Why Did Jesus Christ Die?

There was an eternal purpose in the death of Jesus Christ. He did not die to give us a new religion. He did not die to become a martyr. The very goal of His life was to die so God could give you and me eternal life.  

1 Corinthians 15:3-4:

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

The answer is clear in these verses –  “…for our sins.” All of us have violated God’s laws at some point in our lives. This is the definition of sin. Sin separates us from having a relationship with God. It is the roadblock to keeping us from inheriting eternal life and an eternal home in Heaven. Again, we see in Romans:

(Romans 3:23)  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

We fall short of God because we sin. We sin because we are naturally born into this world with an inclination to go against God. The “all” in this verse includes you and me.  Sin separates us from God because His holy nature and character will not allow sin to live in His presence.

The whole purpose and mission of Jesus Christ on the cross was to pay the required price for our sins – your sins and my sins.  He willingly went to the cross to die for us.

Why did Christ rise again? The simple answer is that His victory over death provides the way for God to declare those who believe as righteous:

(Romans 4:24-25)  “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

“Justification means to be “declared righteous.” Wouldn’t you like to be “right” in the eyes of God? There is nothing we can do to make ourselves right or righteous. God already did everything required and all that could ever be done for us when the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead.

It’s that simple. And the only requirement that God has is for us to put our trust in what He already accomplished for us. It is called faith. It is the opposite of doing your own good works or living religiously.

Renewed Thought – Christ died so that I might live.

What Is The Gospel?

The Apostle Paul wrote in the Book of Romans:

(Romans 1:16)  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

The “it” in this verse is “the gospel of Christ.” “It” is designed to bring every person who believes to salvation.  Salvation means we are saved from the debt and penalty of our sins. We are saved from spiritual death and freely given eternal life.

The “gospel” is very simple. While there are many different versions and ideas of what the “gospel” is, the Bible makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Notice the facts laid out for us:

  1. Christ died for our sins.
  2. Christ was buried.
  3. Christ rose again from the dead on the third day.

Isn’t that simple?

Renewed Thought: The gospel is simple. Salvation is free. Trust today what God did for you when He paid the price for your sins and rose again from the dead.

Renewing Your Mind Day 10 – Changing My Mind About The Future

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Renewing Your Mind In 30 Days

(Ephesians 1:18)  “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

Hope and inheritance look ahead to the future. Both are looking toward an end result. The “hope of his calling” looks to the promise of eternal life. Paul never refers to hope as an uncertainty. Hope in Paul’s epistles is the certainty of something that will surely come to pass. The inheritance is the glory of God operating “in the saints.”

Why does Paul pray for the saints to understand these things if they will not be experienced until some future time? Because God’s will is for us to use the light He sheds on this hope and inheritance in our lives here on this earth right now! Why else would Paul pray so fervently for the eyes of faith to be opened to these promises?

Our view of eternity affects how we live life right now. Is eternity a reality and certain fact to us or is it a distant dream? God’s plan for His people has always been to live in the light of eternity. How much would our lives change if we saw everything as it relates to our hope and inheritance? Instead of thinking about eternal life as something we have to wait for, the Lord designed us to live it out as a present possession. Instead of believing we are not heirs until we die, the Lord already made us heirs, joint-heirs with Christ! Better yet, we’ve already received the inheritance! The glory of the Lord can work through us while we are here on this earth if we would just allow it to operate as a fact in our lives.

Renewed Thought – Live today in the reality that eternal life is a present possession.