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Kingdom righteousness!

Scripture reading for February 15th: Romans 5

Key Scriptures: Romans 5:18-21 “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one Man’s obedience the many were made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Paul explained to the Roman believers that the first man, Adam, crossed God’s line (trespassed) in disobedience when he took fruit from his wife and ate of the forbidden fruit. Because of this, all men became sinners after the manner of Adam. But Jesus Christ the Son of God, the second Adam, came to earth and perfectly obeyed His Father. He then offered His own sinless body on the cross for payment for sins done by Adam and his offspring. The Law was given to Israel to reveal sin and the sin nature. All sins lead to death which is eternal separation from God. But grace is unlimited towards all who will go to God through Jesus Christ in repentance and faith. Righteousness through Christ’s sacrifice and His obedience is given to all the faithful as a gift of eternal life.

Genesis 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man (Adam), saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your perfect obedience and perfect sacrifice on the cross to make those who would believe on You righteous and cleanse them of sin’s guilt and shame. Lead me to share Your amazing grace and lead sinners to righteousness and life

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

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Approaching a Holy God

Scripture reading for February 1st: Leviticus 1-3

Yuk!  Leviticus!  Why all the blood and death?  Why all the rules for priests and people concerning how they are to bring these sacrifices?  How can we worship a God who would demand this from His people?

This might be your reaction to this book of Scripture.  But after careful and prayerful reflection, it starts to add up.  Sin caused death.  (Genesis 2:16-17)  Death spread to all men because of Adam’s sin. (Romans 5:12-14)  God provided the first blood sacrifice for Adam and Eve after they sinned.  They had used fig leaves, but God clothed them with bloody skins of animals.  (Genesis 3:21)

Through the laws in Leviticus, God helped His people to see that sin brought death to an innocent sacrifice.  The Law was given to make us aware of the cost of sin.  (Romans 3:19-20) God was providing a way for sinful man to meet with God.  When offered according to God’s instructions, God would accept the blood sacrifice and cover over the sins confessed so man could meet with God and not die. (Leviticus 1:9,17; 2:9)

Today we enjoy the final sacrifice for sin that was made for us 2000 years ago.  Jesus Christ shed his precious blood on the cross of Calvary and declared: “It is finished!” (John 19:30)  When we approach this same Holy God, we can come boldly before His throne any time day or night for prayer, fellowship, or forgiveness. (Hebrews 4:14-16)  We do it by faith in the sacrifice of the body and blood of our Savior! (Hebrews 9:24-26)  What a blessing to be free from the laws and sacrifices of Leviticus!  We will not die or face judgment but enter eternal life when Jesus appears for His church!

“But now He (Christ) has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:26-28

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