Monday, November 19, 2018

His Nature

Hebrews 1:3 ESV 

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Romans 2:14

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.

The light of the world is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature. This is the man Jesus. Those in Christ begin a transformation into the nature of Christ. His nature is what the law requires. We have to be in His body before He can enter ours. A natural man can then become the natural man God intended. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

For All Who Believe

Romans 3:21-26 ESV 

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 

The righteousness of God has been given to the flesh of mankind. Jesus wrapped Himself in that sinful flesh and raised it to His throne in heaven. We can choose to join our spirits with His Spirit and follow wrapped in new flesh like His. 

The grace of this gift is offered to all who believe. No one is predestined for His salvation, though everyone is predestined for destruction. That is why the road to destruction is wide and the way to everlasting life is narrow. They are sized to handle the traffic in each direction. The decision to become one with Jesus lies with each of us. The path chosen is up to us. 

God has shown us His righteousness and we are here in the present time when He can be found. He is looking for us and holds out His light to show the way. He does this that we might find Him. 

Faith is the power that brings us and will keep us in the palm of His hand. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Knowledge Of Sin

Romans 3:19-20 NASB

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

When Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin entered the world. The digested fruit becomes the Law given to Israel, his descendants and heirs who are to tend to the Garden and hold out the light of God to the nations and the world. 

 The Law applies to those under the Law. 

Those who are in Christ have been freed from the Law, but have not been freed from obedience to the Lord. It is now a personal matter. Fortunately, we have the person of Jesus Christ who is with us and intercedes with the Father on our behalf. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Mark

Romans 2:25-29 ESV 

For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

In the end, circumcision is the mark of god on His people. The mark of the Old Covenant was on the outward flesh of His elect people. The relationship was between God and the natural man of the nation of Israel. They lived exclusively in the flesh as they tried to relate to God. 

The circumcision of the New Covenant is inward and manifests with the Holy Spirit residing in the heart of the believer. This is made possible when one is reborn from above. The spirit of that person is made alive to the Spirit of God. We refer to this reality as being one with Christ. We are still in the flesh, but relate to Him in Spirit. This is true worship, for God is Spirit 

In these verses we see the fullness of what it means to be a Jew. It is the one in relationship with God. The fulfillment of that relationship is in a people who approach God the Father as His children. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Taking His Name, But Not His Word

Romans 2:17-24 ESV 

But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

Knowing the truth is not a substitute to living in the truth. It is only then the truth will set us free. To say there is no truth only means one hasn’t found it yet. Jesus is the way, truth, and life. Keep looking and He will be found. 

Reconciliation with God is evident when word and deed are the same. When they are not, there is work to be done. Do not take His name in vain. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Living From The Inside Out

Romans 2:12-16 ESV 

For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Those who have the Holy Spirit have been given a new nature. We are a new creature in Christ. The purpose and intent of the law is fulfilled by Jesus who abides in our hearts. The law on the outside of man is written and transformed into the living word within. 

The righteousness of God comes through faith. Faith is real when it manifests in the doing. 

When we bring the word within, we can experience it in a most intimate way. It is the seed sown in our earth that can take root and grow into the kingdom of heaven. Growth will depend on the soil and how it is received. It will be reflected in how we do life. It can reach the throne of Christ if we persevere. 

Our spirits bear witness to this life we’ve been given and our lives should bear witness to the life of Christ. We live from the inside out. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Works Of The Living

Romans 2:6-11 ESV 

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.

Our works are as integral and real to life in Christ as each breath we breathe in and out. To draw a breath requires that we must expel the last. One thing leads to another, just as one step leads to another. When we breathe in the Spirit, we walk with Christ. There is a natural flow of our new nature. 

If we are alive to Christ, we do the works of the living. The natural man is only capable of doing the works of a natural man. If we are reborn into the life of God, we become capable of doing the works of a son of God. We go from one glory to another. 

It is walking with the Son that leads us to the Father. Walking our own way will always take us somewhere else.