Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
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Life in Christ
There is life in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “You will not come to Me that you might have life.” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” “I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”
The life of the believing sinner is in Jesus Christ. We get life by appropriating the saving grace of God by faith in Christ. There is life by living in Him, trusting in Him, and believing in His grace and power.
There is legal life in Jesus Christ. If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ you are acquitted based upon what Christ did for you on the cross. You are no longer under the sentence of death. “The wages of sin is death.” But Christ died as your substitute. Legally you are alive because of the death and resurrection of your substitute. We have a death sentence passed on to us because of Adam’s sin, and our own personal experience of sin.
Our sins are pardoned because Christ suffered the punishment for them. We know that we can never be punished again for them because Christ suffered the punishment for our sins. Christ died for us, in our stead, and in that death we are now delivered. “There is therefore now no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus.” We have been legally acquitted and given life. Our acquittal is a present reality. We have full pardon and cannot be touched by the law. We are legally alive in Christ Jesus, and we legally cannot lose it. “No condemnation” means justification. We have a full legal pardon! That legal pardon that God has given us will be just as good now as it will be a million years from now. Even then it will still read, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus Christ gives us spiritual life. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. We were spiritually dead. God in His loving grace and mercy has given us spiritual life. It is like being raised from the dead. The spiritually dead live because of the saving death of Christ.
The Holy Spirit opens our deaf spiritual ears and we hear and respond to the effectual call of God to salvation. He opens our dead spiritual eyes that we might see the things of God and believe on His Son for spiritual life. The Holy Spirit softens our stony dead hearts so we will believe on Christ and be saved. He gives us a new heart. Yes, we were dead, and God chose to give us life in Christ.
No matter how dead you are in sins there is life in Jesus Christ for you.
Moreover, there is eternal life in Jesus Christ. Jesus promised eternal life to those who believe on Him. “Where I am there shall My people be.” “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2b-3). Again, He said, “I give unto My sheep eternal life, and they shall never perish” (10:28).
Have you been legally set free from the penalty of death and given a certificate of life? Have you been brought to life spiritually and set free from spiritual death? Have you received the free gift of eternal life and the assurance that you will never suffer eternal punishment in hell?
Eternal life is given to all who will turn from their sins and unbelief and trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Him that comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” Come through the open door of Jesus Christ and find life in Him. Everyone who believes on Him will be saved. There is life in Christ for everyone who comes to Him by faith. He who has faith in Jesus Christ has life.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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