Holy God – Perfect Lamb – Jesus – Savior

God is Holy. He cannot bear to look at sin. If any of us had one single sin that wasn’t covered by the blood of Jesus, we could not stand before God. Jesus, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, is our Savior. By faith, we receive Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior, receiving forgiveness for our sins and eternal life in Heaven.

This is the divine exchange that had to take place for mankind to be redeemed. Jesus, Son of God and perfect man that never sinned, gave his holy blood as he suffered and died with all our sins placed on his account. When the entire punishment for all sins of the entire world, past, present, and future, was inflicted on our Lord Jesus, He dismissed His spirit and died. He rose again in three days victorious over death. The exchange: He took our sins and gave us His righteousness, and more.

Jesus provided more than His righteousness by His sacrifice on the cross. The scripture says that by His stripes we are healed, so we have healing because of his death and resurrection. We also have redemption, justification, sanctification, forgiveness, and eternal life. There is much to appreciate and praise God for in our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ.

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John 3:16 – The Bible (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 4:25 – The Bible (KJV)  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Romans 3:24 – The Bible (KJV) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Romans 3:25 – The Bible (KJV) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

1 Corinthians 1:30 – The Bible (KJV) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

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About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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8 Responses to Holy God – Perfect Lamb – Jesus – Savior

  1. elizabeth says:

    A big AMEN from me!

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  2. “His finished work on the cross is all we need.” I’m mixed up a bit here, Mrs. Hoel. Yes, the scripture clearly states that salvation/justification are unconditional and by grace alone through Jesus. Yet Calvin teaches(and I agree) that justification requires a self inventory , an admission of sin, confession to God, atonement and sanctification as a practicing Christian emulating Christ to achieve justification and scripture and those ideas are also confirmed in scripture upon which Calvin bases his thoughts and yet says justification is by grace alone by the death of Christ as redeemer. So now we return to grace alone as protocol. Another paradox in Protestant theology. I can’t help but think that grace alone seems to absolve us of any responsibility. The work of Jesus may be done but remains active via connection with the Holy Spirit to remain ongoing at the same time. Another paradox. Isn’t it a two way street? Aren’t we obliged the keep New Covenant with God to be worthy of grace? But the scripture seems to indicate that grace is not administered according to our perceived worthiness as it is gift unconditional. I have been unable to come to conclusion because of these paradoxes.

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    • Carl, I appreciate your giving me an opportunity to reply to your comment.

      The Old Covenant required that people keep the Law to be accepted by God. The New Covenant requires that Jesus pay it all, and He did. Jesus is the Lamb of God, the sacrifice that paid for our sins, and we receive salvation by grace, and it is a gift that includes justification, sanctification, and redemption. Read the book of Galatians. In this epistle Paul deals with the impossible mixture of law and grace.
      The Bible teaches that our salvation is everlasting and that all our sins, past, present, and future, are forever forgiven, thus we have eternal security in Christ. Some churches deny this, but overwhelmingly the Bible teaches eternal security. Yet, those that teach eternal security seem to contradict it when they say that we lose fellowship with Christ if we sin. If this is a correct interpretation of scripture, since we all sin, we all must all lose fellowship.
      Many church leaders say our eternal security rests on our positional righteous state won by Jesus at the cross, but our practical righteous stand is represented by our Christian walk. Teachers categorize 1 John 1:9 as a verse that was written to believers. It says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I was taught that 1 John 1:9 was written to believers, and I believed as I was taught. I believed I could lose my fellowship with Jesus. Like you, Carl, I found it difficult to navigate the waters of faith with this teaching. It fosters a spirit of condemnation and presents a need to repent and believe again and again, which contradicts many verses that support eternal security. I still believed in eternal security, but this teaching undermines it.
      I began listening to Joyce Meyer, who teaches that we must get out of the condemnation mentality to keep from a life of failure. She teaches that we need to quickly repent and accept forgiveness and claim our fellowship with Christ. I learned much from her. If we accept the presumption that we lose our fellowship with God when we sin, then Joyce has the best answer to it.
      I discovered the teaching of Joseph Prince, a very successful teaching pastor, well versed in the Bible, and a student of Greek and Hebrew. Joseph Prince takes issue with the teaching of positional and practical righteousness. He believes that Jesus gave us His righteousness, and that we always have it.
      He explains that this doesn’t mean that we don’t sin. It means that all our sins have been paid for by Jesus and cannot be held against us. It means that we are not cut off from fellowship with the Lord because we sin. Prince maintains that this knowledge empowers us to live right, while condemnation causes us to feel alienated from God. We learn to praise God for his great salvation, and we sin less, not more, as we mature in Christ, knowing that we are always accepted by God because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. The Holy Spirit lives in believers. A true believer does not want to sin. Yes, the flesh, the proud rebel flesh, is still in us, but knowing the truth, that Jesus is always with us, as He promised, Prince maintains, is a good influence on us, not a bad influence, that empowers us to resist temptation, and to recover our spiritual footing more quickly than if we believe we lose our fellowship with our precious Savior and Lord.
      Joseph Prince says that 1 John was an epistle written specifically to Gnostics, heretics that had infiltrated the early church. Gnostics denied the existence of sin. Joseph Price says that 1 John 1:9 was a verse instructing the Gnostics on how to be saved, and thus, it was written to unbelievers. If you read the entire epistle, you will see how much sense this makes. Also, John does not begin the letter with a greeting to believers, as he does in 2 John and 3 John.
      I guess you can figure out that I agree with Joseph Prince on this issue. You can make up your own mind. Yes, I agree that there is a paradoxical problem with the teaching we all hear in our churches on this issue.
      The best thing to do is read the Bible for yourself, beginning with the New Testament. Pray and read. The Holy Spirit will help you. Comparing what one person teaches with what another one teaches may only further confuse matters. I agree with you that the issues you have described are conflicting. Truth is in the Bible. Contradiction comes from our missing the mark in rightly dividing the truth. We will never be worthy of grace; it is a gift. Jesus justifies the ungodly. He paid a high price to do it.
      Blessings to you, Carl…

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  3. “The Holy Spirit lives in believers.” as you say. I suppose that answers the whole mystery.

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  4. jannatwrites says:

    What Jesus did is the ultimate gift to us. Amazing, really.

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