Emanna for 12/13/2019
Christ Being the Holy and Faithful Things (1)
Acts 13:34 And as to His having raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to corruption, He spoke in this way, "I will give you the holy things of David, the faithful things." (35) Therefore He also says in another place, "You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption." Words of Ministry
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We have pointed out that Christ's resurrection was His second birth to bring Him forth as the firstborn Son of God. God promised to give Him to His people, and this resurrected One is the holy and faithful things of David. To God, the resurrected Christ is the firstborn Son, but to us He is the Savior. Moreover, He is a great gift given by God to His chosen people, and this gift is entitled "he holy and faithful things." Literally, the Greek words rendered "the holy and faithful things" are the holy things (Gk. hosios, plural), the faithful or sure. The same word (hosios) is used for "Holy One" in the next verse, but in the singular. This Holy One is Christ, the Son of David, in whom God's mercies are centered and conveyed. Hence, the holy and faithful things of David refer to the resurrected Christ. Paul's thought in 13:33 and 34 is very deep. The resurrected Christ, who is God's firstborn Son brought forth through His second birth, His resurrection, is the holy and faithful things. In verse 34 the word "faithful" means trustworthy. The resurrected Christ is the holy and trustworthy things God gives to us. Here Paul indicates that the resurrected Christ is not only our Savior bringing us God's salvation, and He is not only the firstborn Son of God. This resurrected One is also the holy and faithful things as a gift given to us by God.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, p. 322. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.