Archive for the ‘Justification’ Category


COPYRIGHT WARNING

We often hear the term: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ.” What is the “Gospel,” what does this mean and how does this principle affect the lives of every person who has been born on the earth?

The best news that man has ever received is that God is willing to forgive our sins. All of us have felt condemnation for the things we have done during our life. We all know instinctively in our hearts that we have done wrong, and we long for relief from the guilt that we feel.

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Those who break the law of God are considered guilty by God and are spoken of as bearing their sins.

Leviticus 22:9 They shall therefore keep My ordinance, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby…

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many

To bear sin is to carry them.

The primary purpose of the Messiah was to carry the sins of all people to the cross and put them to death. Jesus not only paid the price that you and I owed to God for our sins, He accomplished this for everyone who has ever lived. When Jesus died, He also carried the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).

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What God requires for heaven comes as a surprise to most people. According to the Bible, no person who has ever sinned can enter heaven. Only those who are perfect and without sin many dwell in the presence of God. How God accomplished this impossible task is perhaps the greatest work of grace ever displayed in the creation of the universe.

The process of justification is a singular act of God whereby He removes the sins of a person and causes them to exist as if they had never sinned before. Justification and the resulting effects of this legal procedure declares a person “not guilty.” In the very essence of the word, “Justification” carries the Idea of perfection. If we dismantle the word, we see that it states within itself what it does: “Just-as-if-I-had-never-sinned.” The complete process of Justification transforms a guilty sinner into a morally perfect being, resulting in a standing before God that causes them to exist as if they had never sinned at any time throughout their life.

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

Many people have an incorrect view of what God requires for admittance into heaven. It is a commonly held belief that those who are “good people,” will be acceptable to God upon their death. No place in the Bible does God state that good people go to heaven. In fact, He has declared that “no one is good, not one.”

Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none good, no, not one

Other people believe that a person who “believes in God” will go to heaven upon their death. This is also not true. James once stated that even the demons believe in God–yet no demon will ever see heaven.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

A third common error that is made by those who are seeking eternal life, is the belief that a person can go to heaven if they keep most of the commandments of God. All persons have told a lie, but not everyone has murdered or committed adultery. Therefore, the liar can gain heaven, while the murderer has no chance of eternal life. This is a also grievous error that prevents millions from gaining heaven. The Bible reveals that those who seek to be righteous by keeping the 10 commandments, will not be acceptable to God.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight

In fact, those who seek to be acceptable to God by the keeping of His law–must keep all of the law. Even a minor violation of a single commandment–such as the telling of a lie–disqualifies that person from gaining heaven.

James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

No person who has broken any law of God–even a single time–will ever gain admittance into heaven. 

1 Corinthians 6:-119 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (more…)


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In some regards, the death of Jesus upon the cross, is a mystery. 

Conservatively, Jesus died for more than 100 Trillion sins*

If Jesus died for our sins, what happened to those sins during His crucifixion, where did they go? Since Jesus took our sins, do they still exist, were they simply covered, or was there more at work in this process than many people understand?

Jesus knew ahead of time all things that were going to transpire regarding His death and resurrection. He had determined every event before He created the first man on the earth. The plan of salvation for all people was not an afterthought for God. It was the first thing that He considered when He determined to create us.

From eternity, God had already known everything that would happen and every act that He was going to accomplish. This is what makes the Lord—God: the fact that He knows everything, and there is nothing that He must learn.

Acts 15:18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.

The preeminent purpose of all Bible Prophecy is to demonstrate in the realm of linear time, that God has already seen all the events that will take place. When He speaks, He does so as if all the events He describes had already taken place. In eternity, nothing is future; everything has already happened. When God speaks of future events, they are only future to those who live on the earth. No event is outside of the knowledge of God, and He is not predicting the future. He is simply describing what has already taken place. (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

What was the purpose of God in bringing the Messiah from the line of David? After all, David was an adulterer, murderer, deceiver, and man of war. Many of David’s descendants were people of grievous reputation.

It is my opinion that God chose David’s line because he was a fallible man who was also a man of great faith. Although he fell into terrible sin, David’s response to his sin is forever an example to all of us for what true repentance is all about. (more…)