“Black Lives Matter; Yea, as do all.”
“Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother” Malachi 2:10
The term black lives matter is designed to further promote hatred between the races. It has nothing to do with reconciliation, for it creates division and bigotry between the people, and it is of the devil. Those who are racist, and those who accuse others of racism stand condemned of the very thing of which they accuse others.
Jesus said: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2
Satan is prospering the black lives matters movement to further instill hatred and strife between all races in every nation of this world. But we are all born of the same parents, and we all have the same Father in Heaven.
We are all neighbors condemned by sin, and purchased by the precious blood of the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” [Rev 13:8] and Satan would have us at enmity with our neighbor because he knows that when we are in that condition, we have not the Spirit of Christ by faith, and while in that condition we stand condemned.
“No distinction on account of nationality, race, or caste, is recognized by God. He is the Maker of all mankind. All men are of one family by creation, and all are one through redemption. Christ came to demolish every wall of partition, to throw open every compartment of the temple, that every soul may have free access to God. His love is so broad, so deep, so full, that it penetrates everywhere. It lifts out of Satan’s circle the poor souls who have been deluded by his deceptions. It places them within reach of the throne of God, the throne encircled by the rainbow of promise.” COL 386.2
All mankind has the same choice.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deut. 30:19. “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Rom. 8:13.
We are to choose life, and if so: then how?
“He that entereth not by the door [by Himself] into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” John 10:1
Jesus is the chief shepherd, the good shepherd to whom the porter openeth, and it is He who knows His sheep, and He calleth them by His own by name, and leadeth them out. [John 10:3]
Jesus is stronger than the thief, and any who refuse to enter by Him, the same shall be lost.
He said, “I am the door [of the sheep]: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” [John 10:9]
It is only by faith in Jesus that one can have life, and it is by His faith that His Grace is laid upon us, and we then receive His life. But that we cannot receive until we are born again.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
This new birth does not happen overnight, it is a gradual process of the development of character which begins in the womb, so to speak. Being born of His nature, in His likeness, being weaned from the breast, and then learning to crawl, and then to walk, and then to run.
When we first accept Christ, He receives us, and He immediately justifies us, counting us as righteous, that is saved, and are then covered by His Grace.
This is just the beginning of the new birth, from that day forth we will grow in Him as we live out our days on earth.
The idea is that we are made righteous when we receive Christ by faith; His righteousness is immediately imputed to us when we receive Him. But the new birth is the life of Christ that we live, this is sanctification which is imparted to us as we grow in Him, and live out His life by faith in the Spirit as we are crucified with Him, living a new life, and putting away the old.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
The righteousness which we receive when we give ourselves to Jesus is imputed to us, it is our title to heaven. The new birth on the other hand becomes the righteousness which is imparted to us as we live out our life by faith in Him. This righteousness is what makes us fit for heaven.
Many are confused on this matter, and after first receiving Christ begin to harbor doubts of their salvation as they go through life’s struggles, dealing with their own sin and worthlessness in the flesh, but the Lord has one thing to say on this matter.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Christ is our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption, and it is by faith that we receive Him.
Let us understand a little of the nature of faith.
The apostle say’s:
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed
in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:
for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16
The meaning of the word “justified” is to be “made righteous.”
And it is “by the Faith of Christ” that we are made righteous. It is therefore “His faith” that we receive.
Much can be lost in our understanding of the Scriptures when we read them, and do not pay proper attention to what they have to say.
It is literally, “the faith of Christ,” just as in Rev. 14:12 we have “the faith of Jesus.” He is the Author and Finisher of faith. Heb. 12:2. God has “dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Rom.12:3), in giving Christ to every man. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17), and Christ is the Word. All things are of God. It is He who gives repentance and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31)
There is therefore no reason to plead that our faith is weak, for it is His faith that we possess.
We may not have accepted and made use of the gift of faith, but there is no such thing as “weak faith.” We may be “weak in faith,” that is that we may be afraid to depend on it, but faith itself is as strong as the Word of God. There is no faith but the faith of Christ; and everything else professing to be faith is spurious.
Our comfort is in the fact that if we accept the “faith of Jesus,” we will be assured of victory over sin and death, as it works righteousness in us.
“By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Eph. 2:8.
We are saved by nothing less than God’s unchangeable Word, and by Christ’s own personal confidence in that Word.
We are not exhorted to try to do as well as He did, or to try to exercise as much faith as He had, but simply to take His faith, and let it work by love, and purify the heart.