Jesus fulfills the Law, we are saved by Grace

Hi folks, I am back with another article, which God has enlightened me with. This time it’s about the Law of Moses in the Old Testament.

You see looking at the whole picture (Old and New Testament), I can say that the purpose of the Law was to show how useless it was for people to try and lead perfect lives even after they had received instructions from God himself. You see the worst penalty for disobedience of the Law was death. Let me quote some scripture for you to show you from my Old Testament to show you the same.

Leviticus 20:9

9 The Lord gave the following regulations. Anyone who curses his father or his mother shall be put to death; he is responsible for his own death.

Leviticus 20:10

10 If a man commits adultery with the wife of a fellow-Israelite, both he and the woman shall be put to death.

Leviticus 20:27

27 “Any man or woman who consults the spirits of the dead shall be stoned to death; any person who does this is responsible for his own death.”

Exodus 21:12

“Whoever hits someone and kills him is to be put to death

Exodus 21:15

“Whoever hits his father or his mother is to be put to death.

Exodus 21:16

“Whoever kidnaps someone, either to sell him or to keep him as a slave, is to be put to death.

Exodus 21:17

“Whoever curses his father or his mother is to be put to death.

Now we all know that the God we have is a good God full of compassion and mercy. Here is one more piece of scripture from my Old Testament to show you what I am saying.

Psalms 116:5

The Lord is merciful and good; our God is compassionate.

Now the question we need to ask ourselves is that why would such a good God place such as Law which is a choice of life with him or death?

You see God wanted to show us that we cannot lead prefect lives even if he told us how to do so. Well the Law was perfect and whoever could do all that the Law instructed would be perfect in the eyes of God. Here is some supporting scripture again from my Old Testament.

Psalms 19:7

The Law of the Lord The law of the Lord is perfect; it gives new strength. The commands of the Lord are trustworthy, giving wisdom to those who lack it.

Psalms 119:1

The Law of the Lord Happy are those whose lives are faultless, who live according to the law of the Lord.

But the thing, each and every one of us right from the beginning have fallen to sin, there is no one who has been able to live a perfect life in the eyes of the Law. I have mentioned some supporting scripture from my Old Testament.

2 Chronicles 6:36

36“If they sin against you— for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near,

Now I need to move to my New Testament to show you what Jesus said about the Law.

Matthew 5:17-18

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

My friends, I would like to quote some more scripture to show you when the Law (Scripture) was fulfilled (accomplished). I will be quoting the last moments of Jesus on the cross from my New Testament, John 19:28-30.

28After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

30When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Note: John 19:28 All things were now accomplished. The Law of Moses was fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross. That death penalty for all sin as per the Law was what Jesus took upon himself and so the man who was Jesus gave his life for us all but Jesus just as he was fully man he was also fully God and so his sacrifice was pure because he was without sin & because he is God he lived even after death, as that was his Father’s will.

I would like to render some more supporting scripture where Jesus and the Law of Moses are concerned. I will be quoting John 8:3-11 from my New Testament.

3 The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery, and they made her stand before them all. 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?”

6They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger.

7 As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened himself up and said to them, “Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.” 8 Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard this, they all left, one by one, the older ones first. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. 10 He straightened himself up and said to her, “Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she answered.

“Well, then,” Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again.

You can see that Jesus saved this woman’s life from being taken according to the Law. She was condemned to die but Jesus saved her and that is exactly what Jesus came to earth for, to save sinners & we are all sinners. One more quotation from my New Testament to show you I am talking from my Bible.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So what can we take home to our hearts from all this? Well now that you know that Jesus has fulfilled the Law, we must understand that we are saved through GRACE that is we are saved because God is so good that he paid the price of our sins with his own life. You know there is nothing we can do to EARN ETERNAL LIFE be it fasting, praying, alms giving, visiting holy places… nothing. I’ll quote some supporting scripture from my Old Testament.

Psalm 49:7-9.

7 A person can never redeem himself;

he cannot pay God the price for his life,

8 because the payment for a human life is too great.

What he could pay would never be enough

9 to keep him from the grave,

to let him live for ever.

You see, all this (fasting, praying, alms giving, visiting holy places etc) is good but it cannot hide our sins because it will be like sweeping and hiding the dirt under the carpet. We can do a lot of good but what about the sin in our lives? I would like to quote some supporting scripture for this from my Old Testament.

Ezekiel 33:12

“Now, mortal man, tell the Israelites that when someone good sins, the good he has done will not save him. If an evil person stops doing evil, he won’t be punished, and if a good person starts sinning, his life will not be spared.

God gives us eternal life because he is so good that he came as man and died to pay the price of our sins. So the bottom line is that we are saved through GRACE because God is so good and loving and not because we are deserving, one last piece of supporting scripture from my New Testament.

Romans 3:23-24

23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

So my friend to be saved (that is to have eternal life) all we need to do is believe in what God has done for us.

Romans 10:9

9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

The Messiah has to be God Himself

I found something in the Old Testament that show that the Savior of the world, who would die for our sins, could be not other person than God himself. You see right through the Old Testament, what ever was offered to God had to be without blemish i.e. without any fault. I have mentioned a few verses below that show the same.

Exodus 12:5
The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.

Leviticus 1:10
“If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the flock, it may be either a sheep or a goat, but it must be a male with no defects.

Leviticus 4:32
“If the people bring a sheep as their sin offering, it must be a female with no defects.

Leviticus 5:18
For a guilt offering, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value. Through this process the priest will purify you from your unintentional sin, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven.

Now that you have seen that you have seen that a sacrifice can only be acceptable when it is with out fault. Now in the case of man, without fault would mean that he is pure in his thinking, in his heart and also his actions.

Note: Such criteria cannot be applied to any animal. So they can be termed without fault as long as they are physically ok and mentally stable.

Now I would like to show you that there is no being that God created that exist without fault. Be it man or the spirits or any of the prophets or even the angels for that matter. I would like to state some verses that show the same.

2 Chronicles 6:36 (man)

36“If they sin against you— for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near,

1Kings 22:19-23 (spirits)

19And Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left; 20and the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. 21Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ 22And the LORD said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ 23Now therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the LORD has declared disaster for you.”

1 Kings 13:18 (prophets)
18And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.'” But he lied to him.

Job 15: 15 (angels)

Why, God does not even trust his angels; even they are not pure in his sight.

So you see that the man, who would pay the price for the sins of all men, would also be God because He alone is without any fault. He was conceived without sin lived a sinless life and died through no fault of his own. This person who was fully man is Jesus and this is one of the many ways that shows that he was also fully God because only a man can suffer and die and only God could be without sin and so be the sacrifice for all sin & live in flesh even after death.

Psalm 27:1

A Prayer of Praise The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.

Wait I have not finished yet. I would like to show you something quoted in my Old Testament, which you can call God’s trademark and Jesus does just that ….. just exactly that. Let me quote Psalm 107:23-30.

23 Some sailed over the ocean in ships,

earning their living on the seas.

24 They saw what the Lord can do,

his wonderful acts on the seas.

25 He commanded, and a mighty wind began to blow

and stirred up the waves.

26 The ships were lifted high in the air

and plunged down into the depths.

In such danger the sailors lost their courage;

27 they stumbled and staggered like drunken men —

all their skill was useless.

28 Then in their trouble they called to the Lord,

and he saved them from their distress.

29 He calmed the raging storm,

and the waves became quiet.

30 They were glad because of the calm,

and he brought them safe to the port they wanted.

Now moving to Mathew 8:23-26 of my New Testament, I’ll show you Jesus pulling off this move, here it is…

23 Jesus got into a boat, and his disciples went with him. 24 Suddenly a fierce storm hit the lake, and the boat was in danger of sinking. But Jesus was asleep. 25 The disciples went to him and woke him up. “Save us, Lord!” they said. “We are about to die!”

26 “Why are you so frightened?” Jesus answered. “How little faith you have!” Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop, and there was a great calm.

I would like to tell you 4 (Simon, Andrew, James & John) of 12 disciples were fishermen …experienced in sailing boats. So you see the remarkable similarity.

  • In both passages the waters were stirred up by a fierce storm.
  • In both passages the boat was out of control despite having experienced sailors on board.
  • In both passages they called out to God (Jesus) in their distress.
  • In both passages God (Jesus) and only God himself calms the storm and the waters.

Note the quotation JESUS ORDERED THE WINDS AND THE WAVES TO STOP. This shows that Jesus used his own authority & who else can have such authority other than God.

So you see from all of the above, the Messiah who was promised to man was God himself. Only God can save man, man cannot save man. It will be like a blind man leading a blind man….both are doomed to fall. One more thing knowing Jesus is privilege I say this because He has given us the gift of Salvation at the cost of his own life & we can only say that salvation is ours when we accept what he has done for us. I hope you are getting my drift you know you cannot say something is yours if you reject it when it is given to you. As it is quoted in my Old Testament in Psalm 91:14

God says, “I will save those who love me

and will protect those who acknowledge me as Lord.

Saved by Grace (poem)

There was once a man named Kareem,

from the time he was young,

he wanted to fulfill a dream.

His aim alone,

was to please the One,

who wove Him flesh and bone.

All his life, Kareem worked with full effect,

but who he intended to please,

he was brought up to reject.

He lived & did as he was taught,

praying, fasting, holy places, charity and other sorts,

but what was he missing, he always thought,

the sacrifices he offered, had God remembered or forgot?

So he started to think,

To please God, what else could I bring?

One day he asked himself a question,

did he love the One responsible for his creation?

He answered a yes without hesitation

& wondered for all he had done, was it only for his society’s appreciation?

He then asked God, what did He want?

It was obvious that Kareem was now getting blunt.

He cried out for help with a lot of frustration?

Where was God in this dammed situation?

One day with a friend, he happens to see,

something intriguing on God TV

and wonders, “who is this God, they preach who can save me?”

He went home thinking and thinking,

This was certainly not his upbringing.

Son of God? How can this be?

Or did God have a Son just to save me?

Kareem by the Spirit began to understand & see…

God’s Son was God’s own Word,

God’s very Authority, the perfect sacrifice to save the world.

He wondered, if man could have a son, then why not God?

is there any good that man can do, which is not so with God?

Kareem then added 2 and 2,

& learned he had to say “YES” to the One to whom all praise was due,

who was the Son of God, Jesus, whom he barely knew.

He grew up with laws but no permanent solution,

If he had continued, he knew he would be due the retribution.

All these days he ran the race,

Sometimes he was at first place,

all this out of fear of the punishment he would embrace.

“Yes” to Jesus, he learned is the Ace,

that would save him alone by grace.

Of salvation, how could he, ever be worthy?

Countable years of works, could it ever be worth eternity?

This God about whom he learned through life’s experience, whom he now banks upon,

is the Godhead THREE in ONE

The Only God

& exist as FATHER, SPIRIT & SON.

Christmas poem

Writing for Christmas, this is my first attempt,
Last year came and went,
& I did not even a finger bend.

Now I am saved
& I am learning to behave
Christmas is the only time I do not complain about having a shave.

I’ve heard some on Christmas preach,
I wonder if they follow what they teach.
They said Christmas is not about parties or the clothes you wear,
It is about the heart,… care and share.
That was only politically correct, for my ears to bear.
There was very little Jesus, which now causes my heart to tear.

When a man has a son or daughter,
He celebrates with everyone but rarely with God who brought him or brought her.

With Christmas, what is similar?
Places are lit with lights of every colour.
Yeah celebration is great, I love it,
But how can we celebrate when we forget how we got it?

Christmas is not about Santa,
A man in red, as fat as a panda.

So is it the Snowman?
NO… there’s got to be more MAN…

What about Christmas trees?
They’re Pretty & good as Swiss cheese,
Come on, there is a lot more to Christmas… PLEASE.

What about Rudolf? Or Santa’s elves?
Or Christmas candles or Christmas bells?
Don’t tell me, that is where your mind on Christmas dwells,
The Samaritan woman learned more, when she met Jesus at the well.

So why do we celebrate Christmas? What is the reason?
The answer is Jesus, all through the season.
You’ll ask about Jesus, what is so great?
Just think, God came to free man of the sins man made.

One of the many things that makes the Gospel come alive,
Is God the Father, before the world’s creation, His Son glorify,
That is what is written in John 17:five,
Before all creation, Jesus was Almighty, Sovereign & High,

From the beginning to the end,
Father Jesus & Spirit is Sovereign.
You can check that in Revelation 22:(3 + ten).

When man is born, man has a celebration,
When God was as man born, all rejoiced in all creation,
Because then came my Lord, my lone Salvation.

Rejoice and be glad,
His birth as man, is what made Satan sad.
If you were in prison and then set free,
How happy would you be?
From the bondage of death, Jesus gives victory,
If you trusted him, you’d be happy,
Very Happy

So remember Christmas is all abuzz,
& only about the One who came to saves us.

Just as a hostage is overwhelmed with tears by his rescue,
May His Spirit touch you, even if you are at a party barbecue.

So let us rejoice, heaven and earth,
In our Hero, whose side was pierced.
Out of humility and grace He came as man,
On that Judgment day, deny Him as Lord & Savior …no one can.

So rock & party with your gang,
& show the scientist something bigger than the big bang.

So this Christmas, let us come together and celebrate,
Partying and praising Jesus’ name because that’s what the Father appreciates.
& I close this poem wishing Merry Christmas to all my mates.

Grace

Hello people, I am writing again. I could not write last week as I was in Pune. Anyways today I heard a sermon from a theologian. It was very intellectual, good stuff. I liked the way he put 2 and 2 together. Anyways people what I’ll be sharing with you is just a duplicate of the amazing original. Even the best of duplicates are not as good as the original. The only good thing is that it makes the original more popular.

Well I’ll be talking about what I’ve understood on his sermon on Knowledge and Grace. To start of, I would like to ask you, how you take a stand against false teaching? Let me quote 2 Peter 3:16-18

2 Peter 3:16-18 (This is part of Apostle Peter’s letter to many early Christians)
There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

From verse 17 we see that we are warned not to get carried away by false teachings, verse 18 tells us how to do it. We do it by growing in the grace & knowledge of Christ. Well as you all may know anything that stays stagnant is liable to decay and fall away from its stand, but if something is always moving forward then it does not fall to decay.

The below passage will show you that false teachers can come in disguise.

2 Corinthians 11:12-15 (This is part of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth)
12 I will go on doing what I am doing now, in order to keep those other “apostles” from having any reason for boasting and saying that they work in the same way that we do. 13 Those men are not true apostles  they are false apostles, who lie about their work and disguise themselves to look like real apostles of Christ. 14 Well, no wonder! Even Satan can disguise himself to look like an angel of light! 15 So it is no great thing if his servants disguise themselves to look like servants of righteousness. In the end they will get exactly what their actions deserve.

Coming back to the topic of grace, I would like to show you that this God’s grace in the New Testament, existed even in the Old Testament. Take the below passage for instance.

Deuteronomy 7:7-8
“The Lord did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth. 8 But the Lord loved you and wanted to keep the promise that he made to your ancestors. That is why he saved you by his great might and set you free from slavery to the king of Egypt.

You can see that Israel was the smallest nation, yet God chose them. From verse 8 you can see it was because of God promise to their ancestor, Abraham. Now consider this, before Abraham was called by God, he worshiped idols or the moon or something like that. I can’t find the scripture to support this but I know it exist. So you see God did not call him because he was worthy, in fact God tested Abraham after he called him. This clearly shows that when God chose Abraham, it was purely through grace and nothing else. Now if God’s promise to Abraham was because of grace & if Israel was chosen because of God promise to Abraham then putting 2 and 2 together, we get that God chose Israel purely through grace.

Now for those of you who cannot put the word “grace” in the context of the real world, I would like to help you out by giving you a real life example. When I was in my second year of senior college, in my first semester, I plugged my Math II exam by 11 marks. Since its been 8 years I don’t know how much I got nor do I remember now how was the minimum marks required to pass but I’ll tell you why & how I remember it was 11 marks short. You see for the marks that I got on my own, what I deserved was a fail in that paper but my professor was good enough to give us failures the additional marks that we required to pass. Now this was purely through his goodness. He did not want to see us fail and so, since it was within his power to get us to pass, he did it. That is grace, you see what I deserved was failure but my professor in his goodness made me pass. This is the main reason why I don’t remember what I got or what I required but I remember the marks I got as grace. So we have a similar situation when we consider our Salvation through Christ, which we receive purely through grace.

So you see when a person is touched by Jesus, he is saved by grace & what he holds on to is not who he was but what was given to him by grace.

Romans 3:23-24
23 everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence. 24 But by the free gift of God’s grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free.

Philippians 3:7-8 (Apostle Paul writes something similar in his letter to the Philippians Christians)
7 But all those things that I might count as profit I now reckon as loss for Christ’s sake. 8 Not only those things; I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have thrown everything away; I consider it all as mere refuse, so that I may gain Christ.

Also when a person is saved, he becomes a new creation in Christ, it is almost as though he is born again.

John 3:3
Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.”

I would like to tell you that when you are saved (born again), you cannot just stay there, you need to grow. For example, if you were to visit a friend who just had a baby, you would join them in celebrating new life. You may even say that the baby is very beautiful. Now consider this, if you visited that same friend after a few years and found that baby to be the same as when you previously visited, then how would you feel? You may be shocked as it would be something abnormal, you would not compliment the parents then saying the baby is beautiful because the natural growth that had to take place did not happen. This is the case with all things that are alive; they should have some growth in any aspect. So it is the same with a person’s faith in Christ. It must grow if it’s alive and this is the growth that is mentioned in 2 Peter 3:18 (mentioned above).

Well as you may all know that in order for us to grow spiritually there should be learning of the knowledge of Biblical scripture, which transforms us into people that do works that please God.

2 Peter 1:2
May grace and peace be yours in full measure through your knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Colossians 1:9-10 (This is part of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians in Colossae)
9 For this reason we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. 10 Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants and will always do what pleases him. Your lives will produce all kinds of good deeds, and you will grow in your knowledge of God.

To come to my next point, as you may have understood from all of the above, we are saved by grace & for those who have experienced this saving grace; God gives them the knowledge/insight so that they may know that they are saved purely by grace. From Colossians 1:10, we see that it is by this knowledge that we please God by good deeds. This is exactly what the Apostle James talks about.

James 2:14
My brothers and sisters, what good is it for people to say that they have faith if their actions do not prove it? Can that faith save them?

James 2:18
But someone will say, “One person has faith, another has actions.” My answer is, “Show me how anyone can have faith without actions. I will show you my faith by my actions.”

Allow me to help you fix the above verses in the Biblical jigsaw. Well I have shown you that your very first step into salvation in purely through grace. Now when this happens, God also gives you the knowledge to understand this. It is from this knowledge that we know & do the works/actions that please God. As for the faith part of it, let me give you some Biblical support showing that faith is not what man has by himself but what God has given him through grace.

Romans 12:3
3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Roman 1:5 (Apostle Paul greets the Romans in the name of Jesus)
5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

So that is what is talked about by the Apostle James that faith with actions go hand in hand when you are saved by grace because when God saves (eternal life) a person, that person just cannot sit and lay back with his salvation, God would want that person to make, the salvation only through Christ, known to all mankind, starting with those around that person.

Finally, I would like to close this topic saying that grace does not mean that we are free to sin. Sin is still a major concern with God. If God the Father willed that his Son suffer to death to be that pure sacrifice for sin, then it should be clear to understand that our Father would not want us to misuse the salvation through Christ, that we have received through purely grace. Christ did not die because the world was deserving but because we needed salvation.

Romans 6:14-15
14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!

Jesus the Good Teacher (Luke 18)

Hi people I am writing again. I am always hungry to write on an article of my own & I did have one this time, I was going to write on Isaiah 64 because when I read it I felt as though I was spiritually in a cup & stirred with a spoon. I mean it was amazing. However I have an odd feeling to write on the Word I heard again in Church. The reason I feel more strongly to write on this is because there are people who site this piece of scripture so as to show that Jesus is not God. This situation seems to me as very dangerous, which can pollute a mind that knows little. Like one famous preacher puts it, if you were to come across a poisonous snake when you enter your house, will you say O see there is a poisonous snake and then get about your daily chores around the house. No, you would make sure that the snake is so far out that there is no chance of it coming back. So that is how I feel right now and that is why I will leave Isaiah 64 for now and write on what I heard in Church today. I would like to compare “people who try to prove that Jesus is not God as per the Bible” to this. Consider this if I were to tell you “Hey friend, you are so amazing & the last thing I would want to do is hurt you”. A person can easily choose words from this sentence & put it as “Hey friend, I want to hurt you”. So you see the words taken do exist in what was originally said but it totally changes the meaning of the sentence. In fact, if I may say so it is a corruption of what was originally said. This is the parallel that I draw with people who try to prove from the Bible that Jesus is not God. These people carefully choose scripture to suit their convenience & will ignore the context the scripture was written.

The piece of scripture I am talking about is Luke 18:18-30

Luke 18:18-30
18 A Jewish leader asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; respect your father and your mother.’ “
21 The man replied, “Ever since I was young, I have obeyed all these commandments.”
22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one more thing you need to do. Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.” 23 But when the man heard this, he became very sad, because he was very rich.
24 Jesus saw that he was sad and said, “How hard it is for rich people to enter the Kingdom of God! 25 It is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”
26 The people who heard him asked, “Who, then, can be saved?”
27 Jesus answered, “What is humanly impossible is possible for God.”
28 Then Peter said, “Look! We have left our homes to follow you.”
29 “Yes,” Jesus said to them, “and I assure you that anyone who leaves home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God 30 will receive much more in this present age and eternal life in the age to come.”

As you can see from verse 18, the Jewish leader is asking the wrong person the wrong question. He is calling Jesus Good and at the same time he calls Jesus teacher, which is more like that of a prophet. So it is more like him referring to Jesus as God as well as a prophet. Leaving this aside the question he puts to Jesus is “What can he do to go to heaven”. He was looking to earn his salvation, which as I have helped you understand earlier, Salvation is purely through grace & mercy that purely comes through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Romans 3:23-24
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Titus 3:5-7
5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Coming back, so what does Jesus do? He puts the question back to the Jewish leader as you can see. This is not Jesus denying that He is God but Jesus is trying to bring about an understanding in the mind of that Jewish leader by asking him some thought provoking questions. In verse 20 Jesus asks the Jewish leader if he knows the following commandments ..’Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; respect your father and your mother.’ You will notice from the above that the very first commandment is missing from the above list. Let me take you to Exodus 20:3 to show you what it is.

Exodus 20:3
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

To explain the above commandment, it means that you should not only put gods worshiped by others before the One God but you should also not hold on to anything more that you hold on the One God. Now the Old Testament says that God knew His people but His people did not know their God.  Here is some scriptural proof.

Jeremiah 4:22
22 “For my people are foolish;
they know me not;
they are stupid children;
they have no understanding.
They are ‘wise’in doing evil!
But how to do good they know not.”

It is in the New Testament that God has plainly revealed himself as One God in the Father Son and Holy Spirit. So you see that when Jesus put the statement to the Jewish leader, asking him to give up his riches, which was most precious to him (Jewish Leader) & then follow Jesus. You can then plainly see the parallel between Luke 18:22 and Exodus 20:3. Jesus was actually testing the Jewish leader to see if he willing to hold to the very first commandment. The Jewish Leader subconsciously acknowledged Jesus as God in the start by calling him Good but as Jesus tested, the Jewish leader held on to his money more than he held on God (Jesus). The Jewish leader’s held on to his money like it were a god.

A similar scenario to this is in John 4, where the Samaritan woman also thinks of Jesus as a prophet but Jesus towards the end helps her understand that He is the Messiah, meaning He saves His people from their sins.

John 4:6-26
6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” 8 (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.)
9 The woman answered, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan  so how can you ask me for a drink?” (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.)
10 Jesus answered, “If only you knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you haven’t got a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water? 12 It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his sons and his flocks all drank from it. You don’t claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?”
13 Jesus answered, “All those who drink this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring which will provide him with life-giving water and give him eternal life.”
15 “Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.”
16 “Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her, “and come back.”
17 “I haven’t got a husband,” she answered.
Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you haven’t got a husband. 18 You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth.”
19 “I see you are a prophet, sir,” the woman said. 20 “My Samaritan ancestors worshipped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. 23 But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. 24 God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.”
25 The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
26 Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.”

You can see that Jesus does not force his Lordship on us as if it were some sought of dictatorship; Jesus helps his chosen people understand that He is God through divine understanding. From verse 21 you can see that the man was expecting Jesus to be pleased with his reply. In verse 22 Jesus test him by asking him to give up all that he has and follow Jesus. I would like to clear a common misunderstanding here to; this verse does not mean that only the poor will go to heaven. The reason the Jewish leader is asked to give all he has to the poor is because that is the best way in the eyes of Jesus for him to give up everything and follow Jesus. This also does not mean that everyone who follows Jesus is supposed to give everything away to the poor because as you will notice form 23-25, there was something (riches) that the man held on to that was dearer to him than God (Jesus) & that is why Jesus said in verse 25 that it is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.

Now this does not mean that all rich people are going to hell because salvation is not earned as I said earlier. If a rich person were to give up all his belonging and live the life of a sage that would not mean that he has EARNED eternal life. As I said earlier eternal life cannot be earned. It is those to whom God chooses to reveal Himself, in whichever way, who are saved. As Jesus said in verse 27 in terms of being saved, what is humanly impossible is possible by God.

From verses 28-30, I would like to quote the same story from Matthew 19:27-29. I would first like to brief you on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark & Luke. These are called Synoptic Gospel as they have similar content with variation in presentation, just as how different people would relay the same event that they mutually experience, differently through words.

Matthew 19:27-29
27 Then Peter spoke up. “Look,” he said, “we have left everything and followed you. What will we have?”
28 Jesus said to them, “You can be sure that when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the New Age, then you twelve followers of mine will also sit on thrones, to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake, will receive a hundred times more and will be given eternal life.

To conclude you can see from verse Matthew 19:29 that if you put Jesus before whatever you put first in your life then you will not only receive a hundred times more but it would show that God is working within you & you are destined for paradise (heaven).

Trust and Belief

Hello folks, a write after quite a break. I have been down with tonsillitis, fever and body ache, I am a little better now but not completely well. I so write for Jesus because that is my purpose just as for an engine its only purpose is to run in whatever condition so is mine to witness for Jesus.

I will be writing on trust and belief, Biblically and fundamentally they are the same thing but with time the world has watered down the definition of belief and lost direction for Whom to trust in. Allow me to explain, belief to people in this day and age appears to be something in which they might just possibly feel/agree. For example people nowadays normally say: “Today being Sunday, I believe Crawford market would be closed” or “Arjun believes Dharmesh is a man of good character”. In terms of trust, people trust in the silliest of thing, right from the superstitious cat crossing the road, to the reading of daily horoscopes. The funny thing is, only the hale and hearty people find time and energy to trust in these sillies, a person in his death bed would be least bothered even if a cat is sitting under his government hospital bed nor will he be bothered about his daily horoscope because that would have nothing about “you will be fighting for your life today”.

Let see what the real among the counterfeit, the Book of books, the Bible says. The Bible says that we ought not to trust in our wealth or strength or people or power or even our own judgment if it is contrary to trusting in God.

Jeremiah 17:5 (about trusting in people)
The Lord says, “I will condemn those who turn away from me and put their trust in human beings, in the strength of mortals.

Jeremiah 49:4 (about trusting in power)
Why do you unfaithful people boast? Your strength is failing. Why do you trust in your power and say that no one would dare attack you?

Jeremiah 48:7 (about trusting in strength and wealth)
7 “Moab, you trusted in your strength and your wealth,
but now even you will be conquered;
.

Proverbs 3:5 (about trusting in understanding contrary to God)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Now when I say trust in God, you will know that it is Almighty God that I am talking about but let me introduce you to the god of this world/age with whom the people of the world agree.

2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

The god of this age is Satan, who makes people trust in everything other than Jesus. He puts into people a fear of doing what is right and makes the consequences seem bigger than Almighty Jesus. Disobedience has various forms and Satan is the father of them all, doing the right thing has just one way and one reason and that pleases Jesus but doing the wrong thing has multiple choice and multiple reason and all disobedience pleases Satan.  A man may say that he did what he did just to make a living, that man’s god was his own well being for that is what he put first. The Bible says to those who know not of the Law of God to them sin is un-accounted for (Romans 5:13) but to those who claim to practice the Law of God, the more stringent/fanatical the practice the more severe the punishment if they do not trust in God’s solution (Jesus) for sin.

Romans 5:13
There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins.

As I said earlier Satan is known as the god of this age for he has had his way with the world and takes them for a nice ride (Revelation 12:9), deception can be of various forms but the right trust has just one point and one way and that is Jesus (John 14:6). Contrary to popular belief there are no multiple ways to God for if that were true Jesus would not give his life for me and you. If I wanted to lie to you, I can make up any God dammed story I wanted and present it to you, I do not have to confirm to anything to lie to you so long as you find what I say acceptable & so it is with Satan to hide the Light of God that is in Jesus, he has made different concoctions of religious beliefs right from that of one god to that of many. To Satan no rule applies, he works ever so fervently as days pass for he knows his punishment draws nearer with time(Revelation 12:12).

Revelation 12:9
The huge dragon was thrown out  that ancient serpent, called the Devil, or Satan, that deceived the whole world. He was thrown down to earth, and all his angels with him.

John 14:6
Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.

Revelation 12:12 (Satan after his defeat is thrown out of heaven)
12 And so be glad, you heavens, and all you that live there! But how terrible for the earth and the sea! For the Devil has come down to you, and he is filled with rage, because he knows that he has only a little time left.”

Bottom line, my friend: it is trust in Jesus that saves (John 3:16). Saves; not only from damnation but also our life’s consequences, if you doubt this it means you have never truly applied this science for your fear of the consequences seemed bigger but if you believe this then you are blessed for you have witnesses this at least once. Remember the reason God is telling you something different is because it does not seem right to you, you are unable to grasp this by your own power. Had it made sense to you, you would do it without being told.

John 3:16
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.

The Bible: unique & alone the Word of God

Why is the Bible alone is the Word of God and what is it that sets the Bible uniquely apart?

The Bible is actually a collection of books that have been compiled together, written by men of God, living at times relevant to that period. There is a lot of effort put in to preserve the accuracy of the Bible. The Bible consists of the Old Testament, which is of the time before Jesus came & the New Testament, which is the time of Jesus’ ministry and the early Church.

If you were to ask me what is so unique about the Bible, then I would like to tell you that even though the Bible has been collectively written by different authors at different times in history, the New Testament consist of the fulfillment of the Old Testament. The New Testament is the absolute completion of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Jesus uniquely fulfilled prophesies of all the Old Testament prophets stated in their respective time. This is the uniqueness of the Bible compared to any book this world may refer to holy.

You may read some of the Old Testament prophesies which were fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. They are mentioned below with references.

Born of a virgin & called Immanuel (God is with us) (Isaiah 7:14) – fulfilled: Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 2:7
Born in Bethlehem of Judea (Micah 5:2) – fulfilled: Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-6
Tenderness & compassion (Isaiah 40:11; 42:3) – fulfilled: Matthew 12:15,20; Hebrews 4:15
Without guile (meaning deceitful cunning ) (Isaiah 53:9) – fulfilled:1Peter 2:22
Preaching with parables (Psalms 78:2) – fulfilled: Matthew 13:34,35
Working miracles (Isaiah 35:5,6) – fulfilled: Matthew 11:4-6; John 11:47
Betrayed for thirty pieces silver (Zechariah 11:12) – fulfilled: Matthew 26:15
He would be crucified (Psalms 22:16) – fulfilled: John 20:25, 27
His body would be pierced (Zechariah 12:10) – fulfilled: John 19:34-35
None of His bones would be broken (Psalms 34:20) – fulfilled: John 19:32-36
People would cast lots for His clothing (Psalms 22:18) – fulfilled: John 19:23-24
He would pray for his executioners (Isaiah 53:12) – fulfilled: Luke 23:34
He would be executed with criminals (Isaiah 53:12) – fulfilled: Matthew 27:38
He would not retaliate (Isaiah 53:7) – fulfilled: Matthew 27:12
He would be forsaken by His followers (Zechariah 13:7) – fulfilled: Mark 14:50
He would be betrayed by a trusted friend (Psalm 41:9) – fulfilled: John 13:18, 26
He would be offered vinegar and gall (Psalms 69:21) – fulfilled: Matthew 27:34
He would die for the sins of His people (Isaiah 53:12) fulfilled: Matthew 20:28; Matthew 26:28
Buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9) – fulfilled: Matthew 27:57-60
Flesh not seeing corruption (Psalms 16:10) – fulfilled: Acts 2:31
His resurrection (Psalms 16:10; Isaiah 26:19) – fulfilled: Luke 24:6,31,34
His ascension (Psalms 68:18) – fulfilled: Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9

If you think that the above is a little exhaustive then I would like to tell you that there are in total 360 prophesies about the Savior, of which 109 could be fulfilled by NO ONE other than Jesus. Jesus fulfilled all that was prophesized about the Savior (who saves people from their sins).

Another thing that makes the Bible stand out among other holy/religious books is that in the Bible, it is God Himself who is speaking.

Consider few pieces of scripture

Genesis 2:18 (Old Testament)
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.”

Deuteronomy 5:6 (Old Testament)
‘I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from Egypt, where you were slaves.

Jeremiah 1:8 (Old Testament)
Do not be afraid of them, for I will be with you to protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Acts 9:5 (New Testament: Jesus talks to Apostle Paul before Paul’s conversion)
“Who are you, Lord?” he asked. “I am Jesus, whom you persecute,” the voice said.

You will notice from the above scriptures that when God talks in the Bible he speaks in the first person. Notice the “I” when God is speaking. However if you were to consider other religious book and see as to how it is that the god of that book speaks then you will notice that, that god speaks in the third person. You will find stuff like “he is like this or like that”, notice the ” he and him” when that god speaks, indicating these are not the words of that god but the words of a religious leader speaking on his authority in the name of that god. As for the Word of God in the Bible, that Word comes straight from mouth of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16 Apostle Paul tell us that all Biblical scripture is “God Breathed”, he uses the Greek term “theo-pneustos” to describe Biblical scripture in the original Greek translation, “theo” meaning “God” and “pneustos” meaning “breathed”. “All scripture is God breathed”, meaning all Biblical scripture came directly from the mouth of God. Only in the Bible God speaks directly to us, using men of God who have been possessed by God’s Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). The Bible does away with in-betweens (angels or whatever) when it comes to God delivering His Word to man.

2 Peter 1:21
21 For no prophetic message ever came just from human will, but people were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God.

2 Timothy 3:16
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

If you were to ask, what is it that draws people to the Bible? Then I would like to explain it all just like this. I am sure we all love to go for the best deals in whatever we intend to keep for ourselves. When it comes to the Bible, the billboard message is “freedom from laws and also from sin – GRACE”. The message of the Bible is often referred to as Good News because according to the Bible, we are saved purely by grace.

I would like to further explain to you why the message of the Bible is known as Good News (Salvation by Grace).

John 1:17
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:23-24
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

The most common notion of God is that you do good, impress God and you are rewarded with eternal life. So man through out the ages man has tried everything he could imagine to please God. Man has tried offering sacrifices, praying as often and possible, charity, performing lengthy rituals, fasting, bringing pain in different sought of ways to oneself to show selflessness & devotion to God, making a personal sacrifice in one’s life to please God, making pilgrimages & the list goes on.

So you see when God was preached to people, the most common thing that occurred to people was will I ever be worthy to set foot in heaven. People who did all of the above, still felt unsure of heaven, many did the above mentioned, out of fear of punishment or hell. All who wanted heaven did all the good possible with the purpose of going to heaven but with all that they did, they could not keep sin out of their lives.

Now when the Bible/Gospel was preached, it was preached that God was an unconditional lover. A God who loves us so much that he does not keep track of wrongs.

1 John 4:16
16 .God is love,

1Corinthians 13:5
5 .; love does not keep a record of wrongs;

You all would know that God is just & knowing this you may ask me, how can the Bible says that God does not keep track of wrongs when he is just? Well the very same just God, also happens to love us unconditionally and it is this love for us, that made God Himself pay the price of all sin, which was death.

So you see when the Bible was preached, the people were told that the Kingdom of heaven was now at hand because there was no question of sin for those who believed what Jesus had done for them. Let me give you some scriptural support.

Mathew 10:7
7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

Romans 6:23
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As you can see from Romans 6:23; God gave us the eternal life for FREE in union with Christ. The FREE means it does not require work from the believer, for his salvation. Here is some more support from scripture.

Titus 3:4-6
4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

So you see eternal life was at hand just by believing & putting trust in Jesus because when you trust in Jesus you are sure that your sins had all been paid for on that cross. So for every believer it was “Heaven here I come”. Here is some supporting scripture.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

So this is what the Good News (Gospel) was all about, salvation is yours all for free in Jesus without you requiring any obligation. Now I know you may ask me, is not God pleased when you do good? Well my answer is yes, He is, but I don’t feel God or take for matter anybody would be impressed if someone were to do good, either out of obligation or with the intention of getting a certain job done (going to heaven), this kind of good would be more like bribing your way to heaven.

The good the Bible talks about comes this way,

you may be a wretch,
you come to know Jesus,
you repent for your sins,
you trust Jesus & you are saved.
You then come to understand God’s love & you accept it because it is so irresistible.
You then start loving God, God’s Spirit then begins to dwell in you & this help you to do the good that pleases Him .

It is because of this love relationship that you develop with God, that you then start enjoying worshiping God because you know you are already saved in Christ & your worship is through no obligation at all but out of pure joy for what God has done for you. That is why all the Churches include singing in their worship & many even dance.

I don’t know how many of you will agree with me but when there is a love relationship between ..let us take an example of a good & bad person, then even the wretch begins to change because they both love each other. The good person understand the bad person’s shortcomings and the bad person begins to change to become more like the good person & that is exactly what happens between Jesus and you / me. God saves us and then changes us by the power of His Spirit, into good people, all through love. Here is some support.

Colossians 1:28 (Him refers to Jesus and we refers to the disciples)
28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

It is after we are saved that we are called into mission to help fellow men, physically as well as spiritually (telling them of the salvation that is in Christ).

Proverbs 14:31
If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who made them; but kindness shown to the poor in as act of worship.

As for prayer, the prayer the Bible talks about is one where you come to know God & learn of His sacrifice, which was just to save you. You are swiped off your feet & fall in love with God because he loved you first (1John 4:19). It is with this love that you enjoy talking with God, sharing your joys and your troubles. As you may already know, talking with God is prayer. So prayer according to the Bible is said, not because you have to, not because you are bound to or even forced to but it is said because you love to. Don’t we all enjoy talking to someone we love?

1John 4:19
We love because God first loved us.

Remember, the good works the Bible teaches (prayer, fasting, preaching and reaching out to the unfortunate) is not done with the idea of finding favour with God so that you can go to heaven. The good works the Bible teaches is what God (Holy Spirit) enables you to do with great zeal and joy (Psalm 35:9) after you have found that your Salvation (ticket to heaven) by trusting in Jesus (John 3:18). The Bible does not teach that you work to be saved (going to heaven), it teaches that God is pleased by “work” that is done by people who are already saved by their faith in Jesus (Hebrews 11:6).

John 3:18
Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God’s only Son.

Hebrew 11:6
No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.

Psalm 35:9
Then I will be glad because of the Lord; I will be happy because he saved me.

Another thing is that this Good News was preached by the disciples without using any force of any kind. The only thing they had as back up was the authority of God that was with them to work miracles of healing and to cast out demons, all in Jesus’ name.

Mark 6:7 (He refers to Jesus)
He called the twelve disciples together and sent them out two by two. He gave them authority over the evil spirits

It was all these miracles that convinced people that God was with the disciples & this is what made the people put their trust in Christ. Also Consider

Matthew 28:18-19 (Jesus send his disciples on a mission, after his resurrection)
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

You will notice in verse 19 it mentions, making disciples of the nations. It is easy to interpret that every culture, people and language was included in God’s saving plan through Christ.

I would also like to say that it is for this very reason the Bible is the most widely read book in the whole world, having being translated in so many languages. According to the Bible there is no one holy language because all things seen and unseen including people, cultures & languages are from God himself.

This is the Good News & uniqueness of the Bible, Salvation for any man, for free, in union with Christ.

Awe

Hi people, I am back with another topic, which God is helping me figure out. You see I was reading the Old Testament & I came across this verse.

Psalms 130:4

But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you.

I have checked the meaning of “awe” in an online dictionary and this is what I got…..

an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God;

Now what was God talking about when he said that we would stand in awe of him when he would forgive us? For us to stand in awe it would mean that God would do something so drastic/radical that we would be left stunned and speechless & he would do that just to forgive our own sins.

Now to try and make sense of the above piece of scripture I will make use of what I have learned from my Bible. I know that our God is a God who is just, loving & merciful. Check out some Old Testament scripture.

Psalms 33:5

The Lord loves what is righteous and just; his constant love fills the earth.

Psalms 145:8

The Lord is loving and merciful, slow to become angry and full of constant love.

I also know that he forgives because of his Grace (because of how good he is and not how good we are). You see sin is a very serious issue for God & as our God is just, he deals with sin with justice. Now in the times of the Old Testament the wages of sin was living in separation from God, which was as good as death, I have quoted some supporting scripture showing God abandoning Israel at a point of time when Israel was lead into sin by its King Jeroboam.

1Kings 14:16

The Lord will abandon Israel because Jeroboam sinned and led the people of Israel into sin.”

Some more scripture below on Gods dealing with sin,

Isaiah 57:17

I was angry with them because of their sin and greed, and so I punished them and abandoned them. But they were stubborn and kept on going their own way.

In the light of the above scripture I would like to add that just as God is just he also loves us immensely, he knows we are all sinners & will not survive to pay price of our sins which is eternal death. I have mentioned some scripture from the Old Testament to show as to how much God loves us.

Isaiah 49:15

So the Lord answers, “Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you.

So you see just as God is just in dealing with sin (the punishment for sin cannot be escaped) & as said before God knows we will not survive his punishment & so because of his great love he sent his own Son to the world as a man to be that pure sacrifice that would take that punishment for sin which was to come upon us. As it is stated in my New Testament,

John 3:16

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.

I would like to continue from Psalm 130:4 in my Old Testament and show you its complete fulfillment in the New Testament through Jesus.

Psalms 130:5-8

5 I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help,

and in his word I trust.

6 I wait for the Lord

more eagerly than watchmen wait for the dawn —

than watchmen wait for the dawn.

7 Israel, trust in the Lord,

because his love is constant

and he is always willing to save.

8 He will save his people Israel

from all their sins.

Now I would like to quote a verse from my New Testament where an angel of God speaks to Joseph, who was to marry Mary & tells him of Jesus’ purpose of coming to this world.

Matthew 1:20-23

20 While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. 21 She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus — because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 Now all this happened in order to make what the Lord had said through the prophet come true, 23 “A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel” (which means, “God is with us”).

Now that I have shown you Jesus’ purpose, I would like to tell you that Matthew 1:21 from my New Testament is God’s promise that was spoken of to his people from Psalms 130:8 from the Old Testament.

As for verses 5 & 6 from Psalm 130 of my Old Testament, which shows God’s people eagerly awaiting their salvation from God, the same is spoken of in my New Testament showing people being saved and awaiting their salvation (Hebrews 9:28) because they trusted in the ultimate sacrifice that was from God for once and for all and for all sins of all times.

Hebrews 9:25-28

25 The Jewish High Priest goes into the Most Holy Place every year with the blood of an animal. But Christ did not go in to offer himself many times, 26 for then he would have had to suffer many times ever since the creation of the world. Instead, now when all ages of time are nearing the end, he has appeared once and for all, to remove sin through the sacrifice of himself. 27 Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God. 28 In the same manner Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away the sins of many. He will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for him.

So as I said in my previous mails I will say it again all we have to do is believe in what Jesus has done for us. However I would also like to say that in order to accept forgiveness that comes from Jesus’ sacrifice we must first accept that we are sinners. It’s like you can only accept correction when you accept that what you have done is wrong. As it is stated in my Old Testament,

Lev 5:5

When a person is guilty, he must confess the sin,

Like the case of the 2 criminals who were crucified with Jesus, one of whom accepted his own punishment as just & recognized Jesus’ sacrifice, for Jesus’ death was through no fault of his (Jesus’) own & for that Jesus rewarded him with eternal life

Luke 23:32-43

32 Two other men, both of them criminals, were also led out to be put to death with Jesus. 33 When they came to the place called “The Skull”, they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.”

They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. 35 The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders jeered at him: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!”

36 The soldiers also mocked him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine,

37 and said, “Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!”

38 Above him were written these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. 41 Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” 42 And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!”

43 Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”

Note:

  1. Even though Jesus was suffering to the point of death he was not furious or hurl insults at his persecutors but he showed his Godhead (a chip of the old block) by showing his mercy (Psalms 145:8) towards his persecutors & asking his Father to forgive them (Luke 23:34).
  2. Jesus does not force himself on us, he knocks on the door of our hearts & leaves it to us to open that door and welcome him in. This is the sharp contrast between the 2 criminals that were put to death with Jesus, both of them knew he was the Messiah (Savior of the world) but only one accepted him.

So I hope you understand this very radical message & this is how (through Jesus’ sacrifice) that we stand in awe of God when he saves us.