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 We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

 

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God’s Gift to You

 

When Adam sinned, Satan thought he had taken a most precious thing away from God; man who God had created in His own image.  Satan hated God and the man God had created.  Satan knew God had created man to enter into a close, intimate relationship with Himself; creating him a little lower than “elohim” Himself (Psalm 8:5-6).

However, man was so precious to God that He made a decision back in eternity to save mankind from the terrible consequences of sin; eternal death and separation from God (Revelation 13:8).  So God devised a plan where Christ would come to this earth as a man (John 1:1-3, 14), live a perfectly sinless, righteous life (1Peter 2:21-23) and die the death we deserve (Isaiah 53:5-6).

In essence this is what God says to you.  “I love you and want you to live with me forever.  However, because of your sin you deserve to die.  Therefore, I will come and die the death you deserve.  Also, I cannot take sinners to heaven to live with me so I will come to earth and live the righteous, sinless life you are unable to live.  So, here, receive the forgiveness I offer to you (1John 1:9), and take my righteousness, which I lived for you, and be covered with my righteousness (Jeremiah 23:26, Romans 9:30-32).  I also know that you must still live on earth until Jesus returns, and that you are unable to live a righteous life even though you want to (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10).  Therefore, I will come and live in you, and actually live out my righteous obedience in and through you that I lived when I became one of you in the person of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:27).”

You see, this is what Paul meant when he wrote:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Paul could live a life of faithful obedience to God because Christ was living in him.  Paul’s faithful obedience was the result of the “faith” or “faithfulness” of the Son of God Who was living in Him.  Paul had learned how to let Christ live out His faithfulness to God in and through him; the same faithful life He lived when He walked this earth.

This, in part, is why Christ had to become a man (Romans 8:3-4).  Mankind needs a human righteousness.  God knew man could not live a righteous life due to his sinful nature.   So God Himself came and lived a faithful, righteous, human life in the person of Jesus Christ.  If we let Him, Jesus will live out His faithfulness to God in and through us.  This is true righteousness by faith.  For there is no other righteousness in this earth except the righteousness of Christ that He lived 2000 years ago, and will continue to live out in the life of those who believe in Him.

“The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin.” Desire of Ages, p. 324 (emphasis added)

I pray that all who read this book will experience the fullness of Christ in them by allowing Him to live out His faithful, righteous life in them.  May you allow Him to manifest Himself in every aspect of your life.  Once you discover this amazing truth your life will never be the same again.  Your life will be filled with joy and peace.  You will see victories before thought impossible to attain.  Jesus will be everything to you.  You will know from experience what Paul meant when he wrote, “Christ in you the hope of glory.”

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