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And you were dead in your trespasses and sins– Ephesians 2:1(NASB)

“Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.”- Jonathan Edwards

Sin had us in a state of deadness.  Our trespasses and iniquities held us captive.  As Paul wrote in the New Testament, we were “slaves to sin.” Sin prohibited any ability to truly live.  We could see any way out of the grasp of sin.  Its stronghold had us blinded.  It blocked any sign of light from penetrating into our dark dwelling place.

God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins

– Colossians 2:13 (NIV)

Set Free

God set us free.  He freed us from guilt by grace.  He freed us from shame with salvation.  He freed us from pressure with perfection.

He set us free.

He set us free without condemnation.  He set us free with forgiveness.  He set us free through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

No Longer Dead But Alive with Christ

By freeing us from sin, He made us “alive with Christ” (Col. 2:13).  He took us from one state of being (dead) and led us to another state of being (alive).  He freed us that we might have life and life more abundantly (John 10:10).  We have that abundant life in and with Christ Jesus.  He’s the reason we are free, but He’s also our Redeemer.

Suffer No More

He freed us, but He wants us to live like Christ.  He saved us, but He desires us to follow the example of His Son.  He set us free so that we might not suffer any longer.

Live today fully liberated by the might work of the Lord’s saving power.

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:11 (ESV)

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. . . For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light – Luke 16:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light – Ephesians 5:8

We have to make an immediate decision.

I know that you were just expecting to some read some inspirational post on how to live as a Christian, skim a few pep-you-up verses or passages, then go on and live your life without any other bumps in the road.

That ain’t happening here.

You need to make a decision>  That’s right.   Just like all of the rest of us who profess the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and claim to have His Spirit alive and dwelling within them, you need to decide what you will do for today and from now on.

Will you live as a faithful child of God?

Or, will you live as one of “the sons of this world?”

You need to make a decision.

Are you going to live like the example in the Word or the example of the world?

Are you ready to live like the one who sacrificed everything to have a relationship with you, even while you were still a sinner?

Are you able to  walk as a child of light? If so, then come out of the darkness.  You do not even have to open your mouth.  Just take a step, and then another one and so on.  The rest will begin to come as you adjust to living among the “children of light.”

So what is it going to be?

You have to make a decision.

How will you live. . .?

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5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” – Luke 19:5-7 (NKJV)

Let’s just say it like this.  In the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus engaging in some intimate interactions with some sinners.  Similarly, He goes to the house of Levi the tax collector and dines with other tax collectors and sinners.  What is surprising is not the invitation itself.  What is truly surprising is the response of people to the Lord’s invitation.

In Luke 19:6, Zacchaeus is said to have moved hastily “and received Him joyfully.” In Mark, Levi and his friends sat with Jesus and His followers.  This was in response to Levi (Matthew) following Jesus after His initial invitation to follow Him, leaving all of his tax table and other wares behind.  In Luke, it is reported that the tax collector hosted a large feast; “. . .  And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.” In fact, the Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at the well went out and shared her experience with others.  And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” Thus, Jesus’ invitation prompted these people to invite others to join them.  Therefore, the invitation inspired them to take action one way or another.

Others responded with despise for Jesus.  In fact, some exhibited such piety that they despised Jesus more than the tax collectors or others.  Pharisees could not get beyond His fellowship with such defiled people.  Other folks just couldn’t believe that a holy man could have fellowship with sinners.   That was definitely the other side of the coin when it came to such a public invitation.

So what do you think? Could you be part of the joyful reception of the Lord’s invitation to the outsiders and outcasts of your community and social order? Or,  do you feel inclined to indict others for their efforts to get down and dirty among the “least of these?”

Pray about it.

Think it over.

You never know what the Lord may bring your way today.

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Help from on High

God offers us some serious heavenly help.

It is a statement that could stand all by itself and on its own.  Yet, it is also a statement supported by all sorts of verses from the Scriptures.  The Book of Psalms gives us an array of God’s attributes such Him being “good and upright” (Psalm 25:8).  In particular, Psalm 25 shows us how the Lord offers us help from on high.

Show me Your ways, O Lord ; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
– Psalm 25:4-5

Good and upright is the Lord ; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. – Psalm 25:8-9

Who is the man that fears the Lord ? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.- Psalm 25:12

The secret of the Lord  is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. – Psalm 25:14

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You. – Psalm 25:21

Look at all of the different types of help that He provides His people.  He gives us mercy and truth along with His covenant and “the way” as He teaches and protects us.

God gives us help from on high.  Take a moment and embrace every ounce of His help.

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But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. – Galatians 4:4-5 (KJV)

Most of us  who believe in Jesus as our personal Savior understand that we all were saved by the Savior’s singular sacrifice.  We accept the fact that it took His shed blood and substitution for us to allow us to experience the joy of redemption and salvation into a right relationship with God the Father.  Yet, we may not fully embrace how such a sacrifice came about long before He was hung high from a cross for us.

Sent for the Sake of Sinners

He was sent when the fullness of the time was come and by God the Father under the earthly rules of man.  He was born of a woman and under the Law.  Check the gospel  records of Matthew and Luke.  Joseph, Mary and Jesus Himself did as was custom and according to the Law.  All of this was done to redeem those of us who were under the Law and who would then receive the adoption of sons.

Sacrificed for the Salvation of Sinners

The sacrifice of Jesus was about our redemption.  An innocent man hung and bled for the transgressions of the world.  As Isaiah so eloquently spoke of the Man of Sorrows, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5,KJV).” 

Shared with Sinners who Become Sons

Christ Jesus died and did not simply leave it as that.  Paul tries to drive the point home in this letter to the Galatian believers in verses 4 and 5.  In verse 4, Paul makes it certain to the brothers and sisters that God sent forth his Son, leaving no doubt about the deity and dichotomy of Jesus Christ.  Then, in verse 5, Paul assures the brothers and sisters that God’s plan for us was that we might receive the adoption of sons.  You see the resource = Jesus Christ, while reason = the adoption of sons, no longer called sinners.

 

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for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23

We all have sinned.

The Bible does not mince words when it comes to that. It speaks clearly on that fact, especially where Paul is concerned. We come to know that we never truly measure up to God’s standard.

Thank God for salvation.

Thank God that grace covers our sins. Praise be to God for the blood of Jesus that covers us so completely that we are not viewed by our sins but by His miraculous works.

Sin caused us to need the Savior, but it was not poweerful enough to keep us out of His family. He loves us as dear children, considering us both heirs and sons of God. He assures us that nothing and no one can pluck us from His hand.

We are still sinners, but God’s love for us ushered in salvation. Therefore, much akin to how Paul stated it to the Romans: we were saved as sinners.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

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