God's Grace in Action
God sees you, knows you and loves you just the way you are. He loves you so much that He wants the very best for you. He does not want you to suffer in your heart by loneliness, or suffer in frustration of trying to be the best on your own terms. God knows that no matter how much you and I try, we will always not be as good as God's standards, and that we will be very lonely in trying.
God has a solution for our problem of loneliness and frustration. God sent Someone to help us in our situation. If you personally know and trust in what you are about to read, then the Lord God Himself will declare you clean, righteous, and just, thereby having a life long and forever living relationship in friendship and Love with God Almighty Himself. God Himself will carry your burdens, God will teach you the way you should go so that your troubles will grow fewer, God will fill your life with as much joy as you allow Him to, ... and much much more.
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." (Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Eccles. 7:20 ) "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." (Psalm 5:9)"The poison of vipers is on their lips." (Psalm 140:3) "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." (Psalm 10:7) "Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know." (Isaiah 59:7,8) "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Psalm 36:1)
Explanation: No one is perfect. No one is always right. No one is righteous. No person's motives, thoughts, words, and actions are always purely good. In fact, no one seeks after God, or perfection in purity according to God's own desire and will. Everyone turns away from God to do whatever he or she wants to do, to please themselves, to what they think is good enough. No one seeks to know God or please Him, even though He is God.
We are all walking dead men and women. We have no life of our own, no redeeming qualities that are purely good. Not a single one of us. Not you, not me. We lie, cheat, steal, pretend to be good, try to impress other people that we are what we are not, we deceive. We curse, gossip, slander, murder, have immoral thoughts, gamble, and cause trouble and hardship. We are not afraid of a Holy and Just God. We do not look up at His heavens of splendor, nor at His delicate flowers and tremble at the might of His all-powerful hand.
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
Explanation: We are accountable to God for our behaviour, thoughts and words. We are not accountable to people, and what they think. We are to fear God more than man. Because we have done even one thing wrong, no one will be declared right in God's sight. In fact, we are all to aware of how bad we are.
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you Whom you should fear: Fear Him Who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him." Luke 12:2-5
We do not communicate with God and seek His favor. Some of us do not because we only see our own lives, desires and our sin. Some of us do not come to God because we fear. We are afraid that if we seek and face the Lord God all-knowing, we think we will be crushed and destroyed. We think He will punish us and cast us into even more sorrow during this life than we already have --- But this is NOT True.
We do not come to God - But God tells us we must come to Him. If we do not come to God during our lifetime, God tells us that we will face a judgement based on our own merit. How will you be judged? Guilty for doing wrong, or not guilty because you are completely innocent? No excuses, reasons, rational, defense, or circumstances will be allowed in your trial. Just raw judgement on if you did even one thing wrong, or not.
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people. Heb 9:27,28
But God made a way for you and I to be declared not guilty, acceptable, clean, and innocent completely.
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Explanation: Because God loves you and me so very much, He sent a man who has never done anything wrong to take the punishment for all the wrong things that you and I have done. If anyone trusts this fact, then the right-ness from God will come to the person who trusts. If anyone personally believes, knows, trusts in, relies on the fact that the innocent man, Jesus Christ, died in his or her place, then the Lord God Himself will declare that believer clean, righteous, pure, not guilty, thereby having a life long and forever living relationship in friendship and Love with God Almighty Himself.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His Own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:5-11
The innocent man: Jesus Christ is that man whom God sent to die in our place. Pontius Pilate, the one who sentenced Him to death because of the crowds, declared "I am innocent of this man's blood".
Matt 27:19While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife
sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man,
for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him." … 23"Why?
What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the
louder, "Crucify him!" 24When Pilate saw that he was
getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and
washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's
blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!" 25All
the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
Mark 15: 15Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to
them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. Luke 23: 22For
the third time he spoke to them: "Why? What crime has this man committed? I
have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him
punished and then release him." 23But with loud shouts they
insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24So
Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25He released the man who had
been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and
surrendered Jesus to their will.
God had Jesus, the innocent man, die in your place for your wrong doing for the purpose of making you acceptable, clean and able to enter God's presence. Jesus never did anything wrong. Jesus was righteous.
"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In His name the nations will put their hope." Isaiah 42:1-4; Matt 12:18-21 The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Heb 9:14-15 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."…"The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: 'You are a priest forever.' " Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. Such a high priest meets our need -- one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Psalm 110:4; Heb 7:17,22,26
There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, (Or as the One who would turn aside his wrath, taking away sin) through faith in his blood.
Explanation: No matter who you are, you have done wrong against God, which means you sinned. You have not passed the test in being right in mind, spirit, word and action all of the time. In the race to being perfect, you do not make the goal. You and I fall short of attaining the goal, or the mark of being without ever thinking, saying or doing wrong. God already knows that you and I should be declared guilty of wrong if something doesn't change in our life. No matter how you or I try to do better, to be good, it is impossible to be good enough. We have tried it, it is too hard. God already knows this, too. Because God does not want you to suffer punishment for the guilty judgement, God offers you grace, or favor that you do not deserve. God offers you to come to Him and ask for Jesus Christ to be your mediator, or substitute for the death punishment you deserve.
He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed before hand unpunished-- he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3:10-26
Explanation: God chose this way for you and me because God will not change the rules. Judgement must be made. If there were no judgement, there would be no justice. If there were no justice, evil would abound and many more people would be hurt, forever. Our very souls cry for justice and fairness. God is just. Consequently, those who place their trust in God's man for them, Jesus Christ, God Himself declares them just, or justifies them. If you and I trust this fact, then God Himself turns away His wrath of judgement from us, and we are declared innocent and just.
There is more - If you choose to ask God to have Jesus Christ take the place for your deserving punishment, then God not only declares you not guilty, but He adopts you as His Own personal child, along with all of the rights and privileges that go with it.
If you are willing to receive this mighty gift, then Pray: God, I have done many wrong things in my life. I recognize that fact. I ask for you to have Jesus Christ take the place of my punishment. Please declare me not guilty. I know that this is a free gift from You to me, and that You ask for nothing in return. However, I also know that if You did not do this for me, I would live this life without You and would be lonely. Also, I would have a punishment after death that would never end. Thank you for forgiving me on the basis of Jesus Christ's death on the cross. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and teach me Your ways, so that I would love and obey you in my committed life to you, as your child. Thank you dear God, In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.
Declare what is to be, present it- let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, Who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD ? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but Me. Isa 45:21
They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good. Jer 32: 39-41
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