Christ’s righteousness – Our justification – Our peace!

Unfortunately in many Christian circles, we are taught that Christ’s sacrifice was due to the fact that God could not look upon sin. We are told that we had to be purified by the blood of the Lamb for God’s sake in that He could not except us as we were..unrighteous humans. However the bible does not support this.

The fact of the matter is, that we were not made righteous for God’s sake, we were made righteous for our sake! So that we may draw near to God, unhindered by the shame and guilt experienced through laws we could never thoroughly keep. One quick view of the Old Testament is all one should ever need to see that God did in fact look upon sin. The New Testament is very clear concerning what the law could and could not do. The law could make nothing perfect, and would not allow man to draw near to God.

Subsequent reading:
Heb. 7:11-19; Eph. 2:4-10; Romans 5:1-10

Author’s note:
We were made righteous for our sake, not God’s! And our justification was for our peace, not His! (Isa. 53:5) He really loves us that much!

Commentary by:
G. L. Miller

God is not mad!

God chose the nation of Israel to bring forth the Messiah. He gave them His word to confirm the coming of this Messiah. They were a peculair people set apart by God specifically for this purpose. The message of the cross, and the word of God rest upon their shoulders. Therefore He gave them instruction to follow, and disciplined them according to it’s mandates. The point I am trying to make is this: God dealt with the nation of Israel like no other. Therefore the attributes God expressed towards them were specific to them. His wrath, His anger, His jealousy; all pointing towards the ultimate plan of redemption. The day in which He would take upon Himself the sins of the world. 
My friends, God is not mad! He has appeased His own wrath through the sacrifice of Himself in the Son. Of course the day of judgement will come for the unbelieving so that we should walk circumspectly concerning the lost. But let us not fall prey to the belief that God dwells in wrath, but rather perfect peace. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not persih, but have everlasting life. 
God is not mad!
Author’ note:
If while reading the bible, we are compiling a list of evil enemies, we are reading it wrong.
Commentary by:
G. L. Miller

So help me God!

While the clergy busy themselves assigning the homosexual and lack of prayer in our schools to the certain judgment that awaits America, the corporate criminals in the White House busy themselves with crimes against humanity. Flying well protected under the banner of the Christian right. Talk about shock and awe! As if a 90 percent civilian casualtiy rate in our most recent war campaigns isn’t enough. Heck, let’s allow our very own corporate elite to rape our own citizens without even so much as the threat of prosecution. ‘Oh but not to worry!’, they say; ‘We will build enough institutions to house the disillusioned and socially disenfranchised as a result of our slight oversight.’
My point is simple! We are quick to throw Old Testament principles at a politically correct landscape, while at the same time totally ignoring the issues most sacred to God. America will not be destroyed because of it’s sexual appetite, or lack of prayer in the school. America will be destroyed because it failed to treat others as it so adamantly demands that it be treated. This will not be God’s judgment, this destruction will be brought about by our own hand; as a direct result of failing to stand in truth.
Authors note:
As long as we fail to tell the whole truth, the parts we refuse to discuss will conceal and protect the lie.Transparency leads to correction, which in turns brings about change. May the grace of God empower us to speak boldly when it is our turn.
Proverbs  27:5-6: Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.
Proverbs 29:7: The righteous considers the cause of the poor, But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
Commentary by:
G. L. Miller
P.S. There are many noble men and women in our leadership and military! Pray for them, that they may possess the aforesaid knowledge and power. Amen

And this is eternal life….

The other day, my husband and I were discussing knowing God, eternal life, Jesus and such. I suddenly got such a picture of how I spent the first 5 or 6 years of my christian life. I saw myself being married to God, and because I was still under law, I wore myself out trying to DO all that I could to please God. I would read the bible and saw all these lists, and continually making mental notes of obedience, I would try to live the life of holiness. I did not really listen to God except for the fact that I was married to Him, and He had all these things recorded in His word that I could do to please Him.
Then I got a real life picture of my own marriage to my husband. I saw myself running around being a good little housewife, paying the bills, doing all the superficial stuff that I thought would make him happy and love me more. I found it to not really have a whole lot of bearing on our relationship like I thought it would, much to my disappointment. The truth of the matter was that he already loved me as much as he was going to, after all he did marry me…:-)! 
What it came down to was this! Once I sat down and had some deeper conversation with my husband; I started paying attention to the things he did not like or liked, I could respond accordingly. We would have long conversations about things that happened in his life, and mine. I found out his favorite color is orange, and that even though he is a body builder, he is very modest about what kind of shirts he wears. I know that he doesn’t like waking up to dishes in the sink, and he loves when I wear bright colored clothes, but does not like me in brown. He knows that I love food, especially BBQ baby back ribs, and tries to help me not get carried away with it for fear of my health. He has learned that I like to keep things simple, that I am perfectly content with just going fishing, and even though I can be a bit of a slob at times, he continues to pick up after me. 
What I got out of this whole picture is that while I was running around trying to do all the things I thought Poppa expected of me, I was not really knowing Him. My justification was that He said in His word that this is right and that is wrong, so I was living a burdened life of trying to battle not only my flesh, but His rest. Poppa does not care how much we DO, especially if it keeps us from getting to really know Him. He wants us to know Him. That is where the rest is. Then we can respond accordingly as He sees fit. Otherwise we just live a burdened life of trying to obey the law, and become slaves to our flesh. We are new creations, and Jesus wants us to rest in His love and provision. I think it would do the saints a world of good to take a year or whatever to sit down and get to know their Poppa! I know He would love it!
Let me ask you..if you are married, do you know what your spouses favorite color is? Do they know what is yours? If not why? If they do, that’s awesome. For those who are not married, what about your friends. Do they know some secrets about you? Your favorite color or food? Let us take this principle up with our Poppa and let it spread amongst the body!
John 17:3 – And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent!

God is not confused!

I often hear people say things like, ‘God hates that, and He is looking down from heaven with hot displeasure, just waiting to judge those practicing such things’! As if to say that God were pacing the heavens in a state of discontent, impatiently waiting to judge what He has already judged.
My friends, God is not confused! He dwells in perfect peace, and is at rest with what He has declared to be good. The confusion lay with man in failing to grasp their righteousness before God in Christ. God’s plan of redemption is perfect in that we have all been made perfect in Christ. All we must do is declare it to be so; that we may dwell in His holiness and rest in His peace.
I know these principles are in stark contrast to the apparent depravity of man; but God Himself is perfection, therefore, His plan for creation flawless; so that we must not lean on our own understanding, but rather rest in His glory. That is if indeed we truly believe He is good.
Authors note:
When others break the law, we want justice! When we break the law, we want mercy! What if God possessed these attributes, and was conformed to the ideologies and belief systems of man? Would Jesus still have gone to the cross?
Commentary by:
G. L. Miller

Principled by law or compelled by love!

There are in this world many principled men and women. People that live by strict sets of moral codes and ethics. Each believing that what they believe is just and right. These standards vary from person to person, and are as culturally diverse as the changing of the wind. One believes this, and another that. Each driven by his or her own set of laws; which in the end generally do not respect the best interest of the other. Especially in terms of relational change. The reason for this is that law, even in it’s purest form does not possess within itself the power necessary for change. Which is to say that even the best of principles will not achieve what should be man’s highest ambition towards one another; in that we would love one another.
Titus 2:11-14: ‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.’
Notice these verses say nothing of law because it is the grace of God which teaches us to live godly and to love. And love does no harm to it’s neighbor! Perfect love is found in the righteousness of God in Christ alone, and is the highest form of righteousness to be achieved. Principles and laws will not suffice. Only the love of God will succeed in uniting man.
Authors note:
I am not ignorant concerning the purpose of the law. Judicially it was added because of transgression, and spiritually to bring the knowledge of sin; that man may turn to God for salvation. However, there is a higher law! The law of life in Christ, which abides in the royal law of love. May we seek His face! Amen.

Subsequent reading:
I Cor. 13:1-13; John 13:34

Commentary by:
G. L. Miller

Dead to the law – Alive in Christ!

Most pastors will openly teach that we are no longer under the Mosaic system. They will quote scriptures like John 1:17, stating the law came through Moses, but grace and truth through Jesus Christ. Then they will turn right around and say things like, “Now that we have come to know Jesus, and have escaped the tyranny of the law, it should be our natural ambition to work at pleasing God by obeying the law.’ Now while this type of teaching may sound right, it is in fact oxy-moronic in nature. For it is impossible to escape the tyranny of the law while still honestly trying to observe it. God only knows the inherent confusion this erroneous teaching has brought about. The fact that we would teach the saints that they are no longer under the curse of the law, then turn right around and place them under the bondage of the Mosaic covenant is unconscionable; and the lack of discernment on the part of leadership surrounding this problem is unfathomable.
What part of dying to the law don’t we understand? The mystery has been revealed in Christ, and walking in the spirit is not rocket science. 
Authors note:
Here are some key words the Apostle Paul used to describe the law, i.e. the Mosaic Covenant: Useless, beggarly, weak, unprofitable, obsolete, the ministry of death and condemnation. Yes, the law is perfect and Holy, it just doesn’t wear well with man. It never has, and it never will! Christ in us is our only hope of glory!
Subsequent reading:
Romans 4:13-16; Romans 7:4-12, 21-23; Romans 8:1-4; II Cor. 3:4-18
I Cor. 15:56; Heb. 7:1-9; Heb. chapter 8; Heb. 10:1-4
Commentary by:
G. L. Miller