Saturday, February 22, 2014

God Thinking XLV - Mirror Of Time 1

"Why do you need a relationship with God, through Christ?
God has burdened me to discuss why it is so important to have a relationship with God.
First let’s see what God has to say about the human condition.
Romans 5:8-12
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
V9 Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
V10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
V11 And not only so, but we also join in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
V12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
John 3:17-18
“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
V18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Isaiah 30:1
“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:”
1 John 5:9-13
“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His son.
V10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.
V11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
V12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
I believe it is clear that mankind is lost without Christ.  To really see this truth, we need to look at just two things.
But before we do I want to mention an observation I have made.  The things of Christ aren't really on top of the new way that Christians seem to be going.  It seems (and you are welcome to correct me if I am wrong) that religion is on the upswing while following Jesus has been declared 'old-fashioned' and replaced with watered down truths and candy coated messages that make people feel good.
1     How lost you are or were without Christ.
2     How utterly impossible it is to redeem yourself without a Saviour.
You were very far from God before you believed in His Son.  
You were working against God, destined for eternity without God. 
Not only working against the things of God, but lost in this world also, following after whatever fulfilled the flesh and whatever suited the mind.

At one time you were not a living spirit, but a living body born of water, not protected by the blood of Christ.

Some of us were rebels, unaware.
Some of us in league with the prince of the air.
But all of us outside the gate, not working His righteousness, but working under the power of our own righteousness.

We were empty and void of God’s purpose for our lives, which is, to reveal His Son to the world in you and through you.

According to God, without a Savior, we were condemned already, because we did not believe what God said about His Son. 

I’ll tell you why so many of the people and leaders of Jesus’s day didn’t understand what Jesus was doing and couldn’t believe that He was the Christ.  They  could not see their own sin, so they could not find forgiveness for their sins through Christ.  It is the same reason many people today cannot see their sin and find forgiveness through Christ.  They never saw or do not see themselves as lost."
Excerpt from God Thinking XLV - Mirror Of Time by Keith C. Powell copyright 2014

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