Part 3 of 6: A Call to Believe the Sacrificial Death, Burial, & Resurrection of the God-Man Jesus As Opposed to Other Belief Systems

Posted By Thomas Perez. July 24, 2011 at 6:53am. Copyright 2011.

Opening…

As promised, I will deal with the 12 hand picked false gods/messiah’s and those Avatars as indicated in Part 2 from a historical and religious point of view when I complete Part 4 and on, etc. I thought it was necessary to delve into the incarnation a bit more in connection with His (Jesus’) sacrifice. Let us begin.

Life Is In The Blood.

“And the LORD God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. (Gen 2:7) “But you shall not eat flesh with its life – its blood”. (Gen 9:4) “For the life of the flesh is in the blood…for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul”(Lev 17:11)

Now you may wonder what does Gen 2:7 have to do with the sacrificial offering of Christ? Keep reading and you will find out.

Life: The Scientific Explanation. The following is taken from Utah State University (Bio Dept)

Quote: “What Is blood…

Blood is the body’s liquid that gives us life.

It supplies oxygen and nutrients to our tissues.

It removes waste products.

It helps protect our body against attack by infection.

It helps repair the body.

It transports hormones.

It regulates the body pH and temperature.

What is blood made of?

Plasma: this straw-colored liquid makes up the majority of blood. Plasma is 95 per cent water but also contains proteins, hormones, antibodies and nutrients.

Red blood cells, known as erythrocytes, make up over 40 per cent of the total blood volume. The hemoglobin in these cells give blood its red color. One drop of blood contains around five million red cells. They are constantly being made and destroyed in the body by the bone marrow. Their key role is to transport oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

White blood cells, known as leucocytes, make up only about 1 per cent of blood. They are vital in dealing with infection and attacks by bacteria and viruses. White cells have a rather short life cycle, living from a few days to a few weeks. One drop of blood contains from 7,000 to 24,000 white blood cells, but this number increases significantly if you have a persistent infection.

Platelets help the blood to clot after a wound or cut and make up around 5 to 7 per cent of the blood volume.

How the Body Makes Blood

Your body needs a healthy bone marrow and nutrients from food including iron and vitamins to make blood cells, hemoglobin, and plasma. Blood cells are manufactured at an enormous rate in bone marrow – a jelly-like substance in the middle of our bones. In children the marrow of most of the bones produces blood. In adults only the marrow of certain bones such as the spine, ribs and pelvis continues to make blood.

Bone marrow actively produces blood cells, it is called red marrow, and all blood cells come from original stem cells in the marrow. After the new blood cells develop from the stem cells, they pass through your bones and on into your bloodstream.

Different kinds of blood cells have different life spans. Red blood cells last about 120 days, platelets about 10 days and the various kinds of white blood cells anything from days to many months. If your body has too few red blood cells in circulation, the kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin that stimulates the stem cells in the marrow to produce more red blood cells”. Unquote.

Medical science understands a partial significance of blood. They can take blood samples and if they conduct all the necessary tests, they can presume to know “everything” about the physical health of the owner of that blood. The blood supplies nutrients to empower the body, oxygen to make those nutrients work, other mechanisms to remove impurities. The blood is the pathway for pathogens which make a person sick. It is also the conduit for chemotherapy which often makes the body well again.

But there is another aspect which medicine has apparently not detected under their microscopes and centrifuges. Life, actual LIFE, is in the blood. No; blood is not merely the conduit of nutrients to keep the body alive; but the blood, – itself – is – and – contains LIFE. Medical science says a person is dead when the brain waves stop. But when a person has drowned (for instance) and brain activity has ceased, and they are revived, what is the concern about ‘time and the brain’? The lack of ‘blood’ to the brain. You might quickly suggest, “Well, sure…the brain needs its nutrients and oxygen, which the blood supplies. “True”. But ‘what’ makes the brain work?

To understand this, we must look at the Hebrew. In our opening passages, the words “soul” and “life” come from the same word, “nephesh” (Strongs 5315) Now, what does “nephesh” mean?

Nephesh – “living being, individual, seat of the appetites, seat of emotions and passions, activity of mind, activity of the will, activity of the character.” In other words, one’s personality, decision-making, emotions, morality…conscience and knowing what’s right and wrong. The N.T. Greek for “soul” (psuche Strongs -5590) has a definition not all that different, in practicality, from “nephesh”; so, for simplicity and consistency, this study will stick with “nephesh”.

In Gen2:7, “man became a living soul [Nephesh]”. In other words, “man became a living [Life]”. Lev17:11 “life [nephesh] is in the blood”. In other words, the “[soul] is in the blood”.

The Life of the Blood: The Scriptural and Spiritual Explanation

The Blood Is the Soul

Be sure that thou eat not the blood; for the blood is the soul, and thou shalt not eat the soul with the flesh (Deut 12:23-25).

From this passage also it is evident that the blood is called the soul, that is, celestial life, or the celestial, which was represented by the burnt-offerings and sacrifices of that church. And in the same way, that what is celestial, which is the Lord’s Own (Domini Proprium) – which alone is celestial and holy, was not to be commingled with that which is man’s own, which is profane-was also represented by the command that they should not sacrifice or offer the blood of the sacrifice on what was leavened (Ex 23:18; 34:25). What was leavened signified what is corrupt and defiled. That blood is called the soul and signifies the holy of charity, and that the holy of love was represented in the Jewish Church by blood, it is because the life of the body consists in the blood. And as the life of the body consists in the blood, this is its ultimate soul, so that the blood may be said to be the corporeal soul, or that in which is the corporeal life of man; and inasmuch as in the representative churches internal things were represented by external, the soul or celestial life was represented by the blood.

That “blood” signifies what is celestial, and in the supreme sense signified the Human essence of the Lord, thus love itself, or His mercy toward the human race, is evident from the sanctity in which it was commanded that blood should be held in the Jewish representative church. For this reason blood was called the blood of the covenant, and was sprinkled upon the people, as also upon Aaron and his sons, together with the anointing oil; and the blood of every burnt-offering and sacrifice was sprinkled upon and around the altar (Ex 12:7, 13, 22, 23; 24:6, 8; Lev 1:5, 11, 15; 4:6, 7, 17, 18, 25, 30, 34; 5:9; 16:14, 15, 18, 19; Num 18:17; Deut 12:27). This became the book of the people, the Covenant of the people written in tablets of stone.

Moses took the book of the covenant, and read in the ears of the people; and they said, All that Jehovah hath spoken will we do, and hear. Then Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant which Jehovah hath made with you upon all these words (Ex 24:7, 8); the “book of the covenant” was the Divine truth which they then had, which was confirmed by the blood testifying that it was from His Divine Human.

Yet, in all this I’ am reminded of a verse recorded in the Torah which emphatically states that in all the generations to come, the Hebrews were not allowed to eat/drink of the blood. But as we have seen, only sacrifice it to make atonement for sins

It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, in all your dwellings, that ye shall eat neither fat nor blood (Lev. 3:17).

Moreover, I’ am also reminded that God said Himself that He does not delight in the blood of rams, goats, bulls, etc. (Hos 6:6, Isa 1:11)

So why the sudden Scriptural citations of change in the New Testament? Citations such as Rom 3:24, Galatians 3:13, Rom 6:23, Col 1:14, Titus 2:13-14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Rom 5:9, Col 1:20, Hebrews 9:14, 9:22, I Pet 1:18-19, I John 1:7, Rev 1:5, 5:9, 7:14, 21:11, all demonstrating Jesus’ Substitution for our sins.

Moreover than that it is revealed that God desires a broken and contrite heart (Psa 51:17), in this Jesus accomplished; thus, fulfilling His role as the Man of Sorrows (Isa 53:3).

But let us also be reminded that this in no sudden change in the New Testament or New Covenant; but a fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy

Son of man thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Say to every bird of the heaven, to every wild beast of the field, Assemble yourselves and come; gather yourselves from every side upon My sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, [of bullocks,] all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of My sacrifice which I will sacrifice for you. And ye shall be sated at My table with horse and chariot, with the strong, and with every man of War. And I will set My glory among the nations (Ezek 39:17-21). For the former could really never appease the knowledge of good and evil or sin as the result of such knowledge.

It would appear that the Lord is indicating a sacrifice of Himself as evidenced in what Jesus declared in John 10:18, “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.” What we were in need of was “Life”. Jesus gave us – HIS – Life. This is how we were “raised” to “newness of life”. (Rom 6:4) He gave us His blood in which was Life [nephesh]. Thus, the Lord’s Supper. “This cup is the New Covenant in My blood” (I Cor 11:25) of which we are instructed to “Drink all of it”. (Mt 26:27) We cannot be ‘partially’ into Christ. It is an all – or – nothing proposition,”unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (Jn 6:53). The realization of this becoming known in Acts 20:28! (Cr with 1 John 4:1-3 “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh” God became Man – I Tim 3:16, Col 2:9, Isa 7:14, Matt 1:23 Isa 9:6 9:6).

The very marrow of bone that produced the blood, not only produced ‘blood’ per-se, but continued to produce ‘Divine Blood,’ the very fabric of life eternally interwoven in Jesus’ bone marrows.

Lev 17:11 says, “the life of the flesh is in the blood…” What kind of life was in Jesus? Was he merely a descendant of Adam? Is this the most precious life he was able to offer at Calvary? Are we then to understand that the life of God was not in Christ when he hung on the cross ( II Co 5:19)? I am not speaking of God spiritually being in Christ as he is in all of us. I am speaking of the literal eternal life of Christ. Was his literal life that of God? Grammatical content may permit me to play games with the meaning of this Scripture, but context demands that Acts 20:28 be translated that God paid for our salvation with the most precious price of all, “with his own blood.” If I add the word Son to this verse, I demean the work and the character of God.

But why the sudden change? How can God go against His very Word? That’s not hard to explain…Lets turn to Deut 29:15 – 29:14-15. These verses tell us of the conditions set forth by Jehovah. It does not imply salvation – for they were already chosen – However as chosen people of God, they had to obey the commandments of God. The covenantal prerequisites of promises and curses that would befall the Israelites, were declared onto them as they arrived, overlooking the land of Canaan. Moreover, (and this is most vital) verses 14-15 in chapter 29, is in reference to ALL after them – all generations to come, for all Israelites, and those who attain themselves to the covenant.

But all this can not be true based on Jeremiah 3:8. In Jere 3:8 God had divorced Israel and Judah, Moreover, God had said in the Torah, that even we can’t remarry once we are divorced. Thus we have a dilemma. How can God marry the backsliding harlot Israel, when she slept with many? Can a woman marry another? Yes, if the husband dies (Rom 7:1-2). But God never dies. Therefore, wouldn’t God be breaking His own commandments, if He was to marry her (Israel)? Ah, but here is the beauty of the greatest love story ever – the Scriptures reveal that the Husband did die – for He died for His Bride, as verses 3-4 reveals in Romans 7. And He is raised from the dead, so that we should bring forth fruits onto God. This why Ezekiel made the prophecy of God sacrificing His own Life (Ezek 39:17-21) after Jeremiah’s declaration of divorce. Remember Ezekiel prophesied during 4 different periods 593-588 B.C, after Jeremiah 7th & 6th cent. 626 – 586 B.C.

The Church to this day does not know otherwise than that the “Blood of the Lamb” here signifies the Lord’s passion, because it is believed that they are saved solely by the Lord having suffered, and that it was for this that He was sent into the world; but let this view of it be for the simple, in this there is no harm. For it is Truth. But there is more to this love story, many of whom cannot comprehend the interior arcane.

The Lord’s passion was the last of His temptation, by which He fully glorified His Human (Lk 24:26; Jn 12:23, 27, 28; 13:31, 32; 17:1, 4, 5); but the “Blood of the Lamb” is the same as the Divine truth, or the Holy proceeding from the Lord’s Divine Human; thus the same as the “Blood of the Covenant” spoken of just above, and of which it is also written in uses: That blood does not denote blood, but truth Divine,

The flesh and the blood, therefore, signified by the bread and the wine in the Holy Supper, denote the Lord’s Human own. The Lord’s own itself, which He acquired to Himself by His own power, is Divine. His own from conception was what He had from Jehovah His Father, and was Jehovah Himself. Hence the own which He acquired to Himself in the Human, was Divine. This Divine own in the Human is what is called His flesh and blood; “flesh” is His Divine good and “blood” is the Divine truth of Divine good.

As Christ’s [nephesh] was not left in Sheol, notice that Jesus prophesies concerning Himself, “so will the Son of Man be.…in the heart of the earth” (Mt12:40) Where His blood would drip into the ground, that’s where He was going. Just as Abel’s blood [life/nephesh] cried to God from the ground, that was the same place Jesus went when He shed His blood [life/nephesh].

From these things it is now evident what is meant in John by eating the Lord’s flesh and drinking His blood: I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood abideth in Me, and I in him. This is the bread which came down from heaven (John 6:51-58). As “flesh and blood” signify as before said the Divine celestial and the Divine spiritual which are from the Lord’s Divine Human, or what is the same, the Divine good and the Divine truth of His love, by “eating and drinking” is signified making them One’s own; and this is effected by a life of love and charity, which is also a life of faith. “Eating” is making good one’s own, and “drinking” making truth one’s own, it is symbolic.

Unlike Catholicism that instituted the sacrament of the holy Eucharist, as the result of what they call transubstantiation (the actual turning of the host or bread and wine into the very body and blood of Christ) and thus eating of it, is to cause violence upon the Holy Life [nephesh], Soul again, and to crucify the Son anew. Such an act is in direct violation of Hebrews 9:28. The signification of “blood” is what is holy; hence “to shed blood” is to do violence to what is holy

The Great Question “Why?”

Yet one may ask themselves, “Why does something/someone pure and innocent have to die in order for God to forgive sins”? Was God unable to forgive people’s sins until He saw a sinless man (Jesus was in fact sinless) die a torturous death, which somehow appeased him enough to forgive everyone? Some may go even further and proclaim, “People act like it makes perfect sense for an infinitely compassionate God to require the death of an innocent before he can forgive people”!

To answer this question, one need only to look at the Exodus story of the Passover.

Just before Israel came out of Egypt, they killed the Passover lamb, and put its blood on their doors, and God’s promise was, “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you..” and not destroy. (Ex12:13) I think we typically look at the “death” of the Lamb in that story. When we ‘see’ them ‘slapping’ (with hyssop and “-strike- the lintel.” Ex12:22) that blood on their doors, reminiscent of how Jesus would be whipped to a shredded bloody pulp, we are seeing the blood as a symbol of “death”. But remember? The what? The [nephesh] “life” is in the blood! When the Death angel came over Egypt, he was not looking for death…but Life! The blood on the doors meant “Life” to the occupants of the house.

Therefore, since Christ is our Passover Lamb; life is in His Blood, and should be seen in that perspective. And this life was God since the beginning. For He was in the Beginning with God (Jn 1:1). And that life became Blood [nephesh] when God created man and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (man becoming a living soul), thus made in His image. But when a standard of obedience was set up against what God created known as the freewill mechanism, that life [nephesh] was defiled, in that it became tainted with what became known as disobedience because we now became like God – knowing good and evil (thus the realization of sin). Something of which God did not want us to know. And rightfully so. For we were created in time. We were created as eternal beings, dependant upon the tree of life, and therefore as such; we did not know good and evil; therefore we were given the motion of freewill. A freewill to choose between ignorance and bliss, or to live the lifestyle of little defiled demi-god’s, knowing good and evil, without reckoning upon God; our True source of Life [nephesh] and knowledge.

It is for this reason that the Blood/Life/Nephesh had to be shed as a willing participate through His own Freewill mechanism. A Blood Life that will restore us to ignorance, innocence, and bliss. For such is the case now, as ignorance, innocence, and bliss is restored to us by faith in the act of giving Himself. And that faith is the Faith of Christ. As the Apostle Paul cited “I ’am a fool for Christ” – a fool (in this case) is one who willingly (by God’s restored freewill to all) becomes ignorant or puts aside the wisdom of this world in favor of the Kingdom of Christ. Innocence on our behalf is accomplished by the Blood Life, and bliss is ours to inherent, obtain, and to have in this life time and the next.

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