The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"In the Light"
Abounding sin defers to far more abounding grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is God's view. It must be ours as well.
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 5:20-21).
We may truthfully tell the sinner that regardless of the extent of his sinfulness, the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ "much more" transcends with grace and mercy. We also may truthfully tell the failing saint that the restorative power of the Savior in times of sin will lift us up with the same grace and mercy as we repent and confess our sins.
"If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleaseth us from all sin" (I John 1:7).
For the unbeliever, God provides entrance into the light through His Son. For the believer, God provides continuance in the light through His Son. "He is in the light" declares the Apostle John of the Lord Jesus, that is, the light of His finished work of salvation by way of death, resurrection, and ascension. Joining Him therein by faith results in the new birth to begin our relationship with God. It then empowers our ongoing walk with Him to maintain consistent faith and faithfulness. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him" (Colossians 2:6).
In the light of Christ, God views the Person and work of Christ as infinitely greater than our sins. To the degree we join Him in such a perspective determines both our salvation and the subsequent "fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:11). The Lord Jesus provides the sinner's only hope for the new birth. He also supplies the saint's only hope for the "newness of life" that should characterize our life in Christ (Romans 6:4). This is our Heavenly Father's view, focused on His Son. We must join Him in the fellowship of such glorious Light, from the beginning of our Christian life and forevermore. Or, as the writer of Hebrews confirmed…
"Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith."
Weekly Memory Verse
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."