Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Can A Man Be Right Before God?
Can A Man Be Right Before God? By David Candel "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus we have peace with God." Romans 5:1 Let ua go on to perfection. Do you believe in God? OR should I ask do you believe in a personal God? God is more than real and His reality is higher than any other. God seems to hide Himself but throughout history has left His mark of love on man. When "the fullness of times," were present scripture says, "God gave." God sent His Son Who is His Only Begotten to this earth. He was neither created nor generated but exists with the Father. When He was born to a virgin it was the greatest birth of all because the Holy Spirit had impregnated a woman and the sinful nature of man was not transferred to the birth for the first time. History two thousand years ago was highlighted by wise men and shepherds and others who rejoiced at the Savior's birth! When only a boy the Savior Jesus knew He must be about His Father's Business! He grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man learning the Old Testament. He was good in God's sight and went about doing good and healing people. He was baptized by His cousin John the Baptist in the Jordan River at thirty first and began doing good healing the people 3 and a half years! Apart from altruistic feelings we feel we grew up with about God's Son, the Christ was Divine and yet man and as human He lived to die on a Cross to save us from sin. Do you know we die because of sins? It may take a good long time but sin takes it course. Hell will be ruled by sin because it frustrates. It kills. Torment. Sin has been the demise of many good souls with good intentions of altruism. There is a devil and he does not want love; he wants victims. But Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, our enemy. He came to give us life and that life, more abundantly. Not a bed of roses or a silver spoon born in the mouth existence but a life anointed to be full of the good fruits of being filled full with the Holy Spirit by becoming born again or saved. God does the cleaning up inside and we are human vessels He uses in humble ways. The dealings of God with man are written in the Bible, not the Koran, nor the Book of Mormon. Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." And He said, "No man comes to the Father except by Me." Now if His miracles and healings, & helps did indeed back up what He said I'd say it's a steady jump to believe He was God. But if its true and I stake my life that it is we have a responsibility to hear Jesus Christ and choose to believe Who He said He IS! Lift up His Name! Like the saying goes, "you can't keep a good man down," so Jesus was innocent and death could not keep him in its grip. When He was on the Cross He bore our sins and actually became them and their penalty before God and sentence carried out! We deserved hell and indeed the Law condemns and rightly so. For the Bible declares, " There is none righteous, no not one." Isaiah 53:1-6. And it says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23. And in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is Eternal Life through Christ our Lord." The Gospel is an offense to all. It declares the plan of God and the moral depravity of all men and the Rescue of God in sending His Son for our salvation! Our hearing the Voice of God in the words of God in Scripture is a special revelation only given to those who will have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. Indeed to every man who thirsts He can save so let him/her drink of the water of life freely! But he or she must call upon the Name of the Lord to be saved if they desire a relationship with God to pursue. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9,10 Ephesians 2:8,9 says, "For by grace ye have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, not of works, lest anyone boast." II Corinthians 5:17 says if any man is in Christ, He is a new Creation. The old has past and the New has come! II Corinthians 5:19 says to be reconciled to God. Jesus had many disciples but many left when He said these words, "daily be givers; Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me." But in balance there is comfort in His words too. "Come unto Me all ye who are burdened with heavy labor and I will give you rest." "For my yoke is easy, and MY burden is light!" "Take MY yoke upon you and learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest for your souls." Salvation is a Gift but we learn to trust by following His Word and obeying and that's in the Bible. We fellowship with the Father and Son and the Body of His Son! We pray God's prayers and weep God's tears and learn to look on compassion on our neighbors and the unfortunate with compassioned prayers and legs of good deeds of love from our Heavenly Father REALLY love them! All this is promise to those who accept God's Son and forgiveness of sins and begin their adventure of Life IN the Son! For God is able! Being in Christ and being found a lover of God and in the Righteousness of God's Son requires perseverance to make it through and stamina some but God provides to the end of life a way of salvation. Let us have grace whereby we might serve God acceptably and without fear, just respect, cautious where we step, reverance. Above all Follow Jesus as Lord! Learn what pleases Him and God! When one is saved He learns to stop sin in his/her life. Cooperating with Jesus and God the saved individual shrinks from self-righteousness and all religious activity of one's own origin to rest in Jesus and know Who God Is! He is worthy of all our worship and all our praise! A follower of Jesus does these things..