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1 Kings 1:anointing32-40 ( KJV ) 32And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. 33The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon: 34And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. 35Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah. 36And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say sotoo. 37As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David. 38So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. 39And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon. 40And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.
This process of anointing the king with oil was also called unction. This process was not religious by any means; it was a governmental process of declaring that the man who received the anointing was the one that would ascend to the throne.  The one anointed had been declared the king, and this anointing was made public so that others were able to witness who would be next to sit upon the throne.  Additionally, the oil used to anoint the kings was called chrism, and it is from that word that the word Christ is derived.  So when the Lord Jesus asked Peter who did Peter say He was, Peter declared “you are the Christ,” meaning “you are the One anointed to ascend to the throne.”  Likewise, when we use the term “Christ,” we too are declaring that the Lord Jesus was the One anointed to receive the throne.  The thief on the cross recognized this as well, when he pleaded to the Lord Jesus “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” The thief saw that the Lord Jesus was the One anointed to receive the kingly power, which is why the Lord bestowed great favor upon the thief in his last moments.  This is what it truly means to declare that Jesus is the Christ.

Col. 2:10 (KJV) And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

eca065a7abdfdf65e4d086835a755cf4There is wholeness in Christ Jesus that one cannot experience apart from Him.  Apart from Christ, there will always be areas that are unfulfilled.  The condition, however, is that one must be in Him in order to experience such completeness.  This is the irony that the world will never be able to understand.  How is it that one can be without material things, yet completely satisfied?  The answer lies in where your heart is.  A heart that is in Christ knows that He supplies all of our need, and that heart is content with little or plenty. We are content because our citizenship is no longer of this world.  We recognize that our life is not defined by the things we possess.  The question you must ask yourself is, do I believe in Christ apart from Him, or am I truly in Him?

Mal. 3:16 (KJV) Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

 A-Book-of-Remembrance-for-the-RighteousTo them that trust in the Lord, the Bible is an eternal record of the love that the Lord has for His own.  It conveys a message of hope for anyone who desires to be in the family of God.  It speaks of the trials and tribulations the early believers endured to set an example for future generations.  Yet, for unbelievers and outsiders, the Bible seems as folly.  They are neither convinced of nor comprehend the power of the risen Christ, whom God raised from the dead.  Yet, it is these very people that believers have been commissioned to help guide into the family of God; for we ourselves were once foreigners and strangers to the Kingdom.  Now, we are to be vessels of mercy and grace to those who ridicule, mock and deny Him.  Our lives are to be living books of rememberance so that those that see us will marvel at the works of the Lord, and desire to know more about this book of rememberance.  This is our calling.

Gods_ThroneRomans 3:25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

I remember when I was younger, I used to hear the phrase “meeting your maker.”  This phrase was used to describe a person who was very near death.  It meant that upon the death of the person, that person would have to stand before the judgment seat of God.  But is this true?  When a person dies, does that person stand before God?  Notice what Paul said above.  God left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.  Not only did he not judge the sins of the past, but Paul went on further to explain why – that God withheld judgement to demonstrate his righteousness and justice.  This is completely consistent with the parables of the Lord Jesus:
Matt. 13:29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”  In this parable, the time of the harvest is the end of the age.

Matt. 13:47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Again, the parable describes that the separation process will occur at the end of the age.  

Matt. 22:10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”  In this parable, the Lord shows us that the king waited until the hall was filled with guests to determine who had on the proper garments.

Christ Jesus was consistent in His teaching that the judgment would occur at the end of the age, and Paul’s writing was consistent with the doctrine of Christ.  So why do we believe that God judges a person upon that person’s death?  How we perceive death has a great deal to do with it.  In our imperfect humanity, we have a belief that some people deserve to die because of their actions.  In many cases, we would like to think that God has delegated his judgment to us, so that we have been given the authority to adjudicate the life of another.  However, Paul makes it clear that all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death.  In truth, we all have earned the wage of death, because death is the reward for sin.  However, God is not hasty in his judgment, and the Great King, the Holy One whose kingdom is eternal, is patient to administer his perfect and righteous judgment in his time.  God’s judgment is not subject to time as we understand it, for God’s kingdom transcends time.  It isn’t based on the feelings and perception of his creation, neither is it administered according to the whims of man. And the truth is, God’s judgment belongs to him and him alone.  It is time for us to renew our minds to God’s forbearance and kindness toward his creation.

renewedmindRomans 12:Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This is a passage that is much easier said than done.  It requires asking and answering hard questions.  One such question is this: how has my mind been renewed if I believed the same things all of my life?  If my mind has truly been renewed, I cannot look at things the same way I did in the past.

Another hard question that must be asked and answered is this: Am I willing to put everything I have been taught to believe on the altar of sacrifice?  For how can I have the faith of Abraham if I am not willing to do what Abraham did – that is, put obedience to God before everything else, including the son of promise that he loved?

The truth is, Jesus alone doesn’t unite us.  Jesus was a man that everyone saw while he walked the earth.  What unites us is the faith of Abraham – the faith that what God promised he fulfilled in Christ Jesus, whom God raised from the dead.  The faith that we must have is not believing that Christ died, but that He was raised from the dead.  Christ’s death and resurrection was symbolic of what is to occur in us: the old man, the old understanding and the old way of thinking must die, and the new man, the new understanding and the new way of thinking is to arise within us.  This is why Paul wrote that if any man is in Christ he is a NEW creature; old things have passed away, and all things have become new.