“The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
Christ was foreordained before the foundation of the world for the redemption that is through his blood as a lamb without blemish and without spot. He was manifest in these last times and it has been declared unto us, “Behold the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.”
Sin entered the world and death by sin. Death passed unto all men in that all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death, even as the Lord has said, “Thou shalt surely die.”
“What [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
Moses wrote, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:10–12
Death reigned from Adam to Moses and moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound for sin is transgression of the law.
God has commanded us, “Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” These and all the other lively oracles did our fathers receive from God to give unto us that we might know those things which testify of Christ.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of Christ and said that “he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.” Jesus did this when he affirmed the law (Matthew 5:17–19), and raised the standard of its application (Matthew 5:22, 28, 37). Jesus magnified the law in declaring that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment, and whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. God has said he will not hold him guiltless who taketh his name in vain and Jesus said that we shall give an account of every idle word that we have spoken.
God gave us his law to bring the knowledge of sin, to stop every mouth from justifying itself, and so that every man would know he is guilty before God, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Whosoever committeth sin is a servant of sin and sin has reigned unto death. Death and hell shall be cast into the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels, and whosoever committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For those who go down to perdition there is only a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Hell is condemned to the lake of fire wherein the adversaries of God will endure for eternity:
- “Shame and everlasting contempt” Daniel 12:2
- “Weeping and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 24:51
- “Everlasting punishment” Matthew 25:46
- “Fire unquenchable” Luke 3:17
- “Indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish” Romans 2:8,9
- “Everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord” 2 Thessalonians 1:9
- “Eternal fire…the blackness of darkness for ever” Jude 7,13
- “The lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” Rev. 21:8
Revelation 14:10,11 tells us the final, eternal destiny of the those upon whom the wrath of God abides: “He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone…the smoke of their torment ascended up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night.”
Death and hell shall deliver up the dead which are in them: and they shall be judged every man according to their works. And death and hell shall be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:13–14).
The Word of God tells us that he “has appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness.” We can be assured, “it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.” Jesus asked this pointed question: “How shall ye escape the condemnation of hell?”
His disciples even asked him at one point, “Who then can be saved?”
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Jesus revealed to them the good news that he came to save sinners. Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
“He came into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:10–13
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. 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. 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. 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.” Isaiah 53:4–8
“And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead.” Acts 13:29–30
“For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:10–15
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.” 1 Corinthians 15:22–26
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3
“And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eternal life.” 1 John 2:25
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life.” John 6:47–48
John wrote, “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1 John 5:11
“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:25–26
Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world! Behold Jesus Christ is come in the flesh! Behold the light of the world! and the one who follows him shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.