GOD's MERCY


Will you receive God's Mercy in the terrible days ahead?



     In these last days of man's rule, wars, and Christ's judgment coming upon this earth, God warns and says that His coming judgment must first begin with house of God. Peter  prophesied in I Peter 4:17- "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins at us, what shall the end  be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" Will you as a confessing part of the body of that house receive GOD's MERCY?
     
    This coming end time judgment will first begin against the house of God, which is the temple or santuary that professes to represent and accept Jesus Christ and His Passover sacrifice. Daniel also foretold of this event  in his vision for the end time in Daniel 8:17 -  God said to Daniel "---Understand O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision." What was the meaning of that vision given to Daniel?

       The end result of this vision presented by Daniel is given in Dan. 8:11-14 and was given for the end time and was about the church, the temple, or the sanctuary who professes to be of Jesus Christ. The vision was the fortelling about the cleansing coming in the form of the judgment upon the house of God, the church professing to be followers of Jesus Christ, but who will receive Christ's mercy and be cleansed through that judgment. The length of that judgment for the cleansing of the church or sanctuary is given in verse14, where Daniel states that "two thousand and three hundred days; (days is referring to 2300 mornings and evenings sacrifices or 1150 days) then shall the sanctuary (church or temple),  be cleansed of their sin. The church or temple will be made white and sealed through their faith in Christ, and that through their repentance, obedience and the receiving of God's Spirit.

      A sacrifice was presented for receiving God's mercy and for the cleansing and purifying of the person presenting it, that looked forward to when Jesus Christ would present Himself as the one time temple sacrifice, which covers all sin. 
Understanding and receiving God's Mercy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ presented at the Passover, will be the only way of coming through that great fiery trial of judgment and being victorious over it. This victory is a victory of triumph over Satan and his armies of war even if one is killed, because being killed will only seal your victory and your receiving of Christ's gift of salvation if you have repented of your sins. This is all because a believer did not see the need to really become serious about these things in good  and peaceful times, and so now must go through a fiery and sore trial to understand them of the way to receive salvation.
 
    Passover is the time of the year when understanding about God's Mercy should be well understood and learned, and the time when the understanding of this teaching of love should be once again renewed in a true believer's mind and heart if salvation is to be sealed in that believer's heart now. This understanding about God's mercy should be a treasure about love that is gained and established as a vital part of a person throughout each year of his life. What is most shocking is that in most of today's professed Christianity and all of their church going, they don't even keep nor recognize the great, yearly, memorial that Christ commanded as His Passover which,  teaches and proclaims God's great and tender Mercy and how His mercy can be received!

     Today's professed Christians are not  obeying the command of Jesus Christ by taking part in His once a year service of partaking of the symbols representing Jesus Christ's broken body and shed blood. They go through a weekly ritual called the Lord's supper that is totally meaningless and without true understanding of why Christ died! Read our article on "Why Jesus Christ Died" on our website. Christ commanded  His followers to keep the Passover proclaiming His death, which would remind them of His mercy, a powerful tool of love that God has given to the world and made manifest at Christ's Passover. The yearly Passover is about Christ's great mercy and love. Do you understand about this love of His mercy and are you exercising it in your life? Jesus Christ commands His true followers to keep the memorial of His death, the Passover "in remembrance of Me, and as you do this, you do show the Lord's death till He come," I Cor. 11:25-26.

    What is God's Mercy all about? Most of today's Christianity thinks of God's mercy as all forgiving, without a foundation of understanding for which forgiveness is given. Does the mercy granted by God pertain to the law of God as He says it does, Mat. 23:23? Does it, and how does it pertain to Christ's Passover? Today's confessing Christians do not believe God's mercy has anything to do with sin as it pertains to God's law and commandments, or even how it pertains to the Passover of Jesus Christ. Will God grant His mercy to a sinner who does not know what is sin, or what sins he has, or is committing against God, and who does not know how it all pertains to the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ which,  the week of the Passover pictures?

     All sin, all commandment breaking is first against God, and secondly, against man or  his neighbor, if man and his neighbor is involved in the sin. If a loving relationship is to be established with God and man, it must first be established  with God,  and then a loving relationship can be established with one's neighbor or one's brother, husband, or wife, if this second party is involved in the sin. And these loving relationships  must be established through sorrow of the heart that produces heartfelt repentance. This deep and total repentance that bears fruit will restore or heal ones' relationship with God our Creator,  and also with ones' neighbor through God's loving mercy and God's grace. This act of mercy which Jesus Christ provided and fulfilled in His sacrifice at the  Passover, by permitting His body to be broken and blood to be shed, triumphs over the judgment of the law, the death penalty for sin, and when this is accepted in faith, provides victory over sin. Christ's loving mercy will be granted against sin that man has committed against God and secondly, Christ's mercy triumphs over sin that a person has   committed against one's neighbor, brother, or mate if repentance and the willingness to obey God's law is manifested. This is made clear in God's Scripture, but twisted in today's accepted Christian teaching.
 

    God's mercy, as it pertains to eternal life, and being accepted into God's Kingdom, is God granting forgiveness for one's sins that He makes available to every sinner to forgive his sins, if that sinner will humble himself as a little child and confess his sins, and will repent of breaking God's ten commandments. The sinner's repentance must be proven and made manifest with the fruit of his behavior and obedience from his heart to obey God's commandments, or his repentance will be a repentance in futility that is null and void, and is not recognized by Jesus Christ. This is the foundational condition in entering in the covenant with Jesus Christ to receive His mercy. If this condition of repentance is not met, Christ will not recognize a sinner's mouthing of words, his hypocritical heart,  his religious show, and his believing that only confessing and accepting the name of Christ, as is popularly taught by most all of today's false preachers and evangelists, is all that is needed to receive his mercy of forgiveness.

     Jesus Christ teaches us in Matthew 23:23, that "mercy is a weightier matter of the law."  However, in today's confessed Christianity, God's mercy is taught as having nothing to do with the law of God. The law of God means God's ten commandments, His statutes and His judgments. Today's preachers, ministers and pastors are hostile against God and His law, and are in grave danger and error by doing away with His ten commandments in their teaching, as God's law pertains to love, mercy,  faith and to salvation, and to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at His Passover Season.

     Do today's professed Christians understand God's mercy as it pertains to God's law and as it pertains to salvation? Why is mercy a weightier matter of the law? It is a weightier matter because mercy is a law and act of mercy through Jesus Christ, that  rejoices or triumphs against the law that commands judgment and justice for one's sins, James 2:13. God's law given in judgments is against the breaking of His commandments. God's law, given in judgments against sin, can be lifted, covered, justified, when God's mercy is granted. Mercy is Christ's law of liberty, and is  God's command or law of promise that grants freedom or victory over the law of judgment that is given as the penalty or judgment of death for sin, but is only given when a person repents of breaking God's commandments and obeys His law.

      But today all, or the overwhelming majority of the preachers and evangelists, are teaching against the law given in the 10 commandments, by teaching that Christ's death nailed them to the cross, and thereby does away with them. If this were true, there would be no need to accept Jesus Christ, because there would be no sin. There would be no need for mercy, faith, and His grace, for by the law and Christ's death are all of these spiritual values established. The commandments define what is sin when they are broken. These matters are established by the law as mercy is  for  the forgiveness of sin (broken law), and as faith (faith establishes the law) is because of Christ's promise to forgive and justify a sinner's sins (broken law) through the understanding and acceptance of Christ's broken body and shed blood. Grace is God's promised favor and not only involves His mercy, but the giving of His Holy Spirit to help man keep His commandments. Then what did Jesus Christ permit to be nailed to the cross? It was the laws or ordinances given in judgments against sin, but even those laws and their penalities that were fulfilled by Christ on the cross that provide for God's mercy will be made of no effect on a person's life, only by a person's repentance and faith in Christ's sacrifice.

     Every person desiring salvation and eternal life in God's Kingdom needs to understand about commandment keeping, and commandment breaking  and mercy as it is explained by James in his letter to the brethren, and as these teachings pertain to salvation. Christ is teaching through James 2:9-14, "Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you have become a transgressor of the law." This example holds true for all of God's commandments when you break any one of them, then you are guilty of breaking them all as is explained in verse 10.

     So, today's false preachers preach this to mean no saint can keep God's commandments, which is a big lie and the denying of God's Spirit, which God promises to give to help one to do so. James goes on to teach in verse 12, "So speak you and so do (meaning so teach and do as in keeping God's commandments) as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. The law of liberty is God's mercy upon all saints who are living by God's commandments and in their young life in this faith, if they in a weak moment do sin, but are repentant and bear fruit of that repentance, God's mercy will triumph over the judgment, or penalty of the law. Verse 13, "For He shall have judgment without mercy, that shows no mercy" (a person that does not show mercy to any   person that sins against him, or shows no mercy in respect to the lowly brethren in their weak state, or to the fatherless and the widows in their state, or to the poor will not receive mercy from God) "mercy rejoices against judgment." Mercy will be granted to a person that shows mercy and is victorious over repentant sin and its penalty. Yet today in what is accepted as Christianity, many false preachers teach that there is victory in Christ just by accepting His Name only, without any work of repentance based on God's 10 commandments and bearing fruit of that repentance. This is an overwhelming lie and false teaching!

     In Luke 1:50 the Scripture teaches, "His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation." What does fearing God really mean? It means being afraid of the consequences of sin, the penalty of sin which is for not obeying the commandments of God, and doing what is pleasing in His sight. Ecc. 12:13, "Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole responsibility of man." v. 14. "For God shall bring every work (every work of behavior that violates God's commandments) into judgment, with ever secret thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil."
 
     Mercy is God's favor of compassion and His loving kindness and His forgiveness granted to a person who is repentant of transgressing His commandments. The Scripture says in Luke 1:76-78, "That John was to go before the Lord to prepare His way, to give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins."  John says, v 78, this is  granted "through the tender mercy of our God." John taught people how their sins could be forgiven through repentance and the tender mercy of God.

     In order to have one's sins remitted, (forgiven) this demands all sinners to repent to God for breaking His law, His ten commandments, in order for God to fulfill His promise of His mercy, that is promised to every repentant sinner.

     Jesus Christ gave us an example of a rich man desiring mercy of forgiveness at the judgment day, but was not granted that mercy. Why not? First, it was because he did not see the need in his lifetime to repent and obey God's commandments as given to Moses. Christ told this rich man, who was desiring mercy to be shown to his brothers, that what his brothers needed to do was to obey the law of Moses to receive mercy. Secondly, this rich man who asked for a little of God's mercy, did not show one bit of mercy during his life unto Lazarus, a beggar, not even giving him any crumbs from his table. This rich man, not having mercy in his life for the poor, reaped the judgment of fire at the end, when the judgment comes to all, Luke 16:24-29.

    Every person, rich or poor, who has not learned about mercy, to do mercy in his life, will not be granted mercy in the judgment. God's ten commandments and the obeying of God's commandments, teaches one to have love for one's neighbor and that love consists of exercising mercy with your neighbor. The Word of God says in Jeremiah 9:24, "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord which exercises lovingkindness (compassion and mercy), judgment (justice, fulfilling the law against sin) and righteousness (grace, God's favor of forgiving  and justification of sin) in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord." God delights that we study and come to understand and do by laying up in our life these great teachings and treasures about Him and His Kingdom.

    God further tells us in Hoses 6:6, "For I desired mercy (s.2617)  (one's love, kindness, reverence and devotion to God) and not sacrifice (sacrifices and offering to God that had become meaningless): and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." We are told in Romans 12:8 to "show mercy with cheerfulness." We are to exercise mercy from the heart that is sincere, and not as a show of the flesh to impress others.

    Paul tells us in Ephesisns 2:2 that the spirit of Satan works in the children of disobedience. Disobedience  is a person living contrary to the law, the ten commandments of God, and is a mindset of rebellion in an evil person that will not even acknowledge  these commandments as the commandments of Jesus Christ, and as commandments He commands His people to be obey for eternal life, Matthew 19:17.  In Eph. 2:5, Paul continues by saying, "Even when we were dead in our sins, God has quickened us (raised us up) together with Christ, by grace you are saved." God's children are quickened by being raised up from the watery grave of baptism to a new life in Christ, through the Spirit of God in us. This is done through the "exceeding riches of His grace," verse 7, which is His favor of mercy of forgiving our sins and granting us His Spirit, based on our repentance from being a child of disobedience.The exceeding riches of His Grace is God's merciful FAVOR that includes the gifts of God's SPIRIT and SALVATION.  
 

    Paul continues in Ephesians 2:8-9 by saying, "For by grace are you saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." It is not by any man's works or fruit of obeying God's law and ten commandments that man is forgiven and saved from his sins and receives the GRACE of God. Obeying God's 10 commandments cannot forgive our past or present sins, it is through GRACE, God's favor of mercy of forgiveness and justification of one's sins. This was all given and made available through the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ and His acceptance to be man's Savior by God the Father. God accepted the suffering and death for the penalty for man's sins at the resurrection of Jesus Christ after 3 days and 3 nights in the grave.

     However, the gift of God's grace, which involves God's mercy and the giving of His Spirit, will not be given unless there is  a sinner's total and complete, heart rending repentance, and this repentance must always bear the fruit of obedience to God's law and commandments. Otherwise, one's faith in accepting Christ and His shed blood in order to be granted God's grace, will not be given to a sinner! What a shame that today's Christianity just cannot get this understanding, and it is all because they will not repent to gain that understanding and gain Christ's mercy.


     James tells us in James 2:12-13, that we all "shall be judged by the law of liberty" and "mercy rejoices against judgment." So what does this mean? We began this message by asking the question how mercy pertains to the law and how mercy is a weightier matter of the law. It is the Word and Law of God that if a person shows mercy of forgiveness, lovingkindness, and compassion upon his brother or neighbor, that this is also love to him. God says that person will receive mercy from Him for his repentance of his sins, and if he does not show mercy to his neighbor, then he will not receive mercy from Him. God has shown His love and mercy by sending Jesus Christ to this earth to make a way that we can understand about His love and about His great mercy. Jesus Christ gave His life in great suffering and death at the Passover to set the example of His love and His mercy upon sinners. Have you proved to God that you desire to learn about  His love and mercy in your life by repenting of your sins and bearing fruit of that repentance and exercising that mercy with your neighbor?

    Time and opportunity is quickly running out for you to prove to God that you really do desire to come to know him and to love Him, through His mercy and grace and His love for you, and that you really do desire to live eternally with him!

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