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Saved by Nails 2

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John 3:16, "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."

This is the essence of salvation. God gave us Jesus and this resulted in His death on the cross.

He had to take our place, punished for the offence He didn't commit to save us from sin and its consequences. Not only that, He came to gave us life too and to have life more abundantly.
John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

What does it mean to be saved?

Matthew 1:21, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall SAVE his people from their sins."

The Greek word for save there is "sōzō" and it means, "to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, make whole"...
That's what Jesus came to do. Jesus permitted the stripes, nails, cross, crown of thorns, etc  to get us saved. He allowed all that for us to have deliverance, healing, prosperity, protection, etc.

Isaiah 53:5, "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."

1 Peter 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."

2 Corinthians 8:9, "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

For us to have these things plus the kingdom of God and the very life of God, He became obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. You know, that shameful death. He died with thieves, remember?
Philippians 2:8, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Our God is wonderful!

Jesus was delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification.
Romans 4:25, "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."

Glory!

He has given the whole world salvation, how do we receive it?

Romans 10:9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
10:10, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Did we see that? Confessing with the mouth Lord Jesus and believing in the heart that God has raised Him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED!
That is God's template!

Romans 4:24, "But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;"
4:25 "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."

Before these two verses, Apostle Paul was talking about Father Abraham. He was explaining how righteousness was imputed on Abraham because he believed in God:
Romans  4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.  4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.  4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:  4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;  4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Apostle Paul wrote, "But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;"

Righteousness would be imputed on us if we what?
"...If we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead."
Righteousness is about believing in God who has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has made us righteous and given us the benefits of righteousness (healing, deliverance, etc) through Christ by faith which is a gift.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

But isn't it shameful that what happens these days with believers make it look like it's not real we have righteousness and its benefits? God has given us health, riches, etc, but some Christians look like the opposite.
This leads to a question:
Seeing and receiving what Jesus has done, how can we make them effectual?

Philemon 1:6 says, "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus."

Breaking it down a little bit, I have:
That the participation of my belief in Christ may become powerful by the acknowledging i.e full discernment of every good thing I have in Christ Jesus.

You see, not acknowledging what we have will make it powerless and ineffective. The power of the message of the cross can only manifest when we KNOW and ACCEPT what Jesus has done. Thing is, we can't accept what we don't know. No wonder why Apostle Paul prayed that the eyes of the Ephesians (Christians at large) to be enlightened:
Ephesians  1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

He understood what knowledge brings to us, likewise the lack of it.
Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

We have to know and ACCEPT what He has done.

Let me end with this:
Accepting the essence of the cross is more like standing on the good things in us in Christ.

It's about fighting the good fight of faith and following the instructions our faith gives in light of God's word.

Our faith tells us not fear, that we should be bold and courageous, and on like that. They're all in the scriptures.

Let's be consumed in His word, for it is our life. His word is the only reality we should live on and not that of the world, because what?

We are Saved by Nails

Shalom!

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1 Comments

  1. Wow! This is so powerful! It presents the gospel in simplicity but with full power. I'm so blessed; God bless Love Shine!

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