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SIH STSTA ICONAs the Christmas season approaches, Atheist billboards are beginning to pop up declaring that the virgin birth, and even God’s existence, is only a myth.  One example is this billboard…

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/atheist_billboard_near_lincoln.html

With all of this world’s mixed messages about the Lord’s person, His work, and even His existence; I thought it was wise to remind every one of some of the results of denying what the Lord clearly told us in His Word.

The Word of God addresses many subjects including:

  1. the proofs of God’s existence – (Psa 19:1-6, Jer 10:10-16, Acts 17:8-9, etc etc)
  2. the proofs of Christ’s coming to the earth and the work which He performed (Acts 5:29-33, Acts 2:29-36, 1 Cor 15:1-11, etc etc )

as well as many other truths that help us to understand who the Lord is and what He has done for us.

The Lord, by His grace and love, has revealed to us the serious results of denying what He has clearly told us in His Word.  May the Lord bless each of us with an understanding and acceptance of this crucial truth…

THE SCRIPTURE:

Heb 10:19-31

19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;…30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.31[It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

THE STUDY:

In Hebrews 10:19-25, we find the importance of not taking God’s gracious workings in the lives of His people for granted…

19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And [having] an high priest over the house of God;

The Lord has given sinful mankind the privilege to enter into His presence now (through prayer and Bible study) and throughout eternity (dwelling with Him face to face).   Although we are sinful, through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ, we can receive forgiveness of sins and communion with Almighty, Holy God.  It is though His work on our behalf that He becomes our intercessor (or priest), standing between God and sinful man, working peace, communion and forgiveness on our behalf.

22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.23Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Because the Lord has brought us into a close relationship with Himself, we are to draw near to Him, knowing that He has cleansed us from our inward and outward sins.  This forgiveness was applied to our account when His Spirit applied the Word to our hearts and lives (Eph 5:26).

We are also to be telling others of His workings in our lives and we are to aid others to serve Him in love (by meeting together to worship, learn and encourage other Christians).

All of these acts of appreciation, we are to observe in a greater way because our time is running short.  Soon our God will be coming back to take us home and be with Him forever.

In Hebrews 10:26-31, we find the solemn results of rejecting the truth by those who are not His people…

26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

After we receive the truths God has shown to us, and then count them as being false, there is no reason to believe that the Lord has, or will, forgive us.  If we remain in a state of denial of His truths we should fear, knowing that we are facing the judgment that is prepared by God for those who are His adversaries.  This judgment includes God’s fiery indignation (burning wrath) upon those who oppose Him.

28He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Now our attention is turned to the penalty of breaking God’s laws given to the nation of Israel.  According to the law given to them… if there were two or three witnesses to the commission of a crime worthy of death, that was ample proof for execution.

We are to compare that type of sin with the rejection of Christ, His work and His shed blood.  After hearing of Christ and His great sacrifice and then counting that as untrue, worthless, or of no benefit, we commit a very heinous sin in God’s eyes.  It is as if Christ and His work is being tred underfoot, dirtied, buried and ignored.

Even if the initial receipt of the truth affects our life causing a worldly, outward, reformation (sanctification) , this is not proof of spiritual life being present.   Simple good works shown in the life is no guarantee of acceptance by God.

A heart of repentant faith in Christ and in His work is an absolutely necessity for the forgiveness of sins.  This type of belief cannot be turned from, nor denied. (2 Cor 7:9-10)

30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.31[It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The Lord is plain throughout His Word, not only is He a God of love and grace; He is also a God of justice.  The Lord makes it clear that He will send judgment and deserved punishment upon those who reject the kind, loving, gracious, most valuable work of His Son.

This truth will bring terror upon those who reject Him.  To deny God’s existence and work is to sentence themselves to an eternity of separation from God in eternal misery in the lake of fire.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For those who are saved…

Let us never forget all that our God has done for us.  He not only created us, but then He saved us from our deserved punishment  through the sacrifice of His Son.   How much more should we be motivated to serve Him after all He has done for us? (Rom 12:1-2)

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

Please take time to, honestly and with an open heart, study God’s Word and come to an understanding of the many various proofs of God’s existence and His Son’s work on your behalf.

The Bible makes it plain that we have all sinned and are facing punishment for those sins. (Rom 1:18-21, 2:11-12, Acts 17:30-31)  This is why rejecting the existence of God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is tantamount to sentencing yourself to an eternity of suffering at the hands of a Just God.  (Rom 2:5, 2 Pet 2:9, 3:7, Rev 20:15, 21:8)

Things do not have to be this way, however.  This same God, who is just in punishing sin, is also a very kind, gracious and loving God.  He has sent His Son to the earth to save His people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)

Through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross, the payment for the sin debt of God’s people was made in full.

By turning from our disbelief, and by trusting in Christ and His work on the cross, we can find forgiveness for our sins and peace with God. (Rom 3:26-28, 4:17-25, 5:1-2, 15:13)

Oh, won’t you change your mind and attitude about God and Christ?   Won’t you believe that God and His Son exist, and that they have performed the necessary work to forgive you of your sins?  By looking to Him and placing your life and future in His hands you will be assured of a life of peace with God.

May the Lord bless you as you seek the truth about Him.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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6 Comments

  1. Patti (PJ) says:

    Hey There! I just finished my post for the night and I have put a link from my blog to your Santa Claus post. I hope you don’t mind. I almost put a picture of your “blog header” as a graphic, from google images, but since I’m not savvy on “copyright” laws and regs, I didn’t know if that would be such a great idea, so I put a picture of the Heavens instead. God Bless,
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      PJ,.

      No problem, glad you posted it instead of waiting to hear from me. It was my fault for not getting back with you sooner… busy day yesterday (ugh).

      The same goes for the picture… you are welcome to use it anytime in relation to my blog… I’ve kinda made it my logo so when people see the pic they know it is my blog.

      Thanks again for posting the link. Appreciate it.. May the Lord bless you.

  2. The governments and the commercial world, along with all non-believers are doing a good job of turning CHRISTmas into just another holiday – even to the point of ordering staff to wish others a “Happy Holiday” instead of “Happy Christmas”

    Just last week I was in the greetings card aisle of a department store and overheard one woman’s comment to another complaining “Look at this. They’re even trying to bring religion into Christmas now!” I very politely and nicely told her the origin of CHRISTmas. She listened but thought that was “old hat” and it was better to move on so all people and their beliefs could be accommodated with a happy holiday.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Things are changing so quickly…. it is unbelievable how quickly any public recognition of Christ is now being opposed.

      Widespread rejection of known truth is a sign of the end times. If nothing else, I try to use these things as a reminder of the
      absolute necessity to reach out to the lost with the truth while we still can.

      Your witness to the lady in the store was a blessing to read. It encouraged my heart to know of your willingness to speak to others about the Lord.

      Thank you once again for your comments.
      May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog.

  3. Patti (PJ) says:

    Thank you for your encouraging comment. I’m glad the post made you “think”. I think it’s good to do that. It keeps us on our toes. (Each of us giving the other something to think about.) Not thinking in general LOL! Although, that’s sometimes a good thing to, depending on what we think about. LOL! I enjoyed your post tonight. I always like to add as well as believing in what Christ did for us, and turning from our unbelief, we must put action behind our thoughts and words and repent, be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and we shall receive the Holy Ghost. All this together with your first part and a “journey of living for God” will see us saved and in the “book of life”, (if we don’t fall away from God, never to hear His still, small, voice again. Of course I’m talking about time after time of ignoring God’s promptings till He finally turns them into reprobate minds. I say them, because I don’t even like to think of the prospect of that ever happening to me.) Boy! Could you imagine being in that shape? I love hearing His voice in my spirit, His prompting, and guiding are so very important to me, I can’t imagine ever being without it.
    Goodness! Talk about rabbit trails! Sorry about that!
    God Bless!
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      PJ,
      Thanks for the comment. Getting people to think about things is what it is all about when it comes to God’s Word. Unless we consider our lives and seek His will for us and then encourage our readers to do the same… we have failed.

      By the way, about your statement… [be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and we shall receive the Holy Ghost. All this together with your first part and a “journey of living for God” will see us saved and in the “book of life”,…

      I’ve already written about the role of baptism and living a changed life as a new creature in Christ in previous blog entries, but I will be writing more about both subjects a bit later next year.

      Very quickly… In Acts 2:38, “for the remission of sins:”, is referring to the need to be baptized “because our sins have already been remitted”. For example, when a thief is arrested “for stealing”, it means that he has been arrested because he has already stolen something. Baptism is the outward profession of our salvation. When we are baptized, we are saying that the Lord has already saved us and, now, we want everyone to know what he has done for us.

      When it comes to our good works… good works are simply proof that the faith we exercised in Christ is a true, life changing faith. James tells us that “faith without works is dead being alone” (James 2:20). By this he meant that, if, after we have trusted in Christ, our lives never changed, that is a sign of our faith is not a genuine Godly faith. However, if after we trusted in Christ, we see a changed life of good works that proves to us that our faith was a genuine work of God in our heart. The faith is what was necessary for salvation. The good works follow our salvation as proof of the genuineness of our salvation.

      Also concerning baptism… click here for a previous blog entry on baptism

      Also concerning salvation by grace not works …click here for a previous blog entry on salvation by grace.

      More to come at a later date.

      Thanks again for some great comments. May the Lord continue to bless you.

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