Devotional 6/16

He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 1 John 2:2

Just like chalk can be erased from a blackboard; with sincere repentance, the effects of our transgression can be erased through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Boyd K. Packer

Many religions perform rituals and sacrifices to their gods. And in the Old Testament, teaches that lawbreakers and God offenders, were held responsible for their sins. Jesus Christ is our atonement!

Atonement: reparation for a wrong or injury: repayment, recompense.

The word attone comes from before the middle age, and it means “to be at one: harmony“. Jesus is our atonement: Jesus makes us one with God, He gives us peace with God!

Jesus Christ is the ultimate sacrifice! Through His sacrifice, God reconciled us with God.

As human beings we want to believe we have to perform to receive love, forgiveness, blessings or any other thing. But this is the Good News: God requires faith. Faith in Christ means believe in Him and bear fruits of repentance. There is nothing we can do to buy salvation, it has been given to us by our faith in Christ alone (Eph.2). When we sin, there is no form of sorrow, retribution or trade which we can do or perform to deserve God’s forgiveness. The word says that if we sin, we have a high priest who knows our weaknesses and intercedes for us and who washes us clean with His blood (1 John 1:19)! God doesn’t count us righteous because of our actions, we are the righteousness of God through Christ (Rom. 3:22 & 2 Cor. 5:21). Like Abraham, we are righteous to God when our faith makes us friends with God!

Contrary to logic: we simply come to God, and believe Him at His word!

Let’s pray:

Thank you father God for being the repair to our wrongs. Thank you for being our righteousness. And thank you for giving us a new identity, and for calling us into your sheepfold. I pray for a fresh revelation for each your children. In Jesus name, Amen.

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