Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jesus Christ The Righteous

1 John 2:1-2  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  (2)  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

            Those of us who know and understand the concept of existing sinfulness know that to sin is an abomination towards God.  (Within the idea of this being an abomination, we become an enemy of God.  Those of us who walk in the world (flesh) are enemies of God.)

Romans 8:6-8  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God

We as Christians must know that to walk in sin can shed doubt on our salvation.  (I know, here I go judging again.  If those who are always “quoting” (out of context) verses concerning judging would read and study the scriptures, they would know that I must not judge you with a different standard than I judge myself.)  God wants Christians to be able to discern (judge.)  When we see a brother in sin we should attempt to sway him away from that sin.

Ezekiel 33:6  But if the watchman  [Any Christian] see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his  iniquity [sin]; but his blood will I require at the watchman's [Christian’s] hand.

If a Christian fails (in his resolve to discern,) and walks away with no admonition, (and if that person dies in his sins,) his blood is on that Christian’s hands.
            Jesus died on the cross for you and I.  He died for our sins.  He is The Mighty “watchman,” and He has warned.  Because of that admonition, those who have accepted Him are free from The Wrath of God.

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Our God in Heaven, and His Son Jesus are both Righteous and Holy.  (How can we ever expect to be in their presence?)  They are both without sin.  They never sinned, and never will allow sin within Their realm. 
            Regardless of your personal opinion, your sin (you are a sinful person) is what keeps you from God and His Son.

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

            In Romans, Paul also shows us “the path” to that Righteousness we need.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

When Jesus died on that “Old Rugged Cross,” He died for our sins so we can be free, (free to live in the presence of God The Father eternally. 
            If you believe that God raised Jesus from the grave, and are a “watchman” willing to confess that belief to others, God will save you from your sins and that eternal burning in Hell.
            “Reader, why are you waiting?  Have you accepted Jesus?  Are you an active “watchman?”   Do you fear that “his blood” (the sinner’s blood) will be accounted to you?” 
            Believe.  Ask Jesus Today.

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas

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