Thursday, January 15, 2015
The apostle Paul certainly cautioned believers not to abuse the grace of God by continuing to live a life of sin (Romans 6:1). In fact, believers in Christ have nailed their old sinful nature and all of its evil desires to the cross of Christ and it should remain there. Believers have been freed from sin and can live victoriously because of new life in Christ. Paul says, "If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin-- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin." (Romans 6:5-7)
Jesus Christ has given believers the Holy Spirit to seal our inheritance (salvation) until the day of full redemption--when Christ returns to rule forever. Paul says in Ephesians 1:13-14, "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."
The point is that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our redemption (for the forgiveness of sins) in order to draw believers into a permanent relationship with Him. This could never be earned and it could never be taken away based on poor performance (Ephesians 2:8-9). Those who have truly put their faith in Christ alone have been given a secure salvation "In Christ". This ought to give us great reason to praise Him each and every day! PLEASE don't buy into the thought that you can do "one more evil thing" that would remove your salvation. This is not taught in Scripture and it undermines the grace and work of Christ on the cross.
Prayer: "May I never cease to praise You for your constant love for me, even with all of my weaknesses and sinful thoughts. Your grace is greater than all of my sin and your mercies are new every day! May my heart abound with gratitude for your amazing plan of redemption found in Jesus Christ alone."