[CF Devotionals] 2010-05-06 - Our Gospel: 2

1 Peter 2:24, “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds your were healed.”

In part one of this two parter, we looked at three of the four aspects I am highlighting as part of “our Gospel.” I am not saying these four are the only aspects of the Gospel we need to know, but I think these four are central. I also think that if we hold to one, the others follow easily from Scripture. They are: Christ’s death, resurrection, life, and eternal life. I would like to go into the fourth here, and look to apply it briefly to our lives.

The third aspect of the Gospel was that Christ lives even after his death. He rose and lives, but for #4, I would like to stress that Christ “ever lives.” He lives eternally – never to die again. He will never shed His blood again for sin. It is not just that Christ lives, but that He lives forever. The significance of this is that we, His children, will ever-live with him also. Is this not your greatest hope? Is not your hope all wrapped up in this? Christ is raised from the dead. He has conquered sin and all its facets, He lives, He lives unto eternity, and those He died for will live with Him – forever.

Our hope is not temporary. It is not a flash in the pan. It is eternal, and Christ’s eternal life secures the eternal life of all who trust Him.

You will notice that I have already spilled over into application. What is life without hope? What is life without such a hope as this? Sin still ravishes us. It still has its way with us all too often, but, for the follower of Christ, sin has dominion over us no more! Sin no longer owns us. The old man lives still, but he is dying. We have new principles, given us by the Spirit, in our hearts. The world, while often holding our attention, cannot own us. We live for Christ Who has redeemed us. It is nothing short of new life given to those who were dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1).

Jesus Christ ever lives in heaven for His children. He loves us with a perfect love, because He does. He loves because He loves; does that make any sense? I hope so. Christ’s love is beyond our conception. It is not something naturally in us that He loves, but He loves us because of His love – His choice to love us. He says to Moses “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will show compassion on whom I will show compassion,” Exodus 33:19. (The Holy Spirit said the same through the Apostle Paul in Romans 9:15.) We need to remember that Christ’s love is His love, and that is the only thing we need to know of it. We cannot plumb the depths any deeper.

But doesn’t this change everything about us? Jesus Christ loves us. Can I be the same? Can I live for the trifles of this world? Can I be so short of requiting love unto Him, that I pursue anything contrary to His will? We know better and, while we often live “down” to our faith rather than “up” to our position of loved ones, Christ’s love for us does make a difference in His children. It has to. It has to change our secret principles deeply. His love, everlasting love – love that has no end – changes who we are, what we do, and where we set our hopes, priorities, desires, and even our very lives.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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