I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to write to you today about the hope that I have, a hope I would love to share with you. I know that the enemy (the accuser of the brethren) can make it really hard for us to make choices to move toward the Lord; I know this because I still struggle with it myself. But, I have a hope in the power of GOD and a trust in His promises. I would like to share some of those amazing promises with you today. Listen to this…
To me this means that Jesus came to save us, not to Judge us. He is not here to give us a little bit of help and encouragement to overcome our sins, but instead to actually save us from them. The key is that He is the one doing the work. He is the One saving us, we cannot save ourselves. Now we should look at the most famous verse that precedes this one…
Joh 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. [NLT]
First, what is our part to play in the salvation offered to us through Jesus? We must believe in Him. Well then, we must ask ourselves the question, “What does it mean to believe in Him?” Do we simply need to believe that He existed? Do we need to believe that He is who He said He is? What does it mean to believe in someone? I think it means that we believe what they say. We trust in what they tell us. We know that they will do the things they say they will do and that they have the power and capability to do what they say they will do. Something else I want you to consider in this verse; I want you to look at what it doesn’t say, but what satan wants us to think it says. Here is how he wants us to interpret this passage…the way we unfortunately interpret it all too often.
For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him and struggles with sin and overcomes it, will not perish but have eternal life.
But that isn’t what it says is it. Don’t get me wrong. Jesus does want to take care of the sin in our lives, but He wants to be the one to fix it. If He isn’t the One to fix it, we take the credit to ourselves, nullify His sacrifice, and then become subject to the law because we said “I can fix it, I don’t need your sacrifice Jesus”.
Here is another lie the accuser of the brethren likes to tell us.
“Oh my! Look what you just did! I can’t believe you did that. I wouldn’t go to God right now…He’s not too happy with you.”
Even though we like to put that on God, He isn’t that way at all. In fact He is the opposite. He really does love us more than we can imagine when we are lost in our sin and weakness. Look at this amazing, and I really do mean amazing promise from God…(emphasis supplied)
Rom 5:5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
Rom 5:6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Rom 5:7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.
Rom 5:8 But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Rom 5:9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
Rom 5:10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.
Rom 5:11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
I don’t think that it said anywhere in there that Jesus died for good people. I’m pretty sure that He showed His love for us while we were…
- utterly helpless
- still sinners
- still His enemies
Here is what I want you to see. God sent His Son to die for you while you were utterly helpless. Have you ever felt utterly helpless? God sent His Son to die for you while you were a sinner. Have you ever felt like a sinner? God sent His Son to die for you while you were still His enemy. Have you ever felt like God’s enemy? He loves you when you are all of those things…isn’t that Good News? Now, here is the hope that goes even further…notice the part in red in Rom 5:10…
“…we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.”
What are we being saved from? The answer is sin. Through what are we being saved? The life of His Son. Think about that for a moment…
We are being saved from sin through His LIFE not His DEATH. His death paid the price for us and brought us reconciliation and justification in God’s eyes. That means that when God looked down at the cross He didn’t see Jesus, he saw YOU and ME. Jesus took our place.
“He was treated as we deserve, so that we could be treated as He deserved.” E.G. White
But, now that we are justified (justified means to be covered or no longer under judgement) and reconciled (reconciled means a restored relationship) he wants to save us from our sin. God does not want to leave us in our sin, He wants to save us from them. This is GOOD NEWS. He will do the work. He will save us. He will cleanse us…
1Jn_1:9 But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (emphasis supplied)
How does He do that? How does He save us or cleanse us from sin? Through His life! Well then, what does that mean? If you understand the sanctuary service that the Israelites followed you know that the lamb was sacrificed because of the sins of the person. The lamb died in the sinners place. But that wasn’t the end of the story. After the sacrifice, the blood of the lamb was taken through the whole sanctuary and ultimately brought to the throne room of God, also known as the Mercy Seat. The life is in the blood and it represents the life of Jesus. Through His life Jesus saves us from our sins. So what is His life?
I recommend you read all of John Chapter 6, but here are a few of the key verses:
Joh 6:35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.
…notice the progression…
Joh 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is My flesh.“
…He is defining it for us even more…
Joh 6:55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.
Joh 6:56 Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.
So tell us Jesus, what is the “life” you are referring to?
Joh 6:63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
His Life is His Word. If we believe in what He tells us, His Word, then we will be saved from our sin through the Spirit, not through human effort. His Word tells us that He will do that work. We need to partake of His “flesh” (Word) and drink His “blood” (Life/Word) and He will save us.
This is the Good News!
This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And there is so much more to learn about His love for us! Read your bible today and ask God to show you His love in those glorious pages. If you don’t have a bible, pray to God and ask Him to give you one…He just might surprise you.