With Uplifted Hand

Introduction: Certain questions concerning fulfilled and unfulfilled prophecy have long been disputed among Christians. Will Israel be restored? Or, Is God finished with Israel? Is the church the fulfillment of the OT prophecies concerning the kingdom of God? While this little paper is not intended to answer these questions in any depth, its aim is to give the reader certain foundational teaching concerning God’s work of redemption for mankind as it relates to those questions.
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The Biblical revelation of God’s plan of redemption for fallen mankind, yes, for His whole creation, is bound up in three oaths which God made :

  • one to Abraham,
  • one to David, and
  • one to Jesus Christ.

Heb 6:13-18 “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants”… Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.”

The Two Unchangeable Things are:
God’s Promise, and God’s Oath.

The New Living Translation says: “God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18 So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.” (Heb 6:17-18, emphasis added.)
I. God’s Oath to Abraham—and his descendants, the Nation of Israel— This promise in Gen 12:1-7, later confirmed by Oath, is referred to at least 65 times in the Bible. In the following pages we will quote just a few for the reader’s convenience.

FIRST: The Five-fold Promise to Abraham
Gen 12:1-7 “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;”
“I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse”
“and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
“So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; . . . Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, . . . and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.”
“. . . 7 . . The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this LAND.”

SECOND: The Promise Repeated
Gen 13:14-17 “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever . . . 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”

Gen 17:1-8 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; . . . 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, . . . 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

Gen 22:16-18 “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Genesis 24:7 “Abraham said. “The Lord, the God of heaven, . . . spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’ .”

Gen 26:2-5 “The Lord appeared to Isaac and said . . .” 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”

The promise repeated to Jacob Gen 28:10-15; Gen 48:3-4.

To Joseph: Gen 50:24-25 “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”

Ex 6:8 God says to Israel, “And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD’.”

Ex 32:13 “Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.'”

Ex 33:1 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “. . . go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’

Deut 6:23 “But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers.”

1Chron 16:14-18 “He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations, 16 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: 18 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit”.

Ps 105:7-11 “He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.” 10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: 11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”

Some people say that God is finished with Israel and He will never restore them. They say that the Church is the “New Israel” and takes the place of the old Israel. They misapply Josh 21:43-45 which says “The Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, . . . Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
Then they wrongly conclude that there is nothing more for God to do for Israel. Yes, God fulfilled His promises to them up to that time, but there was still land to be possessed, – see Joshua 23:1-5, especially vs. 5, and Judges 1:1-36 and the rest of that book. There was still much land to be taken. God’s promises did not fail but Israel failed to believe and obey. Furthermore, the Bible is full of prophecies that God would scatter Israel all over the earth but that they would eventually repent and then God would restore them to the land. An example is Amos 9:15 “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God. —written more than 650 years after Joshua!

“With Uplifted Hand”
It is instructing to note that the expression “swore with uplifted hand” is found in the NIV Bible Twelve Times, being the literal Hebrew and so translated in the NIV. (NKJV sometimes — “Therefore He raised His hand in an oath”).

Five Times it refers to God’s judgments which have been literally carried out—Ps 106:25-27; Ezek 20:15-20; Ezek 20:22-25; Ezek 36:5-7; Ezek 44:10-14.

Seven Times the expression “swore with uplifted hand” is made concerning the promise of the land to Israel. Now if the judgments that God “swore with uplifted hand” were literally carried out, how dare anyone “spiritualize” the land promise and say it is not to be literally fulfilled also?

Therefore we expect that those Seven Times — according to the Hebrew text, and so translated by the NIV, where God “swore with uplifted hand” to give them the land, shall also be fulfilled literally.

Ex 6:8 — see No 8 on page 3.
Numbers 14:29-33

In Nehemiah chapter 9 is the prayer of the small group of people who had come back from Babylon. It is a prayer of confession and repentance. They plead with God on the basis of His oath, vs. 15 ” . . . you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.”

The next four times the phrase “Swore with uplifted hand” is found in the book of Ezekiel, three times in chapter 20 and once in chapter 47. Ezekiel was among the captives taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. He spoke of the judgments God was pouring and would continue to pour out upon rebellious Israel and also spoke beautifully of the eventual repentance and restoration of Israel to the land God had promised to Abraham. The return of Israel to the land under Ezra and Nehemiah in no way fulfills these prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The ultimate fulfillment of these prophecies is tied in with the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ezekiel shows us that the restoration of Israel to the land is irrevocably tied to the Oath God swore to Abraham
4. and 5. Ezek 20:5-6 reminder to Israel of God’s promise: “and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I chose Israel, I swore with uplifted hand to the descendants of the house of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the LORD your God.” 6 On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands.” (in the Hebrew, the phrase “with uplifted hand” actually occurs 3 times in these two verses, But in vs 6 the NIV simply condenses that phrase to “swore” ).

Then, in these chapters, He tells Israel of their great sin, how He would scatter them among the nations of the world, and how He will punish them and eventually how they would repent and God would then restore them to the land He had promised. The Israelites are still to this day scattered among the nations and still in unbelief.

6. Ezek 20:40-44 speaks of their eventual repentance and restoration: “I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. 42 Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your fathers. 43 There you will remember your conduct and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done. 44 You will know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.'”
7. Then in Ezek 47:14 God foresees the time when they will be restored and tells them how they are to divide up the land, “You are to divide it equally among them. Because I swore with uplifted hand to give it to your forefathers, this land will become your inheritance.” (written about 800 years after Joshua).

This eventual repentance and restoration of Israel is anticipated in Rom 11:25-27, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”

II. God’s Oath to David:
The Second Oath of God was made to David. It should not be seen as an isolated thing. It is the necessary outworking of God’s Oath to Abraham. For if Abraham and his descendants, the Nation of Israel, the House of Jacob (Luke 1:32-33), are to inherit the land as promised and rule over their enemies (Gen 22:17), and inherit the world (Rom 4:13), there must needs be a King to rule over all.

2Sam 7:11-16 “‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. . . and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
“. . .Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.'”

Ps 132:11 “The Lord swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne.”

Acts 2:29-30 “But he (David) was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne”
The promise of this Son to David, who is to be the Messiah of Israel, yes, of all mankind, is referred to again and again in Scripture. He is to restore Israel and to rule Israel and the nations in perfect righteousness:

Isa 9:6-7 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
vs 7. “Of the increase of his government and the peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”

Isaiah 11:1-12. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; . . . 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him . . . 4 with righteousness He will judge the needy. . . He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth; with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. . .6 The wolf will live with the lamb . . . 7 and the lion will eat straw like the ox . . . 9. .the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 10 . . . and His place of rest will be glorious.”
“11 In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of His people . . .12 He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.” (written more than 600 years after Joshua).

Psalms 2:6-9 “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill. 7 I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will rule them with an iron sceptre; you will dash them to pieces like pottery”
Jer 31:10-14 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'”

“For the Lord will ransom Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.” 12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord . . .” (written more than 700 years after Joshua).

Jer 31:31-34 “The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.”
“33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.”
“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.”
“I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
“34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.”

Ezek 37:21-28 “and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”
“‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. . . 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, . . . 27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.'”
Hosea 3:4-5 “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.”

Amos 9:11-15 “In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be, 12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,” declares the Lord, who will do these things. . .”
15 I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God.”

Dan 7:26-27 “Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.'”

A. Old Testament Expectations:
Considering these, and many other prophecies: What was the expectation of the prophets and the people to whom the word was spoken? Obviously, they expected:

A literal kingdom of Israel here on the earth.

A son of David to rule over Israel on David’s throne.

Righteous government, perfect justice for all.

This son of David would also rule over all the Gentile nations.

A time of universal peace with all nations worshipping the Lord. because: “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” —Isaiah 11:9.

There would even be changes in nature with much of the curse being lifted, “the lion will eat straw like the ox.”There is absolutely no hint or suggestion that this kingdom would be only a “spiritual kingdom in the hearts of men.” Certainly the kingdom would be spiritual, but it would also be social, political, and economic. It would govern every aspect of man’s existence.B. New Testament Confirmation:

Likewise, when we come to the New Testament we find the continuation of these same expectations.

Notice the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary concerning the child she was to bear. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32,33.)

The “house of Jacob” is not the Church. The Church had not yet come into existence. The house of Jacob was already in existence. The “house of Jacob” can only refer to the physical, genetic descendants of the man Jacob—those who carry Jacob’s DNA.

Acts 1:6 The Apostles asked Jesus, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Their question reveals their faith in God’s promises, and you can be sure that God will bring it all to pass, because He has so sworn with an oath.

C. Jesus Is The Promised “Seed of Abraham” (Gal 3:16) who shall inherit and implement the Oath that God made to Abraham.

D. Jesus Is Also The Promised Son of David (As we have seen from the many scriptures cited), and shall inherit and implement the Oath that God made to David. He is, therefore,
“King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”  (Rev 19:16).

III. The Third Oath of God: is to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Our High Priest
Heb 7:17-22 “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.”
“20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:
“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind:You are a priest forever.'”
“22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.” (See also Gen 14:18-20; Heb 5; Heb 7:1-28; and Ps110:4).
Now this Oath of God, sworn to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, directly involves our salvation. It involves our total relationship to God the Father. Jesus Christ, born of Mary, of the seed of David, of the seed of Abraham, He, and He alone, is our High Priest, He alone is our Savior. And it is in His function as Priest that He is our Savior.

Now what exactly is a Priest?
Who can serve as Priest?  and What is his function?

First: Who can serve as a Priest?
Heb 5:1 tells us that “Every high priest is selected from among men” therefore angels cannot serve as priests. And it is not an office that anyone can apply for. Hebrews 5:4-6 states that “No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Second:
What is the work of a Priest?
Hebrews 5:1 declares that a priest is “appointed to represent us in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.”

A priest’s work is twofold:
(a) He represents us to God, and,
(b) must offer sacrifices for sins.
(a.) The fact is that fallen, sinful man cannot approach God directly. Our sin separates us from God, we must have someone to represent us, to intercede for us. And God, in His love and mercy for fallen man, has Himself provided that priest, that intercessor, that mediator, that go-between that we could not provide. Because all have sinned, because all are guilty before the righteous God and are therefore unable to select anyone to represent us, to offer sacrifice for us, because we all are sinners under condemnation.

The glorious truth is that Jesus is our High Priest, and He is the only one who can represent us to God, the only one who can make us acceptable to God. Indeed He, Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6 states emphatically that no one can come to God except through Him.

Now this is not an arbitrary thing. It is not as though God decided it would be more efficient if there was only one Savior, only one mediator, only one acceptable priest. It is necessarily true by the very nature of the case. We must have a mediator who is himself without sin, and Jesus is the only man who is completely sinless.

(b.) This priest must offer a sacrifice for our sin that can be eternally acceptable to God. The wages of sin is death. The soul that sinneth must die, and since all have sinned, all are under the sentence of death. But God has allowed that Jesus, the only sinless man, could take our sins upon Himself and die in our place (Rom 3:23-25).

Herein is the “power of God unto salvation,” the Gospel, the Good News, that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day,” — Rom 1:16; 1Cor 15:3-4.

The Perfect Sacrifice
Isaiah foretold this in Isa 53:6, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” and in verse 12 “He poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Now the major work of the Mosaic priests was to offer sacrifices for the sins of the people. These were repeated over and over multiplied times. The repetition showed that the blood of sacrificial animals was not permanently effective to the removal of sin. The animal that must be sacrificed must be without any blemish. That pictured the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Himself. He was without any sin, He was absolutely spotless and holy.

We read in John 1:29 that He is, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
In Heb 9:26 we learn that Jesus “has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” In verse 12 of Hebrews 9 we find that Jesus entered the Most Holy Place in heaven itself “once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” It was there before the throne of God that Jesus offered His own blood, sprinkled His own blood in atonement for our sins.

Therefore the Scripture testifies in Rom 5:9 “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”

Eph 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

1Peter 1:18-19 “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

1John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Rev 1:5-6 “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”

Rev 5:9-10 “And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Now our salvation depends wholly and completely upon this work of our High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, upon the perfect sacrifice of Himself, His sinless self. It is by His blood that we are cleansed.

Our Mediator.
Our salvation likewise depends upon His role as Mediator. Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant under which the saved may come to God. According to Heb 9:15 “Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance”

In Heb 10:12 we read that “when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.”

He sat down at the Right Hand of God the Father and it is there that He serves as our Perfect Mediator administering the Grace of God to us. 1Tim 2:5-6 tells us that, “there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men.”

Do not be misled into thinking that some saint (no matter how exalted) can intercede to God for you. God has said that He will only accept Jesus as our mediator. Just as in our earthly courts, no one can represent an accused unless he be a qualified and licensed lawyer; in the heavenly court above, Jesus Christ is the only one qualified and permitted to represent us.
When we first came to Christ our sins were forgiven, but what happens if we sin after becoming Christians? We need an intercessor to continually intercede for us. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9).
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Heb 7:25).

We have an enemy, a very powerful adversary—that is the Devil, Satan—who continually works against the people of God. According to Revelation 12:10, Satan is the great accuser who accuses us before God day and night. —See also Zechariah 3:1.

Visualize heaven as a great court room. The sitting Judge is God the Father, Creator of all things. He is both the Law Giver and the Judge. You are the accused sinner, indicted before that heavenly court. Satan is, as it were, the prosecuting attorney. Satan brings your name before the judge, He lists your sins and demands the death penalty. He says, “Your Honor, it is written in the law that the wages of sin is death, the soul that sinneth must die. The sin of this person is evident and admitted by this court, therefore I demand the death penalty, he must be consigned to the lake of fire for all eternity.”

What defense can you give? Absolutely nothing, you hang your head in shame and know you are doomed.

But then, Jesus, who has been sitting at the right-hand of the Judge, stands up. He says, “Yes it is true, this person is guilty of all these sins, and deserves the lake of fire. But the death penalty has already been taken care of, I died for him, He now belongs to me. I shed my blood that he might be forgiven.”

The Judge then rules, “Not guilty, case dismissed.”
If you have never accepted and confessed Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, your Lord and Savior, then you do not have anyone to intercede for you and you will indeed end up in the lake of fire.

I urge you to turn to Christ in true repentance, confess and accept Him as Lord and be baptized for the remission of your sins as Jesus Himself commanded, and the blood of Jesus will wash away all your sin and you will be given the gift of the Holy Spirit, you will be born again. Then, as you walk in the light, the blood of Jesus will continue to cleanse you from all sin (1John 1:7).

In Conclusion:
Jesus is the promised Seed of Abraham who inherits and implements the Oath that God made to Abraham.

Jesus is also the promised Seed of David who inherits and implements the Oath God swore to David.

Jesus is our only High Priest, Savior and Mediator, according to the oath sworn by God.
Thus, the Threefold Oath of God sums up God’s plan of salvation to
“bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.” (Eph 1:10),
— and that is why He is
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev 19:16)

We who are in Christ shall share the promises with Him — Gal 3:29; Rom 8:17; Eph 3:6; Tit 3:7; Heb 6:17; James 2:5; Rev 2:26-28.

We have then, a sure hope, Because it is based upon “both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.” (Heb 6:18, NLT).

R.L. Garrett
Churches of Christ,

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