Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Trail Lessons – Christ Saves Us from Sin and Death

As I hiked the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on Good Friday, I passed by a rushing stream and paused by it to record some thoughts:


And YHWH Elohim instructed the human [Adam] saying: From every tree of the garden you may eat, yea eat.  But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you must not eat from it; for on the day you eat from it, to die you shall be dying.
(Genesis 2:16-17, CVOT)


She [Mary] will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. 
(Matthew 1:21, NAS)


For the wages of sin is death
(Romans 6:23, NAS)


The really good news of our Savior God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, is this:

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures
He was buried
He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
Christ has been raised from the dead!

since by a man [Adam] came death
by a man [Jesus Christ] also came the resurrection of the dead

as in Adam all die
so also in Christ all will be made alive, each in his own order

when all has been subjected to Christ
the final enemy, death, will be abolished

Christ will subsequently be subjected to Father God
so that God may be all in all

…if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain

…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins

…if we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied

…Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.   The last enemy that will be abolished is death.  When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all. 
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 12-28, NAS)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship…  
(Ephesians 2:8-10, NAS)

…Christ Jesus…He is our Peace…
(Ephesians 2:14, CLNT)

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