Get Back up And Get In the Race, Proverbs 24:16
The Race Won By Staying In the Race
The Race of Endurance
A friend of mine once stated he had a dream in which he was running from his past and couldn’t get away from it.
In the Race to Christ we are all are running from our past as sinners. I am, you are if you are saved, and, so were all the great men & women of the bible.
Some people have sins in a secret past no one knows about and some have sins on the outside where everyone can see, but all people have sin, no one is righteous, not one more then another.
When we are justified that is when we are saved. We are saved by faith when we ask God to forgive us for our sins asking God in sincerity and humbleness to forgive us sending Jesus into our hearts and to save us.
We are saved by God’s Son Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb sacrifice for the sin of the world. If we are saved that means we cannot be unsaved.
For example when the Apostle Peter sinned three times he was still justified and still saved, only needing forgiveness but still saved. if Peter had died of a sudden massive heart attack upon hearing the rooster crow as prophesied by Jesus, not having a chance to repent, would still go to Heaven even though his soul was soiled from sin. We are not saved by works. we do not justify ourselves, rather God justifies us when we say the prayer of salvation for all past sins and all future sins. we are saved by our Savior Jesus Christ and we are to follow Christ the rest of our lives the best we can. We do not go on at that point to live a sinless life but we are to do the best we can, read our bibles, assemble with others that are saved, repent and pray regularly. But when we are saved we are saved for all past, present and future sins. This is the proper doctrine of Justification as scripture teaches.
When we get saved it is at that point that God writes our name in the Book of Life. It is at that point we are JUSTIFIED. It is at that point we are saved. We do not work our way to heaven by following the law, any mosaic law. we are justified by faith and faith only. Salvation is by faith. Our works are like filthy rags to God for we are incapable of working our way to heaven. The purpose of the Law was to highlight the problem of man’s incapability to actually follow the law. The purpose of the law is to show we cannot follow the law and need a solution. That solution was a gift from God that if we humble ourselves and ask God for help, to save and rescue us, God would do it if we recognized his Son Jesus Christ as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. God did exactly that.
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, (Or his only begotten Son in KJV), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
But the race has just begun. Now we must practice the act of Holiness, or the walk of Holiness. How do we be Holy if we are not Holy nor have ever been? God says he will send a helper he also calls his Comforter and Teacher. The closer thing we know to this in our world is like our Mothers when we were young. She would comfort us and help us when we fell down and scraped our knee. She would kiss our injuries and comfort us. She would also scold us or spank us when need be or report to the father when we were needing correction because our walk was not Holy enough. God called this comforter the Holy Spirit in scripture and we were to wait until the Holy Spirit came to us upon being saved before we were to go out and Minister to people. According to scripture we still sin after we are saved and will continue our entire lives although we will sin less and less as though we are in a race to God. Are you in a race into the arms of God?
The Coming City built by Christ
We will be embraced by God when we get to heaven. In fact we will be embraced by a loving God so much that a time will come when we will live on earth for a thousand years in which Christ will be the King of all the earth,all creation for that matter, called the King of Kings. This is a literal reign of Christ when all of God’s people will get a 2nd chance to have families and lots of babies. Scripture records and tells of this special tie in mankind’s history in Revelation 20:1 all the way to Revelation 21:27. During this period there will be a great city built by Christ that hovers just above the Middle East, NEW JERUSALEM, Revelation 21:10-21:27, and in this giant city shaped like a giant mountain will dwell Jesus Christ ruling the earth as the King of Kings. The length and width and height of this city will be 1400 miles, shaped like a mountain, Revelation 21:10. This is in very much contrast to the City of Man also called Babylon the great, known today to be America and if you do not know this i proclaim to you today that this is America, Revelation 18:1-24. There will be very little sin on the earth because Satan and all his dominions will be chained up in the bottomless pit till the end of the 1,000 year reign. God also calls this the Day of Rest of all of God’s followers. Life will flourish and the earth will flourish and grow things like never seen since the Garden of Eden. Fruit trees will just grow wild everywhere as will vegetables. Very little labor will be required to get these things to grow. In fact so little labor will be required that business of farming will be pretty much ended. The nutrients these foods will have will be much greater than ever seen since the leaving of the Garden of Eden. Once again men and women will not die of old age like today around seventy years, rather they will live 1,000 years or more. This special time, which is soon coming by the way, is a reward to God’s followers to live as God intended dwelling as God attended among heavenly beings. The Lion will lay with the lamb and it appears people will be either part or full vegetarian during this period. How do we know this? We know because scripture records that the Lion will lay with the Lamb and neither will be eaten.This means man will not eat meat. But it is possible we might eat fish. There will be no death, no colds and no disease. What a joyous time this will be.