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Sunday, 13 November 2016 04:55


There is no better question to ask than asked by the keeper of the prison  in Acts 16:30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And the only answer is that given by Paul and Silas , And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31. This is God's answer to man's need.  Jesus said to Nicodemus , Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

You note that the answer was not to go do something but rather to believe on Christ.  Mankind is not in a position to do anything because we are the ones who have sinned and sinned against God. Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. There is no goodness in us that would commend us to God.  Romans 3:10-23 is quite an indictment against one's argument for their own righteousness.  "....none righteous..", "...none that seeketh after God."   "...there is none that doeth good.." With our throats, our tongue, and our lips we have sinned.  All the world is guilty before God. "...all have sinned". There is no reason as to why God should save us outside of the fact the Bible says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life, John 3:16.

The truth of the Gospel is that God did something for us.  He gave us His Son as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29. That means He took away your sin and my sin, all sin.

Christ as the Lamb of God paid our ransom, our debt, it was a redemption price.  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.  1 Tim 2:6.  A slave to our own sin nature and our own sin.  No ransom could we pay, for no act of ours could satisfy for the least of our sin. Every mouth is stopped and our every futile effort ends in despair: "I have sinned".

"Who gave himself" He substituted Himself as our ransom. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19. He paid our ransom with His own body, 1Pe_2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

As our substitute, Christ became our mercy seat.  Because of Christ we now have mercy before God and not judgment.  He is that, for all people and not just  part of the human race, And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2. It is because of Christ that you can say, "...God be merciful to me a sinner.", Luke 18:13. He suffered the wrath God, the judgment of God, for our sin that we could have mercy.  It is we, the sinner, who is forgiven because of Christ, the just One, suffered for us, the unjust. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17. God is not angry with you!  In Christ, He has given you His mercy, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  Titus 3:5-6.

Reconciliation is God's Word to mankind.  It is a word of Grace.  In Luke 18:13 when the publican said, "God be merciful to me a sinner." He was saying, reconcile me to you.  He did not want to be far off, separated from God.  He was saying, I have no way to be saved unless an atonement  is made for me - I have no way to be saved unless you save me.  God in His grace says to mankind:  "You have been reconciled".

God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself,  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,........ To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.2 Cor. 5:18a-19

God did not impute your sin to you, because He placed your sin on Christ and judge Him in your place, For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Cor. 5:21. Christ had no sin - He was made sin by taking our sin.

As an ambassador for Christ, I urge you today to be reconciled to God!  You may ask "What must I do to be saved or what must I do to be reconciled to God?  The answer is this: there is nothing you can do - everything has already been done for you by Christ. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." John 6:47

God is not asking you to do anything but rather rest/believe in what He has already done for you, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." 1 John 5:11.



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