Monday, 25 December 2017

Where It All Ended

Who Is Now Left To Condemn Us?

To all our readers around the world, we at ContraCelsum wish you a blessed Christmas.

As always, there are plenty of confusing messages about Advent circulating at this time of the year.

In light of the mixed messages, we want to mark Advent for ourselves and our readers by reproducing a passage of the Bible which details the significance of Advent for each one of us who believes in Jesus Christ as the Lord of all.  In a word, Advent means that "God is for us".
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  [Romans 8: 31-34]
As we celebrate and rejoice over His Advent, let us do so through the prism of where it "all ended".

He has justified us before God. He died in our place at Calvary.  He was punished and judged for our sins.  He is interceding for us, without ceasing.  As a result, God the eternal, infinite Judge has justified us.  That is, He has declared us to be without guilt, without sin, and innocent before Him.

If God is for us who, indeed, can be against us?

To Him be glory forever.

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