Whew! What a busy couple of weeks! I think I have a light week ahead of me, which I’m greatly looking forward to. 🙂 This morning I went in for Jury summons, but asked to be excused until summer since I homeschool my four kids, which includes a nine year old. I really wanted to be there and serve but can’t take off from teaching right now. I’m happy to say that I was excused.
So, Righteousness…Can God carry out something on someone’s life without their agreement or participation? In Romans 5 Paul tells us because of one man’s (Adam) sin God imputed (brought against us with no reason) sin to every man. Even if you didn’t do what Adam did. One man affected the whole of mankind. Paul gives us a comparison of Jesus, the Last Adam, with the first man, the First Adam. By one man’s sin all were made sinners, and by one man’s obedience all have been made righteous.
Can God do this? Can He carry out a promise to the whole planet without their consent or knowledge?
The only way Jesus could make us righteous was to take law out of the situation. God wanted to bring us to a clear understanding of true righteousness through the cross. Please read the verses in context! The prophet Isaiah said that God would take sin and remove it from Him as far as the East is from the West. Sin is now a non issue. The only way it can be a non issue is if everybody is righteous. The only way there could be sin is if God didn’t declare peace. The only way He could declare Peace is if there is no such thing as sin. So when those angels declared “Peace on earth”, they were talking about Peace between man and God.
But what about Judgement? We must refer back to the Gospel of Peace. If God said “I’m going to declare Peace through the Cross, and it will be an eternal Peace, it can’t ever be removed!” – what do we need to understand from that? God said “I’m never going to be angry again.” Wow! “And the covenant of my Peace will never be removed.” This is the truth of the Gospel. We must keep the comparison of the promise that came out of the flood that He kept to everyone. Jesus said in John 12:31 about His crucifixion “Now is the JUDGEMENT of this world.” Jesus also said in John 3:1 “I’m not here to judge the world,” yet later He says “It is for judgement I have come.” What?! Is Jesus confused?
He was here to judge no one but to take on the judgement of the entire world!
Could God carry out a judgement for an entire world without that world’s permission? Could God through that judgement then leave a promise behind? Like he did through the water’s of Noah? Did He leave a promise behind, saying I’m not angry anymore? Is it possible that God brought this judgement like He brought the flood, that through this judgement His anger was satiated once and for all, never to be seen again on this planet? Would this be Good News? The good news about Peace! The only other thing called the Gospel is God’s Grace. Would this be gracious? Grace? Would this be something we didn’t deserve? Would this really be what the gift of God is? Something we don’t deserve or even have to ask for? This is an incredible revelation, not to become a part of the manifestation of it, but to simply believe that its manifestation has already come, over 2,000 years ago.
Jesus said, “Not one jot or tittle will pass from the law until all scripture has been fulfilled.” No part of the law can be done away with except that all the law is done away with. Jesus established this. Any portion of scripture fulfilled is all scripture fulfilled. The law and prophets go hand in hand. You can’t have one single fulfilled prophecy while a law is in effect. You can’t have any law in effect while there is any prophecy that has been fulfilled. Prophecies were fulfilled at the cross on the Day of Judgement – Isaiah called it this. Jesus took what we deserved and imputed/charged to us His Righteousness. God’s judgement on this entire planet was taken by Jesus and now God’s judgement is righteousness and holiness! The Gospel of Peace and Grace!
I challenge you to look up what Jesus said the scriptures are. He said that is where we must rely when we are validating the truth, the first five books of the Bible, the Law, Psalms and Prophets. I must validate everything through the scriptures and even the New Testament writers quoted the Law, Psalms and Prophets.
The Gospel of Grace and Peace is the immaculate fulfillment of all things in the body of one man, Jesus. What Good News this is!!
I hope this encourages you to ask questions, research for yourself and check your doctrine against what Jesus said. I choose to let no man teach me what to think or believe, but thoughtfully listen, question and hold teachings up to the light of the Gospel. When I hear a teaching that says I must do something, anything, even believe, to be right with God, I know according to what Jesus said He did I am already right with God through the sacrifice of Jesus.
There are other sites teaching on grace and peace that you may want to check out. If you seek you will find. 🙂