Thursday, October 13, 2016

What Did Jesus' Death Do For Mankind? Galatians 1:4

Everyone agrees that Jesus is important and that his death is important, but not many agree on what his death on the cross did. What does the Bible say?

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever."  Galatians 1:4.

Giving is a choice. Jesus death was not forced; he could have done many things to avoid the horrible death on the cross. He was aware it was coming so he could have left town. He knew Judas was his betrayer but he didn't challenge or censer Judas. He could have done a miracle or said one of those wonderful things that silenced his critics. He said heaven had ready more than six legions of angels to rescue him. But he didn't do any of those things. He stayed quiet and endured humiliation and death.

What is sin?   The Bible says "All wrongdoing is sin..." 1 John 5:17, and "He who knows the good he ought to do and fails to do for him it is sin."James 4:17.  Every act of rebellion against God is a sin.

Sin must be judged or else God would be guilty of compromise and evil wins mankind. But being the God of Love he sent a substitute to take our place in judgment.

God accounted Christ's death as on the behalf of our sins. The resurrection is God's demonstration of approval or ratification that God accepted Jesus' death on our behalf.*

To rescue someone is to deliver them out of a threatening situation. There was purpose in his death. It was not an accident but an intentional act to save mankind.  We need rescuing since we are in danger because of our sins and the judgment of God who is holy and would never compromise.

Your sin had to be paid for and either you pay for them or a substitute does. But the substitute must not have any sin of his own or he would not be qualified to pay for them since he must have his own sin paid for. Christ lived a perfect and sinless life. Even the professional district judge Pontius Pilot found no wrong in him. His enemies had to fabricate lies to justify his execution. He was able to bear the sins of others because he had no sin of his own to pay for.

The payment must be equal to the judgment so the person paying for the sin would have to be God since God is the judge. Jesus proved himself to be God in many ways so he alone is worthy.

How does Jesus death rescue us from our sins? It is because God accepted his death on our behalf.

In Christ, we are brought into God's kingdom and have become separated from this age and freed from the judgment that will come. The age we live in is going to end. Those who do not have Christ do not have any assurance of surviving God's judgment.

Jesus did the work for us, he paid for our sin as only he could do. The Father accepted his death on our behalf and leaves nothing for us to do in order to make salvation. Christ declared it so when from the cross he said, "It is finished." John 19:30. All that is left for us is to accept what he did for us the same way we receive a gift since salvation is a gift. As the Gospel of John says. "But to as many as received him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God." John 1:12.

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*Thoughtful readers will recognize this is the most simplistic explanation of the resurrection and much much more could be said.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Does The Bible Explain What Being Born Again Is? 1 Peter 1:3

Jesus taught that we must be born again but what if we need help understanding what that is, does the Bible explain it? The apostle Peter gives some insight.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," 1 Peter 1:3.

In his Epistle, or letter, Peter opens with a greeting of exuberant worship and the new birth is the pivot of his worship. In doing so he makes a few  remarks that are very illuminating.

The foundation is not our deeds or our worthiness but His great mercy. Mercy is when you have the opportunity to exercise authority over someone but instead demonstrates forgiveness when condemnation is justified, like a judge who could condemn a guilty criminal but grants pardon instead.

This word, "has," means that something already happened. This phrase is past tense. God did something for us already and we do not need to look for it to happen.

Being born anew is an event that happens at a point of time and you can point to that day and hour and say that was when it happened.

This phrase is used several times in the Bible. It may be seen as a metaphor that describes salvation. A birth is an event. That which is born does not have any power to be more born or less born. The one being born does not make the birth he just experiences it. The one being born cannot take credit for birth because his birth is the result of another's action. In the same way we do not make salvation but we experience it when we by faith receive it.

Not just a hope but a living hope. The word, living, is a present tense word, it is not a temporary hope but it is a hope that is a forever living hope. This is something more than just an idea, teaching or concept, instead it is a hope that is evident by the activity of the mercy of God and what He has given us.
Our hope is not in ourselves or our efforts but it is through or by something else.

To be born again is a participation in the resurrection.

The resurrection is a cornerstone teaching of the Christian faith. It represents and confirms the validation by God and acceptance by God of Jesus' work of salvation on our behalf. The resurrection illustrates that the power of death is broken which means the threat of hell is revoked because the justice of God is proven to be satisfied. Because of the resurrection we can be assured that Jesus took our sins upon himself and endured their punishment completely and is victorious.

It all points to this person. Only Jesus could save us.
     * Only Jesus was perfect and without sin, (even his most fierce critics could find no fault in him and a professional judge washed his hands of condemning Jesus whom He deemed innocent.) Being sinless he was qualified to bear our sins.
     * Jesus gave his life willingly, he said, "I have power to lay down my life and I have power to take it up again." John 10:18.
     * Being the son of God he alone had the right to offer himself. If anyone else died for mankind's sins we would be indebted to that one over God which would be wrong, but only our creator could be our redeemer since we would not be in conflict with either our God or another who is our Savior. Jesus alone is the expression of God and he alone could be our savior.

Because God is good and merciful He gives us this new beginning of a birth into a hope that will never die. The verse teaches the new life is a gift that  must be received, which means we must choose to receive it. When we receive by faith the work of Christ on our behalf we receive the new birth.

No one can really imagine what blessings and joys are in store for those who come to God and receive the new birth.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

How Many Ways Are There To Go To Heaven?

People say that there are many ways to get to heaven or that all paths lead to God, but what if there is only one way? What if that way is so different than we thought it should be that we miss it?

"Jesus is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.'Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts4:12.

The context of this Bible verse is an apostolic sermon to the Jews explaining to them that the one they rejected was really the one they were seeking.

To be saved begins with the assumption or awareness that you are lost and need to be saved. We are lost because our sins bring us into condemnation.

God is holy and must condemn sin and all wrongdoing- if God didn't He would be "guilty by association." If He compromised on one sin it would set precedence for all evil to triumph and He would not be the God of Love if He did so.

We have all sinned so we all need salvation.

There is hope for the sinner. It is a hope not based on works, effort, self-righteousness, ability or merit. It is not made by man but provided to man.

You cannot find something if you are not looking. If you are looking in only one place you are not really looking. God promises that we will find him if we seek him with all our hearts. Jeremiah 29:13.

Salvation is not conferred by being born into a Christian country or household, it is not earned through a ritual or observation of a religious creed or doctrine it is found in a person. But not just any person, this 'no one else' is a phrase that is exclusive, these three words eliminate all others except the one, so we have no doubt that there is only one way.

Only through one name is salvation available to mankind. It is not your name or the name of the head of a religious organization.  This is the second time the verse excludes all but the one name. When the Bible repeats something it has the power of the ancient legal requirement that every testimony must be confirmed by a second witness.

Jesus said it himself. "I am the way the truth and the life, No one comes to the Father but by me." John 14:6, I am the door...John 10:9  and "Come to me all you who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28.

It is through Jesus that we are saved. He did what no one else could do; since he had no sin he was qualified to pay for our sins and be our substitute before the justice of God. Our judgment was put on him when he died, and his resurrection demonstrates that his death alone satisfied God's requirements. Since he took our sins before God he gives us his righteousness before God.

It is imperative and a truth taught over and over in scripture that we are lost because of our actions and are in danger of eternal condemnation. The Bible does not teach that there is another chance after this life but we can choose eternal life now by choosing Jesus.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Is Just Believing Enough To Give Us Eternal Life?

Every now and then you hear someone say something like, "Just Believe."  Or "just have faith." Is it possible that believing is all we need to gain heaven? Jesus said something that makes you wonder if it is true.

"Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life." John 6:47.

The quote above is from a passage below where Jesus is teaching some difficult truths.

Jesus is telling something that is the purest truth. These are not only the words of the man who never lies but out of all the words he ever said these are words we should especially pay attention to. It is like he is saying "I am telling you something that is more important than any other thing you will ever hear."

Consider the source.

This belief is not your church's creed, it is not something cultural, it is not your parent's belief or the teachings of society- you must be the one who believes. You personally must accept this as true, it must become your belief, because you must be the one.

The word has is not the same as hope. It is a word that means you possess something now. Jesus did not say will have some day in the future, but as of the moment of belief, you will have something.

Jesus taught eternal life is a reality. This must be more than eternal existence but life and the life implied here must be a life of blessing beyond anything we can understand.

Belief itself is not sufficient, but it is what you believe in that counts. Trusting in the wrong thing will fail us.

Man people are confused about what to believe in but the context of the verse Jesus makes it clear. it was after performing a miracle of feeding thousands with a few morsels Jesus claims to be the Bread of life. Jesus said we have to believe in him; we have to believe in his deity, that he is God expressed in human flesh. And that he is the one who gives life.

" No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever..."

Jesus claims to be the giver of life from heaven. In the language and culture of the day, this was a claim to be God, the people of that time and place understood this was what he was saying.

The Bible teaches that as a sinless man Jesus alone was qualified to pay for our sins and his resurrection proves the sufficiency of his death on our behalf and that only belief in him gives us salvation.

Believing is enough if we believe in the right thing.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

What Will Fix The Empty Dryness I Feel Inside?

Many of us feel that our lives are messed up, empty, powerless, and dried up inside.  Can we find something that will not only fill us up with meaning and fix our brokenness but also make our lives a benefit to those around us?

Jesus was all about this very thing.  He promises that we could have "Rivers of living water flowing from out of us."

"On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:37-39.

First, it is a promise.
It is a promise based on God's Word in the Old Testament, and Jesus makes the statement strong so that there is no doubt that he is guaranteeing the promise. He promises that if we come to him then blessing (living water), which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, will come out of us.

Second, it is a Metaphor
Jesus described physical things we understand so we can discover spiritual truths; here drinking means taking in, an act of accepting and receiving.  Water is life giving, we die without it; and spiritually Christ is life giving by his offer of eternal life. (John 3:16.)

Third, it is Simple
Drinking is something we all can relate to, and something we all need to do. It is common.  Jesus is saying that anyone can come and anyone can partake of his life.

Fourth, it is an invitation
Jesus is always saying to people, "Come to me..." He said it to the fisherman, to the tax collection, the seekers on the way, and other times. (Mark 1:17, Luke 5:27, John 1).  It was a core to his message that we come to him.

Fifth, it is a call to Faith
The hardest part is faith.  We think we must come and do something.  We think we need to make ourselves better first.  We think salvation and blessing is the result of great deeds of sacrifice and charity.

Jesus only said believe. God is always generous; he gives life, love, the air we breathe, all that sustains us, but we think he stops being generous when it comes to salvation, forgiveness, and blessing.  Jesus paid for our sins in his death and the resurrection ratifies God's acceptance of that payment.  God is generous to give salvation, and a new life to any who will accept and receive it by coming to Jesus.

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