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Monday, January 2, 2017

DON’T IGNORE GOD’S GIFT

2 Corinthians 5:21 – 6:1 New Living Translation
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.”
            At the point of our salvation there is an exchange made, our sin for Christ’s righteousness.  All of man’s sin was laid upon Christ on the cross.  He took it on willingly, knowing it was the Father’s plan.  Knowing it was the only way to close the gap between God and man that sin had caused.  In effect the cross, when laid down, provides a walkway over the chasm our sin had created.  
            The exchange that was made was not like bartering, because when we barter with someone we are exchanging two items of relative worth.  The righteousness is so much greater in value than our sin, which frankly has no value at all, that it must be attributed to that thing the Bible refers to as God’s grace, his undeserved favor. Apparently, the false teachers who essentially told them they could live whatever way they wished and still not fall out of favor with the Lord were swaying some of the believers in Corinth. 
            In every believers life there comes a time when we struggle with what God says in his word and push it aside, not wanting to submit to it.  Paul implored the Corinthian church not to ignore God’s incredible gift of kindness … forgiveness by his grace thru the blood of Christ.  Accepting this gift means we are submitting to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our life.  It’s a new year, a new start, another chance to make wrongs right and get your mess straightened out.  God can make that happen but you must trust him and then do as he says in his word.  Embrace God’s gift of everlasting life and leave your old life behind forever.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

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