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Lucifer's Lab

September 9

“O LORD our GOD: THOU wast a GOD that forgavest them, though THOU tookest vengeance of their inventions."  Psalms 99:8

"... and we became an indebted race living on borrowed time."

 

Sin was never GOD'S idea ... that recipe of rebellion was cooked up in Lucifer's laboratory.  "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of GOD: for GOD cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  Do not err, my beloved brethren."  Sin was pitched into GOD'S lap, if you would; but once it grew horns and a tail, HIS role was to then define it for what it is: "...that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful."  In our day of progressive thought, alternative renderings abound; but nowhere apart from Holy Writ is the definition of sin to be held in any esteem when it contradicts the CREATOR'S assessment.  Sin always appears as black as Hell in the light of Scripture! ... and furthermore, as early as Eden, it is evident that sin's dark debt must be paid.  When men determined to follow Satan, rather than GOD, the cost of that decision instantly became more than we could afford.  From the outset of sin, our ancestors priced us out of the market; and we became an indebted race living on borrowed time.  The combined international arrears of the entire world pales in comparison to the genetic debt of sin men have mounted against Heaven; yet the former gets constant billing, while the latter is ignored with damning calculation. 

"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 good news (i.e. the gospel) is that the FATHER forever judged sin in HIS SON and by virtue of HIS death, burial, and resurrection, we can have forgiveness.  Astounding it is though, to ponder, that HE WHO defines, judges, and condemns, is the ONE WHO also paid sin's fine.  "... for it is written, vengeance is MINE; I will repay, saith the LORD."  Vengeance is understandable and even anticipated of anyone with a conscience; but who could have ever dreamt the JUDGE would step down from HIS bench, and take on the attire of the very ones HE condemned.  That, beloved, makes vengeance a friend, and forgiveness inexplicable!

"But GOD commendeth HIS love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by HIS blood, we shall be saved from wrath through HIM."


For Love of Country
 William Henry Seward  (1801-1872)
(Secretary of State under President Lincoln)
"I do not believe human society, including not merely a few persons in any state, but whole masses of men, ever have attained, or ever can attain, a high state of intelligence, virtue, security, liberty, or happiness without the Holy Scriptures;
Even the whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever growing influence of the Bible."

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