The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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“Glad Tidings of Good Things”
(Rom. 10:15)

 

 (Part 2)

 

 By Michael Zaucha

 

 
The Gospel declares: Jesus has ended the Law as a means of righteousness to everyone that believeth (Rom. 10:4). Even with a good and perfect Law “written by the finger of God” (Ex. 31:18), men were unable to attain to the righteousness of God. With men, this is impossible. For each and every one was without strength to get out of Adam. “But what saith the Scripture: Abraham believed God and it was counted (or imputed) unto him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3).

 

 
But unto Abraham only was not the promise made, for the Scripture continues: “Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:23-25).

 

 
Let the good news be heard: to everyone that has faith in the blood of God’s Lamb (Rom. 3:25), God’s righteousness is imputed to them. And to all who continue in the faith, God’s assessment of them is righteousness – even unto the day of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

 
These are but some of the things that reveal glad tidings. They are good news because God has received the work of His Son, so much so that they are effectually working in everyone that believes. God has amen-ed the work of His Son. And that’s good news!

 

 
Now this is not a salvation that caters unto man’s desire or man’s objectives. For men’s objectives, are in the wrong direction, far too small, and have an end. What the Gospel reveals is God’s so great salvation, and as such, there is much more to be had. This is a much more – a so great salvation. The reason that these things are unalterable or unchangeable before God, is that His salvation is anchored in His very person: in the God who cannot lie. For God has revealed His purpose, His desire, and His objective in what He would do, and this was all determined by the counsel of His will before the foundations of the world were even created.

 

 
So let your hope rest in these things that have occurred because God has determined them to be so, and He is the only true God, thusly ably carrying them out just as precisely as He has determined them to be. And the predetermined manner by which God is saving men to the uttermost: it is only by The Way, by His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. “There is salvation in none other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

 

 
Also revealed in the glad tidings is the commitment of God by His Son through the Holy Spirit to complete that which God has authored and started – a completion not in part, but rather to the uttermost, to the full endedness of God’s desire and God’s objective. The Gospel is that which reveals that this truly is the case, and we have to look no further for a confirmation to this end than to see Jesus, now glorified, alive forevermore, and set down at the right hand of God. For the Gospel reveals Jesus’ most needful work at His place of all power and authority: “Wherefore He (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him” – this is good news, but it is only good news to those who see the necessity of coming unto God; good news to those who perceive that this is the work Jesus is working now - “seeing” – our necessary involvement – “He ever liveth to make intercession for us.” (Heb. 7:25). 

 

 
Those who see – by faith - the absolute vitalness of Jesus’ intercession for them, and Jesus doing this very thing, have indeed received and partaken of the glad tidings unto the praise and glory of God, as they believe in His accomplishment before God, and do “draw near to God with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:22). 

 

 
The seventh chapter of the book of Hebrews records the good news of Almighty God’s commitment to see the work to completion: the word of God’s oath maketh the Son, or appoints Him, and consecrates Him forevermore. Let us give thanks and praise to our God and His Son Jesus Christ for the glad tidings of good things.

 
 
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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).