Saturday, August 4, 2012

Gospel a rescue, ransom, reconciliation, restoration

May it not be forgotten, that the gospel is a,

RESCUE: Christ delivers men from the just punishment of eternity in Hell, Jesus saves men from what they deserve, what they have earned, and furthermore Jesus has rescued those who didn't seek Him first

Romans 5:9 "Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God."
1 Thessalonians 5:9,10 "For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10  who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him."

RANSOM: Christ offered Himself as the only acceptable payment for sin, yes we can say "Jesus died for you'" and we can also say "Jesus died BECAUSE of you, for it was your sins that required an acceptable payment and Christ is the only worthy spotless lamb who can take away our sins

Ephesians 5:2b ".....just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
Romans 3:23-26 "23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus"

RECONCILIATION: Christ eliminates the enmity between us and God, and by giving us His righteousness we then are made right w/God. Jesus makes His enemies, not only His friends but makes us the children of God.

Ephesians 2:12-16 "remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility."
Romans 5:10,11 "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."

RESTORATION: Christ through His death and resurrection covenants with those who believe and enables them by the Holy Spirit to no longer live for themselves but to live for Christ who gave Himself for them. Jesus has set us free indeed, not free to live as we please like those who pervert the grace of God but freedom from slavery to sin, and freedom to walk in righteousness

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 "For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised."
Romans 8:9-17 "You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[f] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him."


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