Christian Military Fellowship Blog


Discuss the tough questions relating to the Christian Faith. Present the Scripture in an interdenominational fashion demonstrating those things we hold in common and provoking thought whenever possible. Hopefully you will find things here that will encourage you to study more deeply that all of Scripture will be at home in your heart.

The Gospel Mandate

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."” – Mark 1:14-15 (Emphasis mine)

According to any good dictionary the word ‘mandate’ is defined as an official order or commission to do something. We are told in the Gospel of Mark that after Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, and after John was arrested, Jesus entered Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God. We are even given the words of Jesus’ initial proclamation:

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

Here we have Jesus saying at the beginning of his earthly ministry “repent and believe in the gospel”. Since Jesus said it, let’s agree that it’s ‘official’. Since Jesus is telling listeners to ‘do’ something, let’s agree that what we have is an ‘order.  Therefore, the gospel mandate is simply to repent and believe it. That’s it.

Interestingly, and perhaps sadly, most of today’s evangelism no longer follows Jesus’ simple mandate, but we have substituted all sorts of other ‘methods’. We have hand raisings (with all eyes closed of course) an altar calls. Have you ever wondered why everyone is asked to close their eyes but everyone is watching and applauding folks heading toward the altar?

To spark their interest in Jesus we tell people that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for them. Cool! Well, I love me to and have a wonderful plan too! God and I are on the same page!

Since God has such wonderful plans for folks, we ask them if they wouldn’t like to ‘ask Jesus into their heart’ or we ask them to just ‘give their heart to Jesus’. Those two seem to get great results at any Christian kids’ camp or VBS.  For older types who might be more thoughtful about the whole thing, we tell them that Jesus is ‘knocking at the door of their heart”, pleading to get in and the only doorknob is on their side, Never mind that the passage in question has Jesus knocking on the door of the church.

We might even pull out our little cards or Bibles and walk them through the Romans Road, ask for a simple ‘decision’ (and perhaps a signature in the little Bible), and pronounce them ‘saved’ when a decision is made and a dated signature properly inserted.

No matter what method we use, and we use them all, we hardly ever use the simple ‘mandate’ that Jesus used. We never begin where Jesus began. Why do you think that is? Is it because the word ‘repent’ is outdated and politically incorrect? After all, it might make someone feel bad. Are we hesitant about telling people to ‘believe the gospel’ because we are uncomfortable explaining it, or because we ourselves don’t know or aren’t sure what it is?  ,

Whatever the reason(s), we needn’t be afraid of just proclaiming what Jesus proclaimed. After all aren’t we fond of the expression “What would Jesus do?” Although I can think of occasions when WWJD becomes rather cliché, this isn’t one of them. At the same time, we need only remember that God saves his sheep and we can’t/don’t ‘help’ God save anyone. Remember Jonah and what he proclaimed after having been tossed into the sea, after being swallowed by a great fish and being barfed onto the beach?

“…with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!"  - Jonah 2:9 (Emphasis mine)

Our mission isn’t to obtain ‘decisions for Jesus’, it’s to be faithful in prayerfully presenting the gospel. Our prayer is that God will open hearts to hear and the gospel is that Christ died for our sins. There is great encouragement in knowing that all I have to do is be able to discuss what it means to repent and believe. And if I have faced my own sin head on and believed in the One who took my place on Calvary, it’s not a hard thing to do.

A wise man once said:

“Long ago I ceased to count heads. Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world. I have faith in the Lord Jesus for myself, a faith burned into me as a hot iron. I thank God, what I believe I shall believe, even if I believe it alone.” C.H Spurgeon, October 16, 1887

Bar the Gates!

John Bunyan, one of history’s greatest Christian authors, wrote the story of a fierce battle to take control of a city from its rightful ruler. This famous allegory, Bunyan’s second most popular work, is entitled The Holy War. His depiction of the human soul is a city, Mansoul, with five gates: Ear Gate, Eye Gate, Nose Gate, Feel Gate, and Mouth Gate.

The enemy of the city is Sin, who comes on a daily basis to attack at one of its five gates. Sin speaks to the Ear Gate; he presents vivid, alluring pictures to the Eye Gate; he tempts the other “Gates” as well.

The interesting thing about this battle is that Mansoulcould never be defeated by outside attacks, and Sin could never win in his assaults against the five gates...except in one way: someone on the inside had to open one of the gates and let Sin in.

In reality, these five gates are not Bunyan’s allegorical creations at all — they are for real! Bunyan had grasped what both Paul and Peter understood: that the soul of man is destroyed from the inside, not the outside.

This is why Paul urged the believers to stop presenting their members to sin. The word presenting in this verse is a military term, used in the transferring of weaponry or arms. Paul was actually saying, “Don’t let the enemy use your body as his weapon. Don’t let the enemy have your rifle or your sword so he can use it against you! Don’t leave yourself unarmed...don’t open the gates!”

Unquestionably, you cannot be a holy child of God while allowing your eyes to feast on unholy scenes. Most of today’s new film releases contain scenes of adultery or fornication. It is a fact, according to recent statistics, that over ninety percent of all sexual content in the average film is between unmarried people or people who are married to someone else.

If you choose to watch sin on the big screen, whether in a theater or your family room, you have just opened the Eye Gate and invited Sin to come in.

If Sin can’t get through one gate, he will try another. So, what are the lyrics to your favorite songs, and the lifestyle of your favorite artists? Most secular music today is filled with the same perversion that you see on the screen; merely listening to it may be as deadly as watching it...keep the Ear Gate closed!

You are in a Holy War, Christian, just as John Bunyan said. And you may be your own worst enemy! Sin is pounding at each Gate, but he can only come in if you allow him entrance. Sin can’t win the battle from the outside.

Don’t betray your Mansoul! By all means, reinforce the boundaries...fortify the the Gates!

Dire Straights - NOT the Band


If we desire to share Christ effectively with the unbelieving world around us, we need to know what the Bible tells us about the ‘natural’ man. We don’t need any touch feely platitudes about the state of unbelievers, we need to know what God has to say about them. Forget for a moment what you might have heard about unbelievers wanting and seeking God and let the Bible speak:

1.  They are dead in trespasses and sins.

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins . . . and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  (Ephesians 2:1-3)

2. They are living under current condemnation.

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18)

3.  Their unbelieving, fleshly minds are blinded by Satan, hostile to God, and they can do nothing to please Him.

"In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  (2 Cor. 4:4)

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. . (Rom 8:7-8)

4.  They are lost.

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  (Luke 19:10)

5. They slaves are of sin.         

"Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin." (John 8:34)

6. In all this, they KNOW God exists.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Rom 1:18-20)

7. Although the unbeliever knows God exists, he still doesn’t seek Him:

as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 1no one understands; no one seeks for God.”” (Rom 3:10-11)

Not exactly what we hear most often about the state of the unbeliever, is it? Given the really dire state of the unbeliever, what are we to do? We remember that it is God who saves and who has given us the great privilege of sharing Christ with those who, by nature, hate Him and don’t want him. Remember Lydia in the book of Acts, Chapter 16. She was with a group of women by a river one day when the Apostle Paul showed up. We are told that God opened Lydia’s heart to pay attention to what Paul had to say (Acts 16:11-15) and she was saved that day. It takes a supernatural act of God to open the hard open heart to hear and receive the message of the gospel. We are to be faithful in the telling of the good news! Continue to pray that God would open hearts and keep planting the seeds of the gospel.

What ABOUT Jesus Christ?

If we say ‘evangelism’ is “…to present Christ Jesus to sinful people in order that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they may come to put their trust in God through Him”, what about Jesus Christ we are to share?  After all, there is much to share, is there not?

I’m glad you asked – it’s a great question!   Given everything we are told in the Bible about Jesus, from Old Testament prophecy to New Testament fulfillment, from Jesus’ birth to his ascension, from the stories of his life, from his parables and teachings, from miracles he performed, what’s the most important fact about Jesus we need to share with others? In terms of evangelism, is there something more important than everything else we know about Jesus that we need to proclaim?  I believe there is, and we are given a clue even before Jesus was born!

There’s a short passage in the 1st Chapter in Matthew in which we are told that Jesus’ earthly father Joseph was pondering the fact that Mary, his betrothed, was pregnant with a child not his and the cultural/social implications thereof:

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:18-21)

Our ‘evangelistic’ hint is this: She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Emphasis mine). Those few words, spoken by an ‘angel of the lord’ to a troubled Joseph, defined Jesus’ mission before he was born. So given that salvation from sin was Jesus’ mission for coming to Earth; shouldn’t the issue of ‘sin’ be central to our evangelism?

I hope that’s somewhat of a rhetorical question to you. It should be. If you are not yet convinced, let me tell you what the Apostle Paul said was of utmost importance in evangelism – how Paul defined the gospel.

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,  and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” 1 Cor 15:1-4 (Emphasis mine)

So What?

By now you might be asking that question. Maybe you are familiar with methods for sharing Christ that seem to be more about what Jesus offers in terms of abundant living, special purposes, or wonderful plans for your life. Perhaps you have never even sin talked about much from the pulpit in the church you attend. Well, regardless of what you might not have heard in your own Christian circle, the fact remains that Christ came to die for our sins. While there are great and wonderful promises for the child of God, they are all secondary to dealing with the issues of sin, repentance, and belief in Christ as our substitute on Calvary.

The purpose of this post is NOT to tell you to beat anyone over the head with a 25 pound Schofield reference Bible and scream “Repent or perish!” While “repent or perish” is an accurate statement, the purpose of this post is to remind us that in our ‘evangelistic’ encounters we need to take the ‘discussion’ to the issue of our sin. How that happens is up for grabs and subject to the leading of the Holy Spirit as we share Christ!

We just need to remember that we need to take the conversation to the “bad news” of sin that the “good news” of the gospel addresses.

CMF Ministry Expressed in a Single Word

ὁμοθυμαδόν – homothumadon

3661. adv. from homóthumos (n.f.), unanimous, of one mind, which is from homós (n.f.), one and the same, and thumós (2372), temperament, mind. With one mind, with unanimous consent, in one accord, all together (Acts 1:14; 2:1, 46; 4:24; 5:12; 7:57; 8:6; 12:20; 15:25; 18:12; 19:29; Rom. 15:6; Sept.: Ex. 19:8; Jer. 26:21). (Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, The complete word study dictionary: New Testament)


“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5–6, NASB95)

If you can imagine for a moment that the Body of Christ is similar to your own physical body you may discover how we may be blessed in everyday function by Him Who is the Head!

My left hand does not know that my right hand even exists! However, when they work together they are able to accomplish more than they would working separately. Why because they are controlled by the head!

Apathy:   Can you imagine what your body would be like if some of your red blood cells failed to show up for duty? This is called anemia and the whole body suffers its effects.

Sin: Can you imagine what happens when disease afflicts the red blood cells? This is called leukemia and if left untreated causes death.

Rebellion: Can you imagine if your red blood cells decided to separate themselves from the rest and instead form cliques? This is called thrombosis and can also lead to death.

Why is it then that the Body of Christ has become so impotent? Because we are not submitted to the Head! And if not submitted to Christ then we cannot be submitted to each other out of reverence for Him (Ephesian 5:21).

5293. ὑποτάσσω hupotássō; fut. hupotáxō from hupó (5259), and tássō (5021), to place in order. To place under in an orderly fashion. To subjugate, place in submission. To subject oneself, place oneself in submission. It is a willing personal subjection demonstrated in Eph. 5:21, “submitting yourselves [hupotassómenoi] one to another in the fear of God.” (Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, The complete word study dictionary: New Testament)

In our American culture we live and speak in terms of I, Me, and My! However, in the body of Christ there is only One I, Christ, the Great I AM! Submission to His Headship must be absolute!

The “same mind” of which Paul speaks belongs to Jesus Christ our Lord!

“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” (Philippians 2:1–2, NASB95)

The purpose of CMF is then to provide you with the opportunity to be a part of the “community” of believers in the military society who are joined in koinonia (fellowship, communion, and participation). Why is this important? You will never survive the unseen battle if you are an island! Of course you could say to yourself you don’t need Christian Military Fellowship! You could also be numbered among the rampant number of divorces and many other shipwrecks that sadly have occurred among our fellowship.

“There was a time when the Holy Ghost’s heavenly fire was a mysterious force, flashing, like lighting in the skies, we knew not why or whither; coming now upon a Moses, and again upon Elijah; sometimes falling, as at Carmel in awful majesty upon the altar of sacrifice; sometimes striking, as in Israel’s camp, in the destroying flame of God’s anger; sometimes appearing as in the burning bush at Horeb, as the strange mysterious symbol of Jehovah’s presence.
But since Christ’s ascension the Holy Spirit has condescended to dwell amongst us under certain plainly revealed laws, and to place at our service and command all the forces and resources of His power, according to definite, simple and regular laws of operation, in accordance with which the simplest disciple can use Him for the needs of our life and work just as easily as we use the force of electricity for the business of life. He has even been pleased to call Himself “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” A. B. Simpson, “Power From on High.”
God grant that we as believers, brought into living oneness with our Risen and Ascended Lord through the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit, may so constantly accommodate ourselves to “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” that the power of God may not only fill us but remain upon us for holy living and effective serving. Then men will begin to see in experience something of the glory of the position that is the possession of all who are “in Christ.” AMEN! Dr. Merrrill F. Unger, ThD, PhD, “The Baptizing Work of the Holy Spirit.”

CMF exists to provide you with training and discipleship opportunities. This year we have added new field staff representatives in the gulf coast region (Keesler AFB); veterans ministry in Montana; Scott AFB, IL; and soon at NAS Pensacola, FL. We still have field staff located at the Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River complex, NC; Camp Pendleton, CA; ministry to the Navy and Coast Guard forces in the great northwest; and MaryLee Heller who leads the Christian Military Wives Fellowship.

However, CMF is primarily an indigenous peer ministry. Have you asked Jesus to join you together with your fellow believers on the battle field where you are standing? Are you molded together “intent on one purpose.” I promise you that Satan knows who you are and what are your strengths and weaknesses! Because he is fighting this war by any means.

Consider that when you became a member you subscribed to the following affirmation of faith and commitment without reservation:

As an expression of my commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the objectives of the Fellowship, I intend to participate actively and prayerfully in the ministry of the Christian Military Fellowship with my time, talents, spiritual gifts and financial resources.

You are the face of CMF wherever you happen to be standing! Consider beginning your local ministry!

What Caused The Protestant Reformation?

Church Historian Phillip Schaff said of the Protestant Reformation:

“The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history. It marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times. Starting from religion, it gave, directly or indirectly, a mighty impulse to every forward movement, and made Protestantism the chief propelling force in the history of modern civilization” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church).

Many of us might connect a 16th Century monk named Martin Luther, his 95 Theses, and a certain church door in Wittenberg, Germany to the beginning of the Reformation. How many of us know that Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on 31 October 1517 didn’t start the reformation, but that it ignited what had been smoldering for years? Most notably preceding Luther were; Oxford theologian John Wycliffe (1330-1384), Czech priest and scholar Jan Hus (c. 1369 – 6 July 1415), and Florentine Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498) all had grievances against the Roman Catholic Church of that period, many of which Luther shared. Nevertheless, Martin Luther is credited by most historians with starting the Protestant Reformation, and issues within the Catholic Church are credited as having been the primary causes of the Reformation, although there were others.

If you are interested in finding out more about the causes of the Reformation, just enter the question “What caused the Protestant Reformation?” into a good search engine and start reading. J

Perhaps even more important than the specific causes of the Reformation were the results commonly known as the “Five Solas”, which are summarized below:

1.    “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone):  Scripture alone is the only infallible source of divine revelation and the final authority for matters of faith and practice. Sola Scriptura does not mean that all truth is contained in the Bible (for example the Nicene Creed is widely accepted and recited within orthodox Christianity), but rather that all mankind needs to know for salvation is contained within its pages.

2.    “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone):  Salvation is the free gift of God to man. It is given by God's Grace alone and not through any merit on the part of the Christian.

3.    “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone):  We are judged righteous in the sight of God purely on the basis of our faith. The atoning sacrifice of Christ leads to righteousness being imputed to us as sinners through a legal declaration by God. This is often stated as Justification by faith alone.

4.    “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone):  Christ is the one Mediator between God and man and our salvation is accomplished only through His death and resurrection.

5.    “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory):  Every aspect of the Christian life is to be seen as giving glory to God. In essence, this “Sola” summarizes the other four.

Of course there were other results of the Reformation, however the 5 Solas were by far the most significant for Christianity.

Does the atheist merely deny that which he knows is true?

Atheists either totally deny the existence of God or they claim they just don’t believe in God, or gods. I have met both types, however there are far fewer professing atheists who tell me that God doesn’t exist than those who merely tell me they just don’t believe in God. When it is suggested that to claim God doesn’t exist necessarily presupposes ‘all knowledge’, thoughtful God deniers will move into the ‘I just don’t believe in God’ camp.

We ask the above question because of what scripture tells us in the New Testament book of Romans, Chapter 1:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity. . . 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Note the following points about men in the above text.

1. Men suppress the truth (by their unrighteousness). (v. 18)

2. They (men) knew God. (v.21)

3. They (men) exchanged the truth about God for a lie. (v.25)

If you read the rest of Romans 1, you will also find out what the results are when men exchange the truth of God for a lie, but those results are not the topic of this post. The point of this post is the original question “Does the atheist merely deny that which he knows is true?” If the answer is ‘yes’, should it inform how we discuss the existence of God with professing atheists? If that’s another ‘yes’, how should it inform our end of the dialogue? What might change in the way we discuss the issue of od’s existence?

Food for thought and discussion.

Why CMF?

The most important witness you will ever have is the witness you are to your own family! This is a witness that cannot be delegated to someone else! You are (whether or not you choose to accept it) the disciple maker for those who share your DNA.

That is why we endeavor to “Foster in all members a primary concern for the spiritual well-being of their own families, and the recognition in God’s economy of the family as the basic worshiping community.”

If the family is not strong in the Lord, the Christian witness will be compromised. But if the family of faith is flourishing, this nucleus of the missionary molecule will be eternally effective as each member of the family shares a living faith with those the Lord will bring your way!

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8 ESV)

This brings the importance of family devotional time, Bible study, story telling and the like into a divine perspective. My children are in their forties. So my discipleship opportunities lay in complete retrospect. The one thing that proved to be the greatest impingement was time! Time can be a wicked taskmaster. For those who are (or have served) on active duty, know that our time (and location) may be controlled by someone else. This may lead us to believe that we do not have the time to be an effective disciple maker to our families. However, the One who created time will (if we ask) provide the time for us to do all the things He requires of us!

One of the ways you, as a CMF member, can be of encouragement to your fellow members is to share your family discipleship experiences. After all CMF is a mission agency for those serving in the military. We are here to help you fulfill your responsibility to your families and to those with whom you serve.

If you happened to be in the vicinity of Bangor Submarine Base, Washington, Vic Primeaux (Director of Ministries to or Coast Guard Forces and Families) stands ready to be help. If you are near Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River, North Carolina, Dick and Sue Price will be available. If you are near Camp Pendleton, California, Steve Blythe is there. Are you near Keesler AFB? Then Dr. Larry Pierce can help. Are you in Colorado? Then Bob Flynn, Dan Cartwright and a host of others are willing to be your guide. Our endeavor is to model ministry and to encourage you (the Praetorian) to engage in ministry.

The Terror of the Word
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:11-13 ESV)

When He was finished with the Creation, God rested. He created a method of rest for Israel that they ignored and for which they were taken into captivity. Now we, who are in Christ Jesus, have a new rest, “Sabbath Rest” where we may remain continuously. But what happens if we, like Israel, disobey and fail to enter into this rest? We become the counterfeit!

“It is by the mixture of counterfeit religion with true, not discerned and distinguished, that the devil has had his greatest advantage against the cause and kingdom of Christ, all along hitherto. It is by this means, principally, that he has prevailed against all revivings of religion, that ever have been sheen the first founding of the Christian church.” (Jonathan Edwards, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections)

How can this be? Because when we rebel, we step away from the obedience of faith into self-will and sin! Though we may be able to present a highly reflective chrome exterior, in the light of the living Word of God everything is exposed!

“For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
(Romans 14:23b ESV)

“The veil of night is no disguise,
No screen from thy all-searching eyes;
Thy hands can seize thy foes as soon.
Thro’ midnight shades as blazing noon.” (Isaac Watts, Psalm 139)

The word translated “exposed” in the Biblical Greek is “τετραχηλισμένα” (transliterated: tetrachēlismena) which means, “To expose or lay open. The word was used of the bending back of the neck of wrestlers by their opponent. The bending back of the neck was used also on an animal to be slaughtered for an offering in order to expose the throat; hence, figuratively to lay bare or open.” (The complete word study dictionary: New Testament, Spiros Zodhiates) Therefore, we cannot pass off hypocrisy for sincerity but shall be judged by the Truth!

The last phrase, “him to whom we must give account,” is a play on words in the Greek. πρὸς ὃν ἡμῖν ὁ λόγος (pros hon hemin ho logos): literally “to whom to us (is) the word.” The nuance in Greek: that is, the λόγος (Scripture) not only cuts deep, but our λόγος (account) will depend on how we respond to Jesus Christ by faith. In other words, our relationship to the λόγος (incarnate Word) will be the determining factor in the Day of Judgment. The word, “hemin” comes from the root word “ego.” Said another way, ego (me) comes face to face with Logos (the Living Word Himself, The Lord Jesus Christ!)


Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
(Romans 14:10-13 ESV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
(2Corinthians 5:10-11 ESV)

Lessons to be Learned:

1.  Let us greatly reverence the Word of God.
2.  Let us, whenever we feel ourselves dead, and especially in prayer, get close to the Word, for the Word of God is alive.
3.  Whenever we feel weak in our duties, let us go to the Word of God, and the Christ in the Word, for power; and this will be the best of power.
4.  If you need as a minister, or a worker, anything that will cut your hearers to the heart, go to this Book for it.
5.   If we want to discriminate at any time between the soul and the spirit, and the joints and marrow, let us go to the Word of God for discrimination.
6.   And lastly, since this Book is meant to be a discerner or critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart, let the Book criticize us. (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Three Great Imputations

The term imputation is used to designate any action or word or thing as reckoned to a person.

In doctrinal, or Biblical language there are three cases of imputation that summarize God’s plan of redemption for fallen humanity:    

(1) The sin of Adam, who represented all of the human race, is imputed to all his descendants, i.e., it is reckoned as theirs, and they are dealt with therefore as guilty (Romans 5:12).

 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— (Rom 5:12)

 (2) Our sins are imputed to Christ, i.e., he assumed our 'law-place,' undertook to answer the demands of justice for our sins. In all these cases the nature of imputation is the same (Gal 3:13; 2 Cor 5:21).

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— (Gal 3:13)

21 For our sake he (God) made him (Christ) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5:21)

(3) The righteousness of Christ is imputed to them that believe in him, or so attributed to them as to be considered their own (Rom 3:21).

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. (Rom 3:21)

To those who would say that it’s not fair for God to impute Adam’s sin to his posterity, we must ask if it’s fair that he would impute our sin to his Son. If you are one of those, it’s something for you to think about.  No matter how you answer that, remember that because of Christ’s perfect righteousness imputed to us who believe, we are completely justified before a Holy God.

If we who have believed in Christ stand before God as sinners deserving of wrath, but justified by the righteousness of Christ, how is it possible that we could somehow ‘lose’ our salvation, or become ‘unjustified’?

Well, that’s a question deserving of its own consideration. For the moment, consider these three great imputations and let their truth sink deeply into your spirit. In doing so, you will have a grasp of God’s plan of redemption that many professing believers do not possess. And in this particular season, remember the words of the angel who visited Joseph concerning the child she was to bear:

21 “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. – Matthew 1:21


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