Archive for October 2020

A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken: Grace to Serve

Hebrews 12:26, Whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Serving God acceptably is the outcome of things that cannot be shaken. 

Part of the process of arriving at a place where things cannot be shaken involves removing the things that can be shaken.

1 Peter 5:10, But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

The word “suffer” is defined: To be affected, to undergo; “to permit further" 

We have all experienced suffering or shaking. I know it because you are still standing in faith today!

Remember:  Justice = Righteousness. 

Justice begins with how we relate to God based on the Grace He has provided to us. 

Justice is God’s order in you

Righteousness is God’s ability working through you

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Things That CANNOT BE SHAKEN When Things Shake

Hebrews 12:26, Whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

 

Hebrews chapter 12 presents five topics of context and focus.

 

The Race of Faith

The Discipline of God

Renewal of Spiritual Vitality

The Glorious Heavenly Company

Following the Heavenly Voice

 

We are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. We are not receiving a membership or an association. We have received A RELATIONSHIP!

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Justice=Righteousness & Righteousness = Justice

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17) 

The contexts of the words justice and judgment suggest the following:

1. One cannot preach righteousness without doing justice.

2. Justice must be done in the spirit of righteousness.

3. Authenticity is essential for one’s lifestyle. Live according to Christ and the word of God.

4. One must take action in helping those who are disadvantaged. 

5. Resist oppressors by holding persons accountable who would take advantage of others.

6. Stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. 

Justice = Righteousness 

Righteousness = Justice

In the Bible the words are sometimes used interchangeably. Psalms 89:14 

KJV: Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

NIV: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you

There are three types of justice

1. Biblical Justice

2. Social Justice

3. Civil Justice

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