Christianity is a receiving faith

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By Erasmus Makarimayi

THE church is the bride of Christ. For easier apprehension, the church is feminine in nature and character.

Its husband is the Lord Christ who is the head of it. The word Lord means Provider. It, therefore, means that the church is a receiving body from her supplier. It’s not an exchange transactional agreement or covenant. Under the New Covenant God moved ahead and paid for our sins by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Many believers often miss out on partaking and enjoying the full benefits of our relationship with the Father thinking that they have to give away something first.

The Scripture is clear. We didn’t petition the Father to send His Son. Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 4:4-5: “(4) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

He made the move. Moreover, Jesus told us in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God gave us the Gift of the Son. Gifts are received and enjoyed gratefully.

God doesn’t even ask us to give up sin in exchange of righteousness.

We are poor in this sense without anything to offer. Isaiah 64:6 paints this picture: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Filthy rags mean menstrual cloth. Only the living blood of Jesus could handle this. Jesus took our part as substitutionary sacrifice and became sin in order to impart righteousness to us.

2 Corinthians 5:21 nails it: “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.”

We accepted the Gospel of Christ to be saved or to be born again. It was through confession of the Lordship of Jesus that we were saved.

We didn’t confess sins. Let’s look at Romans 10:9-10: “(9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

“(10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

You may ask what happens if we sin. John the beloved simplifies that for us in 1 John 2:1-2: “(1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

We keep confessing our place in Christ and who we’re. In Christ there’s remission of sins. The psalter had told us, Psalm 107:2: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;”

Dear reader, please load the Word of God in your spirit so that there’s enough renewing of the mind. Romans 12:2 teaches us: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

We don’t feed on sin but on remission of sins, righteousness, salvation and redemption. We were liberated and James 1:25 instructs: “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 3:18, New King James, points: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

Amen.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge.

  • All Bible quotations are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.
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