“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin…” – Isaiah 53:10
LIGHT FOR NOW: it is not the confession of sin that saves a man.
Colossians 2:13-14 (NIV) says, “He forgave us all our sin, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross”. This is very instructive considering the fact that we were the ones that owed the debt but He (Jesus) came and paid it all. You know how financial debt can be challenging, and even overwhelming. However, spiritual debt is much more dangerous, because its impact is eternal. We all had a spiritual debt we couldn’t pay, but the Bible tells us he God, in Christ has paid that debt! And anyone who believes in that Jesus’ vicarious, sacrificial death is granted freedom from sin permanently. In Christ, we’ve been reconciled to the Father because we believe. We are free from the debt of sin. The salvation wrought for us in Christ Jesus is beyond what a lot of people think; some say that were lost in sin, but Jesus reached out His hand and rescued us. Really? Sounds simple! The fact is that Jesus died in your place, because you were supposed to die for your sins. He was condemned in your place; He never sinned but became sin for us, thus paying the full penalty for our sins. It wasn’t the confession of your sin that saved you, it was because someone died your death and you believed in Him, that is why you are saved today. The scripture says, “The soul that sinneth it shall die…” (Ezekiel 18:20). You were condemned on account of your sins, but Jesus stepped in, took your place of condemnation and died in your place. “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities… ” (Isaiah 53:5). Freedom from sins is far beyond confession of those sins, someone actually died in your place because you were supposed to die for those sins you committed.
Salvation in Christ is not a temporal provision; God did not have it in His plan to save you today with no future assured. He called us to give us eternal inheritance. We were begotten into a lively hope by the resurrection of Christ. Christianity came out of the resurrection of Christ, so as a believer, your sins are not just forgiven you for now, and they are removed forever! Jesus’ death was for our offences and His resurrection was for our justification. “Who was delivered for our offences and was raised against for our justification” (Romans 4:25).Beloved, everything was a gift; He did it because of the great love wherewith He loves us! We do not earn forgiveness because we confessed our sins; we are forgiven because we are in Christ. We were forgiven the very time Jesus went to the Cross and rose again from the dead. It should also be known to you that forgiveness of sins is preached and not prayed. “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 13:38). We were forgiven on the account of Christ; and this is a finished work in Christ. There is no part of the New Testament book that links salvation to the confession of sins; it is lack of the knowledge of God’s word to hear people say that confession of sin is a prerequisite for God’s forgiveness. This is totally wrong! When Jesus died and was buried, He paid in full for the sins of humanity, and His resurrection has brought justification to us who believe. We therefore need to spread this message of God’s love to everyone we come across; and whoever believes, his obligation is paid in full, thereby enabling him to live free of sin.
INSTRUCTION: Spread the message of his love
PRAYER: I affirm that Jesus paid in full for my sins through His death and His resurrection; I am eternally justified, in Jesus name – Amen
QUOTE: Forgiveness of sins is preached and not prayed.
DAILY READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3