Friday, June 5, 2009

Bow Now or Bow Later

Paige and I were weaving our way through traffic, headed for Zach’s concert, when we spotted the above license plate. As we came to a bottleneck and were forced to slow to a crawl I had Paige take a photo, thinking this was a rather interesting license plate frame. An actual Jewish Jew. You don’t see that every day. Another thing you don’t often see is someone who confesses their religious beliefs, a characteristic that this Torah believer wasn’t lacking.

Unfortunately, this motoring Torah confessor is trapped in the Old Covenant of works righteousness. Those Torah-believing Jews of the Old Testament, because of their faith in the promised Messiah, were saved, yet this Jew heading down the highway is without hope, because of his trust in his own works and rejection of Christ’s salvific work on the cross. The Bible is clear on how we are saved:

But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:8-10 ESV

Ultimately, when Christ’s glory is fully revealed even those who do not acknowledge Christ as Lord and are eternally lost will voluntarily bow their knee and confess:

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 ESV

For those of us who believe, we have Christ’s sure and certain promise:

The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. Revelation 3:5 ESV
Lord, grant this unto us all.

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