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The Arm of the LORD






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“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1). “But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (John 12:38). Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias when he saw his glory, and spake of him.” (John 12:38-41). The glory is not the glory of man that Isaiah spake of when referring to Jesus, but the glory of God. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). The witness of John the Baptist declared Jesus Christ to be before him. “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.” (John 1:15).  The arm refers to flesh. “Thus saith the LORD; cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jeremiah 17:5). The arm of the LORD is the flesh of the LORD, for the arm is revealed in the Word of God as the flesh.


This is none other than Jesus Christ is come in the flesh manifesting the glory of God. Jesus was flesh or sarx just like us; that is, the flesh of man, being after the progeny of Adam, as a natural human being with a natural human nature. The arm of the LORD is the strength of God in power that was given in and through a man of Adam. You and I are as the same flesh of Jesus Christ, for He came in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin. Sinful flesh is the fallen human nature of the flesh.  God spoke to Job concerning this question. “Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?” (Job 40:9).  The power of God would be manifested in the Son of man; that is, Jesus with the finger of God will cast out demons.  God said that it was His arm that mankind would trust in. “My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.” (Isaiah 51:5). The manifested God is Jesus Christ in glorification, declared to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead.


“Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?” (Isaiah 51:9). Yes, the LORD God has made plain His arm for all to see and believe. In Jesus Christ alone is salvation, and there is none other. “Therefore my people shall know my name (Jesus Christ): therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.” (Isaiah 52:6). Jesus Christ is the Oracle, He is the Word of God. “The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:10). God’s holy arm, Jesus Christ, in the body of His flesh, is salvation to all the earth. This Word has been manifested, this LORD God has been revealed and we beheld His glory. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father (the Spirit), and with his Son (the flesh) Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1-3). Who was from the beginning? The Word. The Word is Spirit and a spirit cannot be seen or handled. True! But the Word made flesh can be seen, heard, and handled, as the Person of God manifesting the Spirit (Father) and the Son (flesh of God). To whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 


“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and a root out of a dry ground.” (Isaiah 53:2). The body of flesh, even though it is God’s own flesh as the Holy thing, will still grow up before God as a tender plant. Jesus Christ is made under the law, in fashion as a man, to redeem them that are under the law. He will grow up, never violating any portion of the law, but will fulfill the law in all points without sin. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (Matthew 5:17).


Even though Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh, yet He was subject to His earthly parents. He had natural growth eating earthly elements of food, drinking earthly elements, working as a carpenter by the sweat of His brow, was hungry, was thirsty, was wearied with His journey and sat on Jacob’s well, slept, had sorrow, and was acquainted with grief. In His humanity in the days of His flesh was every whit a man, a human being of flesh and blood, just like you and me. Jesus was not an extra-terrestrial as God in an earth suit, but was a man with the same weakly elements working in His body as all humanity. Jesus Christ was flesh and blood, a man. Even though Jesus Christ takes on flesh, being made like Adam, His origin is heavenly, being the LORD, not of Adam of the dust of the ground, being of the earth, earthy. Therefore, Jesus could state that "before Abraham was, I AM". Consider Isaiah’s statement concerning Jesus. “…he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:2b,3a). How could this be God? He should be better looking than all men, and have all the kingdoms of the world bowing down to Him. There should be joy and happiness to the Messiah, not sorrows and grief. Messiah is a man with a human nature just like ours..our Kinsman Redeemer...that in all points he is made like us. "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil." (Hebrews 2:14).


We find Paul’s answer to the Hebrews as to Messiah’s mission. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:9,10).  Paul declared Jesus Christ to be the One Who created all things. This same One that created all things is now the One that will come as Messiah who is made lower than angels for the suffering of death. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 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: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:15-17). The same Jesus Christ that created all things in heaven and in earth, is the same Jesus Christ that is come in the flesh as a man of flesh to redeem all things back to Himself, by the work of the cross, by the shedding of His own blood offered through the eternal Spirit. Because God made Himself a body in fashion as a man, made under the law, He will suffer all things under the law to redeem man back to Himself.  This is the ministry of reconciliation. “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19). 


The law was weak in the flesh, therefore Messiah will come as God in flesh, fashioned as a man. “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” (Romans 8:3). Jesus Christ had no sin, even though he was in a body of sinful flesh that had a propensity to sin just like us, but without the sin. He who knew no sin will become sin for our salvation and redemption upon the cross. Jesus was never sick a day in His life, but His back was beaten with a cat of nine tails, so that with His stripes we are healed. Even though Jesus Christ is sinless, yet his total body of spirit, soul, and flesh will be made sin and a curse for us. It is on the cross, that God will make His own body to be sin, that sin may be destroyed in the body of His own flesh. “…he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” (Isaiah 53:3b,4a). If Jesus Christ had not been a partaker of flesh and blood, then He could not have brought redemption to mankind, destroying the devil that had the power of death.


The law, in itself, is holy, just, and good. But the world stands guilty before the law through the weakness of the flesh, and found therefore to be a ministration of condemnation, death, and under the Divine curse. The world is guilty: “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19). The Law is a ministration of condemnation and death: “But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:7-9). Under a curse of the law: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” (Galatians 3:10).


Jesus Christ, God Himself, will take on a body of flesh and blood in order to deliver mankind, who was always subject to bondage through fear of death, shut up unto sin. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14,15). Therefore, Jesus is made like unto man for the suffering of death, tasting death for every man.


The Son of God, as the seed of Abraham and David according to the flesh, speaks of a natural human lineage being that of a natural seed of Abraham and of David according to the flesh. He is however the spiritual, incorruptible seed of the Word of God, coming in flesh as the Messiah Immanuel, Who will lay down His life to redeem us from the curse of the law. “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:16-18).  


It was on the cross where the man Christ Jesus offered His own body and soul for a sin offering, a trespass offering, a meat offering, a burnt offering, a peace offering, in order to make atonement. During His duration on earth, Jesus partook of all the elements of the world, eating, drinking, smelling, hearing, and touching all creation, yet without sin. He was in direct contact with creature and creation in every area of His life, being in fashion as a man. Now Jesus will go to the cross as the Holy, Spotless, Lamb of God, where He will become the curse for us, dying in our stead. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13). 


Every aspect of the sacrifices under the law typifies Jesus Christ in His work. The burnt offering is a voluntary offering, the offerer putting his hand upon the head of the burnt offering killing it, applying the blood upon the altar of burnt offering. This is Jesus Christ freely offering Himself without spot to God on the sinners’ behalf, freely laying down His life of Himself, with power to raise it again. This is substitutionary, because Christ did it in the sinner’s stead for atonement. This is all typed in the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits; that is, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


The arm of the LORD is none other than God manifested in the flesh as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. In the revelation of Jesus Christ, he came to reveal the Father and to finish His work which he accomplished on the cross of Calvary. He revealed the Father in His fulness as is declared in the last book of the Word of God, the Revelation of Jesus Christ.







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