Established Law – November 9th, 2018

Established Law

Not man’s law mind you, because even when it is said to be unchangeable, it still remains temporal. God’s Law on the other hand, doesn’t change and neither does God. His is the only true ‘Established Law’.

Let’s consider what God has ‘established’.

Read on…

“Come, let us settle this,” says the Lord.

“Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 (CSB)

When God says something is to be, it is settled. It no longer falls into the category of things we can debate and modify. It is the purest form of ‘established law’.

Yet when we read references in the scripture that declare without equivocation what God intends, we all face a struggle with our flesh surrounding our inclination to doubt. Most of us don’t see this as doubt, we simply choose to disregard our failure of trust and justify our doubt in some manner, demonstrated by our actions.  At other times, we simply push back from what God establishes as truth in an effort to exert our autonomy.

Neither is appropriate.

The was a popular Gospel song back in my youth. I was fairly certain that it was performed by the Statler Brothers but I must be wrong because I can’t find a reference to it anywhere. I did find the song being done by Larry Cochran, performed in 2007.

Regardless the song is called, ‘God Said it, I believe it, and that settles it for me.’ If you want to hear the Larry Cochran version you’ll find it here on YouTube.

This sums up in short order what the established law of God is. God is truth, he cannot lie. If we believe that God’s Word, the Bible, is, in fact, the Word of God, then we believe it. It should be settled for us, it should be ‘established’.

Our Doubt Exposed

Yet when we read things such as Jesus telling us,

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)

We don’t demonstrate that in our daily lives. As Jesus is proclaiming the Great Commission, he says without question, “I am with you always“.

Then when we consider what he tells us in the Great Commission, we seem to demonstrate that we don’t believe he meant that for us, perhaps it’s some select group of individuals and not for general consumption.

This isn’t something we can easily avoid addressing, because of its context. Yes, he was talking specifically to the eleven apostles at the time. Judas had ended himself at that point. Look closely not just to what Jesus is saying but the process by which he is directing the eleven apostles.

First, consider what Jesus has done more frequently in his ministry above and beyond all other activities. Jesus made Disciples.

Now he comes to the eleven and says, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” also.  Then Jesus tells them, “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.

The Apostles were a select group of people that Jesus’ hand-picked to carry his Gospel. They traveled with him everywhere and learned from him, assisted him as they could in their roles, and provided a reference to the ministry of Jesus.

But in these few verses, Jesus is doing something else. Jesus is appointing them as Disciples on top of already being his Apostles. If I may paraphrase Jesus a bit here, he says, ‘Just like I have made Disciples of you and others, as my Disciples, I want you to fulfill the responsibilities of a Disciple, imitating me by making more Disciples. Then train those Disciples to also go and make more Disciples as well.’

How do we get off the hook for being a Disciple of Jesus? How does the, “Go, therefore” in this passage, not pertain to us? It does! The only issue is that we have doubted the Word of God in the flesh, Jesus Christ. We demonstrate our doubt by our failure to be those Disciples!

Two critical things we demonstrate our doubt of God’s ‘Established Law’; being Disciples that are Disciple makers and functioning with the understanding that since Jesus asked God the Father to send the Comforter to live in us, he is with us always!

God said it, I believe it, and that settles it for me!

We need to acknowledge and adopt this as our behavioral credo.

Let’s Settle This

I want to go back and look at the verse in Isaiah again for reference.

“Come, let us settle this,” says the Lord.

“Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 (CSB)

Our salvation is based on nothing more than faith alone. It is impossible to have faith and doubt occupy the same space. They are counteractive to each other and to do so, leaves us with nothing.

The world pitches a whole lot of nothingness. Are we up for buying into that? I’m not. I gave my heart to Jesus because of the something that he did for me, the something that he does for me, the something that he has promised, and the something that I know he will do.

Because his word is truth. Doubts have no place to coexist with truth. Truth calls us to action. The established law or truth that God has placed in his Word should leave us no doubt as to what we should be doing, or what he will do.

He says make Disciples, we need to make Disciples. He says he is with us, we better say ‘hello’ and thank him for his grace and mercy toward us.

If you have doubts about your salvation, then perhaps there is a reason for that doubt. Perhaps you didn’t believe then and that doubt is being manifested even now.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9 (CSB)

Do we confess with our mouth and our actions that Jesus is Lord? Do we believe in our heart that Jesus who is God’s Son took our sin upon himself and became our sacrifice on the cross so that we might not have to pay that debt? Then God raised him from the dead. Do we believe, or do we still doubt?

If we believe, and confess that believe, we are saved. Grace has been bestowed on us. We can reflect back to a time when we consciously affirmed that Jesus is who he said he is and did what he did, to rescue us from sin and death. We know, that we know, that in his resurrection has raised us to new life in him.

We know this!

Or if we don’t, then we can know this right this very moment.

We don’t need a church. We don’t need a pastor guiding us. If you recognize that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh and that he has accepted your punishment, and wishes to extend to you his gift of grace, repent. Turn away from your way of doing things and focus your hope and desire on the way’s Jesus instructs you to. Tell him. He’s right here, now.  The simple prayer of confession from your lips to God’s heart. Commit your life to him right now, making him Lord, and you will truly be saved.

And you’ll know, that you know! It’s part of ‘established truth’, God’s established law.

Blessings,
Kip…


 

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