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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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"... the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."                                      

  Romans 6:23

  The infinite goodness of God is seen in the wonderful gift He gives to unworthy sinners. This gift is not given to all sinners, but all sinners greatly need this gift. Eternal life is, in the Bible, contrasted to 'perishing,' to 'everlasting punishment,' and to 'the second death.' Those who inherit (do you see the 'gift' here?) eternal life do not receive what they deserve (the 'wages of sin is death'), but rather they are recipients of grace. In fact, the very word used for 'git' here has the word 'grace' in it, in the original language of the New Testament. To receive eternal life is to be forgiven all your sins, never to be remembered against you. What a wonderful, gracious gift this is indeed! The Giver of this gift is God. It is not the church, a leader of the church, angels, Mary, nor saints. No one can bestow this gift but God. The medium through which God bestows this git of forgiveness and eternal life is 'in Christ Jesus our Lord.' This gift is not the earnings (the opposite of 'gift') of any imageind goodness or righteousness in the sinner, but it is the earnings of the genuine goodness and righteousness of Christ Jesus who was 'holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.' He was the Lamb of God without spot or blemish. What He performed in perfect righteousness, God puts to the account of every guilty sinner who will renounce his or her own imagined righteousness and rely entirely upon Christ's righteousness for his salvation. Christ earned eternal life by His perfect obedience to God, and God gives eternal life to every sinner who believes or relies upon Christ's righteousness. This saving faith is 'in Christ Jesus our Lord.' Before a sinner believes on Christ, he is his own lord. He lives as he pleases. But when a sinner trusts in Christ Jesus, Christ Jesus becomes his Lord. The believer submits himself to the Lord Jesus and becomes a disciples or follower of Christ. Forgiveness and discipleship always go together. The evidence that one is a believer is this pursuit of obedience to Christ, imitation of Christ, and communion with Christ. Faith in Christ and repentance from sin are inseparable. Justification and sanctification are the two main promises which make up everlasting life. They both flow from Calvary. 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.'
 

   

   

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