THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESSJanuary 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.