Sin has a price – it cost God His Son’s life. Jesus’ blood declared the righteousness of God for the removal of sin. When we, by faith, accept Jesus as our sacrifice, God’s righteousness becomes effectual, and we are justified. This is the Gospel, God’s mysterious plan, His own mercy without the law of the Old Testament or any human claim resulting from obedience to the law.
Paul wrote, “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” (Romans 3:21-28)
People are all guilty of having sinned; therefore, we need to be delivered and pardoned. One must be purchased by the Savior. Redemption is being set free by God’s grace. In redemption, the ransom price was the blood of Christ, which He paid.
God’s plan is that His Son, by appointment, is the atonement (covering) for sin. His blood was sprinkled on the judgment seat, where mercy is freely given to those who are set free from the law of sin and death by applying faith. Faith is trusting Christ as our redemption by propitiation. Living by faith is depending on the Holy Spirit to indwell bodies. Redemption teaches each believer the heart and mind of Christ, through His work and suffering, to set sinners free from sin and the source of evil, that all may attain true liberty.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.