Running Some Red Lights On The Broad Road To Destruction
John 15:22 – If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
Hello readers, new blog time today. Running some red lights on the broad road to destruction… today I will be talking about the law of God. We have the word of God today, it is available around the world, and even if somebody somehow had never read the Bible or never heard God’s word, they still have the knowledge of God in them, the law of God written in their hearts known as conscience, and creation bears witness of God. The Bible says the Spirit, the water and the blood bear witness in the earth… God knows how to communicate with his creation. And he has. Read this. Hebrews 1:1,2a – God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son… People are without excuse. God’s Holy Spirit moves on the deep of hearts today. Genesis 1:2 – And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. God is moving today, seeing who will be receptive to him, who will believe the warning, who will believe the gospel. Who will take God at his word? As in Isaiah 53… Who hath believed our report? Our hearts are deep and dark waters, and I pray that the Holy Spirit will move in your heart just like in the creation. God is the same today as he was back then. His Holy Spirit holds up stop lights before you today, you are traveling a direction in life, you are on a road, the highway of life… but you are travelling through stop signs, through red lights… perhaps you are flying against what God’s word says, so I hope you consider your ways. Haggai 1:7 – Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
You cannot be held accountable to God if you didn’t know. But if you know what God’s word says, you are accountable for that. You cannot unhear, nor can you unlearn. You can’t escape God. David said in Psalms 139:8 – If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. There is nowhere you can go to escape God, and God’s law today is a stop sign, a red light that you are running today. If you are on the broad road to hell you are passing many signs warning you to turn off the broad road which is taking you to hell. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13,14 – Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. There are many reasons why the Old Testament comes before the New Testament. When man sinned, man got separated from God, man spiritually died… death is a consequence and curse of sin… but over time God began to reveal himself to man, to begin to draw man back to himself. But to do so, he had to teach man things about himself, such as his holiness. Man didn’t know who God was, so God began to reveal himself. Man began to learn how lost he was, how he needed saving. Because you don’t need Jesus until you need saving from your sins. So you need to know you are a sinner… and the law sure does that! The law shows the holiness of God, it is a standard of living that none of us can attain to. It could never save us, but it shows how good God is, and how far we are fallen, it shows us our guilt. If God never gave us the law, we couldn’t be held accountable to it. If you drive a road at 150km/h and there were never any signposts or rules stating otherwise, how could a policeman pull you over and issue a fine? You could go to court and get it thrown out. There are many laws of the land which if you break there is a penalty, a nation runs on its laws. But it is an unjust legal system that would hold you for guilty for doing something wrong which you didn’t know was wrong. God’s law is much the same…
Jesus said in John 15:22 – If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. If you were never told or never knew you were a sinner, then you couldn’t be held guilty for your actions. But because you know the truth and rebel against it, thus you are guilty. Noone that goes to hell will ever go there innocent or guiltless. Do children that die in the womb or young go to heaven or hell? Well your question is already answered. They of course go to heaven. The Bible says they do, how could they be judged for sins they never committed, on the basis of laws they never knew or could understand? You see, it is when we reach an age of understanding, the Bible calls it “come to years” as Moses did, when you know right and wrong, that you can be held accountable for your actions. When you are making decisions based on knowledge, exercising your choices that all men have, because their Creator gave them it. Why do people hate God’s word so much? It should be evident, they don’t want to be told or reminded of God’s rules, because they are a reminder they are sinners. It brings conviction, unwelcome conviction! If Jesus didn’t say the things he said, they couldn’t be guilty of sin. If you’ve never heard of Jesus Christ, you can’t be guilty of not believing on him. The Bible refers to times of ignorance, there are people who don’t know what we know, and God will judge them perfectly, and he knows what they knew, what light they had. But what light do you have? What excuse do you have? What ignorance can you plead? There are people who are willfully ignorant by choice, that makes them culpable when you can know, but choose not to know. And in truth, everyone has been given light, just as God is inescapable, so you cannot escape God in your mind, the Bible says Jesus has lighted every man that has come into the world. God created us with the knowledge of himself in us, that’s why man, though he seeks, cannot escape God. Psalms 2 talks about how man tries to throw away God’s cord from himself, what cords are they? They are the cords of God’s law, God’s power and authority on their life, they throw the cords of God’s word of them, because they want to sin and not be rebuked by God for it, they don’t want to hear what they are doing is wrong before God, God who is Creator who has and does and will judge his creation… the God they will stand before at the end of their lives after a life of running from him (as Cain did). They try to get rid of God out of their lives, out of their minds, out of their hearts. And people can do that, and in fact do do that and it is described in Romans 1. People don’t want to retain God in their knowledge. It is a choice. A knowing choice. But the problem is you cannot unhear the gospel, you cannot unlearn even with all the rewiring in the world… you cannot unlearn truth.
The Bible says this in Romans 7:9 – For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. This is why God’s word cuts people so bad. In Acts, when Stephen spoke to the Jews who rejected Jesus Christ, the Bible says they were cut to the heart, they gnashed on him with their teeth and they rushed upon him and stoned him to death. Stephen told them God’s word, and it cut them to pieces inside, and they didn’t like it. They could’ve acknowledged truth, but as we often do, because we are rebels and hard hearted and love our sin, we instead shoot the messenger and try to destroy or change the message. God speaks through men, the Bible was written by men, but it is God’s word… God uses human instruments, and the Holy Spirit authored the Bible moving men to write they wrote. It’s not man’s word, it’s God’s word, that’s why the Bible is such volatile material. Truth is controversial. In Acts it caused a big uproar at Ephesus, the same crowd that was praising Jesus Christ next minute was crying out for him to be crucified! What power the word of God has, what a reaction truth gets! When a man carries God’s word to others, declaring them not his own truth, but the word of God, which is the law of God, it convicts sinners of sin, it reaches deep into their hearts. It plants an incorruptible seed, but that seed can find very unwelcome, very unfriendly ground. It finds concrete in many hearts, there is no good soil there. People don’t like God’s word. And this is the sin Jesus was referring to which they had no cloak for anymore. The Bible says the condemnation isn’t all those sins you’ve committed, of which they are many I’m sure you and I would agree, but that when you were told about Jesus Christ you rejected him. You could’ve been forgiven your sins, your sins were paid for by Jesus Christ… but you said no. The law, the word of God came to your heart, but just like John the Baptist, you chop his head off as Herod’s wife wanted rather than repent! The sin that cannot be forgiven is the sin of not repenting and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:19 – And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. You will go to hell because you refused the blood of Jesus Christ, you didn’t believe on him, you didn’t love the light… people don’t get saved, they don’t repent, they don’t believe… not because they don’t know… but because they prefer their sin, they love darkness, they love this evil world.
God’s word is given to us to warn us. Remember the days of Noah? The world of that day barrelled through all the preaching of Enoch and Noah. They gave the people God’s word, God preached to that world warning them, God’s spirit striving with man, rebuking their wickedness. That ark was preparing a long time, they ignored the warnings, they were too busy. They’d never seen the judgement that was coming before, they didn’t think it could happen, they didn’t take God’s word seriously that was preached to them for years. They didn’t get destroyed without knowing… they were destroyed by God knowingly sinning, they chose wickedness, they chose darkness, they chose lies. They had no heart for the truth, they preferred a lie. The lie that they would be alright, the lie that their deeds weren’t that bad and in fact justified… after all the latest generation always thinks they know better than the previous generation, the lie that they could go their own way without consequence, the lie that everything would be ok and the future would take care of itself. They knew the truth, but they rejected it. Noah preached to them, but they didn’t want a bar of it. That ark was sitting there, but they preferred life outside the ark. They didn’t prepare themselves for the day of judgement. You see, the Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die, then after this the judgement. It will be too late after you die to get right with God. TODAY is the day of salvation. NOW is the acceptable time. There will never be a better time to get saved. There never will be a suitable time when you sit down and get right with God. That day you’re banking on will never come. There’ll always be something more pressing, more urgent, more important to do.
So God’s word comes to people, his law written in stone, declaring the guilt of man. And it cuts to the heart. You see God’s word does what nothing else can do… it hits a man in his heart, Jesus said his words are spirit and life. But what do the words of life do when they hit the dead, dark, hard heart of unrepentant man? Well it can smash a man’s heart to pieces. Jeremiah 23:29 – Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? For some of us, that is what God’s word is like when it comes to us. It burns our heart up, we know God’s word is true, God’s law weighs heavily upon our soul, sin revives, and we feel the condemnation and guilt before holy God. Listen to this. A risen Christ appeared to two men on the road to Emmaus and Jesus revealed himself to them… and afterwards… Luke 24:32 – And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Only God’s word can smash through our hard hearts. When God speaks, our hearts burn within us, because God’s word is a fire. However, some people don’t want their hard heart broken. They don’t want to realize their spiritual bankruptcy before God… they see red light of God’s word warning them and they ignore it, they see the warning of God, they know God’s word, and they reject it. Because they love their sin so much.
This blog is called what it’s called because people are not only on the broad road to hell, they’re SPEEDING there. Eternity is looming like a freight train. Life is so short here. The Bible says our life is like a flower of the field that blooms and tomorrow is gone. Our life is like a vapor that appeareth for a time then vanisheth away. God’s law, which is his word, because his word is the law, has been given to mankind, both in tables of stone, but also written in our hearts. But unrepentant man tries to put God out of his mind, out of his thinking, tries to ignore the word of God. They hate it when someone reminds them of what God’s word says, because like that finger that wrote on the wall that Belshazzar saw, God’s finger today writes in people’s hearts… and they hate it. Many do not get saved, by choice, because they love sin, or because they’re so distracted by the cares and pleasures of this world. God gave his law for our good. And his laws are good, it’s a good society where people don’t steal, kill, commit adultery, where they don’t wrong themselves and others. But the problem is man is a law breaker, a born rebel… as the Bible says… Job 14:1,2 – Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Noone had to teach us to be lawbreakers… it’s in us, we are born in sin. Sin is inherited, it’s in our DNA, it’s in our blood, it’s in our heart. It’s like leprosy, it’s why you must be born again. God will give you a new heart, he is the only one who can change the heart of a man. God shines a light on us to reveal our sin… not to beat us over the head and remind us how bad we are, though we may need it… he reveals who we are so we see our plight and believe in his Son whom he sent to this world to die for us to fix our problem. Truth should be your friend, not your enemy. God shows us our guilt so we can be saved, he shows us how lost we are… so we can be found. Jesus not only can forgive our sins, but he can free us from our sins, he gives us a new life here and now, life which is eternal.
You will be held accountable to God for what you did with what God gave you. He has given us the knowledge that we are sinners, law breakers and we need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as our Saviour. You will go to hell because you rejected Jesus Christ, willingly, knowingly. God gave his law, he gave us his word, so we could know things, so we could know the future, so we could know how we will be judged in the future. You will be judged according to the word of God. Jesus said in John 12:48b – …the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. If you don’t want to pick up your Bible that’s fine, and you have the freedom to not obey it. But burying your head in the sand intentionally doesn’t absolve guilt. The Bible says that … To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. But you will be judged by it, it is God’s standard by which we will be measured against. And if you reject the part of it that says believe on Jesus Christ and you will be saved, then you will be judged according to the law of God… and when measured to that, we have no chance. People go to jail when they break the law of the land badly, such as murder or rape. That’s man’s courtroom, how much more God’s courtroom… and he is a Judge who doesn’t corrupt judgement, he is not on anyone’s payroll, neither is he a respecter of persons, the reason why you never get out of hell and the lake of fire is you can never pay your sin debt. No amount of time spent can pay your sin. Sin is an unpayable debt, we have nothing to pay with. Our rags of self righteousness can’t pay our sin debt! Our best efforts can’t pay our sin debt. The only thing that paid the price for sin was the blood of Jesus Christ. The amount we owe is unpayable, but Jesus paid it for us. Paid in full. He did no sin, a claim only he can make. He is the only person that has ever risen from the dead. If you reject him there is nothing else. And you are without excuse. You can try to absolve yourself like Pilate did, he sat in judgement of Jesus Christ, and he tried washing his hands of the decision that he made to do as the crowd wanted. Jesus was guiltless, he knew that, but he was responsible for the death of an innocent man… although he washed his hands, the blood stained his hands. If you go to hell rejecting Jesus, you are guilty of though you knew, turning your back on what you should’ve and could’ve done.
There is a story in the Old Testament apt today. There was a man called Amasa who was called up to do a job for king David in assembling the army and preparing for battle. But he was lazy, he wasn’t urgent, he didn’t realize the seriousness and a man called Joab killed him when he turned up late and he lay in the highway after Joab put his sword through him. The men that were going through there all stopped and saw him there wallowing in a pool of his own blood. But someone moved him out the way, and they kept moving along. It’s a pretty gruesome story, but the point is he was lying in the middle of the highway. On the highway of life there are sights to you see which should make you really think about the direction you are heading and who you are following. Where is your life going to end up? Is the end of your life… hell? That’s what waits at the end of a life that has not believed on Jesus Christ. These men were assembling to a battle and they saw a guy who made a mess of his life, who’s life ended in tragedy, because he didn’t take the king’s commandment seriously, he rocked up late. And many people will only rock up late to the realization of how serious it is to get saved and get right with God. Amasa was told to do something and didn’t do it, he didn’t count the king’s word that seriously or that urgent, it wasn’t top on his list of priorities. It cost him his life. And he was gutted by Joab on the highway. You are on a vicious cutthroat highway of life, people lie to you, people steal from you, look at the world, it is full of sin, of death, of evil, of bitterness, lust, pride, selfishness, anger, revenge, resentment, cheating, lying, it’s dog eat dog. You have God’s word today which God has given you because he loves you, for your good, so you can be saved. It is a free gift… salvation. The word of the King of kings and Lord of lords extended to you today, which you can believe or reject… but either way, you will do one or the other. There is no third option. Forgiveness requires nothing more than a heart turned to God asking and simply receiving from Jesus Christ. We are all without excuse. Acts 17:30 – And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent… it’s time to stop playing around and fumbling around and get serious. Hot or cold, but stop middling it through life. God’s law makes us guilty, and you can’t run away from the word of God, the imprint of you Creator upon your heart, pleading with you to turn from your wicked ways and to repent. So the ball is in your court today… you can be saved. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today and stop running the red lights he has put up for you on your road to destruction.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 32 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
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