Do we live like we believe? Jesus' sacrifice gave us peace with God. We know in our minds, we read in the Word, but what about on our bad days? Those days when we live more wretched and ashamed than we'd like to admit. Unworthy, all of us would rather hide from God and seek him on a “better” day. The lies of sin entrap us from seeking him in repentance. It's either the repetitive sin or sin seemingly too great to forgive. We're all tainted with unbelief.
But Jesus' sacrifice is greater than any sin.
And if we were quite honest with ourselves, we'd come to recognize our seemingly, humble response of “I'm unworthy to approach him,” is actually a proud response. An arrogant twist, as if our worthiness in approaching God has anything to do with us.
“In him [Jesus] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
Ephesians 3:12, NIV
Approaching God with confidence is rooted in a firm belief of Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Do you believe Jesus' sacrifice is enough? Truly, we are unworthy, but Jesus' sacrifice is worthy. Not only has he cleansed and redeemed us. He has clothed us in his righteousness!
“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
Hebrews 10:22, NIV
Today we begin week three of our 6-week Ephesians study. Click here to download the reading guide for weeks three and four. These weeks will cover Ephesians chapters 3-4. The study is intended for individual Bible study. Complete it at your own pace.
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