Responding to God’s Mercy
10. a. God loves us so much
We were powerless to provide our own salvation.
Christ died as a substitute for all of us while we were still sinners.
Now that we have been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:9 AMP)
Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (Romans 5:11 NLT)
Thank You for loving me, for forgiving me, and for having fellowship with me.
b. God provided our salvation through His Son Jesus.
1 Peter 2:22-25 (NLT & AMP)
Jesus lived a perfect life, so He was the perfect sacrifice.
He took our sin in His own body, and willingly offered Himself on the altar of sacrifice.
So that we might die to sin [become immune from the penalty and power of sin] AMP
That’s not all, by his wounds became our healing!
11. The correct way to respond to God’s mercy
The Pharisee wrongly believed he deserved justification because of his own efforts.
The tax collector recognized his sin. He humbled himself before God and asked for mercy. He went home justified.
Because of all God has done for us, we should give our bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Walking in the light doesn’t produce fellowship with the Lord. But fellowship with the Lord produces walking in the light. This is an important difference and one that religion totally misses. Our actions are the surest indicators of whether or not we have fellowship with the Lord. But they do not cause us to have fellowship with the Lord.
God doesn’t accept us based on what we do. It’s all about our faith in Jesus. But if we have faith in Jesus and fellowship with Him, holiness will come as a fruit–not a root–of that fellowship. (Romans 6:22). Andrew Wommack Living Commentary
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson 21 Day 5
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