• Encouragement, For Christians, Forgiveness, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson

    Posted on October 14th, 2013

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    The Laws of Sin and Death are Cancelled by God’s Mercy

    The Laws of Sin and Death are Cancelled by God’s Mercy

    We may not like the way that God has chosen to save us, but that is really none of our business. Saving people is His business and since He created us, He has the right to determine the method of our redemption. The person who has wisdom will listen to what the God of the universe has said, and submit to His authority. We do this knowing that God is truly Good and that He genuinely loves us, for He was willing to give His only Son to make our salvation possible.

    It is our choice to conform to God’s requirements, or we can stubbornly refuse. If we do refuse, then we will be the ones who suffer loss, not God. If we agree with Him and do what He requires, we will be able to enjoy the blessings of a perfect life, forever and ever. God has the right to decide who He wants to live with, since this is His universe. We all make similar choices during our life. We chose to be with people that we like and who add to our quality of life. We also reject those who live in such a way that their behavior would severely harm our way of life. God has the right to set the rules for who can live with Him and who cannot. He bases His acceptance of us by what we do with Jesus. If we agree that we are sinners, with no hope of eternal life apart from God’s help, then He will receive us. If we come to Him with a humble heart and a willingness to turn from our old life of sin to a new life governed by Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then He will graciously pardon all of our sins and grant us admission into His presence where we see Him face to face.

    The Lord made His goodness pass before us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is by looking at Jesus that we see what God is truly like and discover what He requires for us to be qualified for heaven.

  • Catholic Church, For Christians, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Jesus v. Religion, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 21st, 2013

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    The Messiah Reveals the Correct Model for Prayer

    The Messiah Reveals the Correct Model for Prayer

    As the Messiah, Jesus defined the true meaning and intent of prayer in a way that none of us had know previous to His great example of prayer. It is certain that a large part of Jesus ministry was empowered by His voracious prayer life. When all others were fast asleep, Jesus was on His knees before the Father, interceding for us.

    The model for effective prayer is found in the habit and method of Jesus as He demonstrated how, and to whom we should pray.

    The Pharisees were known for their pretentious public prayers that they conducted before the public eye. The fact that the religious leaders felt it necessary to allow the public to observe their prayers, gives us an indication of where their true motives resided. Jesus defined those who pray in this manner as hypocrites. He said that they conducted their prayers in public so that they would be seen by others, not so that they might obtain fellowship with God. Jesus contrasted how the true servant of the Lord should pray; go into your room and pray to the Father in a secret place. Secondly, when we speak to the Father, we talk to Him as if He is an intelligent being, who hears us the first time we speak. We do not need to conduct our prayers in repetition as is the practice of the pagan nations who do not know God.

  • Jesus v. Religion, Justification, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on September 12th, 2013

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    A God of Love Who is Also Just

    A God of Love Who is Also Just

    According to the Bible, justice is carried out when the penalty for a crime is exacted against the offending party. A crime has been committed; therefore, a penalty is due. There can be no justice if the guilty are not punished. If a person has committed a terrible crime and he appears before a judge for sentencing, and that judge should inform the guilty man that his crime would simply be forgotten, we would say that this judge was unjust. In the same way, God has pronounced a penalty against the sinner: “The soul who sins will die.”

    Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

    In order for God to be seen as just, He must carry out the sentence that He has predetermined. If God did not judge the guilty, then we could never trust Him to do anything that He has promised. The Lord cannot simply ignore our sins and act as if they didn’t happen, nor can He remove our sins without a just basis. Sins have been committed; therefore, a penalty must be exacted.

    Our God is both loving and just, therefore, He must do what His law requires and punish the sinner. There is, however, a provision in the law of God for a substitutionary party to stand in the place of the guilty.

  • Is Mary a Co-Redeemer with Her Son Jesus?

    Is Mary a Co-Redeemer with Her Son Jesus?

    Theologians in the Catholic Church have stated that because Mary also suffered during Jesus’ crucifixion, she became a “co-redeemer” with the Lord. The Catholic church has specified that because Mary suffered along with Jesus, she also participated in His efforts to bring salvation to all people; therefore, she is called a “co-redemtrix” with Jesus.⁠1

    Pope Leo the 8th said this regarding Mary:

    “Mary is the intermediary through whom is distributed unto us this immense treasure of mercies gathered by God, for mercy and truth were created by Jesus Christ. Thus as no man goeth to the Father but by the Son, so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother.”⁠2

    The Bible nowhere describes Mary as participating in the work of salvation, but calls her Blessed or happy that she was given the great honor of serving God by being His maidservant.

    For detailed information on this important subject, please see: Prophecy 99

    Of course, this is a very tragic position to take in the redemption that Jesus paid such a high cost to purchase for us. Although Mary truly suffered herself for her Son’s death, she took no part in the redemption of all mankind. That work and the supreme sacrifice which was made, can only be credited to Jesus. No human being, including Mary, can ever claim that they had anything to do with the salvation that Jesus died to make possible for us.

  • The Prophecy of Impossible Salvation for the Gentiles

    The Prophecy of Impossible Salvation for the Gentiles

    There are certain occasions in our life when it seems that there is no solution to our problems. We should remember that the Lord always has a plan and a way to solve every difficulty.

    In the minds of the leaders of Israel, salvation through the Messiah was for the Jew, not for the Gentile. In their view, the Gentile nations were far from God and could never be brought near. To consider that the Gentiles would carry the message of the Messiah’s salvation to the entire world was in their minds—an impossibility.

    Very often, what we consider impossible is really very easy for God. Those people whom we might think have no possibility of salvation are the very ones whom God pours out His Spirit upon and saves.

    This should be a great lesson for us. When we think that we have figured out what God is going to do, often the Lord has a way that we would never have considered. He has resources that we have no knowledge of. His ways are not our ways. His power to accomplish all of the promises which He has made are limitless.

    Isaiah 55:8-9“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

  • Doctrine, Excerpts from the Book, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on July 23rd, 2013

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    The Price Has Been Paid

    The Price Has Been Paid

    The sins of every person born on the earth have been paid in full by Jesus’ sacrifice. Salvation is available to everyone of us, but this salvation is voluntary. God will not force anyone to love Him, nor to spend eternity in His presence. Each individual must, of their own free will, ask God for this salvation that He has so richly made available to us in Jesus Christ.

    What we decide, either for or against Jesus, will determine our eternal destiny. It is important to understand that this is the only offer that God has made to redeem human beings. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, God is seeking to reconcile the world to Himself. The cost to make this salvation available to us was so high, and the penalty exacted against Jesus for our sins was so great, that God will not permit a person to come to Him and be saved by any other way.

    At the moment of death, the decision that we made during our life—either for or against Jesus—is sealed; and there is no possibility of change once we enter eternity.

    Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.

    The angels who lost their right to God’s presence by their sin—all received eternal judgment without any hope of redemption. We, human beings, are a unique creation of God. We are the only beings that have been given a second chance to redeem our life, if we follow the procedure that God has ordained.

  • Prophecy of the Messiah: “You are a Priest Forever”

    Prophecy of the Messiah: “You are a Priest Forever”

    Many years ago, a young man approached me immediately after I had concluded teaching the word of God on Sunday morning, and he said to me: “Pastor you have the best job in the world, you only have to work one day a week”.

    He did not realize that being a servant of God is a lifetime appointment, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

    When Jesus took the body of a man at Bethlehem, He did not become a servant to the Father on our behalf for only thirty-three and one half years, He became “a priest forever”.

    Hebrews 5:4-6 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”

    The responsibility of becoming our High Priest was not something that Jesus took upon Himself, he was “appointed” to this position by the Father.

    The term “You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” in verse 6, is a very strange indeed. The priesthood described in the Old Testament, came from the Tribe of Levi, Jesus came from the Tribe of Judah. Here in Hebrews chapter 5, we see that Jesus is not the same type of priest as those from the tribe of Levi. Jesus is a High Priest after the likeness of Melchizedek.

  • Doctrine, Fulfilled Prophecy, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on January 12th, 2013

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    Prophecy: One Life Can Pay For All Other Lives

    Prophecy: One Life Can Pay For All Other Lives

    Jesus is the eternal God dwelling within the body of a man. It is from this basis, that the claim is made that His life is sufficient to pay for the lives of all other men. What is the value of the life of God? If we can agree that because He is eternal and the Creator of all things, His life is of infinite worth, it would certainly be reasonable that He could redeem all human beings.

    God could offer His life in exchange for all of ours, If that was His desire.

    In order for God to make His life a ransom, He would have to become one of us. It is only possible for mankind to be redeemed by another man. God could orchestrate the redemption, but He would have to use the vessel of human flesh to redeem those who are also human. For this reason, before time began, Jesus offered His life for us, knowing that we would required a redeemer. The book of Hebrews presents an interesting exchange between the Father and the Son when they agreed to fashion a human body for Jesus to live in as a man, when He would come to earth as the Messiah.

  • Prophecy: When Sin is No Longer Sin

    Prophecy: When Sin is No Longer Sin

    Some of those who read the words of Paul were formerly “fornicators, nor idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners”, but they had repented of their sins, and come to Jesus Christ for salvation: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

    Paul makes it clear that none of those who practice the gay lifestyle will inherit eternal life.

    The sin of Homosexuality and Lesbianism are in the same category as all other sins. Jesus had to die for the liar as well as the gay. All sin is equal before God and requires either the death of the violator, or a substitute. Jesus blood covers the sins of the gay, the liar, the murderer, the fornicator and all other sins. God did not give special dispensation to some men who chose to have sex with each other or women with women. All sexual sin is considered particularly grievous to God because they are sins against our own body, to which Jesus dwells within us.

  • Prophecy: Eternal Life Comes by the Shedding of Blood

    Prophecy: Eternal Life Comes by the Shedding of Blood

    The difficulty for the hearers of Jesus teaching was that they did not understand the spiritual meaning of the words; “eat my flesh and drink my blood”. They heard only the physical act of eating Jesus flesh and drinking his blood.

    John 6:53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

    John 6:61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?

    Many of the things that Jesus spoke in the presence of larger crowds of people, were veiled in illustrations. When the Lord spoke privately to those who had already received Him as the Messiah, He spoke plainly and directly to the point. Why Jesus hid the true meaning of his teaching to large assemblies, is certainly important. In a large crowd, many would come just to see what all the activity was all about. Others had heard that Jesus was giving out food, healing, or other miracles. Some came simply for the spectacle, others to get something. There were however, a few who were looking for truth.

  • Abiding in Jesus, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Thinking About His Love

    Posted on January 9th, 2013

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    How Can You Resist Jesus?

    How Can You Resist Jesus?

    Have you ever wanted to have a friend who knows you completely, and loves you immensely? When you are at your worst, a friend who will not give up on you. In times of difficulty and despair, a friend who stays close and truly cares. This is Jesus.

    Although He created the heavens and the earth, He is interested in you. He always has time to listen. He is never bored with your endless conversations. Always willing to forgive, never impatient or condemning. And when you realized that you wanted to live forever and be forgiven for all your sins, He came to you and offered His life in exchange for yours. Two thousand years ago, He allowed evil men to brutalize Him and tear His body to pieces, all so that He could take the punishment for your sins, removing any chance that you would suffer judgement for them in the future.

  • Prophecy is Directed Towards Fulfillment by God’s Sovereignty

    Prophecy is Directed Towards Fulfillment by God’s Sovereignty

    In examining the Old Testament prophecy that the Messiah will be betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver. We find that God is intentionally causing the prophecy to be difficult to fulfill, by the addition of impossible requirements

    Zechariah 11:12-13 Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.

    When we arrive at the New Testament fulfillment of these words, we find that the circumstances surrounding this fulfillment are trull stunning

    Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

    Israel sold her Messiah for the price of a slave who had been gored by an ox.

    Exodus 21:32 If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

    This is all that Jesus was worth to the Jews and the religious leaders of Israel. The thirty shekels that the chief priest paid Judas for the Lord’s betrayal was intended as an insult towards Jesus. Though He created everything that exists, and He came first to His own people, they insulted, rejected, and butchered Him on a Roman cross.

  • God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    It is worth noting that the some of common people perceived that Jesus was the LORD, while the religious leaders, and a majority of Israel did not recognize Him. The religious leaders were filled with their own self interest and pride. The poor and common people, were constantly seeking the Lord, hoping and watching for His arrival.

    It is a fact of life that a person who is suffering or undergoing a deep time of trials, is more likely to be receptive to Jesus, than the person who is experiencing an abundance in their life. We seem to be more receptive to the Love of God when our life is severely lacking. This is the primary reason that Jesus said that the poor are “Blessed” because the kingdom of God is theirs.

    Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Notice that Jesus does not necessarily say that a person must be poor to obtain the kingdom of heaven. He says that a person who is “poor in spirit” can obtain the kingdom of heaven. To be poor in spirit is to be humble and broken over the reality of sin in our life. To have an awareness that we are a sinner, and that we need a Savior. This kind of “spirit”, allows a person to come to God, repent of their sins, and obtain forgiveness and the blessings of eternal life, “the kingdom of heaven”.

    A person who has been living a life of material blessing, can also have a “poor spirit” that cries out to God for mercy and salvation, but it is much more unlikely that this will occur. There is something about being self sufficient in having enough money and accumulated material possessions, that prevents many people from searching for God in their life.

  • Was Jesus Born on December 25th?

    Was Jesus Born on December 25th?

    The Christmas season is a wonderful time of year for those who love Jesus and the fact that He came to earth to offer His life for all of us. Most people do not know the true facts concerning the arrival of Jesus to earth because the story of Jesus birth has been changed by the traditions of men over the course of years.

    In this brief study we will explore the facts concerning Jesus birth and look at the evidence from a Biblical perspective.

    The gospel of Luke gives us the best account of Jesus birth, so we will start here and move through the other verses of scripture that deal with the event of Jesus birth.

    Luke 2:8-20 “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

    This verse in the book of Luke reveals information that may ruin your current view of Christmas. We learn from just this single verse that Jesus was not born during the winter month of December. In just a few minutes you will see why.

  • Doctrine, Fulfilled Prophecy, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on October 12th, 2012

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    Prophecy of the Messiah Being Made Sin For Us

    Prophecy of the Messiah Being Made Sin For Us

    When Jesus died on the Cross, He was taking upon Himself all of the sins of the world. Every person who has been born or ever will be born, as they have descended from Adam, all had have their sins atoned for by Jesus sacrifice. All sins for all time were taken upon Jesus when He went to the Cross. All that anyone has to do to take advantage of the sacrifice Jesus has made for them is to come to Jesus in true humility and be willing to repent of all their sins. Then a confession is made that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of their life. Finally, to live and abide in Jesus for the rest of your life, seeking to bring him glory and honor by the way that you live your life.

    We should never think of our sins as being simply covered up by Jesus sacrifice. This is not the meaning of the atonement that He made upon the cross. In order for God to be able to remove our sins from our record, the penalty for those sins had to be paid. In human terms, when we think of forgiveness, we believe that the wrong is still there, but we chose to pass over the mistake and maintain a relationship with the one who offended us. Biblical forgiveness of sin is much different. The wrongs that we have committed must suffer the penalty for those errors. God said; “The soul that sins will die…”

  • Fulfilled Prophecy, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on October 11th, 2012

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    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Name Meaning “Salvation”

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Name Meaning “Salvation”

    At the time that Jesus lived, there was a great anticipation that the Messiah would arrive to “redeem” Israel from the oppression of the Roman government. It was believed that the Messiah would either accomplish this by a change in the law, or by force. There was however, no anticipation that the Messiah would come to give His own life as a ransom for the sins of all men. It is interesting how the culture of the day, or the traditions that men hold at the time, can either greatly influence a person to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, or reject Him altogether. Such was the case at the time that Jesus came to earth the first time. This is sadly also the environment that the Jew finds themselves in today. It is culturally unacceptable today to receive Jesus as the Messiah, therefore, most Jews will not investigate whether Jesus meets the criteria, by His fulfillment of the Hebrew scriptures. Men and woman are being lost eternally today, because they listen to the words of others, rather than investigate and decide for themselves.

    When the facts are evaluated, when the Old Testament prophecies are read and understood, and then compared with what Jesus has said and done, it is unmistakable that He is the One to whom they were written.

  • America: Want God’s Blessing? Be a Blessing to God

    America: Want God’s Blessing? Be a Blessing to God

    I watched with great interest the president’s speech this morning on rebuilding the economic prosperity of America. It was a great and inspiring speech and contained many important and relevant facts that inspired me and is the reason that I am writing this post.

    The key element of President Obama’s speech that was missing was the fact that America has been blessed by God in her past history because the citizens of this great land have honored and worshipped the God of the Bible.

    The founders of our nation stated that it was impossible that this land could have come into existence if God had not willed it to be. The reason for our past prosperity and global standing as the most wealthy and powerful nation on the earth is because as a people, we have in the past honored God.

    “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” - George Washington

  • Signs of the Last Days: “Increase in Lawlessness”

    Signs of the Last Days: “Increase in Lawlessness”

    For those who watch the news daily for events that continue to indicate the soon arrival of Jesus Christ, this kind of behavior immediately captures our attention. The new testament is filled with verses of scripture warning of a marked increase in “lawlessness” as we approach the return of Jesus.

    Matthew 24:3 Now as Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

    Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

    “Lawlessness” is defined as: “people who are not governed by or obedient to laws.”

    In the years immediately preceding the destruction of the earth in the days of Noah, lawlessness was increasing until it reached a pinnacle. At Sodom and Gomorrah, the behavior of the people in the community became so vile and evil in the lawlessness of those cities, that God destroyed everyone who lived there, except Lot and his family.

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