Righteous In An Unrighteous Generation

"Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God." - Genesis 6:9
Noah lived in a generation where God saw that man was evil. Even to the point that God had come to regret having ever made mankind (Genesis 6). What made Noah so different? Notice the last four words of this text, "Noah walked with God". Noah was righteous and he was blameless but what made him that way? It was his relationship with the Father. He walked with God when no one else in that generation did. And out of his intimate relationship with God came righteousness and blamelessness. 
    What does Moses mean when he says Noah was righteous? It means that Noah was obedient. He was obedient to the One he chose to walk throughout his life with. Three times do we read in Genesis 6 & 7 that, "Noah did this, he did all that God commanded him." Is that not what righteousness is? To be obedient to the commands of God. Following all the commands God has given. It was…

Do Not Love The World.

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." - 1 John 2:15
We are commanded to not love the world or the things of the world. I do not see an option. I do not see a request. I see a command. There is nothing about this world that we should love more than we love God. What of the world are we not to love? It's affairs. What does that mean? The matters and concerns of what happens in this life should not be the primary purpose of followers of Jesus. And it certainly should not be the purpose to the reason we find for living.
    Neither are we to love the "things in the world." Material objects are not to be what we are affectionate for. Food, clothing, a nice home and a nice vehicle, all these things are a waste. Having them is not a problem. We should be very thankful for what we have. But having a love for any object of this world is not okay, at least if that love is greater than our love …

The Testimony.

"And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." - 1 John 5:11

     A testimony is a statement of declaration by a witness. Often it is used as evidence in support of a fact; proof. When one stands in the court to provide testimony they do so as a demonstration of evidence to establish what is true, to produce a belief. Church is another place where testimonies occur. When one gives a testimony in a service they stand as evidence for proof to what God is doing or has done. 
     Let's take Jesus as an example. His testimony was that he is the Son of God. How can we be certain of this? According to Jesus' own words we would receive the sign of Jonah (Matt. 12:38-42). Familiar with that story? To make it short, Jonah spent three days in the belly of a large fish and then spit out onto the shores of Nineveh. Jesus was declaring that he would die, stay dead for three days and then on the third day he would rise from the grave. That …

Must I Love Christ To Have A Relationship With The Father?

"If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not on my own accord, but he sent me." - John 8:42

   Jesus tells the Scribes and Pharisees that in order for God to be their Father, they have to love Jesus. God being our Father is conditional on loving Jesus. What does that mean? It means in order to exist in a relationship with the Father, there must be a love of Christ. A love for Christ is a requisite, a requirement and necessary. For anyone to have a relationship with God it is essential to love the Son.
   Let me ask the question differently. Can we have a relationship with the Father and not love Christ? No. If we understand Jesus' words correctly, in no way can anyone have a relationship with the Father and be absent of a love for Jesus. This alone is what separates Christianity from all other religions. Many believe in God, many pray to God, but without a love for Christ it is vain. To be affectionate towards Jesus it to be …

Death Came Through Sin

"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned." - Rom. 5:12

When sin entered the world through one man's disobedience, death entered the world through sin. Sin came and death came with it. What is death? Two forms of death are referenced here. First the obvious is the physical death. By definition this death occurs as the separation of the soul from the body by which life on earth is ended. Jesus wept over Lazarus when Lazarus experienced this form of death in John 11. Jesus himself experienced this form of death upon his crucifixion (John 19). And we all will experience this death. We all, according to Hebrews 9:27, have an appointed time to die. Yet this death is not something followers of Jesus should fear, for one reason: To die is gain (Phil. 1:21). If one is found in Christ, when they die, they gain an inheritance of God. To be absent from the body is to be present with God. What…

Sin Came Through One Man.

"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned." - Romans 5:12
        Sin entered the world through one man. How would you like to be responsible for that? How would you like to know that you were the one man that resulted in the spread of sin throughout the world? What a reputation. The question we need to ask is, what is sin? By the greek definition it means missing the mark. Missing the target. It is missing the mark God has set for us. What is the mark? It is righteousness and righteousness comes from obedience (Rom. 6:16). If obedience leads to righteousness, which is the target God has for us, then disobedience leads to unrighteousness causing us to miss the mark and that is sin. 
     From what man did sin enter? Adam. In Genesis three, Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the very tree God told Adam not to eat (Gen. 2:17). Why did they e…

Justified By Faith

"Therefore, since we have have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." - Romans 5:1
Justification comes as a result of Jesus' resurrection. Paul begins Romans 5:1 with the word, "therefore". When ever we see this word, it is wise to slow down and look at the verse or verses before. In Romans 4:24,25 Paul writes, "It will be counted to us who believes in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification." What will be counted to us? In previous verses Paul is making the argument that righteousness comes by believing in Jesus Christ. As is the case with Abraham who believed in God and was counted as righteousness (Rom. 4:22). Paul takes that a step further in Rom. 4:25 by telling us that Jesus was delivered for our trespasses, in other words, Jesus died because of our sinfulness, and was raised or resurrected for our justification. Thus, justifica…

God Blots Out Transgressions For His Own Sake.

"I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins" - Isaiah 43:25

      "I am he..." Who is he? Who is this 'I'? It is nobody except Israel's only Savior, the LORD (Isa. 43:1). It is Yahweh who speaks! The one who created all things and formed all things. And it is the LORD, not just anyone, who speaks. Nor is it any god. Before the LORD there was no god nor is there going to be after the LORD and besides Him there are none (Isa. 43:10,11). Not only is He Israel's only Savior but He is the world's only Savior.
We are all transgressors. We have all violated the law. That is what it means to commit a transgression - to violate a law. Who's law? God's law. Not a person on earth is free from having become a transgressor. This goes back as far as Adam and Eve. Because Adam sinned, sin entered the world, and the Scriptures declare that all have sinned as a result (Romans 5:12). Because we are all l…

No One Knows The Son except the Father.

"All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son choose's to reveal him." - Matthew 11:27

No one knows Jesus except God. According to the words of Jesus, not one individual knows the Son except for the Father. What Jesus is saying is that, no one but God perceives or understands or discerns the truth about the Son. No one is aware of who the Son really is except the Father. If this be true, then what Christ says next is also true.
No one knows God except Jesus. Again, no one, not one individual perceives or understands or discerns the truth about God except for the Son, Jesus Christ. The only one is most aware of who God is, is Jesus Christ. Only our Lord is really aware of the begetter, originator and progenitor of all life.
   Why is this? Why is it that no one knows Jesus except God nor does anyone know God except Jesus? It is because God sent Jesus and…

All Things Have Been Handed Over To Jesus

"All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." - Matt. 11:27
    All things have been handed over to Jesus by God, the Father. What has been given to Jesus? All things. Everything has been give to Him. Every inanimate object has been give to Him and every animate object has been given to Him. Whether the object has life or it does not, it belongs to Jesus. All that I own and all that I have and everyone that is in my life does not belong to me, it all belongs to Jesus Christ. My wife is His. The stray cat that has taken up at my home is His. My child is His. If I can name it and I can see it, it belongs to Jesus. My life is His. And whether an individual believes in Christ or not, both the believer and unbeliever belong to Christ.
   Jesus tell's us that everything has been handed over to him. What this means is, all things have…