June 13 – Our Standing Before God

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Our Standing Before God

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” – I Timothy 2:5

Christ’s death on the cross appeased the requirements of His Father, in that it abolished sin once and for all.  We cannot fully fathom all that Christ has done for us but Scripture teaches that through His death, we’ve been redeemed, forgiven, justified, and reconciled.

We are redeemed! In redemption, the sinner stands before God ash a slave to sin who has been given his freedom.  Romans 6:22 says, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”

We are forgiven! In forgiveness, the sinner stands before God as a debtor whose debt has been paid in full and forgotten. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

     We are justified! In justification, the sinner stands before God as condemned sinner who has been declared righteous. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

We are reconciled! In reconciliation, the sinner stands before God as an enemy who has become God’s friend. 2 Corinthians 5:18 says, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Daily Reading: Psalms 15-18

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