Daily Light – May 23, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Continuing with … The Search For Significance
A Few Days of Summary Main Points
Friends…next few days will be ‘epic’ mini-meals via reiteration of key principles….please eat slowly in order to digest 😊
When God chose to redeem us ‘so that’ we could relate to Him and rule with Him, He did not make us partially righteous, nor has He allowed for our righteousness to be marred by our poor performance.   The blood of Christ is sufficient to pay for all sin.  Because of His blood, we are holy and righteous before God, even in the midst of sin.  This does not minimize the inherent destructiveness of sin, nor the consequences.  Instead, it glorifies the indescribable sacrifice of Christ.  (Think on the last 2 sentences).
There is no biblical tenet more neglected in its practical application than the doctrine of ‘reconciliation’.  The Colossian reference to this doctrine reveals its application to us:
And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.  (Col. 1:21-22)
Relish those last words.  God declares us as ‘holy and blameless and beyond reproach’…beyond reproach…beyond reproach….at this very moment.  Wow!
This is not merely a reference to our future standing; it describes our present status as well.  It tells us something very significant:  We are totally accepted by God.
This line of reasoning from Scriptures might appear to be new but probably would not seem so if we asked, ‘is there any sin so filthy that it can prevent a Christian from going to heaven?  I believe most Christians would answer with a resounding no!  A believer is eternally secure; heaven is a certainty for him or her (1 Peter 1:3-5).  But salvation is more than just a ticket to heaven when we die.  It is the basis of a relationship.  God received us into a loving, intimate, personal relationship the moment we placed our faith in Christ.   We are united with God in an eternal and inseparable bond (Romans 8:38-39).  We are born of God in an indissoluble union as fellow heirs with Christ.  Recognizing that there is no sin so filthy that it can make a Christian unacceptable to god is not presumptuous.  It is God-honoring faith n a blood-sealed warrant with the Holy Spirit, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession (Eph. 1:14).
On the other hand, is there anything a christian can do to become more acceptable to god?  No!  If there were, then the cross would be insufficient.  If we do anything to be more acceptable to God, then Christ either lied or was mistaken when He cried out on the cross, “It is finished!”  (John 19:30).  If that is the case, what He should have said is, “it is almost finished, and if you live a perfect life, you and I together might make you acceptable.”  
Since our relationship with God was bought entirely by the blood of Christ, it is the height of pride to think that our own good works can make us acceptable to God.  The Bible speaks to the contrary:  “He save us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy” (Titus 3:5).  Christ has reconciled us to God, and He allows us to experience the incredible truth We are totally accepted by and acceptable to God.  

Friends… ‘if’…..’when’….we begin to SEE…see in our regenerated spirit mind WHAT Christ’s death and resurrection PROVIDED for us…WHAT God gave us in Christ’s sacrifice….our response WILL ALWAYS BE to glorify our Great God and Lord Jesus.  As the ‘lights come on’.. as the layers of this glorious revelation of WHAT we have IN Christ…as this revelation becomes known to us…real to us…and we begin to see the immense depth and height and width of it…..ohhhhhhhh…our response will always be to turn more away from the things of this world and of the darkness that distracts and holds us back from being all we can be IN HIM…and to turn more to the love and beauty and freedom and power of the revelation of Christ.  And ‘that’ is where/when maturation occurs…’that’ is where we change and sin less…and ‘that’ is when/where we begin to share and radiate the light of this revelation with the lost around us.   Ahhh….breathe it into your spirit mind….let it nourish you…let it change you…. ‘so that’ you/we will bring Him glory with our lives and be all we were created to be.   Amen
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