In todays lesson, we will take a look at Jesus as the "IMMORTAL" One. From the King James Version of God's Word, there is only one scripture verse for the word "IMMORTAL", one of the many names of Jesus. Let's begin by reading the description of IMMORTAL, from a few different sources, beginning with God's Word:
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, [be] honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen (1 Timothy 1:17 KJV):
Oh this Jesus, how mighty He is! Now, from the Strong's Concordance, let's take a look at the Greek meaning of "IMMORTAL":
IMMORTAL: incorruptible, uncorruptible, uncorrupted, not liable to corruption or decay, imperishable, immortal of the risen dead.
Now with the help of the American Heritage Dictionary, let's look into the meanings of the above words:
1. IMMORTAL: Not subject to death. 2. Never to be forgotten; everlasting.
2. Incorruptible: Incapable of being morally corrupted. 2. Not subject to corruption or decay.
3. Imperishable: Not perishable.
4. Decay: To decline in health or vigor; waste away; to decline from a state of normality, excellence, or prosperity; deteriorate; to cause to decay
We see here that Jesus, the very One who is IMMORTAL, was "incapable" of moral corruption. He was not subject to decay, nor was He ever subject to death, not then, not now, not ever! Yes, we know He died on the Cross, and that through His resurrection power, all who would believe in, and receive Him, would have life eternal, yet death itself could not hold Him. He rose from the dead. He lives forevermore! We know He is everlasting, and yes ... just as the word "IMMORTAL" describes, He will never to be forgotten, which even in our current day, continues to hold true:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.(Heb 13:8 KJV)!
Reading this so blesses me, as it reminds me of the fact that because Jesus (this IMMORTAL One, our Savior), is the everlasting One, the very One who knew no corruption, He's the very One, death itself could not hold, and neither will it hold us. We have available to us that same promise of resurrection life, if we'll but receive it from Him. You see, because of the price Jesus paid for you and me, we, though we are ourselves are yet corruptible, because He's IMMORTAl, it's as though we're not. Let's take a look at a this very promise:
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, [now] no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another [psalm], Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption (Acts 13:35-37 KJV).
And this next set of scripture verses clearly tells us, that because Jesus took on "incorruption", we too, though we ourselves are of a corruptible nature, put on His "incorruption", that we might forever live in His presence:
But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot [become partakers of eternal salvation and] inherit or share in the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (that which is decaying) inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal). Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed). For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death). And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory. [Isa. 25:8.] O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? [Hos. 13:14.] Now sin is the sting of death, and sin exercises its power [upon the soul] through [the abuse of] the Law. But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]. (1 Cor 15:50-58, Amplified Bible)
Lord Jesus, once again, how we thank You for all that You took upon Yourself, that such promises we read in todays Daily Treasure, are available to us, Your children. We thank You that it is through Your holiness, through Your sinless life, that we are saved. We thank You that it is through Your sacrifice, we have the promise of everlasting life. We thank You that it is Your death on the Cross, that brings to us the forgiveness of sins. We bless You Lord Jesus, You who are the very IMMORTAL One. Amen.
The Lord bless each of you this day, with the assurance of His greatness and promises, extended to you! In Him ... Marcia