Saturday, April 23, 2016

A rich man went to Christ one night;
He thought he surely had the right,
But Jesus knew the man’s own plight;
He was condemned through unbelief!

Wherever Christ did speak His Word,
Vast multitudes of hearts were stirred;
But Jesus knew that though they heard
They were condemned through unbelief!

Today, Christ sees your precious soul;
He sees your sins; He knows their toll;
And yet He knows you can be whole;
Salvation comes when you believe!

From condemnation step away;
Oh! heed the voice of Christ today;
On Him believe and yes, be saved,
For He’s the Truth, the Life, the Way!
                       M. Robbins

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:17-18

     Imagine for a moment when you left for work this morning, your house had a solid foundation, firm outside walls, a carefully tiled roof and flowers were blooming abundantly in your yard.
     Then in this hypothetical situation imagine coming home after work and finding nothing different except “CONDEMNED” signs posted all about your house and yard.
     Wouldn’t you naturally be confused, angry, and stunned?
     Wouldn’t you even question the fairness of such a verdict?
     And wouldn’t you do your best to reverse such a ruling?
     Now in John 3:17-18, Christ addresses the matter of condemnation, but the issue isn’t about houses or lands being condemned.  He speaks about a different kind of condemnation - the condemnation of the soul.
     And because “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags,” the condemnation that Christ speaks of will forever be a justifiable verdict.
     Yet!  Yet, there is good news! 
     The verdict of “condemnation” upon an individual’s soul can be reversed because Christ came into the world not to condemn the world “but that the world through him might be saved.”
     Yes, God didn’t send us into the world to bring about our own salvation.....God sent Christ.
     As John 5:24 simply states: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.                                                               
     Salvation?  Condemnation?  Death?  Life?  Eternity is at stake - “ is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  Another time may never come.
     May it be Christ in whom you’ll choose to believe! 
                                                                                                                                             M. Robbins

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