Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook! My dear Christian friend posted a picture with this saying: “If you want to live in God’s blessings, you’ve got to live by God’s standards.”
I don’t really like that quote. I do believe we need to live by God’s standards. But that quote sounds kind of nanny nanny boo boo to me. Like if you don’t get your act together, God’s not going to bless you!
I believe the Gospel is the glorious News that through Jesus Christ we get ALL of God’s blessings even though we don’t always live perfectly by His standards. I believe that’s why God’s Son came, lived a perfect life, and died for our salvation. So we get His perfect record in exchange for our messy one. I was thinking about this as I was driving, and I felt like God was pouring Bible verses out on me. I was so blessed, and I wanted to share the blessing with you.
In 2 Corinthians (1:20), it says ALL of God’s promises are “Yes” in Christ. Not just the ones where we keep our end of the bargain. It’s not about us. It’s about Him and what He did for us and what He continues to do for us.
In the book of Hebrews (12:2), we are told to fix our eyes on Jesus, the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith. In other words, God SET the standard. “Be holy as I am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) And He MET the standard. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.” (Revelation 5:12) Jesus is the Finisher.
The last thing Jesus said on the cross was “It is finished.” (John 19:30) In Greek, it’s just one word: tetelestai. In New Testament times, the word tetelestai was written on business documents or receipts to indicate that a bill had been PAID IN FULL. Jesus wrote a big, fat check to cover ALL of my sins and yours. And I’ve heard someone say that the fact that He rose from the dead shows us that the CHECK CLEARED.
In Colossians (2:14) we are told that our sins are forgiven because Jesus cancelled the RECORD OF DEBT that stood against us, nailing it to the cross.
Last summer there was a ceremony at my church. To celebrate the fact that the church and the parsonage are paid off, we BURNED THE MORTGAGE. That’s what Jesus did for us. We don’t have to drag that burden of debt around anymore. My chains fell off! My heart was free! … On the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free! … Hallelujah! What a Savior!