Nuggets – Justification

Justification
“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” (Genesis 7:1)

This is the first mention of the great doctrine of justification in the Bible—that is, being seen as “righteous” by God. The same Hebrew word is translated “just” in Genesis 6:9: “Noah was a just man.” The reason Noah was seen as righteous and therefore as just, or justified before God, was that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8). This is the first mention of “grace” in the Bible. The first mention of “faith” or “belief” is also associated with justification: “[Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).

Thus, in the Old Testament and certainly in the New, justification is by grace through faith. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” and also “being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:24; 5:1).

Justification—that is, being seen and proclaimed as perfectly righteous, even in spite of past sins—must of course be authorized by God the Creator. “It is God that justifieth” (Romans 8:33). That God can indeed be both “just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26) is based entirely on the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Christ, who conquered death. “Being now justified by his blood,” the Lord Jesus Christ “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 5:9; 4:25).

Now, although we are freely justified by grace through faith, such justification inevitably generates good works also, for “by works a man is justified, and not by faith only” (James 2:24). HMM

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Maranatha – Let us be discerning Christians



As we await Christ’s return let us learn to be discerning in doctrine and living for Jesus.

 

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LB 102… “Trust His Heart”

“When you don’t understand, when you can’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand trust His heart.”

Source: “Trust His Heart”

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Nuggets – So Send I You

So Send I You
“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21)

For approximately three years the disciples had followed Jesus in His travels, had listened to His teaching, and participated in His ministry. They had forsaken “all, and followed him” (Luke 5:11). They had seen Him ridiculed, opposed, oppressed, suffer deprivation, and be rejected by the religious leaders of the day, as well as by most of the common folk. They had watched while Judas, a trusted friend, had betrayed Him and then had fled when the Jewish leaders and a Roman guard arrested Him. This beloved leader, for whom they had had such great hopes and in whom they had placed such great trust, had then been scourged, beaten, spit upon, lied about, and nailed to a cruel cross to die in agony and abject loneliness, even abandoned by His loving heavenly Father.

A few days later, the disciples had “assembled for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19), for perhaps the Jewish leaders were trying to stamp out all semblance of His following, and they feared for their own lives now that Jesus was dead. But suddenly, Jesus stood in their midst and showed to them His hands and His side as proof of His death. Yet, He was alive. “Then were the disciples glad” (v. 20).

We are now prepared to fully appreciate the words of our text. It is as if Jesus said, as my Father has sent me, so I send you, and look what they’ve done to me. But even though suffering and hardship will follow, have no fear. My peace and my Holy Spirit will be with you to assure your ultimate victory (compare verses 21-22).

If we would be His disciples, sent out as He was sent out to accomplish His eternal work here on Earth in His physical absence, we must likewise expect persecution, peace, power, and victory. JDM

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Maranatha – Watching my mouth

What comes out of my mouth? I must watch out. Let me not be ashamed.

Francis Chan shares from the Word

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Nuggets – Knowledge of Eternal Life

Knowledge of Eternal Life
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (John 5:13)

It is important that a believer have real assurance of eternal life, and our text indicates that this was John’s very purpose in writing his epistle. It is dangerous, however, to use this verse as a “proof text” apart from the whole context of “these things” that John had written to give such assurance, because the question must be faced as to what constitutes real belief “on the name of the Son of God.” Many professing Christians may well have a superficial assurance of salvation because of a superficial faith.

According to the apostle John, genuine belief in the Son of God can be tested by “these things” that he had written. Space here permits listing only a few of them, but all are important. “Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (1 John 2:5). “Ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him” (2:29). “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren” (3:14). “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us” (3:24). “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not” (5:18).

Such words of assurance do not require that the believer be sinless (note1 John 1:8-10), for the Greek tenses imply only that he does not sin habitually. Nevertheless, Christians who are comfortable in a nominal profession of faith, with little outward evidence of that faith, would do well to examine their faith in light of John’s “tests of faith,” whereby we may “know that [we] have eternal life.” HMM

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ATB 24 A Different Drum Beat

Music it has been said is the language of the world.  Each nation and or culture has a form, tradition or genre of music that has helped to shape, influence and define it.

There are of course numerous musical instruments that each of us enjoys hearing.  As well for some of us, we have been blessed to have learned to play a musical instrument.

Of the many instruments that we hear and see played, one in particular came to mind for me.  The drum.

I admit that I am a big fan of music.  However I am not as such gifted as someone who plays an instrument.  To my understanding, the drum is that instrument that helps to establish the rhythm or the beat in a musical piece.

All of us can think of many different examples of how a drum beat has been used within not just music but life in general.  One example is watching a marching band at perhaps a football game.   Or of course most of us have seen a military cadence marching in step with the drummer setting the pace and direction of their march.

The drum has been a part of our cultures it would seem from the beginning of time.  And as well the drum has been used as a metaphor in the daily lives of each of us.

All of us have heard the saying of marching to the beat of a different drummer.  In this life that we live, it is easy if we are not careful to merely go along with whatever is the current fad and or mindset.  Today’s world has established a drum beat of life that at times encourages us to follow along regardless as to whether or not it is a drum beat that is in cadence with God.

Growing up as children each of us I feel confident in saying played a game called follow the leader.  At times the leader would lead us in the right direction.  And if truth be told, there were times when the leader might lead us in the wrong direction.  The world and all that is in it, has a drum beat that dare I say is geared towards the focus being on self.  It is has been said that what lies at the core of the world’s drum beat is humanism.

But we as the body of Christ, we are called to follow a different drum beat.  A drum beat that will cause us to be different, and certainly to be considered peculiar by this world.

Romans 12:2 reminds us that we are not to be conformed to the pattern of this world; but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  In doing so we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.

The will of God is perfect.  It has been and will continue to be without flaw.  I am reminded of what Jesus said.  “Not my will but the will of my father.”

Following the will of God will call for each of us to make a commitment daily to be a different person.  It will be a challenge each day for us as the body of Christ to indeed march to the beat of a different drummer.  Ephesians 4:22-24 encourages us that in regards to our former way of life, to put off our old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

The drum beat of God we must remember will not be audible to everyone, nor will it be recognized by the majority.  Because we will know his voice we will follow his cadence by virtue of the Holy Spirit.  Luke 14:35 declares that let whoever has ears to hear let them hear.        

Marching to the beat of a different drummer.  Being by this world’s standards, the exception rather than the rule.  Or simply put, not in lock step with the cadence that others will follow.  Our quest is to as 1 Peter 1:15 proclaims to be like the Holy One, to be holy in all that we do, for as it is written, be holy, because he is holy.  

To God Be The Glory

Alan T. Black

 

 

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Maranatha – Holy Spirit Come

i know, I want, Holy Spirit come I need You.

 

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Responding to Correction

The ability for people to shift blame and excuse just about any behavior as justifiable has reached previously unimaginable proportions today. I read a story about a college student who was caught for plagiarizing written assignments for his classes. Instead of remorse, regret and a change of behavior, this student chose a different course of action.  He sued the institution for negligence since, in his own admission, he plagiarized all his papers for 3 years and ‘never dreamed it was a problem.’ His conjecture was that university should have been more careful and diligent to warn him that his actions were against the regulations instead of allowing him to get to the end of his academic career before enforcing the rules!

I guess it’s within all of us to look for someone else to be at fault for our poor choices. I mean, it began in the Garden of Eden when Eve blamed Satan for tempting her with the forbidden fruit, and Adam turned right around and pointed his finger at God for giving Eve to him! Maybe we should have all learned something from the fall by now, but that’s unfortunately not usually the case.

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Importance of the Gospel

How important is the Gospel? Important. Here’s why. The unbelieving world is carnal, natural, and out of harmony with God. The Gospel brings “enlightement” to these rejectors of truth. Enlightenment so powerful and Spirit filled that it “breaks” the corrupt will to a place of belief in Christ. Broken-ness is the fruit and power of the Gospel allows fallen man to receive Salvation. Belief sees, accepts, and takes hold of a Savior’s love for fallen man. A new creation is birthed. A child of God is born of the Gospel…the power of God unto Salvation. Perhaps the most important thing in life.

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