Friday Morning Manna August 16, 2019
The Second Adam’s Sufferings: Afflicted, Never Self-Inflicted nor Conflicted
“Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted . . .He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not His mouth.”Isa. 53: 4, 7, N.K.J.V.
At that momentous point of Christ’s superhuman agony and travail beginning at Gethsemane and on to Calvary, “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1: 17), revealed His unchanging wrath towards sin by not even sparing His only-begotten Son, “for God so loved the world,” to become the fallen first Adam and fallen mankind’s substitute and surety in order that they might be eternally saved, restored once and forever in the relationship they had before the fall. And that through this Sacrifice of the plan of redemption, man might understand that His law of love and life, is immutable, is as eternal, perfect and unchanging as His character is, the very foundation of His eternal throne.Read more
Friday Morning Manna August 9, 2019
Nathaniel Fajardo email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ’s Humanity Suffered the Superhuman Agony of Soul in Gethsemane
The shedding of the atoning, sin-cleansing blood of the second Adam “for the remission of sins” may also be thought of as a short yet intense process commencing in the night of His last agony in Gethsemane and culminated Calvary. It began when He “sweated blood” through the pores of His noble human brow in His death struggle at Gethsemane as the guilt of the sins of the world were rolled upon His human nature and the Father “hid His face” from His only-begotten Son, causing the dreadful sense of separation and connection between Father and Son.Read more
Friday Morning Manna
August 2, 2019
The Second Adam: The World’s Sin and Guilt Bearer
Jesus Christ, the “second” or “last Adam” (1 Cor. 15: 45-47) was subject to the first death of all mortals because He had to die, not merely “walk in the valley of the shadow of death,” which He also did, but temporarily came under it as the one-and-only, once-and-for-all atoning sacrifice (Heb. 9: 25-28; 10: 10, 12, 14) that the Father made of His only-begotten Son at the antitypical altar of sacrifice of Calvary.
The “wages of sin is death.” Rom. 6: 23. In His death the second Adam, in His human nature “made in the likeness of sinful flesh,” did not die because He fell under the power of “him who had the power of death,” that is the devil” (Heb. 2: 14), because of the following:Read more
Friday Morning Manna July 26, 2019
The Human Natures of the First and Second Adams: The First and Second deaths
Here we will deal more specifically with the two Adams in the context of their corresponding human natures that the plan of redemption of the whole gospel deals with as the divine antidote for and answer to temptation, fallen sinful human nature, sin and its twin consequence of the first and second deaths.
All these and infinitely more had to be comprehended, played out, and fully resolved “before men and angels,” within the pre-determined time frame, on fallen earth, “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8: 2) that the Creator partook of and forever retains throughout the ages of eternity. These are astonishing aspects of that incomprehensible yet completely non-controversial “great mystery of godliness, that God was manifest in the flesh.” 1 Tim. 3: 16.Read more
Friday Morning Manna July 19, 2019
The Saving Flesh and Blood of the Passover Lamb
Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying . . .Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying . . every man shall take for himself a lamb, a lamb for a household . . . without blemish, a male of the first year.”Exodus 12: 1, 2, 3, 5
The Passover feast was instituted on the last night of Israel’s bondage, immediately before the tenth plague was poured out whereupon at midnight all the first-born of the Egyptians, both man and beast were slain by the Lord’s angel of death that passed over the whole land. It was God’s final judgment upon atheistic Egypt headed by the blasphemous pharaoh at that time (probably Amenhotep II). The tenth plague was the last straw, forcing that pharaoh to release God’s people from bondage, setting off the Exodus movement—the type of the Advent Movement of the New Testament.Read more
Friday Morning Manna July 12, 2019
The Human Body of Christ’s Incarnated Nature
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me.” Heb. 10: 5. “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” John 19: 26. “Nor did His flesh see corruption.”Acts 2: 36
Few accord the attention it fully deserves of certain very specific prophecies, and their corresponding fulfillments, regarding the human body that was specifically made for Christ wherein His incarnated flesh and blood nature would reside—forever!
First, in the Bible a “Soul” is fundamentally made up of the Dust of the ground plus the Breath of life–that alone comes from the Life giver, Himself the Creator of that dust of the ground. This may be expressed in a simple equation, D + B = S. Such were the living body of Adam when he was created.Read more
Friday Morning Manna July 5, 2019
The Humanity That Will Forever Share with Divinity the Throne of the Universe
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest [most holy of the heavenly sanctuary] by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.”Heb. 10: 19, 20, N.K.J.V.
From Desire of Ages, pp. 23, 24:
“Nearly two thousand years ago, a voice of mysterious import was heard in heaven, from the throne of God, ‘Lo, I come.’ ‘Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me. . . . Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.’ Heb. 10: 5-7. In these words is announced the fulfillment of the purpose that had been hidden from eternal ages.Read more
Friday Morning Manna June 28, 2019
Nathaniel Fajardo email: email@example.com
Does Imparted Divine Nature Make Man Divine?
First, while the originator of sin—Lucifer, and the nature of original sin–self-seeking, are revealed, the origin of sin itself or a reasonfor its existence are not, or at least, not yet this side of the resurrection morning while yet in the mortal flesh. Notice the following:
“It is impossible to explain the origin of sin, or to give a reason for its existence. It is an intruder for whose existence no reason can be given. It is mysterious, unaccountable; to excuse it; is to defend it. Could it be excused, could a cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin. Our only definition of sin is that given in the word of God; it is ‘the transgression of the law [1 John 3: 4].’” – Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 316, 1884.Read more
Friday Morning Manna June 21, 2019
Nathaniel Fajardo email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Four Different Natures Contrasted
In the Bible there are four distinctly separate natures that follow this descending order: divine, angelic, human, and animal. They are never interchangeable, divisible, or evolutionary.
The Divine Nature. The Godhead, comprised of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are alone divine. To them exclusively belongs and emanates from mysterious life—original, unborrowed and underived. Thus, life is the greatest manifestation of God. These “three who are One” (1 John 3: 4) are alone immortal, uncreated, eternal, having no beginning and no end. Without God there is no life and without life there is nothing, not even void, much less a “dark hole.” God in Christ is the great I AM. “I AM that I AM” means not subject to time nor to space, circumstance, or anything. As Jesus declared to the unbelieving Jews: “Verily I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” not “I was.” (John 8: 58).Read more