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Connect with Redemption

By: Admin on February 6, 2013

When we thought all was lost in regards to a connection with God, God Himself came through for us.

Our Condition and God’s response
God created everything in the universe and He created it perfectly. The first people were sinless and completely pure and innocent. They had no reason for shame or hiding from each other or God

God in His seemingly strange wisdom gave people the blessing of choice:
- That they would use their intelligence and will to obey and love Him
- That they be given rights – which separated them from the animals – had been given true humanity
- That they choose to be in harmony with God and with God’s creation

People chose to follow their own way
They were presented with the choice, they were tempted by Satan, they chose willingly to follow their way rather than God’s way. Although they were tempted and deceived, in the end they KNEW what God’s way was and decided against it, choosing to follow their hearts and minds.

Result: separation, a loss of connection
From God – could no longer be in an intimate relationship with God
From each other – no harmony with each other, fighting, blaming and selfishness took over human relationships
From creation – no longer in harmony with the creation
From life: no longer able to live forever in perfect health

God’s response to all this?

He provided a temporary way: THE LAW.
- The Law opened the door to a relationship with Him
- Provided a way to have sins covered to avoid punishment
- Revealed Himself continuously to people through the written Word, the Bible, communication remained open, though not direct and intimate like before

But the Law was never sufficient.
- The Law for some turned into what they considered a waste of time, so they ignored it and just lived life to live life – YOLO – You Only Live Once
- The Law for some turned into a method of judging themselves and others, and so spent all their time condemning each other
- The Law for others turned into a check-list of sorts, thinking that by doing stuff, no matter what the motivation, that they could make God happy and be saved, which of course turned into a “I’m better than you are” contest

This is what the Bible says about all these responses
Romans 3:20 – 26

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 

25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus

God gave us a loan – the choice to love and follow Him or reject Him – we chose to reject Him and now we owe God our very lives and must make amends – which we can’t. God gave us the law, which we either rejected, used for condemnation or used as a way to justify ourselves.

According to Romans 3:20 All of that is wrong, because no one is justified through the law. In fact, we are all made aware of our sin through the law and therefore are automatically condemned as law-breakers. The Law in our hearts and the written law are all notices from the bank that we have a loan and it is now time to pay it.

God provided a way to fulfill the law and to be declared righteous. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus and all who believe in Jesus can receive it for free.

Look at Romans 3:23 – since all have sinned, all get the same offer, therefore all can be declared righteous through faith in Jesus – same offer, same requirements for everyone. This is called REDEMPTION – payment to satisfy a legal requirement. This payment was made through a sacrifice:

- The law demanded sacrifice of a perfect innocent – Jesus was perfect and innocent
- The law demanded that the blood of the sacrifice be shed: Jesus blood was shed
- The law demanded death of the sinner or a substitute who was not a sinner – Jesus who was not a sinner, died as a substitute for all of us who were sinners

Therefore, in Romans 3:25, 26 we see that God paid the whole price for the debt we owe.
- Shows He is able to pay off the debt.
- Shows that the debt was paid off according to His own rules (see above).
- Shows that the debt is totally paid off and we are completely free of a debt to God

Our response: YES or NO

We can say, “YES”

We can accept the gift from God by placing our faith in Jesus and we can walk away free and saved. Now we can be in a relationship with God.

Now we are being changed by God to get out from under the terrible consequences of sin and selfishness.

Now we are being able to show in our lives who God really is – God of love and mercy.

We can say, “NO” and not believe in God or Jesus and reject them outright.

Or, we can believe in Jesus and God, yet insist on being good and religious and try to satisfy God our way. By doing this we try to prove we are equal to Jesus and able to condemn others because we are so “good”.

Wrap up:
We can’t satisfy God. We cannot repay the debt of sin. It separates us from God not only in the present but for all eternity. We will live in a state of separation from God and every good thing because we reject God, not just because we do foolish, selfish bad things. Those selfish, foolish bad things just add to our misery now and for eternity.

Jesus satisfied God. He did everything God required so we wouldn’t have to.

What will you choose?

Topics: doctrine, forgiveness, grace, jesus, salvation

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