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GETTING OLDER

GETTING OLDER

As we get older we have many fond memories that fill our minds with pleasure and delight.

It is also true that our minds blot out memories that we rather forget for various reasons, or that we deem to be insignificant and unimportant in our lives.

Such as our sins, the breaking of God’s laws, offences committed against God…. if we even acknowledge HE exists.

These are easily forgotten and hidden from our memories, as insignificant and of none importance.

We think of ourselves as “good people”, “doing no-one any harm”, “commending ourselves for our charitableness”, and “doing good works”, having a reasonable reputation before all.

These are the types of thoughts that one hears when attending funerals of “good folks”.

The reality is: that what we think of ourselves, or what others think of us, does not matter…….
for one day we have to answer to Almighty God for every idle word, every seemingly insignificant action, and every offence against God’s Laws.

When we are eventually before God’s Judgement Seat,… and WE WILL BE, all these forgotten memories will return and all those actions will be vivid in our minds and we will have to answer for them.

God’s Law is quite clear if we offend in one point we are guilty of all,

WOW… WE are ALL guilty of breaking the 1st commandment “You shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength”
Mark 12:30

What is the answer to this great catastrophe, this day of confirmation of our guilt, this realisation of judgement and condemnation ?

The Bible contains a Doctrine called …
“Justification by Faith alone “

This “Faith alone” is a living Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in Him alone for our need.

“Justification” in the Old Testament can be defined as ” to declare judicially that one’s state is in harmony with the demands of the law” and Paul in the New Testament uses it to mean “the act of God declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to Him”

In simple terms, this means that God can, account / accept a person as righteous and free from the guilt of the Law before Him.

This can only be done on the basis of God’s Justice being satisfied by the merits of Jesus Christ being set down to our account.

Glance a moment at God’s Judgement Seat and “one” before Him, Judged, Guilty, and Condemned ….

BUT

Jesus Christ appears as that “ones” advocate.
JESUS declares to God the Father that His Righteousness, His fulfilment of the Law, is set down to that “ones” account and therefore they can be made free from all the claims of the Law.

This is Salvation indeed “If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. ” John 8:36

But this scenario will never happen, if we continue to live our present lives apart from God and without the radical change of becoming believers , followers of Jesus Christ, being obedient to and loving Jesus Christ and His Word.

The Bible calls this change being “Born again” in John’s Gospel.

We are called to Repent and Believe, to have a new direction and a new focus in life.

“Repentance” and “Faith” are not from within ourselves, they are both the Gifts of God.

What shall we do then ? The answer is to ……

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
Hebrews 3:1-3 (NIV)

There is a way of escape, the warning has been given, all are without excuse, every mouth (word of excuse) has been stopped.

What shall YOU do with the Gospel, the Good News, now presented to YOU?

Neglect it ? or seek it with all your heart ?

© Jeff Maxwell 26/04/2018

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