4-12-2016

Scriptural Truth – Forgiveness and Salt

Most of us are familiar with the request Jesus so unselfishly asked the Heavenly Father while hanging on the cross: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). However, we also know that God turned away from that request, as Acts 2:23 &36 reveal. When the people were made to realize they had crucified the son of God, through preaching, they were “cut to the heart” and asked the apostles “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Without hesitation, Peter responded, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). This is somewhat puzzling; Jesus forgave the sins of the paralytic (Mark 2:9); He forgave the sins of the woman taken in adultery (John 8:11); and, He forgave the thief on the cross (Luke 23:43), so why didn’t He just forgive these people? Why did He, this time, ask the Father to forgive them? I would suggest that even in the last minutes prior to His death, Jesus was continuing to “give us an example that we must follow” (1Peter 2:21). In 1John 3, we learn many things about “love of the Brethren. It is no marvel when worldly people hate a Christian, but it IS a “marvel” when one who claims to be a “brother” hates us! The Holy Spirit says, “Such a one is abiding in death” (present tense). The time is coming when God will make all things right. Vengeance belongs only to the Lord, and He will repay (Romans 12:19). Those who are of a hard heart and impenitent … those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, are storing up for themselves tribulation and anguish, indignation and wrath of the righteous judgment of God (Romans 2:5-8). Jesus stated, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.” You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). Salt is not only a preservative, it is also an irritant. Jesus did NOT say, “You are the *sugar* of the earth! Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook

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