What Christ's Blood Does for Believers
Knowing what we believe is a key to strong, life-sustaining faith. Yesterday we saw two of the blessings that are ours through the blood of the Savior. Today we will look at two more.
By trusting in Christ as Savior, we are . . .
Justified. Justification is the process by which God declares us "not guilty." Romans 3:23 condemns all mankind as sinners who are under a sentence of death and facing a dreadful eternity apart from the Lord and His blessings. But everything changes for the person who accepts Christ's shed blood as payment for his sins—through Jesus, our heavenly Father declares the sinner not guilty, provides him with Christ's righteousness, and adopts the new believer into His family (Gal. 3:26). Jesus' sacrifice satisfied our sin-debt, and His death was counted by God as our own (Rom. 5:9).
Reconciled. Before salvation, we were separated from the Lord and spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1). We had no way to span the gap between Him and us. Christ sent His Holy Spirit to convict us of our guilt (John 16:8), make us aware that we need a Savior, and bring us to saving faith. Jesus, the Lamb of God, removed the barrier of sin that separated us from God. Christ reconciled us to God "having made peace through the blood of His cross" (Col. 1:20).
As believers, we should understand what occurred when we received Jesus as Savior (Acts 16:31). Through His sacrifice, we are redeemed, forgiven, justified, and reconciled to God. That is, Christ's blood has brought us from death to life—and has let us enter into an eternal relationship with the Father.
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