Unbroken mess!

Hi! My name is George, and I am the author of 3/4 of the commentaries posted on the Redemption Center. Most of my commentaries deal with the New Covenant in regards to the unfathomable love and grace God has made available to man in the precious gift of salvation. In short, I speak mainly of the victory we have in the finished work of Christ in us; our only hope of glory!

At any rate, today I was looking over some of what God has given me to write in previous months, and I thought to myself; ‘This is all beautiful material George, praise God! But don’t you think you ought to share yourself and your feelings every now and then? Of course you know that you have victory in your precious Lord, which you have expressed in so many ways, and in grammatic detail! Yet still, don’t you think you ought to tell these folks how much you struggle at times? Or how the flesh often drags you from one bad mindset position or choice to another? Well don’t you?’

And that’s when this thought hit me; ‘Man George in all actuality, your a mess! How in the world do you even hold yourself together? And what is it that keeps you from falling completely apart, or from breaking all the way down?’ And just as suddenly as this first thought came, so did my precious Saviors reply: “You are my precious unbroken mess in whom I am well pleased! You are unbroken because my love for you can never be broken! Your flesh may sometimes carry you where you don’t want to go; but I can assure you, I will always be there to lead you home!”

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. We love Him because He first loved us. ~ 1 John 4:10, 19

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. ~ Eph. 2:4-7

Authors note:

I love all of you, and I thank you all for being my friend. The Lord has great things in store for us all! We are His eternal unbroken mess! Amen!

Commentary by:

George Miller

What is our part?

I hear a lot of talk in Christendom about the believer doing his or her part. It is said that if we do our part with reverent diligence, born of obedience to His commands; then He will do His part by blessing our lives and honoring us with His presence. On the other hand, if we do not do our part with reverent diligence, born of obedience to His commands; then He will not do His part, nor bless our lives by honoring us with His presence.

The problem with this line of thinking or teaching is that it is based entirely on the Old Covenant. A conditional covenant that God made solely with the nation of Israel, in which you and I never had a part. This covenant basically stated, ‘If you keep all my laws, statutes, precepts, and ordinances; then I will recognize you as my people. If you do not, then I will not be with you, nor call you my own.’ Of course the people of Israel agreed to this keeping of the law without realizing the impossible nature of honoring such a task; for no man is able to keep the law; which brings us to point.

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God sent forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God has passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. ~ Romans 3:21-26

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says; ‘Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ In that He says, a New Covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:7-13

Authors note:

My friends, there is a new game in town! A superior covenant based on better promises! This unconditional covenant is established in the unfathomable love of God; and is found only in knowing Jesus Christ. Praise be to the King of kings who has done His part, that we may live in Him and experience ours!

Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.’ ~ John 6:28, 29

And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. ~ John 17:3

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

Eternally connected!

I awoke this morning with the enemy spewing large volumes of crap into my mind, accusing and belittling me – once again seeking to destroy my joy by attempting to rattle my faith first thing in the morning! Ah, but my ever present Lord and perpetual Savior stepped right in as He always does and gave me this:

When Moses was in the wilderness, he became angry at the people; and in his anger he made almost the same statement as Cain did in the opening chapters of Genesis. Basically stating, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ However the difference between these two men, and the way God dealt with them was this – Moses was connected to God, and Cain was not!

My friends, the enemies main objective is to try and make us believe that we are somehow disconnected from God; however, this cannot be accomplished in the life of the believer because Christ lives in us, and as a result, we are eternally connected! Amen! Nice try Satan!

Romans 8:33-39:  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Colossians 1:21-22: And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.

Shared by George L. Miller

B.I.B.L.E. – Basic instructions before leaving earth….Really?

Unfortunately, most of us are taught from an early age that the 10 commandments were given by God to man as a standard for living. And sadly enough, we are pretty much given this instruction concerning the bible even as believers. Chanting statements like, ‘The bible is God’s basic instructions before leaving earth.’ We are told by our pastors and teachers that our main ambition should be that of holiness and moral purity; citing the righteous standards of God’s laws as our rules of conduct. Now while all this may sound right in terms of what is noble, nothing could be further from the truth when considering the gospel of Christ.

To illustrate this point, let’s take a quick, yet profound look at what the gospel actually is; or rather what it really means and represents to us as believers. To gain a proper understanding of the Good News, it is paramount that we know what that news is first; which I believe can be summed up by the following. Please allow your spirit to bathe in the true meaning of these passages, and note with care the contrary structure between these verses, and the teachings and belief systems of those which claim God’s laws as a standard for living; and His recorded word not much more than an instruction manual for life.

But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, ‘It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.’ Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: ‘Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.’ ~ Acts 15:5-11

And we have such trust through Christ toward God, not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the New Covenant, not of the letter but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – Unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is spirit; and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with un-veiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as the spirit of the Lord. ~ II Cor. 3:4-18

Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. ~ Galatians 3:21-25

For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit. ~Romans 8:2-4

Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical Priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another Priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. For he testifies: ‘For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.’ ~ Hebrews 7:11-19

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of mutilations! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection. ~ Philippians 3:1-10

Authors note:

We are taught that the law is intended to produce holiness in man, but this was never God’s intention in giving the law. The law was given that we would see sin for what it is, and in that our hopeless inability to overcome it by merely following certain sets of principles or moral laws. That we would inevitably turn to God in Christ for salvation. If righteousness or life could be gained through using God’s word as a simple standard for living, then Christ died in vain. God’s word in its entirety is about the redemption of man, and is designed solely to lead us into His loving arms through and in the life of Christ.

O’’ foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? ~ Galatians 3:1-3

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

The top of the mountain!

When Moses went up Mt. Sinai to meet with God, the nation of Israel stood at the bottom in fear; waiting for the man of God to return. My friends, the Lord has come to live in our hearts! Why are so many still waiting at the bottom of the mountain; living in fear; and subjugated to another man?

Jesus is God, Emmanuel, and He is with us eternally! So let us take our rightful position with Him, all fears removed at the top of the mountain!

‘Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.’ ~ Exodus 20:19

God, who at various times in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things.

‘While He was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’

Commentary by:

George L. Miller