Friday, December 31, 2010

Redeemed From the fall through Christ

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. -Romans 3:22-24 (KJV) 

The weather has turned a little warmer here in southwest Virginia and as a result the snow and ice have started to melt.  This is a blessing for us, because the driveway that leads up to the church parsonage has been covered with snow and a thick layer of ice for almost the entire month of December.  The upper part of the driveway where we park has been the most treacherous.  Twice I have fallen and several times I have come close to falling, but was able to dance and twist my way back into balance thus avoiding a potentially dangerous fall.  You know what I am talking about?  This is where you lose your balance, but through some fancy footwork you are able to regain your footing and remain standing.  If such a near plunge onto the ice doesn’t get your heart rate up, then nothing will. 

We may be able to dance our way out a fall onto the snow or ice, but there is one fall from which people have never been able to dance their way out of.  That is the fall that came about as a result of sin entering into the world.  Ever since the fall of mankind as recorded in the book of Genesis, all people have had to face that fallen condition.  The Bible is clear that all have sinned.  No one is excluded.  This included me, you, and everyone else.  Sadly, countless people remain in that fallen condition and have not received the grace of God that has been made available.  This wonderful grace is freely given through faith in Jesus Christ.  The Scripture is clear that in Jesus Christ we have been “justified freely.”  Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is God’s free gift to the world.  We no longer have to live in that fallen state, but through Jesus Christ we can be redeemed.

Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, came into the world and gave Himself for our redemption.  His sacrifice upon the cross can wash away our sins and release us from our fallen state.  Having been redeemed through faith in Jesus, we are now free to walk forward in grace, life, and spiritual victory. 

Stop wandering around in sin and darkness.  Look to the Lord today and experience the grace He offers. 

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