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All Encompassing Love: A Story of How We are Saved

16 Nov

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:12-13)

Once we were ‘far off’, separated from God and without hope. Ever since Adam and Eve’s fall, this has been the fate of all humanity. However, now, we’ve been brought close to God again! Not by magic. Not by any incredible feat we preformed. But by the blood of Jesus Christ. We didn’t force Jesus to get on the cross. We didn’t force him to spill his life’s blood for us. We, in no form or fashion, put him on the cross… Unless you count sinning, of course. He got on it, and gave up His own life for us. He shed his blood and gave up his Spirit to save a race of miserable life-forms which, the whole while, were jeering at him. — I have just one question. Why?

John 3:16 tells us it was because he loved us. His love for us; for the whole wide world, and his desire to save it from sin is what caused Him to die for us.

by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. (Ephesians 2:15-16)

Where once there were ordinances and laws we must abide by, now there is a person, who we love, to surrender our life to in a Spiritual marriage. While once we had strife towards God and he hated our sin with a just hatred; now there is only love between us and our Father in-Jesus (as compared to father-in-law… Haha?): now we live not under a fear that God will blow us to bits, but a holy fear of his power; and a love for Him who controls the power.

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. (James 2:12)

As James tells us, we are those now who are under the law of liberty. We are judged and pardoned under this law. We are set free under this law; under Jesus (who is the law of liberty) we are set free of our chains! Thus now we are to live like it.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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2 responses to “All Encompassing Love: A Story of How We are Saved

  1. Mike

    November 16, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Joshua, I’ve laughed before when reading your posts, I’ve shared many of them, but I’ve never cried. Today when reading your post I cried for the sheer joy of what Jesus accomplished for me. Thank you for ministering to me today!

     

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