Another beautiful morning, as I read the scriptures pertaining to mankind and God. We are made in the image (likeness) of God our creator. As the scriptures also state, God is a righteous and just God. God desires a relationship with His creation but can only come by righteousness, that of right living; which comes only by faith through the saving knowledge of Christ in us as we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Just as an added note, God accepts us just as we are and where we are in life; we must approach God as a sinner, for we all have sinned and come short of God. We as an individual, must willingly and freely surrender my old sinful life, with a repentant mind and heart approach God for myself.
Yes, I approach God as I am and believe in His Salvation plan for my individual life, placing my belief and my trust in a risen Savior, for myself, Christ Jesus and His Finished work, by the shedding of His blood, for the forgiveness of my sins and by His stripes I am healed. I believe by faith through His resurrection power I will have eternal life.
As we see in the days of old as recorded in the Old Testament man could not live a righteous life by the law. The law did show them their sins but the law never did make them right or clean in themselves. God saw that His creation needed a Savior once and for all, to wash away man’s sin, by, in and through the blood of His Son, Jesus. Through this one act of grace we can be forgiven of our sins and trespasses. God so loved us and gives us free will to choose the life we want to live. It is His divine will for all to come into a saving knowledge of His Son, Christ Jesus, as their Lord, Savior and Redeemer of their souls; and have a right relationdship with Him as their Father God. But again, God has given us freedom to choose.
With this New Covenant we can choose to be in right standing with our Creator, God. This free gift to all whom will receive will take that of believing in the very Word of God and not onto our own self-righteousness. I am so glad God has made a way for us to be with Him for eternity and have a relationship with Him, today.
Today the world, or non-believers are like that of the days of Noah, living for themselves, not wanting to believe the truth of the Word of God. By living in their own delusions, their own unbelief, they have made God a liar.
In doing so, as stated in Romans 3:3, with their unbelief they have tried to make the faith in God without effect. This is not so, this will not happen, for God is all truth; as stated in verse 4; “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar, as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged”.
Through the law is the knowledge of sin, or the recognition of sin; as stated in Romans 3:23-24; “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”.
How exciting to know we do not have to live by the law alone but now are Redeeded by living by faith; as we read in verse 28; “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law”
Truly, faith in Christ Jesus is the truth of the matter. We are made righteous in God’s eyes, by faith; in believing, in trusting and receiving Christ as Lord and Savior of our mind, body, spirit and soul. His blood washes away our sin and we as believers are made a New Creation in Christ, “for all things are made new and old things are past away”.
Man has lost their fear of God. Man must come to a realization that they are lost without God in their lives. When we once again fear the Lord God, turn to Him, cry out to Him with a repentent heart, seek His face, turn from our sinful old ways; God will heal our mind, body and soul.
Yes, God desires a relationship with His creation but it will take us as an individual to come to Him by faith, trusting in His infallible plan of Salvation for all mankind, the very Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In Christ, new believers are to be dead to sin and alive unto righteousness, (right living). Apostle Paul put it this way in Romans 6:11-14,
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
As a believer, in Christ Jesus, we are dead to the law and alive to God, for the law could never deliever us from sin; but the Spirit that was is in Christ is now in the believer. The power of the Holy Spirit now delivers us from the power of the flesh, unrighteousness. The Holy Spirit gives us Sonship and assures us of a future glory with God our Father and Christ Jesus, His Son.
As always, Love in our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, Paul Lundmark