Friday, April 12, 2013

What It Means to Believe in Jesus

Believing in Jesus entails not only intellectual assent to the teachings of Scripture: that He was born of a virgin: that He performed signs and miracles pointing to His Lordship over sin and death; that He was sinless, yet went to a cross to bear the punishment of death each of us deserves for our sin; that He physically rose from the dead and still lives, God the Son; that by God’s grace through our faith in Him, Christians are saved from sin and death.

Believing also means entrusting my sins to Jesus, laying them at the foot of the cross, allowing our old selves to be crucified so that the new self can rise in what Martin Luther called “everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.”

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