Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 1, No. 12 Page 8 December 1999

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

He Writes That You Are Innocent

By Mark McWhorter

In New Testament times people were given a trial just like they are now. The court might not be set up just like it is now but the person who was accused had the right to trial.

The judge of the court sat on a slightly elevated platform. He listened to all the evidence. Then he would take time to consider all the evidence. He would think about what the law said regarding the situation.  He would then make his decision about the guilt or innocence of the accused person.

The judge had two individuals that sat next to him. These people were like secretaries. They wrote down much of what was said during the trial. This is so that the judge could be sure he knew what had been said when he was trying to make his decision.

They also had another important role. One of them sat on the judge’s right side. The other sat on his left side. If the judge found the accused person guilty, the secretary on his left side wrote the person’s name on a certificate of guilt.  If the judge found the person innocent, the secretary on his right side would write the person’s name on a certificate of innocence.

In Hebrews 7:25 we read, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”  The wording in this verse is very much like how the secretary was pictured by the Greeks and Romans. “To make intercession” is the wording which makes reference to this practice.  And in Ephesians 1:20 we find that Jesus is indeed sitting on the right hand of God, the Father.

All men sin and fall short of salvation. Without Jesus, all men are guilty of sin. But through Jesus’ blood all men can be found innocent. Only by contacting Jesus’ blood and obeying Him can one be found innocent.

Do Not Wrestle Against God

By Mark McWhorter

Almost all little boys like to wrestle. They like to get down on the floor and tug and tumble with someone else. It is a way of having fun and developing strong muscles.  As they get older some of them will join the wrestling team at their school.

As a member of the wrestling team, they get more serious about the wrestling. They will train very hard to be in the best shape they can be in. They will learn many of the best moves and holds so that they can defeat their opponents in a match.

If good enough, the boy may actually train to go to the Olympics. His whole life will then be dedicated to making himself the best wrestler he can be. He wants to be able to defeat any opponent.

The writer of Hebrews uses a word that the Greeks had for describing a well-known move in wrestling. In Hebrews 4:13 we read, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

The word for “opened” is that word. It described the act of grasping the head of the opponent and pushing it backward. This move made the opponent’s face look upward and caused him to lose his balance. This move was almost always successful in getting the opponent down to the floor where he could be pinned. The opponent almost always was defeated.

God is pictured as the wrestler who will always use this move on us. God will never lose. We do not want to be wrestling against God. We cannot win. We must make sure that our spiritual life is right. We do not want God to see us as an opponent who he desires to defeat.

Make sure you are on God’s side. Study the Bible to make sure that you know what to do to be on God’s side. Obey God and do not wrestle against him.

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