Bought by the Blood

August 13, 2011

Every Spiritual Blessing

By God’s grace, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, believers are assured of “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

  • We are justified; that is, we receive here and now advance declaration by God of the verdict of his court on the day of judgment, that we are included among those whom he will declare righteous on account of our faith in Jesus and his obedience unto death.
  • We are saved; that is, we are delivered from the wrath to come, rescued from the anger of God against all wickedness and rebellion.
  • We are reconciled; that is, the enmity between us and God has been removed, because God himself bore our sins in the person of his own Son on the cross.
  • We are forgiven: that is, God chooses to “carry” (the Hebrew word usually translated “forgive” our sins, rather than repay them to us, because they have been “carried” by Jesus on the cross.  They will never be held against us.
  • We are redeemed: that is, God has achieved our liberation from all the bondage of sin, as he rescued the Israelites out of Egypt, through the sacrificial blood of Christ.
  • We are adopted: that is, God includes us among his children, or more specifically, treats us as firstborn sons (whether male or female) and thus as his heirs, sharing in the inheritance that belongs to Christ.
  • We are made alive: that is, from the death of sin we are given new life, the resurrection life of Jesus himself.
  • We have the Spirit: that is, the promise that God made to Israel, that would bring about their renewal and “resurrection” and obedience, is now poured out in us, bearing the fruit of transformed lives.

The above is taken from the book, “The Mission of God’s People” by Chris Wright

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July 12, 2011

Your Gospel Is Too Small

A gospel which is only about the moment of conversion but does not extend to every moment of life in Christ is too small. A gospel that gets your sins forgiven but offers no power for transformation is too small. A gospel that isolates one of the benefits of union with Christ and ignores all the others is too small. A gospel that must be measured by your own moral conduct, social conscience, or religious experience is too small. A gospel that rearranges the components of your life but not put you personally in the presence of God is too small.

-The Deep Things of God, by Fred Sander

July 7, 2011

Casey Anthony and the Cross

Chris Brauns has some great insight on how Christians should respond to the Casey Anthony verdict.  Below are a couple of highlights, but you can read the rest here

  • Point people to the Cross. Situations like this are the opportunity for Christians to point to a balanced view of forgiveness that stresses love, justice, and grace. Casey Anthony is not the only one who will stand before her Creator. We are all sinners, and we will all be there. If we don’t know Christ, then the wrath of God abides on us (John 3:36).
  • Examine yourself. If you find yourself feeling terribly ungracious towards Casey Anthony, then perhaps it is because you haven’t been thinking enough about God’s grace in your life.  Indeed, this is what happened with the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. Do you get more energized about the sin or perceived sin of someone else or your own? Consider 2 Corinthians 13:5.

October 28, 2010

Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more. (Romans 5:20)

While our sin reaches far, God’s amazing grace reaches farther, and God’s willingness to forgive is infinitely bigger then our willingness to sin. – Tullian Tchividjian

September 29, 2009

God’s Wonderful Deeds

I will recount all of your wonderful deeds – Psalm 9:1

“Here is eternal work for us, for there can be no end to the showing forth of all his deeds of live. If we consider our own sinfulness and nothingness, we must feel that every work of preservation, forgiveness, conversion, deliverance, sanctification, etc., which the Lord has wrought for us, is a marvelous work.” Charles Spurgeon

September 27, 2009

Eternal Forgiveness

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Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4&5)

“He says that Christ has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, that He has removed our sin.  Does that include only sin in the past? No.  It includes the sin that we have not yet committed.  That, too, is past history in God’s sight.  It is wonderful to know that in God’s sight our sin has been dealt with forever, and that His promise of forgiveness is eternal.” James Montgomery Boice

August 13, 2009

How to come to terms with abortion

The answer is simple.  It is God.  Listen to the testimony of David MacDonald:

I know how to come to terms with it  (abortion). It is God. After many years of trying every self destructive thing to get over it, I found that in the end, it was God who heals, and it starts with fully accepting what we’ve done and then humbly asking God for forgiveness. It’s a lifetime journey. There is help out there. I can help you find it.

We all have sins that we need atonement for and that only way we can be forgiven for our sins is through the cross.  Sin destroys lives and leads to facing God’s eternal wrath unless we repent.  Repentance is only made possibly by taking God at His Word when we believe that Christ work on the cross defeated the power of sin so that we have freedom from the condemnation and enslavement of sin.

July 21, 2009

Great is God’s faithfulness

It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his evil way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.” – Jeremiah 36:3

It has been said before that what separates the God of the Bible from the God of other religions is His grace and mercy towards sinners.  When God makes a covenant with sinners it is for His glory and namesake and not on the basis of anything deserving in us.  If God’s relationship with Israel was based on Israel’s merit then He would have left Israel in the wilderness and found a new people.  In the days of Jeremiah the people of Israel had denied God and sought only evil.  Because of their sin, instead of receiving blessing, they got disaster and judgment by means of the exile.

Although God’s people were defeated by the Babylonians, had their city burned and taken captive into a faraway land, all was not lost.  God was still faithful to His people and using judgment to teach them His holy nature, wrath towards sin and the weight of being called to live for His glory.  God’s faithfulness is also seen in the promises that He made to Israel while they are in exile.  Just because they were in exile does not mean that God give up on them or disowned them. Israel was still God’s people and their sin could never change that.  He has a plan and purpose and will protect and preserve His people through judgment (Jeremiah 29:11-14).

God has faultless foreknowledge and knows that Jehoiakim will not listen to the prophecy from Jeremiah, but still He provides warning, so that the people may have a way to repent and receive forgiveness.  Even when Jehoiakim rips up God’s Word He continues to turn the other cheek by having Jeremiah write another scroll.  God’s heart for us does not change even though our hearts are distant from Him (Ephesians 2:8).  When He seals us with the blood of Christ, we are His forever and He cannot deny those who are in Christ (Romans 3:3).  What great encouragement this is for us when we are facing the consequences for sin.  Even when God disciplines us, He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 12:6-11,13:5. When sin abounds, grace abounds even more Romans 5:20).

February 10, 2008

Forgiven

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21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.  (Matthew 18:21-22)

At the cross I am made aware
Of your boundless grace towards me.
I was a rebel and revolted against the King,
But by Your blood I have been given pardon.

No longer in bondage I now live for freedom.
Bitterness and anger are no longer my master
My judgment of others has been liberated
So that I can view them with kindness.

The most High and Holy One has shown me mercy
Despite my countless sins and heinous attacks against His throne.
I am a recipient of unimaginable depths of love,
Therefore how can I not show that same love to all.

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