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Psalms 16

Song of Solomon 5:9, 6:13

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

1 Corinthians 15:1-11  Paul the Apostle, appointed by Jesus Himself, wrote to the Greek church, correcting bad behavior in their midst.  At the end of this letter he tells them the very message he had come to know.  That Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and rose again on the third day, all proclaimed by the Hebrew prophets in the scriptures.  Christ then appeared to the 12 apostles, including Matthias, the added apostle after Judas was gone.  Then Jesus also appeared to about 500 people at one time, and last of all He appeared to Paul the apostle chosen to go to the Gentiles.  Paul was considered unique because Jesus was the Messiah of Israel, God’s chosen people.  The message of salvation was revealed to them, not to the nations.  After the Resurrection, the Gospel was then released through Paul, to the nations.   We, as Gentiles, are a grafted in branch to the vine of Israel, we have no inheritance without being brought into the family of Israel.  John 2.2 says that “Christ died, not for our sins alone, (Israel) but for the sins of the whole world (Gentiles).  Paul, who described himself as chiefest of sinners, because he persecuted the church of God, stated that by the grace of God alone, “I am what I am,” I was a persecutor of the church, I was a zealot for wrong because I persecuted even Jesus, but I am not what I will be by the grace of God, and whether it is me preaching to the Gentiles or the others preaching to the Jews, it is the same message.  Christ atoned for our sins!

Psalms 16   In like manner the psalmist cries out, “You are my refuge O LORD, there is no good outside of you. I admire all the saints who have paved the pathway for me, they are Majestic.”   ” Sadly some of our group have turned to other gods, but my inheritance is with  Jehovah.” ” I lie awake at night and ponder the scriptures, I am ever mindful of Jehovah, I will not go to the grave and be abandoned.  In Jehovah I see the path of life, the fullness of joy, and pleasure forever.”

Song of Songs 5.9  Question:  “What kind of beloved is your beloved, that thus you adjure us?”      And 6.3 “I am my beloved’s and and my beloved is mine.”  In this very unique writing about a man and a woman’s love for each other, we have a glimpse into the relationship of Christ and His Church.  Jesus told parables of the ten virgins, and of the marriage feast, and often referred to the church being His bride, as also did Paul make the same comparison.

When we see Jesus as one who divinely loves us, and identified with us to the point of bearing our sins to the cross, all the while knowing no sin, and not only having never sinned, but never knowing the ravages of sin, the result of sin on His life.  He never lied, he knows nothing of the need then to continue to cover up his lie.  He never knew the embarrassment of getting caught doing wrong, the guilt that is inherent with sin.  The shame that we feel when we deceive someone is completely lost on Jesus.  That is until He bore our sin to the cross, it was then that all the burdens of all our sins, the shame, the guilt, the embarrassment all fell on Him.

Does He love us?  Do we love Him? Does anything in this life even compare?  As the world power grabbers wrangle for domination, as this world is slowly being conditioned for hell, as we see glimpses of the coming tribulation, there is no fear for the true believer in Christ, for His love and protection is sure.

Karl