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Ways and Means: a
committee in the U.S. House of Representatives that is in charge of taxes,
trade issues, government debt.
The Ways and Means committee views the people and their
resources as theirs to do with as they please. It is their task to formulate
some method to cover the costs and expenses of government conjured up by the
congress (and the President). Their methods and enforcements create a lot of
pain to the ones supplying their needs. In other words the costs are high to
the ones paying the price.
Similarly the Ways and Means committee in Heaven when
viewing the condition of lost man realized that it was up to them to provide
the price of the redemption of mankind for no one else had the wherewithal to
accomplish the task at hand.
Enter the redemptive twins; Grace and Mercy. Only by
employing Grace and Mercy could the committee (The Godhead) accomplish the
needed task. The price to be paid fell on the Son of God for after a total
evaluation He was the only one who was fully qualified to pay the price of
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 gives some pertinent
information concerning our salvation;Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy
Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore
glorify God with your body.
you get that?
break it down so as to emphasize the parts of the statement God is making!
body is a temple!
you live in it, once saved the Holy Spirit that you received as a gift also
inhabits it with you! That is as close as you can get.
next thing to consider is; You were the property of a holding agency known as
spiritual death but was redeemable for a price. God in His mercy purchased you (paid
the price) and now you are His property.
NOW HOLDS THE TITLE DEED TO YOU.
make one final check to see if you understand this.
your conduct reflectGod's ownership of
you or your independence from Him? Is it
obedience or rebellion? Will it be reward or judgment?
is a measure of confidence and peace in knowing that you belong to the king of
the whole universe and understanding this - - should motivate you to further
pledge all that is within you to serve Him with all of your being and no longer
be slack in your service for your master.
the halls of heavenly records there is a birth certificate with the name of God
as your father. Fair thee well child of God!