Self Righteousness

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith – Php 3:9

Self righteousness is righteousness earned by keeping the law. In India they call it the Indian Penal Code; and true to its name the law or the penal code penalizes for violations. The Bible is extremely candid in proclaiming the fact that we cannot be found in Him (God) by keeping the law by our own efforts, as it negates the finished work of Jesus on the cross by which all of us who believe in Jesus Christ, have already become the righteousness of God; for he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him – 2Co 5:21.

Also, all of our righteousness, the Bible says, is like filthy rags, and that way none of us can ever be saved. The only way we can be saved by the law is by not committing even a single violation of the law; for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all- Jas 2:10. No one has had a track record like that, except Jesus.

He, Jesus, is the only one who qualifies to be an all sufficient saviour and He invites you today, this very moment, to eat food that can satisfy the deepest cravings of our life; and Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger – John 6:35.

 

The Kingdom, March 7, 2014.

 

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One God One Mediator

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THE SHEMA: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD, is the great cry of Judaism. It is an affirmation and declaration of faith in one God, Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 4.

Jesus makes the same declaration that was made in the old testament when questioned by a scribe on what the first commandment is. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord. Mark 12:29

And as much as there is only one God, there is only one Mediator: God Himself, in the person of Jesus the Christ.

Thomas, Peter and  especially Mary, though blessed, are not Mediators. For the Bible says in the Book of  First Timothy Chapter 2, and verse 5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. And the Book of Hebrews Chapter 12, verse 24: And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

It was the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross which was an appropriate propitiation (appeasement) for the sins of all humanity. And it is only fair that the sacrifice-Jesus- gets the right to advocate and mediate, and not anybody else. Continue reading “One God One Mediator”

Sleeping through the Storm

Christ_in_Storm_on_Sea_of_Galilee_Ludolf_BackhuysenThe Bible: Luke 8:23-to-25

But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
And he said unto them, Where is your faith?

The only person to whom historical distinction for having slept through a storm can be given is Jesus. He literally slept! and with that made one of the profoundest exhibitions of faith. That it is possible to sleep-rest-in the midst of the greatest tragedies of our life, if we know that God exists, and that He is in control. Continue reading “Sleeping through the Storm”

God Justifieth the Ungodly

Justified by Faith or by Works

Justification, Dikaiosis in Greek, the act of God declaring mean free from guilt and acceptable to him.

Biblically, divine acquittal.

To be pronounced not guilty by God has always been the  pursuit of religion. And, in order to achieve this, every major religion and worldview believes in the principle of works (good or bad action)-or in the principle of cause and effect-to be justified on either the divine or humanistic scale of righteousness.

This  is one ubiquitous religious thinking which is deeply embedded in the human psyche, the thought, that we cannot get right with God with faith alone. From this viewpoint springs the endless human saga of achieving good works to gradually earn enough brownie points with God, to be able to eventually have comfortable real estate space in heaven. Continue reading “God Justifieth the Ungodly”

Order my Steps

order my stepsPsa 119:133  Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

The Psalmist says: order my steps in thy word; here, King David speaks a language that is militarish in tone, he doesn’t use mild or affectionate words, but the word most esteemed in the vocabulary of the armed forces: Order. Continue reading “Order my Steps”

Imputed Righteousness

The Gospel or the Good news is that God imputes (credits) righteousness without works (Human Effort).

Courtesy: thepassionofchrist.com

Impute comes from the Greek word:  Logizomai, which means “to take an inventory of”.

Rom 4: 6-8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Continue reading “Imputed Righteousness”

Except ye be converted…

 

Matthew 18:3 – And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Except ye be converted like little children, Jesus didn’t say except ye be converted like Abraham, Moses or David. 

So what is that children have that adults don’t? Few traits of children that instinctively came to my mind:

1) Little children are dependent: They are completely dependent on their parents. When in need, they cry expecting their parents to take care of them, no matter what the situation be. If only adults could be like children in their dependence on God. If only they can cry out in need, expecting answers from God.  If only they can keep their ego’s aside and understand that independent of God their lives are never going to be productive and meaningful.

2) Little children are secure in their parents arms: You can carry your child to the greatest heights and he will never cry, you can toss him up in the air and he will laugh…enjoying it. Even in the midst of visible danger you child will never complain as long as he is in your arms. If adults can realize that they have the same kind of security in the arms of Jesus their lives will never be the same again. He can carry you through the crisis, the danger and the pain. He is the strong fortress that we can hide in.

3) Little children are Innocent: Innocence means, “when someone is not guilty of a crime, or does not have much experience of life and does not know about the bad things that happen in life.”  Innocence is what makes the child cuddle up with his father or mother who spanked him  a while ago. Children do not keep a record of  wrong things done to them. Innocence is what makes them discard and forget every form of insult and disrespect met out to them.

4) Little children can be moulded: They are like lumps of clay that can be fashioned into anything that we desire.  They can end up being anything that we like. They  have superior absorbing quality than adults, they are open to learning and correction.

5) Little children are humble: They don’t understand pride. There is nothing they can brag-about in terms of achievements or qualifications.

Therefore Jesus says: convert like children, convert means to change in form, character and opinion.  So convert from being worldly to  being  Godly; from filthy to being holy. Convert ye from being adults to being children to enter the Kindgom.

 

13 from Corinthians 13

—and the greatest of these is love.

Love: the foundational element of the Kingdom

1) If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2) If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.

3) If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous Keep reading — >

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly

Finish your course, keep the faith: 2Timothy 4:7

Running in to the Kingdom

Gilbert Tuhabonye was born on November 22, 1974, in the southern county of Songa in Burundi, a small mountainous country in east central Africa. He is the third of four children. His parents were part of the Tutsi tribe and were farmers by profession. 

His love of running was forged early. Gilbert loved to run everywhere. He ran to the valley’s edge to get water for his family. He ran to school, five miles away, and he loved to race his friends. His favorite thing to do was to chase his family’s cows.While attending the Kibimba school, Gilbert began running competitively. Running barefoot, he won an 8K race while only a freshman. As a sophomore, he met a man who taught him how to change his running technique by getting his knees up and holding his arms correctly Keep reading — >