PENALTY, POWER, PRESENCE
by esther robinson
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Three things are essential for us to enjoy the privilege granted to us by God.
What is that privilege?
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2: 4,5,6)
God, the Father loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who through His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary has graciously granted us the privilege of sitting together with Him.
Penalty of sin: Any individual whether a sinner or saint, monk or murderer, pious or prisoner, creditor or debtor whatever be their current condition must always understand that all of us are bought with a price paid with the blameless blood of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:20). Though our sins are like scarlet, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins making it white as snow because He has already paid the penalty of our sins (Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:9). Satan levied such an exorbitant price for the sins of mankind upon the Creator.
Power of sin: The Bible says, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1, 2) God expects that we place our bodies as a sacrifice in the altar. In other words, Christians are called to walk and live in the spirit and not in the flesh. To be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Without any doubt, the Scriptures clearly states that those who are in the flesh can never please God at all.
Whenever our body falls down from the altar, let us not be lethargic about it but quickly pick it up from the place where it has fallen and put it back in the altar unmindful of whatever be the number of times it falls down from the altar throughout our life on this earth. The prayer offered at the Garden of Gethsemane should be the daily prayer of any true Christian.
Presence of sin: As long as we live in this world, we ought to face trials, temptations, troubles, tribulations and various forms of such ts but the word of God clearly tell us, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). We can experience heaven on earth in this world of darkness. When we acknowledge the presence of sin and get empowered through the grace given by God to flee the moment it knocks at our door then we shall conquer sin and have the experience of pressing towards the goal with undivided attention on the Saviour (Genesis 39:9) If Joseph could do so, why not you and I?
If we are able to see the landmarks on earth while still in the aircraft, it means that our spiritual life is not soaring high. On the contrary, when the aircraft is zooming above clouds we can spot nothing that is of the world. So also is our spiritual walk with God. When one is soaring in the heavenly places with our Lord Jesus Christ, the presence of sin will be left far behind and anyone can experience heaven on earth.
Let us understand the penality of sin, the power of sin and the presence of sin to enjoy this privilege of being seated with Jesus Christ.
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