Luk 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
So many Christians have two very important concepts in this life we have been called to confused. Those concepts are Redemption and Salvation.
I have chosen the two verses above to open this blog entry with because I have seen so many people and even pastors confuse these issues.
Judas was one of the twelve, He had been personally called by the Son of God to be one of the disciples. Judas lost that privilege. Some argue for destiny because of Judases experience but the two verses above make it very clear that Judas had a choice, Judas would be held accountable.
God is Just and if Judas had not been responsible for his decision Jesus would never have held him accountable for that decision. Judas allowed himself to be used by Satan. We know from other passages it was his greed that was his motivation. In Judases mind Jesus had failed him so he was going to make the best of it and serve himself. Sound familiar, I hope not, but.....
To understand Redemption you must go back to the Old Testament. Redemption was a concept that God had used from the very beginning. God Himself redeemed Adam and Eve from the irrevocable consequence of breaking the covenant of creation when they broke that covenant (Gen 3:21). Sacrifice became the price of redemption from that day forward. Jesus became the final payment on that redemptive price, a price that paid for humanity's Salvation.
Salvation is being set free from the slavery of the punishment that came from Adam's sin, not our own sin. We are still responsible for our sin, we are still accountable. If like Judas you choose to conspire to commit murder you are still accountable for that murder. The Good News is that you can, like King David, fall on your face and repent from that sin and be made right with God, however that does not relieve you of the consequences here and now, you are still accountable.
This is true even if the sin is no more than an angry thought towards another person (Matt 5:22). If you do not act on it and you repent of the thought, God will forgive you, and since you did not act on it there will not be a consequence. If you act on it you will be accountable even to God if you do not first make restitution (Matt 5: 23 - 24) and then repent.
Jesus sacrifice and the final price paid for Adam's sin did one more most remarkable thing, it ushered in the New Covenant. A brand new contract between man and God, ( see Jeremiah 31:31 for the terms of the New Covenant). No longer would it be necessary for a priest to offer sacrifice or to teach each individual about God and His Laws. Every individual would become responsible for their own iniquities and God promises that He would no longer remember their transgressions, meaning we can now approach the Almighty God not on our merit but on the basis that Jesus Loved us enough to "pay" for us. Gods requirement for us is simply to Love one another as He Loved us. Simple but not easy. Which is why He provided the Holy Spirit to change us from inside out.
How do you get in on this New Covenant, it's soooo easy. Just believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living and True God, trust Him with your life and co-operate with the changes He will do in you.
Does that mean you will suddenly and magically become perfect just like Christ, sorry, no.
Does that mean you will be granted wealth and fortune, sorry, not that either.
It does mean you will change, you will become more loving, you will become a better person, you will lose interest in selfish pursuits and you will begin to experience more and more joy as you are changed from the inside out.
Is it worth it. Ohhh, yeah!! It is! But it is only the beginning, there is much more to come.
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