Posts Tagged ‘Fallen’

Revelation 18:1-3,8-11 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality”… “For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong. “And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more

As I read chapter 18, my mind raced through the many countries, cities, power houses, etc. that could be referred here. Is it the commercial capitals of the world, the gambling cities, the largest corporations that drive the world economies??

Who could this great Babylon be and what could her sins be that God is so furious with her? Why is God so furious at this great city and what is He speaking to us this day through this great warning? (more…)

Romans 3:22-25 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,i through faith in his blood.

Paul presents us with several related questions that are foundational to our faith in today’s chapter and presents a challenging but clear argument to help us focus on Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Before you read further, I encourage you to read this chapter and dwell on each question, the argument and the response. This is not Paul writing in his own wisdom, rather it is Paul writing in Godly wisdom through the working of the Holy Spirit in him. The moment we consider the words ‘All have sinned’, our first thoughts are to question that statement. How is this BIG statement qualified? Sin in human eyes is doing something exceedingly wrong like adultery, murder, robbery, cheating, etc. and most people I know would never accept that they or their children have sinned. So what justification is there to this statement?

As little as an ill thought, a lie (white included), a bad word or any of the legally defined sins like murder, rape, etc. all are SIN to God. Any sin makes us unclean because God is good, pure and perfect. Only such a God deserves our all, not a fallen one. Therefore, no one can come before God or have a relationship with Him because we cannot be justified by God’s standards, try as we might. However, Jesus made a way possible and that was through his death on the cross because he was pure, lived a holy life, was God’s own son and was sacrificed for no fault of His. His death was for our sins and through his shed blood, our sins are atoned for. The best part is that through his resurrection, we have new life with GOD! Regardless of what happens to us in this world or the end of it because of human sin, we have an assurance of eternity with Christ! Hope this is compelling enough for you to put your faith in Jesus Christ and share the good news to all?

In His Loving Service,