Sunday, March 21, 2010

Our Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption- that as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Jesus gave us wisdom. This is why many people say He was a ‘good teacher’ who had some ‘good ideas’. Love your neighbor, blind leading the blind… these are all big ideas that came from our Jesus. But He was much more than a ‘good teacher’.

He was our righteousness (justifiable) our sanctification (to make holy or free from sin), and our redemption (the act of saving someone from a corrupted state and bringing him/her to a better condition). He justifies us, He makes us holy, He makes us free from sin, and He saves us from a corrupted state and brings us to a better condition.

How did He do this? Jesus came down from Heaven, of His own choice, lived a sinless life, just so He could die on the cross. When He died, He didn’t die for something He did. He died for something WE did. For a lot of somethings we did, actually. But He rose again, and His blood and death was enough for God to forgive us for our sins.

Amazing, right? Where’s the catch? You have to acknowledge this fact and the fact that you are a sinner, and then admit that you know that Jesus died for you. Then God will forgive you for everything wrong in your life. He will take it far away from you, as far as the east is from the west. How do you do this?

With this prayer:

“Lord, I know that I am a sinner, worthy of being cast from Your presence. But I also know that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, so that I could have everlasting life with You in Heaven. I ask in His name that you would forgive me for my sins, not because I deserve it, but because You are good and merciful. Thank You for this gift. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

With that prayer, Jesus became what we call ‘your personal Savior’, meaning that you are now ‘saved’ (from Hell). Congratulations!

In His Service (for there’s no one else I would rather serve),


1 comment:

Joyce said...

Why did I say 'admit' when introducing the prayer? (... and then admit that you know that Jesus died for you.)