Posts Tagged ‘righteousness

21
Apr
13

Before the throne of God

What do you see when you gaze at the sky on a clear night? Are the stars laid out as a canopy simply white specks or do they give witness to the vastness of our God and the majesty of all He has created? With God there is no beginning and no end, and that is what I see when I look upward. The vastness of God’s creation surpasses our feeble mind’s ability to comprehend.

The skeptics decry God’s creation and seek to diminish its greatness. Somehow to them, the universe just sort of happened without the help of a creator. The natural man cannot grasp or understand the things of God, including the most foundational aspect of them all which is that God created the heavens and the earth.

That this awesome God would see fit to call us by name and reach into our hearts and touch us with His mighty yet tender hand boggles the mind and melts the heart. That this High and Holy God would plant within us His Spirit and allow us to worship Him in spirit and in truth should bring us to our knees in humble adoration. That this mighty and strong God would allow us to stand before Him clothed in righteousness should blow us away.

Almighty God through the finished redemptive work of His Son Jesus Christ has made it available for us to not just worship Him from afar, but know, love and worship Him intimately from within. His Holy Spirit within us gives us the freedom and ability to stand before His throne and dwell in His most holy habitation.

There are many incredible things we should be thankful for every day of our lives, but at the top of the list should be the right we have as sons of God to stand before Him with no guilt or condemnation because of the righteousness we have through and in Christ in us. We do not need to cower in fear as we pray to our God, for we have been cleansed and washed of all sin through the blood of Jesus. We do not need to feel unworthy or insecure when we approach Almighty God for He is our Father and we are His children.

I feel sorry for those who do not know God and thus reject Him as being some fictional character or crutch for weak and helpless people. I feel sorry for those who feel it wrong to have a personal relationship with God and thus relegate Him to the status of being a “thing” that is not to be touched, felt or known. I feel sorry for those who believe God hates them and live their lives in fear of being smitten by God for their sins.

When we are saved, God cleansed us from all unrighteousness and gave us freedom of access into His presence. When God called us by name, He expressed His desire for intimate fellowship that involves the depths of worship but also the incredible honor of being held tightly by our Father during times of distress or confusion.
God does not hate us nor is He waiting for the right time to smite us for our sins. God does not have a box of lightning bolts at His side, ready to hurl them at us when we mess things up. God loves us and longs for us to open our hearts to Him and trusting Him as our loving Father which He is.

I sincerely pray that each and every one of us never forget the awesome privilege we have to know, love and share our lives with the creator of the heavens and earth. I pray that we never forget the awesome privilege we have to approach His throne with boldness in time of need and stand in the grace which we have in Christ Jesus.

I leave you with my second favorite song of all time. I believe this song beautifully and accurately shares the truth regarding what God has done for us and the freedom of access we have through Christ to His throne. For your blessing, I give you “Before Your Throne” by Dallas Holm.

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25
Mar
13

Our redemption, justification, righteousness, reconciliation and sanctification in Christ

Simply put, we believe that Jesus Christ was the expression of the love of God as He became the perfect sacrifice for our sins and our eternal redeemer. We believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that we might live through Him.

Justice demanded the transgression of Adam be paid for and the penalty for that sin was death. God, being the righteous yet just judge that He is, allowed Jesus (who was perfect in every way) to be the legal substitute for sin and thus pay the price for it. This definition of REDEMPTION is crucial to our understanding and appreciation of what Jesus Christ did and why it is so awesome.

The only way God could legally overturn His judgment of “guilty” and acquit us of all crimes against Him was for Jesus Christ to willingly lay down His perfect life as the payment and eternal sacrifice for sin. Because Jesus took upon Himself the original transgression of Adam as well as every sin (past, present and future) of all people; God was able to legally render His “guilty” verdict null and void and acquit us of all charges against us. This definition of JUSTIFICATION allows us to stand RIGHTEOUS in God’s presence without any sense of guilt or condemnation.

Our redemption, justification and righteousness released us from the penalty of sin which is death. Although we still sin, we have an advocate with the Father who is Jesus Christ. He pleads our case before the righteous judge and allows us to live with no condemnation or judgment. Simply put, God made Jesus (who knew no sin) to become a sin offering for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ for the rest of our lives.

With sin no longer separating us from God, we were able to be reconciled to God and the relationship of peace with Him restored. This restoration of the relationship and fellowship with God that was disrupted, disturbed and destroyed by Adam’s sin allows us to walk in fellowship with God and be set apart by God unto eternal life with Him. This definition of SANCTIFICATION is what gives us and God great joy and comfort in this life.

Put together, our REDEMPTION, JUSTIFICATION, RIGHTEOUSNESS, RECONCILIATION and SANCTIFICATION allow us to live without fear of God’s wrath. We are able to live and stand in the grace and mercy of God. Because all legal requirements for our redemption were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and God eternally rendered His verdict of “NOT GUILTY” through the resurrection, we have no reason to fear eternal punishment.

Jesus Christ truly is our redeemer for He purchased our freedom through His atoning blood. Through the resurrection, we can boldly proclaim that our redeemer truly lives for us, through us and in us. Will we choose to live for Him?

10
Mar
13

Who and what is my God?

My God is many things, but He is NOT mean. My God is mighty and to be revered, but He is NOT to be feared as the tyrant some make Him out to be. My God is awesome and His power and might are truly great, but He never usurps man’s freedom of will just because He can.

My God respects His creation and although His creation rejects Him and even mocks Him; He holds His tongue and withholds His wrath until the time that is coming. My God does not walk around heaven with a big stick smiting everyone who sins or even thinks a bad thought.

My God is righteous in all His ways but not a judgmental tyrant. My God is good but He is not hypocritical. My God is perfect but He does not demand perfection from His creation. My God is beautiful but never conceited or puffed up with pride or arrogance.

My God is the creator of all that is but He is still willing to help a downtrodden person who calls out to Him. My God is Almighty for there is none higher than He, but He is still willing to listen to the simple requests of one of His dear and precious children.

My God is patient, longsuffering and able to put up with His people neglecting and forgetting Him. My God is tender, kind and loving as manifested in His willingness to hold the broken hearts of His children in His hand, gently putting the pieces back together again.

My God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. My God is love and in Him is no malice in any form. My God is peace and in Him is no conflict or confusion. My God is grace and in Him is the desire to bless His people. My God is mercy and with it the willingness to forgive.

My God is not the rigid and unyielding ogre many proclaim. My God is willing and able to do whatever is needed to deliver or bless His own. My God derives no pleasure from punishing His children but rather He lovingly chastens and corrects them.

My God is our Father who is in heaven and whose name is HOLY. My God’s kingdom will surely come on earth as it is in heaven. My God is the provider of all that we need and the forgiver of all our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us.

My God will never lead us into temptation for He tempts no man and cannot be tempted. My God is He who delivers us from evil and everything that goes against His nature. My God is able to save and willing to deliver His own at any time and in every place.

To my God belongs the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, world without end. Amen and Amen.