Jesus Christ, our near Kinsmen-Redeemer

Genesis 2:16-17
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Mankind ate of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:9-15
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

We are now about to hear the first prophecy of the coming Redeemer that would bring forth the restoration of sonship that was lost by Adam and Eve.

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Jesus Christ would be this seed that placed enmity {hostility} between the seed of the woman (Mary) and the seed of the serpent (Satan).  The serpent's seed being the children of disobedience.  Their father being the devil.  

The Law of Sin and Death has now befallen upon mankind.

Ezekiel 18:4, 20
4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Romans 6:16, 23
16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 7:23
23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

This is a certainty!!  If you sin, you will die!!

Genesis 2:17
17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

The very day that Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they died a spiritual death and the devil gained the power of death over mankind.  Satan gained the power of death over mankind because he is the first to rebel against God.  This making him the father of the disobedient.  Now the human race has become the children of disobedience (Eph 5:6, Col 3:6, 1 Jn 3:8) and is in need of a redeemer. Thus the prophecy of a redeemer to come as was spoken of in Genesis 3:15.

Hebrews 2:14-15
14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he {Jesus Christ} 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;
15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

For all of us were born in sin and shapen in iniquity.

Psalms 51:5
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin.

Romans 3:23
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 5:12
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

For this cause God, who chose to save mankind, brought forth a way to restore mankind from his fallen state... he became our near Kinsmen-Redeemer.

Psalms 49:6-7, 15
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave {the power the devil had over mankind}: for he shall receive me. Selah.

Romans 7:24
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Galatians 3:13
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, {the power of the grave or that of death} being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Galatians 4:3-7    
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world {the penalty of the Law of Sin and Death}:
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law {from the power of the grave}, that we might receive the adoption of sons {restoration of sonship}.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant {of sin}, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

1 Peter 1:18-20
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed {from the power of the grave} with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ {life for life}, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, {As the avenger of our slayer of blood}

1 John 3:8
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil {the children of disobedience}; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy {slay} the works of the devil. {by condemning sin in the flesh, nailing it to his cross}

Titus 2:13-14
13 Looking for that blessed hope {of eternal life}, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us {life for life}, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

We are a purchased possession.

Ephesians 1:13-14
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest {a pledge, i.e. part of the purchase} of our inheritance {heirs of the world and heirs of the kingdom of God} until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

God became our near kinsmen redeemer by robing himself in flesh.  Thus the dual nature of Christ.  He was fully man and fully God at the same time.  Jesus as the son of man is of the lineage of Adam (Heb 2:14, Lk 3:23-38) and this being so is our near Kinsmen.  Jesus as the son of God is our redeemer because he is without inherited sin from Adam.  And thus Jesus is our near Kinsmen-Redeemer and the last Adam.  The second perfect man.

1 Corinthians 15:45-47
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
The last Adam, Jesus Christ, as our near Kinsmen-Redeemer, was also the Avenger of our slayer of blood.  Satan was a murderer from the beginning and there was no near kinsmen-redeemer to avenge our blood, because he slew the entire human race.

Blood for blood!!  And life for life!!  The life is in the blood and Adam was slew in the garden of God.  The last Adam {Jesus Christ} for the first Adam.  Life for life!!  And blood for blood!!  

Leviticus 17:11-12
11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

Romans 5:14-19
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. {Adam was made in the image of God which is the man Christ Jesus}
15 But not as the offence {sin}, so also is the free gift {righteousness}. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace {righteousness}, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned {Adam}, so is the gift {of righteousness}: for the judgment was by one {Adam} to condemnation, but the free gift {righteousness} is of many offences unto justification {which is initially obtained by partaking of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ}.
17 For if by one man's offence {sin} death reigned by one {Adam}; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence {sin} of one {Adam} judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one {the last Adam, Jesus Christ} the free gift {of righteousness} came upon all men unto justification of life. {by the shed blood of Christ;  blood for blood and life for life!!}
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one {Jesus Christ} shall many be made righteous.

John 6:53-57
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. {the life is in the blood}
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. {this is also connected to the receiving of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.  For the receiving of the Spirit of God is how one enters into the body of Christ}
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

Luke 22:19
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

Matt 26:27-28
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Blood for blood!!  Life for life!!

2 Peter 1:3-4
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Ephesians 5:30                            
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

As the children of Abraham we inherit the promise of Abraham.

Romans 4:13
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Ephesians 3:4-6
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Galatians 3:14, 29
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Romans 8:16-17
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: {restoration of sonship}
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Matthew 25:34
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

So we through Christ, our near Kinsmen-Redeemer, have become the heirs of God and joint- heirs with Christ.

Deuteronomy 18:17-19
17 And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Jesus Christ was that Prophet.  He was of the seed of woman (Mary), is the son of David, the son of Abraham, the son of Adam . {I have provided a separate lesson "Genealogical Possibilities of Christ" for you to gain some insight of possibilities of understanding the genealogical tables given to us in Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38.}

Jesus is the everlasting Father (Isa 9:6, Mt 1:23, Jn 14:10-11, Jn 10:30) as pertaining to the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ dwelling in him {our redeemer} and he is our brother {our near kinsmen} according to the flesh.  This is the dual nature of Christ.  God robed himself in flesh to be the Avenger of mankind's Slayer, the devil, to redeem us from the power of death that the devil had over us.

Hebrews 2:14-15
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same {our near kinsmen}; that through death {life for life} he might destroy {slay} him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them {our redeemer} who through fear of death {by reason of the Law of Sin and Death} were all their lifetime subject to bondage {death}.

Romans 8:15
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage {death} again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption {life}, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:18
18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

The Lord avenged us as our near Kinsmen-Redeemer!!  He destroyed him that had the power of death!!!  Leading death captive...

Acts 2:24-27
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

The Lord descended into hell to preach to the imprisoned souls and to set free the captives of death...

1 Peter 3:18-19
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins {blood for blood}, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God {restoration of sonship}, being put to death in the flesh {life for life}, but quickened by the Spirit: 
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Ephesians 2:13-19
13 But now in Christ Jesus {the body of God} ye who sometimes were far off {Gentiles} are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one {Jew and Gentile}, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain {Jew and Gentile} one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both {Our near Kinsmen-Redeemer} unto God in one body {life for life} by the cross, having slain the enmity {hostility} thereby: {Our Avenger of Blood}
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off {Gentiles}, and to them that were nigh. {Jews}
18 For through him {Our near Kinsmen-Redeemer} we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Ephesians 4:8
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity {death} captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Set free from the bondage of death of all our lifetime we were subjected to!!  Given liberty!!  Freedom!! By the Spirit of the Lord!!  Redeemed and given eternal life!!

Our near Kinsmen-Redeemer as the Avenger of Blood came to set at liberty those that were held by the pangs of death!!
Ecclesiastes 4:1
1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

Ezekiel 22:30
30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

God looked for a comforter and found none.  He looked for someone to stand in the gap and there was not any.  So God sent his only begotten Son.  A body did God prepare for himself that he might be the Avenger of mankind's Blood.  Our near Kinsmen he became to both Redeem and to Avenge us of our Slayer of Blood.  Blood for blood!!  Life for Life!! 

John 14:16-18
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 16:7
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away {in body}: for if I go not away, the Comforter {My Spirit, the Spirit of God} will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 14:26
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name {which is Jesus}, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

2 Corinthians 3:17
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.  Sanctify them in thy truth, thy word is truth.  Wash them by your blood, cleanse them through your word, set them free by your Spirit and what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sin and for sin condemned sin in the flesh.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!!  The Comforter has come!!  And the Perfect Sacrifice of God for the appeasement of sin shed his blood for your blood.  He gave his life for your life.  And now we can partake of the born again process of God, of  water and of the Spirit.  Now to be no more condemned by sin.  No longer to be held in the bondage of death.  No longer to be held under the carnal ordinances of the Law of Moses.  But to be set free by the one who brought forth grace and truth.  The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous.

Revelation 5:8-10
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain {life for life}, and hast redeemed us {our near Kinsmen} to God by thy blood {blood for blood} out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests {restoration of sonship}: and we shall reign on the earth.

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