…an excerpt from the artice: The Christ, Jesus
In the justice system of God’s Throne, humankind has been condemned eternally because we all fall short of His perfection. Because of that, in order for God to forgive any person, a provision had to be made for His justice to legally redeem any fallen person.
Redemption is “to free from debt”, “to buy back”, “to free from captivity by payment of ransom” (Babylon dictionary).
Forgiveness could not just be declared “off the record”. Legal provision had to be made for our fallen state.
So God sent His Son into the world as a perfect substitute to pay the penalty placed upon all mankind, thus providing a way to be saved from condemnation. Jesus died as the perfect sacrifice, providing a legal premise for forgiveness of our debt.
In God’s justice system, we who are condemned can find eternal “redemption”, eternal salvation from the wrath of God – through the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. Jesus died for us – that we might be saved.
Just like the thief on the cross (Luke 23:33-43) next to Jesus at His crucifixion, we can accept God’s offer of redemption.
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” –Luke 23:39-43
Extract from the article, That Moment In Time:
Nothing religious was done by the thief. He merely
(1) confessed his sinfulness, and
(2) acknowledged Jesus as “the Christ”.
And on the basis of that alone – Jesus Himself said,
“Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
In that moment in time, that thief became totally acceptable to God and was welcomed into His Kingdom. He did not “do” anything. He confessed and acknowledged.
He simply aligned himself with God on God’s terms. Are you willing to do that yourself?
God forgives sins by His holy, holy justice
The message of God to us His creation is that Jesus came down to earth from His throne in heaven in order to satisfy God’s justice. Our sinful rebellion against His ways has put us under judgement by God. And only a sinless replacement could allow God to save us from His condemnation.
Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Only He can save. Are you one of these?
“…whoever believes and trusts in Him…“
Believing and trusting in Him involves total belief and total trust. It means giving all of you – for all of Him. Nothing less is good enough for our Holy Holy Holy God. Believe and trust in Him. – Source: God’s message to the world
Our fallen state: Romans 1:16-25; Titus 1:15-16
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