Bible Ballistics: BBs #296 Out Of Order??????
We were watching a new program on television last evening and it just struck at my heart, but not in a good way. The program took ‘prime time’ opportunity to validate sin. Of course the theme was not only sexual, but involved teenagers and sexuality, so of course, “everything” is “alright”! It made the sex outside of marriage ok. It made perversion ok. And then one of the characters made a remark about the “children hurting”! Well of course, the children are hurting we have led them astray by our complacency, our compromise of the truth, and our lack of courage to “stand fast in the evil day” (See Ephesians 6:10-18)!!! I must tell you, I won’t be watching this program!
When will we wake up to the facts that we have failed to do as Deuteronomy 6 instructs parents; first of all to “love The Lord” ourselves, then live lives of obedience to God before our children, and teach them continually as we walk through this lost and dying world with them. We must recognize where we are and stem the tide here. Now! I can’t change the world, but I can be “light” and “salt” right where I am. I must be faithful with the “least” before God can trust me with “great” things. But then we also must remember that what the world calls “great”, GOD may NOT!!! We must be sure that we are walking HIS way, not our way or the world’s way, but GOD’s way! And we find that “way” in the Bible!!!
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy,
that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated
and your God,
and your sins have hid his face
that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood,
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies,
your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4 None calleth for justice,
nor any pleadeth for truth:
they trust in vanity,
and speak lies;
they conceive mischief,
and bring forth iniquity.” Isaiah 59:1-4
If this isn’t America—then I am blind, deaf and dumb. We have abandoned truth for lies, and not only abandoned truth but have changed the truth into a lie, and have embraced lies for truth.
“Woe unto them
that call evil good,
and good evil;
that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them
that are wise in their own eyes,
and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe unto them
that are mighty to drink wine,
and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23 Which justify the wicked for reward,
and take away the righteousness
of the righteous from him!
as the fire devoureth the stubble,
and the flame consumeth the chaff,
so their root shall be as rottenness,
and their blossom shall go up as dust:
because they have cast away the law
of the Lord of hosts,
and despised the word
of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:20-24
Again this could have been written to America as well as Israel several thousand years ago. The message is still true and we are still willfully blind to our own sin.
Those of us who hold to the Biblical standard of truth and right are being continually minimalized and marginalized. We are receiving the same ridicule and scorn that our Lord received from the leaders of His day. But what will we do in the face of this harangue against truth? We must stand fast, and continue to “withstand in the evil day” (See Ephesians 6 again), for we are living in “the evil day”! We are not to cave and compromise, but we are to “stand fast” in the Truth of the Word of God, and the Redeemer who came to save this lost and dying world “from their sins”.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Jesus came to “save his people from their sins”, and when He saves us He doesn’t leave us in our sins, but He is continually changing us into His own image. He makes us NEW, in Himself, and by His blood delivers us from our SIN!!!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
And that is exactly what Jesus meant when He talked with Nicodemus, a religious leader who came to Him by night. Jesus told Nicodemus that it wasn’t “religion” that saves and changes lives, but being “born again”.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him,
How can a man be born when he is old?
can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb,
and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water
and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth,
and thou hearest the sound thereof,
but canst not tell whence it cometh,
and whither it goeth:
so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8
We must be born again by the Word (JESUS is the WORD, as well as His ‘words’!) and the Spirit. The Spirit imparts the “New Birth” to all who will come in repentance and faith.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5
Jesus became flesh and blood to die for us that we might have new life in and by His Spirit. That which had died in man because of sin (See Genesis 3), Christ brings to life anew in those who will come to Him.
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.” John 1:11-14
Jesus gives new life to those who will receive Him and believe in His sacrificial, atoning death for OUR SIN!!! He died for my sin NOT His own, for He came as the sinless Lamb of God to pay for our sin. He died so that we can have “life” rather than eternal “death” in Hell/The Lake of Fire.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
“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.” Hebrews 4:15
And as Jesus saves us “from” our sins, He also “keeps” us, and if there is no change—we better check out what we think saved us! Paul makes it clear that change is part of the evidence of God’s work within us.
“Know ye not
that the unrighteous shall not inherit
the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived:
nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves,
shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you:
but ye are washed,
but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Don’t miss the “KEY” of this passage, yes it’s describing SIN—controlling, pervading, life-consuming sin—yet the “key’ isn’t the sin, it’s the “were” and the “BUT”!!! It says, “such were some of you” and then three times Paul emphasizes the truth of the life-transforming power of the Cross!
“but ye are washed,
but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and by the Spirit of our God”
So the question today is, “Are you living an unregenerate life without Jesus?” Or are you “claiming” to belong to Jesus and still “living an unregenerate life without HIM”? Or are you “born again” by the “Spirit of God” and walking in the victory of the Cross? Are you unsure of where you are? God knows, and if you’ll but ask Him, HE will give you the answers to the questions that are plaguing you.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Is something “Out Of Order” in your life? Jesus can set it right and He will, if you will but seek HIS face. He died for you and He will give you “NEW” life through the blood of the Lamb! But there is only ONE WAY—and that way is Jesus, and HE won’t leave you in your sin!!!
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:9-11
The choice is yours—it is a matter of life or death!!! You don’t have to stay “Out Of Order”!!! “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”