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   Morning Thoughts by Elder Philip Conley

Job 9:2, "I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?"

This morning, there are many that are giving their version of the answer to this question. This is one of my favorite questions to ask people when discussing the Bible. Most Arminians and other groups of people will begin their reply by saying, "I..." The very first thing that they mention in relation to being just with God is themselves. Job is talked about as being perfect, upright, and one that eschewed evil. Job was also one that offered up prayers on the behalf of his loved ones lest they might have cursed God in their hearts. Yet, this righteous man had come to a point where he did not even know how that man was just with God.

Job starts by saying that he knows that man is just with God. However, he is not sure of the how. Many of God's children have a quiet peace within them, but they know nothing about how it came to be. I am often reminded of Helen Keller when they communicated with her for the first time. They tried to tell her about Christ and she responded, "Oh I already know Him, I just didn't know His name." Job knew that he was
just, but the how escaped his knowledge.  

When one attempts to properly answer this question, the way to begin is with Christ and not with self. The start, process, and finishing of our justification in the sight of the Almighty was accomplished in the finished work of the redemptive blood of Jesus Christ. There is only one way that we will ever stand in the presence of God, completely just in His sight. That is covered in the blood of His only begotten Son.   

Christ is the Daysman that Job could not see in verse 33. Christ was the one that laid His hand upon God and upon men. He brought peace between the offended parties. God had been offended and man was the offender. Therefore, as God and man, Christ brought them both together and brought peace between them. We are told by Paul in I Timothy 2:5
that Jesus Christ is the only one that fits this category. No other person intercedes on our behalf, and no one else could even if given the opportunity.  If it had not been for the Saviour's blood, we would be yet in our sins, and the old things would still be with us. Yet, we find that old things have passed away and behold all things are become new. We are in Christ, and as such, we are a new creature.  Therefore, if He has made us a new creature in Him, we should ever strive to behave ourselves in a righteous fashion and not bring a reproach upon the one that
rescued and ransomed us.

In Hope,

Bro Philip