Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness

30
Nov
17

Redeemed By The Blood

Our salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus did not cost material things. We cannot buy it. In those days, people were redeemed by monetary payment. Prisoners of war were ransomed with silver and gold. Freedom for slaves was purchased with money. Our freedom did not cost Jesus money. It cost Him his life.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. – 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, never sinned in any way. This is why He was a perfect, pleasing sacrifice to God the Father. He paid the price that we could never pay. Now we are redeemed and we are free.
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09
Nov
17

Praying For One Another

One of the more difficult to understand passages of Scripture is in 1 John 5. John writes:

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin,and there is sin that does not lead to death.

​ – 1 John 5:16-17 (NIV)​
So for whom and for what are we supposed to pray? We need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and that they will not persist in sin. We need to pray that we will all confess our sins and repent from them. Sin is serious as it says in verse 17. For the believer in Jesus, our sins are forgiven by God’s grace through faith expressed in Jesus. Though we all continue to sin, God is faithful to forgive. For those outside of Christ, their sins are not forgiven until they come to Jesus for forgiveness. They are on the path to destruction. Pray for them to come to Christ and pray for each other that we may continually walk in the light.
02
Nov
17

Water And Blood

The Apostle John says that Jesus, the Son of God, came by water and blood.

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify:8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. – 1 John 5:6-8 (NIV)

So what does John mean that Jesus came by water and blood. It could be a reference to His death when the soldier pierced his side and blood and water flowed together indicating that Jesus was, in fact, dead. By God’s grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and the Spirit of God dwells in our hearts. The physical water and blood of Jesus and the Spirit of God all testify that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Trust in Him alone for salvation and you will be saved and forgiven.
26
Oct
17

No Fear In Love

John said in verse 17 that we can approach God the Father with confidence just like Jesus could when He was on the earth. How is this even possible? God is God and we are not. God is holy and righteous and just. He is perfect and we are most definitely not perfect. So how can we, imperfect sinners, approach a holy God with such confidence? The answer is: love. John wrote:

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18 (NIV)

We do not have to fear God because He is not out to punish us. He is out to love us. He punished Jesus on the cross when He poured out all of His wrath on His Son. He has no more wrath for you! All He has for you is forgiveness. You do not have to be terrified of God. He’s not out to get you! He’s only out to get you into Heaven! If you’re terrified of God, you need to experience His love for His love makes all of the difference.
17
Oct
17

God Showed Us His Love

God does more than watch us from a distance. God takes more than just a casual interest in our lives and in our world. God intensely loves the world with all of His heart. Why? For the same reasons that a father and mother love their children – He made us. So when humanity sinned against God and broke the intimacy we had with Him, God made a way back to Him because He loves us so much. John wrote:

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. – 1 John 4:9 (NIV)

We were destined to die and be separated from God for eternity. But God showed us His love by sending Jesus to give us the opportunity to live with Him forever. He did more than say, “I love you, world.” He demonstrated the fact that He loves us and it cost Him dearly. God is love and His love is expressed in more than words. He loved us by sending Jesus. How can we love Him in return? By loving others in His name.
19
Sep
17

He Came To Take Away Our Sin

Jesus never sinned in any way. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true! John wrote:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. – 1 John 3:4-5 (NIV)

Since Jesus never sinned, He was able to be the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for the sin of the world. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Jesus came to take away our sin and to make us right with God. Since Jesus died for our sins, we are free from the consequences of our sin and lawlessness. We no longer stand condemned because of our sin, but instead, Jesus has set us free and we are free indeed. Live in that freedom today knowing that you have been forgiven.
14
Sep
17

God’s Children

Is everyone a child of God? Are we really all God’s children? The Apostle John seems to be saying that the answer is no. He wrote:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

There is a difference between God’s children and the world. God loves the world, but He calls those who know Him His children. Those who have trusted Jesus for forgiveness have been adopted into the family of God and have been made children of God. This is only made possible by the love of God that we have had lavished upon us. God is not stingy with His love. He does not withhold it from anyone who wants to receive it. What are you waiting for? Receive the love of the Father and be an orphan no longer. Let Him adopt you into His family by grace through faith in Jesus.



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