growth marks

  God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shone in our hearts” (2 Cor. 4:6a).

  The Father tolerates our side of things until we learn to value His side of things.

Make your Father’s side of things your interest and concern, and your side will be fully ensured; but turn your eye to your own side, and, with much apparent effort and work, you will look for much and bring in little. This explains the small progress in many souls in this day, notwithstanding the amount of truth and light they have received. May the Lord Jesus in His Word be more simply the Object of our hearts in this evil day.

Love really does not think of anyone but its Object until it is quite sure of its place with Him, and then when at rest about itself it studies the mind and heart of the Object. I find that the Lord Jesus loved me and gave Himself for me when I was in a most unattractive state; but He makes me suitable to Himself, and I am so assured of the permanency of His love and of my association with Him that my heart is free to study Him. The more I am in His company, the more I grow in the characteristics which answer to His mind and nature so I become more like His Son and less like myself.

All that is good here comes to me from one spring, and that source is the heart of my Father. You must connect your heart with the love and not with the benefit otherwise you will be legalistic and not full of grace. It is not merely His gifts, His power, His greatness, but it is the knowledge of what He is in Himself to me.

  “The law demands, love God; grace declares, God so loved!”

  “To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6b).

Thank God He loves us. You must focus on that no matter what your circumstances.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

A little housekeeping here, questions, comments or prayer requests send to the email address. If you want counseling use the email address.

Remember our prayer list. Caliste Burt. Recently had 2 brain tumors removed and cannot remove the third because of complications. Keep her and her family in prayer.

Steve H, the hunt for a great pastor.

All the friends and acquaintances we have that are unsaved, pray that someone comes into their life to share the gospel.

Remember Bill Warneke; chronic pain and depression.

Bob L, his eye surgery went fine, and he thanks all those who prayed for him.

Remember pastor Paul K, he’s already lost half a kidney to cancer, and now has 2 cysts on his pancreas. Have not heard yet if it’s cancer or something else.

Remember our quartet of former bad girls, that are now saved and left the adult performance lifestyle and they are doing remarkably well. I’m not only very proud of them but also our church ladies that have adopted them like daughters and have helped them secure safe jobs.

BIG NAME, LITTLE FLAME

February 15, 2019

Treasure after

ALL SMOKE AND NO FIRE

  “I proclaim not myself, but Christ Jesus as Lord and Master, and myself your bondsman for the sake of Jesus “ (2 Cor. 4:5).

  All Christians are fit for heaven, but all too few are fit for earth. One of the true tests of one’s spiritual growth is in one’s influence: affecting others that they not only begin the Christian life but “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

We may be separated and yet not Christ-like; we may be orthodox and yet not spiritual; we may be ‘dead unto sin’ and yet not ‘alive unto God.’ We may have cut ourselves loose from every form of worldliness but in so doing we have become critical and self-righteous. We may be loyal defenders of the faith, ready even to lay down our lives for it and in so doing become bitter and unloving.

We may often have a measure of the power of the Spirit, but if there is not a large measure of the Spirit as the Spirit of grace and love, the defect will be manifest in our work. We may be made the means of conversion, but we will never help people on to a higher standard of spiritual life, and when we pass away a great deal of our work will pass away too.

One may have a great zeal in God’s service, and may be used to influence many for good, and yet, when weighed in the balance of love, be found sadly wanting. In the heat of controversy or under unjust criticism, haste of temper, slowness to forgive and forget, quick words and sharp judgments, often reveal an easily wounded sensitiveness, which proves how little the Spirit of the Lord Jesus has full possession or real mastery of the life.

  “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Cor. 4:7).

GOD BLESS FROM SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM

PRAY FOR CALISTE BURT, STILL NO WORD ON HOW TO HANDLE THE THIRD BRAIN TUMOR.

PRAY FOR PAUL K, 2 CYSTS ON HIS PANCREAS.

PRAY FOR BARBARA D, SALVATION

REMEMBER STEVE H IN PRAYER AS THE CHURCH LOOKS FOR A NEW PASTOR

DAVE I, THIS GUY IS PROBABLY IN THE GUINNESS RECORD BOOK FOR HAVING THE MOST CANCER SURGERY IN THE WORLD, YET IS ALWAYS SMILING AND READY TO GO. UNSTOPPABLE.

PRAY FOR BILL WARNEKE AND CHRONIC PAIN AND DEPRESSION.

SPENT THE DAY IN SILENCE AND SOLITUDE, WHAT A BLESSING.

DEEPLY ROOTED IN HIM

February 14, 2019

knock you down

  “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” (Ps. 92:13).

  Defeat reveals the flesh; testing reveals the Father.

 The inward exercise of Romans Seven and the testing of the wilderness serve the purpose of teaching us what sin in the flesh is, and what is in our hearts; while such special discipline of the Father as Paul’s thorn in the flesh is rather to protect us from the unalterable tendencies of the flesh. The latter is always needed and goes on in one form or other to the end of our course here.

 We belong to another sphere altogether. We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). We are like a tree that has its roots in heaven, and its branches down here. No doubt our branches are fretted and ripped by the atmosphere here, but nothing can touch the roots up there. Planted inside the realm of heaven, they flourish outside.

No one can question the right of the Father and the Son to have and to hold the sheep; and if we see what it has cost them to secure us, it cannot fail to give us the most blessed assurance. Much yet may have to be done for us. We shall need support, preservation, discipline. If we are left here a little longer, we shall need the grace, mercy, and forbearance of the Father in a thousand ways, but all that will be needed in the future to keep us from ourselves is small compared with the stupendous cost at which divine love forever secured us.

  “There is more in the Lord Jesus, in the Father, in the Spirit, in heaven to give us rest and peace and joy, than in the whole universe to disquiet, trouble, or grieve us.” -G.W.

  “Heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Rebekah Grace, her mother passed away today at 88 years of age.

Pray for Caliste Burt. No plan b yet, for the removal of the third brain tumor, they are letting her rest for now while they consult other experts.

Remember to pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Pray for all those that suffer like that, those that suffer in long term suffering will always have bouts with depression.

Pray for Nickie, she is newly saved and she is a real testimony to her non believing family who is doing everything to prove this isn’t real.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember the Perales family, salvation for all

Remember me in prayer, today was especially rough. 4 more days of this phase of the meds, the side affects have reached there max and I’m not sure today which is worse the cure or the disease.

Remember Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

PASS ME NOT BY

February 13, 2019

praying mom

If you have been spending anytime reading the devotions on this site you know I’m a big fan of the old hymns. They are certainly more enduring and inspiring than the 7-11 choruses of today. (seven words sung 11 times).

  1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,

    Hear my humble cry;

    While on others Thou art calling,

    Do not pass me by.

    • Refrain:

      Savior, Savior,

      Hear my humble cry,

      While on others Thou art calling,

      Do not pass me by.

  2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy

    Find a sweet relief;

    Kneeling there in deep contrition,

    Help my unbelief.

  3. Trusting only in Thy merit,

    Would I seek Thy face;

    Heal my wounded, broken spirit,

    Save me by Thy grace.

  4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,

    More than life to me,

    Whom have I on earth beside Thee,

    Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

Psalms, songs, favorite bible verses, all lead to comfort. They draw us to God; the Holy Spirit embraces us. We feel the love of God and are reminded through these great hymns of His grace, mercy and compassion.

And that the journey we are taking is not often easy, there are burdens, sorrows, troublesome times. The empty-headed pseudo spiritualists of today would have you believe otherwise. The Joel Osteen or Benny Hinn, all that ilk of fake theology, fake promises, send in your $19.95 for the secret of success or happiness. Being told it’s just a matter of faith.

That if you are going through a trial it’s your fault, not the sugar daddy, warm cuddly fake god they are proposing.

As David says in this psalm, there is no victory without a fight. And that our walk is a battle, a war, but God is our fortress.

 Psalm 144 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 144

Of David.

1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock,

    who trains my hands for war,

    my fingers for battle.

2 He is my loving God and my fortress,

    my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

    who subdues peoples[a] under me.

3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,

    mere mortals that you think of them?

4 They are like a breath;

    their days are like a fleeting shadow.

5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

    touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

    shoot your arrows and rout them.

7 Reach down your hand from on high;

    deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

    from the hands of foreigners

8 whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

9 I will sing a new song to you, my God;

    on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

    who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

    rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

12 Then our sons in their youth

    will be like well-nurtured plants,

and our daughters will be like pillars

    carved to adorn a palace.

13 Our barns will be filled

    with every kind of provision.

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

    by tens of thousands in our fields;

14     our oxen will draw heavy loads.[b]

There will be no breaching of walls,

    no going into captivity,

    no cry of distress in our streets.

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Ok, I’m done ranting, God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, still no progress on how to treat the third brain tumor. She is in good spirits and is a courageous Christian woman.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and dark depression.

Pray for Pastor Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

Pray for Paul C who has been laboring in Puerto Rico rebuilding a hospital after the last group of hurricanes.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. all in need of salvation.

Pray for Barbara D, cancer, several spinal and hip fractures, a bad heart, and in need of Salvation.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, still waiting for the doctors to come up with plan b for mass in my chest. I’m in a great deal of pain. So any grammar mistakes in the devotion is due to drugs not ignorance of grammar.

Christ our Sanctification

February 6, 2019

Resurrection-Doubting-Thomas

  “Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us. . . sanctification” (1 Cor. 1:30).

  If we keep in mind that the Lord Jesus is our Sanctification, the seemingly difficult subject will clearly unfold for us day by day.

Many folks debate the how of sanctification, some even subscribe different methods. The true scriptural means of sanctification is that you are set apart to God. It is not at all a question of whether there is evil in your flesh, for there is a great deal. Why, that is all the old man is made of!

But yet you are sanctified. Sanctification has nothing whatever to do with the extinction of evil in the flesh. That idea, begun with Pelagius, revived by Thomas a’Kempis, handed down through Jeremy Taylor, the French and Dutch mystics, Wm. Law and John Wesley, has passed into other communions where they have no notion whatever whence it came.

The Christian life is nothing short of the life of the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:4). It is His life reproduced in us. ‘That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh’ (2 Cor. 4:11). The common conception of sanctification is that every area of the life should be holy; but that is not holiness, it is the fruit of holiness: holiness is the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we are conscious of pride we fancy that humility will meet our need, but the answer to pride is not humility, it is the Lord Jesus, and He is the answer to every need. The Father will not give you humility or patience or love as separate gifts of grace; He has given you the Lord Jesus, and if you simply trust Him to live out His life in you, He will be humble, patient, loving and everything else you need.

  “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13).

Therefore put on Christ, as the very raiment of all you need to be.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, she is none the better and the doctors fear irrevocable damage.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Shirley M, having counseled her for over 20 years, I believe that she has never really had a genuine conversion. Therefore pray for salvation.

Cherry P, God grant her good Christian friends to help her in her new life as a Christian.

The Perales family, salvation.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the mass in my chest although not cancer, seems to be spreading. And the pain is getting worse. We are switching to a new medicine to see what happens.

RELIEF

February 4, 2019

Well, it’s 2pm on a Sunday and your cell phone is telling you it’s your doctor, you’re going to pick it up.

“Hey” he says; “I just wanted to call you and tell you it’s not cancer, yes there is a mass in your right breast, but let’s treat it with some super antibiotics and go from there.”

It takes a moment to get an answer out, “ok”.

So this makes the 14th time a conversation with my doctor started with “this may be cancer.” It also makes 14 times we’ve heard the doctor say; “it’s not cancer”.

2 weeks ago I was sure I was dying, between the pain and the hot flashes, sweating through my clothes in a couple of minutes, to freezing and chills.

So no real diagnosis, but just knowing there will be no chemo or radiation is a big relief.

So, I’ve had 4 tumors cut out of me, one as large as a plum. But always benign. So I’m very thankful for all the prayers and I’m sure the doctors will eventually figure out what’s wrong with me. Now if I just don’t get run over with a cement truck because the driver had a heart attack. (that really happened to an acquaintance of mine.

Please keep Caliste Burt in prayer, surgery went badly. She’s still in ICU. Doctors are trying to keep her from having severe brain damage.

Remember Olivia in prayer, going to full term with her baby.

Cherry P, praying that she is not dragged back into a lifestyle by old friends. And that she adjusts her lifestyle to the present situation.

Remember Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas. He’s already lost half a kidney to cancer.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a pastor.

Pray for Steve G, a car wreck from 50 years ago has begun to really show up in his bones from all the breakage.

Pray for Jim H, 15 years ago, vehicular manslaughter charges filed. Dropped by a grand jury. The grandson of one of the victims started stalking him. Lots of racial tension. It’s basically blackmail or extortion.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

ROTTEN FRUIT

January 31, 2019

sugar coating

  “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me” (John 15:4).

  A barren life means barren service, and no amount of self-effort will ever make up for that!

  “‘Not I, but Christ.’ The Lord Jesus does not ask that we should work for Him, but He intends to work through us. There is all the difference in the world between the two. In the one I plan and then ask His blessing upon it; in the other He plans and lets me into the secret of His glorious purpose. The one ends in futility and disappointment; the other in life, progress, and joy.

In the one I slave and work worthily for Him, and constantly feel the barrenness of a busy life; in the other I let His life flow through me in all His glorious effortlessness, and rest in the assurance that the Lord Jesus at work cannot fail. The one is a life of endeavor, always being keyed up to do something greater; the other a life of faith always looking to the Lord Jesus to reveal the next step and then give the enablement to carry it out.

 The great question is not what you are doing, how successful you are, how great are your crowds, how impressive your work—but the question is, by what power are you doing it? It is difficult to attend any large religious gathering without perceiving the governing influence, consciously or unconsciously, of the psychological—which is of the human. Many apparently successful ‘revival’ meetings have much more in them of psychology than Spirit. Large numbers of seekers are brought to the altar by human soul-power rather than by the power of the Holy Spirit. And this accounts for the large number of so-called backsliders and ‘repeaters’ at the altar.

  “Without Me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Caliste Burt, upcoming brain surgery, with some major complications that has moved out the surgery date.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Steve H, and the hunt for a new pastor.

Pray for me as I go for more testing and CT scan Friday

Remember Sherrie, needs to have a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting about her lifestyle

Pray for Charlie S, work stress

thinking over feeling

Sometimes the term redemption is used rather loosely by theologians and Christians meaning nothing more than simply deliverance. It does mean deliverance, but it means a particular kind of deliverance, a deliverance that results from the payment of a great price. This concept is always in view even when the word redemption is used in passages such as Exodus 6:6; 15:13; Psalm 74:2; and 78:35. Redemption is based on some great expenditure of God. The price God paid is always in view.

Redemption means liberation because of a payment made. In the New Testament, that payment is the death of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The key Greek words used for the concept of Redemption:

Agorazo: This word comes from agora which means “market place.” It literally means “to purchase, buy from the market place.” In ancient times slaves were brought to the market place, put on the slave block, and then traded or sold to the highest bidder. Scriptures that use this word are 1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23; 2 Peter 2:1; Revelation 3:9-10. Agorazo stresses Christ’s sovereign worth, value, and thus His ability to redeem us from the slave block of sin by paying the price of our redemption.

Exagurazo: This is a compound verb derived from the preposition ek meaning “out of” plus agorazo. It means to “purchase out, buy out” or “ransom out.” The word is intensive and adds the idea of “deliverance and freedom through the price paid” (Gal. 3:13; 4:5). This word places more emphasis on the deliverance and freedom. Believers have been set free from the slave master, the law and its indictment and condemnation of man as a sinner.

Lutrao: This word comes from lutron which means a “ransom price.” Lutron comes from luo, a verb meaning “to release, set free.” So lutrao carries the meaning of “to release by paying a price” (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Heb. 9:14). This word emphasizes the price paid and the resultant freedom. The price paid was the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Apolutrosis: Apolutrosis comes from the preposition apo meaning “from” plus lutrosis, the noun form of lutrao mentioned earlier. This word with the preposition is somewhat intensive and means “to permanently set free” (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14).

The Object of Redemption: This is man’s sin and slavery to sin. The object of redemption is not simply man, but man’s sin problem and his bondage to sin (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Gal. 3:13).

The Results of Redemption: (a) forgiveness of sin (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14), (b) deliverance from bondage to sin and the Law (Gal. 3:13), (c) provides the basis for imputation and justification (Rom. 3:24; 2 Cor. 5:9), (d) provides the basis for our adoption as adult sons of God (Gal. 4:5-6), (e) provides the basis for an eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15), and (f) provides the basis for capacity to glorify God (1 Cor. 6:20).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember our prayer list; Bill Warneke, Caliste Burt, The Perales family, Olivia and Paul K.

thinking over feeling

This is really long, 8 pages, you may want to print it out. Thanks for your patience.

But of all the topics our salvation is the most important topic there is. The better you understand all the ramifications of all the moving parts, the stronger your faith will be and the better equipped you will be to give an answer or witness to someone that doesn’t’ understand.

Second Corinthians 5:19 seems clear: God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself. The world of mankind is clearly the object of reconciliation. Romans 5:10 agrees by stating that we were reconciled to God. “God is the one who is active in reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19), and men are said to be reconciled (Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:20); i.e., they are acted upon by God. Thus believers are said to receive reconciliation. They are recipients of a relationship of peace and harmony brought about by God.”

Propitiation is that part of the work of reconciliation which deals with the barrier of God’s holiness, the obstacle erected or caused by man’s sin. Thus, the holiness of God becomes a key part in removing the alienation or enmity against God.

Holiness is the most central and epitomizing character or attribute of God’s being. Not even love or grace surpass it. In defense of this statement we should note that God is called holy more than anything else in Scripture. As an epithet to God’s name “holy” is found the most. In fact, “holy” is one of the names of God. In Isaiah 57:15 we read, “For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy …” (cf. Ex. 15:11; Ps. 30:4; 47:8; 48:1; 89:35; Lev. 11:44-45; 19:2; Isa. 5:16; Rev. 15:4; 1 Pet. 1:15-16).

(1) The Derivation: The Hebrew word for holiness or holy is qadosh which contains the basic idea of separation or apartness, and then “sacred, holy.” The Greek word for holy is hagios which similarly, in its most fundamental meaning, means “separate, set apart.” Hagios was used of what was separated from the secular world to a sacred and set apart place.

(2) The Definition: Negatively, holiness is that perfection in the being of God which totally separates Him from all that is evil and defiling. As we call gold pure when it is free from any dross or other metals, so the nature and actions of God are 100% free from any impurity or evil of any kind. Light is a symbol of God’s holiness and so John wrote, “God is light and in Him is no (none whatsoever) darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Positively, holiness stands for the absolute integrity and purity of the being and nature of God. It means God must always think and act in a way that is consistent with His perfect righteousness and justice, what we might call the executive and judicial branches of God’s pure holiness.

(3) The Description and Application of God’s Holiness in Relation to Salvation: (1) Holiness is an essential and necessary perfection of God. This means God’s holiness is not maintained by an act of God’s will. God does not choose to be holy because He wants to. God always thinks and acts in a holy manner because He is inherently holy. God wills holiness because He is holy and not in order to be holy. He cannot be anything else. (2) God’s holiness means He can never approve of anything evil, but that He perfectly, necessarily, universally, and perpetually abhors evil. (3) God’s holiness in its outworking and manifestation in history has two branches or aspects. There is the legislative side, God’s perfect righteousness, and the judicial side, His perfect justice. (4) Because God is perfect righteousness, He cannot have fellowship with anything less than His own perfect righteousness (Hab. 1:13; Isa. 59:2). God is offended by man’s sin. Thus, because God is also perfect justice, He must by His own character condemn, pass judgment and the penalty of death and separation upon the sinner who falls short of God’s righteousness (Rom. 3:9-23). Therefore, propitiation is that part of God’s work of reconciliation in Christ which deals with satisfying the holiness of God. Propitiation is toward God.

(4) Definition of Propitiation: Propitiation is the doctrine or truth that the person and death of Jesus Christ appeased, turned away, God’s wrath, satisfied His holiness, and so met God’s righteous demands that the sinner can be reconciled into God’s holy presence.

(5)The Description of Propitiation and the Problem it Solves: The problem of antinomy—the contradiction of opposing laws or attributes—love and grace versus righteousness and justice. God is perfect love and grace and desires to forgive and bless the sinner. He desires to bestow His love and grace on man. But God is also perfect holiness and because of man’s condition in sin, He must judge the sinner. God’s own character or attributes, His holiness and love, stand in opposition to each other. God’s attributes are infinite, absolute, and immutable. This means neither God’s love nor His holiness can be bypassed at the expense of one over the other. All must be satisfied. In His love, God cannot accept the sinner to Himself and bypass His holiness, but neither can God in His holiness bypass His love and send the sinner to the Lake of Fire without providing a solution. All aspects of the character of God must be satisfied. Therefore, in His perfect wisdom, power, love, grace, and holiness, God provided the person and work of His own Son, the Lord Jesus, who by His life and death reconciled the conflict (antinomy) of God attributes.

God’s righteousness is satisfied by the person of Christ and His life. Jesus perfectly fulfilled the law. He was without sin and lived in perfect righteousness and harmony with the will of God. At His baptism, the Father said, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Here God the Father verified the sinlessness of Jesus and showed that He was qualified by His person and life to begin His ministry. By the miraculous events surrounding the cross, the darkness, the shaking of the earth, the rending of the veil, and the resurrection of Christ, the Father further showed that Christ was not only qualified to be our sin bearer, but that He had successfully satisfied the holiness of God and had dealt with man’s sin (1 John 2:1-2; Heb. 2:17; 1 Pet. 1:18).

God’s justice, which requires judgment for sin, is likewise satisfied by the death of Christ as the substitutionary payment for our sin (Rom. 3:25-26). Christ’s death redeemed and expiated man from sin and its penalty by His judicial substitutionary death—the innocent for the guilty. As our substitute He bore our penalty. This satisfied the requirements of God’s justice.

God is now free to bestow His love and grace on the unworthy sinner and still act in harmony with His holiness because Jesus Christ satisfied the demands of God’s holy character (Rom. 3:25-26). The cross is much more than the display of God’s love; it is also the supreme display of God’s absolute holiness. It shows that God could by no means still be just and accept the sinner apart from the person, life, and death of Christ.

Hilasmos: This word occurs two times, once in 1 John 2:2 and once in 1 John 4:10. It means “an appeasement, a satisfaction, or a propitiation.” It may also refer to the means of propitiation or satisfaction. Jesus Christ is the means and only means of satisfying God’s holiness and appeasing His holy wrath.

Hilasterion: This noun occurs twice also, once in Romans 3:25 and once in Hebrews 9:5. The ending of this word, terion, often indicates a place of something, i.e., the place of propitiation or satisfaction. Hilasterion is used in Hebrews 9:5 of the mercy seat which covered the ark. The mercy seat was the lid to the ark of the covenant which stood in the Holy of Holies into which the High Priest of the Old Testament could go but once a year and then not without the blood of an animal that had been shed at the altar of sacrifice. This all foreshadowed and spoke of the person and work of Jesus Christ.

First, there was the location of the ark. The ark was located in the center of the Holy of Holies just as Jesus Christ is the center of life and the heart of our salvation. All things revolve around and depend on Him; He is the center of our life.

Second, there were the materials of the ark. It was a wooden box of acacia wood overlaid within and without with gold. Acacia wood was practically incorruptible and this naturally spoke of Jesus Christ in His humanity without sin, without corruption. It was a product of the earth, but it was not subject to any chemical action which could cause it to rot. Thus, the Lord had a real human body, but by the virgin birth He was not subject to the normal laws of genetics and the inheritance of a sinful nature. The gold, of course, spoke of His deity. So as the gold and the wood were united into one, yet separate and distinct, they spoke of Jesus Christ as the God-man. The gold within and without spoke of Christ’s perfection and glory.

Third, there was the function of the ark. The ark represented God’s throne. He did not sit upon it in a literal sense, but He dwelt between the cherubim which stood on top of the ark on the mercy seat. In Psalm 99:l we read, “The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!” This naturally represented the holy presence of God.

Fourth, there were the contents of the ark. Hebrews 9:4 tells us that it contained three items all of which spoke of Jesus Christ, of God’s provision, and of man’s sin and failure.

The Golden Jar holding manna: This spoke of Christ as the bread from heaven, the life-giver and prophet of God who came to earth to reveal the Father (John 6:32-35). But it also stood for and reminds us of man’s sin and failure. In view of Israel’s history in the desert, it spoke of the leanness of soul, or soul barrenness and spiritual revolt that occurs when men seek their happiness in this world and its things rather than in the Lord and His Word (Deut. 8:3, Numb. 11:1-6; Ps. 106:15 [KJV]).

Aaron’s rod that budded: Aaron was the High Priest and the budding of his staff spoke of Christ as our priest offering Himself and representing man before God as our great High Priest. The budding speaks of Christ’s resurrection, His authority, and the eternal nature and validity of His priesthood. The resurrection proves that the Father was satisfied with both the person and work of Jesus Christ and that He continually remains our means of access and acceptance with God. Let us not forget, however, that the occasion for the budding of the rod was the rebellion of Korah and the grumbling of Israel against God’s authority and appointment of His servants to positions of authority (Numb. 16:-17:10). Again, it stands for man’s sin and rebellion.

The Tablets of the Covenant: Literally “The stone tablets.” These tablets represented the Law and stood for the fact that Israel was a theocracy under the rule and authority of God. As such, they also spoke of Jesus Christ as King and of His right to rule over the earth as King of Kings. He was born a King, He lived as a King rejected, He died as a King, but He will return as King of Kings.

The Law also stood for the Holiness of God, but it also pointed to the sinfulness of man, hopelessly separated from God in himself.

We can see, therefore, how each item first spoke of Jesus Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King, but also we must see how it spoke of man’s failure and need of Christ as that One who reveals God, represents us before God, and who alone can reign over us in perfect righteousness.

Fifth, there was the lid to the Ark, the mercy seat and the cherubim of glory. There were actually two articles of furniture in the Holy of Holies. They appeared as one, but on closer examination they were two, the Ark and the mercy seat which furnished a top for the Ark. Its material was solid gold, including the cherubim which were seen coming out of the mercy seat on either end. The Hebrew word for mercy seat is kapporeth which meant a propitiatory place or a covering. It formed a covering for the Ark and was the place where the blood was to be sprinkled. This pictured the covering of sin by the blood which propitiated God’s holiness and thereby represented God as passing over sin. This was done, however, with a view to Christ’s death which would remove the sin problem once and for all and satisfy the holy demands of God (Rom. 3:25-26). The emphasis of the word “mercy seat” is not that of a covering or lid, but a place of propitiation.

The mercy seat typified the divine throne and the place where God communed with Israel. God did not sit on the mercy seat but hovered above it between the two cherubim in the form of the shekinah cloud or glory, the manifestation of the divine presence of God.

The two cherubim stood with wings outstretched and forward over the mercy seat. This portrayed the holiness of God. Undoubtedly one cherubim represented the perfect righteousness of God, signifying that God, as perfect righteousness, could not have fellowship with sinful man. The other represented His perfect justice and signified that He must condemn and judge man in sin as represented in the contents of the Ark.

The lid or seat was transformed from a throne of judgment to one of propitiation and mercy by the action of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. On this day, blood that had come from the offering of a bullock and a goat on the altar of sacrifice was brought within the Holy of Holies and sprinkled on the mercy seat and before the Ark. This was done first for the High Priest himself and then for the people. The blood satisfied the holiness of God because it represented the merit of the person and work of Christ symbolized by the bullock and the goat which had been offered on the altar of sacrifice. Christ as our substitute satisfied the holiness of God, therefore, God would pass over the sin of the Old Testament saints with a view to who Christ would be and what He would do as the means of propitiation (Rom. 3:24-26).

Hilaskomai. This is the verb form and the final word used for the concept of propitiation. It means “to make propitiation” or “be propitiated.” It is used in Hebrews 2:17 and in Luke 18:13. The Luke passage is especially significant. This is the passage of the Pharisee and the Publican (tax collector). The Pharisee thought in his own self-righteousness that he had something by which he could be received before God, something which could change God’s attitude toward him and make him acceptable to God. By contrast, the Publican literally said, “Oh God, be propitiated to me, a sinner.” This man realized because of his sin and God’s perfect righteousness that he had nothing that could satisfy and meet the just and righteous demands of God. By his prayer he was confessing his sin and, by faith, he was trusting in the Levitical offerings which, portraying the death of Christ, could alone propitiate or meet the holy demands of God. Christ said that this man, the Publican, went down to his house justified.

Propitiation is the Godward aspect of the value of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Redemption, as we will see, is sinward, reconciliation is manward, and propitiation is Godward. Therefore, because God is propitiated by the work of Christ, He is free to justify the sinner and accept him into His presence (Rom. 3:25-26).

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Please remember Caliste Burt in your prayers. They’ve not yet told her when the brain surgery will take place as there are complications.

Pray for Paul K, a great pastor and good friend, he has two cysts on his pancreas.

Remember Steve H, and his church hunting for a new pastor.

Into Portals Glory, we often asked you to pray for Virginia McGannon, she has passed away. she was one of my favorite parishioner’s, I will never forget her voice or her fierceness. Pray for her husband George.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

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Galatians teaches us that man is shut up (locked out, shut out from God) because man is under the eight ball of sin. Romans 3:23 declares that all have sinned and fall short (miss the mark) of the glory of God (His holy character). In Isaiah 59:1-2 the prophet said, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.” Isaiah was reminding Israel that though God has the ability and desire to deliver men, He cannot act contrary to nor bypass His perfect holiness.

Sin creates a barrier between God and man which hinders access to God. This is true for the unbeliever who can only come to God through Christ who alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). It is also true for the believer in Christ. Even though they are saved and have access to God in Christ, fellowship with God as His children is broken by known sin which must first be confessed so that fellowship can be restored and God can answer prayer (Ps. 66:18).

The barrier of sin is one of the reasons why God, in His sovereign love, gave His Son to die on the cross for man’s sin. There are three aspects which go to make up the barrier of sin which will be mentioned just briefly in this study.

Imputed Sin: Romans 5:12 teaches us the fact of imputed sin. Adam is the representative head of the human race and because of our natural relationship to him, his sin is imputed, reckoned, to the entire human race. God views the human race as though we all sinned in Adam or with Adam. But in this we also see God’s grace as Paul explains in Romans 5:12-18, for just as Adam’s sin was imputed to every human being as a descendent of Adam because of Adam’s one act of sin, so Christ’s righteousness is imputed to all who become children of God by faith in Christ because of His one act of righteousness (Rom. 5:16-18). As such, Adam was a type of Christ (Rom. 5:14).

Inherited Sin: The Bible teaches the fact that, as the posterity of Adam, every child is born with a sinful nature inherited from his parents. Many passages of Scripture refer to this principle. According to Ephesians 2:1-3, all are dead in sin and are “by nature the children of wrath.” Other important verses are:

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

The vital principle is that men do not sin and become sinners, rather they sin because they are sinners.

Individual or Personal Sin: This refers to the products of the sinful nature of inherited sin, the actual deeds or acts of sin which all men do because they are sinful (Rom. 3:18, 23).

Because God is holy and man is sinful, God’s perfect justice must act against man to charge him as guilty and under the penalty of sin with a debt to pay, and a sentence to serve. Thus, the Law of the Old Testament functions as a bill of indictment. It shows man guilty and under the penalty of sin. This is clear from the following passages:

Romans 3:19-20 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

Galatians 3:19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed should come to whom the promise had been made.

Galatians 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Colossians 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us (the Old Testament law) and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

The “certificate of debt consisting of decrees” refers to the Law and its indictment that man is under the penalty of sin which is death. Man has a debt to pay. But the thing which must be understood is that the debt is so great that man himself cannot pay it either by religion, or good deeds, or morality. The very best that a man can come up with falls far short of the glory of God. Man is dead, incapacitated in his sinful condition (Rom. 3:9-23; Eph. 2:1-3).

Paul’s argument in Romans 1:18-3:23 is that all men are in the same boat whether immoral (Rom. 1:18-32), or moral (Rom. 2:1-16), or religious (Rom. 2:17-3:8). All miss the mark of God’s holiness and are under the penalty of sin which is death (Rom. 3:9-20, 23; 6:23). Man’s only hope is in the righteousness of God which He supplies through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21-5:21).

Our only is the love of God and his mercy.

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Remember Caliste Burt, complications have come with the brain surgery and now there will have to be at least 2 more surgeries. This is a Christian woman and super mom. 3 kids and a husband. Keep them all in prayer.

Remember Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Remember Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

Cherry Popp, (her parents should have known better) what’s in a name? teased all her life, called a stripper all her teen years, self fulfilling prophecy. A new Christian, came to God from a Tract left at a 24 hour diner. Now she’s coming to church and getting involved and thank God we have women in the church that are reaching out to her.