God told Adam that if he ate of one particular tree, “you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17 NKJV). The Devil told Eve, “you shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4 NKJV). Jesus said of the devil, “there is no truth in him…for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV). The Devil’s lies deny the plain truth of God’s Word! The Apostles, baptized in the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, preached that God “would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne” (Acts 2:30 NKJV). Everyone who believes in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead must believe that He is sitting on “his throne.” The Holy Spirit also said Jesus Christ is “the King of kings” (1 Timothy 6:15 NKJV). It is a Devil’s lie to say “Jesus is Lord, but not yet King!”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
How many times have you ever said, “If I knew then, what I know now, I’d certainly do things differently?”
Job is saying this in the last chapter of his book. Surely, Job regrets many of the things he said about God and is ready to repent and do those works “meet for repentance,” (Acts 26:20).
Some of the things Job learned from his trial included:
- Job’s wisdom was not enough to show the patriarch what he needed to see. He needed God’s word for that, and so do we!
- Job understands that God never abandoned him. God has promised to always be with us (Hebrews 13:5). We should remember this whenever we’re tempted to think God doesn’t care.
- Job understands that God had heard him. The truly remarkable thing is that when Job was allowing his sorrow to find release through his mouth, God withheld his hand. God is giving us all the same chance.
- Job realized his need for repentance and confession. Job no longer made demands in this last chapter. He is ready to change and wants to be restored spiritually. Nowhere in the scripture is he demanding God restore his wealth. His most important restoration was the relationship he had with God.
One of the significant things I learned in this study of Job was something Don Shackleford wrote in his “Truth for Today” commentary. He said Job’s office as intercessor brackets the book. God made mention of it in Job 1:5 and it is in this final chapter as Job was instructed to make sacrifices for his three friends.
We have an intercessor, Christ the righteous, “who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works,” (Titus 2:14).
Have we taken the time today to thank God for our Lord and Savior Jesus, who gave himself for us? If not, then why not take time right now?
I am most richly blessed.
I have a mansion waiting for me in heaven.
I will live with all the saved in glory one day.
I will be welcomed there.
I will walk the streets of gold
I will sing and praise God throughout all eternity.
He is the master of my life, my savior, the son of God. He is my Lord.
There’s no “If” about it – Jesus is Lord over all (Acts 10:36; Romans 10:12). And because He is Lord over all, we had better start telling folks to “call upon the name of the Lord” (Romans 10:13; cf. Psalm 145:18; Acts 2:21; Acts 22:16), rendering obedience to His will (Matthew 7:21; Romans 6:17).
If Jesus Christ is Lord, then:
- We must not cast away our confidence, which has great recompense of reward (Hebrews 10:35).
- We must be patient, so that after we have done the will of God, we might receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36).
- We must remember that Jesus is coming for us (Hebrews 10:37).
- We must continue to live by an obedient faith and not shrink back from our work (Hebrews 10:38).
- We remember that we are “not of a shrinking back,” but that we believe with a view toward the saving of the soul, since Christ is Lord of all (Hebrews 10:39).
… then I better act like it.
Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 7:21, KJV) Yet there are so many who have bought into Satan’s lie, just as Eve bought into the lie in the garden. Satan inserts that one 3-letter word, “not”. Sadly, that’s all it takes.
If Jesus is Lord, then I must submit myself to Him–the great Master, Creator, Savior, & Sustainer–and nothing else matters.
One of the most intriguing things I’ve written of late is this little piece on the Facebook page “Jesus Lord and Savior,” “Ask the Lord.” A subjective call, I know. But it has me really pondering. Your perspective would be invaluable to me here.