Thursday, May 8, 2008

Jesus paid MOST of my debt?

My favorite verses in the Bible are in the book of Colossians 2:13-14. This is the entire story of what Jesus did for you in just two short verses!

Here's what it says;
You were at one time spiritually dead because of your...
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...sins and because you were Gentiles without the Law. But God has now brought you to life with Christ. God forgave us all our sins; He canceled the unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross.

Let's take a closer look at it in smaller pieces.

You were at one time spiritually dead…(Without the forgiveness Jesus provides, we are DEAD because we are separated from God who IS Life. Because of our sin we are bound for hell!)

...because of your sins…(I am guilty. You are guilty. I broke His Law so I deserve to burn in hell! Any good judge would send a guilty man to be punished!)

...and because you were Gentiles without the Law. (We broke the perfect Law of God and as non-Jews we didn't even have any way to make a sacrifice to cover up our sins! That's a HUGE PROBLEM! A death sentence with no way to appeal or pay the fine!)

But… (the Solution to our problem was given to us!!! Keep reading...)

...God has now brought you to life with Christ. (Until we receive the free gift of LIFE that Jesus offers us, we are DEAD. The only way to be "brought to Life" is through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." No on can come to Life (which is a relationship with God, the Giver of Life) except through full trust, faith, belief and rest knowing that Jesus is the ONLY way to be right with God. Then your life WILL show if your belief and faith are true through your desire to turn away from sin and desiring that all men come to know Jesus as you have.

God forgave us all our sins; (Notice that sin did NOT go unpunished! God DID judge us guilty and the punishment for OUR sin was taken by Jesus. He took the death sentence we deserved to pay. He paid the fine of our sin which was DEATH! ....And how many of our sins were forgiven? Just the ones I have already committed? Just the ones I remembered to confess? Just the big ones? NO! the scripture says it CLEARLY! He forgave ALL OF THEM! Romans 6:10 says Jesus died once for ALL sin!)

He canceled the unfavorable record of our debts…(God's record of OUR sin was erased!...even though we had not even been born, all of our sin was dealt with before we even committed them! That's how our FUTURE sins are ALREADY FORGIVEN... They were ALL "future sins" when Jesus finished the work it took to forgive them. What work did it take to forgive my sin? His DEATH! That's why He said with His last breath "IT IS FINISHED!" Everything that could EVER be done to forgive the sin of the world was FINISHED AT THAT MOMENT!

No additional "asking for forgiveness" will get any more sins forgiven... they were ALL forgiven! No baptism, communion, tithing, offerings, or good deeds will get you any closer to God... because when you come to God through the work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection you have a FULL and TOTAL heir-ship! You are COMPLETELY and PERFECTLY Sons of God. You are counted RIGHTEOUS because of what Jesus did. Not because of ANYTHING you have done, will do, or CAN do!)

...with its binding rules… (God demands that we be PERFECT, and SINLESS to have a relationship with Him... but we are SINFUL, LUSTFUL, PRIDEFUL, MESS-UPS. Since He MADE US, He knew that we could not and would not keep His perfect LAW! But the neat thing is that He actually really gave it to us ONLY to point us to His Son Jesus, who is the ONLY way for us to trade our SIN for Jesus' PERFECTION. We are bankrupt but we are "credited" Jesus' righteousness in God's sight)

...and did away with it completely… (God gave us TWO CHOICES. 1. We must agree to obey His binding, legal requirements and abide by His Law perfectly. However if we don't obey perfectly, we will suffer His death sentence. OR 2. We can accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as our ransom, as the Payment for our death penalty fine and we can be "crucified with Him" according to Romans 6:6-8. And what about those "binding rules"? If you trade them for Jesus' work, they're GONE! -- What about our sin? The past sins?...GONE! The present sins?...GONE! And even the FUTURE SINS?!!...GONE! Then our ransomed relationship with Jesus is shown to be authentic through our repentance from sin and our ongoing faith in Jesus' finished work.)

...by nailing it to the cross. (All of the above is available to us TODAY, because of what Jesus Christ did 2000 years ago! You cant read these verses any other way!)

An old church hymn says;

JESUS PAID IT ALL, ALL TO HIM I OWE...
SIN HAD LEFT A CRIMSON STAIN,
HE WASHED IT WHITE AS SNOW

Everything that needed to be done to save us and forgive our sins was FINISHED 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross (He conquered SIN) and when He rose from the dead (He conquered DEATH)

So, since He paid the fine for OUR death sentence, (The wages of sin is death) and since He loves us completely, and since He is the Son of God, God made flesh, HE has the right to offer us Total Forgiveness and Eternal Life!

Now that's GOOD NEWS!

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