i.e. my opinion according to the
He is despised (i.e.
and rejected of
of men in the general
man (i.e. also
'man in the
of sorrows (i.e.
and acquainted with grief: and we hid (i.e.
as it were
our faces (i.e.
from) him ;
he was despised (i.e.
and we esteemed (i.e.
'to weave with
'For the prophesied one
shall arise as
the face of
the Lord ... a tree (i.e. of heaven) come down to the parched earth
to sprout out from the (heavenly) tree's roots ... (the prophesied
one having) no comely figure nor magnificence (as when in heaven) ...
and so when we (Israelites) see him (walking among us) there shall be
no impression upon us that we should delight in him.'
The Son is the face of the Father (stated elsewhere) such that earth
and earthlings can only look or speak to the Father through the Son.
Likewise we see here that this Prophesied One when on the earth is the
face of the Son, the Lord, of heaven. Remember this was prophecy and
meant to be 'mystery' until the prophecy is fulfilled. Nonetheless,
the prophecy-fact of the Bared Arm was and continued to be in effect
to Israel and it continues in effect to the entire world whether
anyone sees it or not.
These following verses have
to do with the person of the babe and teen years of Jesus; but even
more they are a
everything (having been named 'Jesus'
according to the Angel Gabriel) regarding Christ's mission while
walking among the people ... and doing the Father's actions and
speaking the Father's words.
Indeed, we know from Bible
history that through the ages the Israelites were not constantly
pleased with Israel's God (the Lord). Therefore, by means of Isaiah
the Lord gave this prophecy regarding how the people would react to
him when walking among them ... that he and his walk before the
Father would give them no
and certainly would not give them an
people of the lineage of Abraham would be drawn unto him (i.e. as
teacher, master, savior, Lord, healer, etc.); for he would walk as
prophesied ... the very Son of God ... indeed, the very Face
of God. Such
folk, then, were drawn by the Spirit upon Jesus Christ.
Surely, in heaven and
on earth and
again in heaven he is and
always shall be the Father's Shepherd unto the Father's sheep.
Moreover, Christ has been and continues to be the Shepherd of his own
others were drawn by the Spirit to Jesus; and except for the Father's
extraordinary actions and words,
such Israelites saw Jesus
as quite unimpressive ... a somewhat distasteful misfit. They could not
understand what attracted all the crowds, much less the disciples, to
him. Moreover, they viewed his teachings and physical person as
altogether dangerous for the nation and especially dangerous for the
holy city of Jerusalem. They must protect God's people from Jesus'
Sadly, from its
establishment in the world as a religion among many religions, Church
leaders have mostly ignored the Promised-Christ (i.e. previously
living in heaven) and focused on an earth-walking-Jesus ... a man
much like themselves but without sin. Therefore, he has been
fashioned into something lovely,
endearing, sweet, compassionate, etc. along
the lines of an
outstanding human being, a super-non-sinning human to be emulated.
hope is for an Attraction to draw lost souls unto the Church where
they can be saved and join the Church and work for God by drawing
others to the Church. Is it not preached that we must become more
We have come to think that
being saved into
working in the Church, ministering in the Church, loving each other in the Church,
and separating ourselves from the
world, etc. ... is Christianity.
Indeed, the world has accepted this concept of glorification of the
Church as a religious truth; therefore, the world refers to the
Church as but one of the world's major religions.
Dear reader, are you a child of the
Kingdom of Heaven or “a
saint in and of the Church”?
How mixed up are we? Isaiah is still trying to get our attention. He
is wondering if we have heard what he announced when he had seen the
glory and heard it from the Lord himself. The Apostle John also is
wondering about me and you and about the brethren. Are we wondering
about that Bared Arm?
Let me write it with the
original wording and meaning (as I see it): 'Being
he became vacant
of men in general; in
that he was considered only as a
man in anguish, acquainted with grief,
men averted their faces from him
the world's society.'
Surely he (i.e.
hath borne (i.e.
our griefs (i.e.
and carried our sorrows (i.e.
yet we did esteem (i.e.
thought' him to
smitten of God, and afflicted
down' by the
Hand of God). But
was wounded for
our transgressions (i.e.
he was bruised for our iniquities: the (deserved)
our peace was upon him; and (yet)
with his stripes
we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned
every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him (the
prophesied one) the
iniquity of us all.
the prophecy became exactly the consideration of Jesus by the men of
Israel's leading society. If he was really "a nothing" ...
as expressed in the prophecy how people would view him ... then why
did they get worked up about him to want him crucified? It is so
today, as the world continues to crucify this 'Nothingness'.
At that time, this was a
of a leprous man as viewed
by his own society. What a perfect description
of the world's
attitude regarding Christ
Jesus as men consider him vacant
(i.e. valueless) and worthy
And even the Church considers him a lovely, giving, sweet sinless man
to be emulated ... as if humans could actually emulate God!
Isaiah prophesied this as a
warning to be read by Israelites for when the Messiah would walk
among them. The warning continues today. Therefore, 'iniquity'
is defined Biblically as a
sheep of God who has gone to 'his
How many varied church "'doctrines" exist today? How
fortunate we are that 'the
LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all'.
Indeed, we value "forgiveness
of the Lord"
much more than "fear
of the Lord".
I am very thankful for forgiveness,
but also I fear
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth:
brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her
shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth
was witnessing it).
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare
speak about it')
for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the
of my people was
he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked (i.e.
and (yet) with
the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was
any deceit in his mouth (...
therefore the worldly Roman governor permitted the body to be placed
in a rich man's tomb).
Isiah had witnessed it or
was witnessing it as he was writing of it ... which was directly from
the Lord about himself. Perhaps
the Lord's action on earth
was like a rerun of it ... as it was planned and perhaps rehearsed in
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief (i.e.
says to the Lord) when
thou shalt make (i.e.
soul an offering for sin, he shall see (i.e.
(what) his seed
(and so) he
shall prolong his days (with
them), and the
pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isaiah comments on what he
sees and so he considers what the prophesied one probably would think
in that future situation. Isaiah knows that this one is of
the Lord, yet does not
realize that this one is
the Lord, the covenanted,
promised Christ, Messiah.
shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: (and
the Lord responds) by
his knowledge (of
what he sees) shall
my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their
Isaiah calculates that the
prophesied one would prolong his days, even in travail, that the Lord
might use him to pleasingly prosper some of the people ... and thus
gain glory for God.
The Lord tells Isiah that
when the season arrives this one shall fully see what lies before him
and he shall be satisfied in knowing that his mission shall be
fulfilled ... and by his full knowing of it he knows he shall
also bear the iniquities of the rebellious 'seed'.
Jesus the prophesied one will know that his sacrifice to the Father
shall bring to the Father 'many
the Lord had said -
Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful
garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no
more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake
thyself from the dust; arise, [and] sit down, O Jerusalem: loose
thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For
thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall
be redeemed without money.
For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt
to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is
taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl,
saith the LORD; and my name continually every day [is] blasphemed.
Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore [they shall know]
in that day that I [am] he that doth speak: behold, [it is] I.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth
good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of
good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God
reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice
together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the
LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing
together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted
his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
prophecy is to introduce the next prophecy of Isaiah 53 (just above)
about a Prophesied One. And the following verses will Describe
The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
says the Lord,) Depart
ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence (i.e.
where they have been scattered in the nations),
touch no unclean [thing]; go ye out of the midst of her (perhaps
the Great Babylon of Revelations);
be ye clean (said
to the families of Levi),
that bear the vessels of the LORD. For ye shall not go out with
haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God
of Israel [will be] your reward.
my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled,
and be very high.
Lord continues) As
many were astonished at thee (i.e.
the Crucifixion and week leading up to it);
his visage was so marred more than any man (i.e.
and his form more than the sons of men (i.e.
sons of 'adam',
the long lineage of Adam and in this particular case an
shall he (as the
Heavenly High Priest) sprinkle
many nations (i.e.
as per the Covenant unto Abraham and his lineage);
the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been
told them shall they see (i.e.
and that which they had not heard shall they consider (i.e.
These shall be kings of the nations in the lineage of
Abraham. They will be astonished at the King from heaven (i.e. who he
is) as he establishes his kingdom centered in Jerusalem the holy
Lord continues from Isaiah 53) Therefore
... will I divide him a portion with the great (i.e.
'great in numbers or in character),
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong (i.e.
mighty in strength or in numbers);
because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and (even
as) he was
numbered with the transgressors (i.e.
the criminals on their crosses);
and he (shall)
bare the sin of
many, and (when
it is done he will have) made
intercession for (all)
The Lord speaks of himself
... what he will do ... what he will have accomplished in receiving
his inheritance from the Father ... and what he shall accomplish for
all transgressors (i.e. transgress 'by
shall sprinkle many nations with his Blood of Forgiveness and divide
his earned portion with many and divide the spoil of the wicked
nations with the nations of the Covenant through Abraham ... and he
will establish his Kingdom over Israel's entire twelve tribes ...
centered in Jerusalem. Indeed, travelers coming out through Egypt and
going north toward Assyria (and vise versa) will stop in the land of
Israel to kiss the ground of the Kingdom ... thus showing their
allegiance to and love for their Saviour King.
Description by John
Then Jesus said unto them (the
people), Yet a
little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light,
lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth
not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that
ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and
departed, and did hide himself from them.
Here is Jesus fulfilling
the prophecy of 53:10 as he prolongs the days.
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they
'faithed') not on
So the disciples do see
what the people are like, as in 53:10.
That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which
spake, Lord, who hath believed (i.e.
report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
John) they could
not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their
eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their
eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should
41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his
glory, and spake of him.
Isaiah saw the Lord's glory
and spoke to him. But John tells us that Isaiah also saw and fully
understood this one-to-come and that it was this one's glory which
Isaiah saw even as he spoke regarding this one unto the Lord.
And therefore, in the
Gospel of John, the apostle speaks of the one of whom Isaiah had
reported and written about ... and warned about the transgressions of
the people toward him. Therefore, in the gospels we see being worked
out the continuing transgressions by the 'seed'
... even as Jesus prolonging the days ... doing good to the 'seed'
by the hand of the Father upon him. (For 'seed'
see Isaiah 53:10 above.)
And the disciples (those to
become apostles) knew from the beginning that this one, Jesus, was
the Son of God, the Messiah.
Yet, Isaiah from his
encounter with the Lord knew what the disciples did not yet know
(could not comprehend) that this one would die for the sins of those
transgressing against him and his Father.
Description by Paul
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and
partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Who made the promise? In
all the above passages the Lord was speaking, and Jesus quoted the
prophecies, and the Apostle John makes it clear that the prophecies
had come true in Jesus the Christ.
(Paul continues) Whereof
I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God
given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am
less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should
preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
(Ah, but even beforehand we
saw the promise in the Abrahamic Covenant given to the people of
Abraham's lineage, which Covenant then narrowed specifically onto
chosen-Jacob and his twelve sons.)
Paul of course is comparing
himself to the other early Apostles appointed and anointed by Jesus
himself. He refers to later apostles also as 'saints',
which specifically means 'a
most holy thing'
... and it is so used one hundred and sixty one times in the New
Testament as 'a
most holy thing'
in reference to specific and particular things. In this verse Paul
uses it to refer to the most
special chosen ones by
the Lord himself and those specially
chosen afterward by
the Spirit (the Epistles specifically mention other apostles).
And to make all
men see what is the fellowship of
the beginning of the world hath been hid in God,
who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto
the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by
the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal
purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Paul claims that he is one
yet in his opinion he is the 'least'
(which in the Greek actually means 'less
than the least, the lowest'.
planned by God
before the creation of the world
... was of course 'hid
in God' during
the continuing world.
We have seen in these Sermons that God 'beget'
a Son (the Only Begotten
Son). We have seen also that within God's Plan of the Ages that
this Only Son was delegated
as 'the lamb
foundation of the world'.
We have seen that this Only Son labored for the Father as the Creator
of the world and also as pertaining to the things planned for earth during
the ages of the world.
And we have seen that this Only Son was delegated to be the
to arrive to the people of Abraham's lineage and to establish a
kingdom and to rule over them in righteousness.
In whom we (all
the apostles) have
boldness and access with confidence by the faith of
(i.e. pertaining to) him.
And of course ... as a male
Judaic babe ... this Only Son (ten days after emergence from the womb
was circumcised according to the Law of Moses and given the name
Jesus according to the Angel Gabriel, etc.
Paul teaches that the
'hid in God'
the beginning of the world
contains all these parts (or aspects) of the Continuing Life of this
Paul wants 'all
men' to know the
is 'Jesus Christ'
as 'proposed in
Christ Jesus our Lord'.
In other words, all along within God's Plan of the Ages the Names of
both Jesus and Christ were known in heaven. Yet, in the world at the
proper season, this Only Son, the Christ, arrived to receive the Name
of Jesus as instructed by the Angel Gabriel.
Paul also wants all men to
know 'that now
principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known (also)
by the church (members)
wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in
Christ Jesus our Lord:
Needless to say through the
ages, and continuing, there are far too many members of the Church
that have not known and do not know the Fullness
of the Eternal Purpose
designed and which
continues for them. Church membership, programs, etc. have bumped
a secondary role.
[[It reminds me how the
Federal Government of America has become consumed by myriads of
political things and lost its intended destiny of life
context of "by
the people and for the people".]]
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be
strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ
may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded
in love, May
be able to comprehend with
all (the) saints
what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know
the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled
with all the fullness of God.
All the 'saints'
(apostles) tirelessly work for all of the Church members so that
they, 'May be
able to comprehend'
length, depth, and height'
of the 'mystery'
... and the 'love
of the Christ'
which made all possible by means of this Only Son.
And ... that Church members 'might (also) be filled
with all the fullness of God'. 'Comprehending' does not automatically cause a person to be 'filled
with all the fullness of God' ... since it is God's doing and not man's doing.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk
worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness
and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope
of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father
of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
"So church members,"
Paul says, "For a change get together and get it right!"
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of
the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high,
he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
And he gave some, apostles (i.e.
and some, prophets (i.e.
maturing in the Lord);
and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
I know that many
church members disagree with my assessment of 'saints';
yet, it seems to me that this entire passage by Paul makes it clear
members of the Church are not necessarily 'saints'
... nevertheless, they are
'called to be
which in Paul's teaching (actually pleading)
to the members of the Church is
For the perfecting (i.e.
of the saints,
for the (i.e.
their) work of
the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Paul himself is growing and
thusly working, and he knows from his own experience how much the
(apostles and prophets) need the Lord's continuing work in them.
Therefore, if this is true for them, how much more do we need
continued working by the Lord in us?
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect (i.e.
(i.e. 'male human'),
unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
In the Greek there is only
one word for a male adult person and it is this word 'man'.
Without study and teaching to Church members about this Only Son,
this Christ, this Jesus ... ... this verse with the word 'man'
seems to refer to Jesus as a human male who, though sinless, was a
man of earth like all the men Israelite to whom he came (from heaven)
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking
the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the
head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and
compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the
effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of
the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Indeed, an underlying
purpose of these Sermons on The Whole Christ is to enlighten readers
that Jesus was of heaven and not of earth.
In the next sermon I intend
to deal from scripture about the actual body of Jesus. Below Paul
says, 'But ye
have not so learned Christ;'
yet, through much of the ages and continuing now in the Church we
have learned Christ to be a sinless man of earth.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth
walk not as other (not
walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened,
being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in
them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling
have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all
uncleanness with greediness.
But ye have not so learned Christ; If
so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the
truth is in Jesus: That
ye put off concerning the former conversation of (i.e.
'manner, conduct, behavior of life')
the old man, which (by
our fallen nature) is
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
be renewed in the
spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God
is created in righteousness and true holiness.
lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members
one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down
upon your wrath:
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working
with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to
him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your
mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may
minister grace unto the hearers. And (therefore)
grieve not the
holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil
speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one
to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for
Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
These instructions by Paul
are much more chiding and pleading to Church members. Can the things
(as depicted above for 'saints')
be a part of the lives of 'saints'
('a most holy
cannot find anywhere in Scripture where a 'saint
or most holy one'
has done these things. Even King David, loved of the Lord, would
never have thought himself to be a 'saint';
for he was a man who knew his sins and confessed them always ...
which is why he was so loved of the Lord, and the Lord said so.
If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of
love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies
(which there should be),
Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love,
[being] of one accord, of one mind.
[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness
of mind let each esteem other(s) better (i.e.
'one another, reciprocally,
Look not every man on his own things,
but every man also on the things of others.
This verse seems to indicate that some church congregations (in some
meeting places, large homes) within the overall church in Phillipi
were into self-esteem. Therefore, Paul instructs individuals within
the overall church to examine his or her own heart for this problem;
and so we see the cure of self-love is to 'look
... (with love) also
on the things of others'.
5 Let this mind
thing', the word 'mind'
is not in the original) be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:
Indeed, the fixed internal concept and/or attitude toward others that
existed in Christ Jesus means that it is a "godly thing". Therefore, it
is in God and is of God and comes only from God. Thus, Paul states
also that it can become ingrained in the 'inner
man'. Obviously only a few
Christians have 'this thing' (made clear in the above few verses).
Only Begotten Son) Who, (while
in heaven) being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God (i.e.
In the Beginning of the Conception of God's Plan of the Ages, note
that the Son understood the Father's Concept was to have a created world in
which a people would be created from the earth's dirt. Moreover, he
understood that for the Father to gain unto Himself 'many
sons' (out of that creation) that
something would have to be done for separating out
those 'many sons'
from the greater majority of humans. Futher, to be with the Father such
would have to be born of heaven
after having been born of earth. Furthermore, he understood that
besides the assignment of Creator he must also become the Saviour of
such 'many sons'.
7 But (yet
the Son) made (i.e.
'to make empty')
himself of no reputation (i.e.
, and took upon him the form (i.e.
'form, as observed by others')
of a servant, and was made (i.e.
in the likeness of men (i.e.
male of female'):
himself therefore, he knew at some point he would become 'equal'
with God the Father. Surely this was the reason (or part of the
reason within the Father's Great Mind) that the Father begot His Only
Son from within Himself. Nothing else could accomplish the goal.
Thus, the Heavenly Love and Sacrifice of Self within the Son greatly
pleased the Father.
The phrase 'made ... of no
reputation' is actually a single
word 'to make empty'.
In other words, when the Son descended to earthly Israel, he had
himself to 'emptiness'.
Compared to his magnificence in his own world of heaven ... this new form
was 'essential emptiness'.
Nevertheless, he was of heaven
and not of earth even when walking in
the earthly world on the earth among earthlings. Indeed, Christ became as an alien among humans, but not of
"outer space", rather of the Father and his own heavenly home.)
8 And being found
in fashion as (i.e. 'the entire
aspect of') a man (i.e.
'human, male or female'), he humbled
make low, reduce') himself,
and became obedient (i.e. 'his
ear dedicated toward obedience')
unto death, even the death of the
Therefore, when Jesus stated that he simply obeyed the Father and
that his actions and words were of the Father, he was sharing with
anyone who would actually listen that he was as an empty vessel unto
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted
him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Paul states that the Son, Christ Jesus, now is King of all along with
the Father. Moreover, the Promise of an Inherited Kingdom coming to
earth had become fulfilled ... and that Jesus the Christ is 'equal'
with the Father and shall come again bringing his Kingdom with him.
10 That at the name
of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things]
in earth, and [things] under the earth;
And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(Paul instructs) Wherefore,
my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but
now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear
and trembling. For
it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good
There is God's Salvation accomplished; and there is an inner
salvation within the Great Salvation for each of the 'many
sons' to 'work
out'. The prescription is in these
verses and so many other passages of the Bible. God was pleased to
make possible such Great Salvation and was pleased to require the
empty humbling of His Son to accomplish It. He also provides by the
Spirit the means to 'work out'
one's salvation ... being not a 'work'
of human persistence or doings, but walk of faith of the 'inner-man'.
14. Do all things without murmurings and
And Paul reminds
us very earthly Christians -
Jesus had passed through
what was an unimaginable earthly visit for a Heavenly Prince ... the
Only Begotten of the Father ... without
murmurings and disputing'. No one, not even Moses the most
patient man to have ever lived, could do what Paul instructs in verse
14. So why did he want the people to really try to do the
I think it was because he
wanted the people to begin to comprehend what Jesus Christ did in his
Is he, then, deserving of
bringing a Heavenly Kingdom with him next time?
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