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A Triumph of Grace

Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 8:4

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

The greatest favor ever showed to mankind, and the greatest honor ever put upon human nature, were exemplified in the LORD JESUS. Let’s take a quick look at one verse in Jude- ( Jude 1:6 ) -- And then discover that ( we ) as believers, Have been given a very unique role in GOD’S plan. Jude illustrate GOD’S judgment on rebellion. He warns against rebels corrupting other people. He challenges the church to contend for the faith And to stay (faithful) to GOD. As GOD’S new temple, believers must build their lives on the core message of JESUS and then pray, love and obey.

Their lives must reflect their faith- because GOD’S grace through JESUS demands a whole-life response that includes moral living. The way ‘we’ live is the most reliable indicator of what ‘we’ actually believe.

A WARNING TO ALL UNREPENTANT SINNERS, A WARNING TO ALL REJECTORS OF CHRIST... Let the flatterers of to-day preach what they may, the LORD will punish men who live and die in their sins. If HE spared not the angels that sinned; certainly HE will (not spare) men [ if ] they sin... -- LET THIS STAND AS A WARNING TO US --

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. A warning, against the punishment of sin, as well as against the sin itself. Read this -- "GOD spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell." They were very great; they were very powerful; but GOD (did not) spare them for that. If sinners [are] kings, princes, magistrates, millionaires, GOD (will) cast them into hell. (( more specifically, The lake of fire.)) If they were commanders of all the forces of the world, HE that is a just and righteous judge would not spare them because of their dignities and powers. "GOD spared not the angels," (why should he spare you), ye great ones of the earth? { meaning, mankind.} They were very numerous, too. I do not know how many there were, but we read of legions of devils on one occasion. But GOD did not spare angelic sinners because there were so many of them: HE made room in hell for them all; and set them in darkness and in bonds, every one of them. GOD will not spare sinful men because of their millions: "the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget GOD." Be they few or many, sinners must be punished, and GOD will not turn away HIS wrath from those who do iniquity. GOD did not spare the rebel angels because of their unity. I never heard of devils quarrelling: it is very (peculiar) in Scripture to notice their unanimity-their concord with one another; Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Mark 5:9

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. A great multitude, ( in unity ) joined as one.

but "though they be joined hand in hand, they will NOT go unpunished. Shall not the wicked go unpunished."? You unbelievers... You may combine together to hate and oppose the gospel, but it matters (not), GOD [will] deal with your confederacies and break up your unities, and make you (companions in hell) and torment, even as you have been comrades in sin. "GOD spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell." Neither did he spare them because of their craft. There were never such subtle creatures as these are- so wise, so deep, so crafty; but these serpents and all the brood of them (had to feel) the power of GOD’S vengeance, notwithstanding their cunning. Men often escape at the bar of their country - because of their long-headed ways of evading the law; they keep within legal bounds, and yet are great villains; or if they go ‘over the line’ they [hire] a (clever tongue) to plead for them, be they as guilty as they may be, and through crafty pleading, they escape from a righteous sentence. Thus is it with men, but no counselors can pervert judgment with the MOST HIGH. HE will deal out justice even to a hair's breadth, and HE will by no means [spare] the guilty. "GOD spared not the angels that sinned:" why should he spare any guilty son of Adam?

Rest assured that HE will not spare any one of us, ( if we live in sin. ) Unless we accept the way of salvation by JESUS CHRIST our sin will find us out, and GOD will find our sin out, and HE will cast us also down to the place prepared for the devil and his angels.

I want you to (understand) dear friends, (the fact) that though some angels fell-- -- the saints of GOD are [made] to stand. The angels sinned fatally; but the saints of GOD "cannot sin, for they are born of GOD." ( "Born again" through JESUS CHRIST ) ! You know the sense in which the apostle means that; not that we do not all sin, ( we do -- ) but that we do not so sin, (as to depart from) the living GOD, nor give up our allegiance to HIM, and cease to be HIS loving children. No. "He keepeth himself," says the Scripture, "and that wicked one toucheth him not." 1 John 5:18

We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

But what a wonder it is ! I tell you -- when the tales of GOD’S people shall be written, and the records of the saints shall be read by the light of glory, we shall be miracles of grace to ourselves and to one another. "Oh," we shall say, "I had almost gone, but the hand of grace interposed, and snatched me from slipping over the awful precipice. My mind almost consented to that sin, and yet I was able to cry out, 'How can I do this great wickedness and sin against GOD?' To think that men should stand where angels fall! We are sovereign by Grace, by HIS preeminence in power and authority. And we, by sovereign grace, are called to be as near to GOD as the angels ever were, and in some respects we are nearer still. We are the body of CHRIST, HIS chosen ones with whom HE communes. We are the table companions of our LORD- - we eat of HIS bread, and drink of HIS cup, and are made partakers with HIM. We are lifted up to be one with HIM, and are made to be "members of HIS body, of HIS flesh and of HIS bones;" Yet, GOD’S eternal unbounded power - (keeps us) in the day of temptation, and leads us so that [ if ] we go through the rivers we are not drowned, and when we pass through the fires- ((trials))-- -we are (not) burned. Daniel 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down [ bound ] into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. It goes on to say; 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste,and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is ( like the Son of God. )

(( There is an appearance right there in the Old Testament of JESUS.. )) JESUS CHRIST, The SON of The Living GOD, protected them. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, +(nor was an hair of their head singed), +( neither were their coats changed,) +( nor the smell of fire had passed on them.) UN-HARMED UN-CHANGED NO Smell of smoke. We find this unique in scripture, 'Protected' were these men who TRUSTED in GOD. Protected from this 'Fiery furnace' we DO NOT find CHRIST doing this for the 'angels' that 'sinned'... O, the splendor of triumphant grace !!! Neither the glory of our calling, nor the unworthiness of our original, shall cause us to be traitors; we shall neither perish through pride nor lust; but the new nature within us shall overcome all sin, Cleansed by the blood of the LAMB - and abide faithful to the end. HALLELUJAH ! ! ! HALLELUJAH ! ! ! HALLELUJAH ! ! !