Ransomed, Thus Enabled, To Turn

March 31, 2013

Friends,
Praise be to the Lord our Savior! Exalted be the One who made atonement for the sins of mankind, who reconciled us to God, and who freed us from the power of Satan! May all creation extol and reverence our compassionate, merciful High Priest and King! May thanksgiving be continually given to God for giving us Jesus and His Holy Spirit! For where would we be had He not redeemed us by His death and resurrection? We would be hopeless, eternally lost, forever imprisoned in the darkness of evil, and damned. Oh, but the riches of His grace! –His grace that brought us out into His light to partake of His own divine nature! All glory, honor, and worship be given unto the King of kings!

Do we truly understand what God has done for us? So many do not seem to understand. They believe only in part. They believe only a fraction. Yet God’s Word informs us repeatedly: Jesus bought us in order to transfer us into a New Kingdom, His Kingdom. (Col. 1:13,14; see also Luke 17:21 and 1 Peter 2:9 and Rev. 1:5,6 and etc.) Jesus bought us to transfer us “from the power of Satan to God, so that we may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ.” (See Acts 26:18)

But let’s look again at that last verse. Being forgiven of sin does depend upon our turn around. The turn around is “from the power of Satan to God.” We must submit to God’s power and rule in our heart and life so that we can indeed come out from Satan’s power. Moreover, we must remain under God’s rule so that we don’t get sucked back in under Satan’s power. Sadly, because this is not taught accurately throughout most of Christendom, many remain in bondage to Satan, and thus to sin, fear, chaos, addictions, obsessions, etc. For the devil only flees as we resist him in the power of the Lord’s Spirit, and this we can do only as we submit to God in repentance and continuous faith. (James 4:7,8)

But we certainly can do it! Did Jesus not come to destroy the devil’s work? He did. (1 John 3:8) As our Lord said when speaking about what the Holy Spirit would reveal to us, “…and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world [the devil] now stands condemned.” (John 16:11) Condemned! –Meaning that, because of Christ’s payment for sin, Satan’s rulership has been declared ended! As Jesus said in 12:31, “Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” Driven out. –Out of our presence. Because those who are “in Christ” are surrounded as with a shield. The evil one cannot touch such a person (1 John 5:18) and so cannot cause him to sin. (v. 18,19) However, this freedom is appropriated only for those who believe in –and abide in (walk in / remain in)– the Truth and thus in its power.

So, as Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.” Wiped out means just that. Gone. Made pure and kept pure. For whoever turns to the Lord receives “times of refreshing from Him” (see same verse), receives ever-increasing conformity to Christ-likeness (2 Cor. 3:18), and receives a continuous walk of freedom –freedom from wicked ways (Acts 3:26)– that comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:17,18)

What exceedingly wondrous and excellent things we have to be thankful to God for today! –Today when we celebrate the resurrection of our Mighty Savior-King!

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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