Firmly

I heard someone say recently “Really, I am telling you the truth!” If you read your Bible you find that Jesus has said the same thing to us more than once. For example, one of his disciple records Jesus saying, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” [John 5:24] Let’s look more closely at what Jesus is saying.

There is only one thing in this world that is truly trustworthy; Jesus’ words. They are not changeable but are a firm foundation for our lives. Jesus is the “amen” to all conversation. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this …” [Revelation_3:14] Jesus is prefacing His promise announcing His authority and character. Jesus never wore a mask. What the disciples heard and saw was the real deal. And God superintended that they were faithful in relaying His words on to us. When it comes to matters of salvation, God wants us to understand that attempting to bring our carnal and fall-twisted reasoning into the discussion is a ship wreck waiting to happen. When it comes to salvation, our reasoning can never reach a final conclusion with certainty. Just think about that for a minute. Outside of Jesus, there is no assurance of salvation, We base everything devised in religion on limited faculties about the subject of eternity and our real condition before God. If we are honest with ourselves, no matter how we craft our arguments in our minds, we can never be sure that we have reached a correct conclusion in all cases.

Jesus wants us to hear him clearly. “I am going to relate to you in a systematic way.” In other words, I am the One who is speaking to you now, whom you have been actively resisting, rejecting and seeking to cut from your life. Jesus is saying: ‘Listen to Me and understand.’ Jesus wants us to understand that He is the sum and substance of what He says. Do not make the mistake of just listening with only the external ears that God gave you but also listen internally, with your soul. That is where life begins. It is only when we listen with the soul that Holy Spirit can enable us to distinguish what is truth from Sovereign God and what are lies from the many deceiving gods.

Jesus wants us to listen not only to His words but try to understand.If you only look for the bling and bang of miracles, then you will miss His intentions for you. There are two types of hearing: speculative and experiential. We can listen and speculate about the pros and cons of Jesus statement. Or we can choose to take them to heart, and then actively trust Jesus that He is telling us the truth and act on them as truth. When we act on what God says we discover He really is telling the Truth. The constant question before us is simply this: Do I entrust my spiritual well-being to Jesus? We learn and relearn three basic things in the Christian life: to trust in, rely on, and adhere to the Lord Jesus in all things.

Listening to what Jesus firmly tells us gives us the right to claim hope by faith in His grace. We will gain a new and perpetual  life as God intended it, full of His grace and peace that cannot be manufactured. He guaranteed His promise. Because Jesus was faithful to die in our place for our sins, we escape the accusation, condemnation and damnation for rebellion against God. We pass from guilty condemnation; meaning that not one of our sins will be held in accusation against us. It is not by our righteousness or our clever legal arguments but only by the righteousness of Christ that we have received by faith.

Listening and actively trusting Jesus removes us from all of our guilt. We move forward into spiritual life covenant grace and forgiveness. We are now alive to a process of exchanging our sinful ways of thinking. The Holy Spirit empowers us to a life that seeks to draw closer to God and live a life pleasing to Him. It is a life made secure. Trust in, rely on, and adhere to Jesus Christ. He is the only answer to your life.

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