Every day, I remind myself that “success is mine. I will be successful and I shall be successful in Jesus name, Amen.”
It is important to renew your mind with the word of Christ daily to strengthen your relationship with Him and live a fulfilling life for Him. This is my first time blogging about the word of Christ and I’m so happy to be doing so, so I’m going to give you three teachings about the gospel that my pastor shared with me! The teachings are the cancellation of debt, the gift of eternal life and the true meaning of redemption.
The Cancellation of Debt:
We have to understand that paying in time is a crime because we never know what our situation may be as time goes on. To pay, we have to start with obedience. We cannot use good work as a form of payment for our sins, God hates it. We have to pray for God to have mercy on us with moral uprightness as we cannot pay for our sins no matter how little or how big they are.
Colossians 2:14 tells us that Jesus has paid for all of our sins and cancelled our debt. He took our debt to the cross as the exchange rate is too high for us as human beings to pay for our debt, we simply do not have enough currency (yes, I’m using analogies here!). That is why the blood of Jesus is so important because it was used to pay for our sins, not silver and not gold.
Ephesians 2:15 tells us that Jesus ended the system of the law. Before Christ gave his life for us, the law would punish us for our sins. But Jesus took all of that to the cross and therefore we have to want to live a life of gratitude. If someone cancels your debt, the only factor is to please him/her. Therefore we have to PRAISE Jesus and please Jesus and also do the right thing to show gratitude to God for the debt that He has cancelled.
Philemon 1:18 – If he has wronged you in any way or owes you, charge it to me.
The Bible tells us that the Jubilee Year was a year of no sorrow or weeping. This 50th year was a time for the proclamation of liberty. When Christ died he represented Jubilee and therefore Jubilee means the cancellation of debt. Jesus came to preach the acceptable year of the Lord – Isaiah 61:2: to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Jubilee).
In Isaiah 61:1 it is stated that Jesus came to tell the good news to the poor. The poor are those that cannot pay their debt. Deuteronomy 15: 1-2 further speaks of the Lord’s release of debt. We must be conscious every day and show gratitude every day of our life because Christ who is perfect cancelled our debts and therefore there is no condemnation in Christ because we do not owe a dime. Thanks be to God.
The Gift of Eternal Life:
Romans 6:23 – eternal life is a gift.
Romans 4:4 tells us that when we work hard to get to Heaven, it is no longer a gift. A gift is not earned, a gift if not worked for. A gift is given to us at a cost and the price of eternal life is Salvation. Jesus paid for our sins and therefore Salvation can never be taken away from us. As long as we believe, we will make Heaven (Ephesians 2:8). Many people do not understand the true gospel, we do not work for gifts!
Eternal life is what Christ did, He gave us Salvation and that is the greatest gift. The gift of God is without repentance. Romans 5:9 backs me up on this, telling us that the gift of God is eternal life. Christ took our sins and made us right in God’s eyes so we are saved from condemnation. Romans 11:29 further tells us that God’s gift and is call can never be withdrawn. We cannot lose salvation or have it taken away from us and that is how secure we are in Christ. All we have to do is BELIEVE. We have already been saved of our sins and belief is key to eternal life. Our sins were paid for by Jesus Christ (John 5:24).
Ephesians 2:9 further tells us that we should not do good things to get saved. If we want to do good things it has to be our our gratitude as doing good things is not the key to Heaven. Salvation can never be withdrawn so we are not living through Christ if we do good things to look good. Thanks be to God.
Redemption is a commercial term, which means to buy back. Except for bankers who speak of redeeming bonds, we use the analogy of pawning to understand redemption.
If you are temporarily short of money but have some value that can be pawned, you can take it to a pawn broker. The pawn broker will give you a fraction of its value in cash for the object. Later on it’ll turn in to sufficient money and you may want your possession back, so you can go back to the pawn broker and redeem your possession paying the amount you borrowed plus interest. In the ancient world, redemption was discussed with reference to slavery. By paying the redemption price a benevolent person might set an innocent slave free.
Redemption is buying out indebtedness.
1 Peter 1, 18-19.
The price that Jesus paid for our debt is called redemption. Jesus believed in redemption and we no longer have to pay for our sins. We are no longer penalized for what the law says because of Jesus. Galatians 3:13 – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Redemption does not redeem us from the law (therefore we should always act out of love and gratitude), but the CURSE OF THE LAW. This means the consequences that we would have received for violating the law. The law penalizes, but Christ has rescued us from that penalization.
Because of redemption, no matter what we do we will make heaven as long as we believe. It does not mean that we should sin, but we have been bought out of indebtedness through redemption.
If you have a friend in jail that can’t afford to pay their bail and you go to the prison to pay it but they don’t leave prison, that is not redemption. Redemption frees you of punishment for your sins according to His Word. Once you are redeemed, the price has been paid for for wrongdoings. The price for our sins was the blood of Jesus and therefore we no longer have to pay for our sins, however, we have to believe.
Redemption is real when the person who is redeemed is set free from the consequences of his/her sin (the consequence being the curse of the law).
We have to settle our minds so that we KNOW we are secure in Christ. It’s like having a mum; you don’t perform to be their child. You are secured as their child.
Ephesians 1:7 – in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of His sins according to the riches of His Grace. After redemption, which was paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, forgiveness follows.
If you say that you are not going to Heaven then you are saying that the price that Jesus paid was not good enough. Most people don’t know that they are free for life and that’s because they don’t understand redemption at all.
Romans 3:24 – we are acquitted because of redemption through Christ. Most people will tell us that we must change, but that is not it as we have already been redeemed. These are people that do not believe that what Christ did was enough and that is not a motivating factor. We must behave out of love and gratitude and not out of the fear of going to hell. Redemption will promote us to love God more and feel more secure. The death of Christ is sufficient for our sins. Thanks be to God.
So what have these teachings taught us?
Firstly, our sins have been paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. We have been redeemed from our Sins and therefore we are right in God’s eyes. This does not mean we can act however we want to as we should always put on love, but we are secure in Christ as we have been gifted with eternal life. All we have to do is believe and in order to strengthen our faith we have to renew our minds with the word of God every single day. I hope these readings are helpful to you!
On a lighter note, someone said that when lighting comes thats God taking screenshots LOOOL!! So watch out 🙂