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Aug 26, 2018
Passage: Romans 5:8-11

Justified by His blood…Saved by His life

justified by his blood…saved by his life

[Read ROMANS 5:8-11]

Beloved, as soon as a sinner believes Christ, he is justified, declared innocent, declared not guilty, washed in the blood of the Lamb. And he is not justified for SOME of his sins, but ever so blessedly for ALL of them! Here stands a man completely guilty, but the moment he believes Christ, believing on his blessed person and finished saving work, his pardon at once he receives and his sins are no longer his, but made to be Christ’s.

The gospel is such good news that the word pardon doesn’t fully capture it! We must say, the moment a sinner believes Christ, he is made to know that he has been made completely innocent through the blood of Christ. And it’s not as though he has merely been forgiven, but as the truth is in Jesus, the believing sinner, before God in Christ, has no sin. God declares to his people through his word “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (HEBREWS 8:12).

God says to you who believe on his Son, your sins and iniquities will I remember no more, for our Heavenly Father hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ. The sins of all our transgressions were laid upon God’s darling Son, and they were put away by the sacrifice of himself. That man, woman, or child who believes on Christ, stands guiltless in the sight of God, accepted in his beloved Son. Beloved, You are complete in Christ! God has forgiven you of all your trespasses. Reader, that’s justification by faith—the blessed truth of the gospel! The moment a sinner believes on Christ, all his guilt is taken away and he ceases to be regarded by divine justice as a guilty creature. Indeed, the moment the sinner believes on Christ, the sinner ceases to be guilty in God’s sight. And much more! every believing man, woman, or child becomes righteous, holy, and well pleasing in his sight. For by God’s sovereign grace, a believing sinner is clothed in the very righteousness of God; having been made the righteousness of God in Christ.

Beloved, in the very moment Christ took our sins, we took Christ’s righteousness, so that God looks upon the elect sinner, who but an hour ago was dead in sins, with as much love and affection as he ever looked upon his only begotten Son. Believing sinner, of God are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord (1 CORINTHIANS 1:30-31).

Reader, has God opened his book to you? Have you been made to understand? Sanctification is not a process! Rather, it is a person! God’s word teaches us that our sanctification is Christ himself. So beloved, glory in the Lord! for all the loveliness, all the perfection that Christ is, we have been powerfully made by God’s free and sovereign grace, given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. AMEN! [2 TIMOTHY 1:9]

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