RECONCILED
WALKING IN THE LIGHT
" TO DELIVER YOU FROM THE WAY
OF EVIL, FROM THE MAN WHO
SPEAKS PERVERSE THINGS, FROM
THOSE WHO LEAVE THE PATHS OF
UPRIGHTNESS
TO WALK IN THE WAYS OF
DARKNESS."
Walk while ye have the
light, lest darkness
come upon you: for he
that walketh in
darkness knoweth not
whither he goeth. While
ye have light, believe in
the light, that ye may be
the children of light

Why this point? Why start off talking about repentance and faith being
one and yet not the same? Well the devil has infiltrated the ranks of
God's people and raises up his own theologians and preachers and
twists the Gospel up to the point where those who follow them are
nothing but carnal Christians or
white washed sepulchers and I mean
both in the unregenerate sense. It matters not if you are really in a
good church or denomination the devil plants his tares in God's
garden's. Blessed are you if you are a member of a church that bears
a true lamp stand. Even there though if we are not on guard tares can
infiltrate from the lowest to the highest posts and bring leaven, bring
the cares of this world, promote the matters of men and not God's and
in the end bring  destruction and darkness as the lamp stand is
removed.  Woe to us whose turn it is stand watch and we fall asleep.

"For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that
setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. "

This point though is not about getting into the various twisted versions
of the Gospel but simply the illuminating
holy command of God's call
to be reconciled unto Him:

"Repent and believe in the Gospel"

Again it is a Holy Command not the gutted, darkened, twisted
Scripture, mere invitation men make it to be. God is not weeping
helplessly at your door but comes with a Holy Sword to set the
captives free and slay His enemies. How low have evil men brought
down the name of our Holy God.

"God is a just judge,
And God is angry with the wicked everyday.
If he does not turn back,
He will sharpen His sword;
He bends His bow and makes it ready.
He also prepares for Himself
instruments of death;
He makes His arrows into fiery shafts."
{Old Testament}

"But bring here those enemies of Mine, who did not want Me to reign
over them, and slay them before Me."  
{New Testament}

The God of the New Testament is the same God of the Old Testament
and this call has been going forth since Adam fell and he and his wife
Eve were called to repentance and faith in Christ, in the Seed of the
woman. He who would lay down His life to ransom them from eternal
death. The call continued to their Covenant children and onward
through the generations and even now.  No longer can we stand
before God as Adam and Eve did when He first created us in His
image and be found holy, blameless and pleasing in His sight. When
Adam fell all mankind died before God in him. Mankind no longer
bore the image of God but now bears that of the devil  Satan who
begot us by sin. No longer was he the son of God but the arch enemy.
A man of sin and rebellion.

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh
of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you
the truth, ye believe Me not."

For this reason we must be born again into the Kingdom of God. We
must be begotten of God in Christ, His beloved Son. He was sent by
God to do His will and that being the salvation of His people and this
unto God's glory in Him. Without Christ Jesus we are dead before God
and unable to do His will for we are anti-God and anti-Christ  "
Ye are
of your father the devil, and
the lusts of your father ye will do"  but in
Christ
we are His new creation, in Christ sin shall no longer rule over
us. In Christ we have a heart after God and make haste to heed His
Holy Command for it is Words of grace and truth and eternal life. They
are Words of Peace.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good
works
, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

It says "unto good works" not continued rebellion and warfare against
God. These good works are the fruit of the Spirit.  The witness of
God's work in us in Christ. They don't save us nor justify us
but do
testify of our being children of God and not of the devil.

"In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that
loveth not his brother".

Don't be fooled by those who put away the Law of God saying it was
once a means of salvation but failed. The Bible itself is the Book of
the Law and from cover to cover it reveals the ancient path, the good
way and calls us receive it as truth and to walk in it. This is the Way,
this is Christ the Savior of the world. This is the Law of Faith.

The Word is the very Light to our feet and the Lamp unto our path. It is
a Light that reveals us for what we are and that is desperately wicked
sinners fallen from the glory of God and condemned. It calls us to
reconciliation unto God through Christ.

"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them
who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the
world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the
law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the
knowledge of sin. "

By the Law of God, the Law of Faith the Christ is revealed:

"In the volume of the book it is written of Me—"

"Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that
we might be justified by faith."

"and the Word became flesh
"


The command to faith though is not alone and preachers forget this.  
God does not command only to
"believe"  though one might isolate
Scriptures to teach this. God commands us to
"Repent and believe".  
Christ did not say alone
"neither do I condemn you" only to leave us
harlots and adulterers to more harlotry but further commanded in
conjunction
"go and sin no more".  The first is because of His works
(His life and the cross) the second is also because of His works in us
by means of the first. We have become new creatures in Christ, the
children of God in Him. We who were slaves to sin and lovers of
death have been set free in Christ and have become slaves to
righteousness and lovers of life. We who wielded a sword against
God as children of the devil have become the children of God and
beat such swords into plowshares. We lift up ourselves as a sacrifice
of thanksgiving and praise in our thoughts, words and deeds being
conformed to His image. The Law of God now becomes established in
our standing before God (by Christ) and in our walk with Him (through
the Spirit of our Lord). In His image we seek truth and readily confess
with abhorrence of them our sins and look alone to Jehovah our God
and Father for mercy and deliverance through Christ. We look alone
to Jehovah our God to fill us with His Spirit to give us strength and
lead us in the path of righteousness by the Light of His Word.

God our Father lovingly says
"This is My Son. Hear Him!" God the
Son says
"Follow Me". These words are synonymous with repent and
believe
. For Christ walks the straight and narrow way and the sons of
men walk in the broad way that leads to destruction. Christ walks in
the light and path of God's Commandments while the children of the
dead walk in darkness and seek to break all of God's Commands and
this with full contempt.

Jesus says "
Follow Me" for He alone is the Way, the Truth and the
Life.
He is the gift of God to His people. He is the Seed of the Woman,
the
Holy One of Israel, the Israel of God. No man has peace with God
but by Him.

By Christ's  atoning death (
the Way) we belong to Him and are
reconciled to God forever.
This work is immutable and finished by decree and deed by the Word
of God and the Word having become flesh (
the Truth) accomplishing
His will.
In Him and because of Him alone our standing is now eternal before
God  (
the Life) and it shows, it bears fruit immediately as He has
appointed. As a honey bee does the Jehovah's will and makes honey
so too are we made good trees and cannot but bear good fruit that
does not wither in Christ's name. This He appointed and His Word
cannot fail.

Some may want to say repentance refers alone to sanctification and
faith to justification and  because they think this they alone cry out
"
Believe!" But dear friend  it cannot be without "Repent!".  This is not
to say you have to say the two words together at every time but in
explaining one yet comes the other like inseparable Siamese twins
separate yet bound together. To separate and focus on one leads
astray many. To say "believe" only spawns the carnal Christian. He
has been misleadingly told because he has said some prayer ("the
first prayer") in faith that Romans 10:13 declares He is saved.  If not
brought into the church for discipleship he/she  wanders about
carnally but is saved. They are taught that such will receive no
rewards  but yet will be saved.  This is false (carnal Christianity and
grace rewards in whole). He is told to wait for good fruits,
sanctification is a long process and takes time to show but a bad tree
cannot bear good fruit.

"He who says, 'I know Him', and does not keep His Commandments is
a liar, and the Truth is not in him."

"But wilt though know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

"If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie,
and do not the truth: "

God says to turn from our wicked ways NOW, repent NOW, seek first
His kingdom and His righteousness NOW, love not the world and it's
wicked ways NOW. Mind you though I put the word "now" in capitals
to accentuate the urgency it is because God commands us not begs
us....

"those enemies of Mine, who did not want Me to reign
over them"

and thus we are called to be diligent to make sure of our calling and
election.

"I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to your Testimonies.
I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your Commands."

What horror of horrors this temporal evil world is for it seeks to
ensnare us (and does) but God says He is our strength and has set us
free from bondage to sin. We are commanded to be strong in His
strength, to fight the good fight and be sanctified unto Him in holiness.
We are priests commanded to be consecrated to serve Him. We are
commanded not to fall asleep, not to be slothful neglecting such great
salvation, not to be found shipwrecked.

So called carnal Christians will in horrific truth find themselves
disqualified and finding no place for repentance and no strength to
take hold of that which they never had to begin with.

Salvation is of compassion and love, it is of mercy and justice and it is
freely given according to
God's will not yours. We are due
condemnation, our wages for our sins (which are great in number and
in extremes) is death and that eternal and in torment. We are blood
thirsty men, violence against God is the works of our hands apart from
Christ. We are as bad trees that cannot but bear bad fruit. The axe is
laid to our root and are being made ready for the eternal fire and the
worm that never dies. If you're not afraid now you will be in terror then
with none to deliver from what is due and no place to hide from our
Holy God who will repay in full.

God yet has shown you mercy and if you struggle with assurance my
brethren,
"Repent and believe!" for this is the day of grace. Cling to
Christ and from idols say, "Get away from me!" In your pursuit of
obedience and patient waiting upon your Salvation (God Himself in
Christ) He promises to ever strengthen you, mature you, purge you of
the dross that encumbers you and bring such confidence that you
cannot be moved or easily shaken by Satan nor this world's ways.  
Again, do not think faith is not joined with repentance. Do not hold to a
mythical christ reduced to being a mere get out of jail free card in your
wallet to which now you can lay back saying, "I got Jesus".

"Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands,
ye sinners: and purify your hearts, ye double minded. "

Beware of neglecting repentance and God's call to holiness for we are
His people and He is Holy. To say sin is only to be mentioned like a
blip on the scope or not focused on daily is to rob from the Gospel and
the Law. It is not only to be looked at a few Sundays of the year but
everyday for hell is open everyday and filling with occupancy. Sin is
it's labor for entry and eternal death the wages justly due it.   

The Word of God is a pure holy Light. Repentance is what we are
commanded to do and that is to walk in that Light. It cannot but
continually admonish us for what we are and that is
sinner!.   To we
who are either lost or saved the Word is a Light that exposes our
thoughts and deeds and their intents. Nothing is hidden before God's
eyes. It is with great shame and guilt to the unrepentant and unto
sorrow and repentance to the believer yet the latter with great hope.
Christ did not come to give us a better life on earth in terms of quality,
riches, perfect health, a life without trials or tribulation but to lay down
His priceless life to make atonement for our sins. He who is Light
walked among us and was hated by us because we love darkness
rather than the Light. He was oppressed and afflicted unto death yet
He overcame the world and triumphed over sin and death  delivering
His people. In repentance and in faith  we walk the same path. We
know that  we will be hated for we become as that Light and in Him
we shall overcome also. We do so unto death but as a sacrifice not for
our salvation but in thanksgiving and praise
because of our salvation.
We love Him because He first loved us.

The Gospel is not what God can do for you if you let Him.  On the
contrary it is God to the glory of His grace in Christ coming to save
desperately wicked sinners who hate Him and in great love and mercy
saving them. We are sinners saved by grace not saints improved. We
must not fail to call the command to
repent nor my brethren fail to
heed it and ever be reminded of it daily. We are called to  pick up
our cross and crucify the deeds of the flesh daily.  We are to walk
in His Peace and be at war with Satan and this world and our own
flesh's lusts.

I lift up repentance because of its painful absence but in no way
neglect the other half of the command which is equally gracious to
him who has ears to hear. It is to
believe, to trust, to rest, to hope
when there was no hope, to rise and shine for our Light has come. A
foundation of truth laid by the right hand of God Jesus Christ, the
Gospel of
your salvation not a salvation. He is the gift of God and by
His works we were justified and in the Day of Judgment to be
delivered by Him from wrath. In faith, hope and love we rise by the
Holy Spirit to do the works as bond servants redeemed.

No man may boast of any works that justifies himself nor co-labored
with God to save himself. No man can say "I" in the Day of Judgment
and be delivered. "Did not I do....." this or that.  "Yes Lord I'm a sinner
but did not I confess it, but did I not prophecy and go to church
faithfully?" "I believed in believing Lord like you told me to. You gave
me the ability to believe so that I could exercise it and gain
salvation".  "I said that first prayer Lord and I meant it and was told
you had to answer me. It says it in Romans 10:13!"  "You promised
me! I exercised faith Lord and you were supposed to justify me
because of it!"  "I walked down that aisle Lord before Your people. I
made profession of faith. You said "whoever believes" so I admitted I
was bad and I asked you that day, May 1st, 1969 to come into my
heart. I invited you Lord!  I even made disciples for You teaching them
the same."  I......I.....I..."(wretched I ).  "And by the way where are my
rewards....".  Such grace is like vapor, imaginary, a foundation of self
in the name of a christ and sinking sand doomed to a great fall. You
cannot add nor take away from the name of Christ (the Foundation) for
you will stand accursed and at war with Him suffering a great fall.

Obedience to the command to
believe is to confess one's
helplessness and utter bankruptcy of righteousness and strength to
deliver one's body and soul from condemnation. This is from the very
start to the very end.
Faith to Faith. Obedience to the command to
believe is to confess one's deeply crimson stained hands of a life of
unholy warring against a holy God and these sins with all lust and
hate. Before our Holy God Christ crucified is our hope and that which
we cling to as our only hope. Christ resurrected because of our
justification is our eternal hope made sure as He lives to intercede for
us and will deliver us from wrath. He is raised up before us as our
Savior and we fall to our knees beating our breast in sackcloth and
ashes. It is no longer I who live but Christ in me and it is marvelous in
our eyes.
"Follow Me" and thus we follow our new and greater Master
and our exceedingly great reward all of grace and alone to His glory.

Jesus, from whose lips came grace and truth speaks faith as thus to
His people,
"neither do I condemn you", but this is because of justice
being met with mercy at the cross. Our Lord and Savior did it all and
we can only be still and know that He is Jehovah. This is believing,
trusting in the finished works of Christ, trusting in everything God says
He has done and will do in the name of Christ. We know we belong to
God because we have been redeemed by Him in Christ. It cannot be
undone nor declined. He brings you into this blessed union not of
yourself in any way. It is by faith.
Many want to say this means faith
itself brings you into this blessed union but this is trusting in faith
itself and not in Christ and you can't have both.
Faith then becomes
the focus, the means, the coin for an imaginary vending machine of
justification that one needs to attain the Christ. This is the second
point of discussion  which Lord willing will be expanded on.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith"

God commands us to peace and to an end of war in Christ's name.

The gracious King calls to bring Good News of the forgiveness of
debts owed.

The voice of the Great Shepherd calls for His sheep looking to bring
them safely into His fold.

Do you hear? Drop your sword and come in this day of grace.

Do not harden your heart.  Repent and believe. Be reconciled unto
God in Christ and perish not in His righteous wrath against His
enemies.

As our Holy God says:
"This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"

"Come to Me, all you who labor
(in sin and death) and are heavy laden
(with guilt and ever increasing condemnation)
, and I will give you rest
(by His righteousness and the cross)
. Take My yoke upon you (follow
Him as your God and King and Savior with a true vow of allegiance)

and learn from Me
(His Word the Bible alone being the sol authority of
doctrine, the knowledge God and His will)
, for I am gentle and lowly in
heart
(the Truth, the Way and the Life sent by God to save, to deliver,
to heal and not destroy)
and you will find rest for your souls (now by
faith but in that Great Day by sight through Jesus who is the Christ)
."

"Follow Me"


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