“He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again.” – 2Corinthians 5:15
He died for all. That means everyone. It includes you and me, and that is very good news. But a clear distinction is made. Who does the Word of God mean by those who live? Well, Ephesians 2:5 says, “Even when we were dead in sins, God hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” So we can safely understand that those who live are those who are saved. In this verse we learn 2 things:
- First is the perfect Love that describes the true nature and character of God. It’s the real reason we can trust Him.
He came to earth in the form of man in Jesus Christ to suffer and die, paying the price of sin, to save the world from eternal death and separation. He did this even though He knew that most would reject Him and remain dead in sin. But He also knew that some would accept Him as Savior and confess Him as Lord, believeing on Him according to His Word. On a personal level, it means He did His saving work knowing ahead of time that you would be saved. So, those who believe Him, confess Him, and accept Him in this way are made alive again eternally. These are those who live; those who are saved. These are the ones who can come to the Father.
- “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,” – Romans 10:9
2. Those who are saved no longer live life according to their own hearts as defined on pervious pages. Those who are saved live according to heart of Jesus, who saved them. The reason this happens to one who is truly saved is because he has truly committed His heart and life into the care and control of Jesus. That commitment requires some effort.
- We have to accept GOD’S WORD as our Standard and authority for living daily life. -“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the faith and correcting error, for resetting the direction of a man’s life, and training him in good living.” – 2 Tim. 3:16, Psalms 119:105
- We have to accept God’s will as the Strategy and goal for our lives. – “I desire to do your will, O my God …” Psalm. 40:8, Isaiah 55:9
- We have to accept God’s power as our strength and ability to live well. We have to remember that, apart from Him, we are nothing. – “I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” –Philippians 4:13
God’s power is real. We can do anything with the help of Jesus Christ because He is the source of our strength. Remember that Jesus says when we are saved, He comes into our hearts. If He lives inside of us, so does His power, and that power becomes our strength. We no longer live our own lives because we are surrendered to Him and He lives His life in us. The fellowship is restored. – “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him.” – Revelation 3:20
The Bible say that one day He is coming back to gather us, who are saved.
Are you Ready?