Just The Facts…

Just The Facts
Just The Facts

God created us in His own image and for His own pleasure.  “…all things were created by him, and for him: (Colossians 1:16).”

He created us with eternal souls.  Even when our bodies lie silent in the grave, our souls will go on living.  “…and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7).”

Soon after the creation, Adam (the first man) sinned, and God’s fellowship with mankind was severed.  “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: (Romans 5:12).”

In the Bible, this separation from God is called spiritual death.  “For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23).”

In order for us to be restored to God, the price of forgiveness must be paid.  “…without shedding of blood is no (forgiveness). (Hebrew 9:22).”

Because we are spiritually bankrupt, we cannot pay our debt.  “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags… (Isaiah 64:6).”

Willingly, God sent His only Son to die for our sins.  “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1Corinthians 15:3-4).”

Jesus lives to offer forgiveness and eternal life, freely to anyone who will receive it by faith.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).”

• I have accepted His gift of life, and know that my sins are forgiven. In my heart I have the peace and joy that His salvation brings. You can have it too! “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12).”

God Said It Would Be This Way

  Have you considered lately what God says about these “last days” leading up to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ?  Listen to His description; it seem so apropos in light of our current circumstances.  “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2Timothy 3:1-7).”

  This passage describes the apostasy (i.e. falling away from truth) that will be increasingly prevalent until King Jesus makes His second appearance on this sin cursed earth—this time as the “Lion of Judah” rather than the “Lamb of God.”  Perhaps that day is near! …certainly nearer.

 In light of the lateness of the hour, every born again believer should be fully engaged in God’s eternal cause.  The Second Coming of Christ marks the end of an era.  Those who have rejected the gospel and spurned the grace of God, will be forever out of time.  O that we might be found faithfully delivering the message of God’s saving grace until that very hour.  The eternal destiny of souls is at stake here.  If our neighbor were about to fall from a ladder, we would rush to his aid.  But there is no ladder, he stands on the slippery slopes of eternal hell!  We must sound the warning! 

  Secondly, let us be busy building up those who have already placed their faith in the Lord.  The matter of spiritual maturity should concern every child of God.  Our responsibility is to nurture, and be nurtured, that the Lord Jesus Christ might be glorified in and through our lives.  Lord Help Us!


  Comparatively speaking Covid–19 has made less of a splash than all of the media hype seems to suggest.  As of this writing, there are 169,387 cases worldwide, with 6,513 deaths reported thus far.  In the USA there are 3,774 confirmed cases and 69 deaths.  According to the CDC the annual common Flu season this year, just in the USA, will affect 36-51 million people and will cause 22-55 thousand deaths.  It is not my intention to detract from the seriousness of pandemic illnesses and the need for public precautions, but simply to point out the gross imbalance in media emphasis.  Our fixation on one illness to the exclusion of all others, has resulted in global PANIC.

  While our attention is on the subjects of morbidity and mortality, we must keep in mind that the mortality rate among humans is 100%.  Every living thing on earth will eventually die, but depending upon your perspective, maybe death is not so dreadful.  I suppose that there are those who actually believe that when a human being dies, their body turns to dirt and there is nothing left but a few memories that will fade away in two generations.  But then there are those of us who believe God.  We know that physical death is the beginning of the best part of life because,  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)”  “Jesus said…, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25).”  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus… (2 Corinthians 4:14).” 

  For those who have accepted God’s forgiveness by placing their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, life after death will be eternal bliss in the presence of God.  For those who refuse to believe what the Bible has to say about God, the consequences of sin, and the sufficiency of faith in Jesus Christ, there is good cause for PANIC.   God’s Prescription: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31)”  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:12)”

Salvation For Today

  Lately, I have become increasingly concerned about our contemporary redefining of the word salvation.  Among Christians who read and understand the Bible, the doctrine of salvation is defined by words like: redemption, reconciliation, atonement, justification, and sanctification.  A proper understanding of these words, in a biblical context, is essential.  

  Generally, when folks speak of salvation in our day, they are thinking of going to Heaven at the time of death, as opposed to Hell.  But salvation is much more than an eventual fire escape from the eternal flames of Hell.  Salvation is: our deliverance from the penalty of sins committed (past), from the boundless power of sin in our daily lives (present), and eventually, from the menacing presence of sin (future).   Salvation is a relationship with God beginning right now.  “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3).” But let’s go back to the beginning and put it all in perspective…

  The first, and most notable consequence of sin, is separation from God. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23).”  Because He loved His creation in spite of its sinful rebellion, God devised a plan by which man’s fellowship with Him could be restored immediately (Reconciliation).  His plan involves the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on a Roman cross, was buried, and rose again from the grave, to pay the penalty for your sin (Atonement).  Without the atonement, you would be unwittingly destined to remain the servant of sin.  But, by His great sacrifice, God bought you back from sin, for Himself (Redemption).

  Before salvation you are separated from God, but at the time of salvation you will become separated unto God (Sanctification).  So, those, and only those, who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness, are delivered from their guilt and declared righteous before God (Justification).  God calls them His children, and you’re invited to join the family, by faith.

You’re Late For Class!

Generally speaking, one must pay to be a pupil. In spite of the persistent groans of today’s young academia, education is a privilege, not a penalty for being born into fluency. On the other hand, education is not an entitlement (i.e. something that we have a right to) just because we live in America.
When He ascended back to heaven before their very eyes, Jesus told His disciples (pupils) to go into all the world and make other disciples, teaching them all the truths that they had learned from Him during His earthly ministry. Even today, men and women of faith have the privilege of being called disciples of Christ. Our tutelage will certainly be hard and costly at times, but learning from Christ is truly a privilege, not a divine penalty imposed upon the faithful. Conversely, the Bible makes it clear that to learn at the feet of the Master is in no way an entitlement. It is not yours simply because you wish to wear the badge, “Christian.”
Unlike other teachers of our day, Jesus’ concern is for the heart as well as the mind of His pupil. He is, therefore, interested in sincere learners, rather than those who want to “try God” in hopes of experiencing some modern day miracle in the confusion they call “life.”
In Luke 14:26-35 Jesus states the prerequisites for discipleship. First, the would be disciple must have a sincere love for Him, so intense that by comparison it would dwarf our love for the closest of human relations. Secondly, Christ’s disciple must be totally surrendered, willing to lose his own identity in order to be identified with Christ. Without these qualities of heart, a disciple would likely quit, bringing reproach upon himself and the Savior. There is so much to gain, …and so much to lose.
Christian, your decision to be a disciple of Christ, is like that of a king going to battle; there are really only two options: absolute commitment to the task, OR absolute surrender to the enemy.
Ignorance is not bliss, …Hope to see you in class, soon!