If God is for me . . . who can be against me?

Hath quickened us together with Christ. . .



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By Tim Morton





An oldie but goodie from this day 4 years ago.


“He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:10-12






When we trust the work of Jesus Christ alone to justify us, God removes our transgressions from us "as far as the east is from the west". We are cleansed by the blood of Christ! It's only by trust in HIS work that anyone is justified (saved). If you trust in your own works of righteousness as justification, that's not faith in Christ, but faith in self!  (Romans 4:4-5, 5:9)



We must first recognize ourselves as sinners who are incapable of the righteous requirement of God, and trust completely in the forgiveness Christ provided for us to be saved. This is ALL God asks from us in order to be justified. We cannot remove our "transgressions", they must be removed by His blood! I can live for Him as best I can every minute of every day and still not meet the righteousness required for justification. It can come only through faith in the Son of God. THIS is what God's Word teaches, and I'm forever thankful He has made it so abundantly clear!



If you choose to turn a blind eye to the truth of the Word of God, you do so at your own peril according to Him. Lose your pride and admit to yourself and to Him that you understand you cannot make yourself righteous, and depend on His grace and mercy right now! You can do that, and He will save you! THAT is what God promises anyone, trapped in any sin, of any kind!



And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  Ephesians 2:1-5




Notice those who were "dead in trespasses and sins" were "quickened" together with Christ. To be quickened is to be made alive. We were "dead", and then "quickened" with Him. The only change we made was fully trusting in Him for our salvation. Not that we "turned from our sins", because verse 5 says he quickened us "even when we were dead in sins". It's the Holy Spirit that makes us "one spirit" with Him, being "made the righteousness of God IN HIM" (1 Cor. 6:17, 2 Cor. 5:21).



We cannot make ourselves righteous before God. If we could, His death would not have been necessary. The "children of disobedience" are not those who wouldn't "turn from sins", but are those who would not trust Christ alone aside from their own works.



Our turning from sins is a good work in which God will lead every individual that is "quickened" with Christ because they have received His divine nature. Whether the person decides on their own to do it, or God has to chasten them for 30 years or longer is up to every individual and is not a requirement to receive eternal life. There is no scripture proving otherwise. In fact, that notion goes against very clear scripture!



By Tim Morton 

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17.03 | 00:11

Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

16.03 | 15:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

11.01 | 20:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.

12.12 | 00:13

Shavua Tov

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