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Justice and Morality

“Far be it from you to do such a thing–to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25

Image result for justiceGod is just. He constantly acts according to what is morally right or fair, morals being the principles that determine what is good and bad.

God is the moral law. Our Creator is the standard of right and wrong, good and bad. And He is unchanging in His promises [Hebrews 6:18]. He cannot be defined by whim or caprice [Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:21]. Though His judgments are unsearchable by the human mind [Romans 11:33], His justice is as unchanging as His character.

Throughout human history, cultural values and moral judgments have shifted. But with God that which is right today is what has always been and what will always be right. Likewise, that which is wrong today is what has always been and what will always be wrong.

Most people don’t like this attribute, because–having bought into Satan’s lie that they can be their own god–they want to decide for themselves what is good and bad, what is right and wrong, what is just and unjust. So much so, that people will surround themselves with others who say exactly what they want to hear [2 Timothy 4:3] just so they don’t have to deal with God’s truth on the matter.

But God is the judge of the whole earth. Everyone will stand before Him alone one day [Hebrews 9:27]. Everyone will answer for the things done and said in this life [Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12]. Everyone will bow their knee and confess God as God and Jesus Christ, His Son, as Lord of all [Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10].

In that day, God will separate the righteous from the unrighteous [Hebrews 4:12]. The one blessed with eternal life and the other cast into the lake of burning sulfur [Matthew 25:31-46].

The choice is as simple and clear cut as black and white. As God posed the question to Cain, let us also consider, If you do what is right, will you not be accepted [Genesis 4:7]

Who determines what is morally right and good in your life? Which side of eternity will you be on?



Sin Plain and Simple

“Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips , and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5 [NASB]

Image result for broken bridgeGod is transcendent. That is He exists outside of His Creation and He is not subject to its constraints. He is also holy. There is no sin in Him.

Just as He is infinitely above the caterpillar and the archangel, so He is infinitely above all sin. As much as food chains, corporate ladders, caste systems and authority hierarchies are leveled before Him, so every shade of sin stretches out to separate us from our God [Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 3:9].

Individual sins are indistinct from sin’s totality. The parts equal to the whole rather than the reverse.

As humans though, we tend to classify and, often times, justify sins by ranking them according to our perception of not-so-bad to absolutely-horrible. Lies are little and white, hence, not-so-bad. Murder, especially obsessive serial killings or mass genocides are absolutely-horrible. We don’t want to accept that while some sins seem harmless or invisible, only earning a human slap on the wrist, that they could in any way equate to unspeakable, violent crimes against humanity.

But in God’s eyes, sin is sin. Every act of moral disobedience that stems from the spirit of self-as-god–that foundational thought that says I am basically good, so therefore I should be allowed to choose all things for myself. [And, by the way, we are each allowed to choose all things for ourselves; Joshua 24:15. But therein lies the rub! Because everybody choosing for themselves leads to problems. No government would ever stand with such a willy-nilly system. There would be no end of conflict and no resolution either.] Every  godless, irreverent, shake-a-fist-at-heaven or deny God’s existence defiance. Every perversion of His design for us–whether in word or deed, whether in body or in spirit, whether in self or in another–all is sin. Plain and simple.

All of it separates us from our holy God. All of it was pardoned by Christ’s blood shed on the cross.

But we have to recognize our distance from our Creator God. We have to understand that the gap between us is called sin. We have to know that all we like sheep have gone astray, everyone turning to their own ways [Isaiah 53:6]. That all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God [Romans 3:23]. That we are each born in sin, with the proclivity to do what is right in our own eyes [Judges 17:6 & 21:25].

For it is from the honest recognition of our true sinful station that we can understand our need for Christ and Him crucified [John 3:16].

Do you see sins in shades of grey? Ask the Holy Spirit to sharpen your focus on God’s holiness. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal divine transcendence to you in light of the truth of eternity.


We Say God Almighty

“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!'” Revelation 19:6-7a

Image result for God's awesome powerGod’s omnipotence–His absolute and supreme power–will resound in our praises throughout eternity. After this life has passed by, we will see and know God face to face, in the same way that He already knows each and everyone of us [1 Corinthians 13:12]. So we will, uninhibited, lift our voices and take up the song of the cherubim who, day and night, never stop praising our Holy, Almighty God [Revelation 4:8].

Let this amazing truth penetrate the business of your thought life and any doubt or fear that vies for your attention. God is all-powerful. And He alone will be worshiped for eternity because He alone is Almighty God.

Did you feel the Spirit of that sentiment? Read it again.

God alone is all-powerful–everyone and everything else on this earth that presumes to exercise authority over human circumstance will one day take a knee before God alone [Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10-11]. No evil will prevail over heaven’s gates, nor will Satan’s spiritual war tread anywhere near the new heaven and the new earth. None can trespass into eternity. Only God’s adopted children–by grace through faith [Ephesians 2:8-9]–will have a place in His kingdom come.

And we will praise Him alone as should always have been done on earth as it is and will be in heaven [Matthew 6:10].

No one and nothing else even registers on the power scale as compared to God. Cancer’s got nothing. Murdering dictators will fall before God. Peer opinion. The pursuit of popularity. Self-induced panic attacks and world-induced economic depressions. War and death. None of it has any power whatsoever in light of Almighty God.

Let us not do as the world teaches and focus on ourselves. Instead, let’s get back to God’s Word and start living like heaven. Fix your eyes on your Creator God. Recognize His omnipotence at work in the world all around us and give all praise to Him alone.

Respond to His power and authority alone, refusing to succumb to the weak wiles of the adversary at work in the world. When the doctor says cancer, we say God Almighty. When the news says pandemic, stock market crash, war, genocide we say God Almighty. When the world says be your own god, do whatever feels good to you, we say God Almighty. When others mistreat us out of their own selfish godlessness, we say God Almighty. And when our breath at last returns to the Creator from whom it came, we will forever praise God Almighty.

What power holds your attention in this life? The things of this world? Or God Almighty and Him alone?


A Pinch of God’s Power?

“One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: ‘Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love;’ and, ‘You reward everything according to what they have done.'” Psalm 62:11-12

Image result for pinch of saltGod is omnipotent–that is all powerful. He is the Almighty because all might [aka power] is in Him alone.

How many human beings have dreamed of attaining to God’s power? Just watch the superhero movies and read the magical fantasies. We as people want so bad to have just a pinch of His might in our beings because it would make us stand out from every other created being. Because then we wouldn’t have to be afraid of anyone or anything else. Because we believe that we would be good enough to wield such power on behalf of our fellow man.

But, if we’re honest with ourselves, at the core of the desire to possess super-human ability is Satan’s lie that we can be our own God [Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 14:14]. The same lie, repackaged with a shinier bow, promising that we can possess power above all others.

Not possible. Any power that we possess is given to us from and ultimately returns to our Creator God.

He alone has the power to make everything out of nothing. He alone has the power to hang planets in the vast expanse of the universe and to light the flame of sun and stars. He alone has the power to create life. He alone has the power to conquer death, hell and the grave.

What human or angel or creature or demon can do any of those things? None. No one but God is able.

And yet, God is willing–no more than that, God desires to imbue us with His power from on high [Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:7]. He desires to work in and through us [Ephesians 3:20]. He desires that we will share in the work of Christ and do even greater things–beyond what we can ask or imagine–to His glory and honor [John 14:12].

Who is like the Lord [Psalm 113:5]? Who can stand against His mighty power [Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:4-5; Romans 8:31; Ephesians 6:11]? Where does your strength come from [Psalm 28:7 & 121:1-2]?


From The Student Question Board: How Many Sins Are Too Many? Is There a Specific Number of Sins that Will Disqualify You From Heaven?

“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” Romans 5:20b

Image result for infinite loveGod is infinite. In every way. He is not bounded in by anything.

In the long war between God and Satan, God is patient, not wanting any human being–who are the apple of His eye [aka the central object of His affection]–to perish [Psalm 17:8; Proverbs 7:2; Zechariah 2:8; 2 Peter 3:9].

Yet in the midst of God’s infinite patience, sin increases. Every minutia of sin manifests and grows. Arrogance, abusiveness, disobedience and ungratefulness increases [2 Timothy 3:2]. Exchanging God for self increases [Genesis 3:5; Isaiah 14:14]. Wickedness, evil, greed and depravity increases [Romans 1:29].

But God’s grace is boundless.

There is no amount of sin that can disqualify you from God’s love. And if by grace through faith you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you are forgiven. Period.

That’s fantastic news! Because we all sin every day, we all fall short of the glory of God in every way [Romans 3:23].

But there is a caution.

If we can’t out-sin God’s grace, then why not just keep on sinning and asking for forgiveness? Paul wrote to the Roman Christians who were struggling with this very question. The answer? By no means! In other words–absolutely not!

As forgiven believers, we died to sin just as Christ died for our sins. And we live in God’s freedom. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace, [Romans 6:12-14].

It’s like quitting smoking because you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, getting healed, and then continuing to smoke. Smoking destroys our health, just like sin destroys our spirit man. People who have been healed from cancer, are best advised to live a healthier life so that the cancer doesn’t move back into their bodies. And Christians are called to come out of the culture we live in and be Godly so that the destruction of sin doesn’t move back into our lives [2 Corinthians 6:17].

God’s mercy is infinite, just as all of Him is infinite. Sin is limited by human imagination, ability and longevity [or lack thereof]. Choose this day which one will shape your eternity. Finite sin, with even more limited moments of pleasure that lead to death and rejecting God, therefore bringing eternal condemnation [James 1:14-15]? Or infinite mercy, with abundant life now and forevermore [John 3:16]?


Cut to the Heart

“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?'” Acts 2:37

Image result for concernedAs previously mentioned, God is self-existent. He created us–you, me and everyone. Therefore, He is our authority. He is in charge of everything that He created. [Are you with me so far?]

But because of sin, we are born with the sinful-natural desire to reject God as the Sovereign that He is in our lives. We are born with the desire to be our own authority.

And because it seems so naturally ingrained in us from birth, we each justify this desire to throw off God’s sovereignty as normal, right and good. Yet it is the essence of sin in us. Every act of sin stems from this base of rebelling against God’s authority [Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; Revelation 21:8 & 22:15].

He is the moral standard–the One who distinguishes between right and wrong, good and bad–because He created everything and the order within which it all works. When we truly come to recognize this truth–I am a sinner and God is holy, righteous and good–we can’t help but respond like the crowd at Pentecost, What shall we do? 

This self-as-sinner before the holy-sovereign-God recognition should bring us to repent–not out of fear, but out of right understanding. Though scripture warns us to be careful not to harden our hearts instead [Psalm 95:8; Hebrews 3:8 & 15, 4:7]. Because many realize who God is and shake their fist at Him, daring Him to make them do something contrary to their own free will.

He won’t. Not in this life. But eventually, everyone will see God for who He truly is and recognize their own rebellion against Him. On that day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess His lordship [Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10-11]. But for many, that day will be too late, because the revelation will come after this life has passed. When all is stripped away and they stand face to face before God Almighty at the judgment.

Do you know your createdness? How do you respond to your Creator? Who decides what is right/wrong/good/bad in your life? Have you been cut to the heart with the recognition of your own sinfulness?


Origins and the Original

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13

Image result for printmakingGod is  self-existent.

He is the I AM THAT I AM. Our existence–and everything else that is–was created by Him, our Creator. We have an origin, He is the original.

As young children, many of us begin to think this idea through and, with finite minds, probably came to the same difficulty–where did God come from? Who created Him? We understand that we have an origin and therefore an original, so we try to apply the rules of our finite human lives to God.

But God is eternal. He was always here–the Alpha, the First and the Beginning–just as He will always be here–the Omega, the Last and the End.

And it is not just the limitations of human understanding that cause us to question, but the sinful-natural state that we are born into. Because of sin, we are born with the bent to rebel against God. So when our minds question the human impossibility of the infinite divine, Satan throws every thing he can at us to exploit our misthought.

Origins is something that the adversary has twisted quite a lot in human misunderstanding. Evolutionary thought begins and ends with Satan, because it wholly divorces our existence from God our Originator while fully espousing Self as God. It is the epitome of Satan’s lie in Eden [Genesis 3:5; Isaiah 14:14]. In evolution, God does not exist and we are self-existent instead, having slowly mutated out of exploding dust and the ensuing rain on rocks.

Even the movement toward Intelligent Design that denies the divine His true identity and name, is a gross deviation from the truth.

And we can absolutely know the truth.

However, many refuse to accept what is true. If it means that I Myself am not ultimately in charge, if it means giving up my self-usurped throne, which the sinful-self can never do. Only when we come to the place where we realize that there is a God in heaven. He created us. He loves us. And either we abdicate the throne of our hearts willingly to the only true Sovereign of all, or it will disappear out from under us as we pass into eternity. Either way our knee, like every other, will bow. Our tongue, like everyone else’s, will confess that we are not the Sovereign Original, we are not God, we are finite creation originating from the One True God. He alone is self-existent.

What do you do with questions of God? How do you answer them? Seek Him in His Word. He has revealed Himself to us. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you push past limited human thinking to better understand the truth of Who God is.