Resting in His Redemption
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, . . . and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.[He is] the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth . . . who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood."
-Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5; emphasis added
The blood of Christ is the scarlet thread that ties all of the Word into one. It is in His shed blood that we hope. Are you resting in Christ's perfect redemption and in the hope you have? Romans 8:1 says, "There is . . . no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." Our sins are gone, and God will never condemn us for them. We will never have to stand in judgment for our sins because Jesus paid it all.
What are you holding onto to get you to God? Do you trust only in the sacrifice of Jesus for you? Do you trust in all that He did, and His redeeming blood-or is it "Jesus' blood plus my baptism" or "Jesus' blood plus ‘I'm a good guy' "? It ought to be as hymn writer Count Nicholaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf wrote in 1739: Jesus, thy blood and righteousness my beauty are, my glorious dress; ‘midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, with joy shall I lift up my head.
Jesus asks us to trust in His faithfulness: "The armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses" (Revelation 19:14). This is wonderful! Not one of the members of His armies is lost, missing, or A.W.O.L. He has faithfully cared for them (and always will) through sickness, health, adversity, prosperity, loneliness, and joy. He is thus called Faithful. The very character of God is that of faithfulness: "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:9; see also 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Peter 4:19).
Jesus asks us to submit to His authority: "And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:16). Like Job and Jeremiah, we must trust God even when we can't understand Him: " ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches, But let him, who glories, glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,' says the Lord" (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
Are you worshiping the Lord, your faithful God? One of the doctrines that some people hold to is the idea of losing your salvation. It attacks the very nature of God because you did not get saved on your own, and you can't lose salvation on your own. It is a free, gracious gift from God-and He is faithful to keep all that you have committed to Him.
Are you resting in His faithful provision for your needs right now? Are you confident in any adversity that God is above all, and is working His glory through it? How about your health? Is it in His faithful hands? Your children, marital hopes, childbearing desires, or college dreams-are they all given to the Faithful One? God will bring them to fruition according to His perfect plan and timing. Trust in His faithfulness!
So then, what does the Second Coming of Christ teach us? Jesus offers us the assurance that He is faithful and true; Jesus offers us the enjoyment of intimacy with Him; Jesus offers us the rest of His redemption; Jesus asks us to trust in His faithfulness; and Jesus asks us to submit to His authority.
Say "Yes, Lord, yes!" to His will and to His way. Trust and obey Him. And when the Spirit speaks to you, with your whole heart agree with Him.
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