The Core Message {12}

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Psalm one

As we come to the conclusion of our first chapter and Psalm one, the hope is that we understand the message to God’s people is not for us to be passive after the word or law of God has been revealed to us.

Upon receiving the law, word, and or instruction of God, we must become doers of the law or word of God. But not in the sense of trying to keep the moral law as a means to earn God’s approval.

We are sinners by nature through the first man who rebelled against God. That would mean we have through the first man committed a crime against God, and the penalty is death. And because we are from the beginning and birth offenders of God’s law, we cannot after the fact of committing an offense against God’s throne through the law earn God’s favor.

This is impossible because the law has found us guilty, therefore, it is providing no means of redemption for the human soul nor from the coming judgment against sin. According to the law, we must die, but because Jesus is Lord and King, and because the Law points to Him as King, we need Jesus’ pardon.

Now, because we are condemned to death, and God must satisfy the law to set us free from its condemnation and penalty, He sent Jesus, that is, God became Jesus the savior of the world. He came into the world because the moral law has condemned us to death, he suffered the penalty placed upon humanity to satisfy the moral law so that he might set us free from its penalty which is death.

This penalty from which we have been made free; however, does nothing to prevent or stop the coming judgment because sin must be judged. Therefore, we have the law which is God’s instruction found in Psalm one, and having received the law or instruction God is expecting us to do something with what we have come to know about his word.

It is clear, the world is under judgment because of sin, and because of sin there is a coming judgment. But although Jesus has set us free from the penalty of sin, this doesn’t mean we are safe from the coming judgment. And because we are not safe, Jesus is providing us with the foreknowledge of what is to come, so that we might prepare to escape the judgment God is sending against the rebellion of sin.

Paul wrote, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I show 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.” And we shall not all sleep because those of us alive during these days will be here to experience the transformation, we will see with our eyes the punishment of God upon a rebelling kingdom.

We are to remember, the world is still in rebellion against God and his son Jesus Christ, and we are yet passing away. This, therefore, shows we are yet condemned to death and whatever affects this world also affects us. However, death for the believer is not to be cut off from God and fall in the dungeon of hell prepared for the devil and his angels and those in rebellion against God. Death for us is the resurrection to life in Jesus Christ and the escape from God’s prison.

This is what the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ have saved us from, the penalty of death and hell God’s eternal prison and punishment prepared for the devil and his angels. Death, therefore, is to wake up in hell after we fall asleep passing away from this world. Therefore, death for the believer is to wake up in the presence of God and to await the resurrection of our bodies and to be united in our glorified bodies with those on the earth who will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.

Therefore, speaking with his disciples and those believing in his authority, Jesus said, “We are not condemned if we believe, but if we do not believe we shall be condemned because what Jesus is doing, is providing those of us who will be awake during the tribulation a blueprint on how we can prepare and escape the coming wrath of God against the world.

The condemnation for the world is in two parts, and the first is to be condemned to destruction, and the second is to be condemned to eternal punishment in hell. Therefore, if we as Christians will do nothing to prepare for his coming, we will suffer one fold condemnation, and that is to fall in the overthrow of the world; nevertheless, because we have made Jesus Christ our king, we shall be saved from the eternal punishment of hell.

The condemnation for the Christian is on account of us not being practical after coming to the knowledge of God’s word and plan. And because after realizing God is sending judgment, and that the world including ourselves are exposed to this coming appointment of God to judge the world, and are refusing to act. We along with those in the world will be condemned to fall in the outpouring of God’s wrath.

But to save us, God sent Jesus to warn his people. God sent his Son into the world to become a shepherd who will guide us out of danger. Mathew told us, “A virgin shall give birth to a son, and his name shall be called Jesus. Because the purpose of his coming was, and is, to save his people from the penalty of sin, which is death, but also from the destruction coming against the world.

This is what we need to understand when reading the book of Psalm. We are sinners exposed to God’s wrath against this world. And being a part of this world, we are also in danger. But although we are in danger, God has provided us a savior, a savior who will lead us to safety, and that is because he knows the way to good pasture.

We are sinners to whom God has shown favor revealing his law and word, along with the instruction we need on how to survive his wrath and coming judgment against sin. And because he is sharing his word and prophecy with us, the expectation for which we are now responsible, it is for us to now prepare that we might escape the coming appointed judgment.

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