Where Are You?

The Question The Lord Asks Us All

“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves and hid from the Lord after their fall in the Garden. The Lord, in His mercy, sought out Adam and Eve. If He had not sought them out then their, and our, condition would be as hopeless as that of the fallen angels. But the Lord did seek them out and showed them a way that they might have fellowship with Him.

The Lord, of course, knew exactly where they were, but in asking the question, wanted Adam and Eve to see their true condition. The Lord does the same thing today. He calls out to everyone through His Word to show us where we are ( i.e. our lost condition), and to show us the “Way” to have fellowship with Him. Jesus said:

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

Adam and Eve hid from God because of their disobedience, not due to any change in the Lord. They found that they couldn’t hide from God, and neither can we. They hid because of guilt. Sin causes us to feel guilty and we see God as someone to fear and hide from. We come to the Lord only by the Holy Spirit seeking us out just as the Lord sought out Adam and Eve.

By the Lord covering them with “coats of skin,” it showed them the seriousness of sin, in that, an innocent animal had to die. It also showed them, and us, that salvation is all of the Lord. The fig leaves they used to try and cover themselves were useless. Likewise, any attempt we make to cover our sin or live for the Lord by our efforts is useless and will be rejected by the Lord.

The “coats of skin” were a type, pointing to Calvary. It cost the Lord greatly to “cover” the sin that was a result of the fall in the Garden. We have a fallen nature and are unable to save ourselves. It took God becoming man and dying on a cruel cross to pay the price to redeem us.

Once we come to the Lord in repentance and faith, we are to continue to keep our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided. The church in Ephesus in the Book of Revelation was admonished by the Lord for not doing this very thing:

“Nevertheless I (Jesus) have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4).

They had “left” their first love, which was faith in the only “covering” the Lord has provided – Christ and Him crucified. They had moved their faith to other things. They had fallen from grace, and this will lead any individual, or church, to spiritual wreckage. The question today from the Lord is the same: “Where are you?” Is our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided or are we trusting in “fig leaves.” Paul said it best:

“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).

The “covering” has always been Christ and Him crucified. Just as the Lord covered Adam and Eve with the skin of a slain animal, the Lord covers us with the Blood of Jesus. Salvation is of the Lord from first to last. We praise his Name for His mercy and grace towards us.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).

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Strange Fire

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not” (Leviticus 10:1).

Nadab and Abihu were priests and it was their duty to bring fire, twice a day, from the Brazen Alter to the Golden Alter of Incense. The Golden Alter was located just in front of the curtain behind which was the Holy of Holies where God dwelt between the Mercy Seat and the Cherubim. Nadab and Abihu brought fire from a different source to use on the Golden Alter.

In the previous Chapter of Leviticus, fire had come out from the Lord from the same place, the Holy of Holies, and consumed the sacrifice on the Brazen Alter. This showed the people that the sacrifice was accepted by the Lord and was a display of His glory, and a blessing to the people. This second fire also came from the Holy of Holies, but was judgment from the Lord as the following verse tells us:

“And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:2).

Why did this happen? Why did the Lord send fire and accept the sacrifice on the Brazen Alter, but reject the fire with incense on the Golden Alter offered by the two brothers. It was because of where the fire came from. It had to come from the Brazen Alter to be accepted by the Lord. The Brazen alter was a type of Christ’s great sacrifice on the cross. The incense offered up to the Lord represented prayer and intercession. The Brazen Alter was a type of Calvary, and by the brothers bringing fire from a different source, they were, in effect, negating the need for the Lord’s required sacrifice. In other words they were, in type, ignoring the cross.

Bringing this forward to today, anything we substitute for Christ and Him crucified will be rejected by the Lord and will cause us to lose our way. There is only one way to forgiveness and new life, and there is only one way that is acceptable to the Lord as we walk out this life of faith. We must go the Lord’s way for salvation and continue that way for sanctification (our daily walk). Should we move our faith from Christ crucified to other things to gain victory in our lives then we have offered up “strange fire.” The Christian disciplines of prayer, Bible reading, church attendance, fasting, etc are all necessary and things we should do, but they will not bring us the victory we seek in our lives. These may look good, but just as all fire looked the same, the fire the brothers brought resulted in death. Our faith in the wrong object will do the same. We are to place our faith in His great sacrifice and keep it there. This will allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives (Romans 8:2).

We must remember Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians when he told them to: ” Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith, prove your own selves…” Being in the faith means having our faith firmly placed in Christ and His great sacrifice. If we move our faith to other things, as good as those things might be, we will shipwreck our faith. Paul told Timothy to: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, where unto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.” We are called to follow Christ. Faith in His sacrifice at the cross will bring us victory. Anything else is “strange fire.”

Victorious Christian Living

We were saved by placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified, and we are sanctified (our daily walk) in the same way.

Focus – Jesus Christ

Object of Faith – The Cross of Christ

Power Source – The Holy Spirit

Result- Victory.

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One Thing Have I Desired

That I Might Know You More

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead in your truth, and teach me: for You are the God of my salvation; on You do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5).

As Christians, our deepest desire is to know and walk with the Lord. We are His and He is ours. He is our sure hope. Our life was given to us by the Lord and we are grateful. He has paid the price required by God to redeem us from our lost and fallen condition. We come to Him with nothing but our gratitude and faith in His goodness and mercy. We are not our own; we were bought with a price. We were bought with the precious blood of Jesus.

“We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

As we seek Him each day, we yearn to know Him more. We cry out to the Lord in earnest and ask Him to show us His ways. Although His works, those things He does, are of great interest and importance, we want to know His ways, that is, who He is.

We will grow closer to the Lord if we seek Him in His Word. The Holy Spirit will show us the way. He will lead us closer and closer through the truth and the abundant life found in the Word of God. His Word stands firm and is a light for us in a darkened world. We can place our faith and trust in the Lord and His Word.

We also want His leading in this life. We want to walk in the path He has prepared for us. If we are following Him and seeking to know His ways; He will direct our path in this life. The Lord will be with us in this life through all our difficulties, trials and all the decisions that are before us. Our path will be made sure by our faith in the One that loves us. He will direct our steps and when our life is complete, bring us home to glory.

He is God, our savior – the God of our salvation. He proved His love for us by shedding His Blood and dying a cruel death on the cross. We can know His ways, His paths, and His truth by continually placing our faith in Him and His great sacrifice on the cross. As we do this we will draw closer to the Lord. He is the One who redeemed us and He is the One that keeps us. He is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me.”

So, as we seek the Lord in this fallen world, let us remember His great love for us and yield to the Holy Spirit whom He has sent as our helper and guide to bring us through this life – to bring us into the very presence of God.

This is the desire of all those that love Him: that we might know him more. That we might walk with Him in His truth, in His ways, and in His will for us in this life. That we might love Him more and more each day – the One that loved us and died for us.

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs for You, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)

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Cain Was Able

There Is Only One Sacrifice Acceptable To The Lord

And in process of time, it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: but unto Cain and to his offering, He had no respect. And Cain was very angry and his countenance fell” (Genesis 4:3-5).

After Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden, the Lord provided “garments of skin” to cover their nakedness to show them the necessity of the sacrificial system if they were to have communion with Him. Cain knew this and knew the type of sacrifice the Lord required and would accept. Instead, Cain offered up the fruit of his labor. In the account of Cain and Abel, we see the rebelliousness of man on full display. Cain knew that the Lord required an animal sacrifice but chose not to obey Him. He didn’t deny that a sacrifice was due the Lord but disagreed with the type of sacrifice the Lord required. The sacrificial system instituted by the Lord pointed ahead to the One who John the Baptist introduced when he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.”

Bringing this forward to today, the Lord requires us to place our faith in His great sacrifice at the cross. If we believe that we can earn Heaven by obedience to any law or commandment then we are going the way of Cain. If we believe that we will be acceptable to the Lord and go to Heaven if our good deeds outway our bad then we are going the way of Cain. If we believe that there is any way to Heaven outside of faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross; we are going the way of Cain. There is only one sacrifice acceptable to God! It’s Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.

” I am the way , the truth and the life . no one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6)

We see in this account of Cain and Abel the two diametrically opposed ways that men have chosen to seek fellowship with the Lord from that time forward. Men either see that we are in need of a savior due to our sinful and fallen nature, or they approach the Lord by their works. There was no difference in the two men that day, only in the type of sacrifice. We cannot approach the Lord with our works of righteousness. The Bible says “If righteous come by the law (what we do) then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

Just like Cain and Abel before us, we must choose between law and grace. Will we go the way of Cain and trust in the fruit of our labor, or will we go the way of faith as Abel did by trusting in the only way to have fellowship with the Lord – the sacrifice? Cain was able to choose the right way and did not. He wouldn’t offer up an innocent lamb as the Lord required but ended up killing his brother. Going our way always brings pride and is the way of death. We can choose the correct sacrifice today and come into the forgiveness, blessing, and fellowship of the Lord. If you haven’t come to the Lord by faith in Christ and Him crucified; won’t you choose the way of faith today and come into the salvation of the Lord. His Word says:

“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus (He is the savior paying the price for your sin on the cross), and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead (the Resurrection), you shall be saved (it’s faith alone that saves us)” (Romans 10:9,10).

The following is the sinner’s prayer prayed by millions. In the words of the great gospel song by Billy Gaines: “There’s room at the cross for you. Though millions have come, there’s still room for one. There’s room at the cross for you.” Won’t you come!!!!

Sinner’s Prayer

Dear God in Heaven, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins. The way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with your precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and He is alive. This very moment I place my faith in Jesus Christ as the savior of my soul. And I make Him the lord of my life. According to Your Word which cannot lie; I am washed, I am cleansed, I am forgiven, I am saved. Amen

If you prayed this prayer and believed what you prayed then you have placed your faith in the sacrifice prescribed by the Lord. The Lord paid a tremendous price to redeem us from our fallen state. The way of Cain brings only death because it sets aside the Lord’s great work at the cross. When we choose the Lord and His prescribed way, we pass from death to life and come into all the blessings of the Lord.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

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The Bible Says That We Can Know That We Have Eternal Life. Do You Know?

“These things have I written unto you who believe on the Name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

Where will you spend eternity? The above verse makes it clear that we can know. Do you know? How would you answer the following question? Your answer to it will help show just where your hope lies for eternal life.

If you were to die today and stand before God, and He were to ask you: “Why should I let you into my Heaven?”; How would you answer?

Some may think that it would be prideful to believe that we can know that we have eternal life and will go to Heaven. The following will show us just what the Lord requires of us to gain eternal life. Believe me, it is the very opposite of prideful boasting.

Grace

We cannot earn our way to Heaven by works or good deeds. The Bible says that eternal life is a gift (grace). And grace is unmerited favor.

……….The gift of God us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Roman’s 2:8,9).

“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

Man

Man is a sinner and sin is the breaking of the law of God. We would have to be perfect to attain Heaven on our own merit. Jesus said, ” Be ye perfect even as your Father in Heaven.” This is certainly a high bar and one we cannot reach by our own efforts.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

God

God is merciful, loves us and doesn’t want to punish us. The Bible says:

” God is love” (1 John 4:8).

“…. I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

However, God is just and must punish sin. All those that will not come to the Lord in repentance will face God’s judgment. The Word says:

” And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you who work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).

” Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous” (Psalm 1:5).

Christ

The Bible tells us that Jesus was God in the flesh.

“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1,14)

Jesus lived a sinless life and died on a cruel cross to pay for our sins.

” All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

Faith

The Lord Jesus, by living a sinless life and dying on the cross, paid the sin debt owed to God, and He now offers us eternal life as a gift (grace). We receive this gift by repenting of our sins and placing our faith in Jesus and His great work at the cross. The Bible says the following:

“…. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Romans 16:31).

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10).

How did you answer the above question? If you said that your faith was exclusively in Jesus and His finished work on the cross, then you answered correctly. This is the only way. We cannot gain entrance into Heaven by our own efforts; Jesus paid a very high price that we might be forgiven.

If you have never reprented of your sins and placed your faith in Christ and Him crucified, you can pray the following “Sinner’s Prayer” and make things right with the Lord. If you will pray this prayer and believe it, the Lord says that you have passed from death to life. You have been born again (born from above).

SINNERS PRAYER

Dear God in Heaven,

I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins. The way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe that You raised Him from the dead and He is alive. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as the savior of my soul. And I make Him the lord of my life. And according to His Word which cannot lie, I am washed: I am cleansed, I am forgiven. I am saved.

“And being found in Him (united by faith with Christ), not having my own righteousnes, which is of the law (man’s efforts), but that which is through faith in Christ (the cross), the righteousness which is of God by faith (free gift through our faith in the cross)” (Philippians 3:9).

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

Grace, grace, God’s grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin.

(Composed by Julia H. Johnston pub. 1910)

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Two Men And The Well-Established Way

A Fictional Narrative

Two men are about to attend a very important meeting that will determine their future with the company.

Two men were working for the same employer and there came a time when they both would be called before senior management to vie for an open position in senior management at the firm. Both had been with the company the same amount of time and had similar responsibilities. Both were well qualified in what they did in their current responsibilities, and in the responsibilities for the new position.

The day came for them to present themselves before those that would decide on their futures. Both men presented their ideas on how the job before them would be accomplished. The first man said that he would follow well-proven methods that the company had used from its inception. The other man said that he had new ideas about how to accomplish all that the job entailed.

The response from management was quick and to the point. Management said that the guidelines they had established from the beginning had served them well in all the years that the company had been in business. The new way laid out by the second man was not a proven way and therefore would be a great risk for the company to go that way. The first man was given the job and was quite successful at it. The second man remained where he was and was warned by the company that his way could only lead to failure. He had a choice to make; would he conform to the company guidelines that would bring him future success, or would he continue the wrong way which would lead to certain failure. We leave our story here hoping that the second man would not let pride and self will determine his future and come back to the well-established way. Only time will tell.

Well-established ways should not be ignored. The Gospel lays out a well-established way for salvation and our daily walk (sanctification). Straying from this way will bring failure to our lives. We are to place our faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross for salvation. This is the well-established, and the only way to join the kingdom of God. We are to continue to place our faith in the cross as we walk out of this life. The second man did not understand that how he started with the company, the company guidelines, was the way he should approach any new task. Leaving this well-established way cost him his promotion, and in the end, could cost him his career.

We cannot walk with the Lord any other way except by the way He has established. We keep our faith in the Christ crucified and this allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Straying from this path given us by the Lord will cause us much trouble and may result in us losing our way. The Holy Spirit works exclusively through faith in the finished work of Christ as the following verse states:

“For the Law (Law of God) of the Spirit (how the Holy Spirit works) of Life in Christ Jesus (Christ crucified) has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death (we will have victory over this law only by the Law of the Spirit). (Romans 8:2)

When we come to the Lord in salvation, the sin nature in us is made dormant. We are dead to it by our faith in Christ. If we choose to move our faith from Christ to some other thing as we walk out this life, the sin nature becomes active in our life. We are only dead to it as we keep our faith in Christ The sin nature is not dead if we leave the well-established path. We have left our walk of faith and started down the path of works. This can only end poorly for us.

“Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin (the sin nature), but alive to unto God through Jesus Christ (faith in Christ brings victory in our daily life). Let not sin (the sin nature) therefore reign (shows it can reign if our faith is not in Christ crucified) in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lusts thereof (Paul is saying this will be the result if faith is not continued in the cross)” (Romans 6:11,12).

We are called to walk in newness of life by following the well-established and only way the Lord has set forth. He paid a great price to pay the sin debt for us. Spiritually, we are buried with Him and raised to newness of life. The only way we can walk in this newness of life is by continually placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified. It’s the well-established way.

“Therefore we are buried with Him in baptism into death: that like so Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

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Ready Or Not… He Is Coming!

“Looking for that Blessed Hope (the Rapture of the church), and the glorious appearing of the great God and our savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

The Lord Jesus Christ is coming and it could be at any time. In fact, He is coming twice. The first of the two appearances will be for His church at the Rapture. At the Rapture, all those that are His will be caught up to be with the Lord. The Bible says this regarding the Rapture of the church:

“For the Lord Himself (Jesus) shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first: then we which are alive and remain (all those living that love the Lord) shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Thessalonians. 4:16,17

The next and final appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ will be at the end of the age at the coming Great Tribulation. It will be a time of unimaginable war and destruction. Israel will be surrounded by the armies of the Antichrist and complete annihilation will look certain for Israel. The Lord Jesus Christ will come to save them and defeat the armies of the Antichrist. The Bible says the following about this time and glorious appearing of the Lord:

“And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He Who sat on him (Jesus) was called faithful and true, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns” (Revelation 19:11,12a).

“And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him on white horses…. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should, smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:14,15).

So, the first appearing, or return, of the Lord occurs prior to the Great Tribulation. All those that love the Lord and are waiting for His coming will be “caught up” or raptured to meet Him in the air and accompany Him to Heaven where they will forever be with the Lord. The second appearing will be at the end of the Great Tribulation when He comes to save Israel and brings judgment on the nations. We have a choice today. Obviously, going in the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ would be more desirable then suffering through the unimaginable destruction of the Great Tribulation. The Bible says this about the times of the end:

“For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days be shortened, there should be no flesh saved (speaks of Israel coming close to total destruction): but for the elect’s sake (Israel), those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21,22)

This is the final battle, the final confrontation between Satan and the Lord. Satan will make a final push to totally destroy Israel and kill every Jew. The resulting destruction will affect all those on the earth… many will die. It will be a time of unequaled death and destruction. It is the time of God’s wrath on all the evil that has caused death and sorrow for millions down through the ages. When the Lord comes the second time, He is staying and will rule and reign in Righteousness from Jerusalem. As the following verses show, both of the Lord’s comings will occur suddenly and without warning:

Regarding The Rapture

“Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), be we shall all be changed (both the living and the dead). In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trump will sound (could happen at any time), and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (no sin nature & glorified bodies), and we shall be changed (saints alive at the time will receive glorified bodies)” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Regarding the Second Coming of the Lord at the end of the Great Tribulation

“Behold, He (Jesus) comes with clouds (all the saints); and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him (the Jews, who will now know He is their Messiah): and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him (He brings judgment). Even so, Amen (Revelation 1:7).

Today is the day of salvation. Jesus paid the price for all sin on the cross. If you have never come to the Lord in repentance and placed your faith in Christ and Him crucified; won’t you do so today. God is patient and loves you. In His mercy, He calls out to all those that would come that they might find rest for their souls.

” The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

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The Lord Has Done Great Things

Washed, Sanctified, and Justified

“…But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:13).

We have been washed or cleansed from all sin, by our faith in Christ and Him crucified. He took away all sin by His sacrifice on the cross for all those that come by way of faith. We have been sanctified which is our standing with God by what Jesus did. We have been justified which means we have been declared not guilty. Washed, sanctified, and justified the moment we came to the Lord. How amazing is our God? What great things He has done for us.

Our sanctification is positional. The Lord sees us as perfect because we have placed our faith in Christ and He sees us “in Christ.” We all know that we are not perfect. The Holy Spirit comes into us at the moment we are born again and begins His work to bring our condition up to our position. It is a lifelong work of the Holy Spirit and one in which we must cooperate.

We cannot sanctify ourselves. As has been stated, it is a work of the Holy Spirit. Our part is to place our faith in the Lord’s great work at the cross and do so daily. This is how the Holy Spirit works. He will not work in any other way. Our faith must be in the cross for Him to work in our lives. The following verse tells us that clearly:

“For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death” (Romans 8:2)

The Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Romans. He is saying here, in this verse, that the “Law of the Spirit”, or how the Spirit works, is a law of God and that the Holy Spirit works only in the parameters of the finished work of Christ. We are freed from the “Law of Sin and Death” by faith in the finished work of Christ by the Holy Spirit.

If we place our faith in anything other than the cross, the Holy Spirit will be hindered in His work. He will try to help us as much as possible, but we will not find the victory over sin that we seek in our lives. We were born again by faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross. We live our lives and are sanctified in the same way. Just before the Lord died on the cross He said “It is finished.” He came and died on a cruel cross to take away the “sin of the world.” Because of that great work, the Holy Spirit works in our life to take the sin away that “so easily besets us.” He has done it all. How great is our God?

“The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).

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Stand Fast, For There’s Coming A Day… And What A Day That Will Be!

“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved” Philippians 4:1.

We can see by the above verse just how much Paul loved those in the church of Philippi. He strongly encouraged them to stand fast in the Lord. As we have discussed in past articles, there are enemies of the Cross that try to bring false doctrine into the church. We also battle the general pull of the world, the flesh trying to exert authority, and our mortal enemy, the Devil. We need to be aware of all these enemies of the Cross and stand fast in the faith. Timothy, Paul’s young companion, and coworker, received this instruction from Paul: “Hold fast the form of sound words (doctrine), which you have heard from me (that which was given Paul by the Lord), in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus (what he accomplished at the Cross)” 2 Timothy 2:13. He also encouraged Timothy to “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12).

Paul sent similar warnings to other churches he oversaw and for good reason. The world is opposed to the Gospel and we are in for the fight of our lives as we hold fast to all the Lord has given us. As mentioned, our fight is one of faith. We will overcome the enemies of the Cross in no other way. We are told in Ephesians Chapter 6 to “Put on the whole armor of God”. Here, Paul likens our walk of faith to that of a soldier putting on all the armor that will protect him in battle. The object of our faith must always be Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Jesus fought the battle and won the victory and our faith needs to be in Him and what he accomplished to gain the victory for ourselves. We need to do this daily. Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me (be my disciple), let him deny himself (our own ability), and take up his cross (the benefits of what Jesus there did) daily (must be done each day), and follow Me (Christ and Him Crucified).” Paul said It this way: ” I am crucified with Christ (Roman 6:3): nevertheless I live (new life); yet not I (not in our strength), but Christ lives in me (resurrection life – Romans 6:4): and the life which I now live in the flesh (our daily walk with the Lord) I live by the faith of the Son of God (what he did on the Cross), who loved me, and gave Himself for me (what a great Savior)” (Galatians 2:20).

Paul, in other places in the New Testament, encouraged believers to stand fast or hold fast in the faith. As we have discussed, there were good reasons for these warnings then, and we need to heed these warnings today as well. Other examples of Paul encouraging believers in this way are ” Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith” (Hebrews 10:23), “For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord” (1 Thess. 3:8), “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21), and “Stand fast in the Lord” (Philippians 4:1). Any time we see “in Christ” or any of its derivatives (e.g. in Him, in the Lord), Paul is talking about what Jesus accomplished at the Cross. In each of these verses, Paul’s admonition to these believers was to stand or hold fast to their belief in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Our faith in His great work will be richly rewarded.

The Bible speaks of 5 crowns (used figuratively) that will be given to believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ (where believer’s works are judged and rewarded). They are imperishable and represent a symbol of honor that will be given to believers in Heaven. They are as follows:

The Crown of Life

Given to those that persevere under trials (James 1:12 & Revelation 2:10).

The Crown of Righteousness

Given through the Righteousness of Christ to those that love and anticipate His coming (2 Timothy 4:8).

The Incorruptible (Imperishable) Crown – 

Given to those who faithfully run the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).

The Crown of Rejoicing

A reward to saints for their lifetime work (1 Thessalonians 2:19).

The Crown of Glory-

Awarded to those that have faithfully cared for and fed the flock (1 Peter 5:4). This includes apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, ministers and all those that work to propagate the Great Commission.

Although any believer would be honored to receive these crowns, I believe the greatest reward we can receive is to look into the face of Jesus, the One that loved us and died for us. In the words of the song “What a day that will be when my Jesus I will see. When I look upon His face, the One that saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand and leads me to the Promised Land. What a day, glorious day, that will be.” It’s hard for us to comprehend that we would actually receive a crown after all the Lord did for us. In Revelation 4:10-11 it says this of a scene taking place in Heaven “The four and twenty elders fall down before Him Who sat on the throne, and worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power…”. We owe Him everything!

We look forward to actually seeing the Lord and being with Him forever. David exclaimed, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23.6). We can certainly take comfort in these words. What a wonderful Savior. What an incredible salvation. Let us, therefore, stand fast and wait, “For the Lord, Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. Indeed, what a glorious day that will be.

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There Is No Other Name

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Peter said these words as he stood before the Jewish religious leaders after he and John had been used by the Holy Spirit in the healing of the lame man at the gate of the Temple. This incredible healing happened in front of all those that were present in the Temple that day. The man had been lame from birth and was carried to the Temple daily so that he could ask for alms from those entering. He must have been very well known to all those that frequented the Temple.

The Healing

“Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).

“And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” (Verse 7).

“And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the Temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God” (Verse 8).

The religious leaders were now confronted with an undeniable great miracle. Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, made it clear that this healing was not accomplished by their own power or personal holiness, but by the Name of Jesus whom God had glorified. As our introductory verse states; Peter boldly proclaimed that there was no other name under Heaven by which salvation could come. And the religious leaders saw they were “unlearned and ignorant men and marveled.” And they acknowledged the following:

” …. And they took knowledge of them (Peter & John), that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

“And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it” (Verse 14).

It was obvious that a great miracle of healing had taken place by the Name of Jesus. After conferring together the religious leaders commanded the Apostles to not speak or teach in the Name of Jesus.

“And they (Jewish religious leaders) called them (Peter & John) and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the Name of Jesus” (Verse 18).

This is a command that the Apostles could not obey. They responded to the leaders as follows:

“…..Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard” (verse 19,20).

We too must boldly proclaim that there is no other name by which a person can be saved. Everything we ask for from God is made possible by what Jesus did on the Cross. In the name of Jesus we are saved from this present evil world. A time may come for us when we will be persecuted for our stand in the Lord, or forbidden to mention that wonderful Name – the Name of Jesus. Should that day come (or when that day comes), let us remember the words of Peter and John and follow their bold stance. Let us always hearken unto God not man “for there is none other name.”

“Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11).

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