The Change of Status

Think this through with me. If you have received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, consider the astonishing change: You were condemned and sentenced. The penalty: banished forever from God’s Presence, and any righteousness, in the prison of an eternal Hell. Your sin had caught up with you; you felt the blow of the sentence and cringed at your fixed destiny. Lost in your hopeless state of mind and heart, the voice of the Judge suddenly caught your attention. In a moment of wonder, you heard Him say, “Pardoned!” You are free!  You ask: “How could such a thing be, I’m guilty?” Yes, but the Judge explains that Someone bore your penalty and Divine Justice has been satisfied. Your status has been changed from sinner to saint. Something has changed inside you. You were dead spiritually but because you became identified with Christ in His death, you were raised with Him to new Life. You received a new nature that desires holiness and righteousness. You know now what prompted David’s inspired exclamation: “Blessed (are) they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.” (From Romans 4:7). You share the testimony of William J. Gaither in the song, “He Touched Me,” “Shackled by a heavy burden, ‘neath a load of guilt and shame  —  then the hand of Jesus touched me, and now I am no longer the same. He touched me, and O the joy that floods my soul! Something  happened and now I know He touched me and made me whole.”  Selah! For this opportunity we are born! If you haven’t received His pardon, today might be your only opportunity to do so. Don’t miss this opportunity.   Ron

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