Thursday, June 6, 2013

Do You Now Believe?

"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? " (Isaiah 53: 1)

What is the report that Isaiah was talking about? He relates the account of Jesus, our suffering Messiah:

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."" (Isaiah 53: 6)

All our sin has been laid on Jesus Christ:

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" (Colossians 2: 13)

Do you believe this? Do you believe that Jesus is the propitiation of our sins, and the sins of the whole world (1 John 2: 2)

Most believers still think that they must confess their sins or change their habits, or do something about their way of thinking and behaving in order to earn God's attention and favor.

Yet Jesus made it clear that God's love for us has nothing to do with us:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3: 16)

We are called to believe on Him whom God the Father has sent for us (John 6: 28-29)

For a long time, I knew that Jesus died for me.

I did not yet learn that He died for my sins. I just knew that He died for me.

Then I learned that He died for all of my sins: past, present, and future. Many believers have not yet rested in this certainty, still heeding their feelings or listening to the judgment of other people instead of receiving His gifts of righteousness and grace.

The other part about "everlasting life" does  not get enough attention, either. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14: 6). In effect, God gives us Himself through His Son by the Power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 33).

My revelation of Jesus Christ and all that He has done grew over time, the very hope that  Paul prayed for every believer:

"[I] Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him" (Ephesians 1: 16-17)

Do you now believe? If not, keep asking God for the spirit of Wisdom, that your knowledge of Him will increase, that you may believe.

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