Bible Ballistics: BBs #232 You Shall Call His Name Jesus!!!
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
He will “shall save his people from their sins”! Notice, He saves us “from” our sins—not “IN” our sins! We live in a culture, even a Christian culture, that implies, if not outright declaring, that you can be right with God and live your own way. NOT!!! Scripture clearly tells us that belonging to Jesus is NOT simply a matter of “speaking” His name and claiming to have “fire insurance”, but a real, genuine and evident regeneration–a change of “heart”– that will be indicated by a changed and regenerated life.
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet
to be partakers
of the inheritance
of the saints
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom
of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14
God does a work in our hearts and lives within, He:
Delivers us from “darkness”–
Transfers us “INTO” Jesus’ kingdom—
Redeems us through Jesus’ blood—
Forgives our sins through that same blood!
Our sins are “forgiven”, which not only means they are not counted against us, but also implies that they have been replaced by something else, we are given a new power to overcome the draw of sin in our lives. How? By the work of God’s substitutionary sacrifice of His own SON, for my sin, and the working of His Holy Spirit within me, applying and working the righteousness of Jesus into me and you who believe in and receive the gift of God—the gift of the Holy, Son of God. This Jesus, who was God, is God and ever shall be GOD!
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him,
which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised
with the circumcision
made without hands,
in putting off the body of the sins
of the flesh
by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism,
wherein also ye are risen
through the faith
of the operation of God,
who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you,
being dead in your sins
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
(what we WERE—DEAD IN SIN)
hath he quickened
together with him,
having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances
that was against us,
which was contrary to us,
and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his cross;
(what we ARE—Alive, forgiven, overcomers by the blood)
15 And having spoiled principalities
he made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:9-15
We have victory in JESUS, because HE saves people “from their sins”—we are enabled through the blood of Jesus, to overcome the power of the enemy because we have received the “righteousness” of Jesus.
“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.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
It’s all about Jesus and what HE did in coming as a babe, in living a holy life without sin, in giving Himself as “MY” sacrifice on the cross. And His sinless, substitutionary death, gives “righteousness” in exchange for sinfulness to all who will trust in HIM. We no longer have to walk in the world’s sinful ways when we die to sin and live through Jesus.
“I am crucified with Christ:”–dead to self & the flesh
nevertheless I live;”–alive IN Jesus
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:”–Jesus lives IN me
and the life which I now live in the flesh”—I live life
I live by the faith of the Son of God,”–I live by FAITH
who loved me,”–because His love is now IN me
and gave himself for me.”—because He DIED for me Galatians 2:20
We must come back to biblical Christianity—new life in Christ—not a watered down imitation “faith” that has no power because God’s NOT in it: Because Jesus is NOT in it. Only Jesus can give new life, and when HE does it’s real and it’s evident—in varying degrees, yes—but it’s evident. James makes it clear that genuine faith is expressed and seen by a “living” faith not by empty, dead words:
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:17-20 (vain man=empty, not real)
We have something the world can’t give, and that’s peace with God (as well as the “peace of God“) and the “love of God” (not my love “for” God, but the love from God put in me by His Holy Spirit)! And that’s something that the world doesn’t have and can’t give—only Jesus can and He will, just ask HIM!!!
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also
we have access
into this grace
wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope
of the glory of God.
3 And not only so,
but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation
4 And patience,
5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God
is shed abroad
in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength,
in due time
Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1-5
So, my question for us today is, “Have you been “saved” from your sins?” Or are you still living in your own way and in your own sin, and just trying to tack the ‘name of Jesus’ onto your own way? It’s a hard question, but one of eternal import. I pray that you will make sure of your standing with God today by bowing before HIM and seeking His face and His wisdom. If you truly ask HIM, He will reveal Himself to YOU!!! May you truly know the “Christ” of CHRISTmas!
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
He came for YOU!!!