Monday, January 11, 2016

My Identity in Christ #11 - I am completely forgiven

Now that my Bible Study group has finished Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study, I need to keep moving in the right direction.  Continuing this series of blog posts taken from the list Priscilla included in her 6th week of Bible study regarding our identity and inheritance in Christ.  I pray these reflections will open your eyes to how much God loves you.  Read them as if you wrote them.  Meditate on them.  God bless you.

I am completely forgiven

Think about this.  What does it mean to be completely forgiven?  Not just for the big stuff, but for the little stuff.  Not just for the things you’d done before asking Jesus into your heart, but for every sin you will ever commit.  1 John 1:9 says if we confess our sins, Jesus will forgive our sins and purify us from ALL unrighteousness (emphasis mine).  Ephesians 1:7 tells us that the redemption that Jesus provides by His shed blood on the cross is what secures that forgiveness out of the treasure trove of God’s grace.  Colossians 1:13-14 also equates redemption with the forgiveness of sins.  Psalm 103:12 tells us that God removes our sin as far as the east is from the west.

Christians have received a full pardon from God.  It’s as if we were standing before the firing squad – or strapped into the electric chair – or secured to the lethal injection gurney and we heard that telephone ring.  Our Heavenly Father is way more powerful than any Governor.  And Our LORD’s stay of execution is eternal!  I pray you’ve received your “stay of execution”.  If you haven’t received it, why not?  It’s a free gift!  If you’d like to, pray with me.  There’s a prayer for you to follow on the left pane of this blog or you can say your own words.  Then let me know what you’ve done or contact a trusted Christian friend who can connect you with a Bible-teaching church.  Don’t wait another minute.

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