“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”1 John 4:10 NIV
Nothing sinful or evil can exist in God’s presence. He is absolute goodness. He cannot overlook, condone, or excuse sin as though it never happened. He loves us, but his love does not make him morally lax. If we trust in Christ, however, we will not have to bear the penalty for our sins (1 Peter 2:24). We will be acquitted (Romans 5:18) by his atoning sacrifice. (Tyndale Study Bible)
The Bible’s central message is atonement. From the first stories in Genesis to the last visions of Revelation it is everywhere apparent that God seeks to reconcile his people to himself and that he has provided a way to do so. (Theopedia)
The English word ‘atonement’ originally meant “at-one-ment”, i.e. being “at one”, in harmony, with someone. It is used to describe the saving work that God did through Christ to reconcile the world to himself, and also of the state of a person having been reconciled to God. Throughout the centuries, Christians have used different metaphors and given differing explanations of the atonement to express how the atonement might work. Churches and denominations may vary in which metaphor or explanation they consider most accurately fits into their theological perspective; however all Christians emphasize that Jesus is the Saviour of the world and through his death the sins of humanity have been forgiven. (Wikipedia)
I would like to ask you, did you read this much into the verse above? Yes, I know the verse is powerful. Yes, Jesus did die for our sins. We all know that. ( I would like to get back to this point later.) Reading the commentary above is enlighting and revealing. It is so inspirational it drives me to spend more time in the Word.
You know when you are lead by the Spirit let Him do His work. Well, do we all know that Jesus died for our sins? The whole world does not know that. It’s our mandate as believers to tell the world. I prayed for a new brother on Sunday. I feel I should share this with you. Read Mathew 25:14-30 an amazing parable. Talents are given to all, what we do with them is critical. Some of us are saying I not good at anything. I can promise you there is something you good at. The Bible says we all form the Body of Christ the Church. We are all good at something; we just need to find it. Together as the Body of Christ, the Church we can reach the unbeliever. That is what we are mandated to do. The point I was referring to earlier.
So just as we learnt about God’s atonement becoming one with us. We should share that with the whole world. There is much work to do any many talents to multiply and lean on.
Lord, I thank you for the blessing. Guide me to do Your work. In Jesus name. Amen.”