Friday, November 16, 2012

The Passover Lamb


Jesus was prefigured by the Passover lamb (John1:29; Rev.14:1; 1Cor.5:7).
That original Passover lamb was sacrificed....NOT for the entire Nation of Israelites...but only for the "firstborn" of Israel.

Heb.11:28 reads:
"By faith he (Moses) kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel." NIV
"It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons." NLT
"Faith led Moses to establish the Passover and spread the blood [on the doorposts] so that the destroying angel would not kill the firstborn sons." GWT
"By faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them." ASV
"by faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that He who is destroying the first-born might not touch them." YLT

 The spiritual "firstborn" that the spiritual "Lamb of God"/Christ  is sacrificed for, is fulfilled...
not with the "world" in general, (nor even with those who claim to worship God in spirit and Truth)... but for the sealed anointed alone (Heb.12:23; Rev.14:4; 20:6). These are the "firstborn" whose lives are saved by means of the blood of the New Covenant, which salvation affords them the "crown of life" (Rev.5:9,10; James1:12; Rev.2:10; 3:11).

It is necessary that these attain to life first ("firstfruits"), in order to set up the administration that brings life to the rest of the physical Creation (Eph.1:20,21,22; Rom.8:18,19,20,21,22,23; Rev.21:2,3,4,5,24; 22:1,2,3,4,17; 2Thess.2:13,14). In this way, the sacrifice and salvation of Christ will eventually reach the whole world....through the Kingdom of kings (Dan.7:18,22,27; Rev.3:21; Heb.9:28; 1:6; Acts3:21).
Rev.20:4 reads:
"And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years."
(see also Rev.20:5)

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