“Once you were separated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled (to be made right in relationship to Himself) you by Christ’s physical body through death (Jesus’ death on the Cross) to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel..”
The essential promise of the Gospel message (The Good News) is that Christ’s death on the cross allowed us to be restored into a right relationship with God, our Creator and our Heavenly Father. Unable to meet God’s standard of perfection, which was tarnished by sin (anything in our lives that does not please God or agree with his word disqualifies us from a close relationship with him until He sent Jesus (John 3:16), because of his amazing love for us. We had once been separated from God through our sinful, evil actions whether committed knowingly or unknowingly, we were separating ourselves from Him.
But God, sent Jesus to die on the cross, paying for our sin, thus giving us freedom from accusation, and setting us free to live in a close relationship with him. Not only so, but now if we have received God’s free gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), and have surrendered our life to Christ, God looks upon us as if we are completely clean, holy and blameless. For when He looks at us, He sees Jesus covering us with His grace poured freely over our lives daily, allowing us to “continue in faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” Our hope is held firm in the truth of Jesus’ loving sacrifice for us and God’s promises to be with us always and to carry us through any season of life. Because we know He is faithful and understand that He has infinite knowledge of what is best for our lives, as well as what He desires to do in and through our life’s journey for our good and His ultimate glory.
Today, understand that you have been set free from any accusation of past, present, or future sin, if you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Jesus paid for them all on the cross as He was the ultimate sacrifice through His death, but moreover defeated death and the grave through His glorious resurrection. As you grow in His grace, understand that any false accusation in your life, whether from within or from sources without are not from God, but originate from our enemy to discourage and distract us from the hope by which we are “not moved” because of the power of the Gospel message in our lives. The faith we have in Christ allows us to live in freedom moment by moment, day by day in full assurance knowing that we are free indeed.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for the promise of The Gospel message in that we have been truly set free through Your Son Jesus’ death on the cross in final payment of our sins. Thank You that because You sent Him into the world to save us, we can now be in a right relationship with You, free from accusation, and filled daily with the hope of eternity in Heaven. May You continue to grow us through Your grace and the truths of Your word, allowing us to stand firm not being easily shaken in the storms and trials along this life’s journey. In Jesus’s name. Amen.