Salvation, Mercy, and Wrath.

Salvation, Mercy, and Wrath.

If God saves us while we are yet sinners, it is because of his mercy.(Romans 5:8)  Being sinners what could we do to merit favor with God, as if He were one to be compelled?  We must also inquire as to what it is that we need saving from.

The punishment is what we say we fear, and rightly so.  It comes from the almighty.   We fear His just punishment, because His law was written on our hearts.  We know that we are sinners.  We only need to understand how dire our case is.  This can only be accomplished through the exposition of our own personal sins.

What is a sinner?  Is it a person that murders?  Is it a liar?  Is it a policeman?  Is it an E.R. Doctor?  Could it be me, or even you?  The easy answer is that a sinner is someone that sins.  Some would try to justify their works-righteousness religion by making a false distinction. They might tell you that a sinner is one that lives a lifestyle of sin.  After all, everyone has sinned, but surely some of us are good?  To them I say, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 )  “There is none who does good, there is not even one.” (Romans 3:12)  I would ask them, “How many people do I have to kill before I am a murderer?”  If I rip a purse from a woman’s shoulder and run what does she yell?  “Stop thief!”   One time is all it takes. One lie makes a liar.  One lustful thought makes an adulterer.

God judges not just what we do, but the thoughts of our inner most being.(1 Samuel 16:7)  The thoughts bring forth the deeds.  Dwelling on the sinful temptation enacts a powerful compulsion of the natural man to sin.  So a sinner in thought is a sinner in deed.

Ah!  But they protest, “There is a difference between thinking and doing!”  I agree, but a little evil is only small when a human compares it to another humans righteousness. Oh!  How it contrasts when compared to perfection. When seen against the flawless, holiness of God that small sin of your heart becomes an overwhelming witness against you on judgement day.  Evidence of the sinners state of guilt.  Condemning them to be punished for all eternity to satisfy the justice of a perfect, holy, and righteous God.

We rightly deserve to be killed, and to spend eternity in Hell as punishment.  Once you realize the unattainable righteousness  your sins are compared to, and the authority of the one whose laws you have transgressed you will grasp why it is good and just for you to be punished.  Until then God will seem harsh, and punitive.  Unless by His mercy He grants you grace you will never understand His; love, how unacceptable you are in sin, or what He saves you from.

So a sinner is every man, woman, and child ever born.  Before them was Adam.  The first man.  The man through whom sin entered the world.  So we are all in need of saving.  Who can work such an amazing grace?  God alone!  Not any works of man.(Ephesians 2:8)  No merit of our own.  Jesus on the cross! His blood shed for wretches, fallen, and without any righteousness to save them. This so they must rely on His righteousness imputed to their account so they can be saved!

The 180movie logically counters arguments of the Pro-choice proponents.

The 180movie logically counters arguments of the Pro-choice proponents.  If you watch the movie you will be able to use the points brought up by Ray Comfort in this documentary to argue intelligently against the Pro-choice proponents.  Abortion should not even be an option.  It is so blatantly immoral and unethical.  I am incredulous that people fathom it tolerable to practice infanticide.
     If you are not Pro-life and are an open and honest person that considers themselves to be tolerant and fair minded I encourage you to check it out with and open mind and heart.  Human life is valuable.  Would protest the killing of animals for fur or the use of animals as food but not protest abortion?  If you wont see the hypocrisy in that I doubt that you are being very honest or fair.  Please for the sake of the unborn don’t go another minute without watching this movie.

Representations of the sinner, church, and gospel in the Old Testament.

The chosen people of God in the Old Testament are representative of the individual sinner, and the church. We see how some want to please God. How others seeking their own pleasures only after being judged repent. In 1 Samuel we see the Israelites rejecting God’s rule. They demand a king other than God. Samuel is to warn them but also he is to anoint the one who would be king. Are we mastered by God or sin? Who is your king? When judged and shown the sin in our lives do we repent, then follow God with our entire heart? Over and over we see God’s chosen people sinning, being punished, repenting, and worshiping. They would go on for a while and fall again. God would accept their repentance and worship after they were humbled. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. It is His mercy to break the sinner. Only in humility can they experience God’s grace. Oh that I could always remember and be humble so as not to sin against my God. I fear the discipline even though I know it is for my good. Like a child I am in regards to it. As one that matures I see the love of the Father in it. Oh how I love Jesus! His grace is sufficient for even me! So as we see the chosen people of God so we should see ourselves the church. How many times have we sinned and in our self-righteousness punished ourselves in the sinful hope of appeasing God’s righteous and holy judgement? How dare we make less of His grace? Did He die on the cross so that we could be our own saviors? Repent of self-righteousness! I to must repent! Don’t let any sin be the churches King. Only Jesus be our king! Like Israel we are God’s people. We were purchased from sins great price by the redeeming blood of Jesus. The Old Testament books display for us the likeness of the individual sinner, the church, and God. We should see the Messiah in all of the word not just the New Testament.