|Messages By Ovid Need|
Acts 2, Number 4
The office of the High Priest is in operation today. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. The access into the Holy of Holies where the Father dwells is through the sacrifice already made, once for all. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. In other words, He is our all in all. We need nothing else nor will the Father accept anything else.
He alone is:
1. The endtime Temple, Tabernacle.
2. The endtime Offering.
3. The endtime Priesthood.
He is everything to His people and we have neither reason or anywhere else to look for anything, since His complete work on the cross.
One day we will see Him face to face. We will fall down at His feet and we will say with the great multitude which no man could number; "Thou art worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honor, and power. For thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are made and were created." We will cry with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." We will fall on our faces and worship Him who lives forever and ever. Saying, "Amen: Blessings, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever, Amen."
Anything less is not Bible but a false doctrine, religion, and God's people must avoid them if they expect to be right with God. They are only a revival of the old Jewish religion propagated by the same crowd which was upset that Christ would even suggest the removal of the physical Temple to be replaced by HIM. In removing that Temple, also removing the "select few" from authority and places of power over the people.
God, pour out your grace upon your people that they might once again search Your Word diligently and find out what YOU HAVE to say as they compare Scripture with Scripture.
Something here well worth observing. In Vol. 1 of "The Ante-Nicene Fathers Eerdmans - Grand Rapids Mich. Reprint 1979, pg. 194 through 270, we have Justin's dialogue with Trypho, a Jew. Justin was a Gentile born in Samaria, near Jacob's well in about 110 AD. He tried all the systems and because of his elevated tastes and refined perceptions became a disciple of Socrates and Plato. He kept "climbing" and found in Christ what he was looking for in Plato.
Justin could be considered the founder of theological literature as he wrote down this dialogue with Trypho, a Jew. He confronted head on, as did Daniel, the many false philosophies of his day. These false philosophies were not restricted to his day but are very much alive today.
He continued to wear his philosopher's gown after his conversion showing that he had attained the only true philosophy. After his conversion he took advantage of every opportunity to proclaim the gospel as the only safe and certain philosophy, the only way to salvation.
His writings are not the first written in behalf of Christianity but they are among the most important. His dialogue with Trypho is the first elaborate exposition of the reason for regarding Christ as the Messiah of the OT, and the first systematic attempt to exhibit the false position of the Jews in regard to Christianity.
The account of His Martydrom is worth quoting in its entirety. The following page contains a copy of this account.
Now, let me quote just some of the chapter headings in Justin's Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew. These headings will show the nature of the argument he is having with Trypho, the Jew. Justin gives scores of OT Scriptures. We will only give a few which deal with what we are looking at. There are 142 chapters dealing with just about every relationship of the OT Jew and Christ.
Chp. XIV -- Righteousness is not placed in Jewish rite, but in the conversion of the heart given in Baptism by Christ.
a. The everlasting covenant of Isa. 55:3 is through the blood of Christ to all believers.
Chp. XVII -- The Jews sent persons through the whole earth to spread calummies on Christians.
a. Isa. 53:5.
Chp. XXV -- The Jews boast in vain that they are the sons of Abraham.
a. Isa. 58:15 -- through Isa. 59. (XXVI no salvation to the Jew except through Christ.
Chp. XXXI -- If Christ's power be now so great, how much more greater at the second advent.
a. He quotes Dan. 7:9-28, following it up with:
Chp. XXXII -- Trypho objecting that Christ is described as glorious by Daniel, Justin distinguishes two advents.
a. ---; and that the Lord, the Father of all, has brought Him again from earth, setting Him at His own right hand, until He makes His enemies His footstool.
Chp. XLIII -- He concludes that the law had an end in Christ, who was born of the virgin.
a. The law of the sabbath, sacrifices, offerings and feasts. (My note: ONLY these laws ended with Christ. This was the stand of the early church,110 AD, as well as the whole book, of Hebrews).
Chp. LII -- Jacob predicted two advents of Christ.
a. One on a colt of an ass, other in judgment. Nothing in between, Gen. 49:5-24.
Chp. CIX -- The conversion of the Gentiles has been predicted by Micah.
a. Mic. 4.
Chp. CXV -- Prediction about the Christians in Zechariah. The malignant way which the Jews have in disputations.
a. Zech. 2:10-13; 3:1, 2.
Chp. CXIX -- Christians are the holy people promised to Abraham. They have been called like Abraham.
Chp. CXX -- Christians were promised to Isaac, Jacob, and Judah.
Chp. CXXIII -- Ridiculous interpretations of the Jews. Christians are the true Israel.
a. Jer. 31:27; Ezek. 36:12; Isa. 42:1-4; 49:1-5; Matt. 12:18. My Note:
Justin says here, and rightly so, I believe, "Again in Isaiah, God, speaking of Christ in parable, calls Him Jacob and Israel." The Father calls Christ Jacob, the true Israel of God. Therefore this makes EVERYONE IN CHRIST a part of this true Israel of God.
Chp. CXXXV -- Christ is King of Israel, and Christians are the Israelitic Race.
As you can see these are only a few of the points which Justin confronted this Jew concerning the Jewish traditions which they were trying to pass off as Bible doctrine. Justin's dialogue with Trypho, a Jew, sounds almost like Peter in Acts 2 as he reasons with the Jews. The difference is Peter's argument brought conviction and thousands were saved where Justin's saw no one saved at that time but his argument lives on.
In conclusion of Zech. 12:10. Most authors which I checked which wrote before the 1900's identifies this text with salvation and the grace given to the church. The starting place for its fulfillment was with Peter and it is still being fulfilled as the GRACE OF GOD causes the elect to mourn, repent and turn to Christ.
V. 36 "--Therefore--" In conclusion of all these prophecies then everyone should be convinced that the true Messiah has come and has ascended to His exalted possession in heaven.
"--House--" speaking to the Jewish nation. Beyond any doubt they must come face to face with this.
"Same Jesus whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ-- Acts 3:14, 15." Peter tells them that they killed the one God sent as their Messiah.
"Both Lord and Christ." Here is he one hard for modern theology to deal with. "Lord" proprietor, master, sovereign. Peter here tells them that the one they crucified has been exalted by God to be the King they had been looking for for so long. God gave him dominion in the heavens and made him ruler of all things. We have looked at many verses along this line. Just to be reminded of a few, let's look at:
1. Jn. 17:2, "as thou hast given him power over all flesh,"
2. Eph. 1:21, "Far above all principality and power, and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, and hath put all things under his feet--"
3. Col. 2:10. "And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power."
4. I Pet. 3:22, "who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."
5. Heb. 1:8, "but unto the Son he saith, thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom."
Peter is telling these Jews they have crucified the promised Messiah. He is risen from the dead and is living as well as sitting as Lord over all glory and they are contending against the righteous judge of the living and the dead. We can contend with each other but it isn't safe to contend with the risen Lord. Isa. 45:9 He is going to return in righteous judgment and it's best to kiss the Son lest he be angry.
Just a couple more things before closing this message by Peter.
We have pointed out (above) what Peter meant by "both Lord and Christ." As Peter presented the truth, the Holy Spirit took the truth and drove it home as you would a sharp instrument, causing acute pain. Heb. 4:12
The Holy Spirit opened their eyes that they could see what they had done to their promised Messiah. They saw they had the blood of the Messiah, which their fathers had longed and looked for for so long, upon their hands. They not only saw what they had done, but HE showed them the result as the Messiah was now seated by God the Father upon his throne over all heaven and earth. The result was vengeance upon those who had murdered him.
The guilt led to "what shall we do?" To which Peter gives his answer. We should point out some things here in Peter's answer. Acts 2:37, 38
First, baptism doesn't wash away sins. This only can be accomplished by the blood of Christ. Rev. 1:5 Baptism is a "expression of the need of purification, and as emblematic of the influence from God that can alone cleanse the souls. It is also a form of dedication to the service of God."
It is only a picture of the sinners conviction that the blood of Christ alone can atone for sin. It represents a willingness on the sinners part to accept this method of justification. The method of the blood of Christ. It shows a conviction that HE alone is the only means of atonement.
Secondly, we see something else here. "Name of Jesus Christ." Here is the foundation of baptism. The acknowledgment that He is the sinners only Hope, Redeemer, Lord, Justifier, King. To be baptized in His name shows a commitment to HIM. Now, remember, Peter is speaking to Jews. There is no record of any Gentiles here. For the Jews to accept this baptism would show their receiving the message of v. 36, which the Holy Spirit had convicted them of. This was a unique message to a nation who called for the death of their Messiah. The physical seed of Israel, v. 36.
Thirdly, in this command by Peter we have no indication that he gave any other method of baptism other than given by our Lord. Matt. 28:19, 20 Notice v. 40, "with many other words." Therefore we only have a short outline of the message which was preached and I believe we can rest assured that not one word contradicted the words of our Lord.
A parting word concerning this message by Peter. Peter preached a strong message to the house of Israel, as we have said. This message pointed out what they did in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Under the influence of their leaders they had believe he was only a man and called for his death. Under Peter's preaching of the truth and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit they realized He was the Son of God, now seated upon His throne over all as the Righteous Judge of all men, against all ungodliness. They saw him now taking vengeance against the nation which called for His death and they were fearful, crying out "what shall we do."
Peter promises them forgiveness for repentance and acceptance of the one they rejected. This they responded to and 3,000 were saved.
Now, a point to consider. This was at Jerusalem. These people grew in grace and knowledge of our Lord. In doing so, they also were instructed in our Lord's Words of Matt. 22, 23 and 24. Believing His warning there of the coming judgment against the nation which called for His death, they sold all and when the time came (70 A.D.), they fled the city as they had been instructed to do by our Lord. As far as we know, there was not one Christian lost among the million or so who perished at the destruction of Jerusalem.
These saw the judgment coming and cried "what can we do?" Peter told them to turn to the Lord, believe His Word and they would be spared, which they did. They were spared from the terrible judgment against those who murdered our Lord. II Chron. 20:20.
Conclusion. No matter how wicked of a sinner a person may be, there is still hope. Believe, repent, turn to Christ and then walk by faith and inherit the promise "the just shall live by faith." There is life both physical and spiritual, in obeying our Lord's Word. Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; II Cor. 5:7; Gal. 3:11
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