Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bless, 3of3

~ Current Blessings From God To Christians ~

Justification Now (justified by His blood)  ~  For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). 

Deliverance Now (delivered from the Law)  ~  “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6).  “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:2-4). 

Freedom Now (no more condemnation)  ~  “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1a). 

Relationship Now (intimate communication)  ~  “That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-13).  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:28-29).   

Sonship Now (sons of God)  ~  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26).  “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!  Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:1-3). 

additional thought:  Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings while counting your troubles.

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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