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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Friday, 5 December 2014

Promises?

If three people promise to come and help you will you believe all three of them? Perhaps based on past experiences you'll believe one will be on time ready to go, one will be late, and the third won't show up at all.

What this illustrates is that it is not the promise you believe or don't believe, it is the person.
 
When God makes a promise you may convince yourself it can't be true because the promise is just too impossible to believe. However it is not really the promise you are doubting but the One who made the promise. Peace will be yours through the ups and downs of life and through the seemingly endless waiting only when you settle in your heart and mind that He is trustworthy. Your life is a journey guided by God designed to birth trust in your heart.
 
God has promised that just by believing Him He considers us righteous, perfect, without one mark against us. That's a pretty big claim. My dad always told me "If it seems too good to be true it probably is." Infomercials and the like have taught me to believe he is right. That being the case is there any solid evidence we can trust such a "too good to be true" promise?
 
 
 Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
 
I want to focus on verses 6-8 today and we'll continue tomorrow. Paul is saying this: In due time (right on schedule - yes God had a schedule but we have no time for that here) when we had no strength (in other words if Jesus hadn't come we had no other options) Christ died for the UNGODLY. Yes you read that right; No matter the sin, no matter the person, Jesus died for you, for them, for us. The only prerequisite for Jesus dying for you is that you are a member of the human race.
 
Verse 7 simply says that at times someone will choose to die to save the life of a great person. Some will even choose to die for a good person (vs 8) BUT God demonstrated (put action to His words) His love for us in this way: When we were still sinning sinners in rebellion against Him and not believing His promises He sent His Son to die for us. We were ungrateful, unholy, and chanted "Crucify Him" while it was happening but they did it anyway because they loved every person in that crowd, every person on the planet, and every sinner who had ever lived or would ever live. It was a demonstration of love designed to create trust in our hearts. Not so much trust in any specific promise but rather trust in Them. A trust so deep that they could tell us anything and like an innocent child in the arms of a loving parent we would just know it is true.
Consider Him. Consider Them. Today.

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