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  “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isa. 30:15).

  Time is a prime factor in one’s assurance of the Father’s leading. Rush and agitation are the prime factors in the Enemy’s leading. God will give us time to watch and make sure; Satan demands action, right now!

There is a way to distinguish between the Father’s leading and Satan’s ‘angel of light’ leadings. The Father’s promptings never nag, or worry, or harass. Satan’s does just that. If one has a seeming ‘leading’ to do something that in itself is good, yet with the impulse there is a sense of nagging disquiet, and being driven in a certain direction, that is the Enemy’s trademark; and his false leading is to be immediately recognized and rejected.

The Holy Spirit’s leadings come with a sense of peace and quiet, without a sense of being rushed, even if they point in a really difficult direction which only the grace of the Father can enable one to follow.

  “Be careful who takes you up into the high mountain! When the devil takes you into the heights, he always shows you the kingdoms of this world, and the glory of them; when the Lord Jesus takes you up, He is always transformed before you.”

It is because our life is hid with Christ in God that it is beyond the reach of Satan. The Enemy cannot touch our life in its source, for the Father is its Source and he cannot touch Him. He cannot touch our life in its channel, for the risen Lord Jesus is its channel, and he cannot touch Him. He cannot touch our life in its power, for the Holy Spirit is its power, and he cannot touch the Spirit. He cannot touch our life in its duration, for eternity is its duration, and he cannot touch eternity. The child of God is eternally safe.

  “The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever” (Isa. 32:17).

Can you say; “Aahhhhh” even in the most dire of straights, we can have perfect peace. Every test that comes our way is “Fathered Filtered” like Job, we are under divine protection at all time. Praise God in the midst of the trial.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Paul K in your prayers, 2 cysts on his pancreas, I will talk to him tomorrow and see what the prognosis is.

Remember Caliste Burt, 2 brain tumors removed and the 3rd is problematic. Keep her and the family in prayer.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Remember Steve H and the hunt for a great pastor.

Pray for Barbara D, cancer, 5 bone fractures in her hips and spinal column. Pray for salvation.

Pray for Mona R, who has walked into a new job that will be impossible to have success.

Remember the Perales family, mom, dad and son all need salvation.

Remember me in prayer, the last go around of meds accomplished nothing and there has been no reduction to the mass or to the pain.

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.

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.

ALL’S WELL

February 11, 2019

shout

All’s Well!

Is the pathway dark and dreary?
God’s in His heaven!
Are you broken, heart-sick, weary?
God’s in His heaven!
Dreariest roads shall have an ending,
Broken hearts are for God’s mending.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Are life’s threads all sorely tangled?
God’s in His heaven!
Are the sweet chords strained and jangled?
God’s in His heaven!
Tangled threads are for Love’s fingers,
Trembling chords make heaven’s sweet singers.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the burden past your bearing?
God’s in His heaven!
Hopeless?–Friendless?–No one caring?
God’s in His heaven!
Burdens shared are light to carry,
Love shall come though long He tarry.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the light for ever failing?
God’s in His heaven!
Is the faint heart ever quailing?
God’s in His heaven!
God’s strong arms are all around you,
In the dark He sought and found you.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the future black with sorrow?
God’s in His heaven!
Do you dread each dark to-morrow?
God’s in His heaven!
Nought can come without His knowing.
Come what may ’tis His bestowing.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Peace and heaven lie all about us.
God’s in His heaven!
Peace within makes heaven without us.
God’s in His heaven!
God’s great love shall fail us never,
We are His, and His for ever.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

What a great hymn, written by John Oxenham.

Recently we wrote how every culture has one thing in common, a taboo against incest. Well there is another common element in every culture; the sense of sin and misery and a need for hope and redemption.

Mankind may not use those exact words, but that is what the world feels. Since mankind was created in the image of God there is an innate desire for redemption. But blinded by the god of this world (Satan) mankind seeks redemption through sex, drugs, alternate lifestyles, gender confusion. All vain attempts to find meaning in life.

The irony is they rejected the Creator to try and create their own redemption and reconciliation.

The ultimate truth is no other religion can compete with the witness of Scripture, no other can match the power of Christ’s death to bring peace to the sinner.

Here is something to chew on; there is no Scriptural record or mention of God desiring a sacrifice. And yet Cain and Abel felt compelled to offer one. And today we find people still willing to sacrifice something; family, career, offer to sell their body and soul to anyone but God. That is how lost mankind has become since the fall of Adam and Eve.

No religion offers free salvation, with the death of the very God who offers it. None, they all demand works, sacrifices, none offer grace and mercy.

I can’t tell you how many testimonies I’ve heard in 40 years of ministry of how all alone in a motel room or driving down a road, or plowing a field or lying in a gutter, drunk or shot, and hearing God say; “come home, I am the Lord your God.” And they did, they found a Gideon Bible or walked into a mission house or heard a street preacher and began their walk home, back to God.

I had a friend get saved in the midst of a Satanic Ritual, the power of God invaded the room and drove him to his knees.

So if you are wondering why everything you have owns you instead of you owning it, if in the midst of the party, the sex fling, what ever you are doing to numb the pain and it never goes away, consider Jesus and the free gift of salvation. Jesus said; “in my Father’s house are many mansions” there is room at the cross for you, come home to Jesus and find peace.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, still no word on what they are going to do about the third brain tumor. And they’re not sure she can stand another surgery so soon.

Remember Carly T, got saves when she was 16, became a super saint, excelled in bible memorization, witnessing, a steady church goer. Married a non believer, now divorced, pretty much wrecked her body and mind. Attended church today for the first time in over 20 years. It was a great reunion. Welcome Home Carly.

Bill and Lois Warneke, Bill is suffering with chronic pain, deep depression. And now showing signs of Parkinson’s.

Pray for the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr her husband and Rick Jr. they all need salvation. They are addicted to gambling.

Pray for Bob L, eyesight problems. Will see a doctor this week.

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

Remember me in prayer, the antibiotics are having no positive affect on the mass in my chest and the pain is increasing. They are thinking about steroid injections into my chest and I said no way you’re sticking a needle into an already painful area. So we will see what the doctors come with next.

Remember Crissy, Sherry and Cherry. All have met Jesus and left the adult film world. They are now trying to live the suburban lifestyle and doing ok right now. They are in church every time the doors open, and the ladies of the church are keeping them busy and active in bible study.

every jot or tittle

February 9, 2019

the bible

In the time of Adam and Eve, such close unions were perfectly safe genetically, even though later the accumulation of genetic mutations over many generations would make them sufficiently dangerous so that actual legal prohibitions against incest (Leviticus 18:6) had to be imposed by God. Nothing, of course, is mentioned about 4th and 5th cousins which would not be considered a close relative.

You might also be interested in this comment from “The Bible Has the Answer,” by Henry Morris and Martin Clark.

In later generations, brother-sister marriages would come to be recognized as genetically dangerous and would be prohibited as “incest.” Not only the Bible but also most other legal codes refuse to sanction marriages of close relatives. The scientific reason for this restriction is that children of such marriages are more likely to be deformed or sickly or moronic than those of other marriages. The genetic basis for this probability is that inherited mutant genes, producing such unwholesome characteristics, are more likely to find expression in the children if they are carried by both parents.

In all the world, in every culture there is one universal taboo, and that is against incest.

Cannibalism, ok, head shrinking, ok, elongating the necks of the women, ok, in some countries it’s ok, not everywhere and not for everyone. But the taboo against incest is in effect everywhere.

As a Christian, there are some things you are going to find that you cannot do, the Apostle Paul mentions that there are different degrees contingent upon your maturity or lack of. This does not mean you can break the rules of the bible, if the bible calls it sin it will always be sin. And no matter how our culture changes it does not change the do’s and don’ts of the bible.

Know I can already hear someone protesting and coming up with an argument. But we are talking sin, not something like the issue of slavery.

The one thing the devil wants you to believe is that the bible doesn’t matter to you. You are culturally exclusive, it’s amazing how the militant anti-god folks have changed the rules in society. That still does not make the bible non relevant.

Like the old gospel song says, “every line in the bible is true.’

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 Caliste Burt, keep her in prayer, they can’t operate on the third brain tumor and they don’t know what happens if they can’t find a way to do it.

Olivia, due in April, the big worry is the meds she has to take to function and be healthy, then don’t know what they will do to the baby.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression, the law of diminishing returns.

Pray for Steve H and the search for a great pastor.

David P, an alcoholic, the maintenance kind.

Remember Paul K in your prayers, great Christian friend, two cysts on his pancreas.

Willie S, never expected to outlive his wife, kids are estranged, a Christian man who is very lonely.

Elena O, hard working woman, very religious, but not saved, and is becoming bitter over how hard life is getting. Working two jobs and is always tired

who loves you baby

February 1, 2019

One of my favorite sermons that I’ve preached is about Judas, it’s important to remember a couple of things about him.

  1. Jesus carefully prayed before hand about who would be his disciples and still after prayer Judas was included.

  2. Jesus considered him a close friend. To me one of the most poignant, emotional filled statements in the New Testament is when Jesus says; “friend betrayest thou me with a kiss?”

You can feel the pain, this is the sign of your betrayal; a kiss. The anguish in that statement always moves me.

Judas wanted what every Jew wanted, the kingdom now. To have the yoke of oppression thrown off them. Freedom and autonomy, their own rulers, their own system, where religion would lead them and they’d be a holy nation. Sounds scarily familiar?

Judas chose to love the thought of the kingdom over and above the love he should have had for the Lord and his friend.

Here’s a keen insight from Matthew Henry, (a great reliable commentary if you are ever looking for one).

‎I have this against thee, revelation 2:1;7

The rebuke given to this church: Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, v. 4. Those that have much good in them may have something much amiss in them, and our Lord Jesus, as an impartial Master and Judge, takes notice of both; though he first observes what is good, and is most ready to mention this, yet he also observes what is amiss, and will faithfully reprove them for it. The sin that Christ charged this church with was their decay and declension in holy love and zeal: Thou hast left thy first love; not left and forsaken the object of it, but lost the fervent degree of it that at first appeared. Observe, (1.) The first affections of men towards Christ, and holiness, and heaven, are usually lively and warm. God remembered the love of Israel’s espousals, when she would follow him withersoever he went. (2.) These lively affections will abate and cool if great care be not taken, and diligence used, to preserve them in constant exercise. (3.) Christ is grieved and displeased with his people when he sees them grow remiss…

Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: Complete and unabridged in one volume (Re 2:1–7)

Not much to say after that, just guard your first Love, there is no replacing it.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Long time since we had a bible giveaway, let me think of a good question and we will have one by Saturday.

Pray for Caliste Burt, 3 brain aneurisms, and some severe complications have put off the surgery date until the doctors can figure a way around it.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression, really keep this guy in prayer, in his 80’s and he’s Christian, but he is talking about giving up.

Cherry P, pray for people to come into her work life that will encourage her.

Sherrie, our prodigal church girl, she keeps thinking since nothing bad is happening to her she can continue to live a very carnal lifestyle. I want to bonk her on the head and tell her how she can think like that and go to my church for 20 years and even arrive to that conclusion.

The Perales, family, they all need salvation.

George McCannon, his wife passed away last week and he’s just collapsed from the years of strain of being her caregiver.

Pray for Karen M, a hyper controlling husband, that has done all but chain her up. We’ve tried intervening, but with 11 kids, she feels stuck. We’ve offered her shelter, we’d move her but she is brainwashed. We’ve called the police numerous times but you know how that goes.

Pray for Nano, street hustler, when we were doing a lot of street preaching, he was always there, gave a bible and a bible dictionary years ago. Folks say he’s still around but we can’t find him.

Remember me in prayer, Friday is my CT scan, hoping it’s just infected lymph nodes and not the big C.

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

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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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.

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The last words uttered by the Savior just before He died on the cross were, “It is finished.” He was not referring to the end of His life or ministry, but of His substitutionary sufferings on the cross which He would complete by His death which occurred immediately following His shout, “It is finished.” He was declaring He had finished the special work of salvation which the Father had given Him to accomplish.

We speak of “the finished work of Christ” because there is nothing left to be done to provide man’s salvation. God has done it all in the person and work of His Son and He raised Him from the dead as the proof of that very fact. The work of God in Christ is a once-and-for-all work of God accomplished in total by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Christ’s death was distinctly a work accomplished for the entire world (John 3:16; Heb. 2:9) and, provisionally speaking, it provided redemption (1 Tim. 2:6), reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19), and propitiation (the appeasement or satisfaction of God’s holiness) (1 John 2:2) for every person in the world.

Salvation is a done proposition. Man’s responsibility is to accept this by faith, faith alone in Christ alone. The finished work of Christ includes not only deliverance from the penalty of sin, but also from the power of sin. Faith in Christ for salvation means coming to Him as the source of salvation from every aspect of sin through trusting in the accomplished work of Christ.

When Christ cried out, “It is finished” (Greek, telesthai, the perfect tense of teleo, “to complete, finish” expressing completed action with continuing results), He was affirming the fact of the finished nature of what He had accomplished on the cross for the world. Regarding Christ’s work as a finished work, Lewis Chafer wrote:

The fact that Christ died does not in itself save men, but it provides the one and only sufficient ground upon which God in full harmony with His perfect holiness is free to save even the chief of sinners. This is the good news which the Christian is appointed to proclaim to all the world. (any book by Dr. Chafer is good to read)

In all the other religions of the world, salvation is a work that man does for God. This is what makes biblical Christianity distinct from all the religions of the world because in the Bible, salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:0); it is the work of God for man and Christ’s final shout of victory affirmed this truth.

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Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a pastor.