I Know My Redeemer Lives


--Our weekly article in the Northport Gazette.

Watering the Tulips

02/09/2010

“For I am sure that my Redeemer liveth, and he shall stand the last day on the earth” – Job 19:25

Most Bible scholars believe that Job is the oldest book in the Bible. Some even affirm that Noah had a copy of the Book of Job on the ark. Who knows for sure? There is one thing we can be sure of though; Job was trusting in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He believed that Jesus was alive and this before He was ever born. Surely, “In the beginning was that Word, and that Word was with God, and that Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus has always been the Savior of men.

Some believe Old Testament saints were saved by the Law while we are saved by grace. However, this is not true. The Old Testament saints merely looked forward to the coming of the Redeemer while we look back (and forward to the 2nd coming). The Law has never done anything other than condemn men. Galatians 3:10 says, “For as many as are of the works of the Law, are under the curse: For it is written, Cursed is every man that continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the Law, to do them.” The Law condemns all – those before the coming of Christ and those after. Looking in the mirror of the Law, we can clearly see that, “…we have all been as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy cloths…” (Isaiah 64:6).

Job realized he was a sinner. He knew he was dead in his own sins (Ephesians 2:1). He knew he merited eternal damnation on his own. His confidence was in a coming Redeemer. Surely, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law, made a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13)

Do you see your own sinfulness? Or, are you trying to work yourself into fellowship with God. If the Bible is true (and it is), there is not one thing you can do to earn your way into Heaven. The best you have is as “filthy cloths” (Isaiah 64:6). There is only one way into fellowship with the Creator. There is only one way to come to the Father – through the Son (John 14:6). Do you stand with Job in his trust in Christ? Do you believe the words of the old hymn – “Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow”? If you do, thanks be to God. He has saved you by His sovereign grace.

--Watering the Tulips is brought to you by Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Northport, AL. For more information, please visit www.sovereigngrace.net .

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