Saturday, March 12, 2016

Accepted by God Through Christ

Do you feel that your are too bad for God to accept you? Or could it be that you feel that you have no need for God's forgiveness? No matter how you feel, the verses below outline that God accepts us because Christ took our punishment. 

Focus Verses: Romans 3:21-26
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law ... We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. 

This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus" (New Living Translation, NLT)

RBC Ministries staff writer, Kurt De Haan, summarized the important points in verses as follows:

  • God graciously has taken the initiative to provide for us to be to be right with him [because] no one is able to keep his laws.
  • Putting our trust in Christ, rather than trying to be good, makes us right with God.
  • Jesus' sacrificial death paid the penalty we deserved. As our substitute, he experienced the wrath of God against sin.
  • God is satisfied and we are declared right with him because of what Jesus did for us, not because of what we did for ourselves.
  • God withheld ultimate judgement on sin until Christ became our substitute.
  • As Judge, God says we are in the wrong; as Justifier, he declares that we are now in the right (Accepted by God: Our Justification through Christ, p 16).

We stand guilty before God and our "good works" cannot help us. Therefore, we must accept the free gift of salvation through faith. When we do, we have peace with God. In the video below, Arthur Meintjes points that having accepted the offer of salvation we are free from guilt, shame and condemnation.

Focus Question: How does the work of Jesus Christ meet your need to gain God's acceptance?

Prayer: "Heavenly Father, I thank you for the sacrificial death of your Son, Jesus, on my behalf. He is my righteousness and I stand complete in him. Amen."

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