Plumb Line

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Watering the Tulips

05/09/2012

“Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. And the LORD said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said: ‘Behold, I am setting a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore” - Amos 7:7-8

The picture painted here is simple enough for us. God’s standard does not waver to the right or left. He is righteous and always will be. He doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6) because He has no need to change. God’s standard for man remains consistent. Whether men believe it or not, all will be judged by God and the standard will be a righteous one.
Those familiar with carpentry know the importance of a plumb line. Carpenters use the plumb line to make sure that walls and foundations are even and right. Without the plumb, a building may not have right angles in the corners. The use of a plumb line makes sure that the building is quality. God’s use of a plumb line shows how perfect God’s judgment is.
By what standard will man be judged? Simply, we will be judged by God’s righteous standard. Many wrongly believe that they are working themselves into favor with God by keeping the 10 commandments, in their mind. However, 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 everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them’”.
Judgment is not about your good outweighing your bad. James 2:10 says, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all”. If you have broken the law once, you are condemned. If we are honest, we know we have all broken it numerous times. But, once makes you guilty. So, nobody reading this will make it into Heaven based on your works. It’s impossible. The Law is too strict. The plumb line does not waver!
So, what are we, as humans, to do? Certainly, God’s standard is not changing. It is as consistent today as it has always been. The world’s standards may have dropped, but God’s have not. Wonderfully, God “has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Simply enough, the lost will be judged by the Law and will be condemned to eternal punishment. Believer’s sins were paid for by Jesus at Calvary. Therefore, we will be declared righteous at the judgment.
Do you trust in Christ alone today? He is certainly man’s only hope because the plumb line still describes the standard! If you are trusting in your works, you are not plumb.


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