Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Obedience Through Christ's Sacrifice

It is true that to obey is better than sacrifice, especially if we are talking about the blood of bulls and goats, sacrifices that can never really take away sins. The Father’s desire has always been that we would serve Him, wholeheartedly with the compulsion of love not the compulsion of force. But we have a problem. The fallen nature makes this difficult, even for saints filled with the Spirit of God.
We see in our members the law of sin and death, even while the law of righteousness and life is animated in us by the Holy Spirit. Who shall separate us from the body of this death? Thanks be to God that the One Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus is the means whereby His obedience is also reckoned to us. His sacrifice enables us to stand before the Father as obedient sons, both in mind and in body. We are set free to righteousness motivated by love. We have an Advocate with the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, who presents us to the Father as fully forgiven obedient sons and daughters. To obey is better than sacrifice and our obedience through Christ’s sacrifice is God’s glory and ours.

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