I have something I need to confess today.
I absolutely love to eat!
In fact, it’s part of our family tree—to love good food, to enjoy eating great food, and to talk about food much of the time.
We are food people. Foodies.
Furthermore, we enjoy eating at great restaurants.
Just last week we ate a fabulous steak place in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s called “Le Moo,” and they serve an incredible meal and spoil you rotten while doing it. It is now one of my favorite restaurants of all time.
I can’t wait to be back in the area so we can eat there again.
It’s one of the greatest gifts ever given.
In fact, imagine if the next time I go back to Le Moo to eat dinner, the owner of the restaurant comes up to our table.
Imagine if he were to make the most incredible offer,
“Melanie, we want to offer you the chance to eat here anytime you want at no cost. Today’s bill is paid, and any future meals you have here will be absolutely free. You can come as often as you like, and we will comp all of your food.
Also, you can give us that bill from the last time you were here, and we will take care of that as well.
Everything you ever order here will be on the house—completely free of cost. Every bill will be paid in full by us.”
If something like this were to happen, of course, I would be thrilled.
How amazing to receive such an offer!
I would love it.
However, I’ve honestly gotten an even better offer.
It’s not a free food offer, but something much sweeter.
It’s the offer that changed Martin Luther’s life and brought about the start of the Protestant Reformation. (Grudem, page 722)
It’s also what has made ALL the difference in my own life.
What is it, you ask?
It’s the realization that I don’t have to pay the debt for my sins. My sin debt was huge and stood between God and me.
I owed Him more than I could possibly ever pay.
But, when I invited Jesus into my life, He stepped in and took that sin debt away completely and totally. Not one sin was left. Christ took every sin I’d ever committed and every sin I will ever commit, and He paid the debt.
Christ took every sin I’d ever committed and every sin I will ever commit, and He paid the debt. Click To Tweet
Over my life, He wrote – “Debt Free – Paid in Full.” I owe nothing. Jesus paid it all.
In theological terms, this is called “Justification.”
What is Justification?
“Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which He 1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and 2) declares us to be righteous in His sight.”
(Grudem, page 723)
Can you grasp the magnitude of this concept?
When you and I put our faith in Christ, He steps between us and the judgment and the wrath of God. He literally takes on our sin debt and becomes our righteousness.
Father God looks at us and only sees Jesus. He sees no sin, no debt, and no penalty any longer.
Father God looks at us and only sees Jesus. He sees no sin, no debt, and no penalty any longer. Click To Tweet
To be justified is to be treated as if I’d never sinned.
It’s an amazing gift that we read about in the words of Paul in Romans 3:23-24:
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight.
He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”
So, I have a simple question for you today?
Have you received this amazing gift?
Have you been justified?
If you were to die tonight and stand before God and He was to ask you why He should let you into heaven, what would you say?
Maybe you’ve been a nice person?
Maybe you’d been a great church member?
Or, you’ve been a great community leader?
The only answer we can give if asked why we should be allowed into heaven is simple – we have put our faith in Jesus to save us.
How do you do this?
Think A, B, C’s…
A = Admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior.
There is no one righteous, not even one … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10,23.
Ask God’s forgiveness.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
B = Believe in Jesus.
Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Become a child of God by receiving Christ.
“To all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12
C = Confess that Jesus is your Lord.
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Would you like to accept, believe, and confess right now?
You can pray a prayer like this one to believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved:
“Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner. I am separated from You by my sin, and I am sorry for my sin. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin so that I can be made right with You. God, I believe Jesus rose from the dead and is alive.
Father, please forgive my sin. I invite Jesus into my life so that I might be made clean and whole again. I accept Him as my Savior and Lord. Father, I pledge to live my life completely for You.
Thank You for saving me.”
Did you pray today?
I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Each week, we highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
Also, you can catch all of this year’s “Delight in Doctrine” posts by clicking HERE.
For the purposes of the study, our main texts are first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, HERE.
In closing, it is our prayer that by the end of the year, we all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)
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