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God's amazing providence and grace!!!
For yet another amazing true story of amazing grace and God's providence check out the true story of how a nazi came to repent of his racism and those he was racist toward came to forgive him. As he checked out the scriptures for himself he realized he was wrong and saw just the opposite of what his nazi beliefs said the scriptures said. This is a great and well produced movie that was on PBS for sometime here is a link to Final Solution.
Winston Churchill called the science of Hitler as "preverted science" and in this true story you will see how Nazism had also "perverted scripture". Here is audio to Winston Churchill's famous speech titled "Their Finest Hour" and here are some of the words of that speech:
"I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us.
Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'"
But Hitler had also "perverted scripture". In Final Solution the Nazi came across such verses as:
"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."-Romans 10:12,13
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."-Galatians 3:28,29
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."-Colossians 3:10,11
These verses make it clear that Jews can be saved as much as Gentiles and vice a versa.
In fact the destruction of the temple as predicted by Christ was an amazing manifestation to Jews and Gentiles alike that Christ did indeed abolish the division between Jew and Gentile at the cross.
It is interesting to note that one of the reasons that Christ died on the cross was first and foremost to take away our sins that separate us from our God but in Ephesians 2:15 we get even further detail as to what his suffering on the cross also did in relationship to Jews and Gentiles and what a picture of a bridge of peace for all earthly divisions there after. Ephesians 2:14-16 says speaking of Christ and this divide between Jew and Gentile:
"For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.."-Ephesians 2:14-16.
But what does the predicted destruction of the temple have to do with what Christ did at the cross in Ephesians 2:15,16? Everything!!!
First and foremost the temple yearly brought a remembrance of sin to the worshipers and the need of a sacrifice for sin. Hebrews 10:3 says, "But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year." Now these were the sacrifices that had to be performed on one place on earth and that was in the temple. So when the temple was destroyed God was saying that what His Son did at the cross satisfied the demand for atonement and that in Christ there is no longer a remembrance of sin nor sacrifices!!!! Christ doesn't need to die each year for our sins rather he died once and for all. The sin that divides man from God has been dealt with at the cross so there is no longer a need for the temple as there was no longer a need for sacrifices and therefore no longer a need for the continual remembrance of sin for the worshipers. So in the destruction of the temple we see a destruction of the continual remembrance of sin that separates us from God and evidence of the acceptance of Christ's sacrifice once and for all on our behalf!!! Praise the LORD!!!
But what about the divisions amongst Jew and Gentile. Well Christ shed his blood for our sins as noted above. He called his blood that would be shed the blood of the NEW COVENANT. Now let us head over to Hebrews 8:13 where it reads, "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." and then again in Hebrews 10:9 it reads "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." Now that first and OLD COVENANT was decaying, waxing old and was "ready to vanish away". The New Covenant made the first Old. The establishment of the New/Second Covenant is in the taking away of the First/Old covenant. Hebrews 9:1 reads, "Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary." Now we read Ephesians that Christ "abolished...the law of commandments contained in ordinances". There were many things under the Old Covenant that separated Jews from Gentiles. There were many things the law required Jews to do that made them separate from the Gentiles. Now I can not pinpoint exactly the reason for why Gentiles could not enter the temple but this was such a big deal in the days of Paul the apostle that he almost lost his life over this very issue as we read in Acts 21:27-32:
"And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him (Paul the apostle) in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul."
Not only that but Herod's temple in the days of Christ actually had a court of Gentiles that Gentiles were not allowed to go pass and only Jews were. So there was a literal wall there in the days of Christ and his apostles. Now I do not believe this is what Paul is referring to but there was none the less some sort of commandments and wall that did divide the Jews from Gentiles and we know this from Ephesians. But the law of commandments and the ordinances of that Old Covenant were stored and to be located at the temple in Jerusalem. So when the temple was destroyed in 70 AD not only was the House of the remembrance of sin destroyed but the wall that separated Jew from Gentile was literally abolished and the House that contained those ordinances was torn down stone by stone.
So the destruction of the House of that Old Covenant that contained the laws of commandments in ordinances was removed thus evidencing that what Christ did at the cross for Jew and Gentile was yea and amen. There is no longer that House that divided Jew from Gentile and in Christ under the New Covenant we are one as the body of Christ (the promised seed) throughout all ages world without end amen (Ephesians 3:21).
And if Jew and Gentile are no longer divided in Christ then neither can there be any other division but Christ is all and in all!!!
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