Chapter 3: The Missing Link

So we have man in a fallen state no longer in face-to-face communion with God. He owed a debt of life he could not pay, but God did not forsake man and woman. Even at the fall of Adam and Eve God gave a promise to Eve that her seed would bruise the serpent’s (Satan’s) head, Genesis 3:15. This was a promise of a savior, someone who would battle Satan for mankind and bruise his head and defeat Satan in his effort to enslave God’s creation man and woman. The implication is that woman would have a virgin birth because the male supplies the seed in child bearing. Isaiah later predicted,” Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14. Immanuel means “ God with us”.

God did not go against his word. He said man had dominion in this world, and even because of mans disobedience Satan was given a place of power in the earth, God would not force His will on mankind, because it is not God’s nature. The will of man and woman is a sacred gift of God, a gift God would not supersede or take back. To do so would alter God’s intention toward man and woman to be free moral agents made in God’s image. Satan is the one being that wants to dominate the will of man, because he hates mankind and wants to control his place in the universe. God would work with man to bring man back to him. A man would win back life for all mankind; a special man, a complete man, a man who was not spiritually dead but alive with the life of God in him.

God took responsible action, even though God was not able to have a close spiritual relationship with man and woman, He was still in control. He would remain a line of integrity and goodness. God would win over evil with love and the integrity of His word. His promises and covenants with mankind would crush Satan and the evil Satan wrought in man.

God would deal with man in the physical world. Medical science in the last one hundred years has discovered that the physical life of man was in his blood. It supplies nutrients and life giving oxygen to all the cells of the body, without it we have no physical life. Genesis 9:4 says, “But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” The Bible declared the importance of blood and that it was life to the body thousands of years ago. God said the shedding of blood was required for the remission of sin in man’s life, Hebrews 9:22. The law and procedures of sacrifice in the earthly temple of God in the Old Testament shed animal blood to cover a repenting man’s sin. This had its beginning in the Garden of Eden after the fall of man when they partook of the Tree of Knowledge, Adam and Eve lost the lost the covering of the Glory of God in the childlike innocents God created them. Without this covering they realized they were naked, Genesis 3:7. The first shedding of blood was to cover their nakedness, God made skins from the animals to clothe them, Genesis 3:21. God postponed the total death of man and woman’s being by entering in a blood covenant with those obedient people in the Old Testament.

After the flood God contacted a man to make the foundational blood covenant between God and man. This man was Abraham the father of faith to the Jews and Christians today. God found a man to have faith in him and trust him. This covenant would demand the life of God or man if it were broken, and provide a way for man to have spiritual life restored. This Abrahamic Covenant was climaxed at Jesus’ death at the cross, 1900 years after Abraham. It truly made a way for the child of promise Jesus.

Even though Sarah, who was Abraham’s wife, was found to be unable to have children, Genesis 11:30, God told Abram (as he was known then) that his seed or children would inherit the land, Genesis 12:7. Many years went by and Abraham was still childless. But even at an old age Abraham trusted God to fulfill his promise to him. (As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed–God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:17-22 (NKJV). After a time with Sarah in her 90’s and Abraham about a hundred, Isaac was born the child of promise. God always fulfills his part and continues to work in people’s lives.

And then, even as Adam had been, Abraham had a place of proving. Abraham was told by God to offer his son as sacrifice to God. After Abraham realized it was really God asking for his son, he made preparation to sacrifice his only son of promise to God. God told him to go to a place called the Land of Moriah, which is known later as the hills of Jerusalem. Mount Moriah, which is the traditional site where God led Abraham, is also the site of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Sacrifice was done later for the sins of the people of God in the Temple. And not to far from there was to be the crucifixion of Jesus the Nazarene many years later.

Abraham willingly would have obeyed God knowing that God would raise his son from the dead if necessary to keep his promise. As Abraham raised the sacrificial knife to take the life of Isaac God stopped him from offering his son and said, “…because thou has done this thing, and not withheld thy son, thy only son, …in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou has obeyed my voice” Genesis 22:16-18. God would now return Abraham’s faith and offer His only begotten Son for mankind through the seed of Abraham, John 3:16. Now God had a people to bring to the world deliverance. The one to set mankind free from spiritual death would come from the seed of Abraham.

Later God through Moses established the Law to reveal man’s sin, I John 3:4, and Romans 3:20. And God established the priesthood and the ordinates of animal sacrifice to cover man’s sin for a season. God could deal with repentant man under these sacred conditions. Fellowship with man was important to God and his intention from the beginning. Mankind was made to commune with God. But in all this they had to obey God’s Word. When they obeyed they were blessed. When they disobeyed they were cursed. Mankind would know good and evil, blessing and calamity.

Because Satan was given power in this would through man’s disobedience; Satan was stopped in his destructive plans when man and woman obeyed God’s word. But spiritually dead man disobeyed God many times and that made way for Satan and his evil nature to bare fruit in man. There must be a way to make man spiritually alive again so God could call man his child again and live with him.

So God devised a plan before the foundations of creation to bring man back to him and God would work through man to accomplish it, Ephesians 1:4, I Peter 1:19-20 and Revelations 13:8. This plan involved people throughout the Old Testament that trusted God and gave God access to the heart of man. God would work with the cooperation and the obedience of man. God could not legally by His own court in Heaven force himself on the heart of man and woman. A unique complete man must win eternal life back for man. This is where Jesus completes God’s Holy plan. God wanted to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth in the hearts of men. This is why Jesus declared, “ The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus told stories and parables about the kingdom of heaven. He had knowledge of this because He understood the kingdom of heaven.

Was Jesus the promised one? Was Jesus the one to bruise Satan’s head and win back this world for mankind giving access to the Throne of God in heaven for man and woman? Was Jesus the seed promised to Abraham that would bless the nations of this world? Was Jesus the Messiah (Anointed One)? Was Jesus, Emmanuel (God with us) and our redemption?

In the record of genealogy of the ancestors of Joseph the earthly adopted father of Jesus we see people like Josiah who lived through the Hebrew exile the Babylon, Solomon, who was the son of David, Also a great king in his own time. There was Boaz who married Ruth. Their story is told in a book in the Old Testament that has Ruth’s name. Also was Judah one of the twelve sons of Jacob, who was the son of Isaac the child of promise to Abraham, Matthew 1:12-17.

In the record of the genealogy of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Joseph and Mary have a common ancestry from King David back to Abraham. This means that Jesus was the seed of Abraham as promised by God. In Micah 5:2 written about 700 B.C. Bethlehem is foretold as the birthplace of the Messiah, and in Luke 2:4-6 Bethlehem is recorded as the birthplace of Jesus. The virgin birth of the Messiah was foretold in Isaiah 7:14, 735 years before the birth of Jesus. The angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her she would give birth to a son and call his name Jesus in spite of the fact that she was a virgin and had never been with a man. This would be done through the power of the Holy Spirit without the aid of any man, Luke 1:26-38.

In Isaiah 53:3 men would reject this man of sorrows, over 700 tears later Jesus came to his own and his own received him not, John 1:11. Jesus crucifixion paralleled the descriptions of Isaiah 52:14, Isaiah 53:1-12, Psalms 22:1-18, and Zechariah 12:10. These descriptions of sorrow were prophesied hundreds of years before the Romans refined this way of death.

Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus: Outline: Click Here

(Prophecies Concerning Jesus, “Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus”) ®

This outline shows the Old and New Testament bare testimony of Jesus as the Son of God and the promised one for the reconciliation of man to God.

I want you to realize something here; God Himself in the manifestation of man came to earth as the son of man and God. Jesus called himself the “son of man” showing his kinship to Adam. This he got from his earthly mother but the Holy Spirit was his father. His direct kinship to God made him the first complete man to walk the earth since Adam. His spirit was alive and in communication with the Father God. He was called the last Adam, I Corinthians 15:45. Jesus was the only man born of a woman who could pay the debt of spiritual life. Jesus was spiritually alive all the spheres of being, spirit, soul, and body were alive and He walked in perfect communion with the Father God as Adam once did. But unlike Adam Jesus was Spirit directed, his mind and body sought the will of God, and that was the redemption of man.


JESUS

GOD        SPIRIT                  SOUL                  BODY            SATAN


BLESSING                                                                                                 CURSE


Now God had a physical way into the earth. Jesus was and is the express image of person of God, Colossians 1:15 And Hebrews 1:3. God was represented personally in Jesus; “He who has seen me has seen the Father”, John 14:9. For the first time since Adam a spiritual child of God walked the earth. As Adam became a child of disobedience Jesus became a child of obedience. Philippians 2:4-8 tells us Jesus thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but put in himself the form of a servant and became obedient unto death.

Throughout the ministry of Jesus he had to contend with Satan who was the god of the physical world, and in every situation Jesus defeated Satan in his attempt to compromise his mission. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and during the confrontation with the Devil (Satan) in Luke chapter four, Jesus did not correct Satan when he claimed have all the kingdoms of this world delivered to him. He tempted Jesus by offering all authority if Jesus would worship Satan, but Jesus answered, “ Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, thou shall worship the Lord God and Him only shall thou serve”, Luke 4:8. Jesus held tightly to the word of God to defeat Satan, unlike Adam who disobeyed the words of God.

After the study of scripture you begin to see a plan of God to bring man unto himself. This would give man a chance to walk free of the bonds of Satan. Like everything God does his plan was perfect. Even Satan did not understand God’s plan. I Corinthians 2:6-8 tells us that if the princes of this world had known the plan of God they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. Satan is called in the bible the prince and power of the air.

To man’s mind the situation was hopeless, but God found a way. “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,5 to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5. Since the Holy Spirit conceived Jesus he was not a fallen son of Adam. Therefore Satan had no claim on him. But because he was “ made of a woman” he was an authentic human being and qualified as a bona fide member of the human race and able to enter the legal fight to reclaim Adam’s lost estate. ®

Jesus would be the missing link between God and man. Jesus is the door that gives us access to God. Jesus came to break the hold that Satan had on man and he did his job.

“ The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…to proclaim liberty to the captives and opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

Isaiah 61:1

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