Jesus Christ came 1st time for what?
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. NKJV
When an earthly King comes from a foreign land, he is always greeted by the hierarchy of the country he is coming to with great respect and admiration. The security for the coming King is much heightened and no stone is left unturned to make his arrival safe, secure, and satisfying. The King usually arrives with a great many servants and a huge entourage or security force of his own with much pomp and circumstance. It is no secret event usually and every effort is made to announce his expected arrival to all of the visiting country.
However, when the King of Kings (Jesus Christ) came the first time into this world He created, He came with no great theater or might or great power (which He could have done because He is God) but He came as a baby through the womb of a virgin woman, so that He could die a death for all humanity to satisfy the Righteous requirements of a Holy God and reconcile men and women to God. When our Lord came the Jewish Religious hierarchy met Him with indifference at first and then they became indignant by the attention He began to receive from the common people and especially from the tax collectors and sinners. He had to be made like His brethren by putting on human flesh. He is so identified and united with His human brothers and sisters that He buys back from sin and darkness that He will eternally live in His glorified human body a body like His we will have with Him in Heaven.
When we look around our world today, we find most of humanity indifferent to the Lord Jesus Christ because they don’t see their need for Him and frankly speaking don’t want Him. It is OK to celebrate His birth at Christmas or to even practice some form of religion, but to acknowledge Him as King and receive Him as the Lord and Master of their lives seems more than should be required for one to live a good life now and go to Heaven at death. The Lord Jesus Christ has come this first time with a mission of gathering to Himself all of those given to Him by God the Father before the foundation of the world. He has not come with His wrath to judge the world but instead He took God’s wrath (against human sin and rebellion) on Himself at the cross and defeated sin and satan there.
The elect of God is not some list He made before He made the world of all the good people He will save but the elect of God are the “whosoever wills” (Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. KJV). You may ask, “Am I one of the elect?” The last time I checked the pronoun the Apostle Paul used in Romans 10:13 meant then and still now WHATEVER PERSON. You are one of the elect if and only if you call upon, which means to request earnestly the Lord Jesus Christ for aid, help, forgiveness, and deliverance from your sin and guilt.
“If God would have painted a yellow stripe on the backs of the elect I would go around lifting shirts. But since He didn't I must preach "whosoever will" and when "whatsoever" believes I know that he is one of the elect. If grace does not make us differ from other men, it is not the grace which God gives His elect. ” Charles Spurgeon
“The elect are whosoever will, and the non-elect, whosoever won't.” Henry Ward Beecher
“He that boasts of being one of God's elect, while he is willfully and habitually living in sin, is only deceiving himself, and talking wicked blasphemy.” John Charles Ryles
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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