Bought by the Blood

June 17, 2009

Do not be deceived

Return, O faithless children,
declares the Lord;
for I am your master;
I will take you, one from a city and two from a family,
and I will bring you to Zion. – Jeremiah 3:15

Faith is a very personal decision.  We cannot have parents or friends with faith in Christ and believe that is good enough for us.  If we do not make it our own and have ownership of it, then we have no faith of our own.  The physical brothers and mother of Jesus could not claim blood as entry into the spiritual family of God (Matthew 12:46-48).  If we want to adopted into God’s family and chosen by Him, then we need to claim the blood of Christ as our only hope for God to accept us.  God desires a relationship with you and he knows your heart, therefore let your faith be authentic and do not try to cling on the coat tails of another person’s faith.

Not every member of the nation of Israel, was actually a descendant of Israel (Romans 9:6).  Abraham was called God’s friend, but his descendants did not follow in his footsteps.  There were jews in Jesus’ day who were deceived and thought they were doing God’s will, but they were actually doing the will of the devil (John 8:39-47).  In Joshua’s day, one family could not be comfortable with the fact that the leaders followed God.  Instead, each family must choose to worship and serve God, God was a corporate God but saving faith was not a corporate event (Joshua 24:15).

Let the reality of this truth sober you and make the need for obedience sink in.  God has no obligation to save whole families, people who go to church, or those who go through the outward motions.  Do not be deceived, God knows if your faith is your own or if you are hoping to be saved by association.  Salvation comes to those who sow to the Spirit and reap the fruit of righteousness.  Be on guard against false security, there were those in Jeremiah’s day who thought that if they were in a certain town or part of a particular family they would be saved.  God is not mocked and He is saving a people for Himself, those who give their hearts to Him, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life and keep it holy for Him who shed His blood for you.

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