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The Sharia of Christ in the GOSPEL
I - THE LAW OF THE LIVING LORD FOR HIS APOSTLES
1. The Appearances of Jesus to Peter and Paul, and His Orders to Them
2. The Appearances of Jesus to John, and His Revelation to him
1. The Appearances of Jesus to Peter and Paul, and His Orders to Them
Acts 5:17-24, 27-29 -- 17
Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18
and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19
But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20
Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life." 21
And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. But the high priest and those with him came and called the council together, with all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22
But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported, 23
saying, "Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing outside before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!" 24
Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be. … 27
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28
saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!" 29
But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 7:54-60 -- 54
When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56
and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" 57
Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58
and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59
And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60
Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 9:3-18 -- 3
And as he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4
Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5
And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." 6
So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" And the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." 7
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8
Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9
And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. – 10
Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." 11
So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12
And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight." 13
Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14
And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name." 15
But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16
For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake." 17
And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18
Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
Acts 10:9-20 -- 9
The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10
Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11
and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12
In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13
And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat." 14
But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean." 15
And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common." 16
This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again. – 17
Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate. 18
And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there. 19
While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are seeking you. 20
Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."
Acts 12:5-11 -- 5
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6
And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7
Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands. 8
Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me." 9
So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10
When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 11
And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people."
Acts 13:2-3 -- 2
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3
Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Acts 18:8-11 -- 8
Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. 9
Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10
for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city." 11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Acts 20:35-36 -- 35
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " 36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
Acts 26:15-18 -- 15
"So I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16
But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17
I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18
to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
Acts 27:22-25 -- 22
And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23
For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24
saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.' 25
"Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 -- 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2. The Appearances of Jesus to John, and His Revelation to him
Revelation 1:12-20 -- 12
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13
and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15
His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16
He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17
And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19
Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20
The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
Revelation 2:1-7 -- 1
"To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2
"I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3
and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. 4
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent. 6
But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." '
Revelation 2:8-11 -- 8
"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9
"I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death." '
Revelation 2:12-17 -- 12
"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, 'These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13
"I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14
But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15
Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16
Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. 17
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." '
Revelation 2:18-29 -- 18
"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, 'These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19
"I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20
Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21
And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22
Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 23
I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. 24
Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. 25
But hold fast what you have till I come. 26
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations – 27
'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels' -- as I also have received from My Father; 28
and I will give him the morning star. 29
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '
Revelation 3:1-6 -- 1
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3
Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '
Revelation 3:7-13 -- 7
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, 'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens": 8
"I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9
Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie--indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '
Revelation 3:14-22 -- 14
"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15
"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17
Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked — 18
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' "
Revelation 11:3, 7-9, 11-12 -- 3
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." … 7
Now when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 8
And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9
Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. … 11
Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12
And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
Revelation 14:13 --
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."
Revelation 21:5-7 -- 5
Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." 6
And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
Revelation 22:7, 12-15 -- 7
Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book." … 12
"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." 14
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15
But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
Revelation 22:16-21 -- 16 I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. – 20 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! -- 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Christ is alive. All founders of other religions died, and are now putrid corpses in their tombs, except Jesus who still looks after his church personally, and keeps it as the apple of his eye after he had gathered it from all tribes, languages and countries. His promises and orders aim at the security and growth of his spiritual body. After his ascension to heaven, most of the revelations of Jesus reached us through his three apostles: Peter, Paul, and John. These three were the channels through which the words of Christ reached us, and they were faithful in bringing his promises and orders to us.
Peter experienced that the Lord released him twice from prison through his angel, and he followed him as one who was experiencing a vision or a dream. The apostles were overcome by fear, and when they had been released, they proceeded to the Temple court and bore witness of the living Christ. Yet, after his second release from prison, Peter had to emigrate from the kingdom of Herod, for the latter’s spies looked for him. Peter, the most forward man among the apostles, had to learn on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea that God had cleansed all the unclean by grace, and that each one, even the ugliest, would be considered, through the cross of Jesus, clean and elect, if he accepted the salvation prepared by faith. The threefold order of Christ to Peter signifies an entire reformation of the Jewish ceremonial laws of purification, and an end of their privilege as the chosen people, for all men would be purified by the Lord on the cross if they believed in him. This was the hardest lesson to Peter and to the Christians of Jewish origin. This also concerns the most devout people in all continents: "What God has cleansed you must not call common." (Acts 10:15)
The glorious appearance of Christ to Saul near Damascus resulted in the conversion of Paul, because the light of the living Christ struck him as a thunderbolt, and inspired to him the principles of his Gospel. Paul understood that “he whom I persecuted would not destroy me, but would rather speak to me.” This experience is a grace, and nothing but a grace. The risen Crucified did not say to Saul: “Why are you persecuting the members of my church” but “Why are you persecuting me?” Then Paul recognized that Jesus and his people are one. To persecute them therefore, was to persecute him, since his church is his spiritual body, and he is the head of it. Christ is alive. He did not remain in his tomb, but he lives in his glorious splendor, and no one can neglect or pervert this truth. Saul became temporarily blind, but he gained a clear insight deep in his heart. The order of Jesus came to Ananias to visit Saul the repentant praying persecutor to prompt him to obey the faith. Ananias knew that Saul came to Damascus to arrest the Christians of Jewish origin, and take them bound to the court of Jerusalem. However, Ananias came faithfully to the Straight Street in Damascus. He called Saul his brother, and put his hands on him, and then Saul was restored to sight, and was filled with the Holy Spirit.
What a great God is he who chose a hardly known Christian like Ananias as his instrument of his physical and spiritual restoration to help Saul that he might receive everlasting life! Saul recognized this mystery, and called himself “Paul”, which means in Greek “the little one”. Paul suffered much and long for Christ’s sake. However the Lord strengthened him once and again with his revelations and appearance, and preserved his life from fear and mental strain. Jesus expressed the unspeakable consolation to the apostle of the Gentiles and to all his servants: "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
He who reads Christ’s commandments and instructions in his Revelation to John wonders at his loving care for each minister of the seven churches in the province of Roman Asia. He who studies Christ’s messages to the seven churches recognizes his care for his hardworking servants, for those who were spiritually dead, for those who exceedingly served him, for those who were sleeping, for the persecuted harmless, for the faithful and for the proud. He who studies the care and love of Jesus for each one of those in charge, his orders, his definition of mistakes, with his wonderful promises, recognizes that the living Lord strengthens both those who succeed and those who lose, overcoming their weaknesses by the power of the Holy Spirit. The living Lord held each one of the seven as stars in his right hand. He did not cast any one of them, though some became spiritually dead, and others corrupt. It is evident that in these orders and promises Jesus leads his church from amidst the troubles, persecutions, and judgments into the right end. He has the keys of Death and of Hades. He is the beginning and the end, and nobody is equal to him.
“To whom I now send you,
To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light,
And from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'”
(The call of Christ to Paul according to Acts 26:17-18)