Where can a sinful person, full of mistakes, be given royal status? In Christ! How can an imperfect person be accepted as if no wrong doing had ever been done? In the loving arms of God! All is forgiven when you are born into the family of the Almighty. This earthly life is only a preparation for the next world. Our future is determined by the choice we make between Christ and the world. You have permission to publish this article, to spread the good news.
Mercy is not getting the punishment we deserve. Grace is getting the blessings we do not deserve. Christians have the best of both accounts. We avoid eternal torment and have total happiness in the mansions Jesus prepared for us in heaven. We deserve to die eternally because we have sinned and broken God’s law (RO 6:23). We deserve to go to the place reserved for the Devil and his angels.
If we were to be judged on our own merit, we would have no hope of avoiding torment and living with God. The Lord will settle for nothing but justice, but he refused to condemn his own. How can he lavish grace on those who have never been the perfect people he desires?
There is no one righteous, not even one (RO 3:10).
Not to give us the punishment we deserve would be blessing enough. He does not stop with granting us a pardon. He treats us like royalty!
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 PE 2:9).
What kind of logic permits our God to consider sinners worthy of being treated as if they had never sinned? What type of reasoning could grant unmerited favor to law breakers? How can a perfect being who demands justice, award mercy and grace to those who are far from perfection?
It is all according to the marvelous plan before the foundation of the world, because of the perfect love of God, and the willingness of his son to give up his heavenly status and become a fragile man. It would be like humans becoming insects. Being mortal may have been as difficult as his excruciating death on the cross.
The Lord knew that his people could not be perfect enough to meet his standards. We are, after all, incomplete, unable to direct our own steps (Jeremiah 10:23), so that we will be dependent upon our maker. We were given the power of choice, and it was inevitable that we would often make the wrong choice.
Our God of love has often given mankind mercy and grace when punishment was deserved. Such as in Numbers 21 when the people complained that they were brought into the desert to die, he sent venomous snakes among them, that bit many, who were dying. The Almighty instructed Moses to make a snake of bronze and put it on a pole. Anyone bitten could look at the bronze snake and live.
Jesus said that just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that anyone who believes in him may have eternal life (John 3:14-15). Who could resist falling in love with a heavenly being, willing to become a mere man, put up with the frustrations of human life, and die between two thieves on a cruel cross, to forgive our sins? Justice was accounted for, because he served our sentence for us.
He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will (Ephesians 1:4-5).
Justice is only satisfied for those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and make him the Lord of their life. This means that you turn over your decisions to him. Take your troubles to him and leave them there. Quit worrying about them, let him handle it. He will reward you by looking out for you, and see that everything works out for the best.
Few are born into royalty on earth, but you are, when you are born again. Do not blow the chance to live in the land where you will never grow old.
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