This is a repost from July 11, 2013. I’m working on a requested post/series of posts right now, so in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this short post!
In Christ alone my hope is found.
He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this Solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love! What depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All;
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save!
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied!
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay.
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me!
For I am His, and He is mine.
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life – no fear in death!
This is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand.
‘Til He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I stand.
This song has been on my mind so much lately. It’s such a powerful song that says just how much Christ loves us. He went willingly to the cross to be crucified for sins that He never committed. (2 Corinthians 5:21). This Man, Who was beaten, scorned, made fun of, and betrayed by His own friends, eventually died in place of everyone’s sins so that we may have the hope of living eternally with Him. (Matthew 26-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 22-24). This is a gift that we did nothing to deserve and we can never repay.
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm. (HCSB)
Because of this gift, we can repent of our past sins, confess Him as God’s Son, be baptized into Christ’s body, and be forgiven of our sins. We need to put away our past sins and “walk in newness of life” to live a life fully devoted to obeying God’s Word.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (NKJV)
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (NKJV)
Christ’s sacrifice gives us this freedom from sin; we are no longer “alienated from God”! We have the choice to put on Christ, take up our cross, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). We don’t have to be blinded and held down by all the cares and restraints of the world, but we can be free with the truth of God’s Word, through Christ’s ultimate sacrifice.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (NKJV)
Why would we ever consider delaying in doing only and all of what God has asked of us? Did He delay in sending His Son to the cross? Did Christ delay in giving His life for our sins? We should have the same willingness to whole-heartedly give back to God just as He so willingly gave to us.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (NKJV)