Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
THE CHURCH THAT HAS TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE RESURRECTION
Verse:1. Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
Psalm 15 opens with a question framed by David to God, that will trouble a lot of people, sinners, laity even priestly in many congregations. Modern Christianity does not seem to be very much perplexed by the complexities of this question and its related requirements. The 21-century congregation believes that God asks only that we show up, come as you are, no questions ever asked, no requirements, just come on in. ? Churches can not put any barrier on “so-called” God-seekers who show up on Sundays.
But we do know that psalm 15 calls for the same holiness that fills in the book of Leviticus. “Be holy because I am holy”. The New Testament explicitly tells everyone that without holiness one cannot see or please God. No man-made rules are accepted, but God does have rules, and man cannot enter God's presence without certain requirements.
We are justified by faith in Jesus alone. If you believe in His Grace and accept the crucified and resurrected Jesus as your savior, believe he died for our sins you may be able to enter his dwelling and come to His presence, as Jesus justifies you as righteous to stand before him. You are presented before God without blemish by the washing up on His blood. Thus anyone who accepts Jesus will develop the character traits listed in Psalm 15.
Those who may live in constant communion with God are not a class of people who perform religious actions, but anyone who feels that he is a sinner, and come to the throne of His Grace and practices holiness and moral righteousness regularly. The purpose of Psalm 15 is not to condemn or judge those who cannot meet requirements, but the gospel declares that, when God demands these things, he also is ready to forgive us of our sins and enables us to grow in His Holiness. If we live by Christ's spirit, we will dwell in him, be united in Him, and will also enjoy His presence forever.
Lord our savior, we do admit that we are sinners, not worthy enough to enter into your dwelling place, but we believe in yours. redeeming grace. Accept us, cleanse us by the blood you shed on the cross. Amen.
Thought for the day:
We meet God not in the church building, but in the person of Christ.
Dr.John K.Thomas Tabor MTC