Message for October 23, 2016 from Pastor Shirley

My chains are gone I’ve been set free, my God my Savior has rescued me and like a flood His Mercy reigns, unending Love, Amazing Grace. These are  Words from a song sung by Chris Tomlin – “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”                     

The Word tells us in Romans 8:3 “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” The law of Moses could not save us. Because of our sinful nature God put into effect a different plan to save mankind. He sent His own Son in a human body just like ours only ours was sinful. God then destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

    My Savior has ransomed me. A ransom is something that is paid to provide for the release of someone who is held captive. Jesus paid our ransom to free us from sin, death, and hell. That ransom was His own life, the shedding of his own blood, a sacrifice. Due to his sacrificial death, each person now has  the opportunity to accept that gift of atonement and be forgiven by God. For without his death, God’s law would still need to be satisfied by our own death.

    Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us for if the blood of bulls and goats n and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifies to the purifying the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself with spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” Hebrews 9:12-15  This Scripture tells us that Jesus once and for all took blood into that Most Holy Place. Not the blood of animals but His very own blood. This secured our salvation forever. If the blood of animals could cleanse people’s bodies from ritual defilement just think how more the blood Jesus cleanses our hearts so that we can worship the true and living God! Jesus offered the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He now mediates the New Covenant between God and people. All now can receive the eternal inheritance God has promise them.

   “Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poiured out on the altar of the Cross, we are free people-free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And nut just barely free, either, Abundantly free! He thought of everything provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in christ, along-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in them, everything in in deepest heaven everything on  planet earth.”  Ephesians 1:7-10

Our chains are gone, we have been set free. His mercy, His love, His Amazing Grace!

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