A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, April 30, 2015
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” – 1 Peter 2:16
God’s grace is the free gift of salvation, wrapped and delivered in the death and resurrection of Himself in the person of His Son, which guarantees all who accept this precious, priceless, and unmatchable gift of love, eternal life through the sinless and spotless Blood of Jesus.
Grace is unearned favor. It is a free gift which cannot be earned, but only received. Once we start trying to earn this un-earnable gift, it no longer is a gift; because, again, a gift by its very nature cannot be earned.
This truth however becomes perverted by many who abuse this gift by believing that they can do whatever they want because they are no longer under the law, but under grace. When we think this way, we defile the Gospel of Jesus Christ, just as we defile the Savior when we take a pharisaical approach and put people in bondage through religion and tradition, leaving grace out in the cold.
Jesus did not do away with the law; but rather came to fulfill the law. The Savior Himself satisfies this truth as He declares “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17). Jesus came to do what no man, not even Adam, was able to do: keep the law. The law became a curse to humankind when Adam seemingly made a liar out of God and appeared to make Satan’s case for him.
You see Lucifer (before he was cast out of Heaven and became Satan), put God on trial by accusing this Perfect and Righteous Creator of being a dictator, and lodged the allegation that God’s ways were not only unattainable, but also not the best ways. Satan, whose name means “accuser” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance), rebelled by waging a war in heaven. This despicable, deceptive, and dastardly devil convinced a third of the angels to come with him as he was cast out of heaven (Isaiah 14, Revelation 12).
Adam failed when he yielded to temptation; thus, the entire human race was lost because none could live up to the law, whose penalty for sin was death. God had to send Himself in the person of His Son to satisfy (fulfill) the law, by disproving Satan’s charge, and vindicating God the Father. This is why Jesus walks in the positions as both the Son of God and the Son of man. This Perfect Sacrifice is 100% God and 100% man, as He stands in our place, having transferred our sin onto Himself so that we can be seated with our Lord, Savior, and Big Brother in heavenly places (1 John 2:2, Ephesians 2:6).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
And on the third day, God raised Him up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, Philippians 2:5b-11, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Acts 2:24, Ephesians 2:2-7).
The Greek word for “fulfill” as used in Matthew 5:17 is pleroo (pr. play-ro-o), which is to “imbue, diffuse, influence.” Webster defines “imbue” as to “to permeate or influence as if by dyeing,” and further defines “dyeing” as “to impart a new and often permanent color to especially by impregnating with a dye.” The Son of God and Son of Man fulfilled the law by soaking it in His Blood, which was shed on the Cross of Calvary; thereby changing its color from a debt owed to a debt paid in full. Our Redeemer did what no person could do—He satisfied the debt of the law, and credited our account by the spilling of His spotless and atoning Blood.
This, my brothers and sisters, does indeed set us free. The sacrifice of the Savior liberates us to walk in that high place within the realm of grace, which flows from the side, hands, and feet of Christ. This place of grace, which sits above the law, requires with it a purer and more resounding fragrance of service, generosity forgiveness, and love.
Father, we repent for every time we tried to work to earn the gift of Your Son. Help us, Holy and Gracious God, to receive Your gift of Salvation as You have intended—unconditionally, gratefully, and humbly. Saturate every area in us with Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Help us to always walk in Your higher calling of Grace, and to release Your fragrance of unconditional love wherever we go. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we continuously diffuse the sweet savor of the Savior, which is a pleasing fragrance that rises up to You. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to wake up to God’s grace every single morning. Choose to receive your salvation by accepting the Blood of Jesus Christ as payment in full on your behalf for your sin-debt. Demonstrate the grace of God wherever you go and to all you meet. And continue to fight the good fight of fulfilling the Great Commission (spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:18-20) for the One Who fulfilled the law for you; for God, your Paid in Full, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2015, unless otherwise noted.