Holy God does not overlook and excuse our sins. Never has. Never will. He either forgives – or – He condemns. God is a Damning God. But He is a Forgiving God. One and the same God. However, Jesus is much more merciful than we tend to be with our self and our sins – and the sins of others. When it comes to “sin”: Is your brain noggin talkin’ biblically, or …how?
- Genuinely acknowledge Jesus as God now, (“now” as in “before you leave Earth”)
- Turn from your sin now, and
- Follow Him wholeheartedly, with all you are (not just bits and pieces)
Are you truly following Christ – with all you are?
And he replied,
“You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and
with all your strength, and
with all your mind; and
your neighbor as yourself.” 1
I just cannot fathom arriving before God after my death, and I stand before Him, having not lived for Jesus, and basically say the following – with the life I had lived – (because, you know, He knew all along all of my thoughts and the intents of my inner self):
“I meant to, but never followed You.”
Could this be you on that day? Imagine you standing before God and saying,
Oh my God
I stand here before You
and want you to know
I really really actually did love you
while on the earth.
Yes. I did. I did.
But, but, but, but —
I got so caught-up with “living”
and all the struggles of “making a go of it.”
I kind of messed up.
I was always trying to follow you.
I meant to come to you.
I kind of came to you several times,
but I always wanted to do things my way. You know.
I’m so sorry. So sorry….
Please forgive me.
I wasn’t all THAT bad.
I was trying.
Or how about “Jane” here:
Oh my God!
I knew it! You really do exist!
I went to church, and prayed, sometimes,
and you know I called myself “a Christian”,
so, you know,
I wasn’t following any of those “other” religions
– those false teachings.
I really really liked how I felt
in churches teaching about Christ:
so peaceful and serene.
It always sort of bothered me, you know —
my voting and my vocal support for abortion and
normalizing gay lifestyles and gay marriage.
I know the Bible said
all that was not approved by You,
it just bothered me
that you would not let people
just choose their own ways.
Inside, You know I actually did like your Way.
You’ve got to know I wanted You.
Or how about this “Hillary” type here. Could this be you in front of God, after earth time: Chutzpah Hillary
So, God, here I am. Thanks.
I’m so glad to be here finally with You.
I’ve been so looking forward to
being a part of your Kingdom.
So great of You to meet me coming in.
I have a little feeling you might
not have been totally in support
of everything I stood for,
the politics and agendas
I pushed and pushed for,
but I think I had it right.
It still just doesn’t make sense to me,
all those conservative teachings from the Bible.
Might have been fine for the olden days.
So I picked-out the best ones, and
did a make-over on the ones that needed it –
to fit into the modern ways of America. You know.
Let’s meet after all this hullabaloo settles down.
I’m sure You will agree with me.
In Hebrew, chutzpah is used as “indignantly“, to describe someone who has overstepped the boundaries of accepted behavior. In traditional usage, the word expresses a strong sense of disapproval, condemnation and outrage.
Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish defines chutzpah as “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible ‘guts’, presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to”. In this sense, chutzpah expresses both strong disapproval and condemnation. In the same work, Rosten also defines the term as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan”.
Chutzpah amounts to a total denial of personal responsibility, which renders others speechless and incredulous … one cannot quite believe that another person totally lacks common human traits like remorse, regret, guilt, sympathy and insight. The implication is at least some degree of psychopathy in the subject, as well as the awestruck amazement of the observer at the display.
– Source: Chutzpah – Wikipedia
AMAZINGLY full of grace
But He requires we turn to Him out of our free will – to receive all of this: His mercy, grace, forgiveness and love. All this from our Loving God will not be experienced by those who do not yield and turn. It is your choice.
He never has and never will force anyone to turn and follow Him. His love compels us towards Him. To be born again, we must turn 180 degrees from sin, and accept Him fully as our Lord and Savior.
The only opt-in Christ will accept – is a 100% opt-in… total surrender, total repentance, total acknowledgement of Him as Christ the Messiah, total life submission to Him as Lord, total followance.
The words of Jesus bear repeating. He is saying that coming to Him to be born again — is an “all in” choice for Him. That does not mean you are suddenly perfect on this planet. It does mean that, up there, in His Kingdom Court, He instantly declared you positionally forgiven, set free in that moment in time here on earth!
Marvelous grace. To a sinner, what else could be so marvelous? God’s grace, that “un-merited” bestowing of a blessing on me. Just because of Him. Just because He chooses to do so within His Heavenly legal system.
What marvelous grace of the damning God, who would go so far out of His way to “un-condemn” me, to “un-do” His “God damn”, His damnation of me, to save me forever for Himself. To love me – at all. That is the grace of God.
– Source: Oh how marvelous
– and end up
a wanna-get-out of hell
depart from Me
[you are banished from My presence],
you who act wickedly
[disregarding My commands].’
– Matthew 7:23
Source of this article: Section #7 of Ashamed of Yourself? (edited)
“Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].”
27 The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.
28 And I give them eternal life, and they will never, ever [by any means] perish; and no one will ever snatch them out of My hand.
29 [a]My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are One [in essence and nature].”
- Luke 10:25-29 (with context)
25 And a certain lawyer [an expert in Mosaic Law] stood up to test Him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
27 And he replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 Jesus said to him,
“You have answered correctly;
and you will live.”
29 But he, wishing to justify and vindicate himself, asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”