THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL

For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
 
Today’s reading finds us face to face with one of those verses that packs a enormous punch. Paul writes to the Corinthian church this verse that is such a wonderful summary of the heart of the Gospel unpacked in 24 words. Former Navigators’ Vice-President and author Jerry Bridges wrote, “Preach the gospel to yourself every day”, and this verse certainly is one of those that is worth reminding ourselves of on a daily basis.

What an incredible reminder that Paul gives us about what happened on the cross. Our sin was completely imputed to Jesus and His perfect righteousness was bestowed on us. Jesus’ perfection and flawless obedience (1 Peter 2:22) now make us righteous in God’s sight (Rom. 5:19). Jesus was perfect (1 Peter 1:19; Heb. 4:15) and yet He bore all the sins of His imperfect people.

The prophet Ezekiel writes that God will give us a “new heart and a new spirit” from which we now can live for Him (Ezek. 36:26-27). Our justification comfortably rests solely on the work of Jesus which we receive by faith alone. It is good to be reminded of this gift we have been given, a new heart that can worship and serve God.  May we always give praise for it and be thankful to the One who has given it to us.
 
FURTHER STUDY
  • Book: The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
  • Romans 3:26
  • 1 Peter 3:18

by Eric Adams, Deacon

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