How To Act Now

“Which in time past were not a people, but are
now the people of God: which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now
the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”           I Peter 2:10,25 

No person will deny that sin is in the world.  It does not matter whether the person is a Christian or an atheist.  The individual must come to the conclusion that something is wrong in the world or to put it another way it is out of joint.  There is a moral depravity which is rampant in every group of people.  It does not matter what the culture is.  It could be oriental or western.  When a person says it does not exist that is a sign that person is living in la-la land and must believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus who comes every year.

All tribes, group and nations have specific rules as to theft, murder, lies and most of the time as to adultery.  Why would this be necessary to have edits about these acts.  One has to admit that people know sin does exist.  There should be the recognition that rules. righteous and judgment…must be set against sin.  A person who is alert can vision what sin does to a person.  Sin is an evil that brings up a venom with what ever it comes in contact.  Sin injures us physically, mentally and spiritually.  Yet humans continue to break away from goodness and righteousness.  Seemingly, we are caught between a rock and a hard place.

All sorts of questions could be raised about sin.  Where did it originate?  What is sin?  Why do we continue to let it be a part of our nature? The Christian has the answer to these queries.

At this time these are not issues that are perplexing.  The question is:  “What can I do about it right now?”

SOLUTION TO SIN

Man does not have an answer to the solution.  Economic systems can give no answer to sin.  Education often compounds the sin that it seeks to cure.  Physical science is incapable of the reason for sin.  Religion always confuses sin.  People’s opinions are always at variance with reality.

There is a place we can go which sets the removal, expunges and erases the guilt that sin causes.  It is a now solution.  Will the majority accept it?  Probably not.  However this does not take away what it does for us.

The answer is the Bible that tells us what to do in the confronting of this burden we all have.

THERE ARE  THREE WAYS 

The best way to examine any issue is to read the instruction book given to you when the purchase was made.  In this case now before you is the Bible.

There are three different ways to read this text.

The first is the way the atheist looks at the Holy Word.  Generally speaking this group of infidels will deny the truth or state yet it has some good points but for the most part it is fable or some story created by other humans.

The second group of readers will say part of it is true and the rest will be taken as if it has no importance.  It supposedly does not mean what it states.

This is the general position of the following religious sects:

  • Methodist  – do not immerse
  • Roman Catholic – Pope speaks as of God – sprinkle
  • Baptist – once in grace always in grace
  • Presbyterian – central control, sprinkle babies
  • Episcopal –not follow New Testament concept of government
  • Disciples of Christ – open church membership, women in eldership
  • Non denominational – generally follows some one person 

Each one of these groups above have some strong positive qualities.  Yet in their basic approach to the Bible it can be seen the whole Bible is not kept in faith and practice.

The third group are those who literally take the Word of God just as it states.  This group in the long pull keeps the body of Christ in tact.  These people believe that as originally dictated by the Holy Spirit there were no mistakes and it was without error.  We are called fundamentalist.  So this group, we say keeps the church alive.

WHO WE ARE

Peter told these people in I Peter 2:10 that there has been a change.

“Which in time were not a people, but are now the people of God:
which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 

There were to be certain acts to be embodied into their lives.  The conduct of these Christians was to abstain in areas that brought about sin.  Peter then names these in I Peter 2:11-12.

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul: Having your conversation
honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as
evidoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify
God in the day of visitation.” 

The same rule of honesty is to apply to a person, a group and a nation.  This is not done.  Courthouses are for two reasons.  First, it is a depository for certain documents and second is to bring evil to the attention of all and then judgment comes against it.

GOVERNMENT DUTY 

Peter said we are to obey the law and the rules.  However when the rulers are evil they seek to remove them.  See I Peter 2:13-14.

“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake:
whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them
that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise
of them that do well.”

There was a professor from  M.I.T. who was one of the architects of Obamacare that now admits he was a liar, a deceiver, and a fraud.  His name is Jonathan Gruber.

Hussein Obama is a liar also.  I have always wondered if he was not a practicing Muslim.

We have a right to seek removal of these frauds.

We citizens must seek to remove the government officials when there are acts of deception.  It seems the American people have a plague put on us.

            Bush #41 –was involved in nefarious CIA actions

            Clinton – Was a philanderer

            Bush #43 – into Iraq for what purpose

            Obama –has no respect for the truth

This only goes back 24 years plus.  Jonathan Gruber may have been right.  The America people are stupid.  Your author would rather think the preferable description should be “gullible”.

RULES TO LIVE 

Here we also know that the Bible in I Peter 2:16-19 states how we are to act.

“As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness,
but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood,
Fear God, Honour the king.” 

It is in verse 16 above that the doctrine of once in grace always in grace is destroyed.  The liberty is Jesus Christ cannot be used as a power to destroy others.  We are not to be harsh in actions with others.

The inspired word of God goes into depth how our life is to be conducted with and to others.

TESTING WILL COME

As a Christian we should expect suffering and in some cases death.  This aspect of Christianity is distrustful to Christians.  There can be no doubt for the church to grow and mature it will happen.

It was Jesus who gave us this example to help us understand what is coming.  In Matthew 16:24 Jesus said one of the ground rules.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” 

The criteria is found there for us to follow.  See I Peter 2: 22-23.ST PETER by Rubens

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered,
He threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth
righteously.”

These two verses tell us how to act and react when persecution is laid on us. Actually this is hard saying we want to strike back.  When acting as a Christian be careful how you respond. There are times we should use violence toward evil people.

WHAT HAPPENED 

In the beginning of this blog there was a discussion about sin in the world.  It is here.  It is here to stay until the Second Coming.  The New Testament never goes into detail about the nations being judged but it addresses the people will be brought before the bar of God’s ruling.

The book of I Peter 2:24 explains what happened on the cross.

“Who his ownself bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we,
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye
were healed.”

All sin was laid upon Jesus for all mankind and for all time.  This was a  colossal sacrifice. The Jewish priest made an annual sacrifice but it only rolled the sin forward for another year.

Now the blood sacrifice heals our sin.  Do I understand this process?  No!

As a Christian I will take an advantage of this offer.  This is a gift of God.  Sin is removed.  The world and other religions make no such offer.

Once I was lost but not now.  We must return to the sheepcote where the Shepherd will care for us.  This is what I Peter 2:25  states.

“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the
Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

Remember you are not talking about a nation but a group of individuals. The burden is on your acting upon what the Bible says.  Do what it states.

“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again: Nothing but the blood of Jesus:
This is all my hope and peace – Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness – Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

 

Gerald Fugit
November 16, 2014

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