Gnostic Doctrine

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The Slain Lamb

The Slain Lamb

Fragment 10, on John 1:29 (In John 1:29, “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’”) John spoke the words, "Lamb of God" as a prophet, but the words, "who takes away the sin of the world" as more than a prophet. The first expression was spoken with reference to his body, the second with reference to Him who was in that body. The lamb is an imperfect member of the genus of sheep; the same being true of the body as compared with the one that dwells in it. Had he meant to attribute perfection to the body he would have spoken of a ram about to be sacrificed.

Fragment 12, on John 2:13 (In John 2:13, “The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.”) This is the great feast. It was a type of the passion of the Savior, for the lamb was not only slain, but, on being consumed, provided rest as well. When sacrificed, it signified the passion of the Savior in this world; when consumed, the rest that is in the marriage.

The goat for a sin offering shows us the antitypical sacrifice of sin's flesh–a pushful, masterful thing–which was put to death on Calvary, ‘that the body of sin might be destroyed’ (Rom. 6:6-10); though in Christ, its pushful masterful tendencies were all overcome beforehand–as Jesus said, ‘I have overcome’–that the sacrifice (without blemish) might be accepted for us." (R. Roberts, The Law of Moses, The Annual Services, 4th ed., p. 199)

"A lamb without blemish" — See John 1:29 where Christ is so styled. Peter identifies the Lord with the Passover Lamb, which is also described as being "without blemish." The lamb is noted for its docility, so that one "without blemish" is representative of meekness and perfect obedience. The hero of the Apocalypse is "the lamb that had been slain" (Rev. 5:6), for the Lord is described in that manner in all his glory of conquest. It is the Lamb that destroys the wild beast of the Apocalypse, for having conquered self; Christ is competent to conquer the world (Prov. 16:32).

Christ escaped the hereditary moral and mental bias of the race, and received such a divine intellectual impress as made him strong, in spirit or mind, and of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. He was therefore enabled to overcome all the promptings and desires of his unclean nature derived from his mother, and maintained his moral perfection without blemish and undefiled."

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