Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On Friendly Terms With God

Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way.

If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we're at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life!

Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

                                                                       Rom. 5:9-11

I love these verses because they spell out so vividly what we have through the finished work of Christ:  an amazing friendship with God!  We have been put on friendly terms with God.  He's our Friend and everything is okay between us and Him.  There is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way.  The sins that so often dragged us down and left us feeling too ashamed to approach Him are just plain GONE, taken away by Christ and nailed to the cross.  We're completely and positively reconciled to God.  We're in His favor.  There is nothing between us!  And since He's done this wonderful work to give us this amazing Friendship with God, just think how life will only expand and deepen as a result of this fact!

Let's revel in the amazing love of God today!  He calls us His friends and calls Himself our Friend!

                  With love,
                                 

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14