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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Wednesday November 30th, 2016

2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV
“For He hath MADE him to be SIN for us, who knew no SIN; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God IN HIM”

Becoming a child of God is a matter of Belief on the part of Man.(John 3:16) On the part of God, Salvation is offered freely to EVERYONE who would believe because the vicarious death, burial and resurrection of Jesus was for the benefit of the WHOLE WORLD. That includes every person; from the most deadly robber you know to that terrible witch or witchdoctor in your community.

Romans 3:23-24 KJV
“For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being JUSTIFIED FREELY by his GRACE through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

The quoted Bible text above tells us that EVERYONE was guilty of Sin IN Adam but our merciful Father FREELY declared EVERYONE “not guilty” (justified) of Sin IN Christ.
All that anyone now needs to become a child of God, which is to be born anew with the nature of God is Faith or Belief in the finished work of Christ. Once a person hears the good news of CHRIST and believes it by professing faith in it as done in his behalf, God credits it to them as Salvation and they become BORN AGAIN.

No matter how good or how terrible the individual may have been before salvation, EVERYONE gets saved this way. Otherwise, they are not children of God.

Everyone is a creation of God but not everyone is A CHILD of God. Only those who come to God through Faith in the crucifixion blood of Christ are children of God.

A sinner therefore IS NOT one who does wrong but one who is NOT a child of God through Faith in Christ Jesus.  No matter how “Good” a person may be in conduct, as long as you are not born again IN Christ, you are IN Adam & therefore a Sinner in the eyes of God. This is because the identity of every individual is determined by what nature or life they have. The nature of EVERYONE IN Adam IS Death.

1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV
“As IN Adam all die….”

IN Christ, EVERYONE receives the nature / life of God called RIGHTEOUSNESS.

“...even so IN Christ shall all be made alive”. (1 Corinthians 15:22)

Note the word “IN”. It is the distinguishing description of the status of everyone’s nature or life. Anyone in Adam is DEAD. Anyone in Christ is alive having been recreated and born anew from his former status of death in Adam.

These 2 distinctions are made by personal choice without the influence of personal conduct!

Galatians 3:26 KJV
For ye are ALL the CHILDREN of God by FAITH in Christ Jesus.

The status qualification is simply determined by FAITH or UNBELIEF as demonstrated by the recipient.

“SIN” therefore in the context of the Bible is UNBELIEF IN CHRIST!!!

John 16:8-9 KJV
“And when he (Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world of SIN….... [9] Of SIN, BECAUSE they believe not on me”

John 16:8-9 ( Amplified)
“And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about SIN….. (9)  About SIN, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me]”

John 16:8-9 (The Message Bible)
“When He comes, HE’LL expose the error of the godless world’s view of SIN….., He’ll show them that their refusal to BELIEVE IN ME is their basic SIN…”

The consistency of rendering has shown that SIN is different from Sins. SIN is the nature of Satan, transmitted IN Adam and characterized by death. Sins on the other hand, are the dysfunctional conducts that may be noticed in both saved and unsaved men as character flaws.

In tomorrow’s edition, I’ll talk on “Right living - The effluent of Righteousness”

CONFESSION
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and Righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name

On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground IS sinking sand.

Keep resting in the loving grip of God and keep enjoying Jesus.

Pastor Ken

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