In the world of politics, it seems that there is always one ever present major focus—that of economics, therefore, the politicians seem to all be very quick to offer their particular version of economic success. Every politician seems to have his (Or her now a days) ideas of how to create and maintain jobs, and industry, and in general boost the economy so that people can have money in their pockets. And I will admit that industry and economics are of very basic importance, but I will never agree that they are of greater importance than basic issues that every soul of man faces before God Almighty, for there are things more important than money. In fact, numerous of them.
Three Great Promises Of The Bible That We Will Discuss:
- That of forgiveness of sins
- That of empowerment to live life victorious over sin
- That of one-day, before the conclusion of this age, God’s true people realizing a unity of what we believe, and expressing behavior showing a full knowledge of the Son Of God; In other words, true Christian maturity, a full expression of Yeshua our Messiah.
The greatest issue that every soul must face at the judgment day, and what hope can be realized as to the question, how will my sin be accounted for?
I believe the single most important issue that every soul of man must be honest and face up to is whether he or she has received the forgiveness of sin that can only come through Yeshua, the Messiah, the eternal Son of God. (Jn. 3:14-21, 3:36, Ro. 2:2-11, Mat. 25:31-32, Heb. 9:27, 2 Pet. 2:29, Jude 14-15, Rev. 20:11-15) In short the issue is summed up like this. Yehovah created man upon the earth. Man was at the first perfect in every sense, and without sin. Mankind was created both male and female, again, those first people that inhabited the earth were without sin, and because they were without sin, life was a paradise for them, for they lived without any of the extremely harmful and painful baggage that comes with sin. (Ro. 3:9-18, Ro. 1:28-32) Yehovah had created mankind after His own image, allowing them to have the choice to by the empowerment of love, obey Him, or by the empowerment of rebellion, choose their own course and go down the road of disobedience and experience the ramifications of that rebellion. The first woman being deceived of the Wicked One (Satan) coached her husband to follow her into disobedience of Yehovah’s law, thus sin was “birthed” into the world. The results of which have been present in the lives and dealings of men ever since that time. Sickness, loss, pain, confusion, disruption of relationships, every sort of vileness, every sort of violence, etc., that we now see in our lives, and in the world around us, all exist because we have inherited the sin that started with the first man Adam, and then we have practiced it ourselves. (Gen. chapters 1 and 2, Ps. 51:1) Because of all this man has a need of extreme basic importance, for his Creator is a holy God, and cannot look upon sin. God is light, and in Him there is no darkness whatsoever, and there will be NO vile thing, or person ever enter His presence. (Jn. 3:16, Jo. 4:10, Is. 43:25, Is. 44:22, Micha 7:18, Ro. 3:10, Ro. 3:23, Ro. 3:25, Ro. 6:23, Ro. 8:32, ) Therefore, it is concluded that man needs a Savior. My friend, this is the great story of the Bible. How God brought forth Yeshua, who lived a sinless life and became the substitutional payment for your sins, and mine. Within the context of the things I have just spoken to you, lies the greatest promise that I know of. The promise that if we will confess and forsake our sin, that God will forgive us, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1John1:9) May He be praised for His heart to forgive, and cleanse sinners!
Friend, I have done this, and I encourage you to do this. I have gone to Him by faith confessing my sin, and turning from my sins by the empowerment of His grace, and I can assuredly say that I have received from Yeshua forgiveness of my sin. Therefore, I happily say that I know I am forgiven, and that God holds nothing against me, because of the gift of righteousness that Christ has given to me. This my friend is an unspeakable miracle! What man or woman who truly understands the vileness of his/her sins, and knows that he/she has been forgiven, will not then offer praise to Yeshua? For truly, the soul that has been forgiven much, will in return love much, and express thanks often, and from deep within!
The second greatest issue of life also has a promise from God concerning it, that there is empowerment available from God for us to live a life of victory over sin
The issue being: Once a soul of man has come to Christ and received forgiveness of sin, is enablement provided for him so that he does not need to continue in the mire of sin that he used to live in? I have good news for you! Yehovah, our redeemer, has not only provided forgiveness of sin for us, but He has also provided that we can be what the Scripture terms, born again. To be born again simply means that God the Holy Spirit moves into a person’s body and takes up residence there, and the spirit of that person who was before this event dead, in that it was cut off from the life of God, that person’s spirit then comes alive in that it becomes connected to God, who is life. A whole new nature comes alive in the new Christian. (Jo. 3:3-13, 2 Co. 5:17, Ro. 8:9, Col. 1:27)
The Christian has become what the Scripture refers to as a New Creation. The Apostle Paul spoke of this experience and reality with these terms, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17 KJV) In other places in the scripture this experienced is spoken of as being “washed”, as being “regenerated”, as the “regeneration of the Holy Ghost”, as being “transformed”, as being converted. Whatever particular terms we may use, they all speak of the same reality, that Yeshua chances those that come to Him, and He does it from the inside out. Thus, the reality that we do not need to continue to practice the sin that we once lived in before we received Him as our Lord and Savior is present in our lives as Christians. If, we will seek Him and surrender to Him, and learn to live by the impulse of His Spirit we will be enabled to live victoriously over sin. (Gal. 5:16, Gal. 5:16-26, Ro. 6:1-23, Ro. 8:1-5) This is an unspeakable truth and miracle, for which we ought to praise Him, and then take steps in our lives to make this promise a reality in our lives.
The third great issue, and promise of God that is associated with it, is that of unity among God’s people in respect to what we believe, teach, and practice in our lives, and the bringing forth of godly habits and attitudes.
I will suggest two Scriptures that offer promise related to the issue of unity among God’s people, and the maturing of our habits and attitudes. And I will admit that both, humanly speaking, come across as absolute impossibilities. In fact, to this man’s way of thinking these Scriptures express promises that are so profoundly impossible to man that I have before been tempted to laugh out loud when I read them. That is right, I have been tempted to laugh out loud at these promises. And that is because I view our weak and beggarly attempts at living out God’s truth extremely short of what He has promised: that the existing reality of dis-unity among those that claim the Christian faith is profound, and that our expressions of carnality are both profound, pervasive, and frequent. Now, I am not saying that I am proud that I at time possess so little faith that I have been tempted to laugh at the promises of the Scripture. I guess, I am freely admitting my own lack of faith, but at least I believe enough to both recognize these promises, and to speak of them to you today.
(Ephesians 4:13 NIV) “Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
The other Scripture is:
“…just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant Church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5: 25-27)
The reality that exists today in the world is that among those that claim the name of Yeshua there exists tremendous dis-unity and an obvious displays that we do not operate in the Mind Of Christ, for we possess and express huge foundational doctrinal differences, and habits of carnality are ever present. I will not try to endeavor to list these, and the truth is, I mention these in the various writings I do. But I will say this, God our savior will keep His word. He will bring to pass both the unity, and maturing of true Believers. This will cause to be brought forth a completely full and accurate expression of the Son of God from among His people in the world before the consummation of this age; A people commensurate to Yeshua. (Ro. 8:29) This I believe! And how will He do it? Here are three ingredients that will strongly flavor the soup of the maturing of His saints. I believe He will include these in the diet that will be fed to His own in these last days.
- By the washing of the water of His word. He will bring forth a people in these last days of this age who will be extremely attentive to His word (Ephesian 5:25-27, Colossians 3:16)
- By the baptism of the fire. (Lk. 3:16, Dt. 4:30, Mat. 24:21, Jn. 16:33, Acts 14:22, Rm. 5:3-5, 1 Thes. 3:4, Rev. 7:14) The end of the age draws very near, and He will cause this generation to pass through the fire of persecution and tribulation, thus burning away the dross of carnality and worthless things.
- By the out pouring of His Spirit. Without the abiding and strong working of the Holy Spirit we have no hope of cooperating with the grace of God to surrender to the working of God and grow in the grace and knowledge of our lord and savior, Yeshua. (Joel 2:28-32, Ez. 39:29, Is. 54:8, Zech. 12:10, Acts 1:4-5, Acts 2:1-39, Acts 8: 17, 1-15)
An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart