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ENTERING GOD'S KINGDOM
...not imputing their trespasses unto them....For he hath made him to be sin for us.
2 Corinthians 5:19,21
You cannot live in God's kingdom unless you are a worthy citizen. How, then, can you enter? Christ is the answer. This is the Good News, that He bore our sins "in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness" (1 Peter 2:24). Here is the message: "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them....For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (2 Corinthians 5:19,21). And thereby by dying on the cross, He has opened the gateway into the kingdom, and He says, "Today is the day of salvation--enter in." "Come unto me, all ye that labor and heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
"The time is fulfilled" (Mark 1:15). The time promised so long ago has arrived; the kingdom of God has drawn near, has come. He says, "I am the King; come unto Me just as you are." Thank God you do not have to put yourself right first; you do not have to understand the profundity first; you do not have to set out on some great quest. You may have to die very soon, and your question is, "How can I stand before God? How can I know that I am going to heaven and eternal bliss?"
And this is the answer: "The time is fulfilled; the kingdom has come." The King is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He loved you so much that He died for you and your sins, and all He says to you is, "Repent, think again, believe My message." Repent and believe the gospel; acknowledge your folly and your sin, your shame, and your helplessness. Stop making inquiries; stop setting out with your great intellect to understand. Simply believe.
A Thought to Ponder
"I am the King; come unto Me just as you are."
From The Kingdom of God, pp. 23-24.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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