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Forgiveness TOO!?

 

“In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;”

(Ephesians 1:7)

Without the shedding of Christ’s Blood , there is no remission of sins.

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

(Hebrews 9:22)

Sin is a serious issue with a Holy God, regardless how much we trivialize or qualify it. The Father laid upon His Son the sins and iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53) because there was no other way for a JUST God to justify sin unless there was a corresponding ransomed price. The great Atonement reconciled the Father to guilty sinners and by faith believing sinners are reconciled and justified to the inscrutable holiness of God.

What a glorious redemption to be purchased by the incorruptible blood of Jesus.  Now, we have confidence that we belong legally, body and spirit,  to a Sovereign and loving God.

 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

(I Corinthians 6:20)

Absalom was the third son of king David. Absalom publicly and deeply wounded his dad by occasioning the murder of his evil brother Amnon. Absalom fled because the fear of royal retribution. Absalom sought asylum with his grandpa on his mother’s side. After two years, General Joab convinced David to bring the favored son back to the capitol, Jerusalem. David allowed his son Absalom to come back without punishment; but, Absalom was forbidden the pleasure of seeing his dad’s face, no fellowship, no reconciliation, and no genuine forgiveness for two full years.

“So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king’s face.”

(II Samuel 14:28)

Praise the Lord, this is not the way our Father in Heaven forgives. We are not only His children by redemptive right we are EVEN forgiven.  We enter not only into a Covenantal Relationship, we enjoy a fellowship with all rights and privileges through the blood of Jesus.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

(I John 1:3)

So, it follows that we should have fellowship with fellow believers for the same reason!

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

( I John 1:7)

Forgiveness too, amazing! In other words, God is not just stuck with me cause I happen to be His adoptive child, NO!! I am truly forgiven, loved, longed for. Unlike Absalom, there is no probation once we confess and come home to Father. He drapes a new robe on our boney shoulders, buys us new shoes, restores the family ring on our finger, and kills the fatted calf to fatten us up so we fill out the new robe. The extravagance of God’s Grace bothers some people, because they have never felt it necessary for their supposed lesser crimes. But for those of us who see ourselves as chief sinners, we love it!!

Oh, may God help us to grow in this grace and realize we are FORGIVEN TOO!

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

(Colossians 1:14)

 

Re-Enlist

“Oh LORD, Thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: Thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, everyone mockethme. For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name. But His word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
(Jeremiah 20:7-9)

Jeremiah had it pretty rough. Yes, he was commissioned to be an iron pillar and brazen wall, but he expected some success. He preached, warned, and wept like an artesian fountain, but to no avail. Jerusalem would not turn and would not soften. Was there no Balm in Giliad?

Yet, the summer had past and still Israel was not saved!  Instead, they persecuted Jeremiah, threw him in a pat, smacked the spit out of his mouth, seized his property, mocked and laughed him to scorn and ostracized him.  Finally, Jeremiah had enough.  Who needs this job?  Obviously, God does not care…Ok..I QUIT!!  I’ve had it!!  I’ll go with the flow and save myself a lot of heartache.  But THE WORD OF GOD WAS SHUT UP IN HIS BONES, like a burning fire.  When something burns in you, how do you quit?

An engaged couple was broken as the bridegroom was sentenced to death because of a military infraction.  The cee
The fiancée went to the king of England begging for mercy…None.  When the bell tolls at noon tomorrow your lover will be hanged.  The dainty young lady climbed the bell tower and moments before noon she wrapped herself around the clapper.  As the massive bells swung back and forth 12 times, she held tight.  The bell was never heart!!!  Later, she stood before the king bloodied and battered…And the king said because of your uncommon love your lover is set free!  She could not quit — because something burned in her!

But, how much more powerful is it when the Word of God is smoldering in our bones??  It needs ventilation?  It needs to come out. Jeremiah tried to quit but couldn’t.  Or maybe he did?  — He just re-enlisted!!  Once the Word of God is in a true believer, the believer cannot quit easily.

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (I Peter 1:23)

It’s in your bones.  Maybe cannons can be silenced for a while but eventually the 66 Canon must smoke again.

Jeremiah had to keep preaching in spite of no results.  He was kidnapped, take to Egypt and never heard of again.  But this 52 Chapter book has encouraged and strengthened millions; and, like a raging fire, it has scorched rebellious generations.  Why,even our Lord was likened to Jeremigh.  But our amazing Lord never had to re-enlist, because He never quit when tempted.  Amen!

We are tempted to quit; but closing the flue only causes more smoke, we must open our mouths again and take our stand with God.  Don’t quit and if you do, re-enlist!!  There is no discharge in this War.
Pastor Daniel M. Ferrell