Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Saved From Sin

The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4 NLT)
God knows our sinful nature.

He knows our human weakness.

He knew we could never keep the law perfectly.

And God knew that by our own efforts, we could never be right with Him again.

So in His immense love for us, God did what only He could do—He sent His own Son Jesus to pay the price of our sins.

I love how powerfully these verses read in The Message translation, especially the beginning of verse 3…
God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son.
To go for the jugular means to attack fiercely in order to have no doubt about winning. (TheFreeDictionary.com)

God wasn't just giving this a try to see if it worked. He wasn't just hoping for the best. He meant business—He finished it.
God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son.
Once and for all, God put an end to the power of sin over His children. Through Jesus, we have been saved. Through the strength of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can turn away from our sinful desires and live our lives for Him.

He gives us strength. (Philippians 4:13)

He gives us the desire to do what pleases Him. (Philippians 2:13)

He gives us a way out of temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

He showers us with His mercy and grace. (Hebrews 4:16)

And He desires the personal relationship with us that only He could make possible.

Thank you for joining me here today. We are in chapter 6 “Do You Know I Am a Sinner?...He Is My Savior” of Angela Thomas’ book Do You Know Who I Am? And Other Brave Questions Women Ask.

If you don’t usually read The Message translation, I urge you to read more in Romans 8.

In Christ,
Laura

5 comments:

  1. Isn't that completely amazing? He desires a personal relationship with US? I find that so fascinating! And thrilling!

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  2. Hi Laura,

    Good post; sin is certainly stronger than I am, and without God's help I am unable to defend myself against it's attack! How blessed we are that we can fully rely on God's grace and mercies; He stays with us right or wrong until we get things sorted out. :)

    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise

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  3. I love the fact that God wants to have a personal relationship with us! I love the fact that He went for the jugular when He sent His only son!

    I am grateful to read this post and hear these words this evening... thank you!

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  4. It was nice to read your post tonight. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Great points. I love how The Message gets the verses down to the nitty-gritty.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!