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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Death of Guilt

God's almighty wisdom and power turns evil for the good of His kingdom
and His people. But He does not make the evil good. Evil is so evil that it
took the blood of the Son of God to destroy it's power for those who believe.
Those who do not believe are consumed and destroyed in body and soul in
eternal death and misery.

The blood of Christ does not make disobedience into obedience and sin into
godliness. The blood removed the guilt, for Christ's sacrifice of His whole life
and his body on the cross, plunging Him into the depths of the wrath of God,
took away my guilt so that I could be a child of God. Then, having removed
my guilt and assuring me of eternal life, He sends the gift of the Holy Spirit
Who takes me by the hand to lead me to glory. "As many as are lead by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."

Sin begins to be put to death in me by the power and love of the discipline of
God, and will finally be destroyed forever in me at the resurrection of believers
in the likeness of Christ. The unbeliever will be resurrected to eternal misery
and horror forever and ever.

It was the greatest evil committed by men in the history of the world: those
who with wicked hands and minds slew the Lord of Glory, the Lily of the
Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, the Lamb of God, the Root and Branch
of David, the Beloved of God. And that evil will be punished in the Bottomless
Pit, in Hell, in the Lake of Fire forever and ever; for even the fires of hell
cannot perform the alchemy of changing evil into good.

Guilt is the power of sin and those who bear it must suffer His wrath forever
and ever, body and soul. Jesus said, "Do not fear him who can destroy the
body, but Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." "What does it
profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul."

The only way to escape this condemnation is through the Person and work
of Jesus of Nazareth, who is Lord and Christ. By the everlasting covenant
of Redemption, He was appointed of God to be the Last Adam, who in
Himself gathers together all things that were lost by the First Adam.

This is not the whole story, but it is a good place to start. "If thou shalt
confess [swear] with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Find yourself
a good church, where there is an ordained and knowledgeable ministry and
eldership, where you can be taught and prepared to receive the sacraments;
open your heart to the work of the Holy Spirit, who will lead the people of
God to the glory of Christ's kingdom and blessing. You are not alone, for the
Lord Jesus gathers His people into flocks and puts them under those He has
appointed to shepherd them. Amen and Amen.

Everyone begins as a baby, for only they enter the kingdom of God, as Jesus
said. Faith is born in you by the Spirit of God, and is the beginning of your
walk with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Do not delay. Today is the day
to begin, if you hear His voice.
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