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For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

As the Messiah was hanging on his crucifixion stake, with his final breath he cried out; “It is finished!” And with that final act of love Jesus accomplished his mission of providing a way for the believer’s sins to be forgiven — past, present, and future. The act of justification for the saints was finished! “…having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14)

And this justification is what makes us righteous; and not from anything we do. For, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24)

For God was looking ahead and included all of humankind in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, because He is fair and just. And because of this single act of justification God is now able to declare sinners to be right in His sight and be justified every day when they put their faith in Jesus!

Put your confidence in God today — at this very moment! And know the full assurance of faith!

Oh, what immortal joy I feel

Justified by love divine

Jesus tells me I am his

And my Beloved is mine

When Satan reminds me of my sin

He accuses me in vain

For just one glimpse of my Savior’s face

Revives my faith again

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.  John 3:16-19 (NLT)

Oh how I wish the meaning of these words would be seared into the hearts of mankind! That they were our last thought at night and the first thing on our minds when we awake! For we that believe are all children of the light and of the day; (1Thess. 5:5) therefore, we need not fear as we approach our dying bed; for we are assured of our resurrection morning!

It is not so for the children of the darkness who do not yet believe. We were all once children of the darkness and enemies of God. But God loved us so much so that He sacrificed His only son for us! Now God has left us in this world so that we can share the good news with the children of the darkness so they too, can know God and be blessed with faith in Messiah.

God did not spare even His own son, but delivered him up for us all! He has given us His word that the believing soul will never perish, but have eternal life! Why would I keep such a thing a secret from mankind?  God does not wish that anyone should perish; Even the unlovable children of the darkness.  I will believe and build on this with my last dying breath and at last I hear my Savior’s words: “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of thy Lord!”

I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O LORD, well know. I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. – Psalms 40:9-10 –