Morning Devotion: What’s the difference?

A closer look at what the true Christians believes in will bring one to a greater understanding of the fundamentals of the faith.

When we mention the fundamentals, we are speaking about the basics or core beliefs.

1. The bible teaches the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. He was born without sin.

2. The bible teaches the deity of Jesus Christ. He is God in the flesh.

Today we will see the substitutionary death of Jesus is fundamental. The bible teaches the vicarious sufferings and death of the virgin born Christ. He was born to die in your place on Calvary’s cross.

Hebrews 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We all know John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

When you consider that wonderful word “love” you will see that God truly does love you. He loved you so much that He proved it by the death of Jesus.

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Isaiah 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

It pleased God the father to bruise Jesus and to put Jesus to grief for you. All this was done by the pleasure and prosperity of the Lord. That prosperity, is you. Your salvation is the prosperity of the Lord.

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

You are the joy that was set before Him. Your salvation is the whole reason for God to come to this earth in the virgin born Jesus and die in your stead.

Jesus, being sinless, went to the cross of Calvary to take upon Himself your sins. He is your substitution.

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Being born of Adam, we have the sentence of death upon us.

Genesis 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Adam did eat and we are the offspring of Adam, we are born inners.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God demands a payment of death for sin. Jesus paid that debt.

Ezekiel 18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death;..

That death is hell and the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Never think you can bypass God’s plan by doing religious works and good deeds to obtain salvation. They mean nothing to God, in fact they are counted as filth.

Isaiah 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

No, my friend, trusting Jesus is the only way to be saved. He is the one who died for you and paid sins debt on the cross. You, in your sinful condition, can never bring forth such righteousness.

Think of it like this, if you could do any kind of good deeds or religious works to be saved, why would Jesus ever think about dying for you, you could save yourself and He would save Himself the trouble. But that is not the truth. You are a sinner and cannot save yourself.

That is why God, in His love, sent sinless Jesus to take your place and pay your sin debt.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook