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About-Him.Com Devotional 11-11-2012

Reconciled by His Death and Saved by His Life

Text: Romans 5:6 ¶  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Our father Adam sinned and caused all of us to be labeled as sinners, estranged from God. Adam was created in the image of God. Before he sinned, he was a perfect man. Had he not sinned, we all would be perfect creatures also. That’s not exactly the case, is it? if  Adam had not sinned, we all would  have  been communing with God in the garden of Eden. By sinning, Adam separated  the whole human race from fellowship with God. One simple act and we all were condemned to die.  

Another Adam, who was the Lord from heaven, saved us by one single act. He gave His life as a ransom for us on the cross of Calvary (1 Co. 15:45-49).  

Text: Romans 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  

Note the comparative phrase, Much more then. God saved us while we were still in the depths of sin. He washed us in the blood of Jesus. He cast our sins into the depths of the sea, which is often referred to as the sea of forgetfulness.  

Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  

Because our slate has been wiped clean by the blood of Jesus, we don’t live in fear of the wrath of God which will be descending upon this evil world. We are not appointed unto wrath, but to obtain salvation (1 Th. 5:9).  

Micah 7:18 Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

God looked for a righteous man who could act as our intercessor, but He couldn’t find any. I’m sure He looked at Moses, Abraham and David.  As good as they were, we know that they didn’t measure up as perfect in the sight of God. So God took it upon Himself to purchase our salvation.  

Isaiah 59:16 ¶ And he saw that [there was] no man, and wondered that [there was] no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.  

1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Text: Romans 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Saved by the life of Jesus  

When we heard the gospel, we were faced with a decision. Either take God at His word or call Him a liar. We became conscious of our sin and realized that we couldn’t save ourselves. We may have tried it, but for every step forward, we took two backward. Having received the free gift of salvation (Ro. 5:15-18 ),We  now rejoice that Jesus lives and abides in us by the power of His Spirit. We are new creatures. Old things have passed away and all things have become new (2 Co. 5:17).  

We realize that we are not our own, because we were bought with a price that was far greater than all the gold and silver of this world.  Because we were bought and redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, we do our best to glorify God in our body and spirit which belong to Him anyway (1 Co. 6:19-20; 1 Pe.1:18-19).  

We took Jesus at His word  that He was The Life (Jn. 14:6) and that if we believed on Him, we would never die (Jn. 11:25). We asked for His Living Water and it was His good pleasure to fill us with His Spirit (Lu. 11:13).  

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Remember this old chorus?  

The river is flowing, it’s flowing in me
It’s not to the ankle, it’s not to the knee
It’s waters to swim in and it’s setting me free
The river is flowing, it’s flowing in me  

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

The life that we now live is a lot different than the one we used to live.  Why? Because we died to sin by the power of His blood and live our new life in the power of His Spirit. A vast difference!  

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.   

Somebody Has Said
"When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed." (C.H. Spurgeon)

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