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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Let’s focus on two statements in our study of Jesus Christ.  Romans 8:32 says, God “did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all.”  Philippians 2:6 says, Christ Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.” 

As God He could never be something less than God, but He could lay aside the outward manifestation of being God.  In John 17 Jesus prayed that the glory He evidently laid aside when He took upon Himself the likeness of sinful man, might be restored to Him.  The Father did not spare Him from laying that glory aside, nor from taking on Himself the likeness of sinful man, so He could become man’s Savior. 

In Romans 8:3 it says that God sent “his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in sinful man.”  The Bible Knowledge Commentary explains: “Jesus was sent…literally ‘concerning or for sin’…In other words He came to do something about sin.  What He did was to condemn it; by His death on the cross…‘passed a judicial sentence on it’…so that those in Christ are not condemned.”  Never having sinned Himself, He was the perfect sacrificial lamb, making atonement for our sin and for enabling grace to maintain victory over sin in our daily walk. 

Take time to praise God for the fact that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  That includes you if you have trusted in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).                                              

 

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