The IntroductionThis article might and maybe ought to have been entitled: When Christians Die, Do They Immediately “Go To Be With The Lord”? – Half 3, however that, to some extent, could be lacking the purpose. The query of whether or not this passage of Holy Scripture proves or doesn’t show that we “go to be with The Lord” after we die is actually solely a aspect problem. The Lord Jesus Christ’s meant theme and Religious thrust of this story has a distinct function altogether. Evidently this theme is completely missed by the Bible ‘consultants’. Furthermore, this parable is so well-known and far mentioned it had for use because the title of this text. Discover, too, that I’ve intentionally referred to this passage of Holy Scripture as a Parable.Calling it a parable will upset many mainstream Christians as a result of it’s one among their ‘golden nugget’ sections of the New Testomony used to help their mistaken concepts that they 1) instantaneously “Go to be with the Lord” once they die, and a pair of) go straight to heaven once they die. Sadly for them the parable of Lazarus and the wealthy man is simply that – a parable, and never a factual literal description of what occurs after we die. It is a Religious analogy as are all of The Lord Jesus Christ’s parables.Other than what I’ve acknowledged above, what different errors are taught by Bible ‘consultants’ on this passage of Holy Scripture? In reality, the questions right here should not a lot what is that this parable about however, somewhat, what it’s not about. Some commentators ‘train’ that it’s all about Jews and Gentiles and nothing else. Others ‘train’ that it’s all about how the rich can not inherit the Kingdom of God and the way one needs to be sick and poor so as to take action. Then there are those that say that there’s nothing to counsel that both of those males are Godly males and that each are misplaced and unsaved – all of it misguided error and nonsense! Now, with a purpose to proceed, we’d like the Holy Scriptures so I’ve copied them right here:The Parable Luke 16:19 There was a sure wealthy man, which was clothed in purple and wonderful linen, and fared sumptuously each day: 20 And there was a sure beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, filled with sores, 21 And needing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the wealthy man’s desk: furthermore the canines got here and licked his sores. 22 And it got here to go, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the wealthy man additionally died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he carry up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and stated, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and ship Lazarus, that he might dip the tip of his finger in water, and funky my tongue; for I’m tormented on this flame. 25 However Abraham stated, Son, keep in mind that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good issues, and likewise Lazarus evil issues: however now he’s comforted, and thou artwork tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and also you there’s a nice gulf mounted: in order that they which might go from therefore to you can’t; neither can they go to us, that will come from thence. 27 Then he stated, I pray thee due to this fact, father, that thou wouldest ship him to my father’s home: 28 For I’ve 5 brethren; that he might testify unto them, lest in addition they come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They’ve Moses and the prophets; allow them to hear them. 30 And he stated, Nay, father Abraham: but when one went unto them from the useless, they are going to repent. 31 And he stated unto him, In the event that they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, although one rose from the useless.The Rationalization So how do we all know this story is a parable? Straightforward, the opening verse tells us immediately, as a result of The Lord makes particular reference to the color of the wealthy man’s robes – purple. Now this may occasionally appear, at first look, all very trivial and insignificant however nothing might be farther from The Reality. Purple raiment is at all times synonymous with God, royalty and the priesthood:Exodus 26:1 Furthermore thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of wonderful twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of crafty work shalt thou make them.Numbers 4:13 And so they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and unfold a purple material thereon:John 19:5 Then got here Jesus forth, sporting the crown of thorns, and the purple gown. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the person!Revelation 17:Four And the girl was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and treasured stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand filled with abominations and filthiness of her fornication.In these 4 Scriptures we will see numerous connotations related to purple material however all of them have three issues in widespread: God, Royalty and the Priesthood together with the counterfeit priesthood in Revelation 17. So this wealthy man, wearing wonderful purple linen, is meant to be a priest or be a consultant of the priesthood. This parable is one other of these parables that The Lord Jesus Christ ceaselessly used with a purpose to assault the hypocrisy of the Jewish non secular leaders. All dressed up for the half – whited sepulchres, however all hole and empty inside – substanceless or Spiritually useless. Discover, too, this man lived it up on a regular basis; effectively he was loaded with cash and due to this fact a lover of filthy lucre, so why not, eat, drink and be merry and so forth.Subsequent we’ve poor Lazarus who represents all those that are desirous and hungry, nay ravenous, for lack of Religious meals, for lack of even just some crumbs of Religious Reality or the Phrase of God – Jesus Christ and His superb message; The Good Information of Grace, Salvation and The Kingdom of God. On prime of that poor Lazarus’ malnourished Religious situation is compounded by the trials of this life – his sores. As a Religious babe he’s even tormented and spiritually attacked by canines or religious prostitutes – or these of the circumcision, as in Galatians – legalists or grace killers. In Sturdy’s Concordance the Previous Testomony definition for ‘canines’ is male prostitutes.Have you ever but seen the image that’s creating right here – no man, until he’s being drawn to The Son by The Father, could be desirous for Religious meals so this implies Lazarus represents these The Father is looking? Discover too how we’ve purple clothes and religious prostitution in affiliation – one with the opposite.The subsequent factor we should perceive is that The Lord Jesus Christ, on quite a few events stated The Kingdom of God is at hand. What did He imply by that flip of phrase? Fairly merely He was referring to a time within the close to future or the time straight after His dying and resurrection when Salvation could be made obtainable to all these The Father could be calling and selecting via listening to the Apostles’ preaching. Now retaining this Reality in thoughts we now proceed with the parable and subsequent we’ve the dying of Lazarus, right here known as a beggar, which implies he’s hungering and thirsting after righteousness – justice and justification: Matt 5:6 Blessed are they which do starvation and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be stuffed. Discover right here too, that Lazarus is wanting to be fed the Religious scraps that fall from this purple clothed minister’s desk. Okay, so now we’ve Lazarus crying out for The Phrase of God – salvation and righteousness (justice and justification), however what occurs? He dies, however what sort of dying is The Lord Jesus Christ referring to right here – a bodily dying? No, and that is the place mainstream Christian ‘lecturers’ of their delusional blindness go critically incorrect.Lazarus’ dying right here is the watery dying of baptism – the previous Lazarus dies after which what occurs – he’s lifted up by the angels into Abraham’s bosom and his identify is written within the Ebook of Life. This implies he’s lifted up a brand new man – born once more into Abraham’s bosom. How does that work? Who and what does Abraham signify? Straightforward, religion and the devoted – he’s the elder of the devoted and the person that the boys wearing purple wonderful linen thought they had been descended from and had been presupposed to signify – the Spirit of The Regulation not the letter of The Regulation. Remember too, this message is being delivered by The Lord Jesus Christ below the Previous Covenant and Abraham’s Bosom is a forerunner or kind of the Kingdom of God to be dominated by The Lord Jesus Christ. Please word, Lazarus’ bodily dying, as with all those that are Born Once more, has no maintain over him as his place within the Kingdom of God at The Lord Jesus Christ’s return is assured.1 Cor 15:36 Thou idiot, that which thou sowest is just not quickened, besides it die: Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, whereby additionally ye are risen with him via the religion (Abraham’s Bosom) of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the useless. (Brackets mine)Rom 6:Four Due to this fact we’re buried with him by baptism into dying: that like as Christ was raised up from the useless by the glory of the Father, even so we additionally ought to stroll in newness of life.Lazarus is comforted in Abraham’s bosom and within the not too distant future, after The Lord’s dying and resurrection these known as and chosen would even be comforted. Comforted by whom, why, by The Lord Jesus Christ in fact? This proves that The Lord is utilizing Abraham’s bosom right here as a kind for Himself and His KingdomIn half two I’ll clarify the meanings or representations of the tormented sufferings or ordeals of the wealthy man.Charles Crosby.