Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Just and the Justifer

From Tabletalk, Sep 4:
"... Those who serve the Lord in faith do not do so because they possess a righteous status in themselves before God.  Instead, as with those who remain outside of the kingdom, we who love the one, true Creator are children of wrath apart from our Father's sovereign initiative (Eph. 2:1-3).  
But God sent His Son to endure the day of the Lord in our behalf, to bear the punishment we deserve as the enemies of God, thereby showing Himself to be just and the Justifier (Acts 2:14-41; Rom. 3:21-26).  
Christ's work on Calvary manifested the day of the Lord for His elect, which was granted by our holy God in His grace that His people would not have to be counted as His enemies on the day when Jesus returns to consummate His kingdom.  
Because God has judged us in Christ and imputed His righteousness to us, the final day of the Lord for us will not be the day of wrath it will be for those who do not know Jesus (1 Thess. 1:10).
...One day, we shall rule over the whole earth, the Holy Land included."

And with that in mind, we can say with the Psalmist (from my daily Bible reading this morning from M'Cheyne's Bible reading plan):

"My heart overflows with a pleasant theme."
-Psalm 45:1

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