No Contest…

Read Job 9

Focus on verses 32-33No Contest

That moment… when you realize that you are on the losing end of a contest that never really was a contest. Job has been adamantly declaring that he is innocent of wrong-doing, and in some respects He is justified in doing so. It is however, beginning to dawn on him that when one takes up an argument with God it really is no contest, “For he (God) is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.”

Job is bewailing the observation that this is not a fair fight. God has an unfair advantage because He is also the judge in this case.

When it comes to the day that we stand before God, if we were to imagine the situation as a modern courtroom, God would be the judge and Satan comes against us as the prosecuting attorney. The frightening thing is that much of what Satan accuses us of may well be true. There is much for which we are guilty, which would put us in a frightening situation if it were not for the fact that Jesus is also in the room acting as our defense attorney. Jesus not only steps up to defend us, he reminds God (the judge) that the sentence of death which the prosecutor is justly demanding, has already been served by Jesus. Since the sentence has already been executed, we are free to go on the condition that we accept the verdict. There is one thing the Judge asks us to agree to in order to be released.  We are to believe and trust that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and in so doing purchased our freedom. This means there is nothing more we can do to earn our freedom because it is already ours, granted to us as a free gift. All we have to do is accept that gift by faith.

The way we do that is we place out trust in Christ for our eternal life similar to the way we place our trust in the ability of a chair to hold us up. It involves more than just believing that the chair will hold us up, it involves actually placing our full weight on the chair by sitting down on it proving that we trust it will not collapse.

When we trust Christ to save us from judgment and eternal death, we genuinely believe and trust that we have eternal life with Him. It changes the way we think, the way we act, and the way we live. Satan continues to accuse us for that is his nature, but with Jesus as our attorney it really is no contest.

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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