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Friday, June 28, 2013

It Is Jesus Who Makes Me Acceptable to God

In summary of Romans 4:25 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 it says, “Because of our sins he was given over to die, and he was raised to life in order to put us right with God.” and "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

Bottom line:
Jesus died for our sins. He was raised from the dead to make us right with God.  It was for our sake that God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might regain the righteousness God intended.

What this means to me:

God has done some tremendous things to bring me back into the full relationship he intended.  Both of these verses speak of how God had Christ come live among us and yet never sin.  God had Christ take on the penalty of my sin so that through my trust, belief and union with Christ I can be restored back to a righteous status that God intended for me  all along (before I went our own way.)   In my life there is a natural tendency for me to not really like myself inside.  I know I have spent time in the past trying to find acceptance among other people.  What I need to keep in mind is that it is more important to be accepted by God than people.  On my own I fall short;  God is perfect and I’m certainly not.  Given this situation God worked out a way to get imperfect people like me into a perfect place where he is perfect.  Scripture says, "God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God's goodness into us!" (2 Corinthians 5:21 LB)  This is God’s gift to me.  No matter what I do, I’m never going to be good enough to get into heaven because it's perfect and I stopped being perfect a long time ago. I’m so glad that I can take on Christ's goodness.  It is through Jesus' death and resurrection that I am made acceptable to God.