Sunday, April 14, 2013


There is none so foolish as the man who believes his thoughts, his words, and his actions can be hidden from God.  From the first man who attempted to hide his sin from God, until those who will try to hide from God's wrath during the Tribulation, man has foolishly believed that under the cover of darkness, he could plot, conspire, and act out his sinful schemes and not be accountable to God (Gen. 3:8; Rev. 6:16).  But the Word says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Gal. 6:7).  And Luke wrote, "Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which you have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops" (Lk. 12:3). 

God not only knows our every thought, word, and deed, He has always known them!  Knowing of what you and I would eventually be guilty, the Word says God created us anyway.  The writer of Hebrews wrote that the sacrificial work of Christ on our behalf was finished from the foundation of the world (Heb. 4:3).  Jesus was God's sacrifice for man's sin from the beginning, even calling Him the Lamb of God with reference to Him being our Passover (Jn. 1:29, 36; 1 Cor. 5:7; Rev. 13:8).  In other words, for God to have laid upon Him the iniquities of us all, before the foundation of the world, He had to know what they would be.  Scary thought, isn't it!  
Well, I have good news for you!  God's foreknowledge of our sin did not bring Him to condemn man to spend eternity in a well-deserved Lake of Fire.  Instead, He provided forgiveness for our sin in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus.  The Word says, "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" (2 Cor. 5:21).  And why did God willingly give His Son's life for us?  For two reasons:  first, He loved us (Jn. 3:16); and second, because He had a plan that was to rescue a people with whom He could fellowship. 

Paul wrote:  "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, He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified" (Rom. 8:29-30). 

And again, "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. . . 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" (Eph. 1:5, 11).

Love like His deserves our every thought, word, and deed to be our "thank You!"

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