Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
- I understand that it was Jesus who created the world and set apart the 7th day as the Sabbath.
- I understand that neither Jesus nor His apostles ever abolished the Sabbath or sanctified another day in its place.
- I choose to follow the example of Jesus and keep the Sabbath holy.
Next Lesson: Winds, Waves, and Beasts from the sea.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Many pass long years in darkness and doubt because they do not feel as they desire. But feeling has nothing to do with faith. That faith which works by love and purifies the soul is not a matter of impulse. It ventures out upon the promises of God, firmly believing that what He has said, He is able also to perform. Our souls may be trained to believe, taught to rely upon the Word of God. That Word declares that "the just shall live by faith" (Rom 1:17), not by feeling.
Let us put away everything like distrust and want of faith in Jesus. Let us commence a life of simple, childlike trust, not relying upon feeling, but upon faith. Do not dishonor Jesus by doubting His precious promises. He wants us to believe in Him and unwavering faith.
There is a class who say, "I believe, I believe," and lay claim to all the promises which are given on condition of obedience, but they do not the works of Christ. God is not honored by any such faith. It is spurious. Another class are trying to keep all the commandments of God, but many of them do not come up to their exalted privilege in claiming the promises that were given for them. God's promises are for those who keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
I find that I have to fight the good fight of faith every day. I have to exercise all my faith, and not rely upon feeling. I have to act as though I knew the Lord heard me, and would answer me and bless me. Faith is not a happy flight of feeling; it is simply taking God at His word - believing that He will fulfill His promises because He said He would.
Hope in God, trust in Him, and rest in His promises, whether you feel happy or not. A good emotion is no evidence that you are a child of God, neither are disturbed, troubled, perplexing feelings an evidence that you are not a child of God. Come to the Scriptures and intelligently take God at His word. Comply with the conditions and believe He will accept you as His child. Be not faithless, but believing. OHC
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Once the messages have been proclaimed to all the world, "the harvest of earth" is reaped (see Revelation 14:15), and "the harvest is the end of the world." Matthew 13:39.
The three angels' messages, therefore, constitute Heaven's final appeal to humanity in these last days of earth's history. As such, they deserve the full attention of all who would prepare themselves for the final events.
"And the GOSPEL of the kingdom shall be PREACHED in all the world for a witness unto ALL NATIONS; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14.
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting GOSPEL to PREACH unto them that dwell on the earth, and to EVERY NATION, and kindred, and tongue, and people." Revelation 14:6.
1. According to the passage, whom are we not to worship?
Revelation 14:9 __________________________________
2. In what terms is the One whom we are to worship identified?
Revelation 14:7. _________________________________
3. Upon what basis is God declared worthy to receive glory and honor and power?
Revelation 4:11 __________________________________
Throughout the Scriptures, the fact that God created all things is presented as that which sets Him above all false gods, and makes Him alone worthy of our worship (1 Chronicles 16:25-26; Jeremiah 10:11-12; Isiah 45:18).
While modern scientists vainly attempt to disprove creation, the first angel of Revelation 14 proclaims a message designed to draw the attention of the world to "Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."
4. The worshippers of God are identified as keeping what?
Revelation 14:12 ________________________________
5. What do the commandments of God say about creation?
Exodus 20:11 ___________________________________
Notice that the angel of Revelation 14:7 uses the wording of the fourth commandment to call the world back to the true worship of God.
6. When the heavens and the earth were finished, and God had ended His work, what did He do on the seventh day?
Genesis 2:1-2 _________________________________
7. What two things did God do to the seventh day?
Genesis 2-3 ___________________________________
To 'sanctify' means: "To reserve for sacred use; consecrate. To make holy. To cause to be piously observed or revered." The American Heritage Dictionary.
8. Why did God make the seventh day special?
Genesis 2:3 ___________________________________
9. Did the Creator rest because He was weary?
Isaiah 40:28 ___________________________________
10. Then for who's benefit did He make the Sabbath?
Mark 2:27 ___________________________________
11. The Lord rested on the seventh day, blessed it, and did what else to it?
]Exodus 20:11 ________________________________
To "hallow' means: "To make or set apart as holy." The American Heritage Dictionary.
12. Since he made it holy, we must remember to do what?
Exodus 20:8 _________________________________
The Seven-day weekly cycle
Sunday = 1st Day
Monday = 2ed Day
Tuesday = 3ed Day
Wednesday = 4th Day
Thursday = 5th Day
Friday = 6th Day
Saturday = 7th Day, SABBATH DAY
The lengths of days, months, seasons, and years are determined by the movements of the earth and moon in relation to the sun. But the seven-day weekly cycle is not a known astronomical unit of any kind. Its existence can be explained only by the fact that God declared and established it when He created the world.
IDENTIFYING THE BIBLICAL SABBATH
Crucifixion Friday "The day before the Sabbath" Mark 15:42
Jesus Rested in the Tomb "The Sabbath Day" Luke 23:56
Resurrection Sunday "The Sabbath was past" Mark 16:1
13. On whose day was John in the Spirit?
Revelation 1:10 _____________________________
14. Which day does the Lord claim as His?
Isaiah 58:13 ______________________________
15. Which day is the Sabbath of the Lord?
Exodus 20:10 ______________________________
16. Jesus referred to Himself as Lord of what?
Mark 2:28 _______________________________
17. Did Jesus keep His Father's commandments?
John 15:10 ______________________________
18. Did Jesus observe the seventy-day Sabbath?
Luke 4:16 _________________________________
19. He that says he abides in Him ought to walk how?
1 John 2:6 _________________________________
20. What has God designated as a sign of the relationship between Him and His people?
Ezekiel 20:20 _________________________________
21. What is necessary in order to activate a testament?
Hebrews 9:16 ________________________________
22. At the time of Jesus' death, was there still a Sabbath commandment?
Luke 23:56 ______________________________
23. Once a covenant has been confirmed by the death of the testator, can any alterations be made in it after that time?
Galatians 3:15 ____________________________
24. Will God Himself ever change it?
Psalm 89:34 _____________________________
25. Who will enter in through the gates into the Holy City?
Revelation 22:14 ____________________________
26. Does that include keeping the commandment about the Sabbath?
James 2:10 ______________________________
In the Light of God's Word ...
- I understand that Revelation 14 contains a last-day message for all the world.
- I understand that the Sabbath was made for man at the creation of the world.
- I understand that the Sabbath of the Lord is the seventh day of the week, Saturday.
- I choose to keep holy the day God has made holy.
Next Lesson: God's Commandment Remains Unchanged
Thursday, February 24, 2011
In the council of heaven, provision was made that men, though transgressors, should not perish in their disobedience, but, through faith in Christ as their substitute and surely, might become the elect of God... God wills that all men should be saved, for ample provision has been made, in giving His only begotten Son to pay man's ransom. Those who perish will perish because they refuse to be adopted as children of God through Christ Jesus. The pride of man hinders him from accepting the provisions of salvation. But human merit will not admit a soul into the presence of God. That which will make a man acceptable to God is the imparted grace of Christ through faith in His name. No dependence can be placed in works or in happy flights of feelings as evidence that men are chosen of God, for the elect are chosen through Christ.
Jesus says, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37. When the repenting sinner comes to Christ, conscious of his guilt and unworthiness, realizing that he is deserving of punishment, but relying on the mercy and love of Christ, he will not be turned away. The pardoning love of God is appropriated, and joyful gratitude springs up in his heart for the infinite compassion and love of his Saviour. That provision was made for him in the councils of heaven before the foundation of the world, that Christ should take upon Himself the penalty of man's transgression and impute to him His righteousness, overwhelms him with amazement.
The Father laid our sins where none but His own eyes could discern them. And as He had His face from the innocence of Christ, so He will hide His eyes from he guilt of the believing sinner, because of the righteousness imputed to him. The righteousness of Christ laid upon us will draw upon us the most precious blessings in this life, and will bestow upon us everlasting life in the kingdom of God. OHC
Monday, February 14, 2011
Revelation 11:19 __________________________
2. What was written on tables of stone in the ark of the testament?
Deuteronomy 10:3-5 _______________________
The ark containing the commandments is depicted in Revelation as being in the sanctuary in heaven. God's commandments constitute the law of His universal government. The Psalmist declares that God's kingdom "ruleth over all," and that all the angels " do his commandments." Psalm 103:19,20. The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20"3-17.
3. What dishonors God?
Romans 2:23 ___________________________
4. Why does this subject call for special attention today?
Psalm 119:126 __________________________
5. How do we show our love for God?
John 14:15 _____________________________
6. What is the evidence that we know God?
1 John 2:3 ______________________________
"He that saith, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." 1 John 2:4
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grievous." 1 John 5:2-3
7. According to the words of Jesus, what are we to do with even the least of the commandments?
Matthew 5:19 __________________________
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, til all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:17,18.
As an example to us, Jesus was careful to "fulfil all righteousness." Matthew 3:15.
8. What did Isiah prophesy that Jesus would do?
Isiah 42:21 _____________________________
Notice how Jesus magnified the sixth and seventh commandments:]
"Ye have heard that it was said...Thou shalt not kill...But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment." Matthew 5:21 - 22.
"Ye have heard that it was said... Thous shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28.
9. In His flesh, Christ abolished the low of commandments which were contained in what?
Ephesians 2:15 ____________________________
10. What was the passover called?
Exodus 12:43 ________________________________
In Old Testament times God's people performed ceremonial ordinances involving burnt offerings and the sprinkling of blood (Ezekiel 43:18). While it was not the blood of bulls and goats which took away their sins (Hebrews 10:4), such ordinances were a means of demonstrating their faith in Christ and obtaining His righteousness by faith (Hebrews 11:4, 28). Since they served only as a foreshadowing of Christ, those provisional laws were no longer needed after His death.
11. Christ nailed to the cross and blotted out the handwriting of what which was against us?
Colossians 2:14 _________________________
12. Yet what thing will God not alter?
Psalm 89:34 ______________________________
13. Did the Ten Commandments come from His lips?
Exodus 20:1 _______________________________
We must not confuse the ceremonial ordinances with he moral law which is summarized in the Ten Commandments. As God's commandments are His righteousness (Psalm 119:172) which He puts in us when He justifies us. (compare Romans 3:22 with Hebrews 10:16-17)
14. What law is it that has real significance for the Christian?
1 Corinthians 7:19 ___________________________
15. How did Paul describe God's commandments?
Romans 7:12 _______________________________
16. Looking into the law is like unto a man doing what?
James 1:23 -25 _______________________________
17. When we look into the law as a mirror, what does it show us?
Romans 3:20 (last part) _________________________
18. Would we know what sin is if there was no law?
Romans 7:7 _________________________________
19. To what else are God's compared?
Proverbs 6:23 ________________________________
20. Because God's law reveals to us the sin in our lives, it plays an important role in doing what for the soul?
Psalm 19:7 ________________________________
21. Once the law has shown us our sin, does it have the power to justify us?
Romans 3:20 (first part) __________________________
22. Who only can save us?
Acts 4:10, 12 __________________________________
23. Do we than make void the law?
Romans 3:31 __________________________________
"I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Psalm 40:8
"These things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works." Titus 3:8.
"For the wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23.
24. What is sin?
1 John 3:4 ___________________________
25. Is sin counted when there is no law?
Romans 5:13 ________________________
26. So if the law was abolished, there would be no more sin?
Romans 4:15 ___________________________
Jesus then could have eliminated sin without having to suffer. All He would have to do is change the law. If He would only rewrite the law, then there would be no more violation, no
more need for anyone to pay the penalty. Thus Christ would not have had to die.
The very fact that Christ died is the strongest proof that He would not change His law. For
"it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail" Luke 16:17.
27. While justifying those who believe in Jesus, God must as the same time be what?
Romans 3:26 _______________________________
28. How long will all God's commandments stand?
Psalm 111:7-8 ________________________________
- I understand that the Ten Commandment Law of God is His supreme moral standard, and I choose by His grace to obey it.
- I understand that God's law defines sin and righteousness, and cannot be changed.
- I understand that the ordinance which symbolized Christ's atoning work were the only laws which His death affected.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
We are all under one or the other of two great captains. One, the Creator of man and of the world, is the greatest of all. All owe Him the allegiance of their whole being, the devotion of their entire affection. If the mind is given to His control, and if God has the molding and developing of the powers of the mind, new moral power will be received daily from the Source of all wisdom and all strength. Moral blessings and divine beauties will reward the efforts of everyone whose mind is heaven bent. We may grasp revelations - heavenly beauties - that lie beyond the short vision of the worldling, that outshines the imagination of the greatest mind...
Satan is the leader of the worldly... His highest aim is to gather his banner the majority of the world, that numbers may stand against the power of righteousness and eternal truth. Talent and ability given of God to be devoted to His service, are laid at the feet of the great rebel of God's government.
While the worldly wise is skimming along the surface, grasping the things of sight and sense, the one who fears and reveres God is reaching into eternity, penetrating the deepest recesses and gathering the knowledge and riches that are as enduring as eternity. Justice, honor, love, and truth are the attributes of God's throne. They are the principles of His government... These are jewels to be sought after and cherished for time and for eternity...
To walk the world a pure man of untarnished morals, bearing the sacred principles of truth in your heart, its influence seen in the acts of your life, to live uncorrupted by the baseness, falsity, and dishonesty of a world which must soon be purified of its moral corruption by the fires of God's retributive justice, is to be a man whose record is immortalized in heaven, honored among the pure angels who weigh and appreciate moral worth. This is what it is to be a man of God. OHC
Friday, February 4, 2011
Titus 3:5 ________________________
2. How are we saved?
Ephesians 2:8-9 ___________________
"Who can say, I have made my heart clean?" "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.""That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." Proverbs 20:9, Zechariah 4:6; 1 Corinthians 2:5.
3. Yet what is an important element in faith?
James 2:14 - 26 ______________________
"Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."
4. Jesus came to call whom to what?
Mark 2:17 ____________________________
5. How does one repent?
Isiah 55:7 __________________________
6. What should we be asking God to do for us?
Psalm 51:2 ___________________________
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 1:39: 23-24
7. When will our search for God be successful?
Jeremiah 29:13 ______________________
8. What if I regard iniquity in my heart?
Psalms 66:18 _________________________
9. Jesus wants people who want to be made what?
John 5:6 _________________________
10. Why will only a few receive eternal life?
Matthew 7:14 __________________________
11. Who will not be worthy?
12. Will God accept a divided commitment?
Matthew 6:24 __________________________
13. What is the cost of discipleship?
Luke 14:33 ____________________________
14. What did Paul say he did daily?
1 Corinthians 15:31 ________________________
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20.
15. If we want Jesus, what do we need to do?
Luke 9:23 __________________________
16. When we come in that way, will He reject us?
John 6:37 ___________________________
17. When we confess our sins to Him, what two things will He do for us?
1 John 1:9 __________________________
18. Must we do anything with our sins besides confess them?
Proverbs 28:13 ______________________
19. When we give up our sins, how far does He remove them from us?
Psalm 103:12 _________________________
20. What if we are guilty of the darkest of sins?
Isaiah 1:18 _____________________________
21. He will do this for us upon what two conditions?
Isaiah 1:19 ____________________________
22. Can I obey God without His power?
John 15:5 ______________________________
23. Although I do not find it within myself to perform good works, what one thing is present?
Romans 7:18 ___________________________
24. What then is the first step to victory?
2 Corinthians 8:12 _______________________
25. Than what are we to do? And how does it work?
2 Corinthians 8:11 ________________________
In the Light of God's Word...
- I understand God requires an entire commitment of myself to Him.
- I understand that choosing Jesus means turning away from every known sin and asking Him to cleans my heart from all defilement.
- I choose to forsake my sins and to accept Jesus as the supreme ruler of my life.
Next Lesson: The Treasure in the Temple
Friday, January 28, 2011
Many are on the enchanted ground of the enemy. Things of the least importance - foolish social parties, singing, jesting, joking - engross their minds and they serve God with a divided heart... The declaration of Christ, "No man can serve two masters," is heeded.
One of the most marked features of the earth's inhabitants in the days of Noah was their intense worldliness. They made eating and drinking, buying and selling, marrying and giving in marriage, the supreme objects of life. It is not sinful, but the fulfillment of a duty, to eat and drink, i that which is lawful is not carried to excess... God Himself instituted marriage when He gave Eve to Adam. All God's laws are marvelously adapted to meet the nature of man. The sin of the antediluvians was in perverting that which in itself was lawful. They corrupted God's gifts by using them to minister to their selfish desires...
Excessive love and devotion to that which is itself lawful, proves the ruination of thousands upon thousands of souls. To matters of minor importance is often given the strength of intellect that should be wholly devoted to God. We need always to be guarded against carrying to excess that which, rightly used, is lawful. Many, many souls are lost by engaging in those things which, properly managed, are harmless, but which perverted and misapplied, become sinful and demoralizing.
If we are constantly thinking of and struggling for the things that pertain to this life, we cannot keep our thoughts fixed on the things of heaven. Satan is seeding to lead our minds away from God, and to center them on the fashions, the customs, and the demands of the world, which bring disease and death.
In this world we are to obtain a fitness for the higher world. God has left a trust with us, and He expects us to use all our faculties in helping and blessing our fellow men. He calls for our best affections, our highest powers. OHC
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Acts 24:24, 25 _____________________________
2. Must only the wicked be judged?
Ecclesiastes 3:17 ___________________________
3. Who much appear before the judgment seat of Christ?
2 Corinthians 5:10 _________________________
4. How closely are our lives examined?
Ecclesiastes 12:14 _________________________
5. What kind of things will come up on the judgment?
Matthew 12:36 _________________________
" To him that ordereth his conversation aright will shew the salvation of God."
6. Where must judgment begin?
1 Peter 4:17 ___________________________
"The house of God, which is the church of the living God." 1 Timothy 3:15.
"And if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?' And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
1 Peter 4:17, 18.
"Wherefore he is able also to save them tot he uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25.
7. Who actually does the judging?
John 5:22 ____________________________
8. When Jesus comes, what will He bring with him?
Revelation 22:12 _________________________
The judgment for all who have ever accepted Christ as their Saviour actually takes place before He comes. This is illustrated in Matthew 22 in the parable of a marriage which a certain king made for his son. Before the wedding begins, the king inspects the guest to see if all are clothed with the wedding garment (verse 11). Notice the parallel in Revelation:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the linen is the righteousness of saints."
In the parable, having that robe determined whether one was accepted or cast out. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21.
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white rainment." Revelation 3:5.
They "which have not defiled their garments, " but "have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." "shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy."
Revelation 3:4, 7 - 14.
This character examination is performed by Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. When His investigation is completed, everyone's destiny will be sealed. He will then announce: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." "Revelation 22: 11, 12
9. What is the message that must be preached with a loud voice today?
Revelation 14:7 _________________________________
Paul spoke in terms of "judgment to come" (Acts 24:25).
The message for today is that "judgment is come" (Rev. 14:7)
When Jesus comes, "He hath judged" (Rev. 19:2).
This investigative judgment, which evaluates the lives of all who have ever professed faith in Christ, is completed before Jesus comes. It should not be confused with the judgment of the wicked by Christ and His saints, which occurs during the millennium; or the final judgment and punishment of the wicked, which takes place at the end of the 1000 years (see lesson 5)
10. What is to be more valued than having power over evil spirits?
Luke 10:19-20. _____________________________
11. Where are the names of God's people recorded?
Philippians 4:3 ____________________________
12. How has God recorded our good deeds?
Malachi 3:16 ________________________________
13. What else is marked before God?
Jeremiah 2:22 ________________________________
14 Where has God written a description of everyone?
Psalm 139:16 _____________________________
Everything we do is recorded in God's books. Some of the direct or implied references to the heavenly books of record include Nehemiah 13: 14, Job 16:19, Psalm 56:8; Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 13:8, 17:8, 21:27; and 22:19.
15. In the judgment, what are opened?
Daniel 7:9-10 ________________________________
16. What are the books used for in the judgment?
Revelation 20:12 _________________________________
17. If the books of record show that one turned back to sin, what will be his doom?
Ezekiel 18:24 ________________________________
18. What will be done to his name?
Exodus 32:33 __________________________________
19. In the end what will happen to him?
Revelation 20:15 _______________________________
20. What happened in Daniel's vision of the judgement?
Daniel 7:13 ____________________________________
This movement of Christ does not describe His coming to the earth, but rather to "the Ancient of days." The same scene is described by the prophet Malachi. Notice the question is asked, and is answered:
"Where is the God of JUDGMENT? Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his TEMPLE." Malachi 2:17 - 3:1.
Revelation 10 describes the bitter disappointment of those who expected Jesus to come in 1844 (see lesson 15). When he did not come, their question was, "Where is the God of judgment?" The Bible 's answer was, "The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple." Jesus moved in 1844 into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary to begin His work of investigative judgment, His final work before coming to earth to receive His bride.
From Daniel 8:19 we learned that the sanctuary would be cleansed "at the time appointed." Commenting on that, Paul says, "He hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world." Acts 17:31. The time appointed for the judgment was the fulfillment of the 2300 days.
21. What is the Lord's work during this time?
Malachi 3:3 ______________________________
22. What will He do to the names of the overcomers?
Revelation 3:5 _______________________________
23. What will be blotted from their record?
Acts 3:19 ____________________________________
24. In the old yearly service, where did the live goat take the sins, thus permanently removing them from the sanctuary?
Leviticus 16:21 ______________________________
25. When the work of cleansing the heavenly sanctuary is finished, what will be poured out upon the earth?
Revelation 15:5 - 16:1 ______________________________
"And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." Daniel 12:1
"And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living." Isiah 4:3.
In the Light of God's Word...
- I understand that Christ's present work in the heavenly sanctuary involves an investigation of our lives.
- I understand that this judgment will be completed before Christ comes to bring his rewards.
- I desire for sin to be overcome in my life and blotted out of my record in heaven.
Next Lesson: How to Give Your Heart to Christ
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Pardon and justification are one and the same thing. Through faith, the believer passes from the position of a rebel, a child of sin and Satan, to the position of a loyal subject of Christ Jesus, not because of an inherent goodness, but because Christ receives him as His child by adoption. The sinner receives the forgiveness of his sins, because these sins are borne by his Substitute and Surety. The Lord speaks to His heavenly Father, saying: "This is My child, I reprieve him from the condemnation of death, giving him My life insurance policy - eternal life - because I have taken his place and have suffered for his sins. He is even My beloved son. " Thus righteousness, stands faultless before God...
It is the Father's prerogative to forgive our transgressions and sins, because Christ has taken upon Himself our guilt and reprieved us, imputing to us His righteousness. His sacrifice satisfies fully the demands of justice.
Many feel that their faults of character makes it impossible for them to meet the standard that Christ has erected; but all that such ones have to do is to humble themselves at every step under the mighty hand of God; Christ does not estimate the man by the amount of work he does, but by the spirit in which the work is performed.
When He sees men lifting the burdens, trying to carry them in lowliness of mind, with distrust of self and with reliance upon Him, He adds to their work His perfection and sufficiency, and it is accepted of the Father. We are accepted in the beloved. The sinner's defects are covered by the perfection and fullness of the Lord our righteousness. Those who with sincere will, with contrite heart, are putting forth humble efforts to live up to the requirements of God, are looking upon the Father with pitying, tender love; He regards such as obedient children, and the righteousness of Christ is imputed unto them. OHC