-Christ came to enable us (even though.we see ourselves as imperfect).to have a relationship with the Father (Ephesians 2:13), to make it possible for us to become heirs; to enable our adoption into His family. The Father only has a relationship with those equal to Him -Ephesians 2:14,16,18,22.
To become equal with God (Psalms 82:6; John 10:34,35; Philippians 2:5,6; John 10:30), He.(the Father).provided the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17) through Christ, so that now we can be His sons, adopted into the Family -Colossians 1:12,13.
Philippians 2:5,6."Let this mind be IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus...who thought it not robbery to be EQUAL WITH GOD."
That's how pure the blood of Jesus made us.
Romans 8:17 "And if children, then heirs, heirs of God and JOINT heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with Him-(to 'suffer' with Him is to understand what He did for you and for all mankind with great import for you personally; the original means 'to be affected by', like someone tells you something about their life and you are moved by it, and it creates intensity within you to become different in a better way), that we may be also glorified together."
You are now a new man or woman as far as God is concerned!
The commandments of old-precluded this intimate relationship with the Father (Ephesians 2:15) as they were not of the heart, but of the letter, of the flesh and not the spirit -Romans 7:6; 2Corinthians 3:6.
-Christ came to do God's will in taking away the old covenant and replacing it with the new covenant -Hebrews 10:9.
-Christ came not to lay His life down for doctrine, but for his sheep -John 10:11,15.
-He came so that the world would know that He loved the Father. He wants us to know the Father -John 14:31-"But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do....."
-Christ came and was to come again -Hebrews 9:28; John 14:3,28; Acts 1:11; 3:21; 2Thessalonians 1:7,10; 2:1; Matthew 24:27,29-31,37-42; Revelation 1:4,7; Jude 1:14; 1Thessalonians 5:2-(a thief in the night comes unexpectedly); Zechariah 12:10; 14:1-21.
Christ came to come again--1Corinthians 15:21-23-"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order. Christ the firstfruits. Afterward they that are Christ's-at his coming."
Jesus Christ predicted His return within the lifetime of His first century hearers. Some try to divide Matthew 24 into two comings, thousands of years apart. However, Christ was supposed to fulfil all of the Old Testament predictions about Him in that generation. The Old Testament predicted His return. If that didn’t happen in the first century, the Jews have a legitimate complaint against Jesus being their Messiah. But it did happen and was momentous in its day, even though since having been submerged by the macerations of the educated ignorant.
Jesus said to those contemplating His crucifixion that they would experience events that would soon substantiate His assertion that He was the Anointed One, the Son of God, the One the Old Testament scriptures predicted would come -Matthew 26:63,64; Hebrews 9:28.
Jesus Christ was also then to come soon -Revelation 22:7,12,20. Did He? There are many passages that show Christ was to return in that 1st century -Matthew 10:23 ".....Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come." Matthew 24:14; 16:27,28; Luke 21:22,31; Romans 13:11,12; Hebrews 9:26-28; 10:37; James 5:8,9; 1Peter 4:7; 1John 2:18; Revelation 1:1,3; 22:6,7,10,12,20. The books of the New Testament focused upon an imminent returning Christ. In the minds of the writers of these books, there wasn't any doubt. Things weren't "at the door" now, but would be when they see these things happening -Matthew 24:33.
Albert Schweitzer, a noted liberal theologian, in his book-The Quest of The Historical Jesus, has gone to great lengths to document the fact that Christ predicted His return in His generation.
And this was the generation upon whom the end of their world was to come, and this occurred in 70 A.D.
In the regeneration-the twelve men who were with Jesus will be given high positions in the government then to dominate Earth -Matthew 19:28.-...continues to Questions