May 8, 2013

“There are two ways before me, one leading into Paradise, the other into Hell.”

[From the Babylonian Talmud]
When Yochanan, the son of Zachai, was sick unto death, his disciples came to visit him; and when he saw them he wept, upon which his disciples exclaimed, “Light of Israel!  Pillar of the right! Mighty Hammer! Why weepest thou?” He replied, “If I were going to be led into the presence of a king, who is but flesh and blood, to-day here and to-morrow in the grave, whose anger with me could not last forever, whose sentence against me, were it even unto death, could not endure forever, and whom perhaps I might pacify with words or bribe with money, yet for all that should I weep; but now that I am about to enter the presence of the King of kings, the Holy One—blessed be He forever and ever!—whose anger would be everlasting, whose sentence of death or imprisonment admits of no reprieve, and who is not be pacified with words nor bribed with money, and in whose presence there are two roads before me, one leading into Paradise and the other into Hell, and should I not weep?” Then prayed they him, and said, “Rabbi, give us thy farewell blessing;” and he said unto them, “Oh that the fear of God may be as much upon you as the fear of man.”  --Berachoth, fol. 28, col. 2.

We would add to the old Rabbi's appropriate fear, that though one come to God trusting in Christ as the propitiation for his sin, he can not approach Him; and except he come trusting in the Father's promise of mercy to those in Christ, still he cannot come.  

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; (1Pe 3:18 NAU)

UBS Greek NT
1 Peter 3:18 ὅτι καὶ Χριστὸς ἅπαξ περὶ ἁμαρτιῶν ἔπαθεν, δίκαιος ὑπὲρ ἀδίκων, ἵνα ὑμᾶς προσαγάγῃ τῷ θεῷ θανατωθεὶς μὲν σαρκὶ ζῳοποιηθεὶς δὲ πνεύματι·

Modern Hebrew NT (1 Pet. 3:18)
 כִּי גַּם־הַמָּשִׁיחַ עֻנָּה פַּעַם אַחַת בְּחַטֹּאתֵינוּ אִישׁ צַדִּיק בְּעַד אֲנָשִׁים חַטָּאִים וַיְבִיאֵנוּ עַד־הָאֱלֹהִים אַחֲרֵי אֲשֶׁר הוּמַת בְּשָׂרוֹ וַיְחִי בָרוּחַ׃ 

Latin Vulgate
1 Peter 3:18 quia et Christus semel pro peccatis mortuus est iustus pro iniustis ut nos offerret Deo mortificatus carne vivificatus autem spiritu 

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