Thursday, February 24, 2022

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another (Actually, It's BOTH Things)


For those of us who, like the old camp song says, "have decided to follow Jesus," it's not unusual to think about how Jesus' death made it possible for our sins to be forgiven. But forgiveness is not the only reason Christ died.

It's right here in Titus 2:14. Jesus gave himself for us to:
       1) Redeem us from all wickedness, and
       2) Purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

It's right here in the hymn, "Nothing But the Blood of Jesus":
       1) What can wash away my sin?
       2) What can make me whole again?

It's right here in "Search Me, O God":
       1) Cleanse me from every sin and
       2) Set me free

It directly relates to why we call Jesus our Savior AND Lord.

Truth is...It's one thing to be forgiven. It's something else entirely to learn to "say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:12-13, NIV)

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