Sunday, April 17, 2016

The answer

God’s answer to the problem of our human condition is not found in how we might improve ourselves. God’s answer is found in a person and what He has done.

Let me quote   from our compass : “If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10.9)
Many other Bible verses confirm that salvation, forgiveness, redemption, justification, eternal life etc are granted to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As the title indicates, He is the Lord who came down from heaven, He is the Jesus who became truly human, He is the Christ -  God’s appointed Saviour of the world. In His life He did so much good and taught so much good, but He Himself said “was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things?” – referring to His crucifixion. The cross was a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies which indicated that by the sufferings of the Christ, God was reconciling and redeeming the world to Himself. When the crucifixion happened, on earth confusion was evident, but when God raised Jesus from the dead, the good news had a whole new meaning. By the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus on the cross, the good news was “ forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2.38). To the Gentiles was then presented “forgiveness of sins through His name” (Acts 10.43)
Paul concurs with the gospel by Peter “Let it be known to you therefore, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses”. 
Acts 13.38

       WOW – this is something more than religion. This is liberty from guilt and condemnation, along with the significant gift of the Holy Spirit to live a new life.

Faith rests in who Jesus is, and what God has done through the sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Faith brings peace with God, joy in the soul and hope for the future.

J McKee

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