Bible Ballistics: BBs #787 It’s All About Jesus!!! Really???
“Be it known unto you all,
and to all the people of Israel,
that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom ye crucified,
whom God raised from the dead,
even by him
doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone
which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name
given among men,
whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12=
My friends, I am sure that some of you are thinking, why is this woman “beating a dead horse”? Well, this woman is repeating truth again, for there is “One” who is coming back on HIS white horse, with all the armies of heaven to establish HIS eternal kingdom. And only those who have trusted to HIS substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for sin, (by faith through God’s grace, see Ephesians 2:8-10) will be a part of His kingdom!
“And I saw heaven opened,
and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him
was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness
he doth judge
and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire,
and on his head were many crowns;
and he had a name written,
that no man knew,
but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture
dipped in blood:
and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven
upon white horses,
clothed in fine linen,
white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword,
that with it he should smite the nations:
and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:
and he treadeth the winepress
of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh
a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-16
All because God will accomplish HIS purpose in all things:
“And I heard as it were
the voice of a great multitude,
and as the voice of many waters,
and as the voice of mighty thunderings,
for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice,
and give honour to him:” Revelation 19:6-7a
While the world around us is always talking about “luck”, let me confirm for you that there is no such thing as “luck”; but the providence of God reigns supreme. And while there are things that happen because we live in a fallen world, we must not discount the reality of the spiritual warfare that exists around us. It is what Paul was talking about in Ephesians 6, when he called us to be sure and put on the ‘armor of God’ in order to “withstand in the evil day”! And my friends, we are ‘there’!
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities,
against the rulers of the darkness
of this world,
against spiritual wickedness
in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you
the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand
in the evil day,
and having done all,
to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13
How I pray that we will be found “standing”! And just in case you have missed these things in the past, I would like to share God’s truth about The Redeemer–The One who came to purchase our salvation with “HIS own blood”.
“For I have not shunned to declare unto you
all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore
and to all the flock,
over the which the Holy Ghost
hath made you overseers,
to feed the church of God,
which he hath purchased
with his own blood.” Acts 20:27-18
It’s why HE came! To be the “lamb of God” and take away the sin of all who will believe and receive HIM.
“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
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said,
After me cometh a man
which is preferred before me:
for he was before me.” John 1:29-30
Jesus Himself made it clear that HE was, IS and ever shall be The One and only way to God the Father, and eternal life!
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.
7 If ye had known me,
ye should have known my Father also:
and from henceforth
ye know him,
and have seen him.” John 14:6
And Jesus’ own testimony of what HE came to do as He talked to Nicodemus:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man
be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world;
but that the world through him
might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him
is not condemned:
but he that believeth not
is condemned already,
because he hath not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth
cometh to the light,
that his deeds may be made manifest,
that they are wrought in God.” John 3:14-21
So, my question for you/I is, “What have you done/will you do with Jesus?” Your answer is of eternal import, for there is a time coming when your answer will determine your eternal destiny; and while people don’t like to think about it, it will be heaven or hell—and JESUS is the determining factor. God’s Word is clear.
“And I saw a great white throne,
and him that sat on it,
from whose face
and the heaven
and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead,
small and great,
stand before God;
and the books were opened:
and another book was opened,
which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged
out of those things which were written
in the books,
according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it;
and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them:
and they were judged
according to their works.
14 And death and hell
were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever
was not found written
in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.”
I stand with Paul—it’s all about the cross of Jesus Christ alone! How about you?
“And I, brethren,
when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom,
declaring unto you
the testimony of God.
2 For I determined
not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
Are you trusting in Jesus? Or are you going your own way?
“There is a way
which seemeth right
unto a man,
but the end thereof
are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12
The choice is yours, but choose wisely, there is a test!
“For it is written,
As I live, saith the Lord,
every knee shall bow
and every tongue shall confess
12 So then every one of us
shall give account
to God.” Romans 14:11-12
Amen and Amen!!!