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Summary: Christ delivered man out of death to the promise of the gift of eternal life yet man thinking he is in the perfection of God's love, sins. However, to sin is an everyday reality of truth---a reality of faith. Truly, temptations----works of the devil challenge our daily thoughts and decisions.

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ON POINT, III

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Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (September 25, 2015)

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith...For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Romans 1:17; Ephesians 2:8, King James Version [God's wrath against sin; By grace are ye saved])

Greetings In The Holy Name Of Jesus, Our Lord And Savior,

My brothers and sisters, there is a point that needs our continued understanding. Therefore, let us discuss ON POINT: Why did Jesus die? Jesus died for the sins of man [“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:” (Romans 5:12, KJV); Also, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10, KJV)]. What made sins---a sin? The law made sins---a sin.

Is there punishment for sins? According to The Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Romans (6:23, KJV), Paul said, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” According to Apostle John, the author of the fourth gospel, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (St. John 5:24, KJV). However, Apostle John said in The First Epistle General Of John (I John 3:14, KJV): “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”

Howbeit, Apostle John thought not of how the sons of Jacob asked their brother Joseph to forgive them even in The First Book Of Moses, Called Genesis, “So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him” (50:17, KJV). Therefore, the fourth gospel, Apostle John (St. John 1:1, KJV) stated, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Christ Jesus was with God from the beginning, in spirit.

So, the death of Jesus fulfilled the law---Jesus' death fulfilled the death sentence given to sinners under the law---the law of Moses. Who gave us the law? Moses received the law from God. In a much better understanding, our ON POINT discussion, brings us to the understanding that Jesus' death paid the debt---the sentence for the transgressions (crimes) of sinners---going back to the fall of Adam [“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” (Romans 5:14, KJV)]. Therefore, Jesus' death fulfilled the law means the blood of the lamb offered up for the death sentence given man fulfilled the same death sentence given to man under the law of Moses [“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:15, 6:10; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; I John 3:5, KJV); Also, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”(Romans 5:9, KJV)].


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