March 1st, 2019
Great are the promises given to us by God. The scripture is full of commitments made both by The Father and the Son.
Paul states in 2nd Corinthians “all the promises of God find their Yes in him.” Him being Jesus.
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (ESV)
These commitments are fulfilled in Jesus.
Jesus said He didn’t come to destroy the law but fulfill it. He did so completely and without question. He did so by offering Himself as our sacrifice to absolve us of our sin. Providing a means by which His Grace can justify us before the throne of God.
Not enough He fulfilled the law, but He established a new covenant between God and mankind we shouldn’t have to pay for our sins, if we entrusted our lives to Him and His Grace.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
The thing that escapes a lot of churchgoers these days is just what this means.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been diluted by sound bites and feel good messages from pulpits across the globe. Apostacy rages in our churches and the social gospel of the name it and claim it crowd has focused on ‘self’ as being the center of our worship and not Jesus our master.
When we turn our lives over to Jesus, we give up self. Or at least that’s the real deal.
Redemption comes when we place our faith in what Jesus has done for us as sinners and have surrendered our lives over to Him. This act of faith is coupled with surrender and there is no means for salvation except that commitment of faith.
If we insist on holding the reins of our lives, then we have not vested our faith in Him or his promises.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
James 2:17-19 (ESV)
The works in question is the constant act of repentance in a life that is dedicated to Jesus. You can’t claim faith just because you believe Jesus is who He says He is. You don’t get to punch your ticket and go to heaven just because you’ve said some words and joined a club.
Salvation takes place when the Holy Spirit through, The Word, brings you to a point of repentance and you place your life in the hands of an almighty God because you have faith that His Son, Jesus Christ, died for your sins so you could have life everlasting with Him.
That repentance is a constant force in our lives as we strive daily to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. The works reference in James is the product of this repentance. It is the evidence we have genuinely vested our trust in Jesus and repented of our sin.
You’re Not Going to Pigeon hole Jesus
As nice as some messages may sound to our ears, we will not use God’s Word against God. The concept of “Name it – Claim it” runs afoul of the Gospel. A god in a box is no good whatsoever.
Jesus gave is all for you and me. To expect that He is obligated further to facilitate our every desire and want is preposterous.
His priority has nothing to do with what our flesh desires. Jesus expressed His contempt for those who would wash the outside while leaving the inside filthy.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Matthew 23:25-28 (ESV)
There are many ‘Pharisees’ in the church today, both standing in the pulpit and sitting in the pews. They adorn themselves with the trappings of faith but do not follow through on the commitment to Christ, the life for which He both created and paid for its redemption.
Jesus is really God and a God who is real can’t be put on a tether to fulfill the desires of the flesh. He came to seek and save the lost not fill your garage with vehicles or your bank with cash.
He said point blank that if we are His disciples, we will suffer just as He suffered for us.
Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Matthew 10:21-23 (ESV)
Jesus is the answer to all the promises in scripture. In and through Him are all things made whole.
Yes… Through Jesus everything was made that was made. (John 1:1-5)
Yes… He came that we might have life and have that life more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Yes… Not only do we live because of Him, we live with Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:10)
Yes… His Grace is sufficient for us regardless of our circumstances. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Yes… We can do all things through Him. (Philippians 4:112-13)
Yes… If we love Him will obey Him. (John 14:15)
Yes… He is coming to receive us back to Himself. (Matthew 24:36-44)
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV)
AMEN! Yes, yes! AMEN!
In His Grace,