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Friday, December 24, 2021

Send Me an Angel –We Wish You a Cr***y Christmas! - Purity 610


 Send Me an Angel –We Wish You a Cr***y Christmas! - Purity 610

Purity 610 12/24/2021  Purity 610 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a most mystical twilight over the Port Wilunga Old Jetty in South Adelaide Australia comes to us from Dave Baun Photography. Little did Dave know that when he decided to brave the cold and wind, in shorts no less, on December 9th in his first time ever shooting at Port Wilunga, that he would capture what I think is the perfect picture to reflect the wonder of Christmas Eve, the wonder that goes far beyond twinkling lights on a Christmas tree and the festive decorations at a holiday gift exchange.   The beauty of the light in the darkness that Dave captured here points to God’s beauty, wonder, and grace.

The wonder of Christmas Eve is the incarnation, God coming to earth in the humble setting of a manger in Bethlehem to begin the ministry work that would result in all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ finding peace with God and a new and everlasting life of hope in His kingdom as adopted sons and daughters.  

But unfortunately so much of the wonder and true meaning of Christmas, which is finding peace with God through Christ, is lost because of the hardness of our hearts and the deception that enemy perpetuates.

For those who are spiritually blind, the Christmas story is quaint but boring. Those whose hearts are cold to the Christian aspects of Christmas but who delight in the pageantry of holiday celebrations are in grave danger. It is not always the Ebeneezer Scrooges that we should worry about. Without faith in Christ, the most kind, dear, merry, bright, alive, and joyous in our midst will find that they worshiped the wrong god: themselves and their own “goodness”.  

As someone who “just didn’t get it” for years and years of my life, I have the utmost sympathy for those who don’t like church, hate religion, and think that being “good” is “good enough”.    

I was raised in a denominational liturgical tradition and struggled mightily with the Christian message and what I viewed as a disingenuous, superstitious, sentimental, and unrealistic faith that I saw people pay lip service to but not actually live out.  On the opposite side of the coin, the devout of our congregation seemed to be positively insane and odd as they either seemed to believe just for believing’s sake and or didn’t know why they believed what they believed or couldn’t adequately express what the Christian faith was to a young man who frankly didn’t want to hear it.

So although my family religiously went to church every Christmas Eve, our hearts were filled with joy when we were released from the service and walked briskly towards the exit and literally went running into the night towards the Christmas party and the opening of presents that awaited us at my grandparent’s house.  

Santa, the decorations, and the gift giving and receiving was what played the big part of Christmas for my family, and it still does as my parents have become the grand parents and now host the Clark Family Christmas Eve extravaganza.

However, amongst all the years of holiday hoopla and looking forward to receiving items on our Christmas wish lists, we will all eventually experience  that first “crappy” Christmas where our innocence is lost, our disappointments are depressing, or our losses are devastating. 

For me, my first disillusionment over Christmas was in my 12th or 13th year of life.  Although as a child I was positively insane in my belief over Santa Claus and would dance around the house with the Album Cover of a Gene Autry’s Christmas Album that displayed a picture of Santa Claus Riding in a single reindeer sleigh with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer sort of just standing out front, my heart wasn’t too broken at the discovery that Santa wasn’t real.  My older brothers simultaneously debunked the Santa myth and filled my childhood heart with delight at the same time one year as they revealed our parent’s hidden stash of “Santa presents” that were locked away in my dad’s room in the attic.

So I wasn’t heart broken at 12 or 13 because I discovered Santa wasn’t real.  And before you start guessing about some death in the family or other trauma, let me assure that wasn’t the cause of my pain on the Christmas Eve of my preteens.  

No the cause of my “worst Christmas” as a youth was for far less sympathetic reasons.  As I said Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa Clark’s house was a joyous affair because of the gifts I received but on that 12th or 13th year I was very disappointed because my regular stash of presents was less than what I was used to! I had fallen victim to the biggest menace of any secular Christmas – the pain that comes from having high expectations and basing your happiness on positive circumstances.

In hindsight, I think my grandparent’s resources were split or less than previous years, so I understand but honestly that year, although I believe I was successful in hiding my disappointment, I was thinking “is this it?” “Is this all I get?”  And unfortunately, that year the disappointment was the perfect storm of dashed expectations, as not only the quanity of the presents was significantly diminished but the quality of the presents was so low that it made me question if my grandparents were mad at me, even knew who I was, or even cared. I recall thinking that I didn’t receive one gift that was worthwhile or showed any fore thought or care.  The lesson learned that year was that you should temper your expectations and that you should know that those even nearest and dearest to you can let you down.       

After that year, I learned to not get my hopes up in terms of presents but they still played the biggest part of my enjoyment of Christmas for the rest of my childhood and for most of my adult life.  So I carried on tempering my expectations and each year and sought to create a Merry Christmas by spending abundant amounts of money to ensure that I and my family would be blessed with happiness that didn’t depend on Santa or anybody else.  I was Santa.  

Only after I placed my faith in Jesus Christ, did Christmas become more about Him than about me creating the circumstances of a joyous holiday.  As my children aged, the Santa myth was debunked once again, and my faith in Christ grew, I saw less and less need to buy a happy holiday. After 2010, I surrendered more and more of myself to God each year  and was filled with joy at Christmas not because of the presents I received but because of who I was in Christ and because of God’s presence in my life.   

Of course, when you come to faith in Christ and decide to actually live as a Christian, things change significantly and sometimes what you gain in Christ is matched by the losses of your former life.   

In 2018 my marriage dissolved in part because of my decision to live as a Christian and that year I was faced with the prospect of facing the worst Christmas ever as my ex took the kids to celebrate Christmas Day at her sister’s house, leaving me home alone.  

I was in deep pain over the negative circumstances of my life and no amount of circumstantial manipulation on my part was going to give me a Merry Christmas on that day in 2018.  Although I was appreciative of the gifts I received that year they were cold comfort compared to the pain of being forced to live in a house with someone who summarily rejected me and seemed to take delight in my misery.

However, what could have been the worst Christmas of my life didn’t turn out to be that. Instead it became another part of my ongoing testimony of the reality of God’s presence in our lives and of His goodness.

The thing I encourage people to do is to develop a daily spiritual practice of connecting with the Lord through prayer, scripture reading, or just talking with God.  Before 2018, the Lord had given me victory over addiction and the negative mind states that accompany a life of condemnation, so I knew that when the going got tough it was best for the tough to get going to God.  

So after my ex and kids left me alone on Christmas Day of 2018, I pressed into my faith and started praying and reading a book on Angels that described people’s encounters with God’s heavenly messengers.  

I had been baptized by the Holy Spirit in 2015 and had and continue to have moments of experiencing His manifest presence in my life and not surprisingly it has been both a cause and confirmation of my faith and the reason why I encourage people to seek the Lord and to live a life of Christian discipleship and walking in the Spirit.  So I knew that God is alive and well and can be experienced on the terra firma as well as someday in heaven.  

As I read the book on angels, I reached out in prayer to the Lord and pleaded for His comfort and presence and made a request to send me an angel like the people in the   book had experienced.

While I can’t testify to a visible manifestation of one of God’s heavenly hosts, shortly after I prayed for a messenger of God I was overcome by a feeling to get out of my chair and to get on my hands and knees.  As I prostrated myself on the floor, I was overcome by the feeling that I wasn’t alone anymore and that there some one there with me.  It similar to my experiences of the manifest presence with the Holy Spirit but slightly different.  I closed my eyes but saw a brightness through my closed eyes and I was overcome by feeling of joy, peace, and love as I received the nonverbal message that I was not alone and that I was loved by God.  I open my eyes and there was no one there but I cried and praised the Lord all the same and felt that even though I couldn’t see anything I wasn’t alone. The unseen entity, the angel, was still there and I bowed again and just stayed in the peace that I had found thanking the Lord for His goodness.  I was overcome and after a time I received assurance that I had “received the message” and the presence departed.  

My spirits were transformed. What was a very dark and depressive morning was changed in the wake of what I consider as my angelic visitation.

When I reflect on it, I struggle to articulate how this visitation was similar to but different from my experiences of the manifest presence of Holy Spirit. All I can say is that they were both powerful expressions of God’s love for me and evidence of His presence, but they were a little different from one another.  If pressed for details I can’t really give you anything to convince you that this experience on Christmas of 2018 was indeed an angel, but I will stand on the fact that a message of God’s presence and love was the best gift that I received that year or any other Christmas before or since.

So yeah, I know – cuckoo! But I have to be honest and tell you that this really happened to me, and I am sure that if you put your faith in Christ, surrender to the Lord’s will for your life and seek the Lord’s presence continually, similar manifestations of the Lord’s presence will happen in your life.  The word tells us that if you seek the Lord and you find Him, and I can assure you that the word of God is true.

So for those in Christ, I encourage you to press into your faith and share the love of God with those in your life who don’t know Him. 

And for those outside of the faith, or who find more joy in presents at Christmas than in going to church, worshipping the Lord, or being in God’s presence, I wish you a very very crappy Christmas.  

Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, or just the fact that you won’t receive the gifts you wanted this year, if you don’t know the Lord, I hope that your Christmas sucks so bad that you lose hope in all the things that aren’t meant to satisfy you and you hit “rock bottom” in seeking your happiness in creating the circumstances for a happy holiday.   

Its through great disillusionment of the world system and our own efforts that we can be humbled enough to seek the Lord, and as I have already stated when you seek the Lord you will find Him.  

I would rather you suffer a crappy holiday than to go on to be enslaved to a circumstantial secular xmas and find that you never knew God and are subject to His wrath one day.  

The promise of Christmas Eve is the coming of the King. Jesus came as a baby in a manger, but He is coming back to judge the world and to reclaim it.  

So to all the “Me’s” down in “Me-ville”,  whether they be sad, bad or glad” 

It its my prayer that this Christmas, you make Jesus your Lord and Savior

Because when he comes back to earth, He’s coming back to reign and rule, and

because of all the evil in this world, He’s coming back mad.”  

 

Now don’t get me wrong, as someone who has suffered some major losses and traumas in my life, I know how hard it can be to be suffering when everyone else is having holiday fun. So I would encourage those who are hurting to seek the company of family and friends to share your burden but to also seek the comfort of the Lord for He will never leave you or forsake you.  

Forgive my zealous silliness and know that all I say comes from a heart of care and compassion that knows that the only peace that lasts comes from knowing the Lord through faith in Jesus.  

God bless you all and have a Merry Christmas Eve.  Or a crappy one,,, you know what I mean.

      

Today’s Bible verse is drawn from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT2)
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Today’s verse is the go to verse to encourage people to come to the corporate gathering of believers commonly referred to as “going to church.”    

I find it just another evidence of God’s presence in our lives that this verse would come up on Christmas Eve.  Not only is Christmas Eve one of the highest, if not the highest, attended church services but it is also an occasion where the Lord’s coming is proclaimed.  

Today’s verse encourages Christians to gather together and to encourage one another and it reminds us of the promise that Jesus will return someday.     

Although I encourage an individual daily spiritual practice for every follower of Christ, I also encourage those who would call themselves to be Christian disciples to join and serve at a local church.

I credit my local church, Rock Solid Church in Hudson NY, and its leadership in providing me with teaching, guidance, and a church home where I could grow in my faith.  

Practicing what you preach will not be tested adequately if you are living in solitude. Our abilities to encourage, serve, and ministers to others are developed in community.  The corporate gathering can also teach us a great deal about forgiveness and patience as well.  The church is the ideal place to practice Christ’s second commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves as we are all part of the same body and have the common goal of being more like Christ.  

So get yourself to a church tonight and if you are not a member of a church already, find one where the Bible is held as the inspired word of God  and where you can worship, serve, and grow.   

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we continue sharing from A.W. Tozer’s Advent Devotional – From Heaven,  for Day 28 as this current resource series has brought us to Christmas Eve.

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase A.W. Tozer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

DAY 28

PREPARING FOR THE BRIDEGROOM

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

1 JOHN 3:3

Why is it that such a small proportion of Christian ministers ever feel the necessity to preach a sermon on the truth of His second coming? Why should pastors depend in this matter upon those who travel around the country with their colored charts and their object lessons and their curious interpretations of Bible prophecy?

Should we not dare to believe what the apostle John wrote, that “we shall be like him because we shall see him as he is”?

Beloved, we are the sons of God now, for our faith is in the Son of God, Jesus Christ! We believe in Him and we rest upon Him, and yet it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear, when He shall be disclosed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is!

Then, John says bluntly and clearly: “Every man that hath this hope in Him purifies himself, even as he is pure.” Everybody! Everyone, he says! He singularizes it. Everyone that hath this hope in him purifies himself as He is pure!

Those who are expecting the Lord Jesus Christ to come and who look for that coming moment by moment and who long for that coming will be busy purifying themselves. They will not be indulging in curious speculations—they will be in preparation, purifying themselves!

It may be helpful to use an illustration here.

A wedding is about to take place and the bride is getting dressed. Her mother is nervous, and there are other relatives and helpers who are trying to make sure that the bride is dressed just right!

Why all this helpful interest and concern?

Well, the bride and those around her know that she is about to go out to meet the groom, and everything must be perfectly in order. She even walks cautiously so that nothing gets out of place in dress and veil. She is preparing, for she awaits in loving anticipation and expectation the meeting with this man at the altar.

Now John says, through the Holy Ghost, that he that hath this hope in Him purifies and prepares himself. How? Even as He is pure!

The bride wants to be dressed worthy of the bridegroom, and so it is with the groom, as well!

Should not the church of Jesus Christ be dressed worthy of her bridegroom, even as He is dressed? Pure—even as He is pure?

We are assured that the appearing of Jesus Christ will take place. It will take place in His time. There are many who believe that it can take place soon—that there is not anything that must yet be done in this earth to make possible His coming.

It will be the greatest event in the history of the world, barring His first coming and the events of His death and resurrection.

We may well say that the next greatest event in the history of the world will be “the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, we love; in whom, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!”

The world will not know it, but he that hath this hope in him will know it for he has purified himself even as Christ is pure!

 

 

Tozer, A. W. (2016). From heaven: a 28-day advent devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Reckless Abandon – Being Real and Being Compassionate - Purity 604


 Reckless Abandon – Being Real and Being Compassionate -  Purity 604

Purity 604 12/17/2021  Purity 604 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the fading sun beyond the horizon with a tiny nearly full moon rising somewhere between Glens Falls and Easton, NY comes to us from a “special friend’s” commute home from work on December 15th.  As another work week begins to fade to black and we are just a week away from Christmas Eve, we can rejoice over all that the Lord has done and thank God it’s Friday!  

Of course, in truth we all have a lot more to be thankful to the Lord for than just another Friday.  Personally, I am in a constant state of thankfulness and wonder over how the Lord has transformed my life and taken me out of the darkness that I lived most of my life in. 

Marijuana, Michelob Ultra, Porn, Video Games, Rap, Rock and Alternative Music, Vicodin, Ecstasy, Vodka, Magic Mushrooms, Internet Drugs, Sports Gambling, NFL Football, and Electric Guitar.  

Now, while that list could describe some of my old friends’ current Christmas wish list, it actually describes some of the things that I went to for relaxation and comfort when we rolled into the weekend in years gone by, before coming to faith in Christ. Okay, let’s be real. Those things weren’t just for the weekends, those things were good for any day of the week as I lived by a philosophy of meeting all my personal desires as they came up.   

I recently sat down with someone who reminded me of my former self and who is surrounded by the trappings of addiction that I used to be in bondage to but seemed blissfully unaware of the very real danger that they are living in.  I felt great compassion for this person but felt absolutely powerless to convey what I wanted to say without coming across as judgmental or old so I have taken the stance that I will remain silent and pray for the Lord to convict them and bring them to repentance.  I have made the hard choice to be present and ready to encourage but not to preach. 

I know that no amount of preaching would have changed me in my former darkness and instead am leaving them in the Lord’s care.  I feel almost reckless or irresponsible in trusting the Lord with this situation, but I somehow feel that this is the course I am being led into. 

I guess the Holy Spirit’s strategy in this is to love them anyway? Or I am to shine a light by my example of recovery and Christian discipleship in their lives? Honestly, I don’t know but every time I am thinking about “saying something” I feel led to remain silent. So I do, and will, and will wait on the Lord to see how this goes.  

Unfortunately, this person doesn’t seem to be content in their personal choices of addiction and actively encourages the corruption of others.  While it is hard to imagine anyone being impressed by their lifestyle and wanting to follow in their footsteps, I fear not only fear for this person but for those in their circles of influence. 

Scripture indicates that sinners are not content to sin but will feel compelled to justify themselves in their sin and seek to encourage others to join them on the road to perdition.  The Bible is the truth, and you can see its wisdom in situations like this.  

Depression, Anger, Wanting, Fear, Anxiety, Hatred, Lust, Shame, Guilt, and Suicidal Thoughts.   

This could be a list of things to ask about on a psychological evaluation, but it is also a list of how I felt while I was engaged in trying to satisfy myself with the previous list that began with Marijuana and ended with the Electric Guitar. 

I apologize to my friend, Bob, we both know that the guitar is not evil in itself but when we look to it or any other hobby for our peace instead of God we know we have gone astray.  

Anyway, I give that list of negative mind states because I know that they are all usually present in someone caught up in the cycles of addiction. 

While the secular world now allows for “recovery” to be defined by each individual and allows for the possibility for recovery to mean “less drugs and alcohol” or whatever the individual may choose, I have to point out that while we can play games with the amount of substances we take, or change them to not so illicit alternatives, those negative mind states basically will go untouched.   

The dangers of being “open minded” to recovery alternatives like safe injection sights or the use of a drug to cure my drug habit is that of the ultimate hopelessness we end up allowing people to live in.    

At one point in my life of addiction I was so low that I was willing to try anything to “feel good” again. I found some drugs available via the internet, but they were labeled “not for human consumption” and the literature was about 50/50 on whether this drug would get you high or kill you.  

People had been known to get high on this substance and others reportedly had died from it.  I was so depressed, and frankly when you are in an addictive cycle you sort of have a death wish, to make it all go away, or at least I did and I’m not afraid to admit it, - I was so depressed that I figured I would give it a try. 

So I wrote a note to my wife and kids saying I was sorry, and not knowing if I would live or die took the substance.   I didn’t die, I got high, and I tried it more than once. I eventually stopped taking it because it did make me sick on a few occasions and I didn’t like that.  

So I know what hopelessness and a life of addiction can make you capable of. Your pain can be so great that you take chances that could cost you your life.  So instead of advocating for medications or moderation for recovery. I know that you have to stop completely, and you have to have hope.    

So I offer the hope of the new life that comes from faith in Jesus Christ, and I offer it in full and with all its implications. 

The biggest complaint the nonbeliever has of the church are of the hypocrites in the church, those who proclaim faith in Christ but who live just like the rest of the world but claim to be holier than thou.  

I had similar complaints before coming to Christ.  So when I heard the gospel message that saved me. I endeavored to make sure “this thing was real” and that if I was going to “do this” – be a Christian – I wanted to “do this!” – be a real authentic Christian.   

So I have tried to follow the Lord’s call to be that and to live according to His ways and discovered that the path that the Lord has for you to walk isn’t always easy, but it will take you out of the darkness you are living in by trying to satisfy yourself according to the world’s ways and it doesn’t play games with your sin.  

Just because Christians are forgiven doesn’t mean there are no consequences for sinning.  If we choose to sin we choose to suffer and stay locked in bondage to our sin and all the negative mind states that come with them.   

So as we draw close to Christmas, decide to have a real Christmas by being a real Christian.  Don’t just talk the talk and thank the Lord for saving a “wretch like me”.  Walk the walk and practice what you preach. Repent of the things that you aren’t good.  We are personally supposed to take responsibility for our lives in Christ by picking up our crosses and following Jesus into a life where we have progressive victories over the things that ensnare us and that is defined by an increase in the fruit of the Spirit.  

But as for the weaker brother or sister, or the ones who are lost and who are so entangled by the lies of the enemy, let’s love them anyway and try to encourage them to discover the hope and new life that comes from not just saying the name of Jesus but by following Him.   

So be wise and discerning. Don’t compromise with your personal sin but realize that it is the Lord that grants repentance, so you need to surrender to Him in order to be set free.

And know that no amount of “tough love” will change the hearts of those who are trapped. Christ sets the captive free and all we can do is pray, encourage, and point to the One who bought our forgiveness and who gives us new life.


Today’s Bible verse is drawn from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

 Proverbs 2:5 (NLT2)

5  Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.

 Today’s verse reminds us where true knowledge comes from. 

 Proverbs is considered one of the books of wisdom literature in the Bible and today’s verse tells us that understanding what it means to fear the Lord will give us knowledge of God.  

 I think this verse works both ways.  If we have knowledge of God, we will understand what it means to fear the Lord.  

 Think about it. God created everything and will one day call us into eternity.  He decides our ultimate fate.  He also controls the course of creation when things begin and when things will end.  His power is undeniable.   So if we really understand that God exists and is over and above all things, we will respect Him and seek peace with Him. 

 A contemplation of God and all his attributes should cause us to fear Him.  But His word reveals that we can have peace with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. 

 So for the Christian, there is nothing to be afraid of. God works all thing for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  

 But those who don’t know God, and don’t fear Him, have the most to worry about as they will refuse to seek the peace and new life that is offered through faith in Jesus Christ.   

 So seek the Lord and share the gospel of Christ, our warning people of what awaits those who fail to come to Christ may give them the fear of the Lord that will lead to their knowledge of God and their finding rescue.   We know Him and we must try to make Him known.

 As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 Today we continue sharing from A.W. Tozer’s Advent Devotional – From Heaven,  for Day 20 as this current resource series will lead us to Christmas Eve.

 As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase A.W. Tozer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

DAY 21

JESUS—THE JUDGE OF HUMANITY

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him and he will separate the people from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

MATTHEW 25:31–33

What is your concept of Jesus Christ, my brother? If the “ten-cent-store Jesus” that is being preached by a lot of men, the plastic, painted Christ who has no spine and no justice and is pictured as a soft and pliable friend to everybody—if He is the only Christ there is, then we might as well close our books and bar our doors, and make a bakery or garage out of this church!

But that Christ that is being preached and pictured is not the Christ of God, nor the Christ of the Bible, nor the Christ we must deal with.

The Christ we must deal with has eyes as a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished brass, and out of His mouth comes a sharp, two-edged sword.

He will be the judge of mankind. And, thank God, you can leave your loved ones who have died in His hands, knowing that He Himself suffered, knowing that He knows all, that no mistakes can be made, that there can be no miscarriage of justice, because He knows all that can be known!

This is one of the neglected Bible doctrines of our day—that Jesus Christ is the judge of mankind.

The Father judges no man. When the Lord, the Son of Man, shall come in the clouds of glory, then shall be gathered unto Him the nations, and He shall separate them.

God has given Him judgment, authority, to judge mankind, so that He is both the Judge and Saviour of men.

That makes me both love Him and fear Him! I love Him because He is my Saviour and I fear Him because He is my Judge.

Human justice does its best, but because it is not all-wise it makes mistakes.

But God Almighty is never going to judge the race of mankind and allow a mistake to enter. The judge must be one who has all wisdom.

Therefore, I appeal away from St. Paul; I appeal away from Moses and Elijah; I appeal away from all men because no man knows me well enough to judge me, finally. And I don’t know you well enough to judge you, finally.

I may pass brief judgment upon you on some simple matter, or you on me, but when it comes to the placing of my eternal and everlasting soul somewhere, I don’t want any mistakes made.

To be a judge, according to the Scriptures, the judge considers those who are accountable to Him, and accountable to Him not by a law imposed by another, but accountable to Him morally and vitally, rather than merely legally.

And in order to be a righteous judge of mankind, the judge has to have all knowledge so there can be no error.

In human affairs, many an innocent man has been hanged. Many a “life-termer” has died in gray pallor behind prison walls while the rascal who actually committed the crime died in his own bed, surrounded by his friends.

Tozer, A. W. (2016). From heaven: a 28-day advent devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

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