• Abiding in Jesus, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 19th, 2013

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    Prophecy: Messiah Will Come From a Long Line of Sinners

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Come From a Long Line of Sinners

    I believe that God chose the line of David because of his heart after God. David genuinely loved the Lord, although he was a terrible sinner. David’s love for God commanded his spirit to worship and praise Him from a sincere heart. In every sense of the phrase, David worshipped God “in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24).

    If the Bible only contained examples of men and women who were perfect, then none of us would be able to identify with these servants of God. Because most of those who are listed as “great men and women of faith” are also terrible sinners, we can understand that God will accept anyone who has committed any sin, as long as they are willing to turn from those sins and come to God in sincere repentance.

    If we examine the people who are described in Hebrews Chapter 11 as men and women of great faith, we see that they are often fallible and unqualified individuals whom God uses to accomplish His will.

    From Hebrews 11 and the Old Testament:

    Noah: a drunk
    Abraham: fearful, doubting God, a liar
    Sarah: doubting God
    Jacob: a deceiver
    Moses: a murderer, anger problems, doubting God
    Rahab: a prostitute
    Gideon: fearful, doubting God
    Samson: lustful, prideful
    David: an adulterer, murderer, liar

  • After Death, Excerpts from the Book, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson, The Wrath of God

    Posted on August 27th, 2013

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    Prophecy: Messiah Will Bear The Sins of Many

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Bear The Sins of Many

    The theme of the Messiah, bearing the sins of many, is recurrent throughout a large portion of the Old Testament. The fact that the Holy Spirit repeatedly makes this declaration in the prophecies of the Messiah makes it certain that the Lord desires that we understand He has sent His Son to die for each one of us.

    When God says something once, we should sit up and take notice. When He repeats a principle a second time, we should rise up and begin to study why. If there should be numerous occasions when the Lord declares a point to us, it should become for us an anthem.

    You will notice that throughout the study of these 365 Prophecies, specific principles are repeated. This is by design, as the Lord is seeking to remind us of certain important points that pertain to our salvation.

    2 Peter 1:15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things…

    It seems that the purpose of this repetition of the Messiah as the “sin bearer” is to balance the constant and often overlooked fact of man’s total depravity. In this modern society where it is politically incorrect to call someone a “sinner,” the church has become ineffective at conveying the message of repentance for salvation.

    There is no salvation without repentance. There is no eternal life without first the death of pride and self. There is no reward for the life that we live for the Lord if there is not first a foundation of utter helplessness and dependance on the complete work of Jesus’ cross.

  • Prophecy: Messiah Will Pray For Those Who Execute Him

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Pray For Those Who Execute Him

    The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, were all in agreement for how, when, and by what method the Messiah would die for the sins of the world. The people who put Jesus to death were not only guilty of a lifetime of personal sins against God; they were now adding the most hideous crime: murdering the Son of God. As Jesus is suffering unimaginable pain, His thoughts run to the men causing His pain. Not of retribution or malice but compassion, love, and concern. These men were exercising their own free will in choosing to kill Jesus. Whether by order of the Roman Government, pressure by the Jewish authorities, or by personal hatred of Jesus’ as he was suffering before them, they heaped their sins high. Even while being tormented by these men, Jesus was not willing that any of those men who punished Him, should perish themselves, eternally.

    Unbelievably, Jesus asks the Father not to hold these sins of murder and torture against those who were killing Him. Jesus was reminding the Father that this death that He was dying, was for the very men who were killing Him. Father, forgive them were the words Jesus spoke. The Lord understood that most of what we do against God is in ignorance. If we truly understood who Jesus is and what He has done for us, many of us would fall before Him in great adoration and honor. It is because we are ignorant of God and His plans and purposes for this world, that we ignore Him, often blaspheme Him, and even worse—reject Him in our life. It is my hope that this book might serve as a help to those who were not aware of who Jesus is, and what He has done.

  • Atheists, Contradictions in the Bible, Controversial Subjects, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on August 24th, 2013

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    The Centurion, Jesus, and Contradictions

    The Centurion, Jesus, and Contradictions

    The Centurion was a Roman officer who had charged over 80-100 men. This particular officer addresses Jesus as “Lord,” while the leaders of Israel do not. What caused Jesus to marvel was this Roman citizen, who had grown up in a culture which worshipped a multitude of gods, believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Hebrew scriptures. Where did he learn about the Messiah? Who taught Him? What was it that brought his heart to this place of preparation? It may be that he had studied Jesus and the works that He had done, for some time. It is certainly possible the he had a few Jewish friends who had told him about the prophecies of the coming Messiah. Perhaps he had compared Jesus’ words and actions with the Hebrew scriptures and came to the conclusion that Jesus was the Messiah who was promised. Finding faith in the God of the Hebrews while being a Gentile and a leader amongst the soldiers of Rome was a truly amazing event.

    The Centurion shows that he is sensitive to the traditions of the Jewish culture, which believed that a Jew who entered the house of a Gentile, would become defiled. When Jesus offers to come and heal his servant, the Centurion refuses, not wanting to bring any disrepute to Jesus. This humble man does not disdain this tradition nor debate it. He acknowledges that this is a Jewish custom, and he submits himself to its demands though he may not have believed it himself. Although he has great authority, he humbly submits himself before Jesus as Lord.

  • 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.”

  • Excerpts from the Book, Is Jesus God?, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on August 14th, 2013

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    That God Would Die for Us

    That God Would Die for Us

    Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV)

    Because Psalms 90:2 describes the one who made all things as God—this paired with Colossians 1:16-17, John 1:1, and Hebrews 1:1-2 (above), describing Jesus as the agent of all creation and revealed to us as the Messiah—we understand that Psalms 90:2 is prophetic. This verse of scripture defines the Messiah who died for us as the same One who created us as well as the entire universe.

    How is it that God, who made all things, would be willing to die for the creatures He made? This is the great mystery revealed to us by these many prophecies of the Old Testament scriptures. God’s love is so vividly displayed in the person of Jesus Christ, that we are able to see Him clearly and understand who He is, by the things He has done for us.

    We know and understand who God is—by His Son. We live and move and have our being by Him and through Him, and because of Him (Acts 17:28). All that has been, and all that will be, are determined and ordered by our great God and His Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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

    Posted on July 28th, 2013

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    No Salvation Without a Sinless Savior

    No Salvation Without a Sinless Savior

    All men are incapable of meeting the requirements for salvation because they are sinners. How could someone who is himself imperfect be able to help another who is also imperfect? By the example given to us here in the Book of Exodus, we understand that anyone who would be qualified as the Savior of all others would himself need to be without sin. If a future candidate should arrive who would claim to be the Messiah, an evaluation could easily be made of his qualifications. If he is not without sin, a male and willing to die for the guilty, he cannot be the Messiah.

    This is why it is illogical to think that any plan of man, a religious organization, or a personal attempt at approaching God based on past good works, is possible.

    The standard of God is perfection; anything less is not acceptable. Since all men are born imperfect and they demonstrate their continued imperfection throughout their entire life, no man is good enough to meet the standards necessary to save themselves or anyone else. When a church or an individual claims that they are the way to God and that by following their doctrine or methods a person can receive eternal life, they are in error

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Good Friday: What Jesus Felt the Day He Died

    Good Friday: What Jesus Felt the Day He Died

    There were at least 21 different laws that were violated in conducting these 6 trials throughout the night against Jesus. The following are seven of the most important:

    No legal transactions, including a trial, could be conducted at night.
    It was illegal for judges to participate in the arrest of the accused. (John 18:3 John 18:28)
    They struck Jesus during the trials: It was illegal to strike the accused during a trial. The use of violence during the trial was apparently unopposed by the judges. (John 18:22,23)
    In a Jewish court, the accused assumed to be innocent, until proved guilty by two or more witnesses. The Jews failed to find two witnesses who could agree on what Jesus had done. (Mark 14:59 Matt 18:63)
    When it was discovered that the witnesses had disagreed on their testimony, the prisoner should have been released, and all charges dropped. (Mark 14:56-59)
    A guilty verdict was rendered against Jesus without any evidence. (John 18:30)
    The voting process to condemn Jesus was illegal. It should have been by roll call, with the youngest voting first. Here they all voted together at the same time. (Matthew 26:66)
    Although the Jewish leadership clearly violated their own laws, Jesus never once opened His mouth to defend Himself. Amazingly, Isaiah predicted that this would happen more than 600 years before Jesus was born.

    Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

  • Telling People About Jesus, “Really a Nuisance”

    Telling People About Jesus, “Really a Nuisance”

    Telling people about Jesus Christ may be a nuisance, but if we do not tell them, the Lord will hold us accountable for our silence. For reasons known only to the Lord, He has ordained that the Good News of Salvation be declared by human beings, to other human beings. God did not proclaim the Gospel by Angels or by supernatural means. He has left the responsibility for the eternal souls of people, to us.

    Saving people is not our responsibility, but telling them about how they can find forgiveness of their sins and eternal life, is our job.

    Jesus, in a manner of speaking said: “You catch then, I will clean them”.

    If we humbly and lovingly tell those whom we come in contact with that God is ready to forgive their sins and grant eternal life to all who come to God in Jesus name, then we have done all that He requires. If we are afraid and fear what they might say to us, or how they would react when we share the Lord with them, then they may be lost for our lack of courage.

  • After Death, Doctrine, Encouragement, Fulfilled Prophecy, Rob Robinson

    Posted on March 28th, 2012

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    The Prophecy of “Limited Time” For Salvation

    The Prophecy of “Limited Time” For Salvation

    In the old testament, the Lord described a time period in which He would accept man’s repentance and turning to the Messiah’s sacrifice for his salvation. That time period is not forever, nor will the Lord wait any longer than the lifespan of any man. If a person should die without receiving the Messiah’s sacrifice as the payment for their sins, this person will be lost forever, with no hope of redemption.

    Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

    The Grace of God, though it is far reaching, long and with great patience, it does have a limit. God will not “strive” with man over his sin and need for salvation forever.

    The time period in which God will hear a sinners repentance, and plea for salvation, is now, before any of us die, before the Lord Jesus returns to make final judgment on the world. If anyone should be obstinate and refuse the Lord’s generous offer of forgiveness, there will come a time when it will be too late, and there will be no right of appeal.

  • Encouragement, For Christians, Jesus Church, Prayer, Rob Robinson, Trials

    Posted on February 26th, 2012

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    How’s Your Heart?

    How’s Your Heart?

    The heart is the seat of all our emotions. It is the place from which our love flows, and from where every experience of life is felt.

    Jesus said that the heart is also the place that we should be most careful when evaluating and structuring our life. For if we rely on the feelings and emotions of our heart, we will always be led astray.

    Whether or not a person can actually be saved, obtain and maintain eternal life, depends on the condition of their heart.

  • Encouragement, For Christians, Forgiveness, Jesus Church, Rob Robinson, Sanctification

    Posted on January 21st, 2012

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    Understanding Why a Christian Continues to Sin

    Understanding Why a Christian Continues to Sin

    Perhaps as a new Christian, or one that has lived many years believing in and following Jesus, you have felt the conflict between your desire to please the Lord, and the actual life you lead. If no one has explained to you that you will continue to sin even as a believer, you may have even considered giving up trying to be a Christian at all.

    The first step in salvation is the act of “justification”. In Justification we are made legally perfect in the eyes of God, by the removal of our sin record, through Jesus sacrifice. By Jesus death, He took upon Himself all of the sins of every person who has been born on the earth. From God’s perspective, He could not just forgive us and act as if our sins were not an issue any longer. God had to carry out the sentence promised by Him for the violation of His moral law.

    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.

    God provided an alternative to the death of the sinner, by allowing a person to be set free from the penalty of their sins, by their consent in placing their sins on Jesus Christ . Until a person agrees to allow Jesus to take their sins, they remain on the sinners record. At the moment that a sinner asks Jesus to forgive their sins, He takes all of their record of wrong and places them squarely on Himself.

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