1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Four Works of Christ

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Romans 8:33b-34
It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died -- more than that, who was raised to life -- is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Thoughts for Today:

Salvation and eternal life are secure for the believer because of the following four works of Jesus Christ:

1. Christ died for our sin. His life was delivered as payment for our transgressions.

2. Christ was raised from death to life. He was raised for our justification.

3. Christ is seated at the right hand of God. In our passage today, Paul tells us Jesus "is at the right hand of God". We also know from Mark 16:19: "After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God." If by comparison we look at the temple or the tabernacle we see no seat -- no place to sit. Why? Because the work of the Old Testament priest would never be finished. However, just before He died our Great High Priest Jesus Christ said in John 19:30, "It is finished." So why is Jesus seated? Because the work is finished.

4. Christ is interceding for us. Did you pray this morning? If not, you should have. But not to worry, whether you did or did not -- because Christ is right now making intercessions for us.

These four works of Jesus Christ are the reasons why no one -- before God -- can condemn the acts of His chosen people. We have been forgiven.

Questions to Ponder:

God's chosen people are "justified sinners".
His sovereignty, authority and power stand behind us. Why?
Because Christ's death and resurrection removed all condemnation.
Isn't that beautiful?
Then why do we continue to beat ourselves up over sin?
Isn't it time we fully embrace the power and majesty of God's sacrifice?

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