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Let Us Reason Together
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
I John 5:11 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
There are three things in I John 5:13 above, that I want to point out. The first is the word “know.” There is something here that God wants each one of us to know. It doesn’t say guess, hope, think, have a pretty good idea of, but it specifically says “know.”
The next thing is the word “have.” This word is in the present tense. It doesn’t say “will have.” It specifically says “have.” So, whatever it is that we are to know, we are to know that we now, at this time, have it. How plain this is to see!
The third thing that I want to point out in this verse is the term “eternal life.” The Bible says here that we are able to know that we, right now, have this thing the Bible calls “eternal life.” Let me ask a question with an easy answer. How long does eternal life last? The answer is, obviously, forever! Now, if you are a person with at least a fair amount of intelligence, you would have to agree that if a person knows that he does have this thing called eternal life, then he also knows that he can’t ever lose it, because if he could ever lose it, then it wouldn’t have been eternal in the first place!
But, you say, “Does that mean that a person can receive eternal life, and then go about doing all kinds of wickedness and still get to go to Heaven?” This question will be answered a little later after we have covered a few things, but for now let us at least acknowledge the established fact that eternal life is something that we can know that we now have.
In order for one to know that he has eternal life, he first must understand a few things. He must also admit to some things.
The first thing that one must realize, and admit, is that he is a sinner. For most of us this is not too difficult to figure out. The Bible very pointedly tells us in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Believe it or not, I have actually had some say to me, “But I am not a sinner!” My answer is usually something like, “Well, God says in His Word that we are all sinners, and I wouldn’t want to call God a liar because calling God a liar sounds like a very serious sin to me!”
What does it mean to come short of the glory of God? Glory is light. The Bible in a number of places speaks of the brightness of the glory of God. The Bible also makes a spiritual differentiation between light and darkness, with righteousness being light, and evil and wickedness being darkness. So, basically, the fact that we come short of the glory of God simply means that none of us is good enough to go to God’s Heaven.
The second thing that one must realize is that there is a price to pay for being a sinner.
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…” [men = mankind]
So we see that the penalty for sin is death. Let me ask you another question. Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible what the second death is? Let’s take a look:
Revelation 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
The big question for you at this moment is, “When you stand before God, will your name be listed in the Book of Life? Sounds like all of humankind is in big trouble, doesn’t it?
The third thing that one must realize is that Jesus is the only One Who can save us. This is why Jesus is called the Saviour. Well, just what is a saviour? A saviour is one who saves. You will notice that the root word in the word saviour is “save.” However, Jesus is not just a saviour; He is The Saviour. He is the only One Who can save us from an eternity in a lake of fire.
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Now let me bring up another important question. Just Who is this Jesus? The answer to this question is a very important one. There are some things we need to know about the Jesus of the Bible.
Jesus is God. God is a triune being (a Trinity). He is three persons, yet still being only one God. We refer to these three as God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Ghost (or, Spirit).
The plurality of God is visible throughout the entire Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. A few examples of this are as follows:
Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD..." In this verse there are three things I would like to point out.
1. The word “LORD” is all capitalized because it is the name Jehovah (the King James Bible translators did it that way so we would immediately know this).
2. The word “God” is translated from the Hebrew word “Elohim.” The suffix “im” at the end of this word means it is a plural word. Examples of other words that have this same plural suffix are “cherubim’ and “seraphim.” In the singular they are a cherub and a seraph.
3. The word “one” is in agreement with the plural word “Elohim.” It is translated from the word “echad” which is a plural one. The word “yachid,” meaning a single one, is not used here.
In the New Testament it is easy to see that Jesus is Almighty God come in the flesh. One such place to see this is in the Book of the Revelation.
Notice in the following verse that the One Who is the Alpha and the Omega is also the Almighty:
Revelation 1:8 “ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Notice in the following verses that the Alpha and the Omega is also the First and the Last:
Revelation 1:11 “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
Revelation 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Notice in the following verses that the Alpha and the Omega, Who is the Almighty, and Who is the First and the Last, according to the previous verses, is none other than Jesus Himself:
Revelation 1:17 “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Therefore, we can do nothing but conclude that the Almighty Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, is absolutely none other than Jesus Christ, the Messiah, God the Son, the Creator of the universe, the One Who is now risen and is alive, though He was dead on the cross to save us from an eternal Hell!
Let’s go back to the Old Testament for a moment…..
Isaiah 44:6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”
Do you see it? Thus saith Jehovah….and His Redeemer Jehovah. Remember that the fully capitalized word LORD is translated from the word Jehovah. Then…notice that it doesn’t say We are the First and the Last. They do together say “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”
The only way they can say that is if the Two are One, and they most certainly are!
There is much, much more evidence for the plurality of God, but we must move on.
So far we have seen that….
* We can know that we have this thing the Bible calls eternal life.
* All have sinned and are not worthy to enter God’s Heaven.
* The penalty for being a sinner is death, including the second death, the lake of fire.
* Jesus is called the Saviour because He is the only One Who can save us from this eternal lake of fire.
* This One Who is Called Jesus is God the Son and the Son of God. He is One with the Father and the Holy Ghost.
Let us continue…..
This One Who is called Jesus was born of a virgin!
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
The Prophecy’s Fulfillment
Luke 1:26 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.…………………………
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS…………………………
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
Luke 2:7 “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
A few notations concerning what these verses say:
1. The virgin birth was a sign. Virgins just do not conceive and give birth.
2. Mary was chosen to carry the Christ child because she found favour with God, not because of any kind of sinless perfection.
3. Mary called God her Saviour. God can only be someone’s Saviour if that one is a sinner needing to be saved. The only One Who has never sinned is Jesus. This is why He was able to be our substitute. Only the innocent could be a substitute for the guilty.
4. As God, Jesus has always existed; the man Christ Jesus came into existence when Mary conceived. Mary was used of God to bring the Christ child into the world, and can be said to be the mother of (the man) Jesus, but cannot be said to be the mother of God. God is eternally existent.
5. Mary later had other children; Jesus was her firstborn.
Matthew 1:24 “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
Note: “..knew her not till…” speaks of his having had no physical husband/wife relationship with her until after Jesus was born.
1. We must realize that we are sinners
2. We must realize that the price to pay for being a sinner is death, including the second death, the lake of fire.
3. Jesus, the Saviour, is the only One Who can save us.
Let me explain this a little further:
In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed to cover the sins of the people for a short period of time, with this having to be done over and over again. The blood from these animals could never take away sin. This blood was used temporarily until the Messiah (the Christ) would come, Whose blood could take away the sin of the world. The sacrificing of these animals actually pointed to the coming of Jesus as the Lamb of God, Who would actually shed His sin-removing blood on an altar (the cross) to save us.
John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Jesus came to suffer our Hell on the cross for us so we would not have to go to Hell and eternally pay for our sins. He hung on the cross for six hours after being beaten beyond recognition. Our sins were upon Him which created spiritual and mental torments for Him while on that cross, beyond the physical torments we usually associate with His crucifixion.
II Corinthians 5:21 “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.”
The fourth thing that one must realize is that Jesus rose from the dead (as we mentioned earlier), thus defeating death for us. Throughout the entire ordeal on the cross, Jesus was taking our place. When He rose from the dead, He was still taking our place, so that we, through Him, also have victory over death.
The fifth thing that one must realize is that in doing all of this, Jesus purchased for us eternal life as a gift that must be received by us with a sincere from-the-heart decision, thus accepting Him as our own personal Saviour.
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
A Word About Repentance:
Prior to getting saved, most people have any number of pre-conceived ideas concerning their own standing before God. Many think they are in good standing exactly where they are. Some tell themselves that they haven’t done anything bad enough to go to Hell. Others think that belonging to a particular church or religious denomination secures their future entrance into eternal happiness. Many have gone through some disciplined religious instruction that provides for them a sense of security concerning their eternal well being. Others, who may be philanthropists or volunteer workers for what they may estimate to be good causes, may deem themselves to be good persons that God would never deny entrance into His Heaven. There are also those who believe that it really doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere. Others follow a set of religious rules and rituals that they believe are prerequisites to going to Heaven when they die. Others believe that calling one’s self a Christian makes him one.
The sad fact is that, according to God’s Words, none of the above is correct. They are all false notions. This is why repentance is so important. Anyone who doesn’t believe that he needs salvation, or anyone who trusts anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ, and Him only, for salvation, needs from within his heart, to change his mind and turn to Him for salvation. A true heart decision to receive Jesus Christ as one’s Saviour, to the exclusion of anything else, is repentance. If, up to this point, you have not trusted Him only for salvation, then change your mind about that now, and receive Him as your personal Saviour.
Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord…”
Romans 10:9 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” [confession = unashamed to claim and proclaim Him as your Saviour.]
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Observe the fact that in John 14:6 it says “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Please notice the little mark after the word “me.” What is it? It is a period. It is saying “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” “Period!” That’s it! Nothing else!
When one receives Him as one’s own personal Saviour, he becomes a child of God. Salvation is a gift that must be received.
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ……………………………
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Jesus left no ifs, ands, or buts, about this subject. If one is not born again, “he CANNOT see the kingdom of God.” He said that a person “MUST be born again.”
Do you remember, earlier in this chapter, I said I would come back to a question that was brought up at that time?
The question was, “Does that mean that a person can receive eternal life, and then go about doing all kinds of wickedness and still get to go to Heaven?”
When a person genuinely, with the heart, receives Jesus Christ as his Saviour, he is born into the family of God. As a responsible Father, God will not allow one of His own children to go about misbehaving himself. God will chastise His own children for their own good, and for the good of those around them, but will never allow any of His own children to go to Hell for any reason. The fact is, when that child of His was born again, he became a new creature with a new nature.
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This new nature (new man, Ephesians 4:24) is perfect and cannot sin.
I John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
When a true child of God does something wrong, it is of his old nature (old man, Ephesians 4:22). However, he does have to answer to God for the times he does things according to the old nature.
Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”
The child of God also has the incentive, now that he knows he is going to go to Heaven, to lay up treasures in Heaven for his faithfulness and obedience.
Matthew 6:20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
In conclusion, let me take us back to the theme verse for this chapter:
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
The Bible tells us in Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
It is not the exact words one says that matters; it is genuinely receiving Him as your own personal Saviour. It is truly a matter of the heart.
Sample prayer: “Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner, but I am now putting my trust in You as my personal Saviour. Please save me now. Amen.”
May God bless you as you walk with Him.
Taken from "Here a Little, There a Little" Volume Two
Dr. Roger A. Milot © 2012
Pastor Milot is a contributing author to the Independent, Fundamental, Baptist, daily devotional publication "Call to Glory," and to the teen devotional "Glow in the Dark."
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