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The Glorious Grace of God

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THE  GLORIOUS  GRACE  OF  GOD

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Luke 23; 42, 43: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

We once again return to Calvary. Calvary, the most sacred and significant place in the world. Calvary is the place where Jesus Died that you might Live. Calvary is the place where we see Man at his Worst while seeing God at His Best. Calvary, where the royal, rich, and red blood of our Sinless Saviour was shed so that wicked, vile sinners could make peace with God through His Son Jesus Christ.   Calvary, the place where the Angels in heaven wept while the Demons in hell were rejoicing.

Let us remember the first words of Jesus while hanging upon Calvary’s cross. We strained to listen as Jesus prayed for those that had just clamored for His crucifixion; then they placed the crown of thorns upon His head, and drove the thorns deep into His scalp.

Listen as the Son of God prays for those that spit upon Him; He prayed for those that had pummeled their fists into His face; He prayed for the one that thrust the spear into His side. In Luke 23:34: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do …”

As the crowd stood gazing upon the One they had wanted to hang and suffer on the Cross, they stood beholding the excruciating pain of God’s only Son (Luke 23: 35). They had now started the mocking, the ridicule, the gambling for His clothing, the taunting to save Himself.   But this was NOT in plan of our Gracious God.

Finally the crowd heard a small conversation taking place between all three that were hanging on the cross. What were they saying? Each wanted to get closer to hear this monumental conversation that would have eternal consequences for both men on either side of Jesus (Luke 23: 39-43).

These words speak loudly and unmistakably of the Glorious Grace of God. Neither man had a right to ask Jesus to forgive them. They were both guilty, condemned men. They were convicted thieves.   Yet, God in His grace listened to each man and responded accordingly to each one.

The Clearest Picture Of Salvation By Grace In The Entire Bible

Grace is the unmerited, and the unmeritable favor of God. Grace is God NOT giving to man that which he deserves. If you and I received that which we deserve, we would all be burning and suffering in hell this very minute.   No, these men did NOT deserve God to even listen to them, let alone answer their prayers.

An Example Of God’s Grace

When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage.   When a person competes with an opponent and receive s a trophy for winning, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements and good performance, that is an award.

But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award, yet receives such a gift anyway, it is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we speak of the Grace of God.

 

Throughout His ministry, Jesus had been “the Friend of Sinners” (Matthew 11:19). His antagonists derided Jesus for this. They mocked Jesus by saying, Since Jesus loves sinners so much, and they were His companions in life, we will give Him the privilege of dying with them. Little did they realize that Jesus was actually dying FOR them and not merely WITH them (II Corinthians 5:21).

 

Let Us See What Each Person Represented While Hanging On The Cross

  • We see one man dying IN his sin; one man dying OUT of his sin, and of course Jesus dying FOR sin.
  • We witness one man Scoffing Jesus; another man Seeking Jesus; and Jesus Sacrificing Himself as the ONLY sacrifice for sin His Father would accept.
  • We witness one man making a decision to go to Hell; the other man making his decision to go to Heaven; whereas Jesus is providing the only HOPE that any will have in gaining entrance into Heaven.

 

Placing Your Faith in Jesus Christ is Your ONLY Hope of Going to Heaven

  One man went to heaven because he placed his faith Completely in Jesus Christ.   He finally understood the truth found in John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”   This man did not deserve to go to heaven any more than you and I do, but he made the correct decision. He placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his only hope of going to Heaven.

While in India in May of 2014, I realized just how big idol worship was in this great land. There are over 330 million false gods various people worship.   Yet, 1,287 came to Jesus Christ during this missionary journey, understanding that Jesus Christ is the ONLY name whereby men MUST be saved (Acts 4:12).  What made the difference? Simply preaching and presenting Jesus Christ, and His atonement for man’s sins.

 

Jesus Christ Wants EVERYONE To Go To Heaven

Now there were two sinners hanging beside Jesus while He was paying for the sins of the world (John 1:29). As joyful as Jesus was in one responding to His sacrificial work on the Cross, He was just as broken for the one that literally saw what the Son of God was doing for all people, yet chose to reject the Work of Christ.  

I Timothy 2:4 reminds us that God wants YOU to be saved and go to heaven. “Who will have all men to be saved , and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:6 teaches us, “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

There is no one that Jesus will not forgive and thereby save and take to Heaven. I Timothy 1:15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

 

Here What The Repentant Sinner Understood And What He Did To Go To Heaven

 

  1. He understood his Condition  He knew that he was a sinner. He knew that he deserved his punishment, both in this life, and the life to come.   He knew that he deserved hell. Romans 3:10 reminds us that that: “There is NONE righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:23 is clear about the spiritual condition of us all when Paul declared that we have ALL sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

 

  1. He understood God’s Provision. He finally grasped that Jesus Christ was doing, not only for him, but for any and all that might call upon Him in faith. Luke 23:41: And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds : but this man hath done nothing.” God’s PROMISE is found in Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED”! This is a promise from God.

 


  1. He understood that HE must make his Decision  It was his decision to call upon Jesus Christ. It was His decision to place his complete faith in Jesus and Jesus alone.  It was HIS decision to ask Jesus to save him.  II Peter 3:9 says, “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.”  

 

In light of this, what was the response of Jesus towards this sinner calling upon Jesus for salvation? Luke 23:42, 43, And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Jesus promised to take him to heaven.

The same promise by Jesus is offered to you as well. Romans 10:13 is a promise from God to you, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED.”

 

Will You Call Upon Jesus Right Now, Placing Your Faith In Him; Trusting In His Grace?

 

If you do, please email me at: JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com and I will send you some free Bible Study materials to help you as a new Christian.

Don’t Say That It Cannot Happen To You

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A Warning for Believers:

Don’t Say That It Cannot Happen To You

 

I have a 15 year old Adopted Daughter in the Philippines by the name of Rachelle Divino, that revealed great wisdom to me during my first Missionary journey to her country during October, 2013. She said, “Pastor, pray for me, that I would NEVER do anything that would prevent God from using my life for His Glory.” Wow! I was taken back with her words of wisdom.

Throughout the Bible we read of one person after another that had failed to pray a similar prayer each day. Oh, how my heart grieves for those that once served so well, then fell through sin and have left the ministry. I do not believe that we have one that we can afford to lose.

Scripture is filled with such examples of men that said, “I have sinned.”

1. “I have sinned,” said Balaam in Numbers 22:34, as he departed from the perfect will of God for his life.

2. I have sinned,” said Achan in Joshua 7:20 after taking the money and the Babylonish garment from the city of Jericho.

3. “I have sinned,” said Saul in I Samuel 15:24, 30 when Samuel reprimanded him for his disobedience.

4. “I have sinned,” said David in II Samuel 12:13 after his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah.

5. “I have sinned,” said Shimei. It was Shimei who hurled dust at King David. It was Shimei who cursed King David as he came near Mahanaim.

6. “I have sinned,” said Job in Job 7:20. Pride had crept into his heart.

7. “I have sinned,” said Micah in Micah 7:9. He looked at his people and saw their wickedness and realized that they were a reflection of his own life.

8. “I have sinned,” said the prodigal son in Luke 15:18 and 21, as he finally came to himself and returned home to his father.

9. “I have sinned,” said Judas in Matthew 27:4 as he realized that he had betrayed the very Son of God!

10. “I have sinned,” said Pharaoh in Exodus 9:27 and Exodus 10:16, as he saw the hail mixed with fire running along the ground, as he saw the herbs of the field and trees killed and as he saw the locusts and the crops eaten by them.

11. “I have sinned,” said those who desire to return to God. Oh how my heart cries out to remain close to God.

Words of Warning About Our Sin

 

  •  Let me say right now, you and I are sinners by both birth (Romans 5:12), and by choice. There is not one sin that you and I are not capable of committing under the right set of circumstances. We must always remember that we are to, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,” (Matthew 26:41).

• Lest you think you are above sin, I have a warning to you. When you think you are free from certain sins, there WILL come a knock on your door. It will be Satan coming to see how strong you really are.

• Remember this word of warning, “Better than you and I have Fallen!”

• If you have sinned, it is not too late to return to God.

How to “Get Right With God.”

1.   You must Consider your sin.   Psalm 139:34-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ‘Search me’ means to “ransack my heart.” It means to search every corner of our hearts as a thief would ransack a home, looking for something valuable. This of course must be prayed sincerely for I can assure you, the Holy Spirit WILL reveal areas that have hindered your intimacy and power with God.

2.    Then you must Biblically Confess your sin.   I John 1:9 says, that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The word ‘Confess’ means “To agree with God.” It means that we are to agree with God about our sins. It further means that we are ready to take sides with God, against our sin.
The closer that I get to God, the Blacker MY sin becomes to ME. However, kit has always been black to God. My sin has ALWAYS been a source of division in our relationship. Unfortunately, we are often like Samson in Judges 16:20, “…And he awoke out of his sleep, and said , I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.” How long must we go on pretending to walk with God while secretly running with the devil and this world?

3.    We must now Cast-a-way our sin. This is Biblical Repentance. Repenting can be described in simple terms: Biblical repentance means that I am now ready to Admit and then to Quit my sin. Proverbs 28:13 reminds us that, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Though we may struggle, the desire to forsake the sin is ever present in our hearts.

This is where Galatians 6:1 should be practiced. I have learned that people are quick to criticize and condemn those that are besieged with sin. Rather than cast the insults, the judgmental attitude, why not pause and ‘Hold That Stone.” Restore! Restore! Restore that brother! He needs us. I have often wondered how many Samsons’ MIGHT return if only we Christians would attempt to restore, rather than backbite and gossip.

Consider the Consequences of Committing just one act of sin

1. No one, even the most godly person today, is invulnerable from sinning tomorrow. Consider the life of Noah for a moment. Several times in the story of Noah, the scriptures speak of his obedience to God. God described Noah in as, “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9). Four different times, God said that Noah did whatever the Lord commanded him (Gen. 6:22; 7:5, 9, 16). All of his obedience, though, did not keep him from getting drunk. Our temptations may be different, but this truth remains the same. Faithfulness today is no guarantee of our victory tomorrow. We must learn to walk circumspectly (Ephesians 5:15).

2. A dominant movement of God does not always prevent us from sin. Contemplate about it. God showed favor to Noah by personally walking and talking with him, warning him about the flood, providing Noah with specific directions about the ark, and then protecting he and his family through the world-wide flood. In fact, Noah’s first recorded act when his family left the ark was to build an altar to the God who had provided divine guidance and protection. Still, that history of the undeniable work of God did not prevent this great man of God from making temporary choices that brought sin and shame on himself. Regardless of what miracles God has worked in our past, we too can still fall today.

3. Even a single act of sin can mutilate the record of years of faithfulness. Again, Noah found favor in the Lord’s sight and demonstrated faithfulness for his generation (Gen. 6:8-9, 7:1). So faithful was he that the book of Hebrews includes him among the Heroes of faith (Heb. 11:7). Our same Bible, however, is not reluctant to expose Noah’s failure in Genesis 9. The account is brief, but the blemish is glaring – and the inspired Word of God does not allow us to ignore Noah’s sin even today. The danger of making a choice today that will affect the rest of our lives is ever before us. It serves as a reminder, “Better than you and I have fallen.”

4. Rarely does our sin only affect ourselves. In Noah’s situation, his sin opened the door for the sin of a son. Yes, even a single failure became a stumbling block to somebody else. Too many of us can tell stories of those whose single acts of sin have left ongoing scars in others, and the risk of that story becoming ours as well.

Here is my caution, my warning, my passionate plea to listen carefully to my words. Even one, single wrong decision can carry significant consequences. Join with me in praying that none of us would make decisions this year that will wreck our lives and testimonies.

Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners? (Part Three)

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Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners?

(Part Three)

 

In our last two articles, we discovered how God justifies sinful man by His Grace, (Romans 3:24); God also justifies man by Faith in Jesus Christ,  (Romans 3:26 – 28).
 
Comparing the two above verses, we see that we have been justified by Grace and by Faith in Jesus Christ.   Paul made it very clear that a person cannot be saved by good works such as keeping the law.  Romans 3:20 says, “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.”
 
We learned that Man’s FAITH Must Be Completely In Jesus Christ To Gain Entrance Into Heaven.   Our faith must rest completely in Jesus Christ, and Him alone!  Our faith in Jesus means that we are trusting in what He has done on the cross to pay our sin debt rather than trusting in what we can do. 
 
So we have learned that we are justified by Grace and not because we Deserve justification; we have been justified by Faith and not because of  our works or good lives.
 
 However, there is yet a third method involved in the justification process.  Paul teaches us that we have been justified by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:9 says, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” 

How Did God Deal With Our Sin Problem?

God is a just God that HAD to deal with our sin problem.  He could not overlook our sin.   
 
Leviticus 17:11 is clear on this matter when it says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” 
Ephesians 1:7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

What we must understand to fully appreciate our magnificent salvation is that God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, willingly subjected Himself to the death of the Cross in order to pay our sin debt for us.  It was a debt that He did not owe, yet was willing to pay so we could go where we really do not deserve, Heaven! 
 

Jesus Christ became our substitute.    This means that He took OUR sins in His sinless body.   II Corinthians 5:21: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”      I Peter 2:24: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we , being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed .”       
 
I Peter 3:18: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

Without the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ,  we would not have salvation;  nor the forgiveness of our sins; neither an eternal home in heaven.  Hebrews 9:22, “… and without shedding of blood is no remission.

What Does Justification Look Like in Real-Life?

Someone recently had brought up something they had done to me.   They came to ask my forgiveness.    When they tried to remind me of the wrong, I simply asked, “What are you talking about?    They tried to remind me by saying, You know, the time that I…   I replied,  No I cannot remember it   Sure you do, was their response.  I really blew it!  No, I replied once again, I honestly cannot remember you ever doing this against me..  And I couldn’t.”
 
This is a picture of what happens when Stan tried to accuse us before God (Revelation 12:10).  Satan says, “How can you ever forgive him?  Jesus simply says, Because of my Blood.   Jesus, he is a sinner.   Because of my Blood.   But ole Jim is far from perfect.  How could you ever justify him? Because of my Blood.   Because of My shed blood, and His faith in my sacrifice for him, I now have no record that Jim was EVER a sinner in the first place. 

If you have ANY doubts about your salvation, please contact me at: JimKilgoreMinistires@gmail.com  and I will help you from God’s Word immediately.

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