How Should a Man be Just with God?

Romans 3:21 – 26 — “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

A man with a record of his life that he was perfect and upright, that he feared God, and eschewed evil, had to ask the question, “How should a man be just with God?” (Job 9:2)

The precious words that the Apostle Paul said leading up to these life giving words were words of indictment against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of man.  All are guilty.  All are concluded under sin.  There is none righteous, no, not one. Continue reading “How Should a Man be Just with God?”

The Mercy Seat

Ark of the Covenant

Exodus 25:17–22 — “And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.  And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.  And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end:  even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.  And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”

Exodus 30:6 — “And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.

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Shut Up, You’re Guilty

Romans 3:19 – 20 — “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

Leading into this pivotal paragraph in the Apostle’s declaration of the gospel of Christ, we learn the truth about what the law really is.  Looking at verse 19, we see to whom the law is speaking:  it is speaking to them that are under it.  Who is under it then?

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The Sign of the Time

By Justin Johnson — Grace Ambassadors

original: http://graceambassadors.com/prophecy/the-sign-of-the-time

While many see the signs of the times in the modern headlines, an old Bible teacher rightly said that we do not see the signs of the time, because we do not live in the times of the sign. That teacher was dispensational.

Matthew 24 is where the disciples ask Jesus, “What shall be the sign of thy coming?” (Matthew 24:3)

Dispensational Bible study has received a scarred reputation by prophetic speculators who think Matthew 24 prophesies the present dispensation. Mid-Acts right division accurately explains it as the sign of the Lord’s return to earth in Israel’s kingdom, and not his return for the church of his body.

Let No Man Deceive You

Moreover, many of signs that speculators produce from Matthew 24 are not the sign Jesus described. Jesus warned against following after those who see signs in the events of the day.

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Human Anatomy

AnatomyToday, the Doctor is going to give us a full physical examination, so He can give us a full diagnosis of our health.  He is going to check our eyes, our mouths, our throats, and check on the aptitude of our hands and feet.

Below, you will find the Doctor’s summary diagnosis.  On the plus side, He has let us know the diagnosis of everyone on this planet.  That means that you already are able to know some of the characteristics of the woman, or, for you ladies, of the man that you will marry.  We can always think that it is good to go into anything with a good amount of knowledge.  Being forewarned is forearmed, so carefully read the Doctor’s diagnosis before continuing:

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The World to Come

Hebrews 2:5 – 8 — “For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”

The world to come here, is the future that God has in store for this world.  There is “this present evil world” that the apostle Paul speaks of regarding this time (Galatians 1:4), and a “world to come”. Continue reading “The World to Come”

I AM the Resurrection

On this past Resurrection Sunday, I had the privilege to speak to Grace Bible Fellowship in Menomenee Falls, Wisconsin.  What you will see below is a written version of the message that I gave to the saints gathered together there.

John 11:1, 5, 11, 18 – 27 — “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

“These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

“Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto Him, Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

All Under Sin

Romans 3:5 – 9 — “But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous Who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto His glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin…”

In chapter 1, verses 18 – 32, Paul states God’s case for man’s need of the gospel of Christ, against the backdrop of the wrath of God revealed against the ungodliness of men.  The Gentile, i.e., pagan, or heathen nations are mostly in view.  In chapter 2, verses 1 – 16, the fact that some of these nations have become “civilized” in no way removes them from this need, it only increases their guilt.  Then, in 2:17 – 29, the elect Nation is brought before the court, and this nation, while given great privilege as God’s people on the earth, has also shown themselves lacking in personal righteousness.  “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48). Continue reading “All Under Sin”

On Repentance 

Exodus 13:17 — “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt…”

Notice that in this verse, God does not want the people to repent.  The question is repent from what?  It is very important to remember that if one is to repent, something must be repented from or repented toward, or both.  The act of repentance must have an object.

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The Architect

Exodus 25:40 — “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.”

tabernacle-layout
http://the-tabernacle-place.com/articles/what_is_the_tabernacle/tabernacle_basic_layout

When the Lord gave Moses instructions for building the tabernacle and the related components, the instructions were quite explicit.  As we read through the books of Moses, we find in Genesis interesting and intriguing stories. The beginning of Exodus is the exciting story of God’s redemption of the children of Israel from out of the bondage of Egypt.  Then we get to the later chapters, and begin to get into the details about the tabernacle, the altar, the ark, and so on.  We can begin to ask ourselves, “why is this here?”, and “why do I need to know this?”

When we get to a place like this, and we see all of these details and wonder why they are there, preserved for us, and how this information can be of use to us, we can count on finding the answer in God’s word. Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles, who was the prisoner of Jesus Christ for us Gentiles, (Ephesians 3:1, Romans 11:13), has this to say about that which was written in time past:

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