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Who May Abide The Day of His Coming

"... The Lord, whom you seek, shall come suddenly to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth?" Malachi 3:1b&2.

Malachi prophesies the event of Jesus' coming. He came once into this world and he will come again. In both of his appearances there are those who can stand before him and those who cannot. Who can abide the day of his coming?

Be sure of one thing, we cannot stand in our own righteousness when he appears. Jesus' righteousness is premium, ours is regular. We cannot abide in God's company clothed in our own righteousness.

Jesus came in his earthly ministry. The self-assured were shaken by Jesus' preaching; his hearers, heard words too great to endure; it seemed to the humble that no one could stand.

Providentially, God spoke through Isaiah the prophet saying, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18. This pictures beautifully the accomplishments of Christ. His blood was shed for remission of sins. The Father in heaven reasoned a viable compromise. Our sins which were seductive as scarlet and dark as red crimson are made white as snow, so as to present purity; made as plain wool and thus rendered unobtrusive to God's holiness. Through the rejected Christ and the despised cross, our just and holy God circumvented sin's penalty and presented us blameless before him in love.

Jesus comes as the messenger of the New Covenant. In other words, he brought to us a new legal binding document, approved by his Father after shedding his vicarious blood. The New Covenant is a document of provision and acceptance announcing the good news: "peace on earth, good will toward man". The angel announced at the first advent of Christ that God's posture toward man is one of good will. By his shed blood, Jesus can now justifiably sustain righteousness upon the inept, and lay within each man's being an exact righteousness to that of his own. His righteousness is premium; it is perfect without debate, it cannot be contested, it is without comparison. For our sakes he imputes his righteousness to us, "He has become unto us righteousness..." I Corinthians 1:30. Many that are floundering in sin will dip in the cleansing agent and get his stain on them. When we are stained upon, sin is no longer identified unto our hurt, we are all clean of it; sin is blotted out.

He was sanctified to take away our sins once and forever. Repent, and receive freely his righteousness. Dwell at peace with the lover of your soul; the one we call Father and Jesus his son.

9/07/2002

 
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