JESUS OR GOD ON MT. SINAI?

A childhood friend posted yesterday regarding God having come down on Mt. Sinai and the relationship between Him and humanity then versus Jesus and humanity later, when He came on the scene fourteen hundred years after.  While it may be an innocent belief which many Christians have thinking it was God the Father and not Christ, who issued those fiery commands onto tables of stone, which created fear in the hearts of the Children of Israel, there are some significant points which need to be understood.  It is easily seen IF it were God the Father, who was present at that time as compared to God the Son, and how the treatment of those Commandments are such today with the majority of Christians rejecting the Commandments as if it were something against mankind and has them putting them aside.  However, when you understand it was Christ who was present on Mt. Sinai it does pose a problem with today’s Christians regarding the Ten Commandments.

Think about it, if it WERE Christ, and for certain it was, then how could the One who gave us the Commandments do away with them later?  Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, God the Father could no longer have any direct dealings with man except through a Mediator, Christ.  God the Father made two visitations, however shielded, for the protection of man:  (1) At Christ’s baptism, and (2) At Christ’s crucifixion.  However, it was Christ who showed man how to sacrifice when man sinned.  It was Christ who appeared to Abraham to make him a covenant and also to discuss the destruction of Gomorrah and Sodom.  It was Christ who meet with Moses and Joshua.  He was Christ who wrestled with Jacob.  It was Christ who was with the Hebrew youth in the fiery furnace.  And it will be Christ who stands in front of God the Father who represents us before Him during the Judgment which is going on presently in the Heavenly Most Holy Place prior to Him coming to gather us to go home when it is completed.

It is interesting to me those who know it was Christ who gave Adam and Eve those Commandments at Creation later handwritten them on stone tablets to the Children of Israel believe He did away with those Commandments upon His death on the cross.  There is no evidence those Ten Commandments have been voided and are still obligatory to us today.  It will be those same Commandments which are used as Standard in the judgment.  How could there be any judgment if there is no law?

In truth, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, it is all about Christ.  From the beginning at verse 1 of Genesis until the last two verses of Revelation:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen 1:1 (KJV)

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” Rev 22:20-21 (KJV)

It’s all summed in Hebrews:

“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” Heb 10:7 (KJV)

And does it really matter if it were Christ or the Father?  Christ made it easy to understand when He simply stated,

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” John 14:9 (KJV)

They are one in the same yet two in distinct personalities and one can never cancel the other but in all ways equal.  It is not God of the Old Testament and Christ in the New Testament.  It’s Christ throughout the entire Bible.  It’s our state of being which either makes Him a fearful presence or one which is welcomed.  We are given—today, to work on our lives and relationship with God so when He does come we are not in the group which will fear Him and hide our eyes but the group who stands with uplifted hands welcoming the Savior.

 

March 14, 2015

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