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Jesus Still Saves, Jesus is Still Mighty

It is easy to read much of the news these days and become depressed.  It seems that sin is moving more and more into the forefront of American society as homosexual marriages are becoming legalized, our culture continues to praise those living in outright sin while seeking to condemn those of us who seek righteousness, and the millions of innocent lives destroyed each year by abortion in their own mother’s wombs in this nation must bring so much pain to the heart of God.  God continues to be rejected, His laws trampled under foot, and His Son rejected in the name of tolerance.  Many who claim to follow Jesus now reject much of the Word of God, reject that salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ and the necessity of preaching the gospel to the lost.  Holiness is a nasty word that few “Christians” want to even discuss.  Doctrine is seen as divisive.  The authority of the Bible is rejected for subjective experiences or ones own personal views.  Truly these are the days of Judges 21:25.

Yet remember this child of God that all trough the New Testament, the disciples of Christ were facing much of the same things we are facing today.  Consider the Church in Acts.  They were attacked for their faith in Christ constantly.  They were killed for following Christ (Acts 7).  They faced attacks doctrinally (Acts 15).  They faced racism (Acts 4, 10).  They faced angry mobs bent on killing them (Acts 19, 21).  Yet in the midst of all this: God blessed them and the Church grew (Acts 2:47).  God was sovereignly in control the whole time.  Noting happened without Him knowing it and allowing it.

We go further into the New Testament and we find the moral depravity of their age.  Look, for instance, at Romans 1:18-32.  This is mankind period.  This is not Western people or Japanese people but all people.  All of us are sinners (Romans 3:23).  Romans 3:10-18 shows how deep is our sinfulness.  Sin effects our entire being and brings only death (Romans 5:12).  All of us are guilty before a holy God (Proverbs 20:9).  All of us must tremble before His Law (1 Timothy 1:8-11) for we all have violated His Laws (James 2:10-13).  Paul describes the people of his age in 2 Timothy 3:1-9.  How wicked and vile were the people of Paul’s day as in our own.

In 1 Peter 4:3-4 we read Peter’s words and we hear him describing not just his day but our own.  People are vile.  People need a Savior.

My point is not to make us feel like trash (although we are apart from God’s grace) but to show that people have always been sinful.  Nothing has changed.  People still need to hear the gospel.  The Lord will still save sinners for His glory (John 6:37).  Don’t grow weary in preaching the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).  The gospel and not politicians nor judges is what will transform our society.  The gospel should flow deep in your own life as well.  The gospel is not a plan.  It is a person, the risen Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus is our salvation (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).  Jesus is our hope (Hebrews 12:1-2).  Jesus is our life (Colossians 3:4).

Rest assured that in time, God will make all things right.  He will end this sin and will usher in eternal righteousness (1 Peter 4:12-19).  For now, it seems Satan is waging a strong battle but he is a defeated foe (1 John 3:8).  Jesus is Lord and let our hearts bow to Him alone (Luke 6:46-49).  May we wage war realizing that God is for us and He is mighty in battle (2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-12).


Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/21/2012 at 2:27 AM

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  1. it’s interesting talking with calvinists these days about the sovereignty of God. great opportunity to push their determinsm to it’s logical (or illogical) conclusions. we need to share the Gospel even more nowadays, even to those who say they ‘need to share the gospel with themselves every day’

    we ALL need Jesus more and more.

    mike and brandy

    11/21/2012 at 8:45 AM

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