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Romans 3:26 - The Wonder of the Gospel

Romans 3:21-26  Must guilty man remain under wrath?  Is the wound for ever incurable?  No; blessed be God, there is another way laid open for us.  This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of his ordaining, and providing, and accepting.  It is by that faith which has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Savior, so Jesus Christ signifies.  Justifying faith respects Christ as a Savior, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest, and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him: in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God through Christ.  There is no difference, his righteousness is upon all that believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as a crown, as a robe.  It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favors.  It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price.  And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement.  God, in all this, declares his righteousness.  It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it.  And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction.  Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

Romans 3:26  For a demonstration of his righteousness - Both of his justice and mercy.  That he might be just - Showing his justice on his own Son.  And yet the merciful justifier of every one that believeth in Jesus.  That he might be just - Might evidence himself to be strictly and inviolably righteous in the administration of his government, even while he is the merciful justifier of the sinner that believeth in Jesus.  The attribute of justice must be preserved inviolate; and inviolate it is preserved, if there was a real infliction of punishment on our Savior.  On this plan all the attributes harmonize; every attribute is glorified, and not one superseded no, nor so much as clouded.  John Wesley

 

"for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." (NASB)

"To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (KJV)

"for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time.  God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus." (NLT)

"This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus' faithfulness." (NET)

It is a hard thing for me to understand even after all these years how Christ could look from eternity past to beyond the cross and make a way for lost sinners like me.  This is a good place to reflect upon our own lives and to take ownership for our inner emotions!  Is this the way we look at our neighbors and even the people we love?  Or do you find, like I do, that sometimes and even oftentimes that I fall way short of this attitude that was in Christ Jesus (Philippians Chapter 2).  This is not something that the human heart can conjure up via intestinal fortitude or sheer power of the will.  All we can do is confess our sin (the absence of His Grace) in this area of our life.  Why has Christ bestowed such favor upon fallen man?  For "no reason" (the same way Christ was persecuted).  Because of Christ we are justified! It is the same each day of our life!  In now way can we repay by our actions, "not as a result of works."  We cannot take credit for His Grace in any way!  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  This should give way to thankfulness that grows each day as we begin to see the length and breadth of this amazing pardon.

Romans 3:26 
To declare, I say, at this time - To manifest now, by the dispensation of the Gospel, his righteousness, his infinite mercy; and to manifest it in such a way, that he might still appear to be the just God, and yet the justifier, the pardoner, of him who believeth in Jesus.  Here we learn that God designed to give the most evident displays both of his justice and mercy.  Of his justice, in requiring a sacrifice, and absolutely refusing to give salvation to a lost world in any other way; and of his mercy, in providing The sacrifice which his justice required.  Thus, because Jesus was an atonement, a ransom price, for the sin of the world, therefore God can, consistently with his justice, pardon every soul that believeth in Jesus.  This is the full discovery of God’s righteousness, of his wonderful method of magnifying his law and making it honorable; of showing the infinite purity of his justice, and of saving a lost world.   (Dr. Adam Clarke)

Romans 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time, his righteousness,.... This end is further explained, it being to declare the righteousness of God "at this time", under the Gospel dispensation; in which there was such a display of the grace, mercy, and goodness of God:

that he might be just; that is, appear to be so: God is naturally and essentially just in himself; and he is evidentially so in all his works, particularly in redemption by Christ; and when and while he is the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus: Jesus, the Savour, is the object of faith, as he is the Lord our righteousness; the believer in Jesus is a real, and not a nominal one; God is the justifier of such in a declarative way, and God only, though not to the exclusion of the Son and Spirit; and which sentence of justification is pronounced by him on the foot of a perfect righteousness, which neither law nor justice can find fault with, but entirely approve of; and so he appears just and righteous, even though he justifies the sinner and the ungodly.   (Dr. John Gill)

Romans 3:26

To declare ... at this time — now for the first time, under the Gospel.

his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus — Glorious paradox! “Just in punishing,” and “merciful in pardoning,” men can understand; but “just in justifying the guilty,” startles them. But the propitiation through faith in Christ’s blood resolves the paradox and harmonizes the discordant elements. For in that “God hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin,” justice has full satisfaction; and in that “we are made the righteousness of God in Him,” mercy has her heart’s delight!

Note,

(1). One way of a sinner’s justification is taught in the Old Testament and in the New alike: only more dimly during the twilight of Revelation; in unclouded light under “its perfect day” (Romans 3:21).

(2). As there is no difference in the need, so is there none in the liberty to appropriate the provided salvation. The best need to be saved by faith in Jesus Christ; and the worst only need that. On this common ground all saved sinners meet here, and will stand for ever (Romans 3:22-24).

(3). It is on the atoning blood of Christ, as the one propitiatory sacrifice which God hath set forth to the eye of the guilty, that the faith of the convinced and trembling sinner fastens for deliverance from wrath. Though he knows that he is “justified freely, by God’s grace,” it is only because it is “through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” that he is able to find peace and rest even in this (Romans 3:25).

(4). The strictly accurate view of believers under the Old Testament is not that of a company of pardoned men, but of men whose sins, put up with and passed by in the meantime, awaited a future expiation in the fullness of time (Romans 3:25, Romans 3:26; see on Luke 9:31; see on Hebrews 9:15; see on Hebrews 11:39, Hebrews 11:40).  (A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown)

Do Your Part

Do Your Part

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

Relationships of all kinds take work. I enjoy going to weddings and listening to the vows spoken mostly heart felt and sincere.  How many people in marriages end up letting the flesh control them years after those Christian vows were spoken?  If so shame on us for letting Satan in and kicking God out.

Many who hurt others whether in a marriage or a friend relationship often are stubborn and don't realize it.  If you have suffered hurt from ugly words don't fight back but simply pray for the person.  There may be something deeper going on.  Love is patient, love is kind, love doesn't keep a record of wrongs.

If you are the recipient of someone else's anger or unforgiving spirit just keep praying for a breakthrough.  God hears you.  Above all don't lash out with your own angry words.  Stand firm, be strong, and love unconditionally.

PRAYER:  Father I thank you for helping me stay patient on life through many situations that come my way.  When it involves people I thank you for the extra measure you have provided me to stay calm.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Romans 3:25 - Free at last

"And are justified — Pardoned and accepted.  Freely — Without any merit of their own.  By his grace — Not their own righteousness or works. Through the redemption — The price Christ has paid.  Freely by his grace — One of these expressions might have served to convey the apostle's meaning; but he doubles his assertion, in order to give us the fullest conviction of the truth, and to impress us with a sense of its peculiar importance. It is not possible to find words that should more absolutely exclude all consideration of our own works and obedience, or more emphatically ascribe the whole of our justification to free, unmerited goodness."  John Wesley

Must guilty man remain under wrath?  Is the wound for ever incurable?  No; blessed be God, there is another way laid open for us.  This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of his ordaining, and providing, and accepting.  It is by that faith which has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Savior, so Jesus Christ signifies.  Justifying faith respects Christ as a Savior, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest, and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him: in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God through Christ.  There is no difference, his righteousness is upon all that believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as a crown, as a robe.  It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favors. It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price.  And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement.  God, in all this, declares his righteousness.  It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it.  And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction.  Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

"whom God displayed publicly as a G2435propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;" (NASB)

"Whom God hath set forth to be a G2435propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" (KJV)

"For God presented Jesus as the G2435sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.  This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past," (NLT)

"God publicly displayed him at his death as the G2435mercy seat accessible through faith.  This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed." (NET)

"God sent Christ to be our G2435sacrifice.  Christ offered his life's blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God.  And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners.  This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus." (CEV)

"God offered him, so that by his blood he should become the means by which people's sins are forgiven through their faith in him.  God did this in order to demonstrate that he is righteous.  In the past he was patient and overlooked people's sins; but in the present time he deals with their sins, in order to demonstrate his righteousness.  In this way God shows that he himself is righteous and that he puts right everyone who believes in Jesus." (GNB)

G2435

ι?λαστη?ριος

hilaste??rios; gen. hilaste?ríou, adj. from hiláskomai (G2433), to propitiate, expiate. Propitiatory, expiatory, merciful.  Mercy seat, viewed as a subst. Used in the NT as a neut. noun.  The lid or covering of the ark of the covenant made of pure gold, on and before which the high priest was to sprinkle the blood of the expiatory sacrifices on the Day of Atonement, and where the Lord promised to meet His people.  Word Studies

"used of the cover of the ark of the covenant in the Holy of Holies, which was sprinkled with the blood of the expiatory victim on the annual day of atonement (this rite signifying that the life of the people, the loss of which they had merited by their sins, was offered to God in the blood as the life of the victim, and that God by this ceremony was appeased and their sins expiated); hence the lid of expiation, the propitiatory.  Thayer

"An expiatory (place or thing), that is, (concretely) an atoning victim, or (specifically) the lid of the Ark (in the Temple): - mercy seat, propitiation. Strong

To be a propitiation - ι?λαστη?ριον hilaste?rion.  This word occurs but in one other place in the New Testament. Hebrews 9:5, and over it (the ark) the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy-seat.  It is used here to denote the lid or cover of the ark of the covenant. It was made of gold, and over it were the cherubim.  Dr. Albert Barnes

Propitiation (ι?λαστη?ριον)

This word is most important, since it is the key to the conception of Christ's atoning work.  In the New Testament it occurs only here and Hebrews 9:5; and must be studied in connection with the following kindred words: ι?λα?σκομαι which occurs in the New Testament only Luke 18:13, God be merciful, and Hebrews 2:17, to make reconciliation. Ι?λασμο?ς twice, 1John 2:2; 1John 4:10; in both cases rendered propitiation. The compound ε?ξιλα?σκομαι, which is not found in the New Testament, but is frequent in the Septuagint and is rendered purge, cleanse, reconcile, make atonement.  (Marvin R. Vincent, D.D., Vincent Word Studies)

"God then is the author of that free justification, because it pleased him: and Christ is he who suffered punishment for our sins, and in whom we have remission of them: and the means by which we apprehend Christ is faith.  In short, the result is the setting forth of the goodness of God, that by this means it may appear that he is indeed merciful, and faithful in his promises, as he that freely, and of grace alone, justifies the believers."  (Geneva Bible Notes)

We can see from the Greek word definition that the translators struggle to find a single word to convey the fullness of what Christ has done for us.  He is like unto the "mercy seat"—the very place on the Arc of the Covenant where the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled by the High Priest to make atonement for sin.  In this case the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is that sacrifice and the blood is His that is the final and complete atonement for the sins of the world.  "For all have sinned" and Jesus has paid the penalty for ALL.

This then becomes the most amazing act of selflessness in the history of the universe.  We are made right with God when we by faith believe in Christ's sacrifice as an atonement for our sins.  He paid a debt we could not pay for the (our sins) the sins He did not commit so that we (his enemies) could accept a pardon we did not deserve and be made righteous in Him.

Death Happens To Us All

Death Happens To Us All

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.  Isaiah 57:1

You can't drive anywhere without eventually coming across a cemetery.  This is the final resting place for all of our bodies after our time on earth is up.  Everyone is going to die.  It is nothing to fear.  For those who know Christ it is a Home-going Celebration.

How many of you have either lost a loved one way earlier than expected be it a baby, a teen, a young adult, a spouse in their 50's or 60's?  It could be cancer, still born, miscarriage, vehicle accident, heart attack, or an unexpected stroke . Stuff happens.  No one is ever ready to find out their loved one has passed away.  It is sad.  We want to live forever but that was not God's plan.  We are born, we die.  And there is a heaven and a hell.

Be ready.  Know God has a plan.  Your life is no accident.  The people you impact are no accident.  Try to live your days as a shining beacon of light and share God's love with those you encounter.  Keep looking up!

PRAYER:  Father God I know I have value and purpose.  I need not fear death for Heaven awaits me for eternity.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Do You Follow Jesus This Close?

Do You Follow Jesus This Close?

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  Luke 10:27

My title was actually a bumper sticker I saw which sort of made me smile.  It was the drivers way of saying "Do you have to tailgate me?"  I found it humorous so decided to build today's writing on this theme.

How close in fact do you follow Jesus?  Church goer only? Church member but don't attend? Some Christian bumper stickers and billboards may be a bit over the top but indeed probably the person who created it had the right intent.  The Holy Spirit has to convict an individual of their need for Him as shoving Jesus down someone's throat tends to backfire often with dire consequences.

But really how close do you follow Jesus?  The saying is if you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?  Something to think about.

PRAYER:  I don't want to be guilty of not loving you and serving you Lord.  I know in the times we are in people are drifting away as the government almost says certain vile things are okay.  Lord I cling to you and your word.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Romans 3:24 - A Gift Beyond Imagination

And are justified - Pardoned and accepted.  Freely - Without any merit of their own. By his grace - Not their own righteousness or works.  Through the redemption - The price Christ has paid. Freely by his grace - One of these expressions might have served to convey the apostle's meaning; but he doubles his assertion, in order to give us the fullest conviction of the truth, and to impress us with a sense of its peculiar importance. It is not possible to find words that should more absolutely exclude all consideration of our own works and obedience, or more emphatically ascribe the whole of our justification to free, unmerited goodness. (John Wesley)

"being justified as a giftG1432 by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;" (NASB)

"Being justified freelyG1432 by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" (KJV)

"Yet God, with undeserved kindnessG1432, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins." (NLT)

"But they are justified freelyG1432 by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (NET)

"This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: 'They hated Me without causeG1432.'" (John 15:25 NLT)

G1432 - δωρεα?ν do?rean - without a cause, freely, for naught, in vain. (Strong's)

We are redeemed in Christ for the same reason that Christ was hated - "without a cause."  "For no reason" lest anyone boast!  A gift beyond imagination that the Son of God should purchase us out of the marketplace of sin with His own blood while we were still His enemies!

Freely - δωρεα?ν do?rean. This word stands opposed to what is purchased, or which is obtained by labor, or which is a matter of claim.  It is a free, undeserved gift, not merited by our obedience to the Law, and not that to which we have any claim.  The apostle uses the word here in reference to those who are justified.  To them it is a mere undeserved gift, It does not mean that it has been obtained, however, without any price or merit from anyone, for the Lord Jesus has purchased it with his own blood, and to him it becomes a matter of justice that those who were given to him should be justified, 1Co 6:20; 1Co 7:23; 2Pe 2:1; 1Pe 2:9.  (Greek).  Act 20:28; Isa 53:11.  We have no offering to bring, and no claim.  To us, therefore, it is entirely a matter of gift. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

Are You Still Sucking Your Thumb?

Are You Still Sucking Your Thumb?

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

Do you ever see a toddler still sucking their thumb or even a young elementary school child?  This habit started as an infant and was allowed to continue until, the child is growing up still sticking his or her thumb in their mouth for security.  Unless this gets under control the child remains a child in many ways.

Many adults who are Christians may be still 'sticking their spiritual thumbs' in their mouths.  In other words maybe you know the "now I lay me down to sleep prayer", hear Psalm 23 routinely read at funerals, know John 3:16 but that is about the extent of it.  To grow up in Christ and become mature and not keep sucking your thumb you have to dig deeper and go beyond the basics.  It is not the rabbi, priest, or pastors job to spoon feed you but when you leave church you have to do your part to get off the pacifier.

First make sure you have asked Jesus to be Lord and savior.  When I became born again in 1975 I craved reading the word. It became my life blood so to speak.  Prior to this I had gone to church and done all the right things but was not excited about Jesus.  So how about it? Time to mature in Christ? Start reading the book of John in New Testament and see how your life changes.

PRAYER:  I choose to go beyond just the basic Bible knowledge of my childhood years.  I love your word Lord and I want to feed myself and not need a baby bottle or my thumb anymore.   I will not allow Satan to make me complacent about things of the Spirit.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Romans 3:23 - Everyone is Short of the Mark

Rom 3:21-26

Must guilty man remain under wrath? Is the wound for ever incurable? No; blessed be God, there is another way laid open for us. This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of his ordaining, and providing, and accepting. It is by that faith which has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Savior, so Jesus Christ signifies. Justifying faith respects Christ as a Savior, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest, and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him: in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God through Christ. There is no difference, his righteousness is upon all that believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as a crown, as a robe. It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favors. It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price. And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. God, in all this, declares his righteousness. It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it. And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction. (Matthew Henry Concise Commentary)

 

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (NASB)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (KJV)

"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard." (NLT)

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (NET)

"For all have sinned: - And consequently are equally helpless and guilty; and, as God is no respecter of persons, all human creatures being equally his offspring, and there being no reason why one should be preferred before another, therefore his endless mercy has embraced All."  (Dr. Adam Clarke)

The bad news is that we have ALL sinned!  We have ALL missed the mark! We cannot meet God's holy standard of absolute perfection!  The Good News is that ALL are offered Salvation in Christ Jesus and ALL who believe will be saved!

"In a word, the eternal truth as to sin and as to the responsibility of man, the effect of the law, the connection of the Old Testament with Christianity, the true character of the latter in that which relates to righteousness (namely, that it is a thing entirely new and independent), the righteousness of God Himself-the whole question between man and God, with regard to sin and righteousness, is settled, as to its foundation, in these few words." (John Nelson Darby)

"This is the general character of all mankind; all have sinned in Adam, are guilty by his sin, polluted with it, and condemned for it; all are sinners in themselves, and by their own actual transgressions; this is the case of the whole world, and of all the men in it; not only of the Gentiles, but of the Jews, and the more righteous among them: hence there is no difference in the state and condition of men by nature; nor is there any reason from and in themselves, why God saves one and not another; nor any room to despair of the grace and righteousness of Christ, on account of persons being, in their own view, the worst of sinners." (Dr. John Gill)

Whether we are the best of the best or the worst of the worst, we all need a Savior because we are "helpless" to save ourselves and there is no righteousness for us under the law because we have demonstrated that we cannot keep it.

"The literal meanings of the Hebrew, and (Greek, "hamartano?", "sin," "sinner", etc), disclose the true nature of sin in its manifold manifestations.

Sin is transgression, an overstepping of the law, the divine boundary between good and evil (Psalm 51:1); (Luke 15:29); iniquity, an act inherently wrong, whether expressly forbidden or not; error, a departure from right; (Psalm 51:9); (Romans 3:23); missing the mark, a failure to meet the divine standard; trespass, the intrusion of self-will into the sphere of divine authority (Ephesians 2:1); lawlessness, or spiritual anarchy (1Timothy 1:9); unbelief, or an insult to the divine veracity (John 16:9).

Sin originated with Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14); entered the world through Adam (Romans 5:12); was, and is, universal, Christ alone excepted; (Romans 3:23); (1Peter 2:22); incurs the penalties of spiritual and physical death; (Genesis 2:17); (Genesis 3:19); (Ezekiel 18:4); (Ezekiel 18:20); (Romans 6:23) and has no remedy but in the sacrificial death of Christ; (Hebrews 9:26); (Acts 4:12) availed of by faith (Acts 13:38); (Acts 13:39).

Sin may be summarized as threefold:

An act, the violation of, or want of obedience to the revealed will of God;

A state, absence of righteousness;

A nature, enmity toward God." (Cyrus Ingerson Scofield)

"For my salvation comes from the LORD alone." (Jonah 2:9 NLT)

Salvation is the work of God.  It is he alone who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is he also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life.  He is both “Alpha and Omega.”  “Salvation is of the Lord.”  If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because he upholds me with his hand.  I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God himself first does in me.  Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone.  Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely.  If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm.  Do I live before men a consecrated life?  It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me.  Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me.  Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good.  Do I grow in knowledge?  The great Instructor teaches me.  All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art.  I find in God all that I want; but I find in myself nothing but sin and misery.  “He only is my rock and my salvation.”  Do I feed on the Word?  That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it.  Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven?  What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink?  Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength?  Where do I gather my might?  My help cometh from heaven’s hills: without Jesus I can do nothing.  As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in him.  What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet: “Salvation is of the Lord.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Peace...gotta Love It!

Peace...Gotta Love It!

You will keep in  perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,because they trust in you.  Isaiah 26:3

As I sat recently in a customer waiting area of my car dealership with four male customers, the area remained quiet.  Yes there was a television but not one of the men turned it on.  It was probably so odd that no noise was coming from the waiting area that the customer service guy popped his head in and said "Feel free to turn on the television" yet it remained silent.  I loved it! On this day it was sunny with clear skies out the window of the room I was in. Just a calmness prevailed.

Do you allow yourself moments of peace to think, unwind, relax and just be still?  There are those whose lives may be so chaotic they feel there is no time to just sit and be still.  I know some whose jobs keep them hustling and they feel there is no extra time to just not do anything.  You almost have to just schedule it. Granted that may be hard in some lines of work but try never the less.  Moms may have to lock themselves in their closet to have quiet.

Try this if you can. Maybe just go to a park if it is not blazing hot out and park your locked car in the shade, keep the radio off, turn off your phone, and just be still.  Maybe take your Bible and read some Psalms.  Perhaps your favorite non alcoholic cold beverage.  The more you try to do this the easier it may become.  As for me, it is nearing time for me to do my DAWG day or 'Day Alone With God' where you go somewhere you feel safe and sit on a park bench, picnic table, by a stream, etc and for a couple hours just have time with Jesus. Give it a try.

PRAYER:  I thank you for those moments in life where I can just sit and rest and know you are God.   Help me not think I always need distractions of noise but learn to get away with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
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Romans 3:22 - By Faith

Rom 3:21-26

Must guilty man remain under wrath? Is the wound for ever incurable? No; blessed be God, there is another way laid open for us. This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of his ordaining, and providing, and accepting. It is by that faith which has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Savior, so Jesus Christ signifies. Justifying faith respects Christ as a Savior, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest, and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him: in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God through Christ. There is no difference, his righteousness is upon all that believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as a crown, as a robe. It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favors. It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price. And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. God, in all this, declares his righteousness. It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it. And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction. (Matthew Henry Concise Commentary)

 

"even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;" (NASB)

"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:" (KJV)

"We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.  And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are." (NLT)

"namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe.  For there is no distinction," (NET)

Paul now goes into an indepth explanation of God's plan to make us just in His eyes by faith alone, in Christ alone.  A good place for us to remember that we live by faith!  We walk by faith not by works, not by the law, or not by rules.  We become a fulfillment of the law in Christ!  It doesn't matter who you are.  There is one way and only one!

"Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6 NLT)

Leave your burdens at the Cross and do not pick them up again! We live by faith! That is the wonderful story!

Even the righteousness of God - That method of saving sinners which is not of works, but by faith in Christ Jesus; and it is not restrained to any particular people, as the law and its privileges were, but is unto all mankind in its intention and offer, and becomes effectual to them that believe; for God hath now made no difference between the Jews and the Gentiles.  (Dr. Adam Clarke)


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