What we believe is so very important, where we get our information, and who we talk to can change the very course of our life.
Biblical Salvation comes through the cross of Jesus Christ. What do I mean by this?
In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, you find the gospel by which you are saved, where Christ died for your sins according to the scriptures; “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read that it is by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast,”Ephesians 2:8-9.
It is clear through these verses that salvation is a work of God for you. He performed the work for you on the cross that you could not do for yourself because you are a sinner.
God is Holy and sin separates you from Him. He says in Romans 3:10 there is none righteous, none who understands, and none that does good. You are hopeless without Him.
So, because He loves you and wants a relationship with you, and wants to forgive you of our sins and give you eternal life, God sent His Son Jesus Christ for you.
Notice it’s not because of how good you are and it’s not because you do everything right. Our works could never be good enough, it’s by His mercy He saved you.
It’s a gift, and if you believe and have faith in this finished work He has done for you, you will be saved and forgiven. Jesus Christ has reconciled you to God!
Let’s look at what has taken place. First of all, let’s define reconciliation. Reconciliation means agreement, bringing into favor and harmony with God, ultimately atonement for sin.
I believe The LORD wants you to fully understand what the cross is all about and what Christ has done for you, and the truth will set you free from any misunderstanding you may have, for the understanding of all scripture must first come from the truth of the cross.
If our foundational information is not the truth, you will be led astray, and be drawn into confusion.
Let The Holy Spirit be your teacher, it is a part of who He is. In the above scripture we read that because sin, since it’s inception in the garden of Eden through the serpent, has severed your relationship with God, something needed to occur to bring you back into a right relationship with God and restore your fellowship that was broken. A reconciliation had to occur.
Let’s start in the Old Testament. In Leviticus 8:15, Moses went to the altar before God to make a sacrifice for the peoples sins. This sacrifice was done once a year. The blood of the acceptable animal was put on the altar.
Here, the blood was shed to make atonement for the people of Israel, for the sins they had committed under the Old Covenant or The Law.
Hebrews 9:22 says that, “without the shedding of blood is no remission” of sin. This atonement then made them pure and innocent again, it covered them, it cleansed them, cancelled their sins, gave them forgiveness and mercy, and brought reconciliation with God for a time.
This temporary reconciliation came through the shedding of blood, the blood sacrifice.
In Daniel 9:24 it prophetically shares that after the 70 year Babylonian captivity, the Messiah would come and later be cut off or crucified, therefore making reconciliation for iniquity and bringing in everlasting righteousness.
According to Romans.10:4, Christ is the end of The Law for righteousness to every one that believes. Jesus Christ the Messiah, brought in righteousness which is of faith, this is the righteousness of God, not your own righteousness, leaving no room to boast that you can earn your salvation.
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of The Law, for “The Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope,” (Hebrews 7:19).
The Law was a schoolmaster, pointing out your sin, that you could not be right with God or obtain righteousness on your own.
In fact, if it were not for The Law, I would not know what sin is.
When you read The Law, you cannot help but be condemned, because there is no way you could keep it. You needed to be set free! Jesus Christ had to die for us and pay the penalty your sins demanded with His own blood, and He died for the sins of the world once, once and for all, not year after year.
He is the High Priest who is from everlasting to everlasting… sin has been forever atoned for!
This is God in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing, or putting on your record, your sins.
He brought in the New Covenant, that was better than the Old Covenant. The New Covenant was also ratified by blood like the Old Covenant, but not with the blood of animals, but with the precious pure and sinless blood of Jesus Christ. He did it once for all.
Salvation is simple, it is by His Grace through your Faith. He has made atonement for your sins. It is done.
In Hebrews 2:16-18 we read that Christ took on Himself the seed of Abraham, to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people (to make atonement and propitiation for the sins of the people).
He had to be made like us so He could help us. He suffered being tempted, tested, and tried as we are yet without sin so He would be able to come to our aid.
Salvation is a gift of love for us from God!
Be reconciled to God today! For anyone who calls upon the name of The LORD shall be saved!
He is ready to show you His mercy and love…
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister,” Colossians 1:19-23 KJV.
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him,” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 KJV.
God Bless You, you are in my prayers
~ Celeste Dewey