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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

January 25, 2007

Hebrews 1:1-5  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath apointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excelent name than they.”

It’s an attribute of the old unregenerated nature that each of us wrestle with to one degree or another.  That is the tendancy to categorize others.  In other words, we’ll consider the attributes of another; their education, their social standing, their financial reserves, physical features, their demeanor, and any notable characteristic that they might have.  We’ll then use these factors to construct our impression of that individual.  If a person is far more educated than us or comes from a very wealthy family, we would tend to hold them in higher esteem than one who washes dishes at a hotel.  This tendancy stems from the pride of life as our impression of others becomes based upon attributes which, aside from issues involving the heart, have no eternal significance.  This categorization goes on in our sub-conscious for the most part without our even being aware that we’re doing it.  As saints, we must strive to continually remember that we are all in the same boat; this being the fact that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” None of us measure up to Gods measuring stick; that being one of absolute holiness.  As Isaiah wrote, “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”  (Isaiah 64:6)

There’s a post in this site that was done a while back entitled “Close Encounters” which talks about what happens when folks come into contact with the Lord.  Basically, it leaves one with a feeling of unworthiness and depravity.  (Because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God)  When you think about God who inhabits eternity and in whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, you begin to see just how contrary we really are.  I know that if I think back and consider all of the times that I’ve failed God even after being saved, it’s almost more than I can handle.  When you love the Lord Jesus, you want to please him and be a good testimony for those who are still searching.  When you “screw up” be it an inappropriate fit of anger, a comment that was uttered without thinking, or anything that compromises your testimony, it’s very disheartening.  In such moments, you realize all the more that the old song is true; “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Only by abiding in the True Vine, Jesus, can we measure up and find the ability to put away the old nature.  He is our righteousness ad without him, we are completely undone.  This sounds basic I know, but its important to be mindful of these things lest we become ovecharged with the things of this world.

Hebrews 4:14-16  “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,  and find grace to help in time of need.”

One thing that has always amazed me is that Jesus came into the world in a body of flesh, walked the earth for 33 years, and never sinned one single time.  Truly his ways are as far above ours as the heavens are above the earth.  And yet he knows what we’re going through because he went through it also.  The difference is that he condemned sin in the flesh.  He was able to pay the sin debt of the world with his own innocent blood.  We really do have a great salvation through Jesus Christ.  I once was lost and on the road to everlasting torment, but now I’m found and headed for a city not made with hands.  (Think for a moment as to just how profound that really is.)  The same is true for everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior.   There was a day in our past when we woke up a sinner on the way to hell, and went to bed a new babe in Christ; our names freshly penned into the Lambs book of life. 

Hebrews 7:24-25  “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

When all has been said and all has been done; when time has nothing else to measure, none of us will be able to say “look at what I did.” As we stand in that place beyond time and space with the Lord Jesus, we’ll know that we do not deserve to be there.  We will be praising the one who made it possible for us to be in that wonderous place.  We will forever be in remembrance of the love that God has for us in that he sent his only begotten Son into the world to save that which was lost.  As the new Jerusalem descends from God out of heaven, we’ll be praising him for the day that he called us out of darkness and into his marvellous light.  We’ll be rejoicing in the knowledge that this is a world without ending.  We will never be able to thank him enough for saving us from our own ways.  But we can certainly praise him forever throughout the eons to be. 

I need to be wrapping this up.  This middle of the night posting is affecting my ability to obtain adequate sleep.  Nonetheless, I count it a blessing to be able to share thoughts and meet others.  One day, there will be a final post as all of these things will come to pass.  This world is ever so temporal, but the one to come is everlasting.  My desire in every post and every comment is to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and on issues of eternal significance.  On that note, I’ll close out and leave with a very familiar verse.

II Corinthians 4:18  “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

GOOD MORNING!  It’s now 7:35am and I was just going over things again.  We’re in an age when slumber has overtaken many.  We need to be watching always as these things are soon to come to pass.  The moment “will” arrive in which the return of Jesus Christ is no longer a prophetic event, but a very present fulfillment of scripture.  This age is coming to its conclusion and I would encourage all to seek the Lord while he may be found and draw in close.  

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12 comments

  1. Brother another excellent post and oh so very true.

    One of the things you wrote struck me with this thought; “sin cannot encroach upon the divine”.

    As Jesus was wholly man and wholly God and that he was not born with a sin nature, sin was unable to over come the divine in him. I know this sounds a bit over the top but let me continue.

    What I see here that is vitally important for each and everyone of us is this: our hope and indeed our only hope is the powerful truth and reality of Christ in us (Col 1:27). It is this reality of Christ in us that results in our being transformed, converted, regenerated, sanctified and born again.

    It is this reality of Christ in us that grants us the fullness of God as seen in and revealed through our newly received in Christ Jesus natures (Col 2:9-10). This new nature is the very nature of God, his divine nature grants to us in and through Christ in us the hope of glory (2Pet 1:3-4).

    It is this divine nature and not our old nature that holds the power of God in overcoming all that is of darkness, sin and corruption in our old lives. It is this reality of the divine fullness as imparted to us in and through Christ Jesus that holds for us the hope of eternal life and of the total victory of zoe life over sin and its corrupting influence in life.

    My point is this, that our only hope is in the reality of Christ Jesus in us and the transforming power of this reality and not in ourselves, others or anything else. It is Christ in Us, alone that is our hope. Sin cannot encroach nor overcome the divine life of Christ Jesus. This is in part why Paul tells to us to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God (Rom 6:11) and to focus upon the Lord (Col 3:1-3), for he is our only hope, he is our New Life, the product of the transforming work and presence of Christ in us.

    May we one and all place our hope in He who is our only hope, the Christ of God, our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus (Phil 3:7-11)! He is our perfection! He alone is our Hope in the Father by the power of God the Holy Spirit. Blessed be the Lord forever and ever more!

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


  2. Thanks Phil. It was impossible for Christ to sin. This is true and in a way we cant quite grasp it as we wrestle with the old nature, the different law in our members, daily. One day, SOON, this corruptible will put on incorruption. Soon, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is. Not to run scriptures together, but I long for that day. Thanks for your input. I’m kind of running fast because I have to drive to Cassopolis, but I’ll return to read this comment more carefully. I always appreicate hearing from you.


  3. One of the great errors propagated over the years is that Jesus had some kind of an edge over the rest of us. He told us that we would do even greater things than Him[in numbers] but then left us powerless to carry out those tasks. This is blatantly false and leads to a litany of excuses for why there is so little power in the Church today. He was our model to show us what it means to be fully human; “life more abundantly.” Christ showed us the kind of life we could lead if we were filled with the Holy Spirit and lived in holiness and purity.


  4. Amen cumby!

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


  5. Thanks to all for always making me think. We strive to be ever more Christlike with each passing day and this is one of the blessings of being here. Input is really appreciated and always taken to heart.
    I really desire that the church of Jesus Christ once again turn the world upside down as in the book of Acts. Daniel 11:32 comes to mind.


  6. I cannot say AMEN passionately enough to what Phil wrote, cumby too!

    I truly believe the divine nature of Christ within us can enable us to overcome. As tired as I am right now, I don’t think I will attempt to pull up all of the scriptures racing through my mind.
    I believe in Holiness, not like it is so commonly taught, not like we were taught in our early days, but there are simply too many scriptures that speak of this.

    A process yes, but ever His ever increasing presence in our life transforms us; we diminish as He increases…
    there becomes less of us and more of Him.

    We cannot ,and will not, be able to “achieve” anything of spiritual worth of our own accord or strength, but we are partakers of the divine nature! Think about that one for a moment!!!
    We partake of HIS nature!!!
    Christ IN us, the Hope of Glory!
    Is He not able to keep that which is His own?

    Boy I am rambling here, so I’m letting this one go. Not sure if I made any sense here; though I am exhausted, my eyes are wide open today and I am excited!
    This woman has a vision again…
    That of beholding our Saviours face…
    of eternity…
    it was right before my eyes but I couldn’t see it.
    Nothing else compares. Not “ministry”, certainly not the things of this world..
    Only Jesus, and yes we can yield our lives, our will to Him by His grace.
    May He be Soveriegn in our lives!

    Every blessing and Jesus love and grace to you all!

    We do not know yet what we shall be, but when we see Him we shall be like Him!


  7. I see now what I said. It wasn’t to imply that we have no victory over sin. There is a diffeent law in our membrs but we have the Holy Ghost abiding in us. He does empower us to live a holy life and if we love the Lord Jesus, such will be our desire. I have no desire for the old ways; only to be more like Christ and less like us. I didn’t realize how I worded that comment until I just looked at it again. I was racing to get it out before going to work and it came out in a way that i wasn’t aware of. Sorry. I’ll try to be more careful in the future.


  8. timbob, I hope I didn’t come across wrong. There is no doubt in my mind that you truly love the Lord, and by His grace and in His strength, strive to live a godly life!
    I am always blessed reading your posts and comments!
    I was having a very excited in the spirit day yesterday!
    Bless you timbob!

    Your sister in our Lord Christ Jesus,

    Susan


  9. […] false and leads to a litany of excuses for why there is so little power in the church today. …https://timbob.wordpress.com/2007/01/25/the-lord-our-righteousness/Understanding the Lord&aposs Supper — the cup and the breadEvery scripture pertaining to our walk […]


  10. Thanks Timbob!
    We are “made right” through faith in Christ! I have been camping out here for a couple of month’s now. Praise God!
    Be blessed as you go,
    Richard


  11. Greetings Richard. Thanks for stopping by. This post has received a lot of google generated hits lately due to a controversial situation with a church in New Mexico that has the same name as this post. This is also the place where my first major blogger-blunder transpired as can be seen in the above commments. I keep your household in prayer upon every rememberance as the Lord is doing a mighty work these days.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  12. We should judge people by how they act and how they treat others, especially when so acting brings those acting no gain.

    God calls upon many to act, and those, even if “called” by God, will be judged and punished by Man, if required.

    One of my issues is

    Why do you think God would ask a Man to conduct an act that benefits the Man asked?

    When has this happened in the Bible? Moses? No, he didn’t get to enter the promised land…

    Noah? No, he had to build the ark…

    No, he was going to kill his son and didn’t have to–God didn’t ask him to save his son…

    For instance, when has God asked any Man to lay down with anyone else (much less another Man in the Bible) whether to procreate or not? I mean, if God needed to procreate, he/she wouldn’t need a Man… At least, the Bible tells us so…

    So anyone stating that God asked them to “lay down” with any child or other person is, in my opinion, either lying outright or is severely misinterpreting what “God” has asked…

    Just because “they” or the people laying down with “them” say so doesn’t make it so.

    You simply can’t cut cheese with that knife…

    Did Jesus sin? I was not there, and I don’t think it matters if he did sin. If he did not sin, would he be part Man–as declared? How can man not sin?

    Perhaps God made his son be born of flesh to understand this thing called temptation–never, of course, having experienced it himself. His son, half from God and half from Mary, would be half man–subject to temptation.

    If he gave in to temptation, I can certainly understand the Covenant Jesus made with Man.

    Forgive them father, for they know not what they do…

    This quote may not mean that Man did not know what they were doing in killing him (since Jesus was willing to die for us and this was, we are taught, God’s plan).

    This quote could mean that Jesus was asking God to forgive Man for not being able to follow through on the first Covenant made with God and for God to give Man a second chance.

    Of course, Jesus may not have said that at all. Does it matter?

    God did not ask us to not use our brain or the reason he gave us. Failure to think for yourself, to question, and to provide answers to those questions is a failure of any Church if “freedom” of speech is not allowed in the Church.

    God does not ask for blind obedience. Rather, he asks that you think, rationalize, and decide.

    A man born in India to Hindu parents lives his whole life serving his fellow man in need. He forgoes personal gain to make sure his fellow man receives food, water, and housing. He doesn’t lust or sin as we know it, and you actually think God would not allow this man into heaven simply because he had not been exposed to “Jesus?” If you think this man would be excluded from Heaven, I think you are mistaken.

    Jesus is simply part of a trinity. I might say that instead of simply concentrating on Jesus, you should also look to God and the Holy Ghost. Their teachings are not “obsolete” because of our Compact with Christ.

    It is our actions that are subject to judgment–temptation hits us all, but our thinking about our weakness or our giving into it does not mean we fail. If we did, Saul would not have been Paul.



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