Author – Jim Gardener
My Dear Reader,
What is the meaning of life?
The simple answer:
We have been given a lifetime,
to accept God on his terms.
You may then ask, what are Gods terms?
Well, it’s to accept God exactly the way he is, not the way we want him to be.
This begs the question: Who is God? This question is bigger than I can explain, but for simplicity’s sake I see God in two roles that affect me in a personal way.
First, God is your DAD who loves you so much he would do anything and sacrifice everything for you. On the other hand, he is also God your FATHER a judge who loves righteousness and the law.
To understand this, place yourself in a family where your father comes home from work. He takes off his judge’s robes to become a loving dad who loves you beyond measure.
Now, if you go out and break the law, you will find yourself standing before your father in court. He must judge you fairly in accordance with the established law, for all must be treated equal. It breaks his heart, but he must sentence you according to your crime(s).
So, what law is God the judge of? The moral law set out by the 10 commandments. If you read and understand these laws, you will quickly realize every person has broken at least one or more of them repeatedly. In the eyes of my father, in his role of judge, all are guilty according to what they have done.
Who is acceptable to God and acceptable to enter heaven? The answer, if the law is the only way, Nobody.
But it does not stop here. Read on.
Here is where God’s love and mercy come into play. When your Father has justly sentenced you for breaking his moral law(s), he takes off his robes and becomes your personal loving Dad. He then proceeds to extend his grace by paying your debt(s), no matter what the cost, to free you from your sentence. All you must do is accept his love offering and your sentence is wiped clean, just as if it never happened.
In this story Jesus is your dad who paid the ultimate price for your breach of the law. If we choose to reject his love offering the sentence stands, and you and I will be responsible for our offence(s).
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so no one can boast.”ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
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