The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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The Greatness of Christ’s Person
Part 1

 

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled,
of the Word of life” (I Jn. 1:1).

 

This One of whom John is speaking was “from the beginning” because He “was” in the beginning (Jn. 1:1). This is the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His “ways are of old from everlasting” (Mic. 5:2). And before Abraham was, He is the “I AM” (Jn. 8:58). The primary malady that plagues “the church of the living God” (I Tim. 3:15) in our day is that it has not comprehended, and has become blinded to, the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ as to how great He really is, neither the magnitude of what He has accomplished in men’s behalf.

 

The Uniqueness of the Man Christ Jesus. This was no ordinary man of whom John was speaking. He was, perhaps, “like as we are” in the sense that He went to great lengths to identify with us. He continually spoke of Himself as “the Son of man.” He was “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3) as He “was in all points tempted, like as we are” (Heb. 4:15). Christ was “made like unto His brethren” (Heb. 2:17) that He might be unto them a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God.   He, “being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Php. 2:6-7). “In the days of His flesh” (Heb. 5:7) He became hungry (cf. Mt. 4:2), tired, and thirsty (Jn. 4:6-7), tasted of the full gamut of human experience for the benefit of those whom He would be succoring and bringing unto glory.

 

As the Son of Man, He identified with us to such an extent and degree that was necessary for believing men and women to be persuaded that God is now very near to them, and for God to be satisfied that sin is now completely put way, in that Christ bore our sins in His own body on the tree. Perhaps, in the world to come we will be given to see that His identification with our lowly condition was much greater than we can presently comprehend.

 

But we were not like Him in the following senses: He did not sin. No other man can truthfully affirm that. He, as a man, magnified the law and made it honorable (cf. Isa. 42:21). All other men have come short of the glory of God. He was and is “the faithful Witness” (Rev. 1:5).  Before our conversion to Christ our mouths were as open sepulchers, and the poison of asps was under our lips.

 

Jesus’ death counted for the rest of our race. He tasted death for every man (cf. Heb. 2:9). His blood washes away sins, and looses believing men from sins (cf. Rev. 1:5). He is the first-fruits of a new and regenerated race of men (cf. I Cor. 15:23). He is “the last Adam” and “the Second Man” (I Cor. 15:45). And this man lives and reigns forever at God’s right hand (cf. Heb. 8:1) in the behalf of a vast number of redeemed sons and daughters. And at the appointed time He shall be coming in the clouds of heaven (Mt. 24:30) to judge the world in righteousness, and to gather His elect from the four corners of the earth.

 

From this perspective this Man stands uniquely apart from all other of the sons of men. He is the one and only Savior of men. He, by virtue of His own glorious Person, is the only One who is worthy of such a blessed Name. All the religious impostors that have risen up down through the centuries are not, in the least, worthy of being compared with this Man. These were all liars (cf. I Jn. 2:22); they were thieves and robbers of men’s souls, and all of them suffered the consequences of mortality running its natural course. And such ones, if they do not recover themselves from the snare of the Devil, shall suffer the righteous vengeance and indignation of God for misrepresenting the truth as it is in Jesus. --Al Stoner 
(To be Continued Tomorrow)
 

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).