In the Old Testament, God established a sacrificial system using the blood of animals to cover sin. This blood sacrifice held a person blameless but did not wash sin away. When Jesus Christ completed the work of Salvation by ascending on High, those who had already died in faith were then placed into the fullness of God’s grace. Christ purchased their Salvation as well as the Salvation of New Testament believers.
We cannot earn grace, and we do not deserve it, but God extends grace to all who will receive it. Many people think they are good and do not deserve Hell, but they simply do not understand the holiness of God or the awfulness of sin.
Through His Sovereign righteousness, Jesus paid the price for God’s gift of grace. Because He died for our sins, arose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven, we can rest in His grace. He did everything for us; and He left the door open for all to come unto Him. All we have to do is receive His grace; but we must be clothed in that grace to stand before Him in judgment.
When we exercise faith in Christ, He forgives us of our unbelief. When we turn our daily trespasses over to Him, He forgives them. Our sins are actually blotted out of God’s memory and cast behind His back, and He does not remember them anymore – forever! That is Grace.
At the moment we surrender to Christ as Lord and Master, His Spirit illuminates and inspires us to be a witness of the work He did for us! Every Christian receives the call of apostleship. This is not a call to full-time ministry; even Paul made tents to pay his expenses. Our duty is to remain in the work He has given us, witnessing to others “as we go”. Like Paul, we now understand, deep down in our soul, the need to volunteer as a bond-servant of Jesus Christ and begin our reasonable duty of declaring The Good News to those He daily puts in our paths.
Pastor Odom’s message can be heard each Sunday on Radio KAML, AM 990, at 8:30 a.m. Choate Baptist Church meets for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday and Wednesday Evening Services at 7 p.m. Please join us!