In the time of Moses, a judgment was given. Because of the wickedness of Egypt and it’s defiance and arrogance against God, death would pass through the land. Yet God in His mercy made a way of escape from it for those who trusted in Him and what He said. By faith Moses and the Israelites, believing that this great judgment was coming, applied the blood of a Lamb to the door post of their homes and when it came upon the land it passed over them and could not touch them.
You see, God says that the righteous are not appointed unto wrath and just like God said of Abraham, they believed what God had told them unto obedience even when it didn’t make since (which is the essence of faith) and it was counted unto them for righteousness so that death and judgment had to pass over them.
Fast forward a few thousand years and we come to the time of Jesus. It’s Passover time again, and again God has spoken, who will believe Him that it be counted unto them for righteousness? Jesus and the disciples sit and partake of Passover. They drink from the cup of blessings but Jesus does not because He knows an other cup is coming that He must drink of. It’s a cup of judgment, death was coming because the whole world had become as Egypt. So as He prayed in the garden later that night He asked in agony if it be possible that this cup of wrath might pass Him by, yet nevertheless for the redemption of men, He would drink of it. He would be the first born son that death claimed that those who believed on Him might remain. He believed God and obeyed and His righteousness caused death to pass over that day and made of what for us to enter into His righteousness by believing Him unto repentance and obedience to the things that He had spoken.
Fast forward a few thousand years and in the time of you and I there is still a judgment. There is still a death coming, but by trusting in what God says and obeying it will we be counted righteous that still today death and judgment must pass over us. Therefor, by faith are we saved, by faith do we receive God’s grace, by faith not only in who He is (for even the demons have a faith like this) but a faith in what He says. That unless we repent we will all likewise perish, not being redeemed from the curse of death. That Jesus was our Passover Lamb and by His blood He makes a way of redemption through repentance and forgiveness of sin, being our atonement for it. That by faith in this unto obedience we can receive His Spirit, which is grace (favor, power, and His divine influence). Confession of sins, repentance of them, and acknowledgement that you need to be saved from judgment is the faith part, God forgiving and equipping you to walk in overcoming resurrection power freed from the curse of it is the grace part.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” – Ephesians 2:8
Praise God for His amazing grace! For by it, judgment is still being stayed! Death is still forced to pass over them that partake of the Passover Lamb! In Christ through repentance, remission, and redemption we have forgiveness and a way of escape from judgment! Glory to God for His mercy! His loving kindness! His faithfulness! His sacrifices. His labor of love bestowed upon us that we might have the chance to believe and be counted righteous!
“John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
But for those who do not believe, or who say they do with their lips but their hearts, intents, and actions are far from it, they are still under the law and there is still a judgment for sin. Only those who have humbled themselves through faith to truly believe and obey the words of Jesus or counted righteous and saved from the judgment. All else are still guilty of it, not having humbled themselves to take the only way of escape from it. Choose to believe so that you can be set free because for all those who are not truly redeemed, the law still applies, they are still guilty, judgment is still coming, take the way of escape from it.
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:” – Matthew 15:8-10
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” – John 12:48-50
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. Not just in word but in action and obedience. In repentance and righteousness. In faith and grace! For this is my confidence, that He is my shield and my buckler, my strong tower, who the righteous run into, and they are saved! Hallelujah to the lamb that was slain! He is worth to be Praised. Even death is defeated by the power of His Name! Jesus is salvation and death must pass over those who proclaim it!
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:10-17