This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
(1 John 4:10 NIV)
Beloved one, as I awoke and read the above truth that I now rejoice in, the below is what I was divinely inspired to write. With that said, I now invite you Into My HEART...
Let us continue with expanding on the word atone (as per dictionary.com):
- Atone: to make amends or reparation, as for an offense or a crime, or for an offender (usually followed by for): to atone for one’s sins.
- to make up, as for errors or deficiencies (usually followed by for ): to atone for one’s failings.
- to bring into unity, harmony.
- to become reconciled; agree
As I have come to know it to be and to know it to be as personal, intimate and powerful, not only according to scripture but in my very life! God’s Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, was the “atoning” sacrifice for all our sins and those who believe and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior are not merely saying some words or repeating after someone for in and of itself, such repetitious words are weak and have no lasting power as I know it all too well! However, when you are educated of this [in which is hearing the Word of God as you are now] and you come to believe in it [in which is agreeing with it through understanding and equally believing it in which is to receive it] you are truly saved and that is power! A transforming power that will surprise the sinner and I rejoice to know this all too well and to continue on knowing it daily.
The sinner who once sinned [in which is against God and not man; mankind that is, as we can wrong; that is cause an offense to one another, and that is interpersonal: human-to-human] will now start either slowly at first or quickly from the beginning to loathed their sin [in which is defined as an absolute separation from God, doing as He would not have you to do as a Father to a Son first and equally as one who rules and reigns over you as a King who is Lord over a servant and subject].
This once sinner will now rejoice in the truth of God’s Word in which is equally Law, Light, Love and Grace all presently at work in and through the newly educated, confessed and believing [believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior].
This is made known as the once sinner now saved through God’s grace [in which is never more seen then when God’s Son died in our place. As that was God’s great and everlasting demonstration of His love towards us in which is freely given as a gift and nothing we can do could ever earn it or buy it so go ahead and get that out of your mind now. It’ll save you much heartache and pain from the beginning and long run] begins to rejoice when the Truth wins out. And this winning out is nevermore seen then when someone sides with God’s Word and the ultimate sign of that is when they confess [through being educated as I stated above was hearing the Word of God in which is the Gospel of peace and equally believing what they have heard to be the truth] that Jesus Christ is the Lord and they equally believe in their heart [the resonating chamber of life where new life takes place; new life in Christ, and circulates to affect your entire life inwardly and outwardly] that God raised Jesus from the dead [in which is the sure sign and quite literally the only sign] that we have passed from death [away with the sinful person who has not been atoned for] to life [now made right before the sight of a holy God having been atoned for].
When we comprehend the magnitude of God’s Word [in which is the complete embodiment; the fullness of Jesus Christ, God’s Son] and we comprehend how wonderful it is to receive by faith [not the fanciful thing the world depicts it to be but the hopeful sign through action of belief on our behalf that Jesus the fullness of God’s love and Word has paid our sin debt and as a result our future is now secure in the presence and right hand of God] the very atoning act of love from God’s Son.
Beloved one, when that is your present hope and that is the bedrock of your faith, you are saved, you are made new. You have passed from death to life. You are in right standing with God. You believe in Jesus Christ as Lord. You rejoice in knowing without a doubt that God’s Son is the Savior of the world; your Savior. You are now living the Gospel. You know the truth and nothing else will do but to know the truth daily and it will have set you free. Amen [so be it; I am in full agreement with this].
God’s Son, Jesus Christ on the Cross, in the grave and resurrecting on the third day and finally having been seen by many witnesses ascending back to heaven to be at His rightful place [a place we in Christ will be] beside His Father in heaven, is the atoning act of God’s love. There is no other way. It is not a mystery. It is not hard to understand. It is clearly and presently made known to you and the wise person agrees with it and experiences the fullness of God’s love both now and forever. Yet the fool after having heard and comprehended this, still in his heart says there is no God and Jesus Christ is not His Son and He did no such thing. How sad this is, but how we in Christ rejoice when the truth wins out. Amen.
As always…YOU ARE LOVED.
— F. Lugo