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Monday, July 4, 2016

Ways and Means

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 redemption. 

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.  

Did you get that?  

Let's break it down so as to emphasize the parts of the statement God is making! 

Your body is a temple!  

While 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. 

The 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.  

Let's make one final check to see if you understand this.  

Does your conduct reflect  God's ownership of you or your independence  from Him? Is it obedience or rebellion? Will it be reward or judgment?  

There 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.  

In the halls of heavenly records there is a birth certificate with the name of God as your father. Fair thee well child of God!



  1. Thank you. You always share reality in a wonderful way.

  2. Thank you Robert for sharing these inspiring words with us today at Tell me a Story.


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