You may have noticed that I am going back and forth between this Abiding Life Series and my Daily Psalms Series. I am doing this because I want to follow our discussions in our Sunday class.
We are discussing first knowing our faith and the using our knowledge to live an abiding life in Jesus. Then finally how to use that knowledge of our faith to witness and share that faith.
12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Buried with Him - of course we were not physically wrapped in linens and buried in the tomb with Jesus but spiritually, that's a different matter. In His death, He gathered our tattered souls riddled with sin and took them with Him. Upon rising from His death He returned to us a new soul, cleansed of any sin and surrounded by the Holy Spirit.
With our baptism, we acknowledge His sacrifice. Thereby dying with Him and rising from the waters a new being.
Think About it -clean slate- with a new spirit, alive in Christ.
ALL of our Sins have been forgiven. Not just the ones we are aware of, not just the ones we have committed, but ALL of them. Past, present and future.
Cancelled our certificate of debt.
It's like a credit card, we accumulate debt and once a month we receive a statement. We can either pay a monthly amount, keeping us in debt, or we can pay off the entire bill.
God has paid our debt in full. Only we don't receive a monthly statement. We get that one time, when we stand before the throne. Fortunately for us, our bill will be stamped Paid in full.
All of our Sins have been forgiven. That doesn't mean we should run out and sin Willy, nilly. No, we need to continue to strive to live a Christ like life.
But.. when we stumble, when we fail, God has already created a way we can continue on.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We know that God has as already forgiven our Sins but we still need to acknowledge our unrighteousness. We need to confess these sins and allow God to show us His faithfulness.
We are a truly blessed people! All we need to do is grab a hold of the promises God has made us and we can live that abiding life in Christ.
*remember these are my thoughts on this verse and what I took away from my Bible study.. feel free to add yours to the discussion.