My Thoughts. . .
Monday 13, 2019
- Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
- He came to give us the abundant life (John 10:10).
- He came to make us his bride and be our husband (Romans 7:4).
- He came that we could die to the deadly lower nature or flesh and live a life of rejoicing (Romans 7:24-8:1).
- He came that we could become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20 NKJV).
- He came that we could have God dwelling in us (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
- He came that we could receive every spiritual blessing in heaven (Ephesians 1:3).
- He came that we could be raised up to sit with him in heaven (Ephesians 2:6).
- He came that we could be called by a new name (Acts 11:26).
- He came that we could enjoy a life without condemnation (Romans 8:1).
- He came so we could be a new creation because the old is no more and we have been made new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- He came to take all our sins upon him and in return we would receive the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He did this by dying for our sins, by being our sin sacrifice by, shedding his innocent blood. He was resurrected and returned to heaven so we could have our citizenship there.
But for some, it wasn’t enough. For them:
- His blood was insufficient to overcome their deadly lower nature or flesh.
- For them his covenant was not strong enough to hold their marriage with him together.
- For them the abundant life he offered they considered temporary.
- For them their citizenship was a come and go experience.
- For them every spiritual blessing didn’t last long enough to be enjoyed.
- For them they no sooner sat down with him than their chair was pulled out from under them.
- For them the new name was usually lost before it could be uttered.
- For them the periods of “no condemnation” left them wondering if they had really experienced it.
- For them the quicker they became “new,” the faster they fell back into the “old.”
- For them Jesus may have taken away their sins when they were immersed into his death, but they seemed to gain them back before they could exit the baptistry.
- For them the gift of righteousness didn’t last long enough to experience any joy it may have brought.
- For them Jesus’ blood is good as long as they were perfect, but when they lose it, his blood had no redeeming qualities. Their salvation depended totally on their actions. For them Jesus’ blood covers them only when they do right by being perfectly sinless.
- For them they seem to visit the devil as much as they do Jesus. It is a see-saw existence void of any hope, joy, or assurance.
- For them it often feels as if Jesus’ efforts on the cross did not do much to help them.
Was that why Jesus suffered, died, and rose again? Did he leave us a 27-letter book and expect us to following it without any infractions in order to enjoy its promises? Was Jesus blood a self-starter, but we are responsible for keeping the motor running after that? If so, then Jesus did fail. But that is not why he came nor the life he expects from us.
- You cannot save yourself.
- You are not your savior.
- You are not God.
- You are neither the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit.
- Your obedience (or faithfulness), is not perfect. It never will be.
If you believe you can save yourself by perfect obedience (faithfulness), you believe the devil’s lie. Enjoy his fruit because its only temporary!
- Salvation comes from God alone. He is the one who adds people to be saved, not us.
- Salvation comes from man accepting what Jesus did to take away our sins.
- Salvation comes from man understanding that it is God’s righteousness given to us.
Fact: Since Jesus took our sins, we are:
- Kept cleansed.
- Made without sin.
- Kept in the marriage to Jesus.
- Overcome the deadly lower nature or flesh.
- Made righteous.
- Dead to sin and its reward.
- Alive to God.
- Have hope, joy, and assurance of our salvation!
- Are no longer under condemnation.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2