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The Scales We Humans Us, versus the The Holy God's Scale of Judging, Post 6E-11, May 5, 2018
FINALLY, My Beloved Friends. I have used 'signs' of 'weights' and 'balances' as pictures in the beginning of some of the posts in this Series on the 'Holiness of God'.
Why? Because man's scales are on a 'curve'. But, not the Good Lord's scales. Of his own, man simply cannot obtain any of the 'characteristics of God', including, Holiness. And yet, God requires us to be - 'holy'.
[Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 3:17; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:8; Hebrews 3:1; 1 Peter 1:16, 2:9; Revelation 20:6]
Oh, we may 'know' within our selves that something is not 'right'. But, since Adam and Eve, [Genesis 3]. we are incapable of 'fixing' our 'sin nature'. Think not?? Well, for over 6000 years, what has occurred, other than 'strife', 'folly', 'foolishness', violence, 'contentions'. 'murders', 'immorality', 'depravity', 'self-centeredness' vs. 'God-centeredness', wickedness of all kinds, at all levels. Has there ever been - PEACE AND SECURITY - ANY WHERE? ABSOLUTELY NOT, THE WAY OF PEACE, THEY DO NOT KNOW. [Psalm 28:3; 120.7; Ecclesiastes 3:8; Isaiah 48:22; Jeremiah 6:4,14; 8:11, 15; 14:19; Ezekiel 13:10; Luke 19:42; Revelation 6:4.]
AND YET, man is ever 'seeking' 'things' through 'man's ways' that they think or know, should be 'right', to no avail. And, each time, there is failure, governmental changes, 'the new world order', wars and rumors of wars, over and over, in vain.
Why do we have a 'sense of what is just, or unjust'? That 'sense' must come from something planted in man by the Creator, and it was - [Genesis 1:26-31]. Who determines the 'perfect standard'? God, in whose 'image' we were created but, have fallen from it, due to universal 'sin', rejection of God.
What about the solution, 'Well we are gods, we just have to 'tap into the higher power'?' Really? How? Oh, within us is 'god', alright, the 'god of this world'. [2 Corinthians 4:4]. How is that old story working out for anyone. Remember such as the Ceasars? Where is 'Rome', today? Perfect? Yeah, right.
Study the Book of Judges - for the Good Lord has provided an example of what happens when a 'man' and his society who once knew the Living God, starts thinking that everything is right in his own eyes. [Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25] And yet, with the 'example' for us not to repeat, how is that same mentality working out - TODAY? [1 Corinthians 10:1-13]
NO, THERE IS ONLY ONE 'STANDARD GIVER' - AND HE IS HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. AND, HIS WAY IS 'HOLY, HOLY, HOLY'. Planted within each human being is the 'standard' that comes from the 'Source', God. Remember, we are created in His image, 'pots by the potter'. [Genesis 1:26-31;2:18-25; Psalm 2:9; Isaiah 29:16; 41:25; 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6; 19:1; Romans 9:21]
Although we are now born in 'depravity', 'disconnected' from God, there is still 'consciousness' that the Holy Spirit through the Word, 'gives new birth to', and 'changes the rebellious heart', 'regenerates' the individual. That is what is ever present in the human being, and CAN NEVER, EVER BE SATISFIED UNTIL IT IS BORN OF GOD, RECREATED. You become aware of the Holy Spirit's 'nudgings', doing what only He can do [John 3], first to convict you of sin, [John 16:8-11]; and to convince you of righteousness, [John 16:8] bringing you to repentance, and conversion, after He has worked miraculously to - regenerate you to be able to come to faith, a gift of the Grace of God. [Ephesians 2:1-10; Philippians 2:12-13]. Then, you will be 'led of the Spirit', [Galatians 5:18], as He accomplishes His purposes, such as illuminating the Word to you, [John 16:12-15]; warns you, [Acts 20:23]; directs you, [Acts 20:22]; intercedes for you, [Romans 8:26]; gives you that blessed assurance, when needful, [Romans 8:16]; teaches you, [John 16:12-15], as well as guides you, [John 16:13; Romans 8:12]; He prays. [Romans 8:26]; He searches the mysteries of God, and reveals them to us,
[1 Corinthians 2:10] These are some of the 'riches' we have 'through' Jesus. [Romans 2:4; 9:23; 11:33; Ephesians 2:7; 3:8; James 2:5]
The Holy Spirit of God, is a 'PERSON', THE THIRD PERSON OF THE TRIUNE GODHEAD. He has knowledge and imparts that knowledge of Himself, God and Jesus, to us.. These are the very 'thoughts of the mind of God', revealed to us. [1 Corinthians 2:11-12] Further, the Holy Spirit has a 'will', being responsible for 'distributing 'gifts', as He will [chooses], [1 Corinthians 12:11]. He makes decisions. He is not a power to be harnessed, nor 'captured' to 'enhance a person's powers within them'. All that is, as Isaiah calls, 'filthy rags'. [Isaiah 64:6-8] And, the saddest thing of all that a person can do, is to either 'to grieve' the Holy Spirit, [Ephesians 4:30]; to quench the Holy Spirit, and He will depart, [1 Thessalonians 5:19]; or to 'resist the Holy Spirit'. [Acts 7:51] We are to 'receive the love of the Holy Spirit', [Romans 15:30], for our own 'good'. We can only 'succeed' once we are saved, from the perspective of God, if and when, we submit and surrender to God, the Holy Spirit, a 'thinking', 'feeling' Divine Person acting in perfect unity and harmony with God the Father, and Jesus, God the Son to work His perfect will out in our lives.
This is why - we know - that something is not right, and, that we cannot 'fix it'. Have you - submitted, surrendered? He talks, do you seek His advise? [Acts 13:2]
This, AND THIS ONLY, [THE CROSS OF JESUS] is the 'standard' we shall all be judged by when God Judges. Those who are in Jesus Christ, that judgment occurred at the Cross. AND FOR US, HE IS OUR 'PROPITIATION', OUR 'RANSOM', OUR 'REDEEMER', WHEN WE 'TURN FROM OURSELVES', ACCEPT AND RECEIVE HIM FOR FORGIVENESS, BY FAITH. [John 3:16; Romans 8:1, 3; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; ] For those not 'in Jesus', does not believe, that judgment shall be judged by God's Word, HIS WRATH IS ALREADY UPON YOU, BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT BELIEVED. [John 3:16; Matthew 12:37; Mark 16:16; John 3:16; Romans 2:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:12; John 3:36]. And, no one will be able to 'justify' themselves by any 'good deeds', 'religions', 'blaming', 'accusing', etc. Bottom Line - If your name is not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb at your death, or, should Christ return and you are not saved - it will be - too late. [Daniel 12:1; Matthew 25;Philippians 4:3; Revelation 13:8; 17:8; 20:12,27; 22:10-16] THIS IS WHY IT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT TO GET 'FIRST THINGS FIRST' - YOUR ETERNAL SALVATION. HAVE YOU TAKEN CARE OF THIS MATTER?? Amen. Amen. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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