The Hour of Darkness

Satan deceived men into siding with him in trying
to extinguish the Light of Truth.

Yet, John testified and said, "...This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:19-21).

Satan's objective was to keep the minds of men in darkness to the Truth, that they might fulfill his desire to extinguish the Truth from the minds of men. But through the death of Christ on the cross, we see the Truth, that Christ was willing in all points to be made like unto His brethren, i.e. dead due to separation from LIFE, that we, though dead in sins due to our separation from God, might have faith in Him, to be restore to Oneness with God through His resurrection from the grave.

"...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. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

"Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 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.

"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 2:9-18).

"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.

"Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

"(Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh" (Colossians 2:9-23).

Notice the choice that is presented to us. If we choose to have faith in Christ, Who sacrificed Himself to become separated in death as we are, that though we are dead in trespasses and sin to this day, if we believe and have faith in Him, the Father will quickened us together with Him, Who is our Spirit, Light and Life to be reconciled together with HIMSELF through the Gift of HIS Son. But if we choose not to be joined with Him through His faith, we shall not see Life, but would remain dead as we have been from the time sin entered the world. The choice is ours to decide.

The Word said, "Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:34-36).

It has been the work of Satan to keep the minds of men in darkness from finding the Light of TRUTH, that they would not be saved.

The Word became flesh and blood and joined Himself with men, that we through receiving Him (The Power of God) might have Power to overcome the problem of sin (separation from God). He also became flesh and blood, that through death He might destroy the power of the devil and free us from the bondage to which we had no power to overcome. He became One with us in all things, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God and empower us to be restored to Oneness with Him to God.

Yet, Isaiah testified of man's blindness to the Truth and said, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

"And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand" (Isaiah 53:3-10).

Although the Word of God did all this for us, we continue to misinterpret what it was He was doing on our behalf. In light of your study of the Word and your knowledge of the gospel, concerning the Life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which statement would you consider to be correct? (A) or (B)?

Because many have been blinded to the Truth and continue to be blinded to the Truth, Isaiah testified of the people, who lacked faith in the Word of God. He reported that the Arm of the LORD would be despised and rejected of men. Yet, the LORD shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: Through Isaiah, the LORD testified of HIS Arm and said, "...By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:11,12).

The Father is satisfied that HIS only begotten Son did all that He could do in pouring out His soul unto death, that we might choose Life rather than death. There was nothing left undone that He did not do to save men from darkness and death.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul reveals the Truth in this way when he said, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement" (Romans 5:6-11).

In other words, it is not by His death, like so many other religious leader, who have died leaving behind a large following who seek to be saved because they are dead. But by His love in drawing us back to The Father through laying down His own Life, to become separated in death as we are, that He might become one with us in all things, yet without committing sin. And we through receiving Him, and having faith in Him, might choose to become One with Him, and be raised from the dead by Him, Who is The Power of God, to have Light and Life, to be restored to Oneness with The Father by HIS Will through Him. Having accomplished The Father's Will, to restore us in Himself to the Father, we look forward with a living hope, to be forever in the presence of The Father by Him. For if He died like so many other religious leaders, and never accomplished what he claimed He would do, to be raised from the dead, then there would be not hope for those, who would put their faith and trust in Him, like the leader, who never raised themselves from their condition of death.

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