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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Tuesday November 29th, 2016

John 1:29 KJV
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away THE SIN of the world”

Jesus did not come to judge the world, He came to save the world. “From what?” one may ask. HE CAME TO SAVE THEM FROM SIN!
Notice in the verse above that John did not mention “sin” in a pluralized form. He said that Jesus was the Lamb of God that takes away “THE SIN” of the World.

In most parts of the New Testament,  the word “Sin” is a noun employed in the description of the fallen nature of Man. When “Sins”( pluralized form), is mentioned, it is a verb that relates with the wrong actions of Man.

Foundationally, Jesus did not come to correct conduct, He came to remove the SIN nature of Man by dying as a Man and for Man. The whole spiritual twist and turns of the Divine plan for millennia past was to introduce Divinity into humanity legally, so that humanity can also lawfully become a partaker of the Divinity.

Hebrews 2:9, 14 KJV
“BUT WE SEE JESUS, who was made a little lower than the angels (to enable Him experience death) ,.... that he by the grace of God should taste death for Every MAN”. (Emphasis Mine)

Adam’s sin introduce the destroying force called Death. The effect of Adam’s disobedience was more far reaching than most people imagine. The nature of God that Adam received at creation died the moment he sinned and a new nature came into him - SIN. It is the nature of Satan and its offspring is called Death.

The nature of God that Adam lost was spiritual life and what he inherited from Satan was spiritual death. Since the time of Adam to Moses (The Law), death continued to reign over Men as a reaction to the Sin nature in them.

Romans 5:14 KJV
“Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses…”

Death became the “salary” received by Man for Sin.

Romans 6:23 KJV
“For the wages of SIN is DEATH..”

Notice that death was not killing people because of their Sins (conduct),  even people who did not sin directly like Adam were also dying.
This therefore is beyond the matter of conduct. Death merely manifested itself as an inevitable physical end because by virtue of the SIN (Nature), Man was already dead spiritually.

What Man needed was a brand New Life or Nature. Man needed to be born out of spiritual death in Adam on to spiritual life IN Christ.

That’s what Jesus referred to while speaking to Nicodemus.
John 3:6-7 KJV
That which is BORN of the FLESH (Human) is flesh; and that which is BORN of the SPIRIT is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE must be BORN AGAIN.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Therefore if any man be IN CHRIST, he is a New CREATION: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

TO BE CONTINUED…

May you be truly blessed.
Pastor Ken

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