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In the Book of Romans
Election Ch. 1
Justification Ch. 2
Propitiation Ch. 3
Redemption Ch. 4
Sanctification Ch. 5
Glorification Ch. 6
Saying I’m Grateful # 879
Amazing But True # 746
My Advocate # 378
His Name # 726
A Heart Beat Away # 744
Scripture verses taken from: [KJV] King James Version
Red bold italics is Jesus’ Words.
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. [KJV]
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His servant, Connie Kramer
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In the Book of Romans
The Book of Romans teach some extremely important doctrines. They are critical in our lives as believing Christians. They are considered very difficult by many.
CRUCIAL BELIEFS IN ROMANS
ELECTION. This is God’s choosing an individual or group for a specific purpose or destiny.
JUSTIFICATION. This is God declaring us “not guilty” for sins we have committed.
PROPITIATION. This is the removal of God’s punishment for sin (that we deserve) through the perfect Sacrifice of Christ Jesus.
REDEMPTION. This is the price Christ Jesus has paid so we can be set free. The price of sin is death; Jesus paid the total and complete price, for us.
SANCTIFICATION. This is being ‘set apart’ for God, and becoming more and more like Christ Jesus, through the work of the Holy Spirit who dwells within believers.
GLORIFICATION. This is the supreme state of born again believers after their death, when they become like Christ (1 John 3:2).
All these concepts are ‘big’ words, and they scare some believers, especially those who are babes in Christ. With God’s help, this book will help people better understand these doctrines.
Election of grace (predestination) is a difficult subject. God’s Word speaks of:
(1.) The election of individuals to office or to honor and privilege, such as Abraham, Jacob, Saul, David, Solomon. These all were chosen by God for the positions they held; so too were the apostles. (2.) There is also an election of nations to special privileges, such as Israel.
Deuteronomy 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. (KJV)
Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; (KJV)
(3.) And too, there is the election of individuals to eternal life. Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (KJV) . . . “Chosen us in him” makes it clear that salvation depends totally on God. We are not saved because we deserve it! And we did not influence God’s decision to save us; He saved us according to His plan. We cannot take credit for our salvation and we cannot have pride when we are saved. Salvation truly is a great mystery! It began in the timeless mind of God long before we ever existed. This verse clearly states that God chose us “before the foundation of the world.” Before God created the world, He chose us to be His children. Amazing! God chose us, and when we belong to Him through Christ Jesus, God looks at us as if we had never sinned. Have you thanked Him for His remarkable love?
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: (KJV) . . . Salvation begins and ends with God. We can do nothing to be saved on our own merit! And we can never be ‘good’ enough! Salvation is a GIFT given to us by God. We either take it OR refuse it! There is NO other way to receive forgiveness from sin. I will discuss sanctification in a later chapter.
1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. (KJV) . . . How and why does this election to salvation take place? It is simply what pleases God. He is all wise, all knowing and we cannot in any way question any of His Holy decisions.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (KJV) . . . Jesus made the first choice; to love and die for us, then inviting us to live with Him forever. We then have to make the next choice; we either accept or reject His offer. IF Jesus had not made the first choice, we wouldn’t have any choice to make.
Romans 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. (KJV) . . . Whatever God does, is always right and just. God’s grace alone makes the difference. In this grace, He acts as a Benefactor, for that grace is completely His own to do with as He chooses. None of us deserve His amazing grace! Those who make the right choice by accepting Jesus are saved, and must thank God alone. Those who make the wrong choice and reject Jesus will perish; and have only themselves to blame (Hosea 13:9).
God reveals Himself to all people. I firmly believe He calls all people, but IF they refuse His call, they will be cast out. Those that come to Christ He will gladly receive. Those who turn their back on God’s gracious offer will perish. Can we object to the Creator of the Universe?
Absolutely not! Romans 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (KJV) . . . Is this saying that some of us are worth more than others? NO! What it is saying is that the Creator has control over His created objects. The created object (humanity), therefore, has NO right to demand anything from its Creator; for our very existence depends on Him. With this viewpoint in mind, it removes any temptation we might have for pride to step in.
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (KJV) . . . “Predestined” means to mark out beforehand. So . . . salvation is God’s work, not ours. In His endless love, God has adopted us as His own children. Through Jesus’ Sacrifice, He has brought us into His family and made us heirs along with Jesus (Romans 8:17). In Roman law, adopted children had the same rights and privileges as biological children, even if they had been slaves. This shows how strong our relationship to God is.
Predestined is used only with reference to God’s plan or purpose of salvation, NOT eternal condemnation (damnation) in Hell. Its meaning is found only in these passages: Rom.8:29-30; 1 Cor.2:7-9; Eph.1:5, 11; Eph.3:4-6; Col.1:26-27; 2 Tim.1:9. In all of them it has the same meaning; teaching that the sovereign, unchangeable, unconditional and eternal decree or “determinate purpose” of God governs all events. The doctrine of election or predestination is severely affected with many problems, for it pertains to the “secret things” of God (Deut.29:29; Dan.2:22). But we must accept this doctrine with all its mysteriousness, and stop all our doubts and questions. In humble and devout admission, we must agree with Jesus “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Mat.11:26). Other Passages can be considered in addition to those referred to above; Gen. 21:12; Ex. 9:16; 33:19; Deut. 10:15; 32:8; Josh.11:20; 1 Sam. 12:22; 2 Chron. 6:6; Psalm 33:12; 65:4; 78:68; 135:4; Isa.41:1-10; Jer.1:5; Mark 13:20; Luke 22:22; John 6:37; 15:16; 17:2, 6, 9; Acts 2:28; 3:18; 4:28; 13:48; 17:26; Rom. 9:11, 18, 21; 11:5; Eph. 3:11; 1 Thes. 1:4; 2 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:2.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (KJV) . . . God’s purpose is to offer salvation to the world, just as He planned so long ago. God is sovereign; He is in total charge of the Universe. If things seem to get out of hand, rest in this truth: Jesus is Lord, and God is in control.
We are elected “to salvation,” “to the adoption of sons,” “to be holy and without blame before Him in love” (2 Thes. 2:13; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephes. 1:4). The ultimate end of election is to praise God and His grace.
Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (KJV) . . . Let us praise God for His glorious grace, for the free Gift (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8) that He has given to us in His dearly beloved Son (John 3:16)!
Romans 9:10-13 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (KJV) . . . Isaac married Rebecca, who gave birth to twins. But, before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, God spoke to her. God told her: “The older son will serve the younger son.” God chose Jacob for a specific purpose, but He rejected Esau. WHY? Could it be that God knows all things, and we don’t?
Malachi 1:2-3 I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,  And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. (KJV) . . . God’s message here was “I have loved you.” This message applied specifically to Israel, but it brings hope to all people. God loves all people because He made them all; but His eternal rewards go only to those who are faithful to Him. “Esau I have hated” means that God chose Jacob, not Esau, to be the father of the nation Israel, through which the Messiah would come. Esau did father the nation Edom, which later became one of Israel’s worst enemies. Because God chose Jacob and his descendants as the nation through whom the world would be blessed (Gen 12:1-3), God cared for them in a special way. So sad to say, Israel rejected God after He chosen them. Israel was insensitive to God’s love, also to their own wickedness, like SO many people today! God’s love is often least recognized where it is made most clear. What about us? Can we learn a lesson from this?
Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother? Why did God favor Jacob over Esau? God’s wrath was most severe to the angels “who kept not their first estate” (jude.1:6), and yet He provided salvation for man. This reveals God’s harshness to those rebellious and defiant; and His goodness to those graciously and freely saved. The sovereign (He can do as He pleases) purpose of God is the only answer to this. He shows favor to one, and withholds from another. We cannot and should not question Almighty God, who illustrates His sovereignty, reverence and patience in election.
Esau was not chosen as was Jacob, (check out Luke 14:26, with Matthew 10:37; Genesis 29:30-31; Deut. 21:15-16). There might be rationalism for preferring the child of Sarah, as being Abraham's true and first wife, both to the child of Hagar, Sarah's maid, and to the children of Keturah, Abraham’s second wife. But, not so in the case of Rebecca. She was Isaac's only wife. The choice by God, of her son Jacob was the choice of one of two sons by the same mother; the younger preferred to the elder, and before either of them was born! Thus before either had done any good or any evil was a ground of preference by omniscience (God’s knowing all things). God knew the hearts of both children even before they were born. God made a perfect and faultless choice in that case and millions of others.
Can we say there unrighteousness with God? Absolutely NOT! God forbid! This is the first of two objections to the doctrine of election; that God chooses one and rejects another, not because of their works, but purely in exercising His own good pleasure. Is this doctrine inconsistent with the justice of God? NO!
There is a second objection. If God chooses and rejects, pardons and punishes those whom He pleases, why are those blamed if they are rejected by Him? It is blasphemy and brazenness on the creature’s part to accuse or incriminate the Creator. We do not know all things as does our Almighty Creator, not now, not ever. God knows everything, before they happen! He in His infinite wisdom never makes a mistake! How can we, with our total lack of eternal wisdom ever judge our God?
Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. [KJV] . . . Former predictions of God, now fulfilled, are proof that we ought to trust in Him alone as God. Before there is the slightest sign to a coming event, God foretells it.
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: [KJV] . . . Only God knows what is going to happen even before it takes place. And everything He plans will come to pass. Count on it!
The salvation of a sinner begins with a humble and contrite heart, one that trembles at God’s Word (Isa.66:5). Godly sorrow must be shown in the working of true repentance. We are elected (predestined) only to salvation (eternal life in Heaven), not condemnation to Hell as I previously stated. We, like Esau have a choice, a free will (John 6:37), but only God knows what decision we will make. He knows it even before we are born. IF you have chosen Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, you have been predestined for Heaven. If not, do so today. It’s not too late. The Father’s will is, that not one of those who were given to the Son, should be rejected or lost by Him (John 10:28-29). There are none willing to be saved in the humbling, holy manner, but God draws us with His Word and the Holy Spirit. It is our choice . . . receive the grace of God offered or reject it! SO many people choose NOT to believe God (1 John 5:10), and refuse to reach out and accept the Gift of eternal life.
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. [KJV] . . . “Him that cometh to Me,” and “whosoever will,” throws the door wide open. It is not only our being willing, but our actually coming; whom He will not cast out. “In no wise” is very comforting! NO way will we be cast out IF we come to Jesus! So then, salvation is by election, but also free will. We can say yes OR no to God’s offer!
SAYING I’M GRATEFUL
Saying I’m grateful just scratches the surface,
How I thank Him for His amazing grace!
Nothing I did, made God predestine me,
Yet I’ll live with Him, for eternity!
Predestinated, to become God’s own child,
Ev’n tho’ my nature is totally defil’d!
He chose me before, He created the world,
My life, before Him, completely unfurl’d!
I can take no credit, no, none at all,
But I can be grateful, I heard His call!
I don’t deserve His mercy and His love,
Yet He reached down and chose me, from Heav’n above!
Saying I’m grateful; ‘tis not enough to say,
For my heart and soul, rejoice ev’ry day!
I’ll praise You always, for Your awesome grace,
I look so to the day when I see Your Face!
Saying I’m grateful, are just words I speak,
It’s the nearness of, Your Presence I seek!
I’ll praise You now, and eternity thru’,
My eternal soul will always thank You!
Saying I’m grateful, is a very small thing,
For Your choosing me, wondrous blessings bring!
According to the good pleasure of Thy will,
My entire being, Your Spirit does fill!
I’m so grateful, You chose me long ago,
But why You chose me, I surely don’t know!
I’ll say I’m grateful, till I’m home with You,
For privileged I am, to be one of the “few”.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer June 5, 2002 # 879
(Eph. 1:4-7, 11; 2 Thes. 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; John 15:16;
Rom. 9:4, 16, 21; 10:10-13; Mal. 1:2-3; Is. 42:9; 46:10)
The doctrine of election is very difficult to understand. It does NOT matter who you are, God has sent out a valid offer to you, and that Offer is none other than Christ Jesus who has died on the cross for the sins of the world (yours included).
IF you hear His Voice and respond to Him, you are one of the elect! But, you cannot hide and say “I’m not one of the elect,” and you can’t straddle the fence, you must decide! You are either for Jesus, OR you are against Him! (Mat. 12:30). It’s as simple as that. There is NO gray area . . . it’s either black or white! D.L. Moody had a very odd way of putting it: “The whosoeverwills are the elect, and the whosoeverwon’ts are the non-elect.”
Charles Spurgeon once said: “God chose me before I came into the world, because if He had waited until I got here, He never would have chosen me.” God chose believers in Christ before the “foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4), in eternity long ago. He did not choose us because we were good, or because we might do good someday, but because He knew we would one day believe in His precious and Holy Son! Our election is based solely on the sovereignty of God, and His love, goodness and supreme wisdom. It is His ultimate grace that saves us. We must know and experience God’s grace before we can ever experience His peace. We must remember that the Source of ALL blessings is God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Election is God choosing us because He knew we would choose Jesus. People are not lost because they have not been elected, they are lost because they are sinners (John 9:31). They do not worship God, nor obey Him by accepting His Son. Everyone has a free will to make their own decision. ALL lost people make their own choice. ALL people must determine for themselves what choice they will make. Will they accept Jesus? Or reject Him? Your eternal destiny depends on this decision!
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. [KJV]
1 John 5:12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV]
Justification is a legal term, the opposite of condemnation. It is the judicial act of God, by which He pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ. He then accounts, accepts and treats them as righteous (free from blame) in the eye of His Law. Besides pardoning sin, all the claims of the law are satisfied in respect of the justified. It is the act of a judge and not of a sovereign. God’s law is not relaxed or set aside, but is declared to be fulfilled. The justified person is entitled to all the advantages and rewards, just as if we had perfectly obeyed the law.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV) . . . Before we are justified by the Blood of Jesus, we are God’s enemies.
Romans 5:9-10 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV) . . . Since we have been made right in God’s sight by the Blood of Christ, we shall be saved from God’s wrath and Hell. When God looks down on believers in Christ, He does not see us or our sins, He sees the precious Blood of Jesus! And God the Father will never turn His Back on the precious Blood of His Son. We shall be delivered from eternal punishment, for we are no longer God’s enemies. We have been restored to friendship with God, when we believed and accepted Jesus and what He did for us.
To be justified means God credits our over drawn account with the perfect righteousness of Jesus. Instead of being full of sin in God’s eyes, we now are pure and holy to God. Justified = just as if I’d never sinned! How wonderful this is! Thank You Jesus!
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (KJV) . . .
Jesus fulfilled the whole purpose of the law. All who believe in Him are made right with God. Justification is not forgiveness without righteousness. It is our being totally forgiven AND too, our being made right by the perfect righteousness of Jesus.
2 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. (KJV) . . . God planned that Christ, who never sinned, would be the Offering for our sin. Only through Jesus can we be made right with God!
Romans 4:6-8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. (KJV) . . . Undeserving sinners are declared to be righteous! Our sin and disobedience is forgiven; our sins are out of God’s sight. There is great joy for those who are justified by the Lord.
Faith is a condition, not because it has any worth or value, but because it is the only instrument by which our soul recognizes and appreciates Christ and His righteousness.
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the 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. (KJV) . . . We become right with God, NOT by doing what the law demands, but only by faith in Christ Jesus. Belief in Christ Jesus, entitles us to be accepted by God. Because of our faith in Christ, NOT because we have obeyed the law, we are justified. NO one will ever be saved by obeying the law. Our faith in Jesus secures our justification.
Justification cannot be obtained by our merits. We can take NO credit for our justification. Not by any works we could ever do, not by living a good moral life, not by rites and ceremonies, not by donating to the church, not by belonging to a certain denomination; but only through faith in Christ Jesus. It is a free gift, an absolutely FREE GIFT! It comes completely and only from the grace of God, and only to those who receive it by faith in Jesus our Lord.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (KJV) . . . The Gospel shows us just how righteous God is in His plan for us to be saved. It also shows us how we may be made fit for eternal life, and that is only by faith in Christ. Trusting Jesus gives us eternal life. We are justified, and we walk with Jesus strictly by faith.
Romans 3:25-26 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (KJV) . . . God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger toward us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His Blood, and sacrificed His Life for us. God is completely fair and just when He justifies sinners in His sight when they believe in Jesus.
Christ died in our place, for our sins. God is justifiably angry at ALL sinners, for they have rebelled against Him and cut themselves off from His life-giving power. Christ takes our place, having paid the penalty of death for our sin, and He completely satisfies ALL God’s demands. His Sacrifice brings pardon, deliverance and freedom.
Observing the Jewish laws cannot justify us, neither can the Ten Commandments. NO law can ever make us acceptable to God because we simply cannot keep them. But, Jesus DID keep all the Law (1 Peter 1:19,22), so the only way we can ever please God is accept what Jesus did for us.
Philippians 3:8-11 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (KJV) . . . Everything is worthless when compared with knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Everything is as garbage, trash, compared to Christ. My own goodness or my obedience to God’s law, can never save me. I must trust Christ alone to save me. All this depends on faith. Lord, let me know You and experience the mighty power that raised You from the dead. And one day I too will experience my resurrection from the dead!
TRUE knowledge of Christ changes us, so completely. TRUE believers prefer Christ, knowing that it is far better for us to be without worldly riches, than to be without Christ and His Word. Righteousness is provided for us in Christ Jesus, and His righteousness is complete and perfect! No one can benefit if they trust in themselves. Faith is the only means of applying His righteousness to us; faith in Christ’s Blood. We should be willing to do or to suffer anything, to give up anything, that we may gain Christ. Hope of eternal life can carry us through all problems. This is impossible to achieve on our own. It comes only through the merit and righteousness of Christ Jesus. Praise Him!
More verses on justification.
Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (KJV) . . . Forgiveness of sins and freedom from guilt are available to us when we have faith in Christ. Have you been justified?
Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (KJV) . . . Having chosen us, He called us to come to Him. He then justified us and promised us glory.
Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (KJV) . . . Abraham believed God, and God declared him righteous because of his faith. God’s plan has not changed. We still must believe Him to be declared righteous. Unless you believe that Jesus is who He said He is, you will die in your sins (John 8:24).
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (KJV) . . . God declared us not guilty because of His great kindness, when we trusted in Jesus. Because of this, we know that we will inherit eternal life.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (KJV) Faith = resting in what Christ has done for us in the past, but also what He will do for us now and in the future.
See saving faith: http://www.godcannotlie.org/saving_faith.htm
AMAZING BUT TRUE
‘Tis amazing, but it is so true,
Our Creator God, loves me and you!
He sent His Son to die for our sins,
When we believe, eternal life begins!
‘Tis amazing, but it is so true,
When we believe, God forgives me and you!
God will condemn those who won’t believe,
Rejection of Christ, means Hell you receive.
‘Tis amazing, but it is so true,
We’ll be accountable, me and you!
A dreadful sin to God, is unbelief,
Rejection of Christ gives eternal grief.
‘Tis amazing, but it is so true,
Belief makes us God’s friends, me and you.
He will make us His child, and His heir,
And the joy of Heav’n, we’ll all share.
‘Tis amazing, but it is so true,
Reserv’d mansions await me and you!
When to Christ, we open our heart’s door,
Abundant blessings from Him will pour!
‘Tis amazing, but it is so true,
God truly does love both me and you!
Everlasting glory waits above,
When we accept God’s amazing love!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Oct.19, 2000 # 746
Propitiation is a very big word that most people do not understand. Propitious means favorably inclined, gracious, promising, encouraging, beneficial and hopeful; and all this is consistent with God’s character to pardon and bless sinners. Propitiation does not make God loving; but it causes Him to exercise His love towards us. Propitiation also means atonement, or to cover.
In the tabernacle, in the Holy of Holies, was the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was a chest made of acacia wood, overlaid with pure gold. It was covered with a lid of solid gold, which was called the “mercy seat” (Ex.25:10-40; 30:6; Num. 6:89). It was here, in the Holy of Holies, that Israel met with God through the high priest, once a year. Only once a year, the high priest went into this highly reverent place, to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat. This is what made it a mercy seat. They could meet with God ONLY in this way! God made it clear to Israel, “You come to God on His conditions, or you don’t come at all.”
Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (KJV) . . . In this verse, “mercy-seat” is implied, also meaning reconciliation by blood. Christ has been set forth as our propitiation, our atonement!
Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. [KJV] . . . Jesus Himself is our Mercy Seat! He died on the cross, shedding His precious Blood for our sins.
Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, [KJV] . . . Christ Jesus has made compensation for our sins, so we can now go directly to God’s awesome Throne of grace with boldness and courage (Rom.5:1-2; Eph.3:12; Heb.10:19). God’s Throne is a Throne of grace because there is mercy there for us! That is what Jesus did for us; made us able to go directly to Almighty God Himself! We need NO priest, for Christ Jesus is the only Priest we will ever need!
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; [KJV] . . . At the moment of Jesus’ death, the curtain in the Temple was torn in two; and notice: “from the top to the bottom.” Man did NOT tear this curtain! God did! This veil (curtain) was big and high. Read about the veils (Exodus 26:1-13; 31-37; 36:8-17).
The veil in the Holy of Holies symbolizes Jesus’ Body. When His Body was “rent” (torn) on the cross, when He had paid the penalty (death) for OUR sins, the way to God was opened to our direct access! We need NO priest, NO pastor, NO man to mediate for us; for Christ Jesus is the only Mediator, the only Advocate we need (1 John 2:1; 1 Peter 2:9-10). He and He alone is worthy of our trust. He and He alone is the Way to God the Father, and to Heaven (John 14:6; Acts. 4:12).
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (KJV) . . . Jesus Christ is the One and Only atoning Sacrifice for our sins. Only He can stand before God as our Mediator because His death satisfied God’s wrath against sin and paid the full penalty for our sin (death, Rom. 6:23). So, Christ satisfies God’s requirement and removes our sin. Only in Christ are we ever forgiven and purified.
Sometimes it is difficult for us to forgive those who wrong us. Can you imagine how hard it would be to forgive everyone, no matter what they had done? This is what God has done! When we believe in faith, and accept Jesus and what He has done for us, we are forgiven; no matter who we are or what we have done, all is forgiven! All a person has to do is turn from their sin, confess it before God and receive Christ’s forgiveness, then commit their life to Him.
Let’s discuss “confess” for a moment. It means that we agree with God, that He is right, and we are wrong. It means we want to be God’s friend, not His enemy. It means we see our sin from God’s viewpoint. We see just how terrible it is. When we “repent” (turn away from our sin), we must go in the complete opposite direction, AWAY from sin! A 180 degree turn! But it also means we regret what we have done, we are sorry for what we have done, we have remorse for what we have done. Because we now see that sin through God’s eyes, we know it is wrong, and we sincerely desire to confess it, be forgiven and run from it the next time.
Now, let’s discuss “commit.” This is vital, critical, very important, necessary and essential to being “born again.” You must make a serious and total commitment to Jesus. You must trust Him with your entire being. God doesn’t want just a part of you, He wants ALL of you. You will learn that the more you give of yourself to God, the more He will bless you. Don’t hold back anything! Everything you are, everything you have, be willing to give it to God. This is what pleases God.
Commitment is choosing Christ over someone else. This may be hard at times. We must be willing to stay true to Christ no matter what!
Luke 9:23-26 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (KJV)
1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (KJV) . . . Christ is our Sacrifice of atonement. He died in our place, for our sins. God has a perfect right to be angry at sinners. They have refused to believe Him, they have willingly rebelled against Him. But God declares Christ’s death to be the suitable, specified sacrifice for our sin. Christ willingly stood in our place, paying the penalty (death) for our sin. He completely satisfied God’s demands. His Sacrifice brings pardon, deliverance, and freedom to those who by faith believe in Him. Christ Jesus is a propitiation for sin through faith in His Blood.
Other verses on propitiation.
Romans 5:10-11 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (KJV) . . . Since we were made friends with God by Jesus’ death while we were still His enemies, we certainly will be delivered from eternal punishment by His life. Let us rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God, because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (KJV) . . . Our new life is from God, who made us His friends by what Christ did. And God has given us the job of reconciling people to Him. Most people neglect this job, and by neglecting it they disobey the Lord (Mat.28:19). This is NOT an option, this is necessary IF we want to be His disciples. God in Christ, reconciles the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message we must tell others.
Colossians 1:20-22 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled:  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: (KJV) . . . Only by Christ Jesus does God reconcile “all things” to Himself. Jesus made peace with everything in Heaven and on Earth when He died on the cross. This includes all of us who were once far away from God. We were God’s enemies (Rom.5:10), separated from Him by our evil words, thoughts and actions. But Jesus has made us God’s friends. He has brought us into the very Presence of God, and we are holy and blameless as we stand before Him without a single fault.
There are many things in God’s Word that I don’t understand. I ‘teach’ God’s Word, and cannot explain so much of it. I cannot explain exactly how propitiation takes place, but I believe it! Once I was a sinner, doomed to Hell, now I am on the narrow road leading to Heaven, thanks be to Jesus, my Saviour and Lord. I in myself am not worthy of eternal life. But because Jesus died for my sins and I believe this, I am God’s friend. I will live in Heaven one day. I honor and praise You Lord Jesus and I thank You for what You have done for me!
Satan stands firm in accusing me,
Of all my sins and iniquities.
But I need not worry ‘bout my fate,
For in Heav’n, I have an Advocate!
Satan accuses with mighty roars,
But he’ll never keep me from Heav’n’s door.
My Advocate always takes my side,
I’m secure, what ever may betide!
The devil accuses constantly,
I’m weak, and full of iniquity.
But my Advocate by me does stand,
An ultimate blessing, O so grand!
Satan’s accusations never quit,
But the Blood of Jesus does acquit.
My Advocate the Father will hear,
With Him on my side, I’ve nought to fear!
Tho’ Satan accuses, I have won,
The Father findeth no wrong I’ve done!
My wondrous Advocate stands up for me,
Frees me from sins and iniquity!
Tho’ my disquieted foe accuses,
God won’t hear him, He simply refuses.
Satan names all my sins, one by one,
Christ’s Blood paid for them all; I have won!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer July 31,1997 # 378
(Rev.12:10; Job 1:9-11; 2:7; Zec.3:1; Mt.4:1-11; 13:19,38,39;
Jn.8:44; 13:2; 17:11; 1 P.1:5; 5:7-8; 1 Jn.2:1; 2 Tim.1:12;
Jude 24; Heb.2:17; 4:14-15; 5:5; 7:25-27; 8:1; 10:19-23)
Redemption is buying back something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. Many Passages in the New Testament represent Christ’s sufferings, by the idea of a ransom or price. All these texts, refer to that of payment made for our redemption. The debt against us is not seen as simply canceled, but fully paid! Christ's Blood (His life) which He so willingly surrendered, is the “ransom” by which He delivered His people from the slavery of sin and from its penalty (death).
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [KJV] . . . Must we remain under God’s wrath? Is sin’s damage incurable? NO! God has prepared a Way for us. Faith in Christ Jesus is the answer!
Faith that justifies honors Christ as a Saviour, in all three of His anointed offices, Prophet, Priest and King. We must trust in Him, accept Him and cling to Him. His righteousness is placed upon us as a crown, as a robe (Mat. 22:11; Rev. 19:8). ALL people are welcome to God through Christ. It is the free grace of God, His mercy that redeems us, there is nothing we do to deserve such favor. It comes freely to us, but Christ bought it, paying a high price. Faith has special respect to the Blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. God hates sin, and nothing less than the Blood of Christ can satisfy it. God’s justice will not demand the debt from us, for Christ has paid it in full.
Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV) . . . In this verse Jesus plainly tells us why He came! Not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus often told His disciples that He must die; but here He told them why. To redeem ALL people (no matter what nation) from the bondage of sin and death. In today’s world, there are so many gods! My friend, there is only one TRUE God, and He is the eternal, Almighty Creator of the Bible! Jesus reveals here that only His death would save the disciples and the world. That means ALL people: red, yellow, black or white, no matter who you are or from what corner of the Earth you come from!
Our Lord speaks of His death in the terms applied to the sacrifices of the Old Testament. A sacrifice for the sins of mankind, and a true and substantial sacrifice. It was a ransom for many, sufficient for all, applied to many.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (KJV) . . . God’s love, mercy and kindness (grace) are abundantly rich. He purchased our freedom through Jesus’ Blood, and forgave our sins. We, as humbled, pardoned sinners must give all the praise of our salvation to God. He designed this plan of redemption, sparing not His own Son, so now believers can reach out and grab hold of this awesome GIFT (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8) of salvation.
When the Bible speaks of Jesus’ Blood, it means His death, and that points to two remarkable truths: redemption and forgiveness. Redemption was the price paid to gain freedom for a slave (Leviticus 25:47-54). By His death on the cross, Jesus paid the TOTAL price to release us from slavery to sin. Some churches teach salvation by works, some teach that religious rites and ceremonies can save you. These are FALSE doctrines! My friend, Jesus paid it ALL! All you have to do is reach out and take the Gift God so graciously offers through His Son Jesus. It is FREE! You don’t have to buy or do anything!
Forgiveness was granted by God in Old Testament times on the basis of the shedding of an animal’s blood (Lev.17:11). But, since Jesus’ death on the cross, we are forgiven on the basis of Jesus’ Blood. He died as the Perfect and Final Sacrifice. Once, for all (Heb.10:10), and again, I stress: ALL people the world over. No matter what the devil has people believing, Christ Jesus is the ONLY Way to God the Father, and Heaven! (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). There is ONLY one TRUE God.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV) . . . Jesus said the road to Heaven is “narrow”, but my friend, it is wide enough for the whole world . . . IF they choose to go that way! It is being strait (difficult) and narrow is a problem for most of the world. It is difficult because God tells us we must come to Him His way, or not at all. And most people simply will NOT accept this.
Grace is God’s voluntary and loving favor that we do not deserve. We cannot earn salvation. No effort we make, of any kind can gain the grace of God. It comes only from God, it is a gift. It is absolutely free! Without the grace of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, NO one can be saved. We must admit that we cannot save ourselves, admit that only God can save us, and admit the only way to receive grace is through faith in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (KJV) . . . God has brought you into union with Christ and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. Only by Christ Jesus can we made right with God; being set apart as God’s children (sanctified) and are set free.
1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (KJV) . . . Many people say they have the right to do whatever they want with their own bodies. They think this is freedom, but it really is being a slave to their own desires. True Christians are filled the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9), so therefore, our bodies belong to God. “Bought at a price” refers to slaves purchased at auction. Christ’s death freed us from sin, but it also obligates us to serve Him. If you rent a building to live in, you try not to violate the rules. Your body belongs to God, so you must not violate His standards for living.
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (KJV) . . . By our faith in Christ we receive redemption. By His atoning Blood, our sins are forgiven, and all other spiritual blessings are bestowed on us. Only by the grace of God can we be delivered from Satan’s kingdom and brought into the Kingdom of Christ.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (KJV) . . . Jesus offered His life’s Blood to redeem us, to purify us and to make us a people who belong to Him. Redemption not only frees from the sentence of death for our sin (Gen.2:16-17), but also purifies us from sin’s influence as we grow in Christ.
Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (KJV) . . . Once for all time Jesus took Blood into that Most Holy Place (Ex.25:10-40; 30:6), but not the blood of goats and calves; He took His own precious and Holy Blood, and with it He secured our salvation forever (for eternity). Once for all . . . NOT being put to death day after day in Catholic mass.
1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (KJV) God paid a ransom to save us from our sinful life. And this ransom was not mere gold or silver. The price paid for our redemption was the “precious Blood of Christ.” Gold and silver can be destroyed or polluted, but the Sacrifice of Christ’s Blood (life), is eternal and without defect or flaw. Israel’s redemption from Egypt required the blood of the paschal lamb, so too our redemption from sin and its curse requires the Blood of Christ.
His Name is the Name of all Majesty,
Christ Jesus, the King of Eternity.
Yet He humbled Himself, for all the world,
As He hung on the cross, great love unfurl’d.
His Name is well known, in lands far and near,
Even devils know it, trembling in fear.
Yet our gracious Saviour shows how He cares,
He never forsakes, He’s always there.
His Name is on the lips of all His own,
And all who accept Him, His Blood atones.
Yet millions reject Him, and turn away,
He doesn’t come to their mind, any day.
His Name is Great Judge, just and almighty,
From His Presence that day, you will not flee.
Yet most people stay on that Hell-bound path,
Not thinking that they will face His wrath.
His Name is the Name of all Majesty,
Christ Jesus whom God sent, for you and me.
Yet most won’t believe and trust in this Man,
God the Father’s only salvation Plan.
His Name is the sweetest Name, any where,
This humble Jesus, who shows us He cares.
Turn to Him now, and on His Name believe,
And a mansion in Heav’n, you shall receive.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Aug, 19, 2000 # 726
John 1:12-13; 3:3, 15-18, 36; 14:1-6; 1 John 5:10-12.
Sanctification is being set apart for God’s use. It is also becoming more and more like Christ Jesus, our Saviour and Lord, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is the moral reforming of our character, which is accomplished only by the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot do this on our own. Our whole new nature is under the influence of new beliefs and new desires implanted in our soul when we are regenerated. Sanctification carries on to perfection the work begun in regeneration.
Just as faith is needed in justification, propitiation and redemption; so too, faith is vital (a must) in sanctification. Faith: (1.) Firmly secures our union to Christ. Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV) . . .
When we trust Jesus by faith, God looks at us as if we had died with Him. And because our sins died with Him (Gal. 2:20; 5:24), we are no longer condemned by God to Hell (John 3:18). In our relationship, we become one with Christ. Our Christian life began when we died to our old life (Romans 6:5-11), when we were united with Him. As we live our daily life, we must repeatedly crucify any and all sinful desires that keep us from following Christ. This also is a kind of dying with Him. Let’s trust and obey Jesus in our lives.
Faith: (2.) Brings true believers into constant contact with the Truth. We are led by and willingly yield to, and obey our Lord. We should embrace the Promises of God for this life and the life which is to come.
Perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life. The more holy a person is, the more humble he or she is, and we become more sensitive to every sin, thus causing us to cling ever so closely to Christ. The best Christians are those who are least likely to claim perfection for themselves. They instead feel so unworthy (Mat. 3:11; 8:8; 25:37; Luke 5:8; John 13:8; 1 Cor. 15:9; Eph. 3:8; 1 Tim. 1:15).
Romans 6:1 to 8:39 deals with sanctification. Romans chapter 6 explains that believers are free from sin’s control. Romans chapter 7 talks about the persistent struggle believers have with sin. Romans chapter 8 tells us how we can have victory over sin. But, just because God’s mercy is abundant and available to us, does not mean we can live carelessly and forget about morality.
Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [KJV] . . . As believers, we stand in a place of highest privilege “this grace wherein we stand.” Not only has God declared us not guilty; He has drawn us close to Himself. Instead of being enemies, we have been set apart as His friends and in fact, His own children! A tremendous privilege indeed! (1 John 3:1).
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:(KJV) . . . True believers, are in contrast to those that “glory” in worldly wisdom and greatness. We are “in Christ” by living in union with Him. True believers no longer are “in the flesh” (1 Cor. 1:26, 29). Christ Jesus is made unto us “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” Without Jesus, we are not and cannot be or have any of these things! But with Him, we become wise unto salvation, where once we simply were fools. Just what is wisdom???
It is knowing God, it is believing God and it is trusting God!
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (KJV) . . . Are you a believer in Christ Jesus? If so, do you remember what you were like before you opened the door of your heart to Him? I do! And I don’t even want to think about it! Believe me, I needed “washed.” My sins were as scarlet. Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (KJV)
But, one day, I finally opened the door of my heart to Him. As one person once said: “I took it off the hinges and threw it away so I could never shut it against Him again.” When Jesus came in, He washed my sins away! He set me apart for God. He made me right with God, once and for always! Will I sin again? YES! Every day I do something to displease God. But when I mourn for my sins in sincere sorrow (James 4:9) and confess my sins, God will forgive me because of His Son (1 John 1:9), who is there on the right hand of God (Eph.1:20; Col. 3:1; 1 Pet.3:22; Heb.1:3, 13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2) on my behalf (1 John 2:1).
Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, (KJV) . . . Both Jesus and those who are made pure by Him, all have the same Father in Heaven. And Jesus is not ashamed to call us His family. He purifies people from their sins, thus setting us apart for God’s service. We are cleansed, and made right by faith in the Blood of Jesus. Because God has adopted ALL true believers as His children, Jesus calls them His brothers and sisters.
Christ Jesus sanctifies us. He has purchased us and sent the sanctifying Spirit. True believers are sanctified, endowed (gifted) with holy principles and powers. We are set apart for the high and holy uses and purposes of God the Father. This verse states “He is not ashamed to call them brethren,” and it declares that Christ Jesus is highly superior to our human nature.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (KJV) . . . With one sacrifice (His life), Jesus has made perfect forever those who are purified from sin. Only Jesus can perfect us. Only Jesus can make us holy. Only through His death and resurrection (the one offering), Christ, once for all made believers in Him accepted in God’s sight. Christ continues to sanctify us daily (make us more like Him). We will never be perfect until we receive our new bodies, but we strive to walk in His footsteps. We must apply Scripture to all areas of our lives, accept the discipline and guidance Christ provides, and allow Him to control all our desires and goals.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (KJV) . . . Only the Bible has the Truth, and we must first hear (or read) it to be sanctified.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: (KJV) . . . God wants you to be holy and pure and completely free from any sexual immorality. Just because “everybody is doing it” does NOT mean it is right! Just because times have changed, does NOT mean God has changed! Sin is sin to Him, thousands of years ago, and too, today! You cannot practice sin and be sanctified.
Psalm 24:3-5 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (KJV) . . . Who has the right to go to God’s home (Heaven)? Those who are pure in actions and thoughts, those who do not worship idols or make false promises. We can be pure in thoughts, words or deeds only through Jesus! And only He can sanctify us. Only then will God bless us and declare not guilty in the courts of Heaven.
The more I think, of what Jesus said,
The more, for the lost ones, I feel great dread!
Just a “few” find the strait and narrow path,
Leading to Heav’n, away from God’s wrath!
Just a “few” will find, life eternally,
Most folk, from our precious Lord will flee!
They blaspheme God, and His wondrous Son,
They can’t see; just thru’ Christ, is Heav’n won!
So very many, walk that road, big and wide,
They never do consider; in Christ to abide!
That wide road is easy, Satan makes it so,
Tempting one and all, to ‘go with the flow.’
Just a “few” lonely souls, walk the narrow trail,
Looking to Jesus, to comfort and avail.
This way may bring, trouble and distress,
But only on this road, will our God bless!
The more I think, of what Jesus told,
I know just a “few” will make it to God’s “fold!
Most are in a hurry, on their way to Hell,
Where they in agony, forever will dwell!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Nov.12, 1999 #580
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV)
Glorification is the ultimate state of the believer after their death, when he or she becomes in likeness to Christ.
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (KJV) . . . There is a price to be paid for being identified with Jesus. Along with many great spiritual treasures, there will also be times when we will suffer. What sufferings will we have to endure? For first-century believers, there was economic and social persecution; some even faced death. We too must pay a price for following Jesus. To live as Jesus did, by serving others, we give up some of our own rights. And we may face persecution from others, including our own families (Mat. 10:32-40; 16:24-26; 19:29-30). But nothing we suffer can compare to the great price that Jesus paid to save us.
Romans 8:18-19 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (KJV). . . Sin has been, is and will be, the main cause of all the suffering that exists in the world today. It has brought terrible woes on the Earth. As to mankind, our tears that we shed, our groans that we mutter, our pain we feel in body or mind, all have come from sin. But as we consider what we suffer at this present time, we must know that it cannot be compared with the glory that is going to be revealed to us one day. All Creation waits with eager longing for God to reveal His children.
Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (KJV) . . . God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [KJV] . . . As we become more and more like Jesus, we discover our true selves, the persons God intended for us to be. How can we be conformed (adapt, become similar) to Christ’s likeness? By reading and obeying God’s Word, by studying how Jesus lived while He was on Earth, by being filled with His Spirit, and by serving Him in the world.
The entire human race deserves destruction; (Rom. 3:10-11, 23) but for reasons not made known to us, God is set on recovering some souls by regeneration and the power of His amazing grace. He determined beforehand that they should be conformed to the image of His Son. In this life we are only partially renewed, but in the life to come we will receive new, glorious bodies that will never, ever sin again! We will be the people we were meant to be! We will be fit to be residents of God’s home (Heaven), all because of Jesus!
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV) . . . The bodies we will receive when we are raised from the dead will be “glorious,” similar to Christ’s resurrected body. Those believers who struggle with pain, physical limitations or disabilities can look forward with wonderful hope to the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? (KJV) . . . I have heard many people ask: “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will we have?” Our resurrected bodies will be better than we can imagine, for they will be made to live forever. I think we will still have our own personalities and characters, although they will be perfected through Christ’s work. The Bible does not reveal everything about our resurrected bodies; but we do know they will be perfect, and without sickness or disease. Our resurrected bodies will be very different in some but not all ways, from our earthly bodies.
It is absolutely necessary that we receive these new glorified bodies, or we will not be permitted access to Heaven, for NO sin or evil, or corruption of any kind will be in Heaven! And our name must be written in the Book of Life.
Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. [KJV] . . . NOTHING impure or unclean will enter the city (Heaven), nor anyone who does wicked things or tells lies. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will ever enter into Heaven!
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. [KJV] . . . Cowards, traitors, perverts, murderers, those living immoral lives, those who practice magic, those who worship idols, and all liars will NOT enter Heaven. The place for these people is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, which is the second death (Hell).
2 Corinthians 5:1-8 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV) . . .
Physical Bodies Resurrection Bodies
Sown in dishonor Raised in glory
Sown in weakness Raised in power
From the dust From heaven
We all have bodies, each different from one another. We each have different strengths and weaknesses. All TRUE believers are promised life after death and bodies like Christ’s resurrection body. (1 Cor. 15:49).
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [KJV] . . . This is speaking of the Rapture when Christ shall come in the clouds to take true believers home! When that trumpet sounds, we all shall be changed in an instant, as quickly as the blinking of an eye. For when the trumpet sounds, the dead will be raised, never to die again, and we shall all be changed to those new glorified bodies like that of Christ.
Our Future Life . . . Things Eliminated
No More Sea Rev. 21:1; No Sorrow Rev. 21:4; No Crying Rev. 21:4; No Pain Rev. 21:4; No Curse Rev 22:3; No Night Rev. 22:5; No Death Rev. 21:4.
Isa. 25:8; Hos. 13:14; Mt. 12:40; Mk. 5:42; Rom. 6:9; 1 Cor. 15:26; 15:54; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:14; Rev. 1:18; 20:14; 21:4.
Eze. 34:29; Mt. 13:43; Lu. 9:30-31; Rom. 8:17; 1Cor. 15:43; 15:51; 15:54; Eph. 2:6;
Phil. 1:23; 3:21; Col. 3:4 2 Thes. 2:14; Heb. 2:10; 1Pet. 1:7; 4:13; 5:1; Jude 24;
Rev. 7:9; 7:15; 14:1; 22:5.
Ps. 73:24; 84:11; Rom. 2:7; 8:18; 8:30; 2Cor. 4:17; Eph. 1:18; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:1; 5:10.
Joy In Christ’s Presence
Ps. 16:11; Mt. 17:4; Mk. 5:18; Lu. 22:30; 23:43; Jn. 11:32; 12:26; 14:3; 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:8;
Phil. 1:23; 1 Thes. 2:19; 4:17; 5:10; Rev. 7:15
You probably have noticed that I stress the fact that only TRUE believers will ever get to Heaven. This is because there are so many who call themselves “Christians” who are not God’s children! IF you watch their lives, you know they do not belong to Christ. Like a dear old lady in one of my classes years ago stated: “You can’t go to church on Sunday and live like the devil the rest of the week.” So, so true!
A person must be truly sincere about accepting Christ Jesus. I have seen many people walk the isle in the church, tears streaming down their face. But, it is no time at all that they go back to their old way of life. Are they truly saved? Only God knows for certain, but it is extremely doubtful!
In the parable of the sower (Mat.13:3-9), Jesus tells us of the different ways people respond to the Gospel. The “wayside” is hard packed ground along the road side, representing hard hearts, no understanding and don’t want any. “Stony places” is rocky ground with very little earth, no depth. These receive the Word at first very warmly and emotionally; but let any persecution or tribulation come their way and they quickly back off Jesus. “Thorns” represent the world. Riches and material things simply choke out the Word of God. “Good ground” represents those who hear the Word, receive it into their hearts; understand it and bear fruit to the glory of God. Which of these are you?
We must believe that Jesus is who He says He is, and will do what He said He will do. We must trust Him in every aspect of our lives; and we must obey Him! Trust is only half of it. We must obey Him as well. We must make a whole hearted commitment to Jesus, because my friend, He made one to us! We must have a personal relationship with Him, for only that enables us to be God’s children, and only God’s TRUE children will ever make it to Heaven. Only Jesus can keep you on that narrow road! Trust Him, obey Him! I guarantee you, you won’t regret it, for you will live with Him forever!
A HEART-BEAT AWAY
Tho’ you may have great burdens to bear,
There is a Dear One, who truly does care!
Open your heart to Him, this very day,
For Jesus is just a heart-beat away!
Tho’ your heart is filled with sorrow and pain,
The comfort of Christ can give you great gain!
‘Tis amazing, His wondrous peace and rest,
The love of Jesus is always the best!
Are you filled with mental agony?
Christ Jesus can give you serenity!
He can remove your heart and soul’s stress,
With awesome contentment; He will bless!
So many grand blessings Christ holds in store,
When we open wide our aching heart’s door!
Always present, He won’t forsake nor leave,
No need for our sad heart, ever to grieve!
Turn to our Lord Jesus, this very day,
He’s very near; just a heart-beat away!
Your journey in life can be Heaven bound,
And His great blessings will simply astound!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Oct.19, 2000 # 744
God gives believers so many blessings, but by far, the greatest One of all, is Jesus! He is the Vine, and our strength, nourishment, encouragement and comfort can come only through Him! If you don’t know Jesus, you miss out on so very much!
Books You Should Read
Amazing Grace of God, The
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Believe, What does it Mean to Believe?
But I Say To You
Characteristics of Christ
Christ Is The DOOR
Come Unto Me
Crucial and Important Doctrines in Romans
Do You Want To Go To Heaven?
Eternal Security . . . Once Saved, Always Saved!
Faith in the Bible
God's Kind of Love
God's Will, What Is It?
God Controls His Creation
Heaven vs Hell
Hungering and Thirsting for God
Living With ETERNITY in Mind
Our Awesome Triune God
Parables of Jesus
Pride, Violence, Sexual Lust
Privileges of Believers
Security of Believers
Sin and Forgiveness
Sovereignty of God
The Great Tribulation
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
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