MYHB - Cross - Holiness and love meet

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Cross - Holiness and love meet

Holiness and love meet - 1

The cross is the culmination of God's revelation to man. Jesus said "It is finished" as he died. [1]

The Bible is the story of how the Word (second person of the Godhead) made the invisible Father known. He is Holy [2] and he is Love [3]

He had finished the revelation of the Father, through his death.

  1. Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
  2. Le 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God [am] holy.
  3. 1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
The creation account tells of the creation of the heavens and the earth. After the sixth day, when the work of God was done, he rested. [1] There is a two-letter Hebrew word in Genesis that is not translated, but it should be. "Ath" את is used twice in verse 1 "In the beginning God created 'ath' the heavens and 'ath' the earth.
  1. Ge 1:1-2:5 This pericope ends with 2:5, not with 2:4 as most suppose. See Scope in text
It is spelled with the first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It means 'all' or 'everything in' the heavens and the earth. [1] The first verse which tells of the whole of creation as an introduction, also tells of it's ending; "It is finished".
  1. Similar to the alpha and omega in Greek Re 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
As the story is told in six parts, or days, each representing a portion of scripture, and therefore a portion of time, it should not surprise us that at the end of creation, in Ge 2:1 it says, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished...". [1]
  1. Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Jesus was declaring that the work of creation was now finished with the cross. No man had seen the Father but him, and now in his death, no man would see the Father except through his finished work; Christ. [1] But the finished work is not of the cross alone, no more so than the final chip of the master's chisel is the finished work of a statue. The statue is the finished work... the whole statue. [2]bh
  1. Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
  2. The whole revelation of the Father is the finished work
The work of Christ began before creation when he was called the Son or the Word. [1] [2] Creation itself was his work to reveal the father. He gave the law to Israel, he walked and taught among us. Then he died and rose again, all to reveal the Father. His work on earth was done, at the cross.
  1. Eph 3:9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
  2. Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
We created an analogy in music to revelation in the Bible when it was described as a symphony, we need not create an allegory to describe the revelation of holiness and love of the Father. God created one for us.
In the garden there were two trees [1], the tree of Life representing his Love, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of death, representing his holiness. The revelation of the father tells us that he is the author of both life and death, but also that he is Holy and Love.
  1. Ge 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
As the revelation of the Father continues through the law, there are laws that appear silly and capricious. Do not mix
seeds in your vineyard [1]
ox and donkey in the yoke [2]
wool and linen in clothing [3]

But each has a riddle concerning mixing holiness/law and love/grace.

  1. De 22:9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled. [{fruit of thy seed: Heb. fulness of the seed }]
  2. De 22:10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.
  3. De 22:11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, [as] of woollen and linen together.
Seed grows from the ground by work under the curse, where fruit is a gift of the vine. Wine is actually a symbol of grace. [1]
  1. Don't mix judgement and grace
Within the word for 'ox' is 'singing' and the 'word increasing'; but in the word for 'donkey' is 'death'. [1]
  1. Don't mix life and death
Within the word for 'mixed linen and wool' is the word 'satan', and wool has the word for death, while linen has the symbol for the 'increase of the word'. [1]
  1. Don't mix death and life through the word
When we mix the ideas of holiness and love, we always confuse it. If the prisoner gets to go free, we don't marvel at the grace, we complain that there is no justice. If we get caught, we don't marvel at the justice, but complain that there is no grace.
To understand that the Father is both Holy and Love, Jesus mixed them perfectly on the cross. His holiness was demonstrated by the Son being made separate from the Father "Why have you forsaken me?" [1]; and his love demonstrated toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. "It is finished". [2]
  1. Mt 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
  2. Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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