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The Effect Of Calvary On My Life
"That is, so that we become His, and are to be henceforward regarded as such; or so that He might possess us as His own. This is the true nature of redemption, that by the price paid we are rescued from the servitude of Satan, and are henceforth to regard ourselves as belonging unto God."
"As the Christian is thus purchased, ransomed, redeemed, he is bound to devote himself to God only, and to keep His commands, and to flee from a licentious life." - Both Quotes are from the Barnes' Notes
Revelation 5:11-12 says - "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
Who would deny the fact that the Lord Jesus, the Son of the Living God, is worthy of all praise?
As the Sacrificial Lamb of God, He was slain and made a sacrifice for us. Therefore, in view of Who He is and what He had done on Calvary's Cross, He is ascribed all "power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
He - and He alone - has the "power," right, and authority to rule over all things.
He is to receive all "riches" or abundance. Whatever characteristics we may attribute to Him, He deserves for them to be conferred on Him in abundance for He is the fullness or the excellence of those particular traits.
Based on the means by which He procured man's redemption and salvation, He is the Only Wise God, our Savior. His work is always linked with Great Wisdom and Understanding.
What strength, power, and ability was manifested when - once and for all - on the Cross, He defeated and overcame Satan - man's evil oppressor. Consequently, He is forever worthy of all Honor and Glory.
With hearts overflowing with love and gratitude, we - as the redeemed of the Lord - desire that He would be everywhere praised, adored, and worshipped.
1 Corinthians 6:20 says - "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
At one time, we were slaves to Sin and Satan. But, oh, Thank God, the Lord Jesus purchased us with His own Life's Blood. Since we are no longer our own property - we have been purchased, redeemed, and ransomed - we are bound as His sole possession to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to Him. That means that we are obligated to use all of our skills, talents, faculties, and entire person - body, soul, and spirit - to promote His Honor and Glory.
We are bound and obligated to live solely and entirely for Him.
Galatians 2:20 says - "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me."
Though we are identified with Him in His crucifixion by being dead to the world...dead to the Law as a means of salvation and justification...and dead to Sin, we still "live." In other words, we are still as active as ever.
In fact, we are motivated to do far more than we ever did when under Satan's dominion for now we are actuated and energized by the Power of God's Spirit, Grace, and Strength.
Our Faith and Confidence in Christ propels us onward. He is our strength and song. We are forevermore trusting in His Mighty Promises which are "yea" and "Amen" in Him(2 Corinthians 1:20)..
Philippians 1:20-21 says - "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
We are not "ashamed" or afraid to boldly proclaim the Truth. With great freedom and liberty - not allowing any discouragement to hinder or stop us - we preach this Liberating Gospel unto others.
Our earnest hope and expectation is that Christ would be "magnified" and glorified. That is our great desire, main consideration, and supreme end.
Oh! That Jesus - His person, doctrine, and nature - would be shown for Who He really is. And may others receive this revelation by observing our lives as we seek to imitate Him.
Romans 5:11 says - "And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the atonement."
We - who were once enemies of God - "have now received the atonement." All the hostility between us and Him has been removed. We are "at-one" with Him. We are reconciled to Him and He to us. He is no longer a terror to us but our greatest "joy." And all because of what the Lord Jesus did for us on Calvary's Cross.
What effect has Calvary had on your life?
Have you become solely the Lord Jesus' property that He might possess and call as His own? Most understand that the price of redemption was paid to rescue them from Satan's slavery, but that is not all that it accomplished. Included in our redemption is the fact that we had been purchased by Jesus' Precious Blood, and, resultantly, are His property to use as He directs.
Are you aware of that, O Saint of God? Oh, you may have a head knowledge of this principle, but does your life prove that you belong to Him? Is He in total control of your decisions and plans? Of your whole life?
Do you realize that - as a result of Calvary - you are bound and obligated to live entirely for Him? Are you?
Have you devoted yourself completely to Him? Are you keeping His commands? Are you fleeing from a licentious, worldly, compromising lifestyle?
Are you glorifying and magnifying Him in your body and spirit? Propelled by your Faith and Confidence in Him, are you bolder than ever in proclaiming the Truth of His Blessed Gospel?Are you expending yourself for Him, His Kingdom, and His cause? Can others see Him in you?
Lastly, have you "received the atonement" in that now your greatest "joy" is found in God because He is no longer your enemy but your Best Friend?
The Apostle John experienced quite a sight as he witnessed the myriads of angels and the beasts and elders crying aloud - "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain..."
Can your voice be heard among this multitude which worships the Living Son of God?
Just what effect did Calvary have on your life?
Why don't you tell someone about it?
May God Bless His Word.