PAID IN FULL (2)

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: God didn’t go soft on sin; He made the absolute overpayment with His blood.

Apostle Peter, in his epistle explained that we were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ. “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your Fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19). It was the precious, priceless blood of Christ that paid for our sins as nothing else in this world could have done that in order to give us the life of God. The wages of sin could only have been death; that is, sin always brings death, and that penalty must be paid. It’s a fact that for decades upon decades, God has been portrayed as an angry God by the devil, and unfortunately, many preachers have unwittingly helped him (the devil) by painting a picture of a wrathful God. This depiction of God is an error. God is not angry with anyone because of sin because that had been settled at the cross. God doesn’t roar at you when you fail; the understanding of this will set you on a trajectory of freedom from all your fears, guilt and addictions. The beautiful thing is that Jesus didn’t just pay the sin debt, He overpaid it. He didn’t offer the blood of bulls and goats for your sins like the High Priest of old; He offered Himself as the sacrifice for your sins. God didn’t go soft on sin; He made the absolute overpayment for your sins with His blood. Only Jesus could meet up with the demands of justice; God gave Him up to die for the ungodly and in His offering, He took our sins, facing the judgment in our stead. Our liberty was consummated in His death, burial and resurrection. Forgiveness of sins is a gift, a part of the inheritance of the man in Christ; it is available to all men, however it must be received to be enjoyed. So you must believe on Christ who is the author and finisher of our salvation to have it. Forgiveness of sins is unconditional and eternal; we all received it in full at salvation.

Forgiveness of sins is not a reward for man’s faithfulness or personal efforts as Ephesians 2:7-9 says, “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:7-9). And contrary to the opinion of many, Romans 10:9-10 says nothing about confession of sins in receiving salvation. It rather says if a person confesses the Lordship of Jesus, and believes in his heart that God raised Him from the dead, then that man shall be saved. So the confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ is salvation. The writer of the book of Hebrew shares with us a very important fact about our salvation in verse 12 of chapter 8: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more”. Here, God is not saying they will not do wrong, but that He will be merciful to their unrighteousness. And that their sins and iniquities, He will remember them no more. The phrase “remember them no more” does not imply a loss of memory of their sins and iniquities; rather, it means He will not hold them accountable. So through the offering of the blood of Christ, we were sanctified once and for all – Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins forever. Therefore, the man in Christ does not need to be asking the Father for forgiveness of sins because you cannot be asking for something you already have. Beloved, you have eternal forgiveness of sins in Christ.

INSTRUCTION: There is no record of sin for the believer in Christ. Think on this!

PRAYER: I affirm that I have eternal forgiveness of sins in Christ, in Jesus name – Amen

QUOTE: The confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ is salvation.

DAILY READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4; EVENING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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