What Jesus Means to Me
Jesus—perhaps the most discoursed name in history. He has transformed and influenced many lives including mine. To some people, He was a prophet. To others He is a mere legend. To me, he is a father and a friend, but most of all, He is my Lord and Savior through justification, sanctification, and redemption.
First of all, Jesus is my Savior through justification. Justification by faith is being attributed by God as righteous, even though we have sinned, and are therefore relieved from guilt and punishment. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” –Romans 4:5 The two principles of justification are as follows: the One who has been wronged pronounces the circumstances of justification, and man’s justification is established on the virtues of Another. God must therefore determine the proceeding of justification, and man cannot stand in the presence of God nor in heaven without Jesus Christ. One elucidation of justification in the Bible is found in Philemon .When Onesimus, a slave, stole from his master, Philemon, and ran away, Onesimus was placed in prison and charged with crimes that were punishable by death. Perhaps in prison, Onesimus met Paul. As a result of their meeting, Onesimus accepted Jesus as his Savior. Paul then wrote back to Philemon asking him to accept Onesimus as a brother in Christ, and to place whatever wrong Onesimus had done on Paul’s account.
Second of all, Jesus is my Savior through sanctification. Sanctification is being set apart from the world and being made holy and clean in God’s sight. The two phases of sanctification are the negative phase and the positive phase. The Bible clearly teaches the negative aspect of sanctification. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” –2 Corinthians 6:14 “Love not the world,...
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