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Thursday, March 15 2018
Grace Is Not A Gift Of Lawlessness
"Turn to the LORD: say unto Him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously ... Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life"
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) grants forgiveness to the repentant who produce "good fruit" of themselves (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and Who Can Be Saved?). The LORD's wrath and hell fire are reserved for those who refuse to repent.
"20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:12-15 KJV)
Grace is not a license to be lawless (see Grace Into Licentiousness and Jude: Ungodly Men Who Turn Grace Into Lawlessness). Grace is a free gift to those who truly follow and obey the LORD. Hell fire is the reward of the lawless.
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Romans 6:1-6 KJV)
True faith is a matter of being faithful. "Works" isn't about observing any man-made rituals - it's about living a life of righteous behavior, as defined by the Law of the LORD, not by any self-righteous human (see Works Means Obedience).
"2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
Iniquity is when evil becomes "normal" and is regarded as right, or even a "right" (see the Fact Finder question below). The kingdoms of the Israelites (see A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms) destroyed themselves, time after time, by their iniquity - just as are many nations today.
"14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
This Day In History, March 15
44 BC: Julius Caesar was assassinated (stabbed 23 times while entering the Roman Senate) by Senators led by Brutus (Marcus Junius Brutus) and Cassius (Gaius Cassius Longinus). The date has become known as the "Ides of March" (Latin Idus Martii). The term ides was used for the 15th day of the Roman months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also How Did Rome Change True Time?).
351: Constantius II proclaimed his cousin Gallus to Emperor of the Eastern part of the then in-decline Roman Empire - which was superseded by Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
493: Odoacer, the German conqueror of the West Roman empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), was assassinated by Theodoric, who split him in two from shoulder to waist with a broad sword.
933: Henry the Fowler defeated the raiding Magyars at Merseburg, Germany.
1341: During the Hundred Years War, an alliance was made between Roman Emperor Louis IV and King Philip VI of France.
1493: Christopher Columbus arrived back in Spain after his first voyage to the "New World." Despite popular myth and propaganda, all of the four voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean Sea - Columbus never set foot on what today calls itself "America" (see the Christopher Columbus map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
The Vikings arrived on the east coast of North America, in what is today Newfoundland, Canada, about 5 centuries before Columbus was even born.
1545: The first session of the Council of Trent began.
1603: French explorer Samuel de Champlain set out on his first voyage to what is now eastern Canada. He established friendly relations with the natives and explored the St. Lawrence River to the rapids above Montreal. He returned several times, and was made the first governor of "New France" in 1632 (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1672: King Charles II of England issued the Royal Declaration of Indulgence that declared freedom of religion to non-Anglican Protestants and members of the Church of Rome.
1744: During the War of the Austrian Succession, France declared war on England.
1827: The University of Toronto was chartered.
1888: The Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888 began.
1906: Rolls-Royce was incorporated.
1916: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sent 4,800 invasion troops over the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1917: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the Russian throne; his brother became then Tsar.
1922: After Egypt was granted independence from the United Kingdom (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), the Sultan of Egypt assumed the title of King Fuad I.
1939: German troops occupied Czechoslovakia.
1957: Britain became the 3rd nation to explode a nuclear bomb.
1985: The first Internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).
1990: Iraq executed, by hanging, a British-based journalist for London's Observer newspaper after being accused of espionage.
1991: 4 Los Angeles police were charged with beating Rodney King, an incident that set off major riots in the city.
1998: Edwin Shoemaker died at age 90. He was the inventor of the "La-Z-Boy" (plushly padded rocking and swivel) chair. He died in one while taking a nap.
2004: French President Jacques Chirac signed the law on (in English) "secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools," commonly known as the headscarf ban.