Posts Tagged ‘justification

25
Mar
13

Our redemption, justification, righteousness, reconciliation and sanctification in Christ

Simply put, we believe that Jesus Christ was the expression of the love of God as He became the perfect sacrifice for our sins and our eternal redeemer. We believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that we might live through Him.

Justice demanded the transgression of Adam be paid for and the penalty for that sin was death. God, being the righteous yet just judge that He is, allowed Jesus (who was perfect in every way) to be the legal substitute for sin and thus pay the price for it. This definition of REDEMPTION is crucial to our understanding and appreciation of what Jesus Christ did and why it is so awesome.

The only way God could legally overturn His judgment of “guilty” and acquit us of all crimes against Him was for Jesus Christ to willingly lay down His perfect life as the payment and eternal sacrifice for sin. Because Jesus took upon Himself the original transgression of Adam as well as every sin (past, present and future) of all people; God was able to legally render His “guilty” verdict null and void and acquit us of all charges against us. This definition of JUSTIFICATION allows us to stand RIGHTEOUS in God’s presence without any sense of guilt or condemnation.

Our redemption, justification and righteousness released us from the penalty of sin which is death. Although we still sin, we have an advocate with the Father who is Jesus Christ. He pleads our case before the righteous judge and allows us to live with no condemnation or judgment. Simply put, God made Jesus (who knew no sin) to become a sin offering for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ for the rest of our lives.

With sin no longer separating us from God, we were able to be reconciled to God and the relationship of peace with Him restored. This restoration of the relationship and fellowship with God that was disrupted, disturbed and destroyed by Adam’s sin allows us to walk in fellowship with God and be set apart by God unto eternal life with Him. This definition of SANCTIFICATION is what gives us and God great joy and comfort in this life.

Put together, our REDEMPTION, JUSTIFICATION, RIGHTEOUSNESS, RECONCILIATION and SANCTIFICATION allow us to live without fear of God’s wrath. We are able to live and stand in the grace and mercy of God. Because all legal requirements for our redemption were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and God eternally rendered His verdict of “NOT GUILTY” through the resurrection, we have no reason to fear eternal punishment.

Jesus Christ truly is our redeemer for He purchased our freedom through His atoning blood. Through the resurrection, we can boldly proclaim that our redeemer truly lives for us, through us and in us. Will we choose to live for Him?

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18
Mar
13

The simplicity of our Christian Faith

Christians rarely agree on much of anything, but there is one thing we should all have agreement regarding and that is the purpose and accomplishments of Jesus Christ. How can there be any question regarding the legal redemption and justification purchased for us through the death of Jesus? How can there be any question regarding the victory over sin and death found in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ?

Jesus fulfilled every criterion to be our Savior. Jesus lovingly paid the price for our redemption through the shedding of His Holy blood. Through His sacrifice, propitiation has been made for the sins of all mankind and God could (and did) close the books on Adam’s transgression and its consequences.

By the stripes of Jesus we have been healed and made whole. The blood of Jesus purchased our redemption. The burial of Jesus sealed our justification and the resurrection of Christ won the victory over death and made available eternal life to those who believe. Because of all these things, we can trust the promise of God that Christ will return to lead us to our eternal home in glory.

Christians may vehemently disagree with each other on social issues, specific meanings of various scriptures, the role of the Church and a whole variety of other things; but there should be no disagreement regarding who Jesus Christ was, what He accomplished and what is to come. Of course, having just said this, we all know there will continue to be little unity on these matters unfortunately.

For what it is worth, I believe in what is laid out in what is known as the “Apostles Creed”:

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.”

I remember reciting this creed in the Presbyterian church I grew up in. I remember hearing this creed recited in various other churches over the years. If there is a creed that most Christians can live with, the Apostles creed is it.

As we go through these days leading up to the celebration of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we should unite as Christians in what we hold common and take a break from the incessant bickering that plagues our faith. Jesus died for our sins, was raised on the third day and is one day coming back. We have been redeemed and granted the gift of eternal life. How is that for keeping things simple!