Vol. 32, No. 7 July, 2008
“HOW THEN CAN A MAN BE JUSTIFIED WITH GOD?”
By Dr. George Mills
The Book of Job is a most unusual Book. It goes from the low, to the lofty, from despair, to hope, from defeat, to victory, from shame to glory, from worldly advice, to Godly counsel. Read this wonderful Book to be wise.
Since man sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, and fell from that position of perfect fellowship with God, man has wondered about the future, “What about eternity? Just what’s out there? What’s beyond the horizon of life? While there are many questions asked in the Book of Job, Let me share at least 5 questions. Perhaps the answers to these questions will help someone settle these issues…
1. “Dost Thou not watch over my sin?”
2. “If a man die, shall he live again?”
3. “Man giveth up the ghost, and where
is he?” (Job 14:10)
4. “Bringeth me into judgment with
Thee?” (Job 14:3)
5. “How should a man be Just with
God?” (Job 9:2). (25:4)
Today, let us carefully examine the Scriptures. What does the Bible say? After all, the only things we know about God, Creation, the future, Heaven and hell is what the Bible tells us. I am glad that we have the Inspired, Preserved Word of God to go to for the answers.
1. “Dost Thou not watch over my sin?”
Does God know about me? Does He know where I am? Is He keeping record? Just how much does God know” The Bible, (KJB) has answers…
“O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting
and mine uprising, Thou understandeth my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path, and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into Heaven, Thou art there. If I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the
(cont’d pg 2)
morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me and Thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee, but the night shineth as the day, the darkness and light are both alike to Thee. For Thou hast possessed my reins; Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.” (Psa 139:1-13) The Psalmist said that God knows everything there is to know about me. Even when I was being fashioned in my Mother’s womb, God knew me, and you. He knows where you are, and He knows how you are. He knows more about you than your parents know about you. He knows more about you than you know about yourself. God knows our thoughts, and our deeds. Have you that secret that no one knows, not even your closest friend, or your mate? God knows. There is an eye that sees all. Accurate records are kept. Everything is recorded in the Books (Rev. 20:11-15). Sometime ago I destroyed several old broadcast tapes. They had been on a shelf in my office for years. I was just curious, do these things still work? Is my voice still on these tapes, or has it been erased. I put one in the recorder and pushed the “play” button, and would you know it, there was my voice, just as clear as it was years before when I recorded it. I thought to myself, “If man can invent something like this, which keeps the voice, and play it again after many years, just think of what God has is store for mankind.” Yes. He knows all about our sin.
2. “IF a man die, shall he live again?”
Is there life after death? Down through the years there has been much discussion on this subject. Many books have been written, and many programs on this subject are on TV quite frequently. “Shall man live again?”
(A) History says NO. Where are the people who once lived and made their mark? Where are the ones who made the great monuments, the great temples. Where are the great world leaders of past generations? We find their graves, and we find graves that were hidden on purpose, but do they live again? History says NO!
(B) Science says NO. Science has learned so much about our body. They have to agree with the Psalmist, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Science has learned to transplant the heart, the lungs, the liver and other vital organs. I praise God for the progress medical science has made in the care of the human body. But one day, medical science will fold it’s hands and say, “That’s as far as we can go.” We will die. Science has done it’s best, but we die. But, “If a man die shall he live again?”
(C) Every cemetery says NO. Man will not live again. There are the graves, there are the markers and tombstones. Every cemetery says, “I still have your loved ones, man shall NOT live again.”
What does the Bible (KJB) have to say about this? Can we find out from someone who has gone before? Job said, “For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reigns be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27). Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet SHALL HE LIVE. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (Jn 11:25-26).
IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF “SHALL A MAN LIVE AGAIN,” BUT WHERE SHALL A MAN LIVE. This brings us to the third point…
3. “Man giveth up the ghost, and where
Where does a man go when he die? Is he asleep? Just recently I was watching a telecast. The speaker was answering this question. He said that when we die, our body, soul and spirit all together are placed in the grave awaiting the resurrection day. What does the Bible say…
“There was a certain rich man which was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus which laid at his gate, full of sores. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And in hell he lifted up his eyes being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame…” (Luke 16:19-31) I believe the answer to our question is simple…Two men died…
(A) The Rich man died (v22). The Bible
says that he was buried. I suppose that he had the nicest funeral his money could buy. The city fathers probably attended his funeral. They may have spoken about his contributions to society and how he will be missed. But while they were eulogizing the man, while they were saying words over his body, he was very much alive. The man who dies without Christ goes to hell, there to spend eternity. There is not one bit of evidence that this rich man was saved. He did not die and go to hell because he was rich. He went to hell because of the word REPENT in v30.
“Except ye REPENT ye shall all likewise perish”
(B) The Beggar died, (v22). The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich, and the poor man did not go to paradise because he was poor. The word REPENT makes all the difference. This man also died. Nothing is said about a funeral. He died, and angels escorted him into Paradise. Where does a man go when he dies? If that man has trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour, he goes to be with Christ at death. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” (2Cor 5:1-8) (Phil 1:21-23).
The question is really not “SHALL A MAN LIVE?” but “WHERE SHALL A MAN LIVE.”
4. “Bringest me into judgment with
The question is simple, “Is God going to judge me? Will I stand before Him?” Again, our only source for answers is the Bible.
(A) The Saved Man. The man, or woman who has trusted the finished Work of
Christ. The one who has believed with the heart in the Atoning work, the Burial and Resurrection of Christ. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation.” (Ro. 10:9-10). Now, if you know Christ, you will stand before Him at the Judgment seat of Christ. “For we, (Christians) all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, that everyone may receive the things done in his body according to that he hath done whether it be good or bad.”(2Cor. 5:10) The Judgment Seat of Christ is NOT to find out if you are saved or not. You determine that now, in this life. Make sure of that today! No lost man will ever appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is a judgment of the believer’s works, his motives, his stewardship. This is a judgment to determine rewards for our service, for our faithfulness to Christ.
(B) The Unsaved man. This is the man who has not received Christ. Solomon wrote, “Rejoice O young man in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes. But know thou, that for all these things, GOD WILL BRING THEE INTO JUDGMENT.” (Eccl. 11:9) This echoes the advice of this fallen world. “Live it up, get all you can, laugh it up, go for it, the sky is the limit. Plenty of time for God, tomorrow.” The unsaved man or woman WILL stand before the Great White Throne Judgment… “And I saw a Great White Throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, (unsaved) small and great stand before God, and the books were open and another book was opened which is the Book of Life, and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev. 20:11-15). Now, your name may be registered at City Hall, the Courthouse, the Country Club, and all the lodges, all of the places of high recognition, but you make sure that your name is in the Book of Life. When you have trusted Christ alone, your name is in That Book of Life. I must go on to our next point in this message…
5. “How should man be just with
“God?” “How can man be justified
before God?” (Job 9:2, 25:4) In the ninth Chapter of Job, he has gotten no help from his friends. “I would like to plead my case to Him personally” He lists the great works of God. He made the earth, the mountains, He rules the heavens, the stars. “But it seems like He has just passed me by. Does He have any time for me?” Let’s see some of the thoughts of Job as he tries to reason some things that he might do in order to be Justified with God…
(A)”Suppose I try Positive Thinking?” The Bible says in v20, “If I Justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me. If I say I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.” “Just let me try to convince myself that I am alright with God. My words would just fall in front of me. I cannot convince myself.” The power of positive thinking has captured the minds of millions today. “Just change your thinking.” Sounds alright, but it will not work. Oh, that may change some habits, etc, but it will not make you right with God. We must get right with God, in God’s way.
(B) Now, let’s see v27-28, “Maybe if I will just be sorry. I will comfort myself in my sorrow.” Being sorry for our sin is a start, but just being sorry will never make one justified before god. The old Hymn writer said it like this;
“Could my tears forever flow,
Could my zeal no languor know,
These for sin could not atone,
Thou must save, and Thou alone,
In my hand no price I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling.
(C) Another thought, “Suppose I just clean up?” “If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean, Yet shalt Thou plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.” (v30-31) I will not wash in just any water, I will get snow from the hills. This is God’s Pure water. Surely this will make me clean.” I’ll just quit, I’ll stop, I’ll change, I’ll really clean up my act.” Job knew that man’s righteousness compared to God’s Righteousness is like a muddy ditch. “All of our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isa. 64:6).
(D) Another thought to ponder. Man has made this excuse for years. V33, “Neither is there any daysman betwixt us that might lay His hand upon us both.”
A Daysman is a MEDIATOR. One who intercedes. “If I could only find a mediator, one who would plead my case.”
Job felt so all alone. I cannot get into very much of the situation of God dealing with job. The questions from this text and the answers the Bible gives I trust will be a great help to you.
HOW CAN A MAN BE JUSTIFIED WITH GOD?
We have that MEDIATOR in Christ. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1Tim 2:5) “Therefore being Justified by Faith, we have peace with god through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ro. 5:1) When we believe what the Bible says about sin, about Christ, and our need of Him. When we, with that Repentant heart ask for God’s forgiveness, and tell Him that we receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ as our own Saviour, Then we are JUSTIFIED with God. Our future is secure in Christ.
Justification is the Legal act of God whereby he declares the sinner JUSTIFIED…Just-if-I’d Never sinned!
THINK ABOUT IT…If man could find Justification apart from Faith in the Finished Work of the Cross, then the Work of the Cross was not a finished work at all. In fact, the cross would have been the blunder of the ages. Thank God for the cry, IT IS FINISHED!
IF A MAN DIE, SHALL HE LIVE AGAIN? (Job 14:14)
By Pastor George Mills
If a man die, shall he live again?
Will he walk, will he talk, will he see?
Will he live in a place that knows no pain?
Will he live eternally?
Is all hope gone, when death has come,
To take us all away?
Or will man live in a brand new home,
Forever there to stay?
Such yearning filled my heart to know,
Does death mean the final end?
Within me that still voice says NO!
I shall see my long, long friend.
I had made my search in places wrong,
For answers clear, and plain,
Then I searched God’s Word alone,
And then, the answers came.
“In my flesh I shall see God.”
To dwell while ages roll.
I shall tread that Heavenly sod,
There, never to grow old.
I shall stand in the latter day,
Then faith will turn to sight.
I’ll see the One who is the Way,
Who is the Truth and Light.
Satisfied at last to wake,
In the likeness of our Lord.
His wonders ever to partake,
According to His Word.
If a man die, He WILL live again,
He will walk, he will talk, he will see.
Christ has conquered, death is vain,
Man will live eternally.
Wandering through the WILDERNESS
Answers to questions….
“We hear a lot about “safe sex” What is your opinion in this matter?”
Answer…”My opinion matters very little. What God says is what matters. This society has gone to the depth of moral depravity, and it seems as though anything is acceptable. BUT THIS IS NOT TRUE! God has much to say on the subject of sex. The sexual act is not just physical, it also affects the mental, the entire person.
“SAFE SEX” is limited to the following.
1. Sex is to be only between male and female. Anything else is totally unacceptable to God. The Bible says, in no uncertain terms, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? BE NOT DECEIVED, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God.” (1Cor. 6:9-10).
2. Sex is to be between man and wife only. Extra marital affairs, week-end “flings” with someone other than their own mate is not acceptable to God. God still calls this ADULTRY. The adulterer has an awful price to pay.
3. Same sex partners, and any sex outside of marriage is condemned in the Word of God. (cont’d back page)
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
July 4, 1776—July 4, 2008
232 years young
We love America! We love our Flag. We love and honor our President
..Since the date of our birth,
The greatest nation on earth..
GOD BLESS MY HOMELAND
By Pastor George Mills
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psa. 33:12)
My Homeland is Young,
Only two centuries old,
Just a youth among nations,
A Wonder to behold.
My Homeland is Free,
God has kept it for man,
That we may live in peace,
If we follow His Plan.
My Homeland is Proud,
Of the Great Name we bear,
AMERICA, the Beautiful,
Sweet liberty we share.
My Homeland is Abundant,
With vast fields of grain,
Fruitful valleys and hillsides,
From mountain to plain.
My Homeland is Delightful,
The creation of God.
From the great towering mountains,
To the lowest sod.
My Homeland is Strong,
With Great Spirit within.
We will fight for the right,
Of the weakest of men.
My Homeland is Blessed,
While “In God Is Our Trust,”
While nations that forgot Him,
Have turned into dust.
May Prayer now be spoken,
From the depths of each heart,
That God in His Mercy,
Will His Great Grace impart;
For my Homeland is Tired,
Of the wrong from within,
Of the things against God,
And His Word that offend.
Of changing the right,
And calling it wrong.
A harvest of sin,
Is causing the loss of our song.
May God bless my Homeland,
May many proclaim,
That God is our Refuge,
That we Bless His Great Name.
My Homeland was founded,
On “Thus saith The Lord,”
May we welcome again,
His Wonderful Word.
May Prayer come from Homes,
From Schools, from all men,
May Righteousness reign,
In my Homeland again.
As we now seek God’s Blessings,
And on Him do we cast,
Our all, on His Mercy,
As in all ages past.
(cont’d from pg 6)
The California Court did this nation no favor when it allowed same-sex marriages. This sin has brought societies down. Ours is no better. Read Romans 1:18-32. God’s cure for this sin is the same cure for all sin. That cure is in the Person of Christ. Christ can forgive and cleanse, and make sex what God intended it to be.”
QUESTION: “I have tried several times to get saved. I did not feel a thing. What’s wrong?”
Answer…”Stop trying and start trusting. The Bible says nothing about “feelings” when it comes to salvation. We are saved by receiving Jesus Christ as our Saviour. This is By Grace, through Faith alone, apart from feelings, emotions, works, etc. In Salvation, we take God at His Word. We believe that He will do what he said that He will do. Your assurance will come day by day, as you Pray, read His Word, fellowship with other believers. As I said, stop trying, and start trusting.”
God bless you.