“23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”
We are all human, we all have struggles, hopes, dreams, and desires, we are imperfect, we fail consistently, and yet we accomplish great feats, and this is the human condition, imperfection, able to both do great evil and great good. So how did we get here, simply we have disobeyed God, from the beginning of our first ancestors Adam and Eve. They ate of the fruit that God commanded them not to. When this occurred, sin was born, and with sin came death. Sin is simply disobedience to God and is evil. Evil is all things opposed to God because all good is found in God, and all good comes from God.
“13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Now those who are not cleansed from sin, have a sinful nature, their instinct is to indulge in their selfish desires. Sin is passed through the seed of man, from one generation to the next, from your father to your father’s father, all the way back to Adam. We have received the sinful nature from our biological father. This is why Jesus was without sin because He was born of the seed of the Holy Spirit, making His biological Father, God Almighty.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
However, we being a creation, are simply human, sinful creatures in need of a Savior. The evil in this world is only made worse by our efforts, as our sinful nature cries for selfish indulgence. Before Christ, there was no way to escape, but we were slaves to our sinful desires. War raged, and the biggest man ruled. War was the driving force. Jewish people had to defend themselves from consistent strikes from foreign lands even being taken into captivity. Although chosen to be God’s people, they could not escape the human condition; their sin took them over, giving themselves to idols, which only led them to captivity, they were unable to be holy as God is holy. Even with all the sacrifices and festivals, nothing could save them from their sin. Since God was gracious, He still loved His people and gave them His Word, the Law, the Prophets, writings, teachings, and how to live a Godly life. Which the law only made known what sin is, now the actions they took were compared to the law, birthing sin. The law was made for the unrighteous to be aware of their sin to strive to be away from it (1 Timothy 1:9). Those that were not of the chosen people, the gentiles, were lost in the world of sin, with human sacrifices, killing innocent babies, giving their life over to idols, which are actually demons disguising themselves as light. Hope was dim for both Jews and Gentiles; the people were in need of a Savior. So, the Jews kept going after God, believing in the Messiah the prophets spoke about. God gave them His Word, of a coming King, who was Jesus. The prophets trusted God, and although it did not occur in most of their lifetimes, God’s Word being truth was fulfilled.
Jesus Christ was the answer to this human condition, He is the Savior of the world and the Jewish people. Jesus came as a suffering servant, a mighty king, a teacher, a Messiah to the world, and more than we can comprehend.
1 John 4:14-17
“14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”
His birth was perfect; the Lord used a virgin woman to give birth to the Christ. The Holy Spirit filled her womb with Jesus while she was still a virgin. The Lord used Mary to give Jesus kingship of the world, because of the line of Judah through Mary, which was handed to Mary when she married Joseph, after the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-18). Jesus being God, came in the flesh and dwelt amongst men. He not having a sinful nature, was able to break the human condition, being perfect always, during His time on earth to now, to forever, prior and after. Only Jesus could become the perfect man because He is God (Titus 2:11-15). Being the Messiah, He taught and performed miracles, prophesied of the end, and His second coming. His own brethren betrayed Him, for Judas, with a kiss, sold Him out. Judas was one of the twelve original disciples, chosen to follow Christ during His ministry. Judas sold him out for but 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 27:9, Zechariah 11:10-13). Carried away He was as a lamb before the shearer, He remained silent. His people yelled, crucify Him, crucify Him, the Messiah was sent to the slaughter by us His people, His creation, mankind humans.
“1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
In our imperfection, a perfect man made our sinful nature rage, rage against God. The rebellious nature within us spoke out against the Son of God, and we as His creation nailed Jesus to the cross. Jesus was sent to the slaughter; what seemed to be a defeat was actually a war being waged against death, hell, and the grave. What was a suffering servant, was also a warring King. He carried His cross, and showed us the way,
“25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
After being whipped, and a crown of thorns placed on His head, He carried His cross to Calvary, and claimed the victory with but a few words,
“30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
He gave up the ghost. He died. The Jews, the world, and all the evil it contained thought they had victory, instead; the sun became dark, saints came out of their graves, and the veil was ripped in two. What power, only from the Son of God, our King, and our Savior Jesus Christ. Finishing victory, He rose on the third day, showing victory over death hell and the grave.
Our salvation is not because of what we do, but because of what He has done. Let us never believe one is better than another, for all have fallen from the standard God has put in place. Now we must continually repent, in this fallen world, pleading the blood of Jesus Christ. Knowing the free gift of salvation is unconditional love, not contingent on our actions, but just because He loves us.
“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.”
Understanding this, let us preach the simple gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. Although we will fall, as Christians, we have hope in the life to come, and as Christians, we believe perfection is only by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The Son of God went to the cross, and rose on the third day, to restore our relationship with Him, with Him as God, and us as followers. Remembering never to sin, just because we can be forgiven, for it is as putting Jesus back on the cross. Remembering to remain in the simple gospel for the mentality of superiority is dangerous, because it forgets all good comes from God, and that we as men are weak. We must understand that there is no boasting in salvation since salvation only comes from God and is given to all men that repent and turn to Christ.
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
I understand very few people like Ecclesiastes, but I will quote the Scripture sharing the truth, that we are nothing without God, and all good comes from what God gives to men. We are as dust, but God is forever, and He makes us to be righteous through the blood of Jesus. Mind you, these verses do not give way to sin, but to do good, which is to follow the commandments of God. Also, to rejoice in what your labor has produced since God wants us to praise Him for what He gives us, and also be happy when our hard work pays off. Although our works are vanity, it becomes worthwhile, when we realize all things God makes are eternal. So, when we do what is good, we store riches in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). All else is worthless, all evil and fleshly pursuits perish.
“14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. 15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. 16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. 17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? 22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?”
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