THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A young boy of five years old was looking at family pictures with his dad.
He asked, "Where did Grandfather come from?"
Dad answered, "God made him."
The boy pointed to his dad's picture, and asked, "Where did you come from?"
Dad answered, "God made me."
The boy pointed to his own picture, and asked, "Where did I come from?"
Dad answered, "God made you."
The boy said, "Hmmm...doing better work nowadays, isn't He?"
6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour?
and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name.
And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee?
In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
Because of our prideful human nature, we desire being a part of our justification before God.
We speak of our abilities.
We speak of our works.
And, by so doing, we add mold to ("pollute") the true "Bread of Life!"
Let us not forget that Christ declared the work of atonement "finished" when He died upon the cross!
Neither let us forget that we were sinners, headed for an eternal condemnation when Christ came and found us!
His Holy Spirit worked upon our souls.
He convicted us of sin.
He convinced us of Jesus being the only means of our salvation.
He compelled us to repent, and fall humbly before God in confession.
Only then were we "accepted in the Beloved!"
Then, and only then, were we made clean by the true "Bread of Life!"
Even after we are saved, we are still sinners by nature and choice.
Paul reminds us: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23)
Isaiah reminds us: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;" (Isa 64:6)
Were it not for Christ we could not be saved.
Were it not for Christ we would not be saved.
Were it not for His Holy Spirit IN us, we would not perform any "good" work!
Paul also reminds us: "..we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Eph 2:10)
Phil 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Bragging on our works, as if they are our own, only “pollutes” the true “Bread of Life!”
May all the glory of salvation (including our works) be attributed to God our Savior,
in and through Christ Jesus!