Redeemed

Bought By BloodOne of the greatest man made inventions of all time is duct tape. When in the military as a mechanic we fixed many things on the go with that tape and a sledge hammer. Those are great for temporary fixes until the right materials can be found to repair the problem. There is one thing that we cannot fix, our sins. Sin keeps us in the dark and away from a relationship with the Father. No matter what we do, nothing on this earth can redeem us.

Because of sin and the separation from God, He gave us a way to be forgiven without paying for it ourselves. The sacrifice of an innocent unblemished lamb covered us. The blood of the lamb poured out onto the altar and was taken and sprinkled on it as well. This was the gift of God’s Grace but we had to be truthfully repentant of our sins and do our best not to continue in them. Now it is written that God actually abhors the sacrifice and shedding of innocent blood which is one of the many reasons He came to us through His Son Jesus. First to teach us His righteousness and what He expects of us, and secondly to end (fulfill) the sacrificial laws. By doing this, our debt to sin was paid in full.

In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him. Colossians 2:10-15 (ESV)

Jesus paid it all. He fixed the damage done by sin the only way possible, with nails. But the nails, the spear, and the crown from which the blood poured onto the earth were only the physical part of our redemption, Jesus fought the Devil and won because death could not hold Him. He knew the right tools for the job and only He had access to them.

Because of Jesus we are no longer bound by the chains that hold us. Because of Jesus we have a direct line to the Father. Because of Jesus, we have eternal life. All He requires of us is to believe, trust, and have faith in Him. All He requires of us is to live a right life by living out His example and doing as He asks of us. We must be in Christ we cannot just believe and be good.

We Live because He Died, do not let His death be in vain by ignoring His teachings. We Live because He Defeated Death and broke the chains that bind us. We Live because He Lives and we can face every day with the knowledge that we are redeemed, we are saved by His Grace and Mercy. Do not waste it share it. Love one another as HE continues to Love us.

Blessings,
Rob, Servant of God

The Benefits of Knowing God

Benefits

The benefits of knowing and loving God who loves us and desires a personal relationship with us is the theme of Psalm 103. The blessings that God grants us have a two- fold meaning. Our love for the Father is a blessing to Him while His love, care, and compassion for His creation are the benefits and blessings He gives us. The biggest benefit is the fact that when we abide by Him (even when we stumble), He showers us with the many facets of His love. As a father cares for his children so God cares for us.
The first twelve verses give a good introduction to the benefits for the righteous. Through Him we are redeemed from the pit, we are showered with His love and mercy, we are forgiven as long as we fear (respect) Him and acknowledge who He is in our lives. As it says in verse twelve, ”As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us”.
This seems like we are talking about the current state of the belief that all we have to do is believe, trust, and we are forgiven. It is this but the psalmist does say that we will still be chided for our misdeeds. He provides us with abundance, is decisive in His sharing of benefits, and compassionate when our hearts show and admit our faults with the understanding that we cannot control the temptations in this world.
The next section emphasizes His steadfast love and compassion for those who are and will be His people. The frailty of humankind is understood as these bodies will not last forever and to continue living it must be through the belief, trust, and faith in God. Because He initially created us to be in His image and the greater creation above the angels, God shows more love for us than any other portion of the world. We are created to go beyond the physical realm because of the Spirit within us.
This human frailty is expressed in verses 17and 18 where it is recognized that we are currently not meant to live forever on this earth but while here we must share and spread His righteousness and the benefits that come from the covenant He shares with us. We are His inheritance and to increase it we are required to share Him with our children who will share with their children until the appointed time.
How wonderful it is to understand that we are but like blades of grass that wither in the winter and burn in the summer heat unless we are fertilized and continually nourished through His Word. Though we may have moments where our stalk turns brown, belief and following His Word will make us green again. We are the branch of a the tree of the Word that bears fruit. If we do not take the nourishment then we cannot bear the fruit which is the moving forward of the Word.
The psalm closes with the blessing upon God and those who will do as we are required to do. How do we send blessings to God? Through doing what we are told to do. Through believing, sharing, trusting, giving of ourselves to God so that others may receive the benefits that God has bestowed on those who are His people.
Romans 8 reminds us that Jesus took the guilt of sin from us by taking sin into death so we can live. When we get to heaven and are seated at the judgement, when God pronounces sentence, Jesus will stand in our place because He already has. Isn’t that wonderful news? Why haven’t we been sharing, or better why have they not listened?
Brothers and Sisters, do not waste His benefits on ourselves for an unshared benefit will rot like a fruit never picked or picked and left without partaking of it. Conduct yourselves as the Angel of God (Old Testament form of Jesus) commands of us through His teachings in all of Scripture. Love One another Just as He has Loved us. And finally, be the good soil and grow in His Word.
God’s Love and Blessings
Pastor Rob