Thursday, March 24, 2016

Devotion: Redeemed By His Blood

There is so much that was accomplished when Jesus died on the cross.  Our redemption was just one of many things that Jesus accomplished on the cross.

“When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race.  His sin spread death throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die, for all sinned (Romans 5:12 TLB).  For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin.  But this one man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s mercy.  Adam’s one sin brought the penalty of death to many, while Christ freely takes away many sins and gives glorious life instead.  The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God’s gift of forgiveness and acquittal are kings of life (reign in life ) because of this one man, Jesus Christ.  Yes, Adam’s sin brought punishment to all, but Christ’s righteousness makes men right with God, so that they can live.  Adam caused many to be sinners because he disobeyed God, and Christ caused many to be made acceptable to God because he obeyed” (Romans 5:15-19 TLB).

Man, Adam to be more specific, not by God, changed the original creation, the original nature of mankind.  However, it has been God’s plan, hidden since the beginning of time, to reconcile mankind back to him.  Jesus was a part of this plan.

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:18-19).

It was God, who was in Christ Jesus that reconciled his creation back to its original state.  But it was the obedience of Jesus Christ, even unto death (Philippians 2:10) that enabled us to be reconciled back to God (Romans 5:10).

“And since by his blood he did all this for us as sinners, how much more will he do for us now that he has declared us not guilty?  Now he will save us from all of God’s wrath to come.  And since, when we were his enemies, we were brought back to God by the death of his Son, what blessings he must have for us now that we are his friends and he is living within us!  Now we rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God—all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done in dying for our sins—making us friends of God” (Romans 5:9-11 TLB).

Now that we have been brought back to God, through the blood of the son, Jesus Christ, we can rejoice in our new relationship with God.  Because of what Jesus did on the cross, dying for our sins, we are now new creation.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

For if a man be in Christ, he be a new creature, redeemed for his old sinful nature to a new nature for him, a spiritual nature, that nature of the original man, before the fall.  When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside.  He is not the same anymore.  A new life has begun.

“But thank God, Christ has redeemed us and brought us out from under the doom of that impossible system of laws by taking on the curse himself.  Yes, Christ purchased our freedom from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us when he hung on that wooden cross.  Because Christ purchased our freedom, we now can share in the blessings belonging to Abraham, who was full of faith and accepted God’s promise.  It is through the blessings of Abraham that we of like faith might receive the Spirit that God had promised to give” (Galatians 3:10-14 TLB).

Because of Jesus, I am accepted, I am alive, and I am forgiven.  Because of Jesus, I am now heaven bound.  Because of Jesus, I am a child of the most high God.  Because of Jesus, I am all of these things.  And because of Jesus, I am redeemed.

As always, we pray that our inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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