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Basic Christianity Day 11

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Scripture: Hebrews 6:19-20 (Phillips) This hope we hold as the utterly reliable anchor for our souls, fixed in the very certainty of God himself in Heaven, where Jesus has already entered on our behalf, having become, as we have seen, “High Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek”.

Devotional: Last week in our devotions we talked much about the crimson thread that weaves throughout Scripture and God’s epic story; the crimson thread of blood sacrifice that was shed to pay the penalty for the sin of man. In this sacrificial system, there was always a high priest that was set aside to offer these blood sacrifices on behalf of the people.  Atonement had to be made again and again through a designated priest.

But, as we see in today’s passage, Jesus has become our great High Priest.  His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary did away with the priestly system once and for all.  He is the High Priest forever. 

We need not fear losing our salvation because of a sin or sins that we’ve committed.  Because Jesus lives in order to intercede for our sin.  Hebrews 7:23-25:

Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;  but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Jesus is able to save completely.

Our hope in Jesus is the anchor for our souls, it is the thing that holds us secure in the most devastating of storms. 

Reflect:

Basic Christianity Day 10

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Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-9 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Devotional: This is some of the best news we have regarding our salvation, which is an irrevocable gift from God.  God is fully aware, even if we are not, about the full depravity of our sin and disobedience.  Sin that deserves and results in death.

But because of God’s great love, not because of anything you’ve done, He chose to make a way for your redemption, even while you were still covered with the filth of your sin.  He doesn’t wait for you to get cleaned up and present yourself before Him. Through Jesus, He enters into your muck and provides the only possible way for you to be cleansed – blood.  And He does so because of who HE is, not because of who you are. 

It is through grace that you are saved.

If we struggle with the assurance of our salvation, that often happens in the midst of failure.  Perhaps you’ve messed up big time, or you’ve done something in your life that causes you to feel that there’s no way you deserve to have eternal life.  Perhaps you’ve fallen away from God and you’ve chosen to go your own way for a time. 

But your salvation isn’t based on what you do, it’s based on what Christ has already done on your behalf.  As Paul will say later, that doesn’t give us license to sin.  But it does give us mercy in the midst of our greatest weaknesses. 

And faith is what empowers you to trust that truth. 

Reflect:

  • Think about the times you’ve lost confidence in your salvation. Perhaps you’re there right now. In the midst of that, are/were you thinking more about your own failures or focused on God’s grace and mercy? 
  • Be reminded today that it’s by grace you’ve been saved through faith.

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