Babylon caused Israel many problems in their time together, but Israel was not without blame. It was their sin that drove them into exile, out of the presence of God. There isn’t a much worse predicament that someone can get themselves into than being cast out of the presence of the Lord.
Every Last Word features the Bible teaching ministry of Dr. Philip Graham Ryken. The mission of this ministry is to broadcast clear Bible teaching that glorifies God and helps people grow by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This weekly program helps Christians apply God's Word to everyday living.
The Bible calls us saints, which means holy ones, because God has separated us from sin and blessed us for His service. Most Christians would agree that we have a need for personal holiness, however, we have difficulty in agreeing as to how this holiness actually comes about.
Believing the message of salvation is not an end in itself, it is only the beginning. We are not merely saved from sin, but we are also saved for God’s glory. God’s glory is commonly revealed in genuine Christian community.
In our rebellion we put Jesus Christ, the son of God, to death. Now our lives are forfeit. But here we see the wonder of God’s adopting grace, that it turns rebels into princes. Through faith in Jesus Christ we become God’s own sons and daughters.
We are all on trial. The religious and the irreligious, believers and atheists, everyone must stand before God’s throne for judgment. The standard for justice is God’s perfect law. And it is by that standard, that everyone deserves to be condemned.
Being made alive in Christ makes a world of difference in your assumptions about reality and the direction of your life-goals. It is a connection that brings spiritual life into our broken world and our broken souls. It reveals God’s plan of redemption in the present for all to see.