…through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood… because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.
Before His coming, the people of God were under the regime of the various precepts that God had communicated to Moses at different times on the way to the Promised Land – the dos and don’ts of day-to-day living. It is in strict adherence to these rules that righteousness is determined (Leviticus 18:5).
Being God, Jesus naturally had the prerogative of judgement. And, much more, having left His glory in heaven to come offer His life as a ransom on earth, He became even more qualified to determine our fate. But He is not about judgement alone, He also became many positive things to us, He is the Author of our salvation, our Alpha and Omega, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our good Shepherd, our Healer, our Restorer and much more.
The charge to do good is a universal calling. Jesus only came to show us how best to do it. Through His personal examples, He modelled to us the right spirit with which to do it as well as the commitment, the passion, the focus, the compassion, and the consistency needed to make an appreciable impact.
Jesus, having completed His assignments on earth, was exalted and placed on the highest pedestal in heaven – the right hand of God. He was also entrusted with all power to do and undo in heaven and on earth. That power includes the ability to give repentance and forgiveness.
Anointed to Influence
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
The mandate to bless is a universal calling. But, of course, there are people around, as there have always been, who take this calling more seriously than others. They have a compulsive desire to bless people and make a difference in their situations.
An abundant life connotes fullness and surplus, with nothing lacking. Therefore, there is surplus in every facet of the life that Jesus gives. That means full stature and robust health in the physical, emotional wholeness, mental acuteness, social integration, spiritual growth, productivity at work, profitability in business, sustained and balanced self-development, as well as a generally fruitful life. These are some of the benefits that come with the abundant life that Jesus offers.
As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her.