Monday, March 19, 2018
Is Jesus sacrifice on the cross an act of God's justice or an act of God's mercy? The answer is "yes." Justice is served when Jesus died on the cross. Mercy was given to us because Jesus died on the cross. God gives us mercy every day of our lives. That won't be true when we leave this world. Our works will never earn us our salvation but they will definitely earn us our condemnation. God is both the just and the justifier.
Monday, March 12, 2018
The Ark of the Covenant contains the Ten Commandments. They represent the righteousness of God and stand as a condemnation against all mankind since all have sinned. The Ark is covered by a lid called the "Mercy Seat." Jesus is that Mercy Seat whose blood would be spilled to quell the wrath of God. He has been put forward by God to be a propitiation for those who receive Him by faith. The story is one that bring peace to the believer for there is no peace in the lives of those who have no relationship with God.
Monday, March 5, 2018
We were created in God's image. That image included His glory. Sin caused that image to be marred. We have fallen short of His glory. Yet, God seeks to restore His glory within us. So, Jesus is justifying us by giving a gift without regard to what we do. Jesus died for everyone: even the people who will never trust in Him. He died for those who were making themselves His enemies. Thus, He redeems us so that we will again reflect God's glory.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
We all have markers in our lives. We were in school and we graduate. We didn't have a job and now we do. We get a dog. We get married. These markers tell the story of what we were (or what we were doing) and now. Paul has been telling us that we cannot become righteous by the law. No one can seek justification on their own record. However, now, with the presence of Jesus Christ we can be righteous for we accept His righteousness when we accept Him. Jesus paid it all so that we would become His. The price wasn't paid and now it is.
Monday, February 19, 2018
The bill lies unpaid on the dresser. The lump in your breasts is never examined. The feelings of guilt are never resolved. Many times we don't do anything because we do not want to face the truth. We don't want to face the fact that we can't pay the bill. We are afraid of what the doctor will tell us if we get examined for the lump in the breast. We keep hoping that the feelings of guilt will just go away. Eventually, we all have to face the truth. Sometimes we face them when its too late.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Does everyone get into heaven the same way? Are all the religions equally valid? There are many who would say that even the Jews will get a special deal with God. Can that be true? Let's see what the Bible says.