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YEP! As you can tell from the title of this post; I disagree with the lyrics of that certain song from Rag N’ Bone two years later after it was made. I hear it everywhere I go at the moment. Grumbles. But anyways; so I was saying…
When a hardened criminal stands before a Top Judge; and this criminal is told that the Judge is corrupt; their heart will be filled with Joy. There is will be wry smile and delightful clench of the fist and they will understand that the influences of their power can influence the judge to give an unjust decision as a verdict. But when the same criminal is told that: ‘Don’t worry; this is Judge is good. Very good. And you will get exactly what you deserve’ – a certain to high level of fear will run through his or her veins.
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At the cross; the wrath of God fell upon Jesus Christ. The ‘blame’ that we deserve fell upon Jesus Christ. God is so High, so Holy, so Good and so Just that he cannot freely pardon sin. The old English word ‘propitiation’ means: when one’s anger has been satisfied. When a gift has been given in order to propitiate an offence. If the story of Jesus on the cross ENDED with Jesus’ death – God would have declared onto humanity – that: Your sin which is a deep as the grave – I am unable and rightfully unwanting to save. But when Jesus died and ROSE AGAIN – God declared onto humanity that: Your sin which is a deep as the grave – My GRACE IS DEEPER STILL.
<< ‘And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man (Christ) has done nothing wrong’ (Luke 23.41) >>
The world is successfully teaching our young and old alike; that our failures, our shortcomings, our problems – both law abiding citizens and even the murderers, abusers, liars, criminals, societal rejects and failures within society should have the ‘blame’ taken of them and put on other factors. This is a great message for the healthy, prideful, self-centred and sin excusing. In other words: it’s a great message for all. But the gospel message when preached correctly is an absolute blasphemy and foolishness to the same set of people. Because it says that God is not interested in mindsets that encourages us to see ourselves as victims singing: don’t put the blame on me. The Loving Father is interested in those that beat their chest and mourn over their own fallenness, their own sin and the fallenness of society around them. Whether you are prideful as a law abiding citizen or as a law breaker blaming of others – this is not the qualification to enter heaven. The qualification to enter heaven is to – by God’s Grace be given an understanding of His Holiness in spite of your fallenness, to repent of your sins and to put your faith in Jesus Christ.
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