acey Martin Ms. Gratton English 10 January 17,2017 Midterm Essay The scripture that I have chosen is Malachi 3:1-6. Throughout this scripture, it talks about the coming of Christ and how “Jesus is preparing for the sinner’s heart to be his temple”. Through the preaching and ministry along with the faith of his Spirit, he enters the heart as the prophet of peace and compassion. Christ came to differentiate men, to make a distinction between both the pure and the impure. By his gospel, Christ will absolve and restore his temple, and with his Spirit working with his gospel, he will rejuvenate and replenish souls. The context that further explains the scripture is the literary context or literary lens. This lens is shown through the prophesied word of the lord saying: “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,”. Two messengers are introduced in the beginning of this scripture both the Lord and the foretold messenger. The foretold messenger is John the Baptist these beginning words of this scripture serve as an answer to the doubt of those days. The scripture shows John the Baptist as Christ’s harbinger because he’s showing a sign for something to come. He will prepare the way for Christ, by calling men to repent. As the scripture continues it talks about how the Savior had been for some time called, “He that should come,” and now in no time he will come. The individuals who look for Jesus, should discover joy in him, regularly when not searched for. The Lord Jesus, readies the sinners heart to be his sanctuary, by the preaching of his word and faith of his Soul, and he enters it as the prophet of peace and compassion. No two-timer or formalist can persevere through his regulation, or remain before his court. Christ came to recognize men, to isolate between the pure and the impure. Christ, by his gospel, might cleanse and change his congregation, and by his Soul working with it, should recover and baptize souls. He will isolate their sins, which render their resources useless and pointless. The sinner needs not fear the judgement of sufferings and temptations, by which the Friend in need refines his gold. He will take mind it isn’t more serious or longer than is needful for his great; and this judgement will end far generally than that of the vile. Christ will, by praying for them, make them acknowledged. Where no fear of God is, no sin out of the ordinary. God is unchangeable. Also, however the sentence against sinful was not carried out as fast many may have wanted, it will be carried out; In light of the fact that we need to understand that God is without change so that we are not absorbed. This scripture relates to my life in a way that seems to be unexplainable. This scripture gave me more of an understanding of why Jesus was sent to save us from sin. God saw that humanity as a whole was not who he wanted us to be. Everyone sins and it might not be right but it is vital for existence. I say this because if I didn’t sin throughout my life I wouldn’t have an appreciation of what is right and what is wrong. This means I wouldn’t appreciate that by trying to be a person who embodies the works of Jesus. By embodying the person God would like me to be I can live fuller and happier life. All in all, Malachi 3:1-6 talks about the foretold coming of Christ and how by his gospel, Christ will absolve and restore his temple, and with his Spirit working with his gospel, he will rejuvenate and replenish souls. This message is said within different parts of the bible but it is more significant here because of this the stepping stone into the New Testament.