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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

How do we preach the Gospel without a standard? To just please itching ears at the expense of the High Calling of Christ. Isn't it amazing how Old Testament law was applied to sin. Death was the punishment for much of the sins that we practice openly nowadays in our society. Has God changed his mind on a lot of these sins or are we under grace now and can just do whatever we want under the umbrella of love? I say God never changes, his word is proof of that. But I do believe Jesus on the Cross took the penalty of death away that we all deserved for all sin. And He did that in hopes we would repent and live for him and not continue to live for ourselves. But to live for something greater than our earthly fleshly desires. To truly know your God even in a world of sin and death we can have life and life more abundantly. Only if we turn from what the word of God calls sin and live toward the gift of Christ Himself in our lives. The blood of Christ has been spilt on our behalf, shall we trample such a gift by living without a standard? A Holy Standard that was set for us and now He lives for us as our Standard bearer. Jesus has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. For we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. I will pay them back.” He also said, “The LORD will judge his own people.” After healing the man by the pool of Bethesda Jesus found him in the Temple later and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” I feel like that is what Jesus is telling us now even in this generation. Yes, there is a generation of those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers. There is a generation of those who are pure in their own eyes and yet unwashed of their filth. They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances. They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity. When society lowers there standard of righteousness before God and live how they want to live, everybody doing right in there own eyes. Yes, if we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? I hear Jesus words echoing every so loudly from way back in Bethesda, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

Meditate Is. 63:10


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