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We shall die, for we have seen the LORD!

 

“Then Said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5

 

   When we hear the Word of GOD, it convicts us. Not a worldly conviction of superficial sorrow, but a conviction by the Holy Spirit to Godly sorrow. I grieve over the social gospel that’s being communicated today because it is watered down the extreme importance of repentance in the lives of those who are being converted. The Old Testament was given for our learning and so if we look at the times when Old Testament believers came in the presence of GOD, how they confessed their unworthiness, we will see how we fall short of this today.

   In the book of Judges Chapter 13 you’ll read about a man named Manoah and his wife, the parents of Samson the Levite. A stranger came and told them that they would have a son, even though the woman was barren. This child would begin to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines, the stranger said. Manoah took a kid with a meat offering and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD for this promise.  As the flame from off the offering went up toward heaven, the stranger, an angel of the LORD, ascended in the flame of the altar. Manoah and his wife fell on their faces to the ground in worship. In verse 22, Manoah said unto his wife “We shall surely die, because we have seen GOD”. This is the same effect the King of Kings and LORD of Lord’s have on us as we come to an understanding knowledge of who HE is and what HE did, our hearts should be pricked with a godly sorrow that works repentance in us that leads to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10).

   Exodus 33:20 says, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live”. For those of us who believe that the whole Bible is the inerrant Word of GOD, know that this still applies today. Either way, even if you receive salvation, or not, you will not be alive with an encounter of seeing the LORD. First of all, man is already spiritually dead. When you see the LORD, you will either (1) be renewed in spirit and thereby die in order that you may live; or (2) remain spiritually dead because you have been rejected by the LORD due to being ordained to condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our GOD into lasciviousness, and denying the only LORD GOD and our LORD JESUS CHRIST. (Jude 4).  Romans 14:8 say, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the LORD”S”. Now if we want to be renewed in spirit we are to take heed to Romans 6:6, which instruct, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with HIM, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”. When CHRIST was crucified, He Died. Therefore, when we come to the point of repentance, it is the point where we turn from our sins. Only after we are spiritually crucified with CHRIST, we are raised with HIM. This signifies salvation, or redemption.

 

 

   There is another passage in Deuteronomy 5:26 which says, “For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living GOD speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived”? The children of Israel heard the voice of GOD calling them to a closer relationship to HIM, and HE is making the same call to us today. Those of us who heed that call will proclaim “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: ye not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of GOD, who loved me, and gave himself for me: (Galatians 2:20). This is a true born again believer who has denied self and allows the LORD to rule and reign in his life. Yet, the enemy has slowly desensitized people with this social gospel which focuses on good moral conduct instead of the sinfulness of mankind. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, “The heart is deceitful above ALL THINGS, and DESPERATELY WICKED: who can know it”?  So teaching good moral conduct without the authority of Christ and conviction of the Holy Spirit is pointless. What is needed, first and foremost is the knowledge of how much we don’t deserve the Lord’s grace, no matter what we are or what we do. We can never earn grace nor access it ourselves regardless of what we think to the contrary. It is purely up to the good pleasure of GOD.

   The children of Israel were delivered out of the bondage of Egypt and called into the wilderness where the old rebellious generation died off totally except Caleb, son of Jephunneh (Deu.1-36), and the new generation inhabited the Promised Land. In the same way, we are delivered out of the bondage of sin and called to the cross of Calvary so our old rebellious nature can be crucified. This is so our new nature in Christ will shine forth. When we behold the glory of the LORD, we are as the Prophet Ezekiel exclaimed, “And when I saw it (glory of the LORD), I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake (spoke)”. Once HIS glory is revealed, we fall down in utter hopelessness. We have learned we can never obtain it on account of our sinfulness, which can only be pardoned by the substance (the spirit) of the blood of Christ. This is the pure and holy blood of GOD”S sacrificed Lamb. He is the ONLY One that can provide the remission of sins. For it is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11). The blood of sacrificed animals pointed to the first coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ to pour out His Holy Blood once and for all for atonement for all souls that believe and do His will.

   The voice of GOD calls people to Himself in such a way to respond to living faith. New spiritual life is imparted by the secret and invisible act of GOD for regeneration. This regeneration becomes a new heart and new spirit. Matthew 18:3 says, “Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”. Conversion is our willing response to the gospel call, by grace through faith, in which we sincerely repent of sins and place out trust in Christ for salvation. But of course, we must have some knowledge of who Christ is and what He has done as we come to Him for acceptance. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24).  Those who have experienced His deliverance will proclaim, “We shall die for we have seen the Lord!”

   And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24).

 

 

 

Deo Volente, Amen

(God willing, So be it)