“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” I Timothy 2: 5-6

 

Often in life, like it or not, we need to be mindful of our legal rights as a citizen. There are many times where law and the knowledge of law is very beneficial. Without some legal protection we could be more easily robbed, hurt, or taken advantage of. Any individual or corporation who owns anything would tell you, whether it is a home, a business, or any other personal or intellectual property, you need certain legal documents to help protect them. It has been said that the only place a good lawyer can be found is at the bottom of the sea! But, all jesting aside, without any experts well-trained in common or civil law, this sinful society could not operate as smoothly. Like them or not, a talented lawyer can be very helpful in defending us in this present world. Since I am using this example in the context of our physical lives I must ask, but what about legal protection our spiritual lives?

Did you know that you are being accused every day? The Bible says in Proverbs 24:16a, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…”. Think about that verse for a second – how many days are there in a week? You may want to say, “well, that doesn’t describe me!”, but, do you know that for sure? What does Jeremiah 16:9 say? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Are you able to be deceived? Then, you need a good lawyer.
Do you know there is a deceitful prosecutor in this world who wants to see the book thrown at you? The Bible says that you need an advocate, a good defense lawyer in your spiritual life while here on earth and there really is only one choice.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: I John 2:1

 

The Prosecution

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Rev.12:10

Let us consider our prosecutor, the devil, found here in this portion of scripture. The prosecutor is presented here as an accuser that would spend day and night to win his case against you and see that you pay for your own sins to the very last penny. This prosecutor is relentless and will take any steps necessary to defeat you, because he knows the Righteous Judge must be true in His judgment and knows the penalty is an eternal sentence without any chance of parole.

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

The prosecution knows, if he can win his case against you, you deserve to spend your sentence in a burning lake of fire, where the fire will never be quenched and you will not be consumed. This vile character will stop at nothing to win his case against every individual in God’s creation and, be not deceived; he is smart, much smarter than we want to give him credit for most of the time. This prosecutor is characterized in other places of scripture as a deceiver and the father of all liars who wants to ascend the bench to be equal with our Eternal and Sovereign Judge. Although he has access to heaven, he was judged to walk the earthly dominion. He is seen as the one who hates God’s definition of family; who hates your children and sneaks up on them with his worldly venom while you are not watching. He hates you most of all with an unearthly vengeance, wanting to see you destroyed, because he knows the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ is drawing very near and already knows of his own eternal fate.

If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Saviour this accuser wants nothing less than for you to spend all eternity in Hell. However, if you are already saved from Hell by believing only in Jesus, he will accuse you to try to hurt you and your testimony so you will be ineffective to save the lost but, he cannot touch you without the Judge’s permission. Consider the following true story:

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.” Job 1:6-12

You see, in God’s perfect wisdom in this case, He granted this Satan permission to touch one of His own children to bring glory to Himself. The point is that this serpent was given the power to go ahead and touch all that this man had and that Satan needs God’s permission to touch you as well. However, when you do commit sin, you have placed yourself in Satan’s domain. When you sin, you are separating yourself from God in your relationship with Him and putting yourself in harm’s way.

 

The Charge

As a saved person, what sins are you being accused of by the prosecutor? There are many more, but look at some of the following examples found in the following verses from Paul’s letters to the Galatians and the Romans;

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings…” Gal. 5:19-21a

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” Rom 1:29-31

These examples of accusations that Satan may level against you if you sin while you are saved. If you are not saved and have not chosen Jesus as your advocate to defend you, you have no defense and no rights in Heaven or on Earth. You are presently guilty and occupy a place on death row. And, since you do not know when you will die your sentence is payable on death at any given instant. I say all of this in love. I just want you to believe the truth!

“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 23

You may be one of our dear friends that think there are many ways to heaven and that we only have to be sincere in our faith whatever we decide that to be, but God’s Word says there is only one mediator between God and man; not two and not many. You may be one of our dear Catholic friends who are taught by the church fathers that you must pray to Mary and the many dead saints as your intercessors or that you must trust in the church fathers interpretation of the scriptures and the Eucharist to be saved. This is not the same Jesus who died for you on the cross. It is simply a man-made jesus; an idol that is controlled by a priest at the mass who is said to be brought back to life in a wafer to be ingested, body and blood; and if you do not believe all of this, you are accursed by the church and should be ex-communicated unless you repent to them by penance and confession. But, my dear friend, God’s Word says something much different in our text:

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” I Timothy 2: 5-6

You may say, I think I am a good enough person and, in the end, my actions will be weighed in the balance. My dear friend, although God is loving and merciful yet He must be just and true. He is The Just Judge to whom you will ultimately answer, whether you believe it or not. It is your choice sitting there reading this, right now. You must choose Jesus as your defence. This honest Judge must abide by His law written in the Bible and the Bible says:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Rom. 3:23

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

 

The Defense

Earlier on, you read that we sin every day and every time we sin we have entered into Satan’s domain. It does not matter which sin we commit, we are on his turf every time we sin and, if you are saved, you grieve the Holy Spirit with it.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” I Cor.6:19-20

So, here you stand, guilty of having sinned, knowing full well you have broken God’s law. Then, that vile accuser immediately approaches the bench before the Judge with his charge against you. He demands justice to be served immediately and for you to pay for that sin. You could almost see him wringing his hands as he anticipates the inevitable guilty verdict. You are undone. Guilty as charged for the sin you did commit and just when you think that the inevitable is handed down, the Just Judge asks, will anyone stand up for the defendant? Now is the time for your good lawyer to step forward. You are guilty, that much is true. The verdict is clear and your sentence must be presented and paid. Do you have a good lawyer? Just then, Jesus, the best defense lawyer you could ever have stands before the Just Judge and says, this one is mine; he is bought and paid for. Because he could not pay for this sin, I paid for it with my own atoning blood. This defendant has repented and accepted my full substitutionary payment and this false accuser, present here before you, has no claim against him. The sin is paid for. The charges must be dropped and you must set him free.

Sadly, this happens each time a saved person sins. Each time we sin the accuser presents a charge of sin before the Judge and every time the accusation is presented, there must be a defense. And so it goes. We do have our advocate, but we must confess our sins to restore that relationship with our Heavenly Father. Why not restore that relationship now and just as Jesus said to the woman at the well, “…go, and sin no more.”

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

If you have accepted Jesus, you have your mediator present to defend you before the accuser. However, if you have not accepted Jesus as your defender, you are lost and in danger of having to pay for your own sin for the rest of eternity. Would you make that decision today? Jesus did it all for you already; paid for on the cross with His very blood. All you must simply do is believe in Jesus and repent (willing to turn) from your sin in your present godless lifestyle. The fact is, you are a guilty sinner in need of salvation. Ask Jesus, our God, in prayer right now to save you from your sin and He will and will be your own good lawyer.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

© 2013-2018 Remi Fernhout

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