What an Amazing God We Serve!

Long before we were born God already had a blueprint to save man from the consequences of sin. The book of Ephesians tells us of all the wonderful spiritual blessings we have in Christ. God’s desire is to have a personal relationship with you and with me. Since God is pure love and truth He cannot look upon sinful man. It is only by the wonderful work of Jesus on the cross that we can have fellowship with our Creator. God has predestined us as believers to be adopted into His family and given us the right to become children of God. God never desires anyone to be lost. It’s not in His character. The work of salvation is all God by His infinite grace and mercy. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).

God saw the condition of the heart in sinful man and sent His son Jesus to redeem us from the bondage of sin. We are all born with a sinful nature which makes us a slave to sin. But by Christ’s redemption through the power of His blood, we are saved. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36). Jesus paid a high price for us, -- we were bought by His precious blood. Jesus paid for all our sins – past, present and future. Christ followers don’t have to live in fear, shame, guilt or condemnation. We need forgiveness daily and Christ is more than enough. There is no way we could ever pay the penalty of our sin. When God forgives, Jesus pays the penalty, then man is forgiven. God looks on His son then pardons me. Our debt is paid in full – Hallelujah!

Finally, as children of God we get to share in Christ’s inheritance. We receive spiritual blessings and fullness in Christ. God sent the Holy Spirit as a deposit, which serves as a guarantee that we belong to Him and that He will keep His promises. It’s like placing a deposit on the purchase of a home. It’s a down payment with the promise of more to come. The minute one accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the believer. Life changing transformation begins. With the help of the Holy Spirit, our lives begin to look more like Jesus’. We learn to love like Jesus, serve like Jesus, forgive like Jesus, and relate to others like Jesus. Paul says it like this, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6)

(Debbie Worzalla)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise.

Based on More Blessings from God the Son and God the Holy Spirit on April 14th, 2018 - Watch Sermon

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