Author: Ron Graham

Last Days

The Great Simplifier
—Christ’s death and “end time” doctrine

There's an awful complexity of thought and teaching surrounding the seven great changes that Jesus made. However there's no need for such confusion, because one great event simplified everything.

1 The Seven Great Changes Reviewed

First, let's just remind ourselves of the seven great changes brought about by Jesus...

2 Questions About The Seven Great Changes

Next, let's list some extremely important questions that arise concerning the seven great changes...

Obviously the answers to these questions cannot all be "Yes" and no one would answer "Yes" to them all. However all the questions would get a "Yes" from someone, albeit in some cases a qualified "Yes". To properly answer those questions, we need to understand three principles concerning the changes that Christ made.

3 The Great Simplifier

You probably did not expect matters to get so complicated, but don't worry —there's is one event that greatly simplifies the rather complex tangle of ideas we have encountered in the questions on this page.

All of the seven great changes occurred at one crucial event. The great simplifier is the crucifixion of Jesus, and his resurrection from the dead.

Speaking of the old covenant-law, Paul says Jesus "took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross" (Colossians 2:14). Paul says of the distinction between Jew and Gentile, that it was "broken down... abolished... put to death... through the cross" (Ephesians 2:14-16). Regarding the priestly sacrifice for sins, we read that God "takes away the first that he might establish the second... through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Hebrews 10:9-10).

In our next lesson called “The Crossover” we will treat this in more detail.

link The Crossover (next lesson).