When God said “don’t eat from the fruit or you will die,” how do you personally see this statement? For many people, all of the laws that God made are viewed as negative. If God really loves us why doesn’t He let us do what we enjoy? Why does God show us things and then tell us we can’t have them? Continue reading “Looking At God's Law The Wrong Way”
Nearly 700 years before Jesus came into the world, the prophet Isaiah described the Salvation which God would offer to the world and the fact that it would be completely His work and none of man’s efforts or works. .
Isaiah 59:16b He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
Isaiah speaks of the Messiah as the only way by which any person may be saved.
“Therefore His own arm brought salvation.”
Unfortunately, a majority of people who have lived upon the earth do not like a plan of salvation which does not recognize their efforts or reward their obedience. We have this idea as human beings that we can work and perform good in order to be accepted and loved by other human beings. We tend to carry this idea over to our relationship with God, who surely will accept a person who is basically good or does good works.
According to the words of God, this idea is wrong.
The actions of redemption rest solely with the Lord and not with man. We do not have the capacity to redeem ourselves, according to the word of God. This principle makes it clear for us that no church, no religion, no man, has the ability to meet the requirements set forth by the law of God for salvation to take place.
Luke 19:41-42 Now as Jesus drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
How does the Lord feel when countless numbers of human souls depart this earth without the covering of His sacrifice and find themselves in the torments of hell? How does the Lord feel after He has done everything that He could do to prevent the loss of a single eternal spirit, and they are lost because they were unwilling to be saved? Continue reading “The Suffering of God at Man's Unwillingness to be Saved”
I have often pondered the fact that many people today still reject Jesus Christ. They do so of their own free will, with full knowledge of who Jesus is, and what the eternal cost is for rejecting Him as their Savior. What I find most perplexing is that Jesus is so incredible and wonderful in every way. How anyone could walk away from Him is beyond my ability to understand. It must be that the depth and darkness of the human heart is much greater than I can understand. How anyone could reject the Love that Jesus has offered them, I find unbelievable.
Perhaps it is true that many people do not see themselves as the miserable sinner that I see myself and how greatly I am in need of redemption. It is true that many folks simply do not think that they are bad enough that they require anyone to make a sacrifice for their sins. Continue reading “When our Assumptions About God Prevent us From Being Saved”
Nearly 600 years before Jesus came into the world, the prophet Isaiah described a world in which very few would receive God’s Messiah.
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
The Apostle John confirms the words of Isaiah as Jesus is rejected by the leaders of Israel–despite the massive evidence of Jesus words and works.
John 12:37-43 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”
Today, millions of people have heard about Jesus Christ, who He claimed to be and what He has done—yet, they have not believed in Him. Continue reading “Difficult to Believe: That God Would Permit His Son to Die for Sinners”
There are many people, who over the course of their life, meet an individual who has claimed to be a Christian—who has exhibited behavior that is contrary to their particular belief, and caused other people to discount God altogether.
An enduring fact of life is that one of the leading causes of atheism is Christianity. Not that Jesus is the point of stumbling, but rather those who claim to follow him. Many people attribute the behavior of a person to the character of the God they claim to believe in. Forgetting that the Christian Gospel clearly declares that Jesus came into the world to save “sinners,” not the righteous. It is the very worst of the world that Jesus is most appealing to. The Christian life in following Jesus is frequently imperfect and lacking the basic qualities of love, patience, humility, and forgiveness. Those who are trying to follow Jesus will never be perfect in this life, although they should endeavor, constantly, to be more like Jesus in all their behavior.
It should also be understood that many people who take the name of “Christian,” are frauds. For reasons of personal financial gain or to achieve a position of authority or power, many individuals will label themselves a follower of Christ, without this fact being true.
Many people claim that if God exists, there would be evidence of His being. The Bible is unique in its declaration that God has proven His existence, by coming personally to earth. Not as some mythological god as described by the Greeks or Romans, but humbly, in the form of a baby. Born into a family so poor that on the night of His birth, His mother brought Him to the world, in a stable. He lived the first 30 years of His life in total obscurity with nothing written of Him until He appears in the narrative of a few men who gave the world an eye witness account of the things He said and did.
For just three and one half years, the world beheld the glory of the Eternal God, veiled in human flesh. When He came to the world which He had created–to the people who He fashioned in His own image, He was not what the world expected, nor wanted. Though He had done no wrong, nor committed any violence upon any other human being, God, dwelling within the body of a man–allowed sinful and evil men to pierce His hands and feet and nail Him to a Roman cross. He did not resist those who beat Him in the face, ripped out His beard in handfuls, spit, and mocked Him repeatedly. The Roman soldiers tore His clothes from His back and beat Him until His internal organs began to show. Continue reading “When God Revealed Himself…”