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You Are Under the Same Sentence of Condemnation

March 25, 2016

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You Are Under  the Same Sentence  of Condemnation

The Bible tells us  in Ezekiel 18:4  and other places,

The soul  who sins  will die.

It shouldn’t take much  to realize  that is pointing  to us.     We are  the souls  who have sinned.     We are  the ones  who must “die”.     Our sins condemn us eternally.     There is no “self-help” book or program  that can perfect us,  because we were born in sin  —  Psalm 51:5.     If we’re truthful,  we will admit our sinfulness  —  and the fact  that we are unworthy  of heaven.

But,  many don’t accept the seriousness  of our sins  and choose  to mock  and despise Jesus.     They just want  to continue living  in their sins  and imagine  that there is no heaven  or hell.     Luke 23:39-43  shows us  that was true  even as Jesus hung  on the cross  to suffer and die  in payment for our sins.     It says,

One of the criminals  who were hanged there  was hurling abuse  at Him,  saying,  “Are You not the Christ?     Save Yourself  and us!”

But the other answered,  and rebuking him said,  “Do you not even fear God,  since you are under  the same sentence  of condemnation?     And we indeed  are suffering justly,  for we are receiving  what we deserve  for our deeds;  but this man  has done nothing wrong.”

And he was saying,  “Jesus,  remember me  when You come  in Your kingdom!”

And He said  to him,  “Truly  I say  to you,  today  you shall be with Me  in Paradise.”

Jesus was innocent  of any sin.     Nevertheless,  the religious  and political leaders  condemned Him  to death.     The criminals hanged  with Jesus  justly deserved  the death penalty.     So,  the innocent Jesus  and the guilty criminals were  “under the same sentence  of condemnation”.     But,  we also  are sinners  and deserve  “the same sentence  of condemnation”.

Thanks be  to God,  by faith  in Jesus,  we can be  like the criminal  who believed  in Jesus.     By faith,  the moment he died,  he was  with Jesus  “in Paradise”.

Looking forward  to being with Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for paying  for all our sins.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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