"And all that heard Him
were astonished at His understanding and answers. And when they saw Him, they
were amazed: and His mother said unto Him, Son, why hast thou dealt with us in
this way? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And He said unto
them, did you not know that I must be about My Fathers business?" Luke 2:47-49.
we read the whole context beginning at Luke 2:40-52,
we find that the child Jesus was not lost at all, but had gone into the temple
of His Father. Having the grace of God upon Him, and great wisdom, He had three
great objects, as a twelve year old boy, He must accomplish.
First, as a twelve-year-old boy, no one would give Him
credit as having any knowledge of God’s Word. No doubt, His peers scoffed at
Him to begin with, thinking Him to be foolish coming into the temple
questioning the Doctors of Religion. His mother and Father knew not what the
will of God in the life of this twelve year old boy was, They, and the Doctors
had a right to be amazed. Little did they know that this boy was sent from
Heaven, He knew all about God’s plan. Take note:
“ And He
said to them, did you not know that I must be about my Fathers business.”
This was the first chapter
in Him being exposed as the Son
of God, and at twelve years old, he enjoyed God’s grace, and God gave Him
wisdom. After He was above thirty years of age, He said, “THEREFORE be ye imitators of God, as
beloved children,” Eph. 5:1.
Most parents think that a 10 or 12-year-old boy is not
mature enough to know what side of his head to part his hair on! Well, Jesus
proved that to be wrong.
Secondly, Jesus had a plan, his courage before these
proved this. By asking questions, he has figured out the unsound doctrines of
the Pharisees and Scribes, thus He for three days were asking them questions,
perhaps some that they dared not to answer, He also begin to get a mind set on
the Sadducees, and what they believed. Now in Mark 6:1-2, again the people were
astonished with His teaching, and saying, where did this man get these things,
and what is this wisdom? Again, he was about His Father’s business.
Third, this young boy, had a mission to accomplish for
His Father, and regardless of the cost He would accomplish what He was sent
from Heaven to do.
Every step of the way, beginning in the temple at twelve
years old, He was to be an example to every person on the face of the earth.
That is why the Apostle Paul could say to the Corinthians 11:1, “ Be ye
imitators of me as also I am of Christ.” This statement confirms that Jesus was
a model, a model to be imitated. As Jesus grew into manhood, His daily life was
such that His light shined brightly, that others could see the way, and He
asked that we so let our “ light shine that others might see our good deeds and
glorify God,” Matt. 5:16.
Little is known in regards to the life of Jesus, after
departs from the temple until John comes preaching in the wilderness saying, “
Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, for this is the one referred to by
Isaiah the prophet saying, The Voice Of One Crying In The Wilderness, Make
Ready The Way Of The Lord, Make His Paths Straight,” Matt. 3:2-3.
“Then Jesus arrived
from Galilee at the Jordan coming to
John to be baptized by Him,” “And after being baptized, Jesus went up
immediately from the water; and behold, the Heavens were opened, and He saw the
Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and Behold, a voice
out of the Heavens, saying, This Is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,”
And now, the baptism, especially in this fashion was an
example for others to follow.
As Jesus saw the Spirit of God descending upon Him, this
also was a part of the example of baptism, this example is confirmed in John
It is very important that we go back to Luke 2:46-52, the
boy in question, was not lost, simply because he could not be found in the
caravan, since He was not in the caravan, there was only one place He could be.
Back in Jerusalem in the temple He was found after three days, what business
did He have in the temple, the Scripture informs us that He was listening to
the Doctors of Judaism, as they discussed their re-written laws in regards to
God’s will. Him being with God from the point of God’s beginning, Proverbs
8:22-30, He knew what the will of God was, He was there when God planned the
scheme of Redemption, and salvation, God was the planner, the Son of God was
the creator, Col. 1:14-19. This young boy was asking questions that the Doctors
were astonished at. With the wisdom and grace that He possessed at this time,
He was perhaps questioning them in regards to Resurrection, Redemption, and the
after life, as well as the promised Messiah. I say this simply because after
His baptism, He began to preach, and now the same Doctors were asking Him these
questions, and trying to trap Him, but He was always prepared with an answer. “
He was always about His Fathers business.”
TO ASK ABOUT, AND ANSWER.
Bible storybooks have you ever seen teaching this subject?
times have you heard Church teachers teach this subject to children?
times have you invited someone to go fishing with you, and that person gave you
this reply, “ I must be about my Fathers business?
give creditability to the Father, if Christians used this phrase seriously, and
“I must be about my Fathers business.”
Christians be more faithful if they woke up each morning, and say to himself,
today? “I must be about my Fathers business?
having made this statement, is there any record Biblically that He Himself
forsook the Sabbath
worship, or did He ever teach that forsaking the Sabbath was ok?
Apostle Paul indicate that the Lord was Spiritually present at each assembly?
If this be
true, then those who are not gathered with the saints, has missed being with
the Lord. For Jesus said, “For where two or three have gathered together in My
name, there I am in their midst,” Matt. 18:20.
think that supporting the Church with your presence is the Will of God?
be unfaithful in attendance, and serve at the Lord’s Table?
Church grow if each member was, “About My Fathers business?”
TEMPTATIONS OF JESUS
After fasting for forty days and nights, Jesus is at
weakest point, when along comes the Devil to tempt Him, first by saying, “ if
you be the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But Jesus
answered and said,” It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but on
every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus did not give in, He
did not give up, and He did not give out. So then, Satan carries Jesus into the
holy City, “ And stood Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, if
you are the Son of God throw yourself down; for it is written, He will give His
angels charge concerning You; And on their hands they will bear You up.”
Jesus replied, “ On the other hand, it is written, you
shall not tempt the Lord your God.” Again the Devil took Him to a very high
mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory, and
the Devil said to Him, “ All these I will give you, if you fall down and
worship me.” Then Jesus said to the Devil, be gone Satan! For it is written,
you shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”
These temptations of Jesus
continually shows us the example
that Christians should follow. I suggest that Christians have not followed this
example sent from Heaven to us, rather when we are tempted we ask the question,
WHY ME LORD, and then we are ready to leave the presence of God. But not the
example that God sent from Heaven to us, He endured all that Satan had to
offer, and now He is ready to confront the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the
Scribes, all of which was out to crucify Him, and He was well aware of that,
but never did He weaken, never did He give in to them. From Matt. 5:20,
throughout the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus confronts the false
these sects. He confronts them as is recorded in all four Gospels, in regards
to their beliefs concerning, the resurrection, the redemption, salvation, the
first and second coming of the Messiah, salvation for the Gentiles, the
Sabbath, baptism, and the life after death.
The above articles of Doctrines we will
discuss each in
order to show why God sent Jesus to earth to challenge improper teaching, and
to show what the will of God was, and to bring to our attention that today, God
rules. There is no variation, or shifting shadow, James 1:17.
GOSPELS WERE WRITTEN TO WHOM?
Matthew was a Jew, he wrote to the Jews
to convince them
that Jesus was the promised Messiah.
Mark was Jew and Greek, he wrote to the Roman world.
Luke was a Jew and Roman, he wrote to the Greek, Romans, and
John was a Jew, he wrote to the universal Church of Christ.
SPEAKS TO THE CHURCH.
“There was the true light which, coming into the world,
enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him,
and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did
not receive Him”, John 1:9-11.
And Jesus said to them, “ My food is to do the
will of Him
who sent Me, and to accomplish His work,” John 4:34.
“I can do nothing
on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge;
and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him
who sent Me,” John 5:30.
“For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My
but the will of Him who sent me,” John 6:38.
“For this is the will of My Father,
that everyone who
beholds the Son, and believes in Him may have eternal life,” John 6:40.
of the more important request’s that Jesus made soon
after His Baptism Is found in Matt. 6:33,” Seek ye first His Kingdom and His
righteousness; and all these things shall be added to You.”
Seeking His kingdom, and
His righteousness, has some far
carries with the word, the act of finding, whatever you are seeking, when found
lay hold to what you are seeking, in this case it is the Kingdom; and His
Righteousness. But how can they seek in whom they have not believed? And how
shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how can they hear
without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? Rom.
10:14-15. Jesus met all these qualifications, and as a twelve year old boy was
about His Father’s business. He was sent to do His Father’s will. The
qualifications for us are not different; they are the same; have we like Jesus
met those qualifications, or is it a political game that we are playing?
of the Kingdom is
far greater that we have thus far described, we go back to Rom. 10:8-9, Faith
is being preached, confession with the mouth, and believe in your heart that
God raised Christ from the dead. For with the heart man believes, resulting in
righteousness and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. But that
is not all, when we look at the instructions given by the Apostle Peter in Acts
2:38, we find that Peter’s instructions to those who had heard the Gospel
preached, and who had believed, “ Repent, and let each of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” But now, further RAMIFICATIONS is in
order. Seeking the Kingdom, and acquiring membership in that Kingdom requires:
REDEMPTION. For salvation today, in this generation we must believe that Jesus
also at His death, purchased us not with silver and gold, but with the precious
blood, as of a Lamb unblemished and spotless, the Blood of Christ, 1 Pet.
The Apostle Paul said, “Or do you
not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you
have from God, and that you are not your own. For you have been bought with a
price; therefore glorify God in your body,” 1 Cor. 6:19-20. In keeping with
God’s plan, the Next RAMIFICATION is Regeneration. Regeneration comes as the
result of all that has gone on before. And the Holy Spirit destroys the old man
of sin, when one has been crucified with Christ, we no longer are slaves to
sin, Rom. 6:6. The old things have passed away, behold, all things is new. 2
OF REDEMPTION AND RESURRECTION UNDER THE LAW
We have already stated that
was sent to accomplish God’s will, and to accomplish it as He, Christ heard it
from the Father, This was accomplished by His teaching, by questions he would
ask, in order to cause the person to learn by answering the proper questions.
Christ was to teach by the life He lived. And so, by being born under the law,
living under the law, being subject to the law, and His death under the law,
His Priority under the law was first, to use the law as a school master to
bring the rebellious Jews to the Gospel. And Second, Was to redeem the departed
Spirits from bondage in Hades, where they were being held by Satan, from Adam
And Eve to the Cross. In order to accomplish Redemption of those held in
bondage Rom. 8:18-22. Christ must put into action God’s plan to remove Satan
from earth as its Prince, and Administrator
Jesus is now busy about His
Father’s will, when He begins to teach that which follows: John 12:31, “ Now
judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out.”
John 14:30,” I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of this world
is coming, and he has nothing in Me. “ And concerning judgment, because the
ruler of this world has been judged, John 16:11.” For sure Jesus is all about
the Father’s business here. The one who practices sin is of the Devil; for the
Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose,
that He might destroy the works of the Devil. The one called the “ Teacher” is
doing overtime. The Holy Spirit speaks in Rom. 16:20, and says, “ And the God
of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet,”
SPEAKS OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS.
Now comes the day that God has planned throughout the
for His prophecy of Genesis 3:15 to be fulfilled, the day when Christ would
redeem the righteous with His blood, the day when Christ would bruise Satan on
the head as God had foretold. This is the day that David spoke of Christ. “ Be
not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls
have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. They open wide
their mouth at Me, as a ravening and roaring lion. I am poured out as water,
and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it is melted within
Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue cleaves to My jaws;
And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; A band
of evil doers has encompassed Me; They pierced My hands and My feet. I can
count all My bones. They look, they stare at Me; they divide My garments among
them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
Ps. 9:17, “The wicked will return
to Sheol.” Ps. 14:7, “O
that the salvation would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive
people.” Ps. 16:3 “ As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the
majestic ones.” Ps. 30:3,” O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol;
thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” Ps. 71:20, “Thou hast shown me many troubles and
distresses, Wilt revive me again, and wilt bring me up again from the depths of
The way has now been prepared for Heb. 2:14, “Since the
children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the
same, that through death He might render powerless him who had power of death
that is, the Devil.” Praise God, the prophecy made by God in Gen. 3:15 is here
fulfilled. Christ met the demands of ransom, His Blood, His Life! But little
did Satan know that God would raise up Christ victorious. So, the demise of
Satan is here seen.
RAMIFICATION IS RESURRECTION, AND THE AFTER LIFE.
And so, we ask the question,
if those who were held in
bondage by Satan were released from his power, and they were set free because
the ransom price had been paid by Christ, what happened to these righteous
spirits? You will find the answer to this question if you first go to Isa.
26:13-19, “Your dead will live; their corpses will rise. You who lie in the
dust, awake and shout for joy, for your dew is as the dew of the dawn, and the
earth will give birth to the departed spirits.” Hosea 6:1-3, “ He will revive
us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day.”
By the way, was not Christ
raised up on the third day?
Consult Matt. 27:51-53, “And the veil of the temple were torn in two from top
to bottom, and the earth shook and the rocks were split. And the tombs were
opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And
coming out of the tombs after His Resurrection they entered the holy city and
appeared to many.”
Now if you want to carry this farther, then I suggest,
look at Rev. 14:1-5, and for further proof, I suggest that you notice that
these five verses were written in past tense, already happened at the time of
Then I would suggest you read carefully 1 Cor. 15:1-23, and
see that Paul clearly states that if Christ has not been raised, the dead who
has fallen asleep in Christ has not been raised, and our preaching is in vain.
cannot have redemption with having a resurrection, and
that is a fact. Following Heb. 2:14, where the death of Christ was the ransom
price to Satan for the release of the righteous, where his power over death was
destroyed, the Apostle continues the sentence in Heb. 2:15, and in regards to
those who had been set free says, “And might deliver those who through fear of
death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Take note, that the same
Apostle said to the Ephesians 4:8-10, “Therefore it says, when He ascended on
high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.” Are these
not the first fruits of Rev. 14:1-5? Ps. 68:18, “Thou hast ascended on high,
thou hast led captive thy captives.”
“ When He ascended on High”,
Eph. 4:8. “Thou hast ascended
on high”, Ps, 68:18. There is but one reasonable conclusion to where Christ
ascended to, and that is to “HEAVEN.” Does the Bible mention any other place
where He ascended? Does not Acts 1:11 not say that Christ was taken up into
Heaven; twice the verse uses the word “HEAVEN.” Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning
God created Heaven and earth.” Therefore, Heaven was created for the abode of
God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and all the host of angels. But, when the angels
sinned, and were cast out of Heaven, where was their destination? The apostle
Peter informs us that the place was called “hell.”
“For if God did not
spare angels when they sinned, but cast
them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.”
Jude 6, “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their
proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of
the great day.”
Jesus placed great emphasis upon mankind being prepared for
the resurrection to life eternal. He also places great emphasis upon eternal
punishment for the sinner. In Matt. 25:34, He bids a welcome to those who are
blessed of the Father, come and enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven prepared from the
foundation of the world. But notice what he says to the wicked, “ Then He will
also say to those on His left, depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal
fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.
ASK THE QUESTION: HELL WHAT IS IT?
I believe that Christ was really about His Father’s
business, it Would appear that man being resurrected to Heaven to live in
eternal peace, was a priority teaching, and Christ did not fail to place
emphasis upon the resurrection of life. Christ made several statements in the
Gospel of John that He came to do the Father’s will; He went the last mile to
be about His Father’s business.
The Father’s will was that Christ make known the
Heaven for the righteous, and the creation of the lake of fire for the wicked.
made sure that after His death, that God would send
the Holy Spirit to guide, to lead, and to teach the disciples, to bring to
their remembrance all things that Christ had taught them. And now in the
absence of Christ the Father’s business would continue. The business was to
save souls from the lake of fire. John 16:13, “But when He the spirit of truth,
comes, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own
initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and he will disclose to you
what is to come.”
While attempting an argument from scripture on the subject
of punishment after death, no pretense to superior learning is made; but taking
the common English Bible, along with the Greek text, I have sought to discover
the plain, obvious meaning of the text before me. Such meaning as an
intelligent reader, seeking the truth, would naturally gather from a careful
study. To the scriptures alone do I look for the truth concerning a future
state. I have no confidence in any opinion based upon anything else. For those
who have served Christ there is in store the never-ending blessedness of
Heaven, but to those who have rejected Him the door is forever shut.
God separates the righteous
from the wicked. This is the
spirit and benefit of all His redemptive work, and of Hid entire administration
The sheep is separated
from the goats, Matt. 25:32, the tares from the wheat Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43.
The net and fish. Believers are saved and unbelievers are damned, Mark 16:16.
headline, Hell what is it? And What Shall Come After
I have gone through the teaching of Justin Martyr during the
year’s 100- 165, on the above subject, Irenaeus, Minucius Felix, Tertullian,
Cyprian, Lactantius, Clement of Alexandria, Origin. And I find different
opinions. But when I study the following Scriptures, we will know what “HELL”
IS. —Matt. 5:22, 30, the hell of fire. A lake of Fire, Rev. 20:15. A bottomless
Pit, Rev. 20: 1. A horrible Tempest, Ps. 11:6. A devouring Fire, Isa. 33:14. A
place of Sorrows Ps, 18:5. Where they Wail, Matt, 13:42. A place of Weeping,
Matt. 8:12. A furnace of Fire, Matt. 13:41-42. A place of Torment, Luke 16:23.
Everlasting Burning, Isa. 33:14. A place of filthiness, Rev. 22:10-11. Where
they curse God, Rev. 16:11. Everlasting destruction, 2 Thess. 1:9. A place of
outer darkness, Matt. 25:30. Where they have no Rest, Luke 16:27. A place where
they can never Repent, Matt. 12:32. A place where they scream for mercy, Luke
16:24. A place of everlasting Punishment, Matt. 25:46. A place where they gnaw
their tongues, Rev. 16:10. A place prepared for the Devil and his angels, Matt.
25:41. A place where they scream for one drop of water, Luke 16:24. A place
where they will be tormented with brimstone, Rev. 14:10.A place where there are
dogs, sorcerers and whoremongers, Rev. 22:15. Where they drink the wine of the
wrath of God, Rev. 14:10. Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not
quenched Mark 9:48
After the study of Ramifications which led us into a
of Life after Death, I DENY, that the teaching of “Conditionalism,”
“Purgatory,” “Equality salvation for all men,” “Annihilation,” “Fatalism,” “literalism,”
“Universalism,” is not a Biblical inspired Doctrine. The above Paragraph with
all the scripture in place will prove beyond any doubt that these Doctrines are
false. These Doctrines are nothing more than a religious trap. The Lake of Fire
is real, and it is for the unbeliever!