Thursday, November 26, 2020
Equality...true equality means we all have sinned
Equality...true equality means we all have sinned
For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” Romans 9:15 NLT In these words, in the plainest manner, the Lord claims the right to give or withhold His mercy according to His own sovereign will. Just as the prerogative of life and death has been vested in earthly monarchs, so the Judge of all the earth has a right to spare or condemn the guilty, whichever seems best in His sight. Humans by their sin have forfeited all claim upon God; they deserve to perish for their sins, and if all of them do, they have no grounds for complaint. If the Lord steps in to save any of them, He can do so if the ends of justice are not thwarted. But if He deems it best to leave the condemned to suffer their righteous sentence, no one can accuse Him of wrong. All those discourses about people’s right to be completely equal are foolish and brazen. And the contention against discriminating grace, which is only the rebellion of proud human nature against the crown and scepter of Jehovah, is ignorant—or worse. When we are brought to see our own ruined nature and the justice of the divine verdict against sin, we no longer object to the truth that the Lord is not obligated to save us. We will not murmur if He chooses to save others, as if He were somehow injuring us, but we’ll feel that if He does choose to look on us, it will be His own act of free and undeserved goodness—for which we will forever bless His name. How can those of us who are the subjects of divine election properly appreciate the grace of God? We have no room for boasting, for God’s sovereignty most effectively excludes that. The Lord’s will alone is glorified, and the very notion of human merit is thrown out to everlasting contempt. There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election—none that better promotes gratitude and, consequently, none more sanctifying. Believers should not be afraid of it, but rejoice in it with adoration toward God.
-C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
People decry the injustice! They rage against inequality! God already settled that long ago.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
"I have my rights!" People exclaim.
No you don't. Not before the Holy God of the Universe.
Born in sin we all are. Nothing done by man can change that. We can't ignore God's truth, we cannot sidestep it. Cannot create a way around it. Cannot move or remove the judgment of God. We cannot reword it. We can't cover it, hide it, make it look better. We are born in sin. We are born with a death sentence. The wages, what everyone gets, of sin in them is death. Romans 6:23. We are born, figuratively, dead.
You have no rights before a Holy God.
Your only hope is in Jesus Christ. Faith and trust in the finished work on the cross by Him and through Him are THE only way.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one can be saved under any of name, any other thing, any other method.
There will be none who will enter Heavens gated of their own volition. Nobody's going to invent a means of sanctification that enables them to stand in the presence of God.
You cannot live your life, your way, and think it gives you the right to enter into Heaven. God says no.
Hell is filled with arrogant people who believed they were good enough to be on the streets of Heaven. Hell is also filled with people who disregarded the words of Jesus and denied Him all their lives. Hell has people there who thought they were good enough. They didn't hurt anyone, they were kind to people, they helped people. They weren't robbing anyone, didn't steal or kill anyone.
Fact is you could live away from everyone, never think a sinful thought, never do a single sinful act. Never do anything for a thousand years, even if you never MOVED, if it were possible to live that long...you would still be condemned to Hell. You are born in sin. It's in the very atoms of your being.
Only the sanctification of Jesus Christ can do anything about sin. "Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1.
Faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone is the cure for what makes us separated from God. You have to choose Salvation in Christ. You have to ask Jesus into your life to save you. Placing your life in His hands. Asking Him to forgive you. To wash away the sin in you.
Our world isn't getting more evil, it's revealing itself. Revelation is going to bring out even more of the sinfulness of men. Every form of evil will be exposed. Every single excuse revealed.
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
You must choose. You.
You must admit you ARE in need of a Savior.
You must acknowledge that Jesus is the only one who can save you.
You must ask Him to save you.
Know an undeniable thing?
EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN HELL ACKNOWLEDGES THE TRUTH THAT GOD IS REAL. They may hate Him for them being there, but there is nobody in Hell who denies the existence of God.
Secondly EVERYONE in Hell can do nothing about the state they find themselves in. NOTHING. They cannot change the ruling of God against them.
ONLY in this life is it possible to change your destination.
ONLY in this life can you believe in Christ Jesus and determine your destination.
ONLY in this life does the Plan of God concerning Salvation work. Through Jesus Christ alone.
ONLY by coming to Christ now, by turning your life, hope and future over to Him, NOW, will you enter the gates of Heaven.
Life is more than the sum of your experiences. Life is only lived in obedience to God. It isn't lived when God isn't the central part of it.
All are equal in this life.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
All are in need of the free gift of Salvation.
Have you asked for your free gift of Salvation from Christ?