Our human sinfulness alienates us from God our Creator, but the wonderful good news is that Jesus Christ gives us everlasting salvation from this self-imposed alienation and grants us eternal life in heaven. This is our blessed assurance in Christ, thanks be to God!
This grace of God in Christ our Lord is not merely some generic appeal to God’s mercy and compassion. Rather, through the life, sacrificial death and redemptive resurrection of Jesus, we have absolute assurance of our atonement with God. What good news! What amazing grace!
So, we fully acknowledge that we are sinners who have alienated ourselves from God. But confessing our sinfulness and believing that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised for our redemption, we now (by the power of his Holy Spirit) profess him as our Savior who gives us renewal of life here and heavenly life hereafter.
Now, in praise and thanksgiving for Christ’s gospel of salvation and eternal life, and in honor of the 498th anniversary of the great Protestant Reformation of the Medieval Church on this October 31st, I would like to simply bless you with the following Bible quotations:
For if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
So then faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the word of Christ.
The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter in to that person and dine with them, and they with me.
This life is so brief, and, compared to a heavenly eternity with God, this life is nothing. And in response to the gift of faith and salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior, we live lives of faith, hope, compassion and charitable service, looking forward to the ultimate fulfillment of God’s Kingdom at the Second Advent of Christ. With that in mind, I conclude this brief article with the words of the timeless hymn Blessed Assurance:
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Grace & Peace! Pastor Tim