Monday, November 28, 2016

A Number in Degrees

I’ve known people who are great mathematicians. Their ability to calculate any problem is to me somewhat astounding; when the topic of dealing with degrees in math are presented, or any other numerical equation arises, their blood races; they are serious ‘left-brain’ people. I, on the other hand, am a ‘right-brainer’, as the definition for right and left brain learners go; my mathematical skills are limited. However, today’s subject, which refers to the mathematical equation of salvation, is one with which I am somewhat familiar.

The very next line in our poem makes reference to an essential mathematical application that must take place in one’s life, if salvation is the ultimate goal.

Line 13: This is the promise to those who receive; His offer of salvation and the life of sin leave.

What is the promise? The promise is deliverance from the fate of death; to be resurrected – made alive again – to never ever die again, but rather to live throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity; to never again know what sickness, sorrow, suffering or pain is all about. The promise includes living in a sin-free environment, with nothing but bliss-filled positivity permeating the atmosphere.

Who are those who receive the promise? They are those who accept the invitation of the Spirit of God to have a personal and saving relationship with Jesus/Yashua, the Messiah and Saviour of mankind from sin and the second death. St. John 1:12; I John 3:1-3

What is the offer of salvation? The offer of salvation can be found in the following verses: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God.” II Corinthians 5:21

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

“But God commendeth (to show, prove, establish, exhibit) His love toward us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

How do you leave the ‘life of sin’? You leave the life of sin, by making a one-hundred and eighty degree (180) degree turn in your life. Once conviction comes to your heart that you are a sinner; that you have a hole a cavity in your life that just cannot be filled with any of the things you’ve tried in the past; that there is a longing for a peace, a rest, a wholeness that just seems to elude you at all costs, and you spiritually ‘stand still’ long enough to acknowledge the voice that has been calling to you for a long time and you accept it, then comes the transformation. Then comes the one-hundred and eighty (180) degree turn needed in your life, whereby you can leave the life of sin.

You completely stop going in one direction, turn around, and head in the opposite direction. Instead of running from God, honesty, wholeness, right-doing and soundness of mind, you run toward it and away from chaos, unrest, bitterness, back-biting, in-fighting and grief. A number in degrees becomes your friend, and you embrace it with relish!

More: My Death Poem 

First posted on the Internet – 11/28/2016

All Scriptures are taken from the KJV – King James Version Bible

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