But now for the good news: God’s restorative justice has entered the world, independent of the law. Both the law and the prophets told us this day would come. This redeeming justice comes through the faithfulness of Jesus the Anointed One, the Liberating King, who makes salvation a reality for all who believe—without the slightest partiality. You see, all have sinned, and all their futile attempts to reach God in His glory fail. Yet they are now saved and set right by His free gift of grace through the redemption available only in Jesus the Anointed. When God set Him up to be the sacrifice—the seat of mercy where sins are atoned through faith—His blood became the demonstration of God’s own restorative justice. All of this confirms His faithfulness to the promise, for over the course of human history God patiently held back as He dealt with the sins being committed. This expression of God’s restorative justice displays in the present that He is just and righteous and that He makes right those who trust and commit themselves to Jesus.
In the incarnation and sacrificial death of Jesus, God is at work to extend salvation to those who fall under sin’s addiction. They are liberated from its power, cleansed of its stain. By “God’s restorative justice,” Paul means first the justice that belongs to God and reflects His character. God is just, fair, or in a word, righteous. But character is dynamic, not static. This means that God’s justice must express itself in some way. So it is in the nature of God’s justice that He acts to restore and repair a world that is not the way it should be. Above all, it is God’s saving actions through Jesus that constitute the gift of God’s restorative justice. (Romans 3:21-26)
Restore us, O God; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
“But I the LORD will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days, you rebellious people, I will fulfill whatever I say, declares the Sovereign LORD.’”
ABOUT THE REBELLIOUS WILL STUMBLE AND NOT EVEN REALIZE WHAT TRAPPED THEM?
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you. (Psalm 37:5)
The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. “Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase. (Daniel 12:2-4)
The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. (Proverbs 4:18)
Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.
There is purpose in your sufferings—
And some of the wise will fall victim to persecution. In this way, they will be refined and cleansed and made pure until the time of the end, for the appointed time is still to come.
For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”
Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:2-4)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD. How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. (Psalm 40:2-4)
As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.“ (Daniel 8:17)
He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.” Daniel 8:23
“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise.” Daniel 11:27
The Spirit of truth will come and guide you in all truth. He will not speak His own words to you; He will speak what He hears, revealing to you the things to come and bringing glory to Me. The Spirit has unlimited access to Me, to all that I possess and know, just as everything the Father has is Mine. That is the reason I am confident He will care for My own and reveal the path to you. (John 16:13-15)
Once we have a vision of the truth of Jesus Christ the risen Lord and Savior and hear Him, we are enabled to do as He shows us.
“When you’ve done it to the least of these MY BRETHREN you are doing it to Me.” (Jesus Christ)
The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time.
For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.
After He has suffered, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; by His knowledge My Righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11)
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)
O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; From Me comes your fruit. Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But the rebellious, the transgressors will stumble in them. (Hosea 14:8-9)
Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD. (Psalm 107:43)
The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy. (Psalm 111:7)
They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. (Psalm 111:8)
The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. (Proverbs 10:29)
The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. (Proverbs 16:21)
“ If any of you want to walk My path, you’re going to have to deny yourself. You’ll have to take up your cross every day and follow Me. “ (Luke 9:23)
Never betray My trust, get OVER “it” and keep walking in My will.
UNDER STANDING is true authority standing on Christ the solid rock the firm foundation for there is no other foundation that can be laid!
As you know, we comforted and consoled each of you as a father soothes his own children, encouraging you to live lives worthy of God—of the One calling you into His own kingdom and into His glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
What a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will, he abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But his smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil he doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of his love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor he shows, and the joy he bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Trust and Obey
Text: John H. Sammis, 1846-1919
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
After this, the Word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
Fear the LORD, you His holy people, for those who fear Him lack nothing. (Psalm 34:9)
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10)
Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him, that His glory may dwell in our land. (Psalm 85:9)
The danger is to glory in men, yet Jesus says we are to lift up only Him (see John 12:32).“
God is promising His GREAT Deliverance! He sent His Word & healed AND DELIVERED us from destruction! God watches over HIS Word to perform it!
When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)