In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 5, 2007 – The Message of Christ’s Blood – Romans 3:21-26
Romans chapter three communicates the very heart of Scripture. No one can be declared righteous apart from Christ’s atoning death. Good works and right living won’t earn the Lord’s favor. Everyone sins. And, as a result, a sinner cannot enter the presence of holy God. Scripture emphasizes sacrifice to illustrate how Jesus’s shed blood allowed believers to be cleansed of sin and have a relationship with the Creator.
For God to be just, He must remain true to His own principles. In Ezekiel 18:4, the Lord’s holiness dictated that “the soul who sins will die.” The penalty for sin—death—had to be paid in an acceptable way to God. In Leviticus 17:11, the Lord explains, through Moses, why He required a blood sacrifice: He says, “The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.” A life must be given so a life can be spared.
On that basis, the heavenly Father provided a perfectly sinless sacrifice for everyone. God satisfied His justice and maintained His holiness when Jesus Christ took our guilt and sin and died in our place.
When you hear there’s only one way to the Father, it means you must believe Jesus Christ died as a perfect sacrifice. Trust in anything else ignores God’s holiness.
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