Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
The story is told of a chaplain appointed to a group of servicemen. Upon meeting, the servicemen asked him, "Do you believe in a real hell?" The chaplain being liberal in his theology and trying to sweet-talk the men replied that he did not believe in a real hell. "Well then," they replied, "you're wasting your own and our time, because if there is no hell we don’t need you. But if there is a real hell, you’re leading us astray. Either way we are better off without you."
Christians claim many things but do we really believe them? We claim to believe "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23), "depart from me, you who are cursed, into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat" (Matthew 25:41). If we were really convinced of the basic gospel facts we would do something about it.
Being caring, bold and convinced of the Gospel we would share it with as many as possible. A problem with many in churches around the world is that they have joined a club and have not "been brought from death to life" (Romans 6:13). We need to know the basic gospel and believe it in our bones.
"... brothers I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you stand. By this gospel you were saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain. ... as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day." (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
1) CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SIN
Because of our natures and our actions we deserve punishment and death. I am "in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin." (Romans 7:25)
Jesus Christ however JUSTIFIES & REDEEMS us.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)
We "are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:24)
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us." (Galatians 3:13)
The word "justified" is a legal term whereby a legal and correct conviction of a criminal is set aside by a judge.
"Redemption" is the price paid for a slave, or a "debt price".
Jesus stood up in front of the courts of heaven and took away our guilty verdict by paying the price with His blood.
2) GIVEN CHRIST'S RIGHTEOUSNESS
The act of "justification" is a settling of a huge debt of sin that we could never pay. This debt was settled by the Blood of Christ.
More than this we are then given, in the eyes of the Father, a massive positive balance in our account.
"Not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith." (Philippians 3:9)
We have the freedom to try and work towards a positive balance through fulfilling the law or we could rely solely on Christ's death on the cross. We are encouraged to have faith in the saving and changing work of the cross.
3) ADOPTED INTO GOD'S FAMILY
Our sins cancelled and given the full bank account of Christ’s Righteousness leaves us in good shape but still not close to the Father. Jesus however makes it possible for us to come close to our Father.
"God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those who were under law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out Abba Father!" (Gal 4:4-6).
"You did not receive a spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out Abba Father." (Romans 8:15)
We have the right to position ourselves in the Father’s presence and the blessing that comes with this.
We Are Free
More Than Free, we’re Looking Good in Christ’s Righteousness.
Even More - We Have Boldness In God’s Presence.
We then have a boldness and compassion for the world.
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." (Romans 1:16)
Date Added: 2009-11-10
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