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What Christ Did

July 8, 2013

Upon the moment that you accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, a wonderful transformation began to happen within you.  Let’s look at some verses of Scripture to find out just exactly what is going on.

1. You were born again spiritually.

This is your position in Christ.  He picks you up and moves you from your sinful state and seats you in heavenly realms. “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the [Holy] Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (John 3:3, 6)

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in

Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:6)

2. You became a new creation.  

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)  “As for you, you were dead in your sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient [the devil].  All of us also lived among them at one time [all have sinned], gratifying the cravings of our sinful natures and following its desires and thoughts [doing what we felt like doing].  Like the rest [of the world], we were by nature objects of wrath [enemies of God].  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in [our sin]…For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph.2:1-9)

3. All your sins, past, present and future, were washed away by the blood of Jesus.  “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord.  ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” (Isaiah 1:18)  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1:9)

4. You are made righteous (acceptable to God) through faith in Jesus.

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.” (Rom. 3:21-25)

5. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit forever! 

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)  Note:  In ancient Rome, kings and caesars would take a scroll, roll it up, drip hot wax on the edge, and then imprint their signet ring into the wax.  In doing so, they would seal the document rendering it legally unbreakable unless a person had the same authority or higher than the king.  In this case, God sealed us with His Holy Spirit and only someone with the same or higher authority can open us up and change our salvation.  Now listen to what Jesus said about us

“I give them [believers] eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-29)  We are held in a double-fisted grip!  Jesus holds us tightly and the Father holds His hand tightly around the hand of Jesus.  I think we’re pretty safe!

 6. You have been adopted into the Family of God as sons of God.

Although you may bea daughter, you have been given the place of a son. The wording may be considered chauvinistic, but you must remember that the Bible was written at a time in history when women were considered property and didn’t have rights.  What Christ did for you was elevate you to the position of sonship in His kingdom!  How did He do this?  “…you received the Spirit of Sonship.  And by him  we cry ‘Abba, Father.’  The [Holy] Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  (Romans 8:15b-17)

7. You can never be separated from the love of Christ.

There is nothing the devil, a friend, an enemy, even yourself can do to extract yourself from Christ’s and the Father’s hands once you believed in Jesus and called upon His name to forgive you of sin and to save you.  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:35, 37-39)