Jesus Christ died for our offences and was raised for our justification. His resurrection abolished death, making it of no effect. All that Jesus accomplished by His vicarious death and resurrection was done by His personal faith in God and was accomplished for all human beings regardless. His faith is not transferable, but all He did can be credited or imputed to all who accepts Him as their Lord and personal savior.
The Gospel is the faith or the answer to faith. It provides every believer with faith to be saved:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew fi rst, and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16).
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).
Faith through the Gospel cannot be earned or merited; it is free for all. It is the God-kind of faith; it is the faith that only God has, and can provide. This God-kind of faith: "calls those things which be not as though they were" (Romans 4:17).
This God kind of faith does not contradict reasoning but transcends. It does not question the integrity of His maker. Its achievements also transcend that of reasoning, and goes where reasoning dare not tread. It is not an abstract belief in the wisdom of men; neither is it the intelligent acts of the mind.
Reasoning and science are good, but unfortunately, they cannot fully explain God, or give an answer to how man can be saved. It has no room for sin and the Son of God who died on the cross for humanity. The cross of Jesus becomes unexplainable, if not foolishness in the face of science, scientism and reason.
God transcends human reasoning. The ways of God are passed finding; He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20):
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 55:8).
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifi eth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5).
Jesus died for the whole world is true, unfortunately, that alone cannot save anyone without a corresponding faith. Anyone in need of salvation or the righteousness of God, must have personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ to benefit thereof. We must all with no exception, believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Atonement for sin is not universalism; every one of us must ratify Jesus Christ faith to make all that He accomplished on our behalf to make it our own. So great a Salvation, cannot be forced on anyone; God respects the will of every man ( John 7:17). Further, it cannot be that Jesus should be the only one to believe or love and obey the commandments of God. We too must believe, love, and obey.
True faith is demonstrated in love and obedience to the commandment of God (1John 2:3). The faith of Jesus must be matched with our own faith in the Gospel for Him to be our substitute and be credited with all that He accomplished on man's behalf. It won't be right for God to load it on man. We must all be allowed to use the gift of free will to decide our destiny. All are invited but each of us must either accept or reject. If all are to benefit from the finished work of God's only Son, then all must believe.
To believe is to give full credit to, or trust in His substitutionary work. Believe and faith can be used interchangeably. Faith is the foundation stone of Salvation; it is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. No one can be saved without personal faith in Jesus Christ; neither can any man live successfully the Christian faith without continuous or abiding faith in God (Hebrews 11).
The Apostle Paul hit the nail on the head when he said he lives his daily life by the faith of Jesus:
"I am crucifi ed with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the fl esh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
The cross is where the love, the wrath of God, the sins of mankind, and wages of sin clashed; and the outcome was peace towards men. Faith to faith forms an everlasting bond or union between the Son of God and any one who is born again. Jesus becomes our wisdom, righteousness, sanctifi cation, and redemption (1Corinthians 1:30). We become one with the Son of God. He becomes our elder brother:
"For both he that sanctifi eth and they who are sanctifi ed are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren" (Hebrews 2:11).
Because of Him our sins are forgiven (1John 2:12). We receive eternal life; and pass from death into life, from the kingdom of Satan to that of God and His Son. We become children of God and therefore joint heirs with Christ. God becomes our Father. In fact, Apostle Paul describes the new standing in Christ beautifully in the following statements:
"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 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 hrough faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:1-10).
Every time God looks at His Son, He sees us together with Him. He is the head; we are His body. He is the groom; we are His bride. Union with Christ is what makes heaven a reality. Union provides the saint access by the Holy Spirit to the heavenly Father. Joy and peace are the fruit of the union.
"In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him" (Ephesians 3:12).
Faith can be seen as the tube through which all the graces of God in Christ fl ow. His faith is what sustains and keeps us perpetually holy before the Holy God. He is our guarantee to heaven. Faith to faith releases power to overcome all the trials and temptations in life. Our union with Him gives us grace to be successful in all things. We become more than conquerors. However, our faith must forever remain connected to His faith for all that to happen.
The power to accomplish comes to all through our faith in the power of His name:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35-39).
Without Him we can do nothing; however, with Him all things are possible. Now, this is what you must do to make all His accomplishment yours. Beloved, the good news is, Jesus is not far away, and He is already knocking on the door of your heart, ready to come in:
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20):
The words to say and how to say it is already in your heart and mouth:
"But what saith it? Th e word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no diff erence between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:8-13).
According to the scripture, you must do two things. First believe with all your heart that Jesus died for you and that God raised Him from the dead. The second and last thing to do is to confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord (owner, master).
Now, if you believe with your heart, let it come out of your mouth, say it: "we have the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak" (2 Corinthians 4:13). Just to help you, say this prayer; ratify His fi nished substitutionary work with your faith by praying the following:
"Lord Jesus I believe you died for me, I believe you rose from the dead for me, I accept you Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. Come into my heart and forgive me all my sins. Thank you Lord, for saving me" Amen.
That is it, beloved you are saved, born again, sanctified, Christian, child of God, new creature, etc. You have made it into the kingdom of God. Is that simple? Yes. The complicated and expensive part has already been done for you by God in Christ Jesus, who is now your Lord.
Acknowledge your newness. Your cry is answered. There should be no more fears and no more doubts. Maybe you felt something; shaken, trembling, eyes swollen with tears, some relief, the feeling of a heavy load lifted, etc, or maybe you felt nothing - that is ok and perfect. Your Salvation is not based on feelings, but facts, on the word of God. Th e promises of God are ye and Amen. It is absolutely impossible for God to lie:
"And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1John 5:11-12).
You will not die, but live. Jesus Christ is at the moment living in your heart by His Holy Spirit. You are therefore in Christ and Christ is in you; Christ is in God and God is in Christ and so you are in God by Christ Jesus. God the Father, Son, and Holy pirit are all with you and in you. Wherever one is, the others are in the shadows. You are blessed from this moment. Your name is confi rmed in the book of life.
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