Archive for May 9th, 2014
Have you met anyone, or are you one who just knows they are good people. They have not done anything wrong. Certainly if you have been a good person it counts for a lot with God, “If there really IS a God”. Certainly God would never be harsh or judgmental for he is the essence of love. Even if I have done something wrong it is not that serious and God would never judge me for it. Do you know anyone like that? After all, if you’re innocent then there is nothing to be concerned about. If it doesn’t matter then who cares.
I think I am a good person but let’s
review “Innocent:” free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil: blameless as an innocent child. When I look at this I know something right away, I am not unaware of evil and I am not blameless as an innocent child. I could not lie to myself well enough to buy that one. I did not fit that mold when I was very young as I knew when I was doing or considering something wrong. I knew instinctively. I will bet you did also. But you say, I have never done anything seriously wrong, I am not a bad person. It is easy to think that I have never murdered anyone; I have not maimed or destroyed anyone. Well maybe that is true in the physical world but what have you done to someone in the spirit. Who have you maligned and attacked with hate and or destruction in your thoughts, have you shared gossip with a close friend or relative? Who have you falsely accused or coldly rejected and in doing so wounded severally in their spirit. Have you been part and parcel of the destruction of a spouse, a child, a close friend by the conduct you have willingly and even wantonly pursued?
In reading a book called the Bible we are found condemned and in a knee jerk reaction, I say that is not fair and I don’t deserve it. But then as I review the definition of condemned I find that there is a part of my character that fits the picture. There is a part of me that can be declared reprehensible, wrong or filled with a modicum of evil. I am not blameless and if there is any honesty in me I know that I am guilty. I find I am convicted by my own awareness of self. I think this becomes problematic in (Genis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened , and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.) This is cause for angst; if innocence is necessary for fellowship with the person of God I am doomed. It is in my nature as one will see reading Genesis 3. Here we find the fall of man through the acts of Adam and Eve. There is no hope for me to be in any way Holy and pure for I am already a corrupted vessel.
With the previous paragraph one then has the question of salvation. Why would I not need it? How can I find it? Who is going to judge me and how do I meet the standard. Why am I lost? What is the truth and how do I find it? Why do people think they can judge me they are no better than I am! Well, I am going to be honest to the best possible degree, I have either thought these questions or even struggled with some of them. I have even wondered why on earth anyone else would have to stand in my stead and pay a price for me. That after all is incredibly unfair and unjust.
Have any of these thoughts ever ran through your mind. At some time have you ever argued with your own conscience? Have you discussed any of the questions in the above paragraph? I may not know you but I will bet the answer to the question is yes. For me it was yes with an added problem of confusion and frustration. There is no wonder that Christianity so called can have so many critics. The arguments are endless. This is not a complete Bible, the history does not support these mythical stories, and men have created this religion to gain control of society. Even if you get through all of the battles of authenticity or historic reference then how do you handle the differing denominations? In the United States there are some 41,000 different so claimed Christen denominations. Wow, I would ask one what is the correct religion and of course it would be them, then another party in discussion would claim that all are wrong except there religion. Another would step up with the same claim, then another and soon you tend to slip in with friends or piers until there is disharmony or just plain a lack of participation due self-interest. It is easy to generalize and push off the truth and accept what is comfortable. Please the mass and have the brunt of none, in this modern society be politically correct non offensive and allow respect ever for the reprehensible is the trend. It is nearly effortless.
For me I came up with a great solution to the whole problem. It is really simple, go to the author thus bypassing all of the debate. Ask the person that wrote the biography what he is all about. After all that is the same way I got to know my spouse, my best friend, my own family; I took time to know them. I soon discovered why there was a need for salvation, in fact a savior. I realized that no man has the right to judge me, nor I the right to judge them. I discovered that I could not be perfected or pure based upon my efforts nor did I need to be. I found that my salvation was a price already paid in full; it was an act I could not produce for myself on my own strength. The reason that someone had to stand in my stead and pay the price was simple; I was not capable of doing it myself. Someone else had to make provision for my redemption. Some one that was capable of paying the price in full. They had to meet all of the legal qualification, be totally blameless and completely innocent; they would have to meet the Standard of God himself. That plan was established even before my conception as I was a bit lacking in fulfilling the requirements.
Have you ever heard someone say they must do the work of God so they can please God and get to heaven. If you will look in His Book, you will find in John 6:29 that Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. You see, I discovered that what I could not do for myself had already been provided for. The God who made me was so concerned about my condemned condition that he sent his own perfect and blameless Son to pay the price for me. The Son did this of his own free will. This act which would bring about my salvation could only be accomplished with a completely perfect sacrifice and no one else in the creation could fill that requirement but the Son, the one that God sent. Jesus willingly went to the Cross and bore my sin; He personally became the Sacrificial Lamb to satisfy the legal price for sin. Then, he told me I could choose to follow in him or not, It was my choice. If I choose to follow then I cannot be lost, no one can take me from him. I am not perfect in the flesh but when I die to self and walk after him in faith I have life eternal. I will be where he is and it is already decided. One simple little decision, it does not require anyone else’s approval nor any act of self-purification. I am totally covered in the Blood of the Lamb and when the Father looks at me he sees the perfect image of his Son. When people think of Christianity it should not be a matter of which billboard (religion) you wear, it is all about what you do with Jesus Christ. He is either who He said he is or He is not. When he was on the Cross on Calvary there were two others there with him. One of them mocked Jesus and one of them believed on him. The one who proclaimed Jesus innocence, also admitted his own guilt, because of his faith Jesus told him This Day You Will Be with Me in Paradise.” See Luke 23:39-43
You and I have an advocate that stands and claims our innocence through his sacrifice for our benefit and we are not guilty. He did what we could not; He took upon Himself the guilt of Sin for the whole world and only asked that we accept the Grace of God’s forgiveness by believing on Him. He will not force any to follow, it is a choice that each makes of their own free will. If you choose to follow then you are no longer alone trying to do it in your strength. Your weakness is the point of his strength. He will assist you through his Holy Spirit. It will never be on you again. Now that is the only Really Important decision in life; for this is the one decision that literally is everything.
Who do you want to know? Don’t depend on anyone else, ask the Lord into your life and ask Him to show you the truth. Read his word and let Him reveal himself to you. He has promised that he will not leave you or forsake you. All you have to do is choose. Will You?
Salvation (noun) 1: act of saving from harm; the saving of somebody or something from harm, destruction, difficulty or failure. 2: means of saving somebody or something; somebody or something that protects or delivers another from harm, destruction, difficulty, or failure. 3: deliverance from sin through Jesus Christ; CHRISTIANITY in the Christian religion, deliverance from sin or the consequences of sin through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.
Condemn (verb) 1: to express strong disapproval of; censure: 2: to pronounce judicial sentence on: 3: to demonstrate the guilt of
Miriam Webster full definition of. CONDEMN: to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation
Miriam Webster full definition of. Innocent: free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil: blameless as an innocent child: harmless in effect.
Concordance def. Purity: not corrupted.
Concordance def. Grace: benevolence, favor