November 11, 2018

Righteous Judgement To Come-Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity... (Psalm 9:8)

Judgment is coming. It is coming for every person.

And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27).

Many people don’t believe it, and still more don’t seem to care, but judgment is coming! Be certain of this. Ready or not, we will all meet our Creator.

Furthermore, “…he will judge the world in righteousness…”

As humans, who have become immersed in sin, it doesn’t seem so terribly bad. God views sin differently because of His different, absolutely holy nature. Habakkuk explains that this is why judgment is not optional. It is absolutely necessary.

Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. (Habakkuk 1:13).”

We tend to think differently, so God persistently reminds us that He will judge and that the necessary judgment is righteous.

For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness(Psalm 96:13).

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns;…He will judge the peoples with equity.” (Psalm 96:10).

He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with equity. (Psalms 98:9).

Because God judges righteously, all are hopelessly lost. All sin. God is too pure to tolerate sin, therefore all must be judged.

“The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14:2-3)

Paul quoted David, reaffirming, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; (Romans 3:10).

Moses taught the children of Israel,‘Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’” (Deuteronomy 27:26)

Paul quoted Moses, reaffirming,

under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” (Galatians 3:10).

All are hopelessly lost, but our infinitely wise and absolutely pure Creator, determined that the just requirement of judgment could be satisfied. We could be restored by the sacrifice of His sinless Son.In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation. …God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. (II Corinthians 5:19, 21, NET).

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2, NET).

Consequently, God will do what He must do, judge (condemn) righteously and yet graciously judge righteous (save) all who are in Christ. Contrary to the distortions of our Calvinist friends, this gracious salvation is not unconditional.

The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,” (Matthew 13:41).

God’s judgment includes those who have entered into a covenant relationship with God.

“…‘THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.’ It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:30-31).

It is a sobering thought. You and I, our family, our friends, everyone we have ever known and everyone else…everyone, will stand before our infinitely holy Creator and be judged.

For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed…” (Acts 17:31 NLT).

Jesus Christ is not only our Creator and righteous Judge, but also our Redeemer, Mediator, Advocate, and Savior! Have you been baptized into him?

Adapted from an article By Henry Morris

 

 

 

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November 4, 2018

How To Please The Lord – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Therefore also we have as our ambition,

whether at home or absent,

to be pleasing to Him.”

(II Corinthians 5:9)

This is one of many verses where the apostle Paul expresses the strong desire to be pleasing the Lord Jesus Christ (“well-pleasing, acceptable,” Thayer). This should likewise be our own ambition, whatever we do and wherever we are, to please Him. This, of course, will make a difference in what we do and where we go!

God revealed through His word, a number of specific ways that we can confidently know that we are pleasing Him. For example:

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.” (Romans 15:1).

Paul says that the criterion of strong Christians, for determining what to do and where to go, should be what is pleasing Him, not ourselves.

Notice that Paul warned the Christians at Rome that…“…those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8).

That is, God will not be pleased if our thoughts and actions are governed by worldly considerations.

Some believe Christians deserve the best and therefore their life should be a “rose garden.” Peter disagrees. He says that by suffering, willingly, for His sake, we can please Him.

“For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor [well pleasing] with God.” (1 Peter 2:20)

Consider this expression from different translations.

…God is pleased with you.” NLT

“… this is pleasing to God.” BBE

“…you have God’s approval.” RSV

The author of the book of Hebrews says…

“Without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Throughout the Old Testament, this was the essential element that was responsible for monumental acts of service to God by great men of faith who…

who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.” (Hebrews 11:33-38)

You want to please God? Work on your faith.

God is pleased with generosity.

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Self-service is our natural tendency. We all know how to do that. If you want to please God you must learn self-sacrifice.

This certainly involves our material possessions as well as sharing the gospel.

but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God…” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

When our ways please the Lord, we have this gracious promise:

“…whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” (I John 3:22)

Therefore, we determine to make Paul’s ambition to please the Lord our ambition. The reasons overwhelm any alternative today and determines our eternal destiny.

Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (II Corinthians 5:9-10)