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1 Peter 1:2b “…unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”
In our last post we left off in a destitute state. We were dead in our sins without hope. In this post salvation is offered.
Hope in Jesus Christ
Now we see the glorious work of Jesus. Rom 6:23b…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We know we start as sinners. We have shown that we have a sin debt. We understand that sin’s penalty is death. We now see that Jesus paid the price on Calvary for us but we still don’t know why the blood?
We will find our answer in the Old Testament, before Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, when God required animal sacrifices for sin. Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. We know that if we lose a significant amount of blood we will die. This is what happened on Calvary; Jesus shed his blood. Sin’s penalty is death; the blood that Jesus shed represents that death that paid the price for our sin. The penalty for all sin was paid that day; all we have to do is accept it. If you are reading this post and are not saved, or not sure, you can receive the gift of salvation made possible by the blood of Jesus or the death of Jesus as we have learned. With salvation we are restored to God, given the tools to turn a carnal mind into a spiritual mind, and one day, a place in heaven where we shall forever be with the Lord.
We have now covered the steps to salvation but there is one more; it may surprise you but we have a role in salvation. No, I’m not talking about works here. We have a part to play if we are to be saved. What is our role? We must accept God’s gift. Without acceptance we will not go to heaven. God has provided a plan, a way to be forgiven our sin, but our acceptance is required. We now know that all are sinners, the penalty for sin is death, we cannot pay that penalty but praise God Jesus paid the penalty for us. Now we find out that we have a part to play. How can we accept salvation? Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with the mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
I have proclaimed the gospel message; it is now time for the work of the Holy Spirit to penetrate the hearts of those God has drawn to Him. Please listen to that still small voice and allow the blood of Jesus to pay the penalty for your sin.