THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS QUALIFIED US TO ALL OF GOD’S PROMISES; SALVATION, HEALING, MATERIAL OR FINANCIAL PROVISIONS ETC. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE YES AND AMEN IN CHRIST.
(2 Corinthians 1:20) “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
GOD IS THE ONE WHO MAKES US STAND FIRM IN CHRIST. HE ANOINTED US, SET HIS SEAL OF OWNERSHIP ON US, AND PUT HIS SPIRIT IN OUR HEARTS AS A DEPOSIT, GUARANTEEING WHAT IS TO COME.
(2 Corinthians 1:21-22) “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
WE GIVE THANKS TO THE FATHER WHO QUALIFIED US TO SHARE IN THE INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS. FOR HE RESCUED US FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS AND BROUGHT US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON HE LOVES.
(Colossians 1:12-14) “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
WHEN WE TALK OF SIN, PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY THINK OF IT AS AN ACT. SIN IS FIRST A CONDITION BEFORE IT IS AN ACTION. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE WERE MADE SINNERS BECAUSE OF THE SIN OF ADAM (Rom 5:19), SO IN ESSENCE, WE DO SIN (ACTION) BECAUSE WE ARE SINNERS (CONDITION)!
SIN (hamartia) IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK MEANS “A MISSING OF THE MARK”. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, WE ALL MISSED THE MARK OF WHAT GOD INTENDED US TO BE. FOR THIS REASON, THE BIBLE SAYS, “WE ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD” (Rom 3:23).
GOD GAVE THE LAW, BUT IT HAS NO POWER TO CHANGE THE CONDITION OF HEART; THE LAW WAS ADDED FOR US HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF SIN. (Romans 3:20) “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
FURTHERMORE, THE LAW WAS GIVEN SO THAT THE WHOLE WORLD MAY BECOME GUILTY BEFORE GOD.
(Romans 3:19) Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
WHEN CHRIST CAME, HE MEDIATED A NEW COVENANT OF GRACE WITH THE FATHER, AND UNDER THIS COVENANT, WE WHO BELIEVED IN CHRIST ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH.
(Romans 4:4) Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
(Romans 4:5) But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OF GRACE, WE WENT THOUGH THE CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART, THE PUTTING OFF OF THE SINFUL NATURE DONE BY CHRIST AND BY THE SPIRIT.
(Colossians 2:11) “In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ”
(Romans 2:29) “No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.”
IN CHRIST WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN AND NOW BECAME SLAVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
(Romans 6:17) “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
AFTER CHRIST REDEEMED US AND MADE US RIGHTEOUS, WE BECAME HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS.
(Titus 2:14) Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
SALVATION IS NEVER ABOUT YOUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, BUT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT GOD FREELY GIVES TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Rom 3:21-23) “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
NOT ONLY DO WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST, BUT WE ARE ALSO MADE HOLY.
(Hebrews 2:11) “Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”
AFTER WE ARE MADE HOLY AND RECEIVED THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST, WE ARE EXPECTED SHARE IN HIS HOLINESS AND MANIFEST THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE IN OUR LIVES.
DISCIPLINE IS A NECESSARY COMPONENT TO BRING FORTH A HARVEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SHARE IN HIS HOLINESS. IT IS ALSO DONE FOR US TO HAVE A CHARACTER READY FOR GREATER BLESSINGS.
(Hebrews 12:10-11) Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines (paideia – child-train) us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
MANY DO NOT REALIZE THAT WE ARE ALL AFFECTED BY ADAM’S DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD? YOU SEE, BECAUSE OF HIS SIN, WE WERE ALL MADE SINNERS. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, WE ARE SINNERS NOT BECAUSE WE SIN; WE SIN BECAUSE WE ARE SINNERS.
HOWEVER, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT GOD SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON ALSO KNOWN AS THE “LAST ADAM” (1Cor 15:45); HE OBEYED GOD EVEN UNTO DEATH ON THE CROSS. BECAUSE OF HIS OBEDIENCE, WE CAN BE MADE RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT BY FAITH IN HIM.
(Romans 5:19) “For just as through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus) the many will be made righteous.”
BECAUSE OF THE DISOBEDIENCE OF ADAM, DEATH REIGNED OVER THE CREATED WORLD; HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF CHRIST’S OBEDIENCE TO GOD, WE WHO BELIEVED IN HIM RECEIVED GOD’S ABUNDANT PROVISION OF GRACE AND THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WE REIGN IN LIFE.
(Romans 5:17) “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
(Romans 5:15) But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
ADAM’S SIN RESULTED IN CONDEMNATION FOR ALL MEN, HOWEVER, CHRIST’S OBEDIENCE TO GOD BRINGS JUSTIFICATION THAT BRINGS LIFE FOR ALL MEN. (Romans 5:18) “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.”
(1 Corinthians 15:45) So it is written:
“THE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING BEING”; THE LAST ADAM, A LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!