‘Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.’ – Romans 4:25
LIGHT FOR NOW: The devil did not kill Jesus. Jesus willingly gave Himself to redeem man.
Man sinned against God by refusing to believe in Him. By pledging his allegiance to the devil, he sold his right to the devil. This way, man sinned against his creator and consequently he died. By the law of heritage, his descendants were not better than him – they were born sinners. Paul prying into this case observed that ‘… the wages of sin is death’. He also announced the remediation of man’s deplorable condition ‘but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 6:23). Right in the grave, Jesus appeared before the Supreme Council of the Almighty because He needed to be judged for the sin of man: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1Timothy3:16). This means that Christ willingly presented Himself to be judged for the sins of men which He never committed. The devil did not kill Jesus. Jesus willingly gave Himself to redeem man. Satan and the demons stood as witnesses against Jesus. Christ was discharged and acquitted. Having died for us, He was raised from death. His death made you have a right standing with God. His death brought justification to you. This means complete acquittal because you have been completely set free from the charge of any sin. According to the Message Bible, today’s text infers ‘The sacrifice of Jesus made you fit for God. In other words, the sacrifice of Jesus set you right with God’. His death makes our account balance and absolves us from all guilt before God [AMP].By this knowledge, you can freely approach God with no sin consciousness but with boldness into the throne of His grace (Hebrews 4:16). The righteousness of God comes to us by our faith in Christ Jesus. Everyone who believes in Jesus becomes righteous. The Faith of Jesus implies that Jesus had faith in God to raise Him from death unlike Adam who did not. Adam was created with a touch of sovereignty; hence, he was the god of this world. He had authority over everything and he had power over his choices. He was far above the Angels. In spite of the authority vested upon him, Adam decided not to have faith in God. Jesus did – He had faith in God! By your faith in Christ you are sin-free. Therefore, you are fit for God. Praise God!
INSTRUCTION: Let your spirit-man be convinced that Christ died for you.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for having set me right with you, in Jesus name
QUOTE: The more sin-conscious you are, the more sinful you become.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 18; EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 18