Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Justified by the law:
- Gal 3:11 But no man is justified (definition of justified:declared or made righteous in the sight of God) by the law in the sight of God, it is evident for, the just shall live by faith.
- Romans 3:27-28 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Gal 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live into God.
Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my breathen, ye also also are to become dead to the law by the body of Christ.
Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, the Christ is dead in vain.
1 Cor 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are we ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
My prayer for you:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Acts 2:18 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God into salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as is is written, the just shall live by faith.
Chapter 36-37 Why study biblical history?
Sennacherib King of Assyria questions King Hezekiah (Isaiah 36:4) What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Isaiah 36:5 whom doust thou trust? Upon studying about King Hezekiah from II Kings 18:1-3 King Hezekiah did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.
Sennacherib then asks King Hezekiah – Did you know the Lord sent me to come up against this land, and destroy it? Isaiah 36:10 Sennacherib continues to taunt King Hezekiah telling the people not to let him deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you. And not to let King Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord (Isaiah 35: 14 and 15). After all no nations have been able to stand against the Assyrians.
By studying biblical history, we get a clear picture of how we as Christians should live today, by understanding the history of our past.
Trust and Repent
Psalm 25:2 let no mine enemies triumph once more
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good – he knoweth them that trust in him
We are reminded once again, God never changes.
Numbers 23:19-20 King James Version (KJV)
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
Hebrews 13:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
James 1:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
We know God uses his plans for our own good.
God told Sennacherib King of Assyria to go up and destroy Judah. We read and study on Day 10 (Study of the Book of Isaiah) God warns us and keeps his promises. God had warned his people of Judah and they needed to repent of their sins or they would indeed have to suffer for their choices.
2 Peter 3:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
King Hezekiah prays and trusts in the Lord. He remains faithful (Isaiah 37:14-20) as King for protection from the Assyrians. And we read in Isaiah 37:36-38: God continues to stand true to his promise and the camp of Assyrians was destroyed. God kept his promise to defend Judah for King David’s sake.
If you recall in your studies, God’s promise to King David:
2 Samuel 7:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.
My prayer for you today is to repent and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 32 King James Version (KJV)
32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Lean not unto your own understanding and continue to reach out in search of God’s holy Word.
Seven Old Testament books and nineteen New Testament books refer to the existence of Satan.
Upon reading Ezekiel 28:13-19 (paraphrased) all precious stones were prepared the day you were created. You were perfect in your creation until iniquity was found in you. (God’s heart was lifted up because of his beauty) However, you corrupted wisdom by reason of your brightness. You have defiled my sanctuaries by multitudes of iniquities. I (God) will bring fire and devour you so you shall be never more.
In other words, God was proud of who he created. But pride, envy and jealousy got in this creation. Lucifer (Satan) becomes so self-absorbed that he wanted and still wants to be God. He wants all of God’s honor, glory and praise.
We read in Isaiah 14:12-17 (paraphrased) How have you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning.
- I will ascend into heaven
- I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
- I will sit upon the mount of the congregation
- I will ascend above the heights of the cloud
- I will be like the most High!
We read in Ezekiel 28:14 Lucifer was the anointed cherub.
In Exodus 25:20 the cherubims stretched forth their wings on high, covering the mercy-seat.
In other words, this was a very important position.
Iniquity: grossly unfair behavior. (Evil, wickedness, wrong doings)
Annoited: chosen (blessed)
In the beginning, we know Satan decides to test his powers of wickedness and deceitfulness on Eve.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field the Lord God had made.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman (Eve), Ye shall not surely die.
Eve was being tested. God had already told both Adam and Eve the law of the garden.
Satan is still alive and working in our lives today – we read in Ephesians 2:2 according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
How do I know Satan is the power of the air? Because we read in John 12:30-32 Jesus answered and said, this voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
In other words, the prince of the air and the prince of this world is Satan. This is why as Christians were are in a constant spiritual battle.
Upon reading II Corinthians 4:3-6 the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of those who do not believe.
Remember – Satan is beautiful, subtle and very deceitful. He wants to have all glory and power. He wants to be God. He will do anything to get you NOT to believe.
We read in Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
In Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Remember – Satan is the prince of the air and this world but by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) Satan can not hurt us. And lastly, remember, those who believe are on the winning side.
1 John 4:4 Put your name in place of ye and you, he-God and he-devil.
Ye (Brenda) are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he (God) that is in you (Brenda) than he(Satan) is in the world.
May you continue to search the living word of God to find your answers. 🙂