Sunday, June 3

Romans 3:22b-25a (The good news)

Romans 3:22b-25A For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.

Paul makes clear that salvation comes by grace that God gives as a free gift. This gift is bought and paid for by the redemption that Christ Jesus secured on the cross of Calvary. God satisfied his righteous wrath by making his own son, who had no sin, pay the penalty for the sins of the redeemed. Just as God had done in the garden by providing covering for Adam and Eve, he covered the sins of his people by providing a blood sacrifice. God will not allow His character to be violated and so sin has to be punished. Thank God that his amazing grace provided a lamb without blemish to pay the debt that sinners cannot pay. Jesus paid it all and, through faith in His atonement, the blood of the Lamb redeems sinners.

Sin, God, wrath, penalty, Jesus Christ, atonement, redemption, justification, propitiation, grace, faith, gift, eternal life…… When the dots of all these doctrines are connected, it is clear that Jesus Christ saves sinners that believe and have faith that He died on the cross to pay the penalty for their sins.

Have you placed your faith in Jesus to cover your sins or are you going to make your own arrangements on judgment day? Choose wisely.


donsands said...

Amen my brother. I pray the Body of Christ would become overwhelmed with the Gospel once again.

"For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." 1 Cor.5:7

"Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all". Heb. 9:12

"Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Heb. 10:17

I believe Christ's blood covered every possible sacifice needed for our salvation, and forgiveness of sin.
From the Day of Atonement, and what that required, to the passover lamb, Christ fulfilled it all.

"Behold the Lamb of God!" John 1:36

mark pierson said...

Jazzy, this post can stand alone as an evangelical tract. Ever think of writing tracts? I think you would be excellent at it. Include the photo's and these would be excellent tracts.

When you have time could you please reproduce this post at Bluecollar? The more evangelical material there the better.

Again, this was excellent, both as a post and as a future tract.

mark pierson said...

Oh, I forgot.... We are "calamite"! :-)

The few, the proud, the Calamite!

In Rush Limbaugh's show doesn't he use a piece of music that was originally meant to demean conservatives as his intro music? Hmmm.

jazzycat said...

Yes, the entire OT pointed to Jesus and he fulfilled it all.

Thanks a bunch. Encouragement means a lot in keeping going. I will post it over at Bluecollar after the other teammates post awhile.....

jazzycat said...

Good point on that Calamite slur...
We may can turn that around and use it as a badge of honor.

The really strange thing about those "Calvinism haters" is that all my doctrine comes directly from Scripture and I had been convinced of my views long before I ever read anything written by Calvin.