CHECK YOUR POSITION AND DISPOSITION
Jesus Christ's reason for visiting earth is explained in Romans 5: 8,
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us."
He is the focal feature, the empowering God who determines our
position and disposition, in time and for eternity.
Romans chapter five concisely explains what it means to "follow
Christ." Therein, it is revealed:
We are saved by Christ's death -- objectively. He is the object of
We are saved by His life -- subjectively. We, the subject, are
impacted daily by His life.
Romans 5: 1 - 10 uses the word "sins," plural. Christ's death
cleanses from them positionally.
Romans 5: 12 - 21 changes and uses "sin," singular. Daily the life
of Christ saves us from dominance by our old sin disposition.
I. WE ARE REDEEMED BY HIS DEATH
We are saved by His death positionally -- we are in Christ.
"...having now been justified by His blood" (Vs. 9a). We are "saved
from wrath through Him" (Vs. 9c). The wonder of this salvation is
that it is a gift. In verses 15, 16, 17, 18 we are told salvation is a
"gift." Twice redundance is used for emphasis. It is called a "free
gift." If it is free it is a gift. If it is a gift it is free.
The idea of doing something to earn, merit, or deserve the favor of
God is alien to Scripture. The concept makes man and God look
It makes man look bad because it appears everything he does is
an attempt to benefit himself by getting something for doing it.
It makes God look bad because it appears He can be bought off.
Hear the Word of God clearly on this subject:
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast" (Ephesians 2: 8,9).
"Grace" means God's unmerited favor. Thus, from a Biblical
standpoint there is no sacrament or ...
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