May 14, 2015

Today you should read: Ezekiel 36

“Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD: I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect my holy name, on which you brought shame while you were scattered among the nations.” Ezekiel‬  36:22

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. “And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your God.”Ezekiel‬ 36:25-28

If we are honest, our view of salvation is one that says. “I need help, I need saving. God can save me so I should go to Him.” And God’s response would be something like this, “ You got it right! Congrats, you are now saved. I am so glad you came to me.” Now, there is certainly truth found in these statements but they miss the crucial points behind what salvation is. We see our salvation and its accompanying benefits as the purpose behind which Jesus died on the cross but really, if you put the two passages together from the top of this post here is the full picture of salvation and the cross:

The cross was God’s way of rectifying His glory from being drug through the mud by sinners who, through God’s grace and mercy, receive benefits from the sacrifice

Those benefits, at least in part, are found in Ezekiel 36:25-28. Benefits such as purity, forgiveness, holiness, a new heart and spirit, the ability to obey God and the restored relationship with God.

To say that Jesus died for you on the cross and for the sins of the world is accurate but, remember it is not complete or in the right order. Jesus first and foremost mission was always to please and honor the Father. We have simply been benefactors of this marvelous event. These thoughts should cause us to worship God. Remember, you and I, just like Israel, did not deserve to be called back home or to receive such blessings. These truths remind me of the hymn, how deep the father’s love for us. Here is a link to listen to this today and really think deeply on this line of it.

Why should I gain from His reward? I can not give an answer
But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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