Daily email Number 155 – from the Pastor

Dear all of you,
Here I am once again with a daily offering to cheer your day (hopefully).  So, after the Psalms and Job, I thought I would turn to the New Testament.  Do you find that there are big words that crop up that sound difficult to understand?  It takes a while to grasp the full meaning of some the the big themes of our salvation just because the words are unfamiliar.  Let’s see if we can get a better understanding of these words that describe the full meaning of our relationship with God through Jesus, His Son.
The New Testament uses three terms to describe God’s saving work in our lives.  The first aspect of our salvation is JUSTIFICATION.  Let’s read Romans 5:1,2.  Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God.  This is not the feeling of peace, but the fact of peace. People may feel at peace when in fact they are in danger of judgement, because they are ignoring the fact.  Genuine peace with God means that we are are reconciled with Him. We do not need to fear his judgement.  Being justified by faith means that a condemned person is declared righteous by God based on that person’s trusting Christ’s death as payment for their sin. We have done nothing to deserve it, but accept it as a gift from God.  This is the foundation of everything else we believe about salvation.
Jesus lived a sinless life and obeyed the law of God perfectly.  Then He offered Himself on the cross taking on our sin in our place.  When we trust in Christ through faith, God declares us not guilty because Jesus suffered the punishment we deserved.  See 2 Corinthians 5:21.  He has done it all, there is nothing else for us to do, but believe it, and His grace does it all.  When we believe that, we have peace with God.
Let’s continue praying from our list of the Church on the Heath fellowship today:
Doreen (remember her son Steven in hospital in Coventry)
Sharon and family (away this week)
God be with you,
Derek
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