Moving from Old to the New
We all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Sin can be traced back first in the garden of Eden. We all know the story from the book of Genesis where Eve falls into Satan’s scheme and sin against God. Sin can be defined as the disobedience towards God. A veil was formed between man and God. The man who once is created in the image of God, God breathes his life in him and walked with him; now falls short of glory of God (Read Genesis 1-4).
Wages of sin
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s plan of redemption
God never gave up on his people. He couldn’t give up on his sons and daughters. Afterall he is a loving and merciful father. He had a plan to redeem us. This time it was not through a sacrifice of any sheep, goat or lamb like that of old times but was through his son Jesus Christ.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Now we are justified through our faith in Jesus Christ who died for our sins. He took our punishment and curses. He took the wrath of God upon himself that was supposed to come to all (Read Isaiah 53). Just as we are being made whole in Christ Jesus now, we also die to our old adamic nature and are being renewed. We are being transformed in the image of God.
Cry of Repentance
No one can enter the kingdom of God until they repent of their old. The word ‘repent’ means to turn your back towards something and never return to it.
From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!”
“The time is fulfilled,” He said, “and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the gospel!”
David’s cry of repentance
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
We might think that we are not sinning as we have not murdered, stolen or did any form of adultery or idolatry. We might think that according to ten commandments we are pure. Do you know what scripture says:
If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
1 John 1:10
You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
I think this is one of the reason David cried: Create in me a clean heart.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Promise of God
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Maybe you are reading this and never knew about the Lord who is a compassionate and loving father who discipline and cleanses us; want to give your life to him; Read this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I ask you to come into my heart and forgive my sins. I receive you as my savior who died and was resurrected for me. Come and do what you want to do in my life. I surrender my heart, mind, and soul to you. In Jesus name, Amen.
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