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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

GOD’S ETERNAL PARDON

Romans 8:3-4 New Living Translation
“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.”

Pardon – to release from punishment. 

       The Old Testament animal sacrifices released a person from God’s punishment.  Their sin was absolved, however, that person must bring another sacrifice next year to pay for the new sins they’ve committed.  The OT sacrificial system revealed to the Israelites the seriousness of sin.  Blood had to be shed before ones sin(s) could be pardoned. “It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.” (Leviticus 7:11b)
       The blood of animals could never really remove sins.  Christ’s blood was the only thing that could pardon once for all time. “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12)
       Christ’s substitutionary death enabled us to no longer be subject to our sinful nature.  But just like it was our choice to receive Christ and his forgiveness, it is also our choice to follow the Spirit of God rather than return to sin.  Scripture clearly tells us that those who received forgiveness then turned away from God are worse off than those who never received Christ to begin with. (2 Peter 2:21)  That is without question trampling on the grace of God. Don’t turn away. There is nothing you cannot overcome in the Spirit thru faith and trust in the Lord.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; published by Tyndale Publishing.

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