“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.”Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (NASB)
”…He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.” Romans 4:25 (NASB)
Webster’s New World Dictionary. “Justify: 1. To show to be just, right etc. 2. Theol. To free from blame or guilt. 3. To supply grounds for (justification.) [added for clarity]
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” Luke 23:34 (KJV)
If the Father’s plan was for Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sins, satisfying the law, establishing a new version of the law, then His death at the hands of mankind was just and right according to the plan.
Yes, we condemn mankind. We feel guilty. Jesus was perfect. His death was unjust (but necessary.) Jesus loved us. He loved us enough to come, live, and die in the understanding that only comes by the human experience. All of our sinful behavior said to Him, we do not know what we are doing. Even though mankind had seen miracles and heard wondrous things, we were still ignorant. Only one thing would change that.
Remember, the disciples did not become who they became until Jesus was resurrected.
“ (He) was raised because of our justification.”
“Because” the word as seen above. Strong’s 1223 “dia” a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional) :- after, always, among, at, to avoid, because of (that), briefly, by, for (cause)…fore, from, in, by occasion of, of, by reason of, for sake, that, thereby, therefore, × though, through (-out), to, wherefore, with (-in). In composition it retains the same general import.
Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.
Jesus was raised through our justification. Because He justified our behavior by His own heart and words, “Forgive them Father they know not what they do.” He was then to be raised or resurrected in the perfection of righteousness and truth. WE WILL BE TOO, if we justify the behavior of others knowing they are ignorant of God and His love.
John said this, “Beloved, follow [“imitate or mimic” Strong’s 3401] not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” 3 John 1:11 (KJV)
Is there not grace in the voice of John? Is he not saying why they are behaving the way they are? They have not seen God as compared to you who have and who choose to do good. Are not their behaviors justified because of their lack of relationship with God who changes our behavior by His love?
Can one love and do evil to others also?
Is it good for you to love those who hate you, those who persecute you, to pray for those who deceitfully use you? How about those who would kill you and I?
Jesus came to educate us out of our carnality into kingdom mentalities. He won a great and proven resurrection for doing that which is difficult for us and was for Him.
We can no longer claim ignorance. We have been told. Now we know what we are doing and how wrong and unacceptable it is in light of God and eternity. The un-renewed soul has no ticket to ride. This is why God placed an angel on guard at the entrance of Eden. Man could not be allowed to re-enter the garden in his fallen state, his impaired judgment intact. Nothing has changed.
Please, rise to this world-wide church challenge. Fellow “believers” must be helped to become mature (fervent) followers in order to survive today’s and tomorrow’s chilling and challenging offenses. If not, they continue to build a library of insurmountable offenses.
There is a reason the word says “pursue peace with all men and the sanctification, …” (Hebrews 12:14) If I am to pursue, then it has already happened! We are faced with enough offenses in our past events to forgive or ask forgiveness for, without adding daily to the list. We must protect ourselves and help them learn to do the same.
Hebrews 12:14 goes on to say more. “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification… without which no one will see the Lord.” Verse 15 speaks of the harm if we do not learn.
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;…” Hebrews 12:15 (NASB)
We have no excuse any more. Being human is no defense. Christ endured as a human. We have been given everything pertaining to life and Godliness. (2 Pet 1:3) We do not lack a vision. Christ Himself resurrected is our vision. There is a glimmer of things to come in the beauty we are acquiring through His teachings. His love is our Way. We can be filled to all the fullness of God by the love Christ taught us.
“…and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19-21 (NASB)
Our potential is being realized, “for such a time as this.”
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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