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Bill Stockham |

[Jesus was sent to death as a sacrifice for our sins; He, being most innocence Himself, was delivered for OUR offenses?] “He [Jesus Christ] was delivered over to death FOR OUR SINS and was raised to life for our justification.” (Rom. 4:25) [Jesus was raised for our assurance that the death of Christ had accomplished the purpose for which it took place; OUR RECONCILIATION TO GOD, and by His death, He has given us a title to ETERNAL LIFE, into which he has entered, and taken with him our human nature, as the first-fruits of the resurrection of mankind.] “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” (Rom. 5:1-2) [Paul takes it for granted that he has proven that JUSTIFICATION IS BY FAITH, and that the GENTILES HAVE AN EQUAL TITLE WITH THE JEWS TO SALVATION BY FAITH.] “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.” (Rom. 5:6-8) [I came to Jesus as a drunken drug addict, totally unworthy of His wonderful love and forgiveness, BUT HE FORGAVE ME! At 29 years of age I became a BRAND NEW CREATION IN CHRIST!] “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corin. 6:19-20) [As a slave is purchased by his master for a sum of money becomes the sole property of his master, so we, being bought with the price of the blood of Christ, are not our own, WE BELONG TO HIM! Look at this wonderful prayer Paul prays for us!] “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.” (Eph. 3:16-19)

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that THAT WE WILL BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!
-Bill Stockham

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