“Hear my words, you wise men, and give ear to me, you who know; for the ear tests words as the palate tastes food.” Job 34:1-3
I’m struggling right now my friends and I could really use your prayer support. I have so much I want to tell you and yet at the very same time I seem to never have enough time to tell you!!! God is opening up the word to me like never before and yet I can’t seem to get it down onto the page to share with you. It’s driving me absolutely crazy!
But much like Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings (this clip is 1:40, watch it!) movie when he is battling the demon, I will slam my staff down in front of me and tell Satan “You shall not pass!”. I will stand my ground and refuse to allow him even one more inch of my territory. My readership is increasing by leaps and bounds and I know that that makes him very very mad. But that’s just too bad! He doesn’t get to win. He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world, that I know for certain. I also know that I have been justified by His grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom god put forward as a propitiation by His blood to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 2:24-26)
I know that if God can “pass over” the former sins committed by my forefathers, then He can so much more pass over my own sins because of the blood of Jesus that has wiped them all out completely and fully. So much more than the blood of bulls and goats ever could! While their blood faded over time, the blood of Jesus just gets stronger and more resilient. I know that God is just. “The Almighty will not pervert justice.” Job 34:12 His justice requires that my sins be paid in full before I can set foot across the threshold of fellowship with Him. And yet He is not only just but my justifier!!! He is the one that is requiring the payment for sin, but He is also the one who has offered up that payment for me. And He’s offered it as a FREE GIFT! It’s the kind of gift where the giver requires nothing in return. (Otherwise it wouldn’t be free or a gift.)
That word “gift” in the Greek is an awesome word. It’s the word “dorean” and it literally means a gift without cost; a free gift; for nothing. But what is this gift? Justification! Jesus’ payment on our behalf at the cross put us into right relationship with God. It made us acceptable to God and set us free.
In Mark 14:62 Jesus says, “you shall see the Son of Man seated on the right hand of God and coming with the clouds of heaven”. And in Acts 7:55 we read of the vision Stephen had as he was being stoned to death by Saul and his men, “But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God”. Jesus seated next to God illustrates His divinity and His position as the ruler of this creation. Jesus standing at the right hand of God illustrates His willingness to stand up for us before God and mediate a new covenant filled with Grace and forgiveness that was paid for on the cross. There is nothing you can do to pay for this forgiveness, as a mere human you aren’t able. But Jesus wasn’t JUST human, He is GOD. He always has been and he always will be. It is because of His divinity that He was able to walk sinlessly upon this earth and therefore pay the penalty we never could. It is because of His divinity that His rightful place is seated at the right hand of God. And yet it is through faith that we too are seated right there next to God IN CHRIST. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, in Him we find LIFE. In Him we find fellowship. In the vineyard so long ago He told His disciples, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:15-17
OK, I feel better now. Not much of that was in my notes for today, but it’s obviously what God wanted for me to share with you. I love you my friends, more than you could ever know. You mean the world to me. May God bless you richly this day and every day here after!