Rom. 3:23) "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Have you ever asked yourself what this verse means? Well, what it means is that because you are a human being no matter how good or righteous you think you are, because of your sin, your righteousness and glory fall short of the righteousness and glory required to get you into heaven. That’s why God sent Jesus into the world, so that he could do for us that which is impossible for us to do ourselves. In the Old Testament, God gave the world the ten commandments. They were given not to save man, but rather to explain to man why and how it is that he falls short. (Rom. 3:20) "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” You see, from birth man is condemned because of the sin of Adam and Eve. He therefore needs God's help to cover his sins, and to be made righteous enough to go to heaven. So, God sent His sinless Son Jesus to die in our place. By shedding his blood on the cross, he paid the death penalty that we owed for sin, making all who trust in him pardoned from their sin and righteous. It was God’s plan that Jesus be the justifier of man, by shedding his innocent blood. "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Rom. 3:26)." Thus, enters our Faith. According to the Bible, all that is required to gain Jesus’s righteousness is to by Faith believe and trust in what he did on the cross, and then ask God for salvation. Salvation therefore is impossible without Christ. No Jesus equals no salvation.
( Gen 41:41-43) “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt... A nd he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.” When Joseph was introduced to us in chp.37, he was a young inexperienced 17 year old boy, and yet 13 years later God raised him up to rule the nation of Egypt. So, what made him different ? The Answer : “ Time,” and his faith in God ! You see time is a wonderful teacher; 1) Time strengthens endurance . Endurance and faith can only be strengthened over time. Like exercise, we start out not able to do much but over time we find that we can do more. You see, God allows us to go through the ups and downs of life, to help us gain not only spiritual maturity, but also spiritual abilities. Spiritual endurance therefore enables us to handle life’s trials better. 2) Time strengthens patience . Although Joseph, consistently did right, God allowe