Friday, July 20, 2007

A Look At Psalm 2, Part 5

“I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” (Psalm 2:7-8)

Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17 reveals the fulfillment of this:
"I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.” (John 17:6-8)

God the Father gives a gift to God the Son: the Father gives the heathen as the Son’s inheritance:

“Before the creation of the world, He chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in His presence.” (Ephesians 1:4)

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” (II Thessalonians 2:13)

Therefore, the Church (made up of all who are born again) is the spotless, pure, holy Bride of Christ:
“That He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:27)

The Bride of Christ will be dressed in white:
"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." (Revelation 7:9).


human rorschach test said...

“Before the creation of the world, He chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in His presence.” (Ephesians 1:4)

I've read the old testament. God was worse than a jealous girlfriend, and man was full of dirty tricks. Nothing changes until the new (false) testament Ephesians 1:14 was written by a crazy person.

Jeff said...

Should a wife not be angry and jealous when her husband sleeps with another woman? God created us and desires to have an intimate love relationship with us. When His people, Israel, went after other (false) gods, they broke their covenant with God, which could be compared to a marriage covenant. Because God is a God of relationships, He is indeed a jealous God, and wants us to love Him...not because He NEEDS our love (for He existed from eternity past without it), but because it is only right that we should love our Creator. As our Savior Who died for us (He died for our sins, and to save us from the Father's wrath), we should love Him even more. And if we don't, then we are choosing our own destruction.

"Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed [are] all they that put their trust in him." (Psalm 2:12)

And as far as man being "full of dirty tricks," you are right; man is a depraved, corrupted, selfish, prideful sinner. That's part of the reason Jesus came to die: to save us from ourselves, by paying our debt to the Father for us, and by living a righteous life so that, if we repent and receive Him, His holiness can be attributed to us, so that the Father will accept us into Heaven.