Friday, July 25, 2014

What shall we say then, that Abraham our father hath found concerning the flesh? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath wherein to rejoice, but not with God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.
The Epistle to the Romans 4:1-3 (Geneva Bible Translation Ed. 1599)

To the brethren in Christ and to all peoples good morning

As Paul has said above, “what shall we say then?” Abraham, our patriarch, was credited with righteousness, not for his works, (of which men might speak highly), but that he believed (a) in the One that sent him forth to a new land. And so it should be with us today. Believe on the sacrifice of the Son, and be imputed with the righteousness of God. God has given us His grace and mercy. Friends, take it while it is still offered. For it is the thought of this writer that the time is growing shorter daily. 

(a) Read Romans 11:6

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Where is then the rejoicing? It is excluded. By what Law? of works? Nay: but by the Law of faith Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith, without the works of the Law. God, is he the God of the Jews only, and not of the Gentiles also? Yes, even of the Gentiles also. For it is one God, who shall justify circumcision of faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
The Epistle to the Romans 3:27-30 Geneva Bible Translation Ed. 1599

Greetings friends and brethren in the might name of Christ

We read today how Paul is expanding on his explanation of how one is saved by faith. The Law, as was given to Moses could not bring about salvation. (As we have been reading this has been what this writer has named a doctrine of Salvation by Works). It is only through faith in the redemption of fallen man by the sacrifice of Jesus wherein we are saved. It is to this end that all glory goes to our Creator. For, how could it be so, if it were we who worked our way into salvation. What glory would that give our Creator? None, or at best very little. It would just increase our own bragging, and would provide an even greater sense of self, as opposed to dying to self to serve God. Why indeed, would we even want to serve Him if we could earn our own way?  

Paul continues in his epistle by saying that even though the Law was given to first the children of Israel, it applies to all, for He is God of all His creations. In fact all who are in Christ are equal (Read Galatians 3:28). God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to be an atonement to for all peoples. Not for for this group or that group, but for all. This is the Good News, the Gospel of Christ Jesus. 

Friends, this is what it is all about. The grace that is given freely from our Creator, to restore us to our original state, being blameless before Him. Take this offer today, right now, as you read these words. Redemption is just a few words away. Pray with me. 

Father, I come before you this morning. I confess my sins, and take your offer of grace by making known to all people that I accept the sacrifice of your Son Jesus for the atonement of my sins.  I ask that you pour your spirit down upon me, and restore me back to Yourself. Cleanse me, wash away my transgressions, and see them no more. Amen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

But now is the righteousness of God made manifest without the Law, having witness of the Law, and of the Prophets,To wit, the righteousness of God by the faith of Jesus Christ, unto all, and upon all that believe. For there is no difference: for all have sinned, and are deprived of the glory of God, And are justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God hath set forth to be a reconciliation through faith in his blood to declare his righteousness, by the forgiveness of the sins that are passed, Through the patience of God, to show at this time his righteousness, that he might be just, and a justifier of him which is of the faith of Jesus.

The Epistle to the Romans 3:21-26 Geneva Bible Translation Ed. 1599

Good morning in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ

Over the last two days we have read in our studies how Paul builds up his writings from the point of showing how none of us are worthy of salvation, to where we are now at in today’s reading by stating that our belief in Christ as Savior has now made cleansed us of unworthiness.  Now friends do not misunderstand,  we are still sinners, but we’re no longer under the curse of the law, so let us be clear on that point. 

Paul likewise moves us to the understanding that because our Creator placed the sins of us all upon the shoulders of Jesus Christ(a), and as is written would spare not His only Son to suffer the punishment of death under the curse of the Law, then it is also His right, to be judge of us all. For His judgments are based on His righteousness. Remember friends, we are not even close to it. In the OT, it is compared to filthy rags ( Read Isaiah 64:6)

Now let us take this grace that is freely given to us in love by our Father and apply it to our lives. First, we need to make atonement and confess the sin in our lives and accept the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ as the punishment that we deserved. Second, we likewise need to become more like Him, in all that we do in this temporal plane. Slow to anger, quick to forgive, and to do all that we do in the same love that has been shown to us by, and to the glory of God. 

Friends, if you are reading this for the first time, and have not yet committed yourself to Christ, it is urged that you seek Him for salvation. Do not be led by the lie (put forth by the wisdom of man) to what has been referred to here as the doctrine of Salvation by works. Works are great, when done with love and compassion, but they are meaningless until they are accompanied by the salvation that can only be brought about by the acceptance of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, who went to the cross for our sins, and more importantly, rose again, having conquered the death which is brought about by the curse of the law. 

Pray with me friends:
Today, I confess my sins, and seek your mercy Heavenly Father. I accept the grace that you offer, and place my life in your hands, and acknowledge the sacrifice of your only Son, Jesus Christ as an atonement, a redemption of my sins. Amen

(a) The New King James Translation uses the word “propitiation” which according to Webster’s Dictionary is defined as;  The act of appeasing the wrath (Ed. 1913 & 1828)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 What then? are we more excellent? No, in no wise: for we have already proved, that all, both Jews and Gentiles are under sin,
Romans 3:9 Geneva Bible Translation Ed. 1599

Good morning in the name of Jesus

Herein the Apostle Paul states that all are guilty under sin. There is not one, no, not one, as he continues through verses 10-18 that either is righteous under the Law. Likewise not one even seeks to even try to live. 

If we recall in the Gospels, Jesus confronts the religious leaders and calls them whitewashed tombs, full of death and decay. Such is the same above with Paul’s epistle. None, are clean period. 

However, God has provided a way to live under His righteousness, and that is by the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior. Friends, call on Him today, for as is written in the scriptures all who believe on Him shall be saved in the day of judgment.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Now if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? is God unrighteous which punisheth? (I speak as a man.) God forbid: (else how shall God judge the world?) - Romans 3:5-6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus

It is intention of this writer to once again resume posting studies. During the absence study was still going on, but was not being posted.  Suffice to say that the reasons have been resolved. Great thanks to be conveyed to Mr.Al Byknow, for filling in from time to time. 

Friends, we so often sin. In this Paul acknowledges(see Romans 7:14, 19, 24) that each of us do so daily many times without even thinking about it or realizing that we have sinned. What the Apostle is saying above, that there are those in the world that use sin as excuse to continue to sin, by justifying it in such a way as to prove that God is righteous and they are not, ergo they will continue on their paths. In fact many have said how can a God of love inflict judgment upon His creations. However, first and foremost God is a God of Righteousness and cannot look upon sin and allow it in the end. Hence, he WILL judge in the end, and all found in disbelief will be judged guilty. 

Friends, do not continue in your sin, repent and accept Christ as Savior. Turn towards walking in the ways of the Lord.  Remember, none can be saved without this offer of God’s grace and mercy. Your life, no matter how good, (it is noted here of a false doctrine of salvation via works), is simply not enough to make it.  Please see below Psalm 51, and use it as a guide to repentance. 

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according to the multitude of thy compassions put away mine iniquities.
2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from mine sin.
3 For I know mine iniquities, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, against thee only have I sinned, and done evil in thy sight, that thou mayest be just when thou speakest, and pure when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was born in iniquity, and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, thou lovest truth in the inward affections: therefore hast thou taught me wisdom in the secret of mine heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones, which thou hast broken, may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and put away all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thine holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and establish me with thy free Spirit.
13 Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from blood, O God, which art the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing joyfully of thy righteousness.
15 Open thou my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest no sacrifice, though I would give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a contrite spirit: a contrite and a broken heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Be favorable unto Zion for thy good pleasure: build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou accept the sacrifices of righteousness, even the burnt offering and oblation: then shall they offer calves upon thine altar.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Audio Bible Reading June 18 2014

And if ye call him Father, which without respect of person judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your dwelling here in fear. Knowing that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation, received by the traditions of the fathers, But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb undefiled, and without spot.
1 Peter 1:17-19 (GNV Translation Ed. 1599)

In the name of Jesus Christ; Good morning and greetings.

Herein we see again that the only way to receive salvation is through the blood of the Lamb. Things of this world cannot purchase, nor redeem your soul unto the Father. They are as stated above corruptible, or to use a synonym, perishable. They will in time fade and decay. But the blood of Christ is eternal, it is without spot, without corruption. 

Secondly, the traditions of our forefathers, can likewise not save us. Many of the laws as were followed, and are still followed today, are followed for the sake of being, for lack of a better expression, “because that’s the way it has always been”. Remember that Christ freed us from the curse of the Law, and the continuation along this path is both futile and counter productive. 

In summation, neither material things, nor traditional things can be used, nor replace, the redemption by grace as offered by our Father. 

Pray with me friends:
Heavenly Father I come to you this day, as a sinner. I confess my sins, and seek Your forgiveness. I accept Your grace and mercy by pleading the blood of the Lamb as a redemption of my soul. Amen.