The "Hidden" Message of Jesus Christ
The ritual of baptism is a way for the Lord to communicate with us. He gives us something we can experience in a moment. I went there and they took water and there was a kind of washing motion.
Does that mean that the ritual of baptism washes away sins? It serves as a symbol, which we can see, of something otherwise invisible. It both means the removal of them and also the forgiveness of them. How are sins remitted or forgiven? And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. However, in Matthew For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. A cup of wine, not blood!
Is blood absolutely necessary if repentance will do it? Does it have to be blood? The Lord has to use physical things that we understand. If we think about it, it just seems like some abstraction when in fact it is the living force that fills the spiritual and physical worlds and creates everything. Love is driving this truth out. How Jesus keeps us from the hour of testing is explained in 1Corinthians Hold fast In the previous verse, Jesus called the gospel "My word of perseverance".
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The gospel is something to be kept and held fast in perseverance. In the parable of the sower Luke 8: When Jesus says to the Philadelphians, "I am coming quickly" Revelation 3: In this case the idea is to hang in there, because it won't be very long.
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In the previous verse he speaks of "the hour of testing". Jesus is making the same point here as he did to the church in Smyrna Revelation 2: He mentioned the crown of life there too, as he does here, to motivate people to persevere.
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A pillar in the temple We usually think of "pillars" of the church Galatians 2: A pillar holds up the building, therefore it cannot be taken away. It is a permanent part of the building. Thus Jesus says, "I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will not go out from it any more" Revelation 3: This is another picture of the gift of eternal life.
A pillar sometimes has an inscription or an identifying mark chiselled into it by the stonemason. New name This is the same new name that was written on the white stone Revelation 2: In Isaiah it is called "an everlasting name which shall not be cut off".
This is the name which Jesus has Revelation When you want to identify something as belonging to you, you may write your name on it. This is the sense in which Jesus will write the divine name on every faithful Christian. On Judgment Day, Jesus will recognise his own John This mention of the name also relates back to the statement in verse 9, "I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and to know that I have loved you".
Jesus has "the name which is above every name" and at that name "every knee shall bow" Philippians 2: When thinking of the "name" of Jesus in this manner, we have in mind much more than just the name "Jesus" itself.