Jubilee Weekly February 12, 2019
“God and Our Deepest Needs”
We are complex individuals. We are physical beings and emotional beings. We are relational and spiritual beings. It is not my intent to give an exhaustive list of the kinds of beings we are. However, I do want to say that we can be needy in each of the categories I have mentioned.
I don’t think that many of us realize the extent to which we have been damaged by sin. However, I am convinced that our heavenly Father loves us with a perfect love and He wants to restore us and bring healing to every area of our lives.
The healing and wholeness that He longs to bring to us begins when we trust in Christ for the remission of our sins.
Mark 1:4 – “John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”
Acts 2:38 — “Then Peter said, ‘Repent and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”
Hebrews 10:12-18 – “But this man (Jesus Christ), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins, their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”
CHRIST MADE A ONCE AND FOR ALL SACRIFICE FOR SIN.
NOTE: Remission of our sins is made possible by the atonement of Jesus Christ. We receive a remission of our sins when we place our faith squarely on Jesus Christ, and we repent of our sins.
Hear what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 3:23-26 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God set forth a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God passed over the sins that were previously committed to demonstrate at the present time his righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
WOW – Let this sink in:
Christ’s sacrifice of Himself satisfies the divine judgment of God against sinners, thereby bringing about forgiveness and justification. Paul is very careful to indicate that Christ’s sacrifice does not cause God to love us. Rather it is God’s love for us that caused Him to offer His Son. ISN’T THAT AMAZING!
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love towards us.”
Romans 8:32 – “He (God) who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not freely give us all things.”
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Folks – our deepest need is not physical, financial or emotional – it is spiritual. It is problems of the heart that imparts all the other areas of our lives.
Jesus, in Matthew 15:19 declared, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (20) These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
Let me close this meditation with one more word about God meeting our deepest spiritual need. It is what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11¾
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU. BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, but you were JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JEUS BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.”
Recently, I shared with you, on a Sunday morning, that it is impossible for a person to come to faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST and not be changed. Today, praise Him for the changes He is bringing about in your life.
AMEN and AMEN!