Grace is not a teaching or doctrine. Grace is not a topic or subject matter. It is a person, and His name is Jesus! We can have relationship with a person. God is not interested in mere obedience and submission. He is a God of love and longs to have an intimate relationship with us. That is why He sent His Son Jesus to die a cruel death on the cross and pay the full debt of our sins with His own life. This act of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was a deliberate step to bring about relationship – as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, He came to reconcile sinful man with a holy God.
As result of the cross – where The Son of God was punished for all our sins once and for all – the price for sin has been fully paid. In other words, judgement has been executed, anger towards sin exhausted, the veil torn and the way to intimacy with God opened. The blood of Jesus has removed every vestige of our sins.
God’s word has the following to say about the finished work of Jesus on the cross in Hebrews 10:12-14, “But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand… For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”
His finished work on the cross was offered as one sacrifice forever, and when we received Jesus Christ into our life we were perfected forever!
But sadly, for all this, there are many believers today who do not believe they have been perfected forever by the finished work of Jesus. They are still depending on their self-effort to qualify them for God’s blessings.
If we are wondering “How can I be fully assured that all my sins have already been forgiven?” notice that after Jesus offered His life as a sacrifice and payment for all our sins, He was seated at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20).
What Does “Jesus seated at The Father’s right hand” Means?
Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifice again and again, which can never take away sins (Hebrews 10:11). But The Bible goes on to say that Jesus, after He “offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time, sat down.”
Jesus sat down to show us that the work is indeed finished.
Under The Old Covenant, the priest who served in The Tabernacle of Moses never sat down, because his work could never be finished. Bible says that the blood of bulls and goats could never take away sins (Hebrew 10:11).
In fact, there was not single chair for the priest to sit on in The Tabernacle of Moses. There was the altar of incense, the menorah, and the table of showbread, but no chair. Again, that truth speaks to us that the work of the priest was never finished. Only Jesus’ work is finished. Now, He sits down at The Father’s right hand and He seated us with Him (Ephesians 2:4-6).
Take A Seat
My friend, “sitting down” in the Bible is a picture of the believers resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ. It means we can stop depending on our own attempts to earn and qualify for God’s grace and blessings in our life. What we need to do is just receive by faith all the grace and blessings that Christ has already purchased for us.
When we emphasize a list of requirements we have to fulfill to please God so He will bless, we are reverting to the old covenant of The Law. That’s how the law of Moses worked – God’s blessings were dependent on man’s ability to fulfill a set of requirements (The Ten Commandments).
But we are no longer under the covenant of law as, at the cross, Jesus’ death fulfilled the righteous requirements of The Law. He said, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose” (Matthew 5:17). He came to fulfill all the requirements of the law on our behalf, so that the way to God is now opened. All that we were unable to do, Jesus did on our behalf.
Win Over Sin
We need to know that Christianity is not an impersonal list of dos and don’ts that we must fulfill to appease a disapproving or indifferent God. It is about having an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. It is about receiving His love and forgiveness so we will have the strength to love Him and others, and to sin no more (1 John 4:19, John 8:10-11).
Romans 6:14 says that sin is no longer our master, for we no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, we live under the freedom of God’s grace. In other words, when we place ourselves under God’s grace, this means that sin will no longer rule over us. And Jesus has already done all that needs to be done to qualify us for God’s grace. The work is finished!
So my friend, receive God’s abundant grace today and reign over sin, sickness, depression, and addictions (Romans 5:17). Reign in life and live the life that God has placed in your heart.
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