Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 5:11

“we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” 

-Romans 5:11 NIV

 

There’s a TV commercial that portrays a man in a bank in a security guard outfit.  When the bank is robbed, he tells the customers, “I’m not a security guard.  I’m a security monitor.  I only notify people when there’s a robbery.  There’s a robbery.”  What’s the point in monitoring a problem if you aren’t going to fix it?  Thankfully we have a God who doesn’t just monitor, He fixes.  It’s one thing to have an auditor come in and point out financial discrepancies in your books.  It would be highly unusual to have the auditor take money out of their own pocket to make the books right.  That’s what God has done for you and me.  Our sin was the problem.  God pointed out the problem.  God fixed the problem.  The wages of sin is death.  We owed that debt to God.  God became human in Jesus to reconcile the books.  Jesus paid the price of death so that we could live forever.  Balance paid in full by Jesus.  We are reconciled to God through Him.  God loves you, God forgives you. Let that thought bounce around in your head for a while.  I hope it makes you smile!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for June 18, 2017 – Romans 5:11

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for June 18, 2017 – Romans 5:11

Honesty reveals that every day we sin with our minds, our mouths, and our bodies.  Sin separates us from God, but the death of Jesus heals that broken relationship.  We are reconciled with God through Jesus! Learn more about Romans 5:11 NIV this Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 6:4

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

– Romans 6:4 NIV

 

Looks can be deceiving.  Yes, Jesus became human, but in reality, we are not like Jesus.  We’re human, Jesus is human and divine.  We’re sinners, Jesus has never sinned.  Jesus forgives perfectly, our forgiveness is imperfect.  Anyway, the verse above reminds us that even though we’re not like Jesus in so many ways, we will be treated like Jesus and receive what Jesus received.  It says that  we were buried with Jesus through baptism.  And as a result, “JUST AS” Jesus was raised from the dead, we will live a new life.  JUST AS!  Not sort of, kind of, or similar, JUST AS.  Imperfect new life now on earth, and perfect new life in eternity.  The great thing about faith is that it gives us what Jesus has.  We may not experience it perfectly here in this sinful world, but we will when we pass from this vale of tears to the perfection of heaven.  Though we’re not perfect like Jesus, through faith we get His perfection.  Though we’re not holy, we’re clothed in the holiness of Christ and welcomed into the perfection and holiness of heaven.  It doesn’t seem fair.  Jesus never sinned, but took our sin on himself to the cross.  We’ve never been holy, but because He died and rose, we are clothed in His holiness.  An unfair exchange, but one we can be grateful for.  Thank God that He gives us what Jesus earned!