a new and living way
From the Fall, in the garden of Eden, all through the Old Testament, there are types and shadows of the redemptive work of Christ.
The first prophecy was given by the Lord God himself.
Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The near sacrifice of Isaac, stopped by the angel, foretold the sacrifice of the “Lamb of God, who takes the sins of the world.”
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
There were multiple prophecies in the Old Testament, spoken in different times and places, by men of varying occupations. The Lord inspired Isaiah with many of these prophecies. Here is a major prophecy outlining the redemptive work of the Messiah.
Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
The book of Hebrews in the New Testament summarizes the work of Christ.
Hebrews 10:1 (KJV) For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
One of the biggest blockages to modern man understanding the need for the redemptive work of Christ is because evolution has been taught. Evolution is an impossible theory. For example, if you have a two-pronged fork, how does it become a three-pronged fork? If you have a two-chamber heart, how does it become a three-chamber heart, or four-chamber heart, in one giant evolutionary leap? Plus, if you are assuming that the heart can change in one leap, that presumes that at the exact same moment, any changes necessary in the lungs, in the skeletal system to encompass a larger heart, in the delivery system of oxygen, plus multiple other changes have to occur at the exact same moment in time. That presumes that you would have to have a male and female of a species at the exact same time make the exact same evolutionary leap, find each other among millions of other species, mate, and successfully have children like themselves…the impossibility of that is something experts in probability should figure out for the benefit of mankind. It can easily be classified as a fairy tale or lie for those who have a vestige of common sense or logic and know even a smattering of science. It is amazing that people who are otherwise intelligent, perhaps even quite accomplished in their fields, can hold to this belief.
Lies are not logical. When otherwise intelligent people hold to lies, there is a reason. Perhaps as scientists they will not be funded. Perhaps as politicians they are afraid of being ridiculed and shouted down by the media. Perhaps as science teachers, they are afraid of losing their job. Just like giving a nod to the trans community helps people secure their place in this politically correct society, giving a nod to evolution helps people secure their funding or power or prestige or acceptance. Why would otherwise intelligent people do that? It is a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Why is evolution so pernicious? Evolution removes God from creation. If man simply evolved from the slime, under that false premise, then there is no God, no Eden, no creation of Adam and Eve, no devil, no Fall, no sin, and no need for redemption. If there is no God, there is no law, no morals, no need for righteousness in government, no need for law, no protection of life, no protection of private property. Evolution is a criminal’s dream because a criminal can evolve to become a dreamer in how much he can steal, kill, and destroy with no barriers in the way. Atheists, communists, globalists and criminals hold to evolution.
Evolution is a lie. God created the world. God created Adam and Eve. God placed Adam and Eve in the garden. There the serpent (also called the devil, satan, dragon) tempted them. They fell. Sin entered the world. Redemption became necessary or all mankind would be consigned to an eternal hell.
The story of Jesus is the history of how God redeemed a fallen world and continues to redeem it as people put their faith in Jesus Christ and are born again.
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