God Turns The World’s Greatest Sin And Injustice Into The World’s Greatest Blessing

Greetings!

I have covered the reasons why God and Christ Jesus allow suffering and apparent injustices in general terms under the Categories of “Suffering” and “God Can Give Nothing But Blessing And Goodness” but I want to cover the title of this present Category in a little more specific manner.

I have to admit I am taken back sometimes, how-be-it if only momentarily, when I see the obviously innocent suffer pain and indignities for no apparent reason. This is especially true concerning the suffering of children and animals.

However, the main example that God has given  to insure us that His ways, in ALL that He does, will ULTIMATELY bring about the greatest of blessings for each and everyone involved….even for the justifiable suffering of the sinner, which I will explain later.

This one prime example is, of course, the crucifixion of our Lord and Savi0r Christ Jesus.

God the Father, to the unenlightened human eye and thought, certainly seemed anything but fair and loving when, after His Son had lived a completely PERFECT life in total and absolute obedience and love to Him, then required and demanded Jesus to suffer one of the most horrible ways of dying possible….as well as being beaten severely !!

I can think of no greater apparent injustice.

And, it was beyond question the greatest of sins in that the world crucified its Creator Who had lived a perfect life on their (our) behalf. I can think of no greater sin than this.

But wait! God had a way to turn this greatest of sins and injustices into the greatest of blessings FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED!!!

God knew that Jesus could handle the suffering that He went through with the Cross or He would not have allowed it….plain and simple. And because of Christ’s love for the Father and His Creation He endured it and was exalted higher than all and given the Name that is above all names (Philippians 2:9)….quite a BLESSING!!

As for the world and the Creation that killed Him, God even was here able to bring about the GREATEST OF BLESSINGS for ALL mankind in that the sacrifice of Christ was accepted by the Father as the ULTIMATE penalty for sin for ALL who have ever lived or will live. (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Colossians 1:20)

This is why Jesus could say in John 12:32: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL to Myself….”. No ambiguity here. No mincing of words. No exceptions noted.

So, the major point of this presentation is to show that even if we can’t understand why some of  the lesser sins and suffering, as well as apparent injustices, are allowed by God and Jesus then our being able to CLEARLY see how God can take the greatest sin and injustice EVER COMMITTED and turn them into the GREATEST OF BLESSINGS….He and Jesus will have little trouble  turning ALL of these lesser ones into blessings, as well.

Concerning how Christ’s sacrifice was the ULTIMATE penalty  for EVERYONE’S  sin (permanent death) please refer to these Categories for a more complete explanation:

“All Creation Will Be Saved”

“God’s Plan For The Ages”

“Eon vs Forever”

“Hell”

“Lazarus And The Rich Man”

“Misunderstanding About the Salvation of All Creation”

The last Category listed especially deals with how sinners will suffer for their continuing sins and how some of the suffering will be quite severe. However, ULTIMATELY, even the suffering they experience will serve as chastisement for CORRECTION and NOT suffering for the mere sake  of vindictive pain. Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible puts this nicely in Matthew 25:46: “And these shall go away into age-abiding CORRECTION”. And notice, it is “age-abiding” NOT ‘eternal’!

Until later, be blessed in Him.

Fred

 

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Extraordinary Divine Favors

Hey, there!

Here are some insightful quotes of truth from “Abandonment To Divine Providence” taken from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment.ii_1.ii.i.vii.html ….editing and emphasis will be mine:

“Those graces which are called extraordinary and are given as privileges to certain souls, are only so called because there are so few sufficiently faithful to become worthy  of receiving them. This will be made manifest at the day of judgment.”

“Alas! it will then be seen that instead of these divine favours having been withheld by God, it has been entirely by their own fault  that these souls have been deprived of them.”

“What UNTOLD BLESSINGS  they would have received through the COMPLETE SUBMISSION of a steadfast goodwill ,”

End of quotes.

Saints that come to mind of whom he is referring to are the likes of Brother Lawrence (please reference the Category “Practice The Presence Of God”) and all the other mystics and faithful ones who attained to this high degree of submission and abandonment.

All the best, in Him.

Fred

The “Prize” Of Total Abandonment And Surrender

Hi, there….and yes I have another gem for you from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” (his entire collection of  365 daily entries can be found for FREE at http://utmost.org/what-you-will-get/ ). Emphasis will be mine throughout:

” What You Will Get

‘I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go’ – Jeremiah 45:5.

This is the firm and immoveable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him– “I will give your life to you….” What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. “…your life…as a prize…” means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life and nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in exhibiting things for others to see, not showing off property and possessions, but our blessings. All these things that we so proudly show have to go. But there is something GREATER that can never go– the life that is ‘hidden with Christ in God’ (Colossians 3:3).

Are you prepared to let God take you into TOTAL ONENESS with Himself, paying no more attention to what you call the great things of life? Are you prepared to surrender totally and let go? The true test of abandonment or surrender is in refusing to say, “Well, what about this?” Beware of your own ideas and speculations. The moment you allow yourself to think, “What about this?” you show that you have not surrendered and that you do not really trust God. But once you do surrender, you will no longer think about what God is going to do.

Abandonment means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you totally abandon yourself to God, He immediately says to you, “I will give your life to you as a prize….” THE REASON PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF LIFE IS BECAUSE GOD HAS NOT GIVEN THEM ANYTHING – THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THEIR LIFE AS A PRIZE.” The way to get out of that condition is to abandon yourself to God. And once you do get to the point of total surrender to Him, you will be the most surprised and delighted person on earth. God will have you absolutely, WITHOUT ANY LIMITATIONS, and He will have given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience in your life or your refusal to be simple enough.”

End of entry.

The above is an excellent example of the truth revealed in John 10:10 – “I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly“.

Take care, in Him.

Fred

Nothing Happens Without God’s Permission

Hello, again!

Nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, happens on this earth or in the heavens without the explicit ‘permission’ of God and Christ Jesus. Quite literally, there is no such thing as an ‘accident’!

John 1:3 informs us that “not even one thing came into being which has come into being” apart from God creating it through Jesus Christ. And, Colossians  1:15-17 not only confirms this but reminds us that “in Him, ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER” (emphasis mine). In other words, EVERYTHING is controlled by Him.

An illustration of this is in Job 1:6,12; 2:6 where Satan, himself, is shown to be limited ONLY to what God gives him ‘permission’ to carry out.

It should not concern us as to who is President of the United States or who rules any country on this earth because we know that God and Jesus Christ ALLOWED her/him or them to be in that position in accord with Their Own Divine purpose (Romans 13:1)….even though they may be humanly foolish and/or evil like Pharaoh (Romans 9:17), Hitler and other similar sickos.

Another example of this is in John 19:11 where Jesus tells Pilate “You would have no authority against Me, if it were not having been given you from above….”.

No President, head of state or ruler of any country  can carry out any decision or policy they have made UNLESS God and Jesus give them  ‘permission’ to do so:

“Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” (Proverbs 16:1….The Message Bible)   Forecasters speculate on the possibility of an asteroid(s) striking the earth but this should NOT concern Christians because we know it will not happen without the ‘permission’ of God and Jesus. If it does happen, it is for Their Divine purpose and for our good, as well as the eventual good of all mankind. (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”)

This is true in our personal lives, obviously. Whatever circumstances you and I find ourselves in God and Christ Jesus not only allowed them but also engineered them….for Their Divine purpose with each of us.

The best example of why God and Jesus can allow such overwhelming evil,suffering and any circumstance to exist is the crucifixion of Jesus, Himself.

The GREATEST wrong, evil and sin EVER committed by any human or humans was when Jesus was crucified. The creation tortured its Creator and then nailed Him to a tree to suffer the most agonizing of deaths.

However, as it is with ALL the evil, wrongs and sufferings we have existing today, God gave ‘permission’ to have His Son go through this for His Divine purpose. We will clearly see why He could and can do this as explained below.

God actually takes this GREATEST of evils and sins and turns it into the GREATEST  BLESSING for the ENTIRE creation, even for those who did the crucifying! What love, power and wisdom does our God and Father have!!

This is the reason God and Jesus Christ can allow such awful suffering and circumstances to exist in the world: if God can take the GREATEST evil/sin (the Crucifixion) and turn it into the ENTIRE creation’s GREATEST BLESSING….which is their ultimate glorious salvation….how much ‘easier’ will it be for God, through Christ Jesus, to eventually bring about blessings and a glorious ending from ALL the ‘lesser’ evils, sins and sufferings that exist today, as well as in times past. (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”)

How blessed and fortunate we Christians (as well as, eventually, the ENTIRE creation) are to have a Father and Savior such as we have…. and we should be continually giving thanks to Them for this.

Later, in Him,

Fred

We Have The Mind Of Christ

Greetings!

1 Corinthians 2:16 does not say we ‘might’ have the mind of Christ nor does it say we ‘can’ have His mind. It is very definite in saying we , as believers, “have” the mind of Christ Jesus.

Think about that for a moment. The One Who created everything that ever came into existence (John 1:3) with an intelligence defying human imagination and understanding, God has graciously granted us, through no merit of our own, the presence of His mind within us! Of course, this applies more importantly to Spiritual realities, as well.

Staggering to say the least.

There is a catch, though. Like everything else that is ours because of Jesus’ sacrifice, except for our actual calling as believers, the realization and benefit  requires us to to go to and draw near to God and Jesus (James 4:8). (Please reference the Post “Why Isn’t God More Real To Me”)

As written by Andrew Murray in his  book ABSOLUTE SURRENDER, “The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.”. (please reference the Post “Absolute Surrender”)

Being ‘lukewarm’ will never cut it with God and Christ Jesus as illustrated in Revelation 3:16: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” (New American Standard). There is a good article about being ‘lukewarm’ by Francis Chan at http://www.iwilltrustinyou.org/post/3952064952/are-you-a-lukewarm-christian-by-francis-chan .

The super-wonderful experience of enjoying the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), the “mind of Christ”, real “righteousness” (Matthew 5:6) and infinite other blessings from God and Christ Jesus await those believers who ‘hotly’ pursue all that which is of Them:

we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

The “mind of Christ” will become more evident within us the more we “HUNGER” and “THIRST after “righteousness” (Matthew 5:6)….and not just ‘mildly’ want and ‘mildly’ pursue that which is of our Father and Christ Jesus.

Until later,

Fred

Christian Thanksgiving vs Worldly Thanksgiving

Hello, there! Yup, it’s that time of year when we humans celebrate Thanksgiving and the reason why we do is definitely a good one. However, this occasion is totally geared toward being thankful only for good, human PHYSICAL blessings, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. Paul even wrote in 1 Timothy 6:17 that God gives us (all humans) “all things RICHLY for our enjoyment”….apart from sin, of course.

However, this celebration is carried out only once a year, although I am sure there are probably some who occasionally acknowledge to themselves in a heartfelt way how blessed they are for what they have in a physical way, and this is good.

Christian Thanksgiving is quite different in a number of ways from worldly Thanksgiving, though. We Christians are to be thankful ALWAYS and for ALL THINGS (Galatians 5:20; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)….especially for how we have been blessed SPIRITUALLY (Ephesians 1:3). As we grow in Christ, we find ourselves THANKING God and Christ Jesus more and more  frequently….even hourly.

This means we are thankful during the the bad and the ugly as well as  the good times….it makes no difference!  And, it is the Holy Spirit Who enables us to do this: please reference the Posts on “Suffering” and “God Has Your Back….Sorta”. God and Christ Jesus NEVER, EVER allow ANYTHING to come to us without  a reason, a purpose and for our ultimate benefit and good (Romans 8:28).

So THANKFUL are we to have a God like the Father and our Savior Christ Jesus and we continually give THANKS to Them….in season and out!

Happy Worldly Thanksgiving and especially Christian Thanksgiving!!

Fred